With the March 2014 version update will come many adjustments that should make adventuring easier for Vana'diel's inhabitants. Some have already been touched upon in previous posts, while those below are being revealed here for the first time.
  • Combat and magic skills will be able to increase during Lair, Colonization, and Wildskeeper Reives.

  • The number of merit points needed to obtain the key items that allow entry into certain high-tier battlefields has been reduced in the following manner.
    Merit Point Reduction: 20 to 15
    Key Items:
    Celestial Nexus phantom gem / Stellar Fulcrum phantom gem / phantom gem of apathy / phantom gem of arrogance / phantom gem of envy / phantom gem of cowardice / phantom gem of rage

    Merit Point Reduction: 30 to 20
    Key Item: 
    Pentacide Perpetrator phantom gems
  • Players may now peruse the bidding history of posted items before submitting their own to the auction house.
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  • Makel-Pakel now occupies the Celennia Memorial Library, waiting for adventurers to trade him job-specific back equipment.
    Makel-Pakel will grant adventurers an item of their choice from the list below in exchange for three other items from the list:

    Applicable Items
    Mauler's Mantle / Anchoret's Mantle / Mending Cape / Bane Cape / Ghostfyre Cape / Canny Cape / Weard Mantle / Niht Mantle / Pastoralist's Mantle / Rhapsode's Cape / Lutian Cape / Takaha Mantle / Yokaze Mantle / Updraft Mantle / Conveyance Cape / Cornflower Cape / Gunslinger's Cape / Dispersal Mantle / Toetapper Mantle / Bookworm's Cape / Lifestream Cape / Evasionist's Cape
  • Respawn times for the following notorious monsters have been greatly reduced.
    Gulool Ja Ja / Gurfurlur the Menacing / Medusa
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