A Quick Guide to ‘A Nocturne for Heroes’ in FFXIV

What new players need to know about this event quest

One of the most popular event quests in FFXIV is back! FFXV hero Noctis ends up on Eorzea and needs help to get back to his homeworld. There’s a whole questline to go through so he can go back, but thankfully the event lasts for about 5 weeks. That’s more than enough time to go through the whole questline and get all the rewards. A rare FFXIV mount for your FFXIV account is up for grabs for new players!

Here’s what you need to know about the A Nocturne for Heroes event.

The Basics

The event runs from September 13 to October 18. Start the event by talking to Kipih Jakkya in Ul’dah’s Steps. The quest will be called ‘The Man in Black’, and it should be pretty straightforward to do the rest. Of course, new players have to be at least level 50 and must’ve completed all the main quests from the base game.

Veterans and older players can replay the event using the Seasonal Event Replay Feature. They won’t be able to get rewards, but can still replay it as if they haven’t. It’s optional though so they don’t really have to go through it all over again if they don’t want to.

The Rewards

There are six orchestrion rolls players can get by exchanging ‘Unidentified Magitek’. They receive those after completing the FATE ‘Like Clockwork’. Exchange the Magitek to Ironworks Hand vendor NPCs in the following locations:

Central Thanalan (9.4, 8.7)

Limsa Lominsa (11.1, 12.9)

Old Gridania (9.4, 8.7)

Ul’dah – Steps of Thal (13.5, 9.3)

These are the only vendors that will take the Unidentified Magitek. Any other Ironworks Hand NPC won’t take the item for exchange.

The last reward for the event is the Regalia Type-G mount. However, you don’t get it from the Ironworks Hand. It’s available in the Gold Saucer for 200,000 MGP, as long as the event is still going.

How to Farm MGP for the Mount

200,000 MGP certainly seems like a big amount to farm. Yet, it’s easily doable when you know what to do. Here are a few ways to earn MGP and get that shiny car.

Do the weekly tasks. You don’t have to do all of them if you don’t like doing the task, but you should do most of them. Doing everything gives you about 70k MGP, which is almost half of what you need for the mount.

Do the weekly Fashion Report. Your goal is to reach about 80 points, the minimum number where you’ll receive the most MGP as a reward. A collection of glamours and skins from the FFXIV store might be needed, but it depends on the available categories at the moment. Some funds to recolor the skins should also be considered. Up to 60k MGP is up for grabs in this task.

Participate in the Cactpot draws. There are two kinds of Cactpot draws, the Jumbo one and the Mini one. Jumbo works like a lottery, where you buy a ticket for a chance to win the jackpot during the regular Saturday draw. You can buy three tickets, the first costing about 100 MGP, and the next two adding 50 MGP to the previous cost. The minimum prize to get is 1,000 MGP, but how much you get depends on how many players participated in the draw.

The Mini Cactpot draw is a little simpler. For 10 MGP you’ll be given a grid of 3×3 squares. Each square contains a number, and one will already be revealed to you. You can choose to reveal three more, to help you decide which line of numbers to get a reward from. Whether vertical, horizontal, or diagonal, it doesn’t matter. Your prize depends on the sum of the three numbers on the line you chose. Higher sums don’t always translate to higher rewards, so choose wisely!

Do GATEs. They’re small minigames that are quick to complete, perfect when waiting for something like a raid or an activity with friends. Different GATEs reward different amounts of MGP, with ‘Anyway the Wind Blows’ giving the highest at 7,500 MGP.

Play Triple Triad Matches. Solo games give up to 13,000 MGP, while tournaments step it up to a maximum of 18,500 MGP. You get more when you finish the weekly tasks for it as well.

Participate in Chocobo Races, though only if you have a good enough Chocobo to reliably win first place. If you don’t, all the other suggestions are better for you.

Lastly, make use of the Gold Saucer VIP Card boost. For 2 hours, it will double the rewards received from GATEs, minigames, races, Cactpot draws, and the Fashion Report. Time this well for the best rewards, and get that Regalia mount!

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Remember to Have Fun

October 18 is still a ways away, but time has a habit of running by without you noticing. Better participate and get these rewards soon, else you might find the event just passed you by. Since they can’t be bought with FFXIV Gil, you’ll have to wait for the next time it comes back to get them. Don’t miss this opportunity.

Enjoy A Nocturne for Heroes and FFXIV in general!

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