New High-Tier Battlefields

 The October version update of Final Fantasy XI is fast approaching, and today, Square Enix has unveiled the newest batch of high-tier battlefields to be added! In line with the other high-tier battlefields introduced in past updates, these will also be versions of older fights tailored towards max level, well-geared adventurers. This time around, players will be doing battle in the elemental Cloisters, facing off against more powerful versions of Ifrit, Ramuh, Garuda, Shiva, Titan, and Leviathan Primes!

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From the official Final Fantasy XI forums:

[dev1234] New High-tier Battlefields

    • New High-tier Battlefields and Their Leaders
      • ★Trial by Fire / ★Trial by Ice / ★Trial by Wind / ★Trial by Earth / ★Trial by Lightning / ★Trial by Water

        In these battlefields, adventurers will square off against Ifrit Prime, Shiva Prime, Garuda Prime, Titan Prime, Ramuh Prime, and Leviathan Prime, respectively.


  • Joining the Fray
    The key items required to participate in these battlefields can be acquired from the following NPCs in exchange for merit points.
    • Trisvain in Northern San d’Oria (J-7)
    • Raving Opposum in Port Bastok (J-11)
    • Mimble-Pimble in Port Windurst (L-5)
    • Required key items

      Key Item Number of Merit Points Required
      Avatar Phantom Gem 20
      * Players must be level 95 or greater and have cleared all six of the “Trial by” or “Trial Size Trial by” quests in order to receive these items; it does not matter if players have completed all “Trial bys,” all “Trial Size Trial bys” or a mixture of the two types.
  • Regarding Difficulty Levels
    Each mission battlefield is divided into five levels of difficulty. Boss strength, number and drop rate of spoils, as well as content level, increase in line with difficulty.

    Difficulty Content Level
    Very Easy 113
    Easy 116
    Normal 119
    Difficult Greater than 119
    Very Difficult Greater than 119
    * Any player may select a difficulty level, but the battlefield's level will be determined by the first person to enter.
    * Players must have cleared the battlefield on normal to select either difficult or very difficult.
    * All party members must be in possession of the required key item to enter.
  • Battlefield, Boss, and Entry Restrictions

    Battlefield Name Required Key Item Point of Entry Boss Entry Restrictions
    ★Trial by Fire Avatar Phantom Gem Cloister of Flames Ifrit Prime All Levels
    Thirty Minutes
    Six-Person Party
    ★Trial by Ice Cloister of Frost Shiva Prime
    ★Trial by Wind Cloister of Gales Garuda Prime
    ★Trial by Earth Cloister of Tremors Titan Prime
    ★Trial by Lightning Cloister of Storms Ramuh Prime
    ★Trial by Water Cloister of Tides Leviathan Prime
  • Spoils
    Spoils are rewarded both for vanquishing the boss and clearing the battlefield, and include items needed for reforging artifact and relic armor in addition to equipment unique to each battlefield.


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