Save the Queen: Blades of Gunnhildr
Save the Queen is the level 80 field operations setting introduced with the Shadowbringers expansion. It comprises two 72-player battlefield duties, a set of raids and trial-like encounters, new gear and gameplay mechanics, and the opportunity to forge Resistance Weapons, the Relic Weapons equivalent of Shadowbringers.
It is set in Bozja, home of the Hrothgar. For years it has suffered under Imperial occupation. But now, with the Garlean Empire falling apart, the Resistance seeks to liberate it from their oppressors. The battlefields may be explored in parties of up to eight players, or solo. All players will be level synced to 80 (up from 71-79 or down from 81+), and all equipped items will be synced up or down to item level 430. Unlike instanced duties, a given battlefield may be occupied by up to 72 players, with whom you may choose to cooperate if you so desire!
- Quest: Hail to the Queen
- Disciple of War or Magic level 80
- Starting Location: Kugane (X:12.2 Y:12.3)
- Starting NPC: Keiten
- Prerequisite: Players must first complete Shadowbringers, as well as the Return to Ivalice alliance raid series, ending with The City of Lost Angels.
Players can enter Gangos via the Aetheryte in the Doman Enclave. From there, they can talk to the NPC Sjeros in Gangos (5.5, 5.4) to enter the other Save the Queen zones. If entering as a party, the leader must speak to the NPC.
Similar to The Forbidden Land, Eureka, Save the Queen allows the use of party functions such as inviting party members, disbanding the party, and leaving the party without exiting the instance. You may use the Adventurer List to seek out players to form parties and explore the battlefield together. It is also possible to change your online status to "Looking for Party."
- Please note that if you enter an instanced Save the Queen zone as a member of a party, even if you leave it while within the instance, you will be returned to the party upon exiting the instance.
Gangos: Non-combat zone. The main hub for all Save the Queen content.
The Bozjan Southern Front: 72 player battlefield.
- Castrum Lacus Litore: Raid designed for up to 48 players. The Echo is applied for small groups.
Delubrum Reginae: 24 player raid. The Echo is applied for small groups.
- Delubrum Reginae (Savage): Savage raid designed for 24-48 players. Requires full premade group.
Zadnor: 72 player battlefield.
- The Dalriada: Raid designed for up to 48 players. The Echo is applied for small groups.
Changing Class and Jobs
- This includes classes and jobs that have not reached level 80+, but are at least level 71.
Main article: Resistance Weapons
As you progress through Save the Queen, you will be able to create legendary weapons with which you may challenge the authority of the Empire and drive them out of Bozja.
Mounts can be ridden in the Bozjan Southern Front and Zadnor. Mount speed can be upgraded by purchasing the Bozjan Southern Front Riding Map and Zadnor Riding Map can be purchased from the BSF Resistance Quartermaster or Zadnor Resistance Quartermaster for 25 Bozjan Clusters each.
- Mounts cannot fly in any Save the Queen zones.
Advancement - Mettle and Resistance Rank
Mettle and Resistance rank are similar in concept to experience and leveling, respectively. Mettle is earned by completing skirmishes and critical engagements, and on reaching a certain amounts of mettle, you will be able to increase your resistance rank by talking to the commander. Mettle is not acquired by by killing random mobs, although Bozjan Clusters and Lost Fragments do drop from them, many exclusively. Increasing your Resistance Rank is needed to progress within the front, and unlocks additional features.
Features unlocked by Resistance Rank
Main article: Field Operations Achievements.
Save the Queen duties are associated with several achievements.
- This field operation series is essentially a sequel to the Return to Ivalice alliance raid series, featuring some returning characters, additional songs from Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy XII, and several enemies originally appearing from those games. Many enemy encounters are also remixed versions of their first incarnations as alliance raid bosses.