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Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker

What are Variant Dungeons

Shane Williams

This page is a guide on Variant and Criterion Dungeons which was introduced to Final Fantasy XIV with the 6.25 Patch that was released Tuesday, October 18th 2022.

Speak with Osmon in Old Sharlayan to begin the A Key to the Past Side Quest.

All Variant Dungeons

Name Item Level Players
The Sil’dihn Subterrane 575 1-4

How To Unlock Variant Dungeons

In order to unlock Variant Dungeons you’ll need to have completed the Endwalker Storyline, then speak with Osmon who can be found at (X:12 Y:13.4) in Old Sharlayan. Here you’ll begin the A Key to the Past Side Quest. It’ll take you through the steps to unlocking the dungeon.

What are Variant Dungeons

Variant Dungeons can be played by Level 90 Warriors of Light who have completed the Endwalker Storyline and you can choose to play these solo or with up to 3 friends. However, the difficulty will scale based on the amount of players. Additionally, you can change your class throughout the dungeon which is a nice change from deep-dungeons.

The Variant Dungeons will feature different paths you can take and these change based on the actions you use. The Actions you use throughout the dungeon will also affect the boss’s mechanics. There are 12 Lore entries related to the dungeon and you’ll receive a mount. Lores are unlocked depending on how you complete the dungeon, so multiple runs will be required.

List of Variant Actions

Name Description Classes
Variant Cure Restore’s target’s HP for 14,000 HP Tank, Melee DPS, Physical Ranged DPS, Magical Ranged DPS
Variant Ultimatum Places yourself at the top of nearby enemies’ enmity list and increases enmity generation. Tank, Healer, Physical Ranged DPS, Magical Ranged DPS, Melee DPS
Variant Raise Resurrects target to a weakened state. Tank, Physical Ranged DPS, Magical Ranged DPS, Melee DPS
Variant Spirit Dart Deals damage over time to target and all enemies nearby it. Tank, Healer
Variant Rampart Reduces damage taken by 20% Healer, Physical Ranged DPS, Magical Ranged DPS, Melee DPS

Variant Dungeons Rewards

Reward Requirement
Silkie mount Collect 12 The Sil’dihn Subterrane Lore Entries
Sil’dihn Potsherd Defeat any Boss
Gold Saucer Card Defeat any Boss
Umbrella Fashion Accessory Defeat any Boss
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  • Publisher
    Square Enix
  • Platforms,
    Mac, PC, PS4, PS5
  • Genre
  • Guide Release
    3 December 2021
  • Last Updated
    12 January 2023
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Welcome to our Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker guide! Endwalker is the fourth expansion for Final Fantasy XIV after the last expansion Shadowbringers. This guide currently contains the following:

NEW - Updated for patch Patch 6.2

Patch 6.0

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