FFXIV Experience 'A Nocturne for Heroes'

FFXIV A Nocturne for Heroes Event Guide | FFXIV-FFXV Collaboration | Noctis Event

A Nocturne for Heroes is one of a few FFXIV events that are collaborations with other games bearing the Final Fantasy title.

This one, featuring Noctis, is a collab with FFXV. In A Nocturne for Heroes, a sultry guy in a flashy vehicle appears in Eorzea, apparently bemused as to where he has arrived.

Let’s journey through this pretty cool event and take a look at how you can claim your rewards.

Not a Spoiler-free Guide

Normally I try to hide story spoilers in my FFXIV Event Guides. But to be able to make this guide worth doing, and as helpful for you as possible, I could not avoid spoilers.

So, if you just want to see the glamour, hairstyle and other goodies, then click/tap here to skip to the rewards.

When is the Noctis Event in 2024?

A Nocturne for Heroes runs from

  • 28th February 2024 at 12am PST, 8am GMT (UK Time), to
  • 13th March 2024 at 7:59am PST, 3:59pm GMT

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Can I Take Part?

This FFXIV event has a much higher requirement than most of the others. You have to have finished the “base” pack of A Realm Reborn. This means completing the MSQ up to and including Main Scenario Quest The Ultimate WeaponExternal Link (Opens in New Window/Tab).

Technically, the other requirement is to be Level 50. But you cannot do that quest without being Level 50 or above. So the minimum level issue really isn't an issue!

How to Start A Nocturne for Heroes

Are You Eligible?

My FFXIV Miqo'te doing the /consider emote. I just figured it was relevant to questions about FFXIV Events!

In case you skipped to this section, check out the Can I Take Part? information.

Also, if you completed this story on your character, but once isn’t enough, see I Want To Replay A Nocturne for Heroes!.

Head to Ul’dah

Take the airship or port straight to Ul’dah. The nearest Aetheryte is the main Plaza.

You’re looking for Kipih Jakkya who is outside the Flame Barracks.

Speak to Kipih Jakkya

Kipih Jakkya - NPC/Quest-giver for the FFXIV event 'A Nocturne for Heroes'

Once you have found the avid Raven reporter, pick up Normal Quest The Man in BlackExternal Link (Opens in New Window/Tab) quest from her.

Then you follow the story!

I Want To Replay A Nocturne for Heroes!

You’ve done the event on your character before, but want to redo it – say, for new screenshots? You need to use Seasonal Event Replay.

How to Use Seasonal Event Replay

It sounds like a special feature, or menu item but it’s not. You can just trundle along to Kippih and reboot the storyline.

You cannot obtain rewards by using the Seasonal Event Replay feature.

You will not be able to purchase or exchange quest-related items from the Ironworks hand or Recompense Officers until all of the [event] quests have been completed.

Quoted from: The official siteExternal Link (Opens in New Window/Tab).

Story/Action Progression

A Nocturne for Heroes is far more combat oriented than most events. This is even more so than The Maiden’s Rhapsody. But that is what makes it fun and varied. Yes, in this case, I don’t mind the solo duties (one of the rarer occasions!).

Aside from following the story there are three key stages.

FFXIV Fate FATE in Thanalan

As the story starts in Thanalan, the first major story part is here too.

Look out for the recurring FATE FFXIV Fate Like ClockworkExternal Link (Opens in New Window/Tab) in Central Thanalan once you hit that part of the story.

This FATE awards Unidentified Magktek Unidentified Magitek upon completion.

Normal Quest In the Dark of Night

Your hunt for answers continues onto the Black Shroud, which leads to a solo duty.

You’ll spend a night camping with Noctis. And, as I saw in chat the other day – walk away with his pants1!

During that you’ll have to fight alongside Noctis, which culminates in this beast of a machine. It’s called IseultalonExternal Link (Opens in New Window/Tab), which features in FFXV.

Garuda (Solo) Duty

Garuda, as depicted during the Noctis Fight in the A Nocturne for Heroes event.

The story reaches its climax and conclusion at the Howling Eye, where you have faced Garuda before. It turns out the Primal has various incarnations. This one is so weird (or “normal” in Noctis’ world) that even the Ixal run away in confusion and fear!

You’ll have to fight alongside Noctis in a solo duty to defeat her. Noctis is the one who deals the final telling blow, however.

1 It’s not a romantic night, as we discover later he has a fiancée.

Duty Tips

The solo duties in one sense are straight forward, but in another, they’re not. I’m no expert, but here’s what I picked up.

The Darkest Night

  • Noctis doesn’t self-heal. If you have no healing skills that affect others, try to keep the aggro off him.
  • When the first tower appears, stand in the AoE beneath it.
  • Keep looking for two towers after that. Noctis heads for one of them – sprint to the other. He generally does the brave thing and heads to the nearest one. (At least on my run!). Not managing to be in both towers inflicts huge damage on you both – but is really noticeable on Noctis’ HP.
  • The Iseultalon has a move that I think was called “Stomp”. Noctis runs a certain distance away from it when this is channelling. Do the same.


The primary aspect I struggle with because timing under pressure is something I’m not great at. This is the Warp ability Noctis grants you before you leave Gridania. You can use it to leap at anything targetable: pillars of stone, Noctis and, of course, Garuda.

Garuda, as depicted during the Noctis Quest: Messenger of the Winds.
  • Start as you would any primal/boss fight, avoiding AoEs etc. Try to keep the heat off Noctis again.
  • The pillars don’t protect you from her AoEs, but you can use them to Warp quickly away from.
  • When Garuda uses a skill that pulls you to her, you must warp to a pillar of stone. Noctis reminds you of this if you forget. (Or “when you forget” in my case).
  • When Garuda casts a huge AoE with only a pillar of stone outside the area:
    1. Warp to the pillar and immediately target Garuda
    2. As soon as the AoE vanishes and/or Noctis yells “Now”, Warp to Garuda. This creates a Link Attack which deals more damage.

Dealing with the “Maneuver”

When Garuda’s down to really low health (I want to say 5%, but I haven’t checked yet), you have “just one job” to do.

In case you’ve only done A Realm Reborn the last phase may come as a surprise. The “maneuver” called “Storm Call” tells you to free yourself.

You have to hammer that button multiple times until the progress bar is full and before the timer runs out.

Succeed in that, and Noctis takes over to complete the fight.

The Storm Call Maneuver in the Garuda fight. Hammer that button to fill the progress bar.

Story Conclusion

I won’t put any more spoilers in here. The end is rather lovely. But once you two have defeated Garuda, you’ll get the last few pieces of the Lucian glamour and see him ride off in his Regalia.

What is Unidentified Magitek?

Your reward for doing the FATE in Thanalan is 2×Unidentified Magktek Unidentified Magitek.

You can exchange these potentially highly-valuable bits of machinery for… orchestrion rolls. You decide if that’s a fair exchange for your intense battles. Take it up with Cid if you don’t think it is!

Noctis Event Rewards

Right, the first thing to say about the rewards for A Nocturne for Heroes is that they come from various places.

Glamours – Lucian Prince’s Attire

The second thing to say is a huge thank you to the FFXIV players of Mastodon for providing screenshots I don’t have to make this guide as visual as possible. I really appreciate it!

This is the easiest reward to obtain! You receive piece of Noctis’ outfit with each of the three quests:

  1. Lucian Prince’s Gloves (Well, Glove): The Man in Black
  2. Bottoms (aka Pants): In the Dark of Night
  3. Lucian Prince’s Jacket and Boots: Messenger of the Winds

→ See on Different Races

Here are some race/body shape shots on other characters, so you can see whether it’d be a good “fit” for yours:

Does It Dye?

Yes! Though I almost never use the bottoms or boots, I often use the jacket. On its own, the jacket also has a wrist support (or bracer). This is covered by the glove if you equip that item.

Lucian Prince's Jacket Dyed Sky Blue

Female Au’ra

Here’s the full outfit on my female Au’ra:

Male Hrothgar

A huge thank you to @[email protected] for these images of a male Hrothgar in the Lucian Prince set!

Thank you to another FF14 player on Mastodon for the Male Miqo’te and Lalafell shots:

Male Lalafell

Male Miqo’te

Male Viera

How to get the Lucian Locks Hairstyle

This is your chance to get a hold of Noctis’ hair! I meant, uhm, style your hair like his!

Modern Aesthetics – Lucian Locks is only available during A Nocturne for Heroes. More than that, it cannot be traded on the Marketboard.

To get your copy, head to the Gold Saucer and find the Ironworks Vendor. The Modern Aesthetics item costs just MGP 20,000 MGP.

Female Miqo’te

Tip: Try Different Combinations

I found it tricky working with Lucian Locks. For example, the white highlights showed on black hair, but not vice versa. So spend time trying different combinations with the Aethetician and different backdrops too.

How to get the Regalia Type-G Mount

Apologies for the typo, or missed message. The Regalia is 200k, not 100k MGP.

How you get the Regalia Mount is:

  1. Finish the whole A Nocturne for Heroes storyline.
  2. Earn MGP 200,000MGP at the Gold Saucer
  3. Speak to the Ironworks Vendor in the Gold Saucer and buy your Regalia Type-G Title.

Regalia Type-G Pictures

Right, I’ll straight up and admit that I don’t own the Regalia Mount. I don’t use Magitek items very often so I usually save my MGP MGP for something else. But thankfully, a friend on Mastodon shared theirs! See this below (or on the right on larger screens).

by @[email protected]External Link (Opens in New Window/Tab)

Get In the Car with Friends.

I didn’t even know the word “pillionExternal Link (Opens in New Window/Tab)” existed before playing FFXIV. That aside, the Regalia Type-G takes the driver and up to three passenger players. Sorry, no Chocobos allowed.

Right-click the someone else’s mount and select “Ride Pillion”. Not that “pillion” is actually the correct word for a car. But then cars aren’t normal in Eorzea, so what the heck, really!

See It In Flight

You can also see screenshots over on ConsoleGamesWikiExternal Link (Opens in New Window/Tab) that depict it on the ground and in flight.

Orchestrion Roll Orchestrion Rolls

The following Orchestrion Rolls can be obtained in exchange for Unidentified Magktek Unidentified Magitek:

  • Hammerhead
  • Valse di Fantastica
  • Relax and Reflect
  • Veiled in Black
  • Apocalypsis Noctis
  • A Quick Pit Stop

Ironworks Hands

You can trade your magitek with Ironworks Hand NPCs in various locations: Black Brush Station (Thanalan), Ul’dah, Gridania and Limsa.

Triple Triad Card

There is just one card available and you’ll never guess who it depicts!

Oh, you guessed. Never mind then, carry on!

  • Noctis Lucis Caelum Card (5*)
    Price: MGP 10,000

Note: You must purchase this from the Ironwork Vendor to get this discounted price.

The usual price is MGP 200,000!

TL;DR Experience a Nocturne for Heroes for Yourself

This will be the third time I’ve run the Noctis Event and each time I have another character who has yet to do the story. It’s really well written and the combat types are varied too.

You get a great new outfit glamour for free. Then you can relax in the gold saucer to earn any of the other things you may or may not want, too. However you choose to play FFXIV, and whichever aspects of A Nocturne for Heroes you engage in – enjoy playing and help others to do the same.

Official Sites

Naturally, you should check out the official pages too:

About the Author

Fibro Jedi
Fibro Jedi

I have been playing MMOs for about ten years and began writing guides to The Lord of the Rings Online in 2017. I've only been creating content about Final Fantasy XIV since 2022, but I am glad for the mix. My current games include LOTRO, FFXIV and the occasional Palia session too.

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