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#1 Oct 24 2017 at 7:46 AM Rating: Excellent
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Announcing Phase One of the Returnee Support Campaign

Over the next three months, we'll be rolling out a series of campaigns designed to assist those adventurers who are returning to Vana'diel after a period of absence, whether brief or otherwise. The first phase has three separate parts that will help players improve their item level. It's a perfect time to get yourself ready for the latest that FINAL FANTASY XI has to offer!

First Step Forward
One system that FINAL FANTASY XI introduced several years ago is called Records of Eminence. If you've never tried your hand at these objectives, they're a wonderful place to start! In Records of Eminence, you complete objectives and earn currency for objectives that you set for your character, including besting monsters, experiencing specific battle content, and more. This currency can be exchanged for item level 117 equipment as well as a plethora of other goodies. To begin, select ?Basics? from the Tutorial submenu, set the objective "Call Forth an Alter Ego," and follow the steps laid out for you!

Read on for more about Records of Eminence.

Phase One: Improve your item level!
Once you've gotten the hang of Records of Eminence, the next step is bumping your item level from 117 to 119. There are three main paths that you can take to acquiring item level 119 equipment and a variety of useful weapons, and you can mix and match these options in a way that best fits your playstyle.

Campaign Period: Saturday, November 11, at 12:00 a.m. (PST) to Thursday, November 30, at 6:59 a.m.

Read on for details.

If you like going at your own pace, you'll love the Bonus Bayld Campaign!
If you like going at your own pace or have never had cause to visit Seekers of Adoulin areas, you'll love the Bonus Bayld Campaign!
Contributing to colonization efforts in Adoulin rewards players with a type of currency known as "bayld," which can be exchanged for a variety of item level 119 equipment. Learn more about the western continent as you power up your character!

Contributions to pioneering include participating in battle content such as colonization and lair reives as well as exploration content such as coalition assignments.

Read on for information about reives.

Up for more battle-focused content? The Skirmish Frenzy Campaign - PLUS! has just what you need!
Once you've gotten familiar with the Sacred City of Adoulin, you might want to enjoy more party-based battle content. Experience thrilling party-based battles in Alluvion Skirmishes, where you can earn item level 119 equipment, as well as materials to further augment them, just by besting the evils within.

Read on for information about Alluvion Skirmishes.

Feel like making some money? Try wildskeeper reives!
If you think equipment is nothing without cold, hard cash to back it up, Wildskeeper Reives might be right up your alley. The Nakuaals—fearsome beasts prowling Adoulin's outlying areas—threaten the colonization effort and require a large number of players to take down. Everyone who participates is guaranteed a reward if the beasts are felled, and players can even receive high-purity bayld, a hot-selling item that players of all stripes are looking to acquire!

Read on for information about wildskeeper reives.

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Once you've conquered some of the challenges above, you're ready to take the plunge in Dynamis. You might remember slogging through it at level 75, but with your newfound high item level equipment you can slice through it like a hot knife through butter. During the Dynamis Granules of Time Campaign you won't have to go through the steps of obtaining the necessary key items, meaning you can skip the bookkeeping and get right into combat!

Additionally, certain other campaigns that can speed you on the way to victory will be held during specific periods.

Friday, November 17, at 7:00 a.m. (PST) to Saturday, November 18, at 6:59 a.m.
Double Synthesis Skill Increase Campaign

Friday, November 24 at 7:00 a.m. (PST) to Saturday, November 25, at 6:59 a.m.
Domain Invasion Treasure Coffer Campaign

Sunday, November 26, at 7:00 a.m. (PST) to Thursday, November 30, at 6:59 a.m.
Macrocosmic Orb Campaign

This is only the first phase of many campaigns to be rolled out in the months to come, so be sure to keep an eye on this space for what the future holds in store!
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[Returnee Support Campaign Phase Two

We're pleased to announce part two of our Returnee Support Campaign, aimed to bring returning adventurers up to speed with the latest happenings in Vana'diel! This second installment features three different courses to help you test the skills that you've brushed up on since coming back. Take all you've learned and get ready to enter the fray!

If this is your first month back in Vana'diel:

Are you aware of the Records of Eminence system? If not, diving right into it should be your first step forward!

In Records of Eminence, players can set a variety of objectives—from vanquishing certain monsters and participating in various types of battle content—complete them for a special currency known as sparks of eminence, and trade the sparks in for item level 117 equipment. To get started, select "Basics" from the Tutorial section, set the objective "Call Forth an Alter Ego," and follow the instructions laid out before you!

Read on for more information on Records of Eminence.

To those who haven't yet reached item level 119:

A currency known as "bayld" is available for contributing to pioneering activities in Seekers of Adoulin areas. Bayld can be exchanged for all manner of item level 119 equipment, so you can continue on with your character's progress as you learn more about the story of the Scared City.

Pioneering activities run the gambit from participating in battle content such as Colonization and Lair Reives or by performing more solo-friendly, exploratory coalition assignments.

Read on for information about reives.

Part Two: Test Your Skills!
Now that you've gotten your item level up to 119, it's time to put your equipment to good use! We've got mini-campaigns covering three different types of battle content, so take a gander and pick one (or more!) that suits your playstyle.

Campaign Part Two Period: Monday, December 11, at 12:00 a.m. (PST) to Sunday, December 31, at 6:59 a.m.

Read on for campaign details.

The one-and-done High-Tier Mission Battlefield Campaign!

High-Tier Mission battlefields are souped-up versions of battlefields that you may remember from progressing through the main missions of Vana'diel's most famous stories. Relieve some classic FINAL FANTASY XI moments in a more challenging form! In addition to strong equipment, spoils also include items that can fetch a pretty gil at the auction house!

Read on for information on high-tier mission battlefields.

Progress ever deeper with the Incursion Campaign!

In Incursion, adventurers must mete out justice to dastardly fiends, progressing ever deeper into a labyrinth until they come face-to-face with a boss monster.
Strategic-minded players will enjoy discussing which route to take and which boss to attempt, to say nothing of the plan of attack they chose to take. Spoils include job-specific capes that increase experience gains!

Read on for details about Incursion.

Tackle ferocious NMs in the Unity: Wanted Battles Campaign
Wanted battles feature even more powerful versions of outside world NMs that many of you have come across in times past. The items that these old-but-new foes drop are high-item-level versions of those you might remember having camped for many years ago!

Read on for details on Wanted battles.


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#3 Dec 22 2017 at 6:06 AM Rating: Excellent
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Returnee Support Campaign Part Three

Hot on the heels of Part Two of the Returnee Support Campaign is Part Three, split into two halves for your adventuring pleasure!
Each half contains three separate items on the menu, with the first half focused on casual play and the second half centering on overcoming difficult trials.

If this is your first month back in Vana'diel:

Are you aware of the Records of Eminence system? If not, diving right into it should be your first step forward!

In Records of Eminence, players can set a variety of objectives—from vanquishing certain monsters and participating in various types of battle content—complete them for a special currency known as sparks of eminence, and trade the sparks in for item level 117 equipment. To get started, select "Basics" from the Tutorial section, set the objective "Call Forth an Alter Ego," and follow the instructions laid out before you!

Read on for more information on Records of Eminence.

To those who haven't yet reached item level 119:

A currency known as "bayld" is available for contributing to pioneering activities in Seekers of Adoulin areas. Bayld can be exchanged for all manner of item level 119 equipment, so you can continue on with your character's progress as you learn more about the story of the Scared City.

Pioneering activities run the gambit from participating in battle content such as Colonization and Lair Reives or by performing more solo-friendly, exploratory coalition assignments.

Read on for information about reives.

After all the hustle and bustle of the first two parts, you're probably read for a little bit of a break.

Let's take a look at some activities that you can enjoy by interact with non-player entities like chocobos, monsuters, and NPCs. The first half is focused on supporting your casual activities so that you can get back into the tick starting in mid-January!

Campaign Period: From Sunday, December 31, at 7:00 a.m. (PST) to Tuesday, January 9 at 11:59 p.m.

Read on for campaign details.

Spend some time with your chocobo companion in the Chocobo Digging Skill Increase Campaign!

In Chocobo Digging, players and their valiant chocobo companions go search for items buried just beneath Vana'diel's surface. The higher one's digging skill, the less time it takes to dig. Skill gains will be increased during this period, so get out there and see if you can nab something wonderful!

Get to know your monsters up close and personal with the Monster Rearing Campaign!

Monster Rearing is a type of non-battle content that takes place inside one's Mog Garden. Your monsters' appearances change as they grow, and they bestow special effects known as Chacharoon's cheers upon you as they grow up! Enjoy watching your monster grow easier than ever before with this special campaign!

Battle alongside NPCS in the Campaign Festa!

In Campaign, players work alongside NPCs in the Shadowreign Era to stymie the Beastmen Confederate. During the festa, players not only earn double experience and allied notes, but also have a chance to gain special spoils for specific battlefields such as Splitting Heirs and Cracking Shells only available during this festa!

Read on for details on Campaign.

Part Three, Second Half: Overcoming Difficult Trials

It's time to wrap up the final part of our three-step campaign with a bang as we encourage you to try some of the most challenging content Vana'diel has to offer!

Campaign Period: From Wednesday, January 10, at 12:00 a.m. (PST) to Wednesday, January 31, at 6:59 a.m.

Read on for campaign details.

Further reforge artifacts with the Omen Job Card Campaign – PLUS!

Omen is battle content that unfolds in the Far East island of Reisenjima in which players progress ever further into the land with each wave of monsters they vanquish. Bessting the foes within has a chance to yield items knows as job cards, which can be collected and traded in to further reforge artifacts.
Snagging job cards will be even easier during this campaign, making it perfect for those who haven't yet unlocked the full potential of their artifacts!

Acquire powerful equipment with the Geas Fete Campaign – PLUS and Reisenjima Geas Fete Equipment Campaign!

Geas Fete takes place in Escha, a colorless land filled with notorious monsters of all varieties. Vanquish these monsters can yield a plethora of equipment, and the selection only gets wider during this campaign!

Tackle difficult group content with the Vagary Campaign!

Vagary is group content in which players band together to tackle monsters and areas that pose a variety of challenges to overcome. Successfully felling the boss rewards players with materials to reforge Empyrean armor-a prize that only becomes easier to obtain during the campaign!
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