Greetings, adventurers, and Happy New Year!
Last year was a time for reflection, as it marked both the fifteenth anniversary of FINAL FANTASY XI and the thirtieth anniversary of the series as a whole. We gave many interviews and held a cornucopia of events, which taken together helped us realize that thirty years has simultaneously gone by in an instant and felt like a long, endless dream.
When I think of my own feelings of the FINAL FANTASY series, how could I imagine anything other than the time I spent in Vana’diel tackling battle content and besting monsters? The 15th Vana’versary Records of Eminence objectives, which we designed to help you remember the wonderful times in Vana’diel as well, are not even close to finished, and we hope that they have been as exciting for you to attempt as they were for us to create.
It was also a year for us to connect with our players more than ever before. We collaborated with external entities to bring you videos and online events as well as the ability to meet some of you in person—moments that Director Fujito and I will cherish for years to come. I would like to thank everyone who watched the VODs online or were able to come see us directly. We hope that those of you unable to come to the previous event will be able to see us at the next one.
Now for a sneak peek at 2018.
The 15th Vana’versary celebrations will continue until May, and we hope that you will enjoy the fresh experiences that we are bringing to you, our players, many of whom have been with us for more than a decade. Both the development and operations teams are working our utmost to bring you the best content ever, including events that all of us are passionate about.
And once the fifteenth anniversary is over, we head to the sixteenth anniversary in June. Sixteen is an important number for programmers, and the addition of a new digit is the perfect time to try something new. We’re in the planning stages for version updates in our sixteenth year of service, and we hope our fresh takes on new experiences will resonate with each and every one of you.
But what would New Year’s be without a celebratory gift?
Think of this as a special thanks from us to you. We’ll be able to unveil it officially a bit after the New Year’s holidays.
FINAL FANTASY XI would not be what it is today without your heartfelt support, and we hope that you will continue to place your faith in us in the future. I hope that this year will be a good one, not just for FINAL FANTASY XI, but for all of you, your family, and your friends.
Producer, FINAL FANTASY XI
Monday, 1 January 2018, at 8:00 a.m. (GMT) to Tuesday, 16 January, at the same hour.
Fenrir will be prowling the following areas throughout the event. Trading specific items to him will grant special effects and/or items...and perhaps something a little special if you trade him some gil!
Speak to the one at the very end of the line to learn more.
NPCs and related areas
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
* Updated 4/1/2018 8:00 a.m. (GMT)
Items available during previous New Year’s festivities may be acquired from the following locations.
1) Shop at event-related stores.
Moogles in the following locations have set up shop to sell a variety of New Year goods.
Northern San d'Oria / Bastok Mines / Windurst Waters (north side)
2) 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)
3) 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!
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.
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!