When is Hatching-Tide 2022?
This year’s eggstravaganza takes place from 13th April (at 1am PDT) to 27th April 2022 (at 7:59am PDT).
In the UK that means a 9am start on the 13th, and a 4pm finish on the 27th.
If you need to convert the times for your zone this tool can be quite handy
What Level Do I Need to Be?
As with many FFXIV Events, all you need to reach is Level 15. If you’re lower than that, I’d say “hop to it”, but I expect you’ll be sick of puns by day 1! And it doesn’t matter if you’re a subscriber or on the FFXIV Free Trial – you are all welcome!
Hippity, Hoppity, Happily is a Level 15 quest.
How do I Start Hatching-Tide?
As per the FF14 announcement, you’ll need to head to Old Gridania and to Mih Khetto’s Ampitheatre and speak to Jihli Aliapoh. Man, that Aliapoh family, seriously!
Hippity, Hoppity, Happily
Jihli Aliapoh is nearly hopping with excitement to discuss the miracle that is this year’s Hatching-tide with you. Nearly.
(from the Official Event Page)
I’m going to attempt to give you a walk-through of the event without giving any spoilers away. This could be interesting.
Jihli has ordered in some interesting bunny-like mammots, apparently. She will then send you to find Nonotta, who is having some chicken problems.
Notta is at the Greatgloam Growery. If you’re new to FFXIV or decided not to take up Botany, then this is the Botanists Guild Aetheryte shard. She’s at X: 5.3, Y: 7.8 in case you need that.
Just when things couldn’t possibly get worse between the chickens and the rabbit-like creatures, one of each run off! You need to give chase and find a witness.
Search for Witnesses
For this first stage of finding witnesses, you just need the Bewildered Botanist (X:8.4, Y8.6)
Witnesses in New Gridania
Once the Bewildered Botanist points you to new Gridania, you need to find three more witnesses. These are:
He can be found immediately upon entering New Gridania, if you take the route pointed out by the Bewildered Botanist.
This wee girly is next to the Aetheryte Plaza in New Gridania.
Oh those fun times dressed as a rabbit, trying to catch eggs. At least most of the helpers can attempt to retain some anonymity!
Happiness is a Warm Bunny (FATE)
Nearest Aetheryte: Bentbranch Meadows
How the FATE Works
The aim of this FATE is to catch the Happy Bunnies with nets. Easier said than done! Because of how this FATE works, if there are loads of people here…come back later. It’s nearly impossible to catch them because of how quickly they change direction and the number of people also trying to do the same as you.
You get a special action bar with the net ability on it. All that’s left is to attempt to target a bunny and use your net. Before it gets away and before another player gets it! (Click/tap the image below to open it in full).
The Chickens cast an AoE stun. So you can capture some of the other runaway Happy Bunnies easier if you find them in the (I think) 3 seconds they’re stunned for.
This year, the way you trade for the rewards is by earning Fortune Eggs. These are awarded from the FATE Happiness is a Warm Bunny. The number of eggs you are awarded seems to be based on a range of how many bunnies you caught. So I got three Fortune Eggs in a fate but another player earned five, for example. /sigh eggsample.
I don’t know if it’s the number of rabbits caught that equals the number of eggs, though. Now I’ve run it a few times, I think it is.
Hippity, Hoppity, Happily Quest Rewards
- 679 Gil
- Hatching Bunny Minion
Handing Out Painted Eggs
I’ll say not a lot about this. After you’ve completed your first run through of Hatching-Tide 2022, you can speak to Nonotta again to hand out more eggs. Each location you can select features different well-known NPCs, one of which says that the “Happy Bunny” used to be called “Traveler Rabbits”. Find out more when you encounter E-Sumi-Yan when giving out eggs!
Hatching-Tide 2022 Rewards
There is no animal costume this year! “So, what is there?”, you may ask. Well, here goes!
Minion: Hatching Bunny
Obtained: Quest Reward
Emote: Eat Egg
Item: Ballroom Ettiquette – An Egg a Day
Obtained: trade 9 × Fortune Eggs
Magicked Prism (Hatching-tide)
Item: Magicked Prism: Hatching-tide
Obtained: trade 1 × Fortune Egg
Effect: sends up a bunch of eggs into the air which explode into rainbow sparkles. (Video Coming Soon)
Magicked Prism at Nighttime
I only suck less at Happiness is a Warm Bunny because only two or three others are playing at the same time now!. On my first day, tt took me 7 attemps to get the 9 × Fortune Eggs required for the Eat Egg Emote! Not massively helpful when I was trying to write this FFXIV guide at the time!
Obtained: trade 3 × Fortune Eggs
Obtained: trade 3 × Fortune Eggs
Can You Reclaim Previous Hatching-Tide Rewards?
I still use the Spriggan top from my first ever Hatching-Tide! (And yes, I’m a newbie in comparison to many players!).
Visit the Official Page
You’ve probably already seen it, but if not…have a looksie here.
TL;DR Prepare for a Manic Hatching-Tide 2022
The mammot “bunnies” are very strange, but it’s a fun little questline. I really enjoy FFXIV events, mostly for the stories and fun interactions. Hatching-Tide is usually a tad surreal, but sometimes we need a bit of weirdness in life, yes? Maybe that’s just me…Happy Hatching!