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Final Fantasy 14 (FFXIV) Endwalker's first raid, Pandaemonium is now live

Final Fantasy Xiv Raid
Final Fantasy Xiv Raid (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Endwalker is the latest expansion to the critically acclaimed MMORPG, Final Fantasy XIV.
  • The first part of the eight-man raid series, Pandaemonium, has just been added to Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker alongside the 6.01 patch update.
  • Subscribers will be receiving 14 days of free game time in the 6.01 patch to compensate for server issues that have been occurring since Endwalker's launch.

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker, the latest expansion to Square Enix's popular MMORPG, has just received a significant update in the form of patch 6.01. According to the FFXIV's official website Lodestone, this update contains various bug fixes to mitigate log-in issues, new minions, orchestration scrolls, triple triad cards, and most importantly of all, the first part Endwalker's eight-man raid series, Pandaemonium.

Pandaemonium is Endwalker's first big post-game activity, which has the player investigating a macabre asylum filled with monsters that could pose a threat to the world should they escape. This raid features challenging boss fights and should players overcome them, they will be rewarded with powerful weapons and gear.

On top of getting a new raid, subscribers will also be receiving 14 extra days of game time added to their accounts in this patch. This is Square Enix's way of helping players deal with the congestion issues that have been hampering their experience since Endwalker's launch.

Source: Windows Central (Image credit: Source: Windows Central)

In addition to the Pandaemonium raid, Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker is hosting a Christmas event called Starlight Celebration, where players can earn holiday-themed items up until Dec. 31 at 6:59 a.m. PST. As for upcoming content, there will be an in-game New Year's Day event called Heavensturn on Jan. 5, 2022. And on Jan. 4, the game will receive the 6.05 update, which contains the harder Savage-tier version of the Pandaemonium raid, the Excitatron 6000 treasure dungeon, and much more.

Square Enix has been hard at work making sure players get to participate in the biggest chapter of Final Fantasy XIV, even going as far as to suspend sales of the game entirely until this patch came along to help mitigate the server issues. It's easy to see why Square Enix would to go lengths, considering that Final Fantasy XIV is one of the best multiplayer games on PC, and is now the most profitable entry in the Final Fantasy series. Will the bug fixes in this patch solve Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker's congestion issues and get more players into the game? Only time will tell.

Alexander Cope is a writer for Windows Central and iMore that has been gaming since the 16-bit era.