The last couple of weeks have seen a ridiculous amount of snow dumped on the world, and I’ve spent more time shoveling in that span than the rest of winter combined so far. Needless to say, I am so ready for spring!
In the spirit of getting outside and enjoying yards, I thought today I’d have a look at outdoor furnishings in FFXIV—because quite honestly, I don’t spend enough time with them!
So here are some of my favourites.
La Noscean grape pergola
This is a really new addition from Patch 5.45, and it’s craftable by a carpenter at level 80.
It’s the first furnishing of this sort that FFXIV has introduced, and it’s actually a really neat concept. I can only imagine how intense it was to code though! It features a nice wooden pergola that you can paint any colour, covered in leafy vines, bistro lights, and one Lominsan lamp right in the middle.
The only thing I don’t love about it is that it’s only a triangle, but from what I’ve seen, it’s really easy to place two of them together to create a rectangular covering. And so far, its primary uses seem to be for beautifully romantic patios!
Speaking of patios…
This, um, rug? was introduced a couple of patches ago when FC submarines got new maps. It’s clearly designed to match the parkside tree (which only doesn’t make the list because I’m petulantly upset about how hard they are to get from submarine missions), but it’s much more accessible; it’s craftable by an alchemist at level 80.
Unlike a lot of the brick furnishings introduced previously, this one is completely dyeable—so I’m excited to build a nice, not-red patio in one of our yards with it!
This came out at the same time as the grape pergola, and is also a really easily crafted furnishing. I won’t lie, I plan to use a few for my builds!
At first, I was disappointed in how the fountain applies dye, because rather than dyeing the brick, it just changes the colour of the fruit on the tree. Just—why.
The more I look at them, though, the more they’ve grown on me. I don’t necessarily need to dye the fruit, and the brick colours remind me of Animal Crossing for some reason.
There’s just something about this furnishing that my inner child loves.
It’s just about as simple as it gets; a platform with rails on two sides and a ladder. It’s already fun because it’s the easiest way to climb on outdoor furniture—but what many don’t realize is that it’s also a key component of outdoor glitching!
I will admit, I haven’t tried this yet myself. But I do know that there are ways to use simple treehouses to build things like pathways to the balcony on a large house, for example, and I keep meaning to try it out!
Far eastern willow
I have always been a sucker for a nice willow tree—they’re something I have a lot of fond childhood memories of, and I just love the way they sway in the breeze.
As an adult, I know I will probably never have a willow tree in my yard, just because they have invasive roots that like to break into pipes and I have no desire to deal with that. So I love having them in my Final Fantasy yard, where it really doesn’t matter!
On top of that, the designers did an amazing job with them, and they look just like the sort I’d want to read a book under. I love adding them to yard designs for a bit of privacy and softness.