Final Fantasy XIV has become the most profitable Final Fantasy game of all time despite its rocky beginning. It’s a success story that any franchise would dream of seeing. Thanks to its consistent support and updates, the game continues to thrive. Final Fantasy XIV’s beloved expansions keep filling the expansive MMO with even more content. With Endwalker fast approaching, we’ve decided to rank the released expansions based on quality and impact to Final Fantasy XIV.
We’ve compiled a list of each expansion in Final Fantasy XIV, ranking them from worst to best below.
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While Stormblood is technically the “worst” expansion on this list, it is by no means terrible. Stormblood brought fan-favorite classes such as the Samurai and Red Mage and raised the level cap to 70 when it launched in 2017. The weakest part of the Stormblood expansion was the story, though. Many players found the campaign centered around the liberation of Ala Mhigo to be monotonous and a far cry from the game’s other expansions.
Heavensward, Final Fantasy XIV’s first expansion, set the MMO on fire when it launched in 2015. While A Realm Reborn rebuilt the game into an enjoyable MMO with tight controls and an addictive leveling system, the story was not masterful. Square Enix would eventually cut down drastically on some content in the base game’s story quests with dozens of fetch quests, and content players deemed filler. Heavensward, on the other hand, has been praised by critics and players alike for its revolutionary story and fascinating characters. Couple this with the increased level cap jumping to 60, added classes in the Dark Knight, Machinist, and Astrologian, and you’ve got one incredible first expansion.
If Heavensward was incredible, then Shadowbringers is Final Fantasy XIV’s magnum opus. Expanding upon the ever-expanding story of the Warrior of Light, players find themselves in a strange and mysterious land filled with new and exciting characters, a powerful story, and the best villain the MMO has seen yet in Emet-Selch. Not only does Shadowbringers have the best campaign in Final Fantasy XIV, but its story rivals that of other numbered entries in the Final Fantasy franchise. With a new level cap of level 80 and the new Gunbreaker and Dancer classes, players can further expand their arsenal of jobs and classes to play.
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