What’s Coming in FFXIV Patch 5.3, and When Does it Release?

What's Coming in FFXIV Patch 5.3
By | August 9th, 2020 | Categories: FFXIV

FFXIV Patch 5.3 has been something that fans have been waiting for over a long period of time. This has predominantly been due to delays related to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic that is currently affecting the world. We finally have some news about what to expect from FFXIV‘s new patch when it arrives, as well as when it is set to release.

In this article, we will outline the following:

  • What is Reflections in Crystal?
  • The New Dungeon and Raid
  • The New Trial
  • FFXIV Patch 5.3 Release Date

So let’s get started by taking a look at what exactly fans can expect from Reflections in Crystal.

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What is Reflections in Crystal, and What New Quests are There?

The Reflections in Crystal patch brings about a conclusion to the Shadowbringers narrative. Players can expect new quests, dungeons and more to come when the next patch has been implemented. One of the key points of the upcoming released is the new main scenario quests.

These will see time called on FFXIV: Shadowbringers, as they aim to showcase the Scions attempting to foil the plans of the Ascian Elidibus. Meanwhile, there will also be a rework for the A Realm Reborn main scenario questline. This will give players old and new a much smoother transition for playing through this storyline going towards Heavensward. Also, there will also be the opportunity for players to use flying mounts, though the Ultimate Weapon quest will need to have been completed first.

Elsewhere, we have a new Beast Tribe quest, which sees the dwarves making an appearance in a new crafter storyline. Also, we will see a new “Chronicles of a New Era” quest known as the Sorrow of Werlyt. This is part of the Weapon Series, which will lead to a pulsating special event battle at the end.

A New Raid and Dungeon in FFXIV Patch 5.3

If new quests aren’t enough, then you should be content with a brand-new dungeon. Entitled The Heroes’ Gauntlet, this sees the entirety of Novrandt being overrun with battles, which will test the mightiest of Warriors of Darkness. Players can now use the Trust system to be accompanied by a party of non-player characters. Alternatively, they can also take on this new challenge with their friends and peers.

As for the new raid, this will see a crossover with the Nier franchise. The new “Dark Apocalypse Alliance” raid sees the appearance of renowned character 2P, who emerges to the danger threatening Komra in the next NieR crossover raid entitled The Puppets’ Bunker.

The New Trial

The upcoming patch will also see the release of new battle content with Unreal Trials. Here players will be able to pick a fight with primals that are powered up enough to take on heroes at level 80. These trials will offer a single primal fight which will alternate with each patch, and will begin with Shiva in Patch 5.3. By beating these primals on a weekly basis, you will unlock the opportunity to take part in a new mini-game in which you can win tokens for prizes to exchange for. Players can expect to face off with formidable foes of varying difficulties.

Speaking of trials, the game’s free trial has been expanded. This lets players take in everything that FFXIV has to offer for an unlimited amount of time through level 60. You will also be able to play Heavensward content, three extra playable jobs, and the additional Au Ra race.

Other New Upcoming Features in FFXIV Patch 5.3

That isn’t all that the patch will introduce. The Save the Queen questline will be updated, which will let players enhance the weapons that they have received within the first chapter of the quest series. This will let you check out th Bozjan Southern Front, which presents an area in which the Bozjan Resistance is looking to take back Alermuc Fortress from the Empire with Operation Eagle’s Nest.

There is New Game+ updates too, with an update to A Realm Reborn’s main scenario. This will also apply to other quests, and gives players the chance to go back and experience these features whilst also keeping their current character and retaining the level that they have reached.

If you have been looking for further restoration to be made to the game, then you can also expect that with FFXIV Patch 5.3. There is an Ishgard Restoration Update that will see the return of the Skybuilder Rankings. Plus, we have new items that players are able to craft, and you can even earn new achievements that will be awarded to the highest contributors to this restoration.

Further updates include Crafter and Gatherer updates. Here, we will have new custom deliveries, plus updates for Rowena’s House of Splendors. There are several updates to Crafter and Gatherer and provides improvements to the Skysteel Tools. Should you have been looking for a more streamlined way to search for recipes, then you are in luck here with new improvements to the function being made.

Fan of YO-KAI Watch? Then you will be pleased to har that the collaboration event for this is set to return. The Gather One, Gather All crossover is back in FFXIV. New rewards and much more can be expected when this collaboration returns later this month on August 19th.

What is the FFXIV Patch 5.3 Release Date?

This is the burning question that will be on everyone’s mind. Thankfully, you won’t have to wait much longer. Reflections in Crystal is set to release on August 11th. This will be music to the ears of many fans. The reason being that this is a patch that has been expected by fans for a long while now. This hasn’t been possible until now however due to complications with Covid-19. We have seen this pandemic cause delays to gaming industry across the board, and unfortunately FFXIV was not exmpt to this rule. However, the wait is finally almost over, as we are just a few short days away from the release of the patch.


That is everything that you need to know about the upcoming release of the Final Fantasy Patch 5.3 Reflections in Crystal. There isn’t long to wait now, and there is bound to be more news in the coming days. With new quests, dungeons, raids, and a whole bunch of other updates, there is plenty for FFXIV fans to be looking forward to.

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