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The Basics

Welcome to the Year of the Rat!!!

As with every year a herd of this year's animal on the Chinese Zodiac parade through the open fields bringing good luck and prizes! Follow the Chocobos around and trade them any random item to get a random buff and prizes.

Give Chacharoon New Year's Money!

Once per earth day, you may trade Chacharoon in Ru'Lude Gardens (I-8) gil to receive New Year's Pouch and one of the following (depending on amount of gil traded):

Although not required to get prizes, there are starter npcs: Bunta in Bastok Markets (E-10), Jeanparmand in Northern San d'Oria (D-8), and Pyru-Copyru in Port Windurst (B-4).

NPCs: Lucky Mouse / Lucky Rat

Lucky Mouse 2020

Trading items to them has a chance of rewarding items or a costume effect appropriate for the year. Possible rewards:

Most of the time, trading items only grants a short-duration buff including Protect, Shell, Enthunder, Shock Spikes.

This year's lucky animals can be found prancing through:
West Ronfaure / East Ronfaure / La Theine Plateau / Valkurm Dunes / Jugner Forest / Batallia Downs / North Gustaberg / South Gustaberg / Konschtat Highlands / Pashhow Marshlands / Rolanberry Fields / Beaucedine Glacier / Western Altepa Desert / Eastern Altepa Desert / West Sarutabaruta / East Sarutabaruta / Tahrongi Canyon / Buburimu Peninsula / Meriphataud Mountains / Sauromugue Champaign / The Sanctuary of Zi'Tah / Yuhtunga Jungle / Yhoator Jungle / Qufim Island / Xarcabard

Wide Scan is essential to tracking them down.

Ake-Ome Spirit

08736 Ake-Ome Spirit Exclusive

Holiday Moogle Stands

Starlight 2014-9
Locations: Northern San d'Oria (D-8) Bastok Mines (H-8) Windurst Waters, North (G-10)

Left Moogle's Wares

Right Moogle's Wares

Synergizing (no skill required) a Snowman Cap with a Brilliant Snow will yield a 26728 Frosty Cap RareExclusive.

New Year's Gift

04176 New Year's Gift RareExclusive Talk to one of the Event Starter NPCs in the 3 nations. Bring any one of the kinds of New Year's Gifts to the Event Starter NPC and choose the second option to obtain the 18846 Battledore RareExclusive.

Options:

  1. Let you ask Grandpa a question.
  2. Give you something from my pocket. (Choose this one)
  3. Tell you more about Grandpa.
After obtaining the Battledore, on subsequent trades you will receive fireworks when selecting option 2.
  • Note: If you trade the New Year's Gift back, or you "use" the Gift, you will receive a special buff for one hour depending on which language it is written in.

Copy of "Hoary Spire"

00192 Hoary Spire RareExclusive

Bring Cheer To Those In Need

You heard the Moogles! Grab your Caver's Shovel and saddle up; it's time to trample those Goblins in a race to the cards! Search high and low for the Overturned Soil outside of the nation cities in order to unearth the cards of fortune! But don't forget to bring your friends, because for every extra party member you have, you'll find +1 random card in each spot they've been hidden! Once you've gotten the right cards, return to the Moogles to reap your merry holiday bounty!

  • Don't actually need a Caver's Shovel. That was just in the official story.

The moogles are found in the following locations:

Card Combinations

Trade in the following cards combos to the Event Moogle for the corresponding rewards and gifts!

Initial Three

The initial three combo bestows upon you a fantastical new stove (one from Bastok, San d'Oria and Windurst!) for your cozy Mog House! Just in time for the cold, Winter nights too!

From Bastok:

From San d'Oria

From Windurst:

Secondary Three

The secondary three combo adds a dazzling new belt with audacious, mooglerific motif to your already-festive raiment (they have mystic transformation abilities too)! Wear it while you help your friends for a +2 to your "In Your Face Goblins!" job trait!

From Bastok:

From San d'Oria:

From Windurst:

Straight Seven

The straight seven combo is the ultimate combination you can make with the cards of fortune, and for good reason too! Turning in all seven cards at once is going to score you a marvelous piece of attire that'll not only keep your neck warm against the frosty weather, but spirit you away to any one of the three starter nations within the blink of an eye!

Players may only receive this bonus once they have received the rewards from Initial Three and Secondary Three.

From Bastok:

From San d'Oria

From Windurst:

Digging up Cards

Goblins will run towards where the cards are so following them can allow you to find the next card spawn area. However, because they are on chocobos, without movement speed (such as flee) you will quickly be left behind if they are running far away.

Additionally, each zone seems to have preferences for which cards drop with which frequency. Most common cards in each zone listed below in bolded text

Because of this, it is efficient (especially if working towards the items with friends) to move between areas if you aren't having luck with the "rare cards" in a specific zone.

Ebisu Card is rare everywhere!

"Overturned Soil"

Goblin Riders and Fablinix are in every area listed above and are competing with you to find "Overturned Soil." When they dig at one it will vanish, so be fast!

  • Being in a party will increase cards dropped by "overturned soil" by the number of members.
  • "Overturned soil" can occasionally spawn the Wayward Worm who will immediately cast Bind or Bindga.(Wayward Worm can be attacked but not killed and does not attack but depops after spell is cast.)
  • Although the goblins are on a Chocobo , "Overturned soil" cannot be examined while on a mount.
  • Movement Speed of some type helps, as well as some way to erase bind if you get a worm. A pet, like Carbuncle, will auto-attack (but not kill the worm, as it can't be killed) and stop it from binding you. Also, having Wide Scan to track the Goblin Riders helps a lot.
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