FFXIV Relic / Zodiac Weapon COMPLETE Guide

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Upgrading your Novus to Nexus

“Light farming for Nexus is great!” – No one, ever.

This page details the process to upgrade your currently owned Novus Relic to a Nexus Relic. (IE: Thyrus Novus to Thyrus Nexus) Lost? You might be looking for the previous step Novus, or the next step Zodiac.

This step requires that you amass 2000 lights by doing various activities. But you knew that already, didn’t you? Luckily, unlike farming Alex

Light Farming Tips:

This Light Farming: Bonus Windows link is something you should look at all the time. If you can, please contribute to it, too. It’s basically a user-submitted “tracker” on what duty gives what light bonus. The bonus is the same for every server, so this info is relevant across the board. Some people also use this Light Tracking APP, but I don’t really find it useful. Like always, be safe when using 3rd party programs yada-yada. So here are the basic tiers and bonuses you need to knwo for nexus:

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Lights GainMultiplierActivity 
Feeblex1None200
Gentlex2Indistinct400
Brightx4Slight600
Brilliantx6Modest800
Blindingx8Distinct1000
Newborn Starx16Robust1200
--Vigorous1400
--Intense1600
--Extreme1800
--Bursting2000

Great duties for lights:

  • Garuda HM/EX: Best damn lightsource of all time. Fast, brainless, easy illumination.
  • BCoB Turn 4: Great drops for desynth/MB.
  • HM Primals (except Titan)
  • Cape Westwind: FAST and braindead – considered the baseline for lights.
  • Fates: Aside from maps, only way DPS can gain lights while on queue

Duties to avoid for lights:

  • Thornmarch EX: Instakill mechanics and very prone to PUG error.
  • Titan HM: Sheer length of duty.
  • Levi EX: Length and instakill mechanics.
  • Ifrit EX: Can be wipey if you get a bad group.
  • Coil turns that heavily punish mistakes. (5,7,8,9, 10+)

The general idea is, people who farm for lights have degenerated into a pseudo zombielike state. Some encounters punish this more than others. Any encounter that has insta-kill or a raid-kill penalty might not be the best in terms of “overall” lights/time ratio.

Remember, doing anything on bonus is likely to be better than spamming something which isn’t on bonus. Just keep in mind, “Mo’ Wipe, Less Light”.

Residual activities for lights:

  • Duty Roulette always gives decent amount of light
  • Treasure maps… if you’re doing DR anyway, get your map quest. Alex is always good.
  • Current coil turns: If you’re overgeared, just use your Novus to get BIG lights.

“Have fun” farming lights for your Nexus! This step really isn’t that bad as it sounds. . Any tips or info to share? feel free to comment below! As always, Like us on Facebook for great FFXIV updates! If you wanna comment on this step put ((NEXUS)) before your comments!

Navigation:
(No Relic) || (Base Relic -> Zenith)
(Zenith -> Atma) || (Atma -> Animus)
(Animus -> Novus) || (Novus -> Nexus)
(Nexus -> Zodiac)  || (Zodiac -> Zeta)

40 thoughts on “FFXIV Relic / Zodiac Weapon COMPLETE Guide”

  1. The information in the Zeta section for gathering light for Mahatma seems to be very inaccurate. The names for each amount of light gained appear to be named somewhat incorrectly, and the values are incorrect. Faintly appears to yield 4, Gently appears to yield 8. Haven’t seen what the others are called yet, but the ones I’ve seen appear to yield different amounts of light than the Zeta guide, even before the adjustments made in 3.0.

    1. Ah, nevermind. I read the table incorrectly. However, the values are still inaccurate. I believe they are actually double what reflects in the guide. It takes 5 gentles to completely fill a Mahatma which tells me that it either yields 8 lights, or the Mahatma requirement was reduced to 20

      1. After patch 3.1 each Mahatma takes 10 runs of Ifrit normal to complete.
        As a lvl 60 Scholar each unsynced run takes about 25 sec

  2. I’m confused. For steps 3+ you say “With your “relic” equipped” What? I’m on this part right now and he didn’t give me anything after I turned in my materia-enhanced item

      1. He takes that weapon away between your steps 6 and 7. You need only be the class for the weapon you want to make to get credit for all of step 7.

  3. Question, how does this phase of the relic = millions of gil? I seem to be missing that part of the guide. I’ve made it through 4 books and have barely made what I would selling 4 stacks 99 NQ Effervescent Water.

  4. For the animus levequest you have to change the grand company? and if thats the case is it hard or take to much time?

    1. You do not, but I have to admit it’s a bit counter-intuitive. You can get levequests from any GC levemete (that are high level)

  5. After completing my 9th book to complete Atma and start Animus the Quest went well turning it in to G’jusana to Hubairtin to Jalzahn but no one took my completed 9th book. It remains in my Key items inventory. Also my Animus weapon is still at level 100 just like its At a predecessor. What gives?

    1. Just talk to Gjusana to give you a new one. If youve COMPLETED the previous book it should ‘vanish’. An incomplete Animus has a “false ilevel”.

      1. I appreciate the feedback but that does not work. G’jusana simply says I’ve done them all and directs me to Jalzahn which works fine. I’m now working on Animus. Problem remains. The last book never vanishes.

          1. I don’t think so. I don’t know how to get a PS4 screenshot over to here. Further developments: I just completed a second character with the exact same results. I seem to be getting the benefits of this long ordeal but the completed 9th book never vanishes leaving me with the uneasy feeling that something was not completed properly.

  6. I don’t know why never got into upgrading my relic from Zenith. i think mainly I was gearing up and running coil, etc. Anyway, I guess my question is would it be worth doing so late on? Any suggestions would be helpful. I heard something about relic weapons becoming obsolete in HW. Is that true? Thanks.

    1. I thought they were going to use the final form as a pre-cursor for another weapon but I am not sure. it would be kinda lame for those who spent the time to get it just to be able to go to the vendor and get something better.

      1. They’ve said the final Zodiac weapon will make the new Relic/Zodiac weapon in Heavensward considerably easier to create, even though it isn’t required. Though if you never made a Zeta weapon, you will be missing out on the achievement.

  7. please correct the location of the quest The Weaponsmith of Legend from nothern thanalan to western thanalan, it confused me hard…

  8. Re: Zenith

    You should mention that you need to take the 3 Mists to the furnace next to Gerolt in order to upgrade the base relic because there is no quest to do it, nor are you ever told to take it there when it’s ready to be upgraded. The next quest in the chain just says you have to have a Zenith first.

  9. I might not read it properly but you missed on WoD and ST which gives atleast blinding if not New Born Star…. if you consider wait time for the shorter duties and the amount you have to do to get to this tear of light.. i find ST the best.. a brainless fight pretty much considering how many times you’d already have run it already..

  10. The comment about not skipping treasures cant be true. I have treasure 1 and 3 for A Treasured Mother. I’ve run Pharos Sirius 11x now and no drop. I had just que’d up all 3 and got the other 2 fairly quickly (within first 3 runs) But now I’m stuck getting pharos sirius drop.

        1. Ah yes, to clarify. Some items come in sets of two. While you can gather either of these, you cannot jump ahead (again, a matter of following quest log)

    1. Also, for your Nexus light grinding, Turn 4 in BCoB is great because its relatively easy at this point in the game, great for ARM or GSM desynthesis, and always drops an allagan craft item that can be put on market board for hefty prices.

      1. Since it is such a short run, its also great for Spiritbonding (SB) i70 HQ Accessories. I’ve done it 5 times so far, and got at least one good grade IV material out of the set (Savage Might, Quicktongue, etc.), which sells for over 500k each on my server at the moment. I did first run with materia in slots, and forgot to do it in 2nd run. But it only cost me 1-2 extra runs. Don’t forget FC Spiritbonding Action. I didn’t waste GC seals for potion and gil for materia after that. Mostly everyone’s usually uber during run, and even if not still no issues. Without my accessories I went from i123 to i100, but still good to go.

  11. Thanks! How accurate is your recommended ninja novus melds? I have not done any fcob turns yet if it matters. Almost gathered my alexandrites.

    1. Long story short: 31 DET if you can afford it, 22 ACC and 22 Crit is the basic meld I prefer (Our ninja also melded this way)

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