Cinder Drift is the new trial added in Final Fantasy XIV‘s Patch 5.2. This battle introduces Ruby Weapon to the world of FFXIV with intricate new mechanics and an amazing soundtrack. Cinder Drift is unlocked fairly early in the Main Scenario, so you won’t have to advance too far into 5.2 content to complete it.
Unlocking Cinder Drift
At the end of the first MSQ quest of 5.2, “Old Enemies, New Threats,” the quest directs you to the Ala Mhigan Quarter. There are two NPCs nearby: One who will continue the story, and another who has the quest “Ruby Doomsday.” The NPC who gives you Cinder Drift is located at X:36.4 Y:31.8 in the Lochs.
After a series of cutscenes, you’ll unlock the ability to queue in through the Duty Roulette.
Unlocking Cinder Drift Extreme
After completing Normal difficulty and turning in the quest “Ruby Doomsday,” visit the nearby Warmachina Fanatic in the Lochs (X:11.5 Y:22.5) to unlock the EX Trial. His cutscenes suggest that this won’t be the last time we’ll encounter him during Shadowbringers, so remember where he is.
Each clear of Cinder Drift EX nets you a Ruby Totem, 10 of which can be exchanged for a weapon by speaking to C’intana in Mor Dhona (X:22.7 Y:6.7.)