Final Fantasy 14 Players Uncover Hilarious Dawntrail Benchmark Easter Egg

Hours after the Final Fantasy 14: Dawntrail Benchmark was released, players discover and share a hilarious Easter egg that anyone can replicate.

Final Fantasy 14 Players Uncover Hilarious Dawntrail Benchmark Easter Egg


  • Players on PC can change the date to April 1 for an Easter egg in Final Fantasy 14's Dawntrail benchmark to get Hildibrand or Brandihild to appear.
  • Which character appears depends on the time of day, making for an extra special secret.
  • Players can import benchmark characters into Dawntrail once early access arrives on June 28.

Following the launch of the Final Fantasy 14: Dawntrail benchmark, some players discovered an Easter egg that changes the default benchmark character to Hildibrand or Brandihild, depending on which PC time settings were changed. Final Fantasy 14 players shared the Easter egg on social media and discussed the methods that caused either character to appear.

During the annual 14-hour Broadcast live stream, Final Fantasy 14 producer and director Naoki Yoshida pulled back the curtain on the official Dawntrail benchmark. While the program requires Windows 10 or 11, the benchmark offers players a glimpse of the upcoming graphics update for Final Fantasy 14 coming with Dawntrail. In addition, players can use their character's appearance data to see how they look while wearing the garments of the Viper. Plus, the female Hrothgar, the last playable race coming to Final Fantasy 14, can be previewed in the benchmark, and players can import benchmark character appearances into Dawntrail once the expansion enters early access on June 28. Players can also forego using their character in the Final Fantasy 14: Dawntrail benchmark and run it using the pre-made male Hyur Midlander character instead.

However, some Final Fantasy 14 players discovered that the default benchmark character can be hilariously replaced. Twitter user @kiritannplum stated that a previous benchmark Easter egg returned in Dawntrail, and it changed the default benchmark character into Inspector Hildibrand Manderville, the main character of one of Final Fantasy 14's funniest side quests. In their post, @kiritannplum stated they changed their PC's date to April 1, or April Fools' Day, to get the inspector to appear instead of the default male Midlander. With Hildibrand taking up the mantle of the Viper, @kiritannplum scored an "Extremely High" mark in the Dawntrail benchmark.

FF14 Dawntrail Benchmark Easter Egg Causes Hildibrand or Brandihild To Appear

In addition to Hildibrand, another character from the Endwalker chapter of the Manderville quests can appear in the Dawntrail benchmark. According to @magitekwitch on Twitter, they got Brandihild, the Minecraft-inspired "clone" of Hildibrand, to appear instead. Some Final Fantasy 14 players pointed out that Brandihild shows up if the system clock is set for 2:00 PM, or 14:00, on April 1. While this trick will require time synchronization to be disabled in Windows Settings, Final Fantasy 14 players have confirmed that the appearance of Hildibrand and Brandihild had no real bearing on their benchmark results.

Between the benchmark and a loaded calendar of events, Final Fantasy 14 has given players plenty of reason to get excited about the upcoming Dawntrail expansion. It remains to be seen if more Easter eggs are hidden in the benchmark.

Franchise Final Fantasy Platform(s) PC , PS3 , PS4 , PS5 , Xbox Series X , Xbox Series S Released August 27, 2013 Developer(s) Square Enix Publisher(s) Square Enix Genre(s) MMORPG Multiplayer Online Multiplayer Engine Crystal Tools ESRB T for Teen: Alcohol Reference, Animated Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence Metascore 90 Platforms That Support Crossplay PC, PS4 & PS5 PS Plus Availability N/A See at Official SiteSee at Playstation StoreSee at WalmartSee at Best BuySee at Steam$67 at Amazon

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