FFXIV Patch 6.5 Growing Light: Release date, Alliance Raids, Dungeon & more

FFXIV Patch 6.5 Growing Light: Release date, Alliance Raids, Dungeon & more
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Written by 

Amy Eastland


25th Sep 2023 15:17

The latest patch for FFXIV has been announced, titled Patch 6.5 Growing Light. There's a lot of new content to be seen in this patch, and it seems to be the patch gearing up towards the newest expansion that has been announced for the game, titled FFXIV: Dawntrail.

There will be plenty of content in this patch, as there already is throughout the game, with players able to unlock mounts and complete side quests from previous expansions. This patch adds content for those who are already in the endgame, and need new content to keep the game fresh.

Here's everything you need to know about FFXIV Patch 6.5 Growing Light.

FFXIV Growing Light release date

New PvP gear in FFXIV
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The latest major patch for FFXIV, named Patch 6.5 Growing Light, will be arriving in the game on October 3, 2023.

This isn’t far away at all, and gives players time to get excited and to wrap up any loose ends that they may have in Endwalker before getting started with the latest Endwalker patch that is prepping players for Dawntrail.

Growing Light Main Scenario Quests in FFXIV

Purple skied Sanctum in FFXIV
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There will be a brand new questline for players to undertake, aptly named Growing Light. In this questline, the Warrior of Light will be seeking help from their allies in the First to try and bring light back to a world covered in a veil of darkness.

Alliance Raid Dungeon in FFXIV

Thaleia in new Alliance Raid Dungeon in FFXIV
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Part 3 of Myths of the Realm will be added to the game. This is named Myths of the Realm Part 3: Thaleia. This takes players back to Omphalos to grant the Twelve their heart’s desire, as you take down new bosses alongside 23 other players, working together to grant the wish of the Twelve within their sanctum.

New Dungeon in FFXIV

Boss from The Lunar Subterrane in FFXIV
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For players wanting a new challenge, there will be a brand new dungeon to take on. This dungeon is titled The Lunar Subterrane. This takes you into the labyrinths guarded by Zeromus and Golbez’s secrets, and it is up to you and your party to discover the secrets they are hiding, and what horrors await you in their labyrinth.

New Trial

The Darkness boss in FFXIV
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There is a brand new trial for players to take on, titled the Abyssal Fracture. The Warrior of Light will have to brave it all and face The Darkness. Failure guarantees the Thirteenth’s destruction of the Source. 

New Unreal Trial

King Thordan in FFXIV
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A trial that was already in the game now receives an upgrade, allowing players to take it on in Unreal difficulty. This makes the trial significantly harder, and guarantees more challenges, forcing players to cooperate and communicate with each other. This trial is The Singularity Reactor, where you will take on King Thordan

Fall Guys collaboration

Fall guys collaboration in FFXIV
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If you’re seeking a bit of fun and want to do something in the game that isn’t as intense and serious, take yourself down to the Manderville Gold Saucer where you have to take on obstacles and become the number one “bean” in the game. 

New Crystalline Conflict Arena

Crystalline Conflict arena in FFXIV
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For those who love the excitement of PvP, there will be a brand new Crystalline Conflict Arena for you to battle it out against other players in. Players will now be able to fight to the death on the Red Sands, and fight for glory and triumph over the hot desert. 

Not only this, but there will be new PvP gear for players to indulge in too.

Additional Duty Support

FFXIV Stormblood Hien
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The Duty Support system has been updated, allowing players to use the Duty Support System in three new dungeons from FFXIV: Stormblood. This means that you can now have NPC companions helping you out the entire way through Eorzea, all the way up to Endwalker should you need a helping hand!

Free Trial and Starter Edition expanded

Hien's party fighting a dragon in FFXIV
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The critically acclaimed MMORPG free trial and starter edition will now allow players to play FFXIV up until level 70, which includes expansions Heavensward and Stormblood.

That’s everything you need to know about the latest patch for FFXIV, and what to expect for its release. 

For more guides on FFXIV, keep reading GGRecon. Check out what we know so far about FFXIV: Dawntrail.

Amy Eastland
About the author
Amy Eastland
Amy was a Guides Writer for GGRecon. She has a BA (Hons) in Creative Writing and Journalism, and has previously worked for companies such as Gfinity and HITC. Her favourite games include Dark Souls 3, Elden Ring, and Crash Bandicoot Warped. When she's not at work, she's hanging out with her black cat, Shelby.
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