Shout Out / Final Fantasy XIV

You can barely go two yalms in Eorzea without running into a Shout-Out, Pun, or Punny Shout-Out. To name a few of them:




FATE Titles

  • A boss FATE has you fighting a giant crab called Cancer. The name of the FATE is It's Not Lupus.
  • Clever Girls, which, for bonus points, has the players fighting off a swarm of "Anoles" (which look like velociraptors).
  • A boss fate against Voll the Sharkskinned is called Sharknado.
  • One at the Blessed Bud in Gridania is called, wait for it... Breaking Bud.
  • There is a FATE that pits the characters against Karkinos, a Giant Enemy Crab. The title of which is... "Giant Enemy Crab".
  • One in Upper La Noscea is called Nine-ilm Snails.
  • One in the Black Shroud is called Robbin' Goblins.
  • A low level FATE in the Central Shroud is called "Training Day".
  • The exact same The Trashmen reference mentioned under Dialogue is also made in the title of a FATE involving an avian monster named Simurgh, which is - you guessed it - "Simurgh Is The Word".
  • The 2014 Saints' Wake event includes a FATE in Ul'dah titled "Main Street Spectral Parade".
  • A FATE in Outer Las Noscea is titled "Full Metal Alchemist".
  • A low level fate against a large Roseling (seed pod shooting plants/vine creatures) known as Barometz is called "Barometz Soup".
  • A FATE in Eastern Thanalan deals with Men Who See Goats.
  • A FATE in Western Thanalan asks if There Might Be Giants.
  • Ro Roh', "Dschubba Snacks" involves a large, and violent spider... scorpion...Scorpionspider named Dschubba
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  • A FATE in Eastern La Noscea is called "Careless Whiskers"
  • Another giant enemy crab, this time involving Old-Six Arms, is titled "(I Just) Died in Six Arms Tonight"
  • A fight in Western Thanalan called The Villain, pits you against a sabotender, Cactuar Jack.
  • An Outer La Noscea FATE that sees you destroying Kobold toolboxes is titled "Schism".
  • One FATE in the North Shroud is named "Smells Like Tree Spirit". The boss? A giant treant.
  • In the Dravanian Hinterlands, there's a FATE named "Tarantula Hawk, Pro Stinger."
  • In the Coerthas Western Highlands, the local multi-man boss FATE is called "We Fought a Dzu".
  • In Idyllshire, is the FATE Olmpus Has Pollen. The enemy being Plant creatures, whose pollen has overwhelmed the goblins gas masks and is causing them to have runny noses and causing their eyes to tear up.
  • In Azys Lla, there is a FATE called Harvest Moon. Said FATE pits you against Clockwork Harvestmen (mobs based on XII's Mimics)
  • A FATE involving protecting honeybees is titled "Now I See Bees I Won", which is a lyric from the song "Bob" by "Weird Al" Yankovic

Mob and NPC Names

  • The Warrior Job quests are all given to you by a Roegadyn named Curious Gorge.
  • The leader of the millers in the "Poor Maid's" FATE chain in La Noscea is named Rabid Ratata.
  • One of the Elite Marks in Western La Noscea is a crab named Dark Helmet.
  • The first boss of the Keeper Of The Lake is named Einhänder. And if you know the game that references, then you'll have a good idea of his main gimmick - namely, that he will switch out weapons that he carries underneath, from a bar to a minigun to a cannon. Later on, during the final boss fight of Keeper of the Lake, and much latter on, in Heavensward in the Sea of Clouds region, you'll find the same style of enemy mobs that appear named "Astrea" and "Endymion". Both are the name of the actual ships players controlled in Einhänder.
  • Within the Antitower, there is a Spriggan boss called "Ziggy", accompanied by a number of adds it spawns called "Stardust". This is especially notable because this boss came out in patch 3.2, the first since Bowie's passing.
  • Mentioned below, the recurring bosses of the Midas portion of Alexander have slightly altered versions of the names of the Combaticons. Onslaught-Onslaughter, Brawl-Brawler, Vortex-Vortexer, Swindle-Swindler, Blast Off-Blaster and finally Bruticus-Brute Justice.
  • One of the potential NPC racers in the Chocobo Race is Legally Yellow.
  • 2016's Moonfire Faire centers around a Sentai trio called the Posing Rangers. The name of the team, premise and explosions may bring Super Sentai or Power Rangers to mind.
  • The boss of Alexander: The Heart of the Creator, the Ark summon from IX, was renamed Cruise Chaser, and has the designation "Blassty." This is a shout-out to the 1986 game Cruise Chaser Blassty which the Ark summon was originally a reference to in the first place.
  • Similar to the FATE above, you can recruit a Hellsguard named "Careless Whisper" to your adventurer squadron.

Quest and Guildleve Titles


  • One vanity pet you can own is a gray cube with legs and wings called the "Demon Brick". It is believed to be a shout-out to World of Warcraft developer Ghostcrawler, who famously expressed his annoyance with theorycrafters by saying they'd use a featureless gray cube for a pet if it gave them a little extra DPS.
    • This has been debunked - the Art of Eorzea artbook explains that it is actually meant to be a minionized version of the Demon Wall boss.
  • One of the attacks used in the final fight for Tam-tara Deepcroft Hard Mode is Red Wedding.
  • The final boss of Hullbreaker Isle is a Kraken, who uses an attack called At World's End.
    • Continues on into Sastasha (Hard), where the Kraken is summoned by a pirate (who thanks to a mutation resembles Davy Jones) shouting "Release the Kraken!" and a new attack from the Kraken being called "On Stranger Tides"
  • A level 48 Culinarian's Frying pan tool is named Hells' Kitchen.
  • The scene in the main scenario where Nabriales stops Moenbryda's axe effortlessly and with a single finger is very reminiscent of Aizen's reveal as Big Bad in Bleach
  • Godbert Manderville in the course of the 'Her Last Vow quest line reveals is own version of the melee Limit Break 2 Bladedance, with a Giant Golden Hammer that engulfs the enemies in a golden light.
  • The 2015 Little Ladies' Day event includes an item called "Nanapasi's Happy Smile Super Wish Bag". The description indicates that he wanted to call it the "Happy Smile Super Challenge Family Wish Bag", but the name wouldn't fit neatly into a single line.
  • A golden saucer quest is called "So You Think You Can Ride This Chocobo", could be a reference to So You Think You Can Dance.
  • The Monk's One Ilm Punch is an Eorzean flavored shout out to Bruce Lee 's famous One Inch Punch, complete with Bruce Lee-esque posturing afterward.
  • On Ul'dah you can find Ino and Sakura talking to some guy.
  • Cid Garlond's personal airship is named The Enterprise.
    • After some significant upgrades, he later rechristens the ship The Excelsior.
  • Before accepting the quest "Bolt, Chain, an Island", the bit of text in the description reads, "Alphinaud loves it when a plan comes together."
  • The Twintania mount has an "attack" (does no damage since every mount with an attack ability is just for show) called Aerial Combat Maneuvers and its info box simply says "Do a barrel roll!" Twintania even does said barrel roll when you command her to do it.
  • Jandelaine, the Aesthetician, strikes some poses that wouldn't be out of place in a JoJo's Bizarre Adventure scene.
  • The Dark Knight's Living Dead buff will protect the player from being knocked out and they gain a zombie like debuff should they suffer a blow that would have put them down. The debuff is called Walking Dead.
  • The Dusk Vigil dungeon contains a number of references to the Night Watch from A Song of Ice and Fire. The dungeon is a huge ice-crusted wall of a fortress in the frozen north, similar to the Wall. The dungeon's name, "Dusk Vigil" means the same thing as "Night Watch". The dungeon is filled with undead, icy zombies of the former defenders, similar to the Others the Night Watch are meant to defend the realm from. The quest to unlock the Dusk Vigil is titled "For All The Nights To Come", which is the last line of the Night Watch's oath. In addition to that, the last boss of the Dusk Vigil has an attack named "Winds Of Winter".
  • The final level 60 quest for Culinarian ends up with a pure tribute to a Shokugeki in Shokugeki no Soma.
  • In the Antitower, the First Boss's lines include "The Lovers...The Dreamers...And Me! and "it's not easy being..." It should be noted that the enemy in question is a singing frog.
    • Relatedly, the second boss, named Ziggy, summons meteors labeled as Stardust.
  • Alexander: Midas gets a homage to Humongous Mecha and Tokukatsu shows like Super Sentai, Power Rangers and Voltron on the 4th floor, but a specific reference is to an obscure group of Transformers, the Combaticons. From the names of the bosses all the way to the Combining Mecha gimmick.
  • During the Hildibrand quests in Heavensward, Nashu mistakes gazebos for some form of dreadful beast.
  • Several achievement chains for the Mentor Roulette are titled "I Hope Mentor Notices Me", which is taken from the popular meme "Notice Me, Senpai!" with Senpai being a similar title for mentor.
  • For Little Ladies' Day 2016, the players are introduced to a group of, effectively, Eorzean Idol Singers who are on the rise in popularity. The name of the Lalafell member is Ulala.
  • When fighting Mistbeard in Hullbreaker Isle (Hard), he will occasionally shout "The legend never dies!" He even wears a similar mask.
  • The description for Patch 3.3's Stone, Sky, & Sea: The Minstrel's Ballad: Nidhogg's Rage: "He who harkens to rambling bard's ballad of man who was dragon man who was maybe just dragon obsessed with burning people and thatched-roof cottages is either great warrior or great fool."
  • The message given when you recieve the Prism wing item from Square Enix reads thus.
    "Enclosed are 99 magicked prisms (wings). Fly like an eagle. To the sea. Of clouds."
  • Gaius van Baelsar resembles Grahf quite a bit.
  • The Palace of the Dead shares its name with the one found in Tactics Ogre. The trailer for the Soul Surrender patch cements this reference further by using the same exact soundtrack.
  • The Hildibrand quests in 3.4 require you to steal an old man's armor and pants. When handing them in as proof, the latter of the two has the description "The old grey mare, she ain't what she used to be, ain't what she used to be, ain't what she used to be..."

Legacy specific

  • In Ul'dah at "The Platinum Mirage", a Mammet will tell your fortune. After analyzing you, he can tell you "The answer... is 42."
  • In the Twelveswood surrounding Gridania, there is a type of Galago (monkey-creatures) called "Curious Galago".
  • The Quests for the battles against Ifrit in 1.0 were called "It Kills With Fire" and "Ifrit Bleeds, We Can Kill It". The latter is reused as the unlocking quest for Ifrit (Extreme) in ARR.
  • In a city to the west of Limsa, there's a Roegadyn named "Immodest Mouse".