New Year's Wishes (01/01/2020)

Happy New Year, adventurers!

You may recall that last year I declared our intent to bring FINAL FANTASY XI's safely to its 20th anniversary together with all of you. Toward that end, we drafted version update plans under the theme of "revisiting common wisdom with a fresh look," and celebrated many success stories—revamping the installer program, refurbishing our promotional site, and otherwise working on various tasks that made it easier for returning adventurers to come back and for new players to start playing with minimal fuss.

2019 was also a year in which we continued to promote new playstyles. In addition to the recent reworking of Domain Invasion, we implemented new battlefields that brought some favorite mission battles back to the forefront—both things we are very proud of. I hope you enjoyed these changes as much as we enjoyed bringing them to you.

And here we are, entering a whole new decade. In 2020, we want to continue building on this foundation to create an even more fulfilling Vana'diel experience.

The word "fulfilling" means different things to different people—new adventures, quality of life improvements, and more. We've already started work on a number of items towards both these ends. In the realm of new adventures, we're striving to bring you all-new content in which you can reforge Wanted equipment. For quality of life improvements, we're going to remove system-side hurdles to eliminate various pain points, such as adjusting battle area entry systems.

I'd like to end my greetings by wishing health and happiness to you and yours in the New Year and by reaffirming the development and operations teams' commitment to bringing you exciting adventures in the world of Vana'diel. We hope that you continue to enjoy FINAL FANTASY XI, and we'll see you in game!

Akihiko Matsui

Event Period

Monday, December 31, at 7:00 a.m. (PST) to Tuesday, January 15, at 6:59 a.m.

Additionally, during the following period, Chacharoon in Ru'Lude Gardens (I-8) will sell special items that are only available for a limited time.

Monday, December 31, at 7:00 a.m. (PST) to Tuesday, January 7, at 6:00 a.m.

Read on for the list of limited-time items.

Event Details

During the event, Qiqirns will be parading around the following areas. Trade them items and gil to receive a variety of other items and magic effects.

NPCs and related areas

Lucky Mouse

West Ronfaure / East Ronfaure / La Theine Plateau / Valkurm Dunes /
Jugner Forest / Batallia Downs / North Gustaberg / South Gustaberg /
Konschtat Highlands / Passhow Marshlands / Rolanberry Fields /
Beaucedine Glacier / Western Altepa Desert / Eastern Altepa Desert /
West Sarutabaruta / East Sarutabaruta / Tahrongi Canyon / Buburimu Peninsula /
Meriphataud Mountains / Sauromugue Champaign / The Sanctuary of Zi'Tah /
Yuhtunga Jungle / Yhoator Jungle / Qufim Island / Xarcabard

Past Rewards

Items available during previous New Year's festivities may be acquired from the following locations.

Shop at event-related stores

Items available during previous New Year's festivities may be acquired from the following locations.

Northern San d'Oria / Bastok Mines / Windurst Waters (north side)

Ake-Ome Spirit

Speaking to Ake or Ome in the following locations will reward players with an item that lets them possess a special monster in Monstrosity.
* Something special will happen when a player already in possession of the spirit talks with them.

Northern San d'Oria (L-8) / Port Bastok (K-12) / Port Windurst (M-4)

Bring cheer to those in need!

The moogles have cleverly hidden seven types of Tenshodo trading cards across the land and challenged the Goblins to find them. But the cunning Goblins, determined to come out on top in the contest, have taken to riding chocobos, and that simply isn't fair, kupo!

Southern San d'Oria / Northern San d'Oria

Bastok Markets / Bastok Mines

Windurst Waters (north side) / Windurst Woods

Trading cards can occasionally be found by examining overturned soil in the following locations. Get there before the goblins beat you to it!
The odds of receiving trading cards increases with the more people you have in your party. Team up with other adventurers to increase your odds of success!

West Ronfaure / La Theine Plateau / Jugner Forest / Batallia Downs / South Gustaberg / Konschtat Highlands / Pashhow Marshlands / Rolanberry Fields / East Sarutabaruta / Tahrongi Canyon / Meriphataud Mountains / Sauromugue Champaign.

Limited-Time Items

Themed limited-time items will go on sale for one week after the start of the New Year (JST). There are two types of items, and each can be purchased once per day (Earth time).
* Sales reset at 7:00 a.m. (PST).

Item Availability Period
Monday, December 31, at 7:00 a.m. (PST) to Tuesday, January 7, at 6:00 a.m.

Chacharoon in Ru'Lude Gardens (I-8)