Final Fantasy 14 Players: It has been discovered by a group of Final Fantasy 14 players, specifically those using the warrior job in combat, that there may be a bug that can be exploited.
However, players have been able to confirm reports of the bug and have posted their findings on Reddit to serve as a warning to other Final Fantasy 14 players.
By now, it should come as no surprise that Final Fantasy 14 is no exception to the rule that using bugs or exploits to gain an unfair advantage is a serious offense in the world of online games.
Square Enix keeps track of players who have used exploits without reporting them, even though Final Fantasy 14 does not have a complex anti-cheat system like other games.
Moreover, they have the ability to punish any player who exploits a bug for their own benefit or to significantly shift the tide of battle. A warning is the least severe punishment, while a permanent account ban is the most severe.
According to a post on the r/ffxiv subreddit by user DeathOfTheHeavens, the glitch was discovered by playing as the warrior class during normal gameplay.
They then reproduced it while punching a dummy for boxing practice and reported it to Square Enix via the in-game bug submission form.
Warriors are well known for their self-healing abilities as a Tank, thanks to skills like Bloodwhetting, Shake It Off, and Thrill of Battle. Shake It Off’s healing over time was increased in Final Fantasy 14 Patch 6.2.
Apparently, the Shake It Off ability was impacted by a bug that caused its healing to go for ridiculous amounts after server maintenance on January 13 that addressed some unrelated issues.
To reproduce the issue, we used Bloodwhetting and Thrill of Battle to bring on a larger heal, and then we used Shake It Off to fix the problem.
Some Final Fantasy 14 players are putting the community on alert as a potential and exploitable bug has been discovered while playing as a Warrior. https://t.co/C0aYojdcqZ
— Game Rant (@GameRant) January 15, 2023
The healing component has been reported to go into the millions, or to not trigger any healing at all, as a safeguard against overflowing numbers, by other users on r/ffxiv, though the bug has been inconsistent in its replication.
Endwalker’s release coincided with the introduction of a stat squish that modified how damage and healing were determined. Due to the current stat squish, it is possible that a level squish will be added to Final Fantasy 14 in the future, but only time will tell.
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Players warned that Square Enix would punish those who tried to use the exploit to cheat their way past challenges like the Mount Ordeals test.
Although a patch for the exploit has not yet been released, the Final Fantasy 14 development team will undoubtedly figure it out soon. Launched simultaneously for PC, PS4, and PS5, Final Fantasy 14 is now in stores everywhere.
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