FFXIV: Peeling The Easter Eggs (SPOILER ALERT)

Updated: Feb 11

If you haven't completed Stormblood DO NOT read past this unless you like having spoilers. Of course, if you haven't finished ARR or Heavensward either probably don't read on. This is a COMPILATION of "easter eggs" that are "likely" because of course unless Yoshi-P comes out and says it - It's just speculation!

Some of the screenshots are not mine, and if they aren't mine - I will endeavor to actually link back to the site and of course cite all sources where possible. Usually i'll link to a source for the pop culture or easter egg, unless it's blatant then you can google it. I may go back through and add some more later as I roll through edits.

* As of Weds Feb 10 2021 at 19:50 PM *(7:50PM) - I had to pre-publish this so I could actually help credit users of websites, and twitter users. You'll note after this i'll be still working on this tonight and maybe days to come - There will be a SECTION Based link here later to get to the FULL edits list. (I'll even try and learn how to do a SECTION list so you're not lost!)


Basic Series Eggs

Random Notes







Beast Tribe Quests




* Again at this time of writing Shadowbringers is excluded

Final Fantasy Series basic easter eggs:





* Terra's Theme is the one played when you get a MAGITEK Mount - which i beleive the first time you get this is near the end of ARR. For Reference TERRA is the main character in Final Fantasy SIX JP and Final Fantasy 3 USA. I am unaware if the non US english releases followed the same numbering.

* There are MULTIPLE FF 11 / FFXI and Lightning crossover fates - I don't know the confirmation on this because well i've never played those titles at this stage of my life. (I'm going by research)

* SESAME COOKIE ITEM DESCRIPTION (Because I Don't remember where you get this item from.) Tales of a blue monster who greedily devours these baked delights have frightened children across the realm for generations. - This is a SESAME STREET COOKIE MONSTER REFERENCE.

* Pulling Straws: resticks55

4 years ago

When I saw her, I thought the Goldsmith guild master Serendipity was a dig a Rarity with the purple hair and the fact jewels are involved, but I could be wrong.


4 years ago

I can guarantee you that's not a pony reference.

* Stan lee/Marvel reference cid calls he's new ship Excelsior! (OR this is a Star Trek reference. I have a feeling it's less "TO EXCELSIOR AND BEYOND" and more Star Trek lol.) https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Excelsior_class

- This is confirmed to be more in the realm of Star Trek with this forums post: https://forum.square-enix.com/ffxiv/threads/242609-References-in-Heavensward?p=3099750&viewfull=1#post3099750


Into Frank Zappa? https://ffxiv.gamerescape.com/wiki/Overnight_Migration - Found from this thread: https://www.reddit.com/r/ffxiv/comments/4ksxzp/littleacknowledged_localization_team_cultural/ - It could also be TWISTA 's 2000's song but i just remembered that wasn't overnight sensation it was overnight celebrity LOL

NPC in Camp Drybone - named ERMEGARDE. Possibly a reference to the Goosebumps book nerd meme "ER MAH GERD".

"THE ANSWER IS 42" - https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/960613-final-fantasy-xiv-online/56369290 - A random note about the Pugilist Guild in Ul'dah with the Mammet here.

"The Big Bagoly Theory" - The Big Bang Theory, this was picked up by Gamer FAQ forums. I'm sure I noticed this, but again i'm just in Shadowbringers now. https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/678050-final-fantasy-xiv-online-a-realm-reborn/75571407 (User: Leon Leonhart)

LEVEL 32 FATE - IT'S NOT LUPUS - https://ffxiv.gamerescape.com/wiki/It%27s_Not_Lupus - Scraping the forums at GamerFaq you'll note the blaring HOUSE reference. Thank you to Gamemaster64 for this one! https://www.reddit.com/r/ffxiv/comments/3cfetv/pop_culture_references_in_ffxiv/csuzgn4/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3 " My favorite is still the Cancer FATE It's Not Lupis followed by the Remission achievement. Too bad it didn't drop a House minion with a cane that insults you in combat. "

"Blood, Augur, Hex, Magicks" - A nod to "BLOOD SUGAR SEX MAGIK" - A 1991 Red Hot Chili Pepper's Album. https://ffxiv.consolegameswiki.com/wiki/Blood,_Augur,_Hex,_Magicks

Not sure what level this one is but https://www.ign.com/wikis/ff14/Notorious_Biggs - This is a BIGGS quest in MSQ. "NOTORIUS BIG" was a Rapper in the 1990s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Notorious_B.I.G. - RIP Good sir, you still "HYPNOTIZE" Me through my 30s!

"A MAN RIDES TRHOUGH" https://ffxiv.consolegameswiki.com/wiki/A_Man_Rides_Through

This is a LEVEL 40 FATE QUEST Nodding to: A book by Stephen Donaldson, A Man Rides Through.

"LOVE ME SABOTENDER" - https://www.reddit.com/r/ffxiv/comments/1lblm3/how_to_get_cactuar_minion_zombies_are_people_too/ - "Love me sabotender, love me sweet. Never let me chocobo. ♪ You have made my life complete. And I love you kupo! ♫" - https://twitter.com/RPGMoogle/status/1067589348919574533 - This is a nod to an ELVIS PRESLEY hit song.

SIDE QUESTS (44) - "Doubt thou the stars are fire,

Doubt that the sun doth move,

Doubt truth to be a liar,

But never doubt I love." - SHAKESPEARE - HAMLET.

LEVEL 49 FATE - Go, Go, Gorgimera = Go,Go, Power Rangers? Not sure on this one.


LEVEL 50 PRIMAL QUEST: "QUAKE ME UP" https://eu.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/playguide/db/quest/aac88614d57/ - "WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GO GO DON'T LEAVE ME HANGING ON LIKE A YO YO" - It's a George Michael/ WHAM Reference. Song was out in the early 1980s.

LEVEL 50 PRIMAL QUEST" DROP DEAD SHIVA: You're battling the PRIMAL SHIVA - under the quest "DROP DEAD SHIVA" this isn't a nod to "OH JUST GO DROP DEAD" Phrasing, but more so the 90s cult classic "DROP DEAD FRED". https://ffxiv.gamerescape.com/wiki/Drop_Dead_Shiva " An unhappy housewife (Phoebe Cates) gets a lift from the return of her imaginary childhood friend, Drop Dead Fred (Rik Mayall). " https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101775/ R.I.P Rick Mayall, some of us yankees will ever know you as Fred making all those hilarious british styled insults and making them seem so innocent.

LEVEL 50 PRIMAL QUEST "IFRIT BLEEDS: WE KILL IT" - "If it bleeds, we kill it" is a nod to the 1987 CULT SCI FI HORROR CLASSIC - PREDATOR. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNr0WXQ3Ho4 / https://ffxiv.consolegameswiki.com/wiki/Ifrit_Bleeds,_We_Can_Kill_It

LEVEL 50 THORNMARCH PRIMAL QUEST- "There is a quest in the main storyline that you get when you get access to Thornmarch named You have selected regicide

It is a reference to a [The Simpsons gag when bart believes Ned Flanders is a murderer and tries to call the police.] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAsIx3oPY-8) " https://www.reddit.com/r/ffxiv/comments/4ksxzp/littleacknowledged_localization_team_cultural/

CRYSTAL TOWER RAIDS: The Armor of Light set from the Crystal Tower raids is the Warrior of Light's armor from Dissidia. - DarthBadGuy from GamerFaq Forums - https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/678050-final-fantasy-xiv-online-a-realm-reborn/75571407

"ROCK THE CASTRUM" https://ffxiv.gamerescape.com/wiki/Rock_the_Castrum - CHERIE Don't LIKE IT! ROCK THE CASTUM - ROCK THE CAST... WHAT? ROCK THE KASBAH (CASBAH?) - Yea it's a nod to a 1980s song, The Clash: Rock the Casbah.


LEVEL 50 FATES (3 of them with this guy) - https://knowyourmeme.com/photos/1216577-final-fantasy-xiv - "ALAIMBERT OF THE SPIKED BUTT" Involved in FATEs (2) https://ffxiv.gamerescape.com/wiki/No_Ifs,_Ands,_or_Butts

  • No Ifs, Ands, or Butts

  • Null and Void

Dick Jokes Abound:

SCREENSHOT READS: "Also there were some quests that had pretty good dick jokes in them could anyone locate those?"

Because this was a pop cultue reference thread, not really a "follow Kieran's potty humour" Thread - I'm gonna leave this thread out LOL. You can find this linked from various reddit and Know Your Meme Threads.



UPDATES TO THIS SECTION ARE ON THIS THREAD: https://www.kieransomerville.com/forum/final-fantasy-xiv/geek-references-ffxiv-heavensward

“Lost City of Amadpor” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9mwELXPGbA One Night In Bangkok reference https://ffxiv.consolegameswiki.com/wiki/The_Lost_City_of_Amdapor


https://finalfantasy.fandom.com/wiki/Final_Fantasy_XIV_quests/Wandering_Minstrel_Quests#A_Song_of_Steam_and_Steel . - This is CLEARLY A GAME OF THRONES REFERENCE. I haven't seen this one because I'm assuming you must clear the other minstrel quests to get to it. Found this gem via REDDIT. (I'm now only linking to the origin quest/fate unless it's a specific website)

"WAX ON WAX OFF" - https://ffxiv.gamerescape.com/wiki/Glawackus_On,_Glawackus_Off - Karate KID reference.

PANIC?!? - https://ffxiv.gamerescape.com/wiki/Panic_Rheum - Jodie Foster Movie.

Reddit User (Rollergator) Provides these screenshots and youtube videos for context: The FATE Waugyl Waugyl Waugyl and the Jason Derulo/Snoop song it references.

SCREENSHOT IS FROM REDDIT - WAUGYL WAUGYL WAUGYL REFERENCING THE DERULO SONG WIGGLE WIGGLE WIGGLE - you can see the WAUGYL mob during the Level 54 FATE. USER is likely on a PS4 or using a PC with a controller. Their companion/chocobo is named WADDLESWORTH and the main Player character according to their job icon is a WHITE MAGE.

Also On Melancholic Hill and the excellent Gorillaz song it references!

Screenshot is from reddit - showing MELANCHOLIC MORIA monsters and Morbols during the FFXIV FATE ON MELANCHOLIC HILL.

DRAVANIAN HINTERLANDS SIDE QUEST Lvl 53 - "HOW TO FEED YOUR DRAGON" https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/playguide/db/quest/87189ed7e9c/ - "HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON" - Are you insinuating that Hraesvalger is TOOTHLESS? Don't get the fandom started! Again, another awesome Reddit gem!

Level 55 Side Quests

- Quest 'The Nest Episode' might be a a reference to Dr. Dre "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" [NSFW] ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL7LVzym1bs ), specifically the line ""So jus' chill, 'til the next episode". I just say this because of the previous Biz Markie reference (someone on the staff likes old hip hop).

- Quest 'No Country for Young Moogles' -> 'No Country for Old Men' (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Cou...Old_Men_(film)).

LEVEL 58 FATE "There's a fate in the hinterlands that's called "Feed Me See More" and it's a plant boss fate. An obvious reference to Little Shop Of Horrors and the famous line, "feed me Seymour!"" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QETfA9_b7wM / https://ffxiv.consolegameswiki.com/wiki/Feed_Me,_See_More

Level 58 FATE - "METAL GEARS RISING" https://ffxiv.gamerescape.com/wiki/Metal_Gears_Rising - This is a nod to METAL GEAR RISING: REVENANCE. I've never played this game, but it's a fate found in the DRAVANIAN HINTERLANDS. I may have played the FATE come to think of it - I was just finishing one of the Alexander raids and I found this fate I beleive. https://ffxiv.gamerescape.com/wiki/Guide:Pop_Culture_References#Fates - There's a series of these evidently.

Olympus Has Pollen is a level 58 Kill EnemiesFATE in The Dravanian Hinterlands - The Makers' Quarter (x23,y25). - Darthbadguy quotes "A FATE called "Olympus has Pollen" in the same area which dates the game down to the one week that movie was popular" - https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/678050-final-fantasy-xiv-online-a-realm-reborn/75571407

SEA OF CLOUDS FATE - "REBEL YEHL" - If you're not already dancing with your self after the Elvis Presley SABOTENDER reference - you'll be next on the IDOL LIST IF YOUR NAME IS BILLY OR WILLIAM. This quirky 1980s brit hard rock hit "REBEL YELL" makes its way onto the list. https://ffxiv.gamerescape.com/wiki/Rebel_Yehl

Level 59 Fate "PREY ONLINE" - https://forum.square-enix.com/ffxiv/threads/242609-References-in-Heavensward/page6 - It's a reference to Square Enix's PLAYONLINE Ps2 feature. https://ffxiv.consolegameswiki.com/wiki/Prey_Online

Level 60 Dungeon Aetherochemical Research Facility, Enforcement Droid 210 - reference to Robocop's ED 209; and dont forget the DBZ-like fusion the bosses do.

(1) https://ffxiv.consolegameswiki.com/wiki/The_Aetherochemical_Research_Facility


* These are Level 60, and are in here because I'm aware that some of these side quests are pre stormblood and early stormblood and i'm happy to be corrected!

DRAGON SONG QUESTS AND EASTER EGG REFERENCES ARE UPDATED IN THE HEAVENSWARD FORUM POST: https://www.kieransomerville.com/forum/final-fantasy-xiv/geek-references-ffxiv-heavensward

The Warring Triads Questline: https://ffxiv.consolegameswiki.com/wiki/The_Warring_Triad_Quests - DarthBadguy from Gamefaq's forums is quoted saying "The Warring Triad are lifted almost directly from FFVI" - This would be classed as a SERIES egg, but because it's on the same forum post as a ton of other eggs I figured i'd list it seperate. https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/678050-final-fantasy-xiv-online-a-realm-reborn/75571407


The Alexander Creator quest name "Biggs and Wedge's Excellent Adventure" - This is a BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE nod. If you're an 80s/90s buff, or a kid who was born in these two decades/grew up then - OR you're a Gen X'er who just loves Keanu Reeves. You'll get this is ALSO a consisten FF series nod to BIGGS AND WEDGE! https://ffxiv.gamerescape.com/wiki/Biggs_and_Wedge%27s_Excellent_Adventure

Other Alexander Notes: "ILLUMINATI" - Because US government, Tin FOIL HATS And 4chan threads. This is a consistent thing based on a "NEW WORLD ORDER" theme, and hopefully nobody's going to start on the TRIANGLES AND BEYONCE conspiracy theories.

Two Movies One Quest:


This one's either nodding to TERMINATOR, or To that QUIRKY 90s movie about 4th of July where the ALIENS COME TO PROBE US UP THE BUTT WITH WILL SMITH. Either that or it's a men in black reference I have no clue LOL.

ANTI TOWER: https://ffxiv.consolegameswiki.com/wiki/The_Antitower - One of the bosses is called "ZIGGY" with adds called "STARDUST" - this is a reference to David Bowie.



"... Stupid Sexy Roegardyn."

SCREENSHOT IS FROM REDDIT - SHOWING A SHIP IN THE RUBY SEA OF FFXIV AND A QUOTE IN THE TEXT BOX GOING "STUPID SEXY ROEGARDYN" - Two naked NPC's can be seen or close to naked. "WARRIOR OF LIGHT" player character from the reddit post can be seen.

This one comes from: https://www.reddit.com/r/ffxiv/comments/6huvj3/stupid_sexy_roegadyn/

It's a nod to The Simpsons :


Title Stupid Sexy Flanders! (The Simpsons)

Description From season 11 episode 10: Little Big Mom

Length 0:01:10

I don't know if this one is pre-stormblood (dragonsong) or belongs here- VOID ARK raids. -https://ffxiv.consolegameswiki.com/wiki/The_Void_Ark - " Susu CatOfTheCanalss / 4 years ago / If you know anything about Irish mythology, you might have noticed a few references. So in Void Ark it's mentioned the Mhachi leader was Scathach, the Shadow Queen. In myth (Ulster cycle) she was a warrior woman who trained Cuchullain, (whom you know also from void ark) and Ferdiad (a boss from AK hard). "

GamerFaq Forums: "The lvl 68 Castrum is a massive nod to Junon and the sector 7 plate." https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/678050-final-fantasy-xiv-online-a-realm-reborn/75571407


DELTASCAPE QUEST LINE - https://finalfantasy.fandom.com/wiki/Exdeath - Again another series based egg - but these are popping up a lot more than I thought!


* These are too fun to keep in their respective expansions, and some people don't stumble on these until later on in their gaming career. SPOILER warning for 90% of this post anyways so go for gold.

https://ffxiv.gamerescape.com/wiki/Criminal_Crossings - ANIMAL CROSSING! It's a LEVEL 60 STORMBLOOD ANANTA BEAST TRIBE QUEST!


* I will confirm which classes i've actually seen these with, versus the ones i'm researching. I am mainly a DPS nerd with a healer backup set. (Aka: I started out as a White Mage and gave up around HW lol.)


In Ul Dah, by the Alchemist guild, there are two young NPCs sitting at the fountain. One says, "No manner of alchemy can bring our father back." The other replies, "But there must be a way! There has to be!". Might be a Full Metal Alchemist reference? (besides that they say 'Father' instead of 'Mother'....) [Trust me on this to whoever questioned this one, it's an Elric brothers reference - just watch the anime lol.]


Did any one Mention the Lv56 Paladin quest Hey Soul Crystal is more likely a Train song. https://forum.square-enix.com/ffxiv/threads/242609-References-in-Heavensward/page6 - "HEY SOUL SISTER" by Train.

Bard: level 60 Bard Quest: One of the npcs says to the boss (siren clone) "Your music is bad and you should feel bad." Referencing Zoidberg. - I can confirm that while i saw this on the FF Forums, I actually ... sadly missed this one myself probably. xD my Bard is like level 73 LOL!


4) Sha(n)totto from the BLM quests is simultaneously a real person in XIV lore and a walking talking reference to the FFXI sorceress of the same name https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/678050-final-fantasy-xiv-online-a-realm-reborn/75571407 (DarthBadGuy)

"BLACK SQUAWK DOWN" Level 58 BLM Quest - A Nod to the movie "BLACK HAWK DOWN"

SAMURAI (STORMBLOOD ERA) - https://ffxiv.gamerescape.com/wiki/Sekiseigumi

Level 63 Questline- SEIKISEIGUMI (This is my screenshot, because as of about 4pm Today, it's the only thing i'd autistically talk about. I have autism, so I am happy to admit this. My RL mother who plays this just rolled her eyes at me. An FC member looked at me in gleeful suprise that I was this much of a geek.)

(Screenshot of KONGO, SHINDEN AND MAKOTO near the BARRACKS in the KUGANE area of FFXIV - Mi'qote is player RANA'ETH ERI-HOTH wearing Glamoured Wolf Marks Samurai Gear)

This is the cream of the crop. There is a MULTIPLE LAYERED reference in this one. and uh, it's a HUGE nod. So first of all you would've noticed this area in STORMBLOOD (i'll find the reference to it later, because i'm partway into SHADOWBRINGERS, and the Samurai references in SB were the Gosetsu line and earlier). Second of all, you'll get through several Samurai story references i'm sure - but this one if you're an Anime nerd you'll get it. If you're a JAPANESE CULTURE NERD you'll get it. Exception would be is if you were on the other side of the coin in your studies, and then you'll just gloss over it going "Whatever it was just a bunch of farmers". This one references in POP CULTURE: NHK! Shinsengumi, Gintama, Peacemaker Kurogane, Hakuouki Shinsengumi (and respective titles). I'm sure it's a 1000x more because you'll probably pull in Kenshin here too. Anything the Shinsengumi were in pop culture wise - list it here.

REAL LIFE: Basically, the Shinsengumi weren't in the usual caste system. They were trying to start a better life the best way they could. Some were farmers, and some were medicine peddlers *Hijikata i'm staring at you*. Some were Gorillas (Sorry gintama reference) and some were Sadistic bastards who just wanted Hijikata dead (I've heard from sources that even in real life, Okita Souji was a major prankster/troll). Aside from the semi irresponsible and irreverant pop culture jokes - these were important figures in the development of Japanese history. To the west they're not, to the colonizers they weren't - but to Japan they were. More information can be found on them here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinsengumi - Please note my description is heavily squished, generalized and a little oversimplified.

DARK KNIGHT: One of the 30-50 DRK quests already references Mad Max: Fury Road.

"Oh what a day! What a lovely day!" - This was on the Final Fantasy forums.


" She had that applewood staff and the robes with the fur (with the fur!). The whole collector's club will be looking at her." 'SHAWTY WENT LOW LOW LO... Wait a minute ROWENA WTF ARE YOU SMOKING AND WHY IS THERE SUSPENSION ON THAT CHOCOBO CART?" - This is a COLLECTIBLES ITEM, https://ffxiv.gamerescape.com/wiki/Guide:Pop_Culture_References#Items https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low_(Flo_Rida_song) - Yea i am staring at you and wondering how you 2000's white kids didn't pick this one up.

[FOR CLARITY - I HAVE NOT FINISHED SHADOWBRINGERS AND WILL NOT TOUCH ON SHADOWBRINGERS SPOILERS OR EASTER EGGS - I am only just at the level 73 questline. This is by choice, as some of us in our FC are not all at the same area of the game and I am trying to level up other classes to use with Shadowbringers and then Endwalker (6.0) when it comes out.]

For those of you looking for my reaction to the live letter, and announcement showcase - I will try and write another post soon about it.



We're a quirky bunch, and we're based off two data centers.

We're also part of the PARABATAI Alliance!

For more information WATCH THIS SPACE!!!


* As of Weds Feb 10 2021 at 19:50 PM *(7:50PM) - I had to pre-publish this so I could actually help credit users of websites, and twitter users. You'll note after this i'll be still working on this tonight and maybe days to come - There will be a SECTION Based link here later to get to the FULL edits list. (I'll even try and learn how to do a SECTION list so you're not lost!)

* 20:46 PM (8:46PM) - Still rolling through reddit. Finally figured out how to set up the Section list. Will add sources to missing areas later on as I fix up stuff. Waiting on information from Alliance and FC members. I will be adding discord information for both Alliance, FC and my general one at some time. This means you'll be able to contact me easier! GRAMMATICAL AND SPELLING ERRORS Are well - a mess, and grammarly thinks i'm a school failure. I'll get there fixing everything.

* Same evening - Looking to see if anyone can do IMAGE alt text submissions, i'm really horrible at these and I never know what people are looking for description wise. I know alot of VISUALLY IMPAIRED or neurodivergent people want alternative text or descriptions. Have now put in the final evening edit, and will now start collecting in a GOOGLE DOC and updating a few times a day because WIX GETS REALLY LAGGY during large blog posts.

* 3pmish Thur 11 Feb 2021 - Sheesh this is a never ending rabbit hole. I'm starting to think this needs to be moved to the site forums, because a LARGE AF blog post is gonna lag someone's computer out in a minute. I'll figure out how to start copying new information into the forums! - I'll sporadically add peppered links in sections to new forum posts so nobody misses out. Started the Google Doc last night but got a bit lazy so i'm still scraping data from multiple websites. I am probably taking a break and going to go play for a bit before dinner.


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