Squre Enix released the patch preview about Frontline which offers a closer look at Frontline, where adventurers will do battle to claim disputed territory in the name of their respective Grand Companies.
Reduced to a desolate wasteland by the Calamity, the Carteneau Flats are devoid of all value save for the Allagan ruins scattered across its desolate landscape. With each nation coveting the untold secrets they possess, tensions mounted, threatening to undermine the very foundation of the Eorzean Alliance. To prevent needless bloodshed, while permitting the pursuit of individual interests, the three nations have agreed to a civilized conflict within the borders of Carteneau. To that end, the Grand Companies now call upon regiments of adventurers to help lay claim to this contested domain.
Frontline is a new PvP challenge which engages three teams of adventurers, each team representing one of the three Grand Companies. Teams consist of up to 24 players in an alliance, allowing for a grand total of 72 players in a single battle.
Success on the frontline will depend heavily not only on individual skill, but on your ability to work as a team.
1) Carteneau Flats: Borderland Ruins
Players will be tasked with defending outposts established by their respective Grand Companies, as well as locating and laying claim to key Allagan ruins, holding them safe from opposing teams.
2) Rules of Engagement
Each team will be awarded points upon completing various objectives including occupying locations of interest, defeating players from opposing teams, and defeating enemies that spawn on the field.
a: Players will receive points for the following activities:
Occupying Locations of Interest
Locations of interest such as outposts and Allagan ruins can be identified by flags, indicating the Grand Company that currently controls them. By remaining in close proximity to these flags, players can occupy these locations to earn points for their team.
Teams will receive a fixed number of points upon claiming locations of interest, and will also accrue points over time for every location that remains occupied by their Grand Company.
Occupying locations of interest will prove key to victory, as this yields points in great quantities.
b: Incapacitating Opposing Players
Incapacitating opposing players will also yield points.
c: Defeating Monsters
Monsters will appear on the field periodically, yielding points to teams that defeat them.
Incapacitated players will be returned to their Grand Company's landing, where they will be allowed to rejoin combat after a short delay. Returning to your landing after being incapacitated will not incur a weakness penalty, but the delay before you can rejoin the battle will lengthen each time you fall.
Players are free to use mounts on the Frontline. However, players taking damage while mounted will be inflicted with the Heavy status effect.
When the match ends, each team will receive PvP experience and Wolf Marks commensurate with their performance. All players will also receive Allagan tomestones of mythology and Allagan tomestones of soldiery for participating.
By accumulating PvP EXP, you will rise in PvP rank, as well as earn action points. These points can be used to enhance PvP-exclusive actions and traits.
b: Wolf Marks
Participating in and winning PvP battles on the frontline will earn you Wolf Marks, which can be exchanged for gear and other useful battle items by speaking with one of the Maelstrom soldiers stationed at the Wolves' Den.
c: Achievement Reward - Warsteed
After claiming victory on the frontline a certan number of times, players will be rewarded with an achievement and the new Warsteed Mount.
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