December Version Update Blasts into Vana'diel!

 Today, Square Enix announced the first details on the upcoming December version update for Final Fantasy XI. Among the changes planned, adjustments to Meeble Burrows will be added to allow players to easily determine expeditions undertaken, Perfect Defense and Embrava's effects will be weakened, Nyzul Isle Uncharted Region's difficulty will be adjusted to make it more readily accessible to players, various aspects of Bard will be tweaked, and the new, high-level Salvage zones will be added.

Let us know what you think of these initial planned additions accompanying the December version update over on the ZAM forums!

From Playonline.com:

Get your shovels and subligar a-ready, because the next version update will soon be upon us! December will bring wonder into areas both subterranean and submarine, with expansions and adjustments to Meeble Burrows and Salvage Content, as well as a host of other battle- and system-related changes.

From the official Final Fantasy XI forums:

[dev1140] Meeble Burrows

  • Trading one's grimoire to the Burrow Investigator in Upper Jeuno will allow players to view the status of the expeditions they have undertaken.

From the official Final Fantasy XI forums:

[dev1139] Job Ability Adjustments: Perfect Defense / Tabula Rasa

The job abilities below have been adjusted in the following ways:

  • Summoner
    • Alexander's Perfect Defense
      • Effect duration will be reduced from ninety seconds to thirty seconds plus an additional second for every twenty points of one's summoning magic skill. For example, with a summoning magic skill value of 600, the ability's effect duration would be a maximum of sixty seconds (the base thirty seconds plus thirty more seconds for one's skill value).
  • Scholar
    • Embrava (castable only while Tabula Rasa is in effect)
      • Effect duration will be reduced from five minutes to ninety seconds.
      • Haste potency will increase by 1% for every twenty points of one's enhancing magic skill instead of for every fifteen points. Therefore, an enhancing magic skill value of 500 will increase the potency of haste by a maximum of 25%
      • Embrava will grant the effect of Refresh instead of Regain. The value of the effect, however, will remain the same.

Modifications will be made to the following battle systems to accommodate the above job ability adjustments.

  • Nyzul Isle Uncharted Area Survey
    • The number of astraria needed to exchange for equipment has been lowered from twenty-five to five.
      *The number of astraria already in one's possession will be adjusted in the following manner: (Updated November 9, 2012)

      Pre-adjustment   Post-adjustment
      0 0
      1-6 1
      7-12 2
      13-18 3
      19-24 4
      25 5
    • The largest amount of floors one may randomly teleport will be increased from nine to eleven. (Added November 9, 2012)
    • The objective “activate all lamps” will receive the following adjustments: (Added November 9, 2012)
      • The waiting period between when simultaneously activated lamps deactivate and can be reexamined will be reduced from thirty seconds to fifteen.
      • The amount of time players must wait before learning if they correctly activated lamps in the specified order will be reduced from twelve seconds to seven.
  • Legion
    • Enemies' HP will be reduced by ten percent.
  • Einherjar
    • The enemy Odin that appears in Odin's Chamber II will have its HP reduced by ten to fifteen percent.

From the official Final Fantasy XI forums:

[dev1138] Bard Job Adjustments

  • The following bard songs have been changed from affecting a single target party member to affecting all party members in an area of effect centered on the caster, and their casting time has been changed from four to eight seconds.
    Enchanting Etude / Spirited Etude / Learned Etude / Quick Etude /
    Vivacious Etude / Dextrous Etude / Sinewy Etude / Bewitching Etude /
    Logical Etude / Sage Etude / Swift Etude / Vital Etude /
    Uncanny Etude / Herculean Etude / Hunter’s Prelude / Archer’s Prelude /
    Foe Sirvente / Adventurer’s Dirge
  • The job ability “Pianissimo” will undergo the following adjustments.
    • An additional effect that halves the casting time of the next song will be added.
    • The level at which this ability is learned will be decreased from forty-five to twenty.

From the official Final Fantasy XI forums:

[dev1137] Salvage Battlefield Expansion

* The following content is in development. Specific details may differ from the release version.

This battlefield expansion is aimed at seasoned adventurers and many of the rules are based on those of previous Salvage content. The method by which Pathos of Alzadaal restrictions can be removed, however, has been modified.

*The Silver Sea Remnants and Bhaflau Remnants have been introduced with the November 22 update, meaning that all Salvage areas are now available for entry.

Differences from Previous Salvage Content

  • Entry is restricted to adventurers level 96 and above.
  • Pathos of Alzadaal restrictions may no longer be removed by imbued items, but by the following methods:
    • Defeating certain monsters in specified areas will randomly remove a Pathos of Alzadaal restriction from participants.
    • Examining the Runic Lamps within each remnant will allow players to remove restrictions of their choice.

      * Runic Lamps will be available near remnant entrances and teleport exits.

      * The chance for removing restrictions, and which monsters' defeat are capable of removing restrictions, are still under development.

Test Server Settings

  • Participants may enter battlefields alone.
  • Remnants Permits will not be required for entry.
  • No time restrictions will be placed on battlefield reentry.
  • The placement and strength of enemies, as well as items obtainable, may differ from the release version.
  • Boss enemies are still under development, and will be replaced with substitute enemies.
  • Notorious monsters that only spawn under certain conditions will not be introduced.


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