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Paws of Valisthea cosplay event Sydney - June 17

Loyal sidekicks unite in partnership with FINAL FANTASY XVI and Australia’s rescue dogs

Paws of Valisthea’ is a dog-friendly cosplay event taking place at Sydney’s Darlo Bar on 17th June 2023 to mark the exciting new standalone title in the FINAL FANTASY franchise.

FINAL FANTASY® XVI is celebrating our beloved dog companions ahead of its official launch. Paws of Valisthea is a dog-friendly event that brings our favourite sidekicks together in Sydney’s Darlo Bar on Saturday 17th June. 

The event pays homage to FINAL FANTASY XVI’s loyal and fearless companion, Torgal, who bravely traverses the dark epic journey alongside the game’s human protagonist, Clive.

Bring, borrow or simply admire your favourite canines in costumes - Paws of Valisthea attendees take part in the fun and dress their dogs up as FINAL FANTASY XVI’s mythical Eikons, the mighty summon beasts that Clive, the protagonist, will face off against during his journey. 

Eikon costumes exclusively designed by MissTwisted will be available for canine guests to have their exclusive FINAL FANTASY XVI photograph taken.

Doggy treats and prizes to be won, including copies of the new FINAL FANTASY XVI game (upon release) and a PlayStation®5 console for best-dressed pup. The event will also give fans the opportunity to play FINAL FANTASY XVI ahead of its official release on 22 June.

For those humans still looking for their loyal sidekick, RSPCA NSW will be present with several adoptable rescue dogs available to meet and to accept donations. 

To continue celebrations and help support furry companions as they wait for their forever homes, a number of local streamers including Bajo, IamFallFromGrace, and MopGarden will be hosting charity livestreams of FINAL FANTASY XVI to help support the work of RSPCA NSW.

Bring along your pup to dress up in epic costumes inspired by the Eikons from FFXVI.

“Final Fantasy XVI is the fantastic new addition to this epic video game anthology that will delight existing fans, but also the perfect game for those who have never played a Final Fantasy. 

We're really excited to see gamers on PlayStation 5 dive into the world of Valisthea, accompanied by their faithful canine companion: Torgal. 

It’s an exciting landmark for the series, as it’s the perfect game that anyone can jump into and start playing in their own style”, said Eric Folliot, Marketing Director, SQUARE ENIX. 

“We're looking forward to seeing fans both old and new at launch dress up their furry best friends to become fearless Eikons!”

What: Paws of Valisthea dog-friendly cosplay event

Date and Time: Saturday 17 June 2023 | 10:00AM - 1:00PM

Location: Darlo Bar, 306 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010

To register your interest, please visit the Eventbrite page 

Logistics: Bring, borrow or simply admire your favourite canines - attendees are encouraged to take part in the fun and dress up their dog in coats and bandanas inspired by FINAL FANTASY XVI’s mythical Eikons, with the dog in the most creative (and comfortable!) accessories and their owner walking away with a FINAL FANTASY XVI prize-pack and PS5 console.

We encourage both dogs and their owners to have a comfortable and pleasant day. If your dog tends to be nervous amongst other dogs, crowds of people or uncomfortable wearing costumes; we highly recommend avoiding putting them in situations that would warrant stress.

Final Fantasy XVI will be available for the PlayStation®5 console on 22nd June 2023. 
For more information on Final Fantasy, please visit the official website:


For over 35 years, the FINAL FANTASY series has delighted generations of gamers and millions of players worldwide through beloved Role-Playing adventures that are built upon the benchmarks of spectacular visuals, highly imaginative worlds rich stories, memorable characters and technical and gameplay innovation leading the industry and earning the highest accolades from around the world. Each mainline game in the series is a completely new experience, and an ideal entry point to the series. Titles of the series have sold over 173 million units worldwide.

About Square Enix, Ltd.

Square Enix Ltd. develops, publishes, distributes, and licenses SQUARE ENIX® and TAITO® branded entertainment content in Europe and other PAL territories as part of the Square Enix group of companies. The Square Enix group of companies boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 173 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 85 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix Ltd. is a London-based, wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.

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Photo Credit: © 2023 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All Rights Reserved. LOGO & IMAGE ILLUSTRATION: ©2020 YOSHITAKA AMANO
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Media Release, Sydney, 6th June 2023


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