Winter tidings to you all, adventurers!
Matsui here for your monthly fireside chat.

December means the year is about to come to a close, bringing with it the final version update of 2019. Curl up by the fireplace and celebrate the holidays with your loved ones...and FINAL FANTASY XI!

Let’s get down to the details. The first major item on the docket for December is a revamp of Domain Invasion. We’ve decided to get rid of a lot of the pain points that you’ve likely felt with this content to create something we feel will be a lot easier for everyone to enjoy. The new Domain Invasion keeps the same feeling of fighting alongside innumerous allies while also providing something for solo players and small groups. The team is looking forward to hearing your feedback on whether or not we’ve hit the right notes.

Next up are this month’s job adjustments: paladins and dark knights. Paladins are most often compared with Rune Fencers, so we elected to further differentiate the two in a couple ways: by providing paladins with a new ability that give Cure spells an area of effect and giving them access to Banishga. Dark knights, on the other hand, will be able to reap the benefits of a boost to their damage-dealing capabilities with adjustments to scythe damage calculations.

Finally, we’ve got another new Ambuscade coming this month that pits savvy players against a Porxie. This battle favors those who deal magic damage, so keep that in mind as you put your party together. The Porxie will call light and air elements to its side, so you’ll be faced with the decision of either letting them do their thing or defeating them before they become a problem.

Though we may be bidding goodbye to 2019, I hope you are able to spend the rest of the year enjoying your adventures in Vana’diel.

Below is the usual table of items to be added in December. As always, last-minute issues may arise that prevent us from implementing some of these changes, but we’re working hard to close out the 2010s in style.

Mission and Quest-related
Implementation TimingUpdate Task and OverviewIn-progress TaskNotes
DecemberRecords of Eminence・Update monthly objectives-
Content and System-related
Implementation TimingUpdate Task and OverviewIn-progress TaskNotes
DecemberAmbuscade・Add new notorious monsters
・Replace reward items
DecemberDomain Invasion・Make improvements to content
・Add new reward exchange system
・Add new rewards
Implementation TimingUpdate Task and OverviewIn-progress TaskNotes
DecemberPaladin・Add new abilities
・Add new spells
DecemberDark Knight・Adjust damage calculation for scythes-
Implementation TimingUpdate Task and OverviewIn-progress TaskNotes
DecemberItem・Add new items-
DecemberSynthesis Recipes・Add new recipes-