Happy Valentione’s Day 2024!

The Valentione’s Day seasonal event has once again come to Eorzea in Final Fantasy XIV from Square Enix. For 2024, participation in the event rewards you with the Love Heart emote showcased in the featured image of this post.

This year’s event features a cameo that made me smile, and we also learn the origin of why the heart is the symbol of Valentione’s Day. What I like about Final Fantasy XIV is how there’s a story and reason for everything. The world is built out in a manner unseen in so many other MMORPGs. This could just be a real-world Valentine’s Day event in a game, but the talent at Square Enix have made it much more than that with the lore and NPC personalities.

Valentione’s Day is one of the earliest events in Final Fantasy XIV I ever attended. My first was in 2014 during the Realm Reborn era, and I’m happy for this 10-year history. As I recall, it occurred concurrently with the return of the Final Fantasy XIII event where Lightning would pop up in the world.

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Valentione Apron Dress Attire from the Valentione’s Day 2014 seasonl event
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I finally unlocked my grand company chocobo during the 2014 event
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Lightning’s hairstyle, also obtained at that time
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Remembering 2014, I took a trip to the original three city-states of Final Fantasy XIV for some costumed screenshots.

The Love Heart emote is easily now one of my favorite emotes, and so I’m spreading the word and also unlocking it on multiple characters. Be sure to get yours before the event ends Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 6:59 a.m. (PST).

Author: Stephen Oravec

Stephen Oravec is a writer from Ohio.