FFXIV ARR Aurum Vale

 

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Soon after its discovery, miners from across the realm flocked to the Aurum Vale, driven by rumors that deep within lay endless veins of mythril. What they found instead was gold, but not the sort which would make them rich. Believing the substance precious aurum, miners unknowingly stumbled into deep pools of glowin venom thereafter known as goldbile. Not only did the liquid burn their skin, but the noisome fumes given off by the foul ooze cooked their lungs when inhaled, bringing on a quick, yet excruciating death. These truths, however, have done little to prevent new miners from braving the suffocating shafts, now even more driven to find what those who entered before could not.

Where is Aurum Vale: Located in Coerthas Central Highlands, South West of Camp Dragonhead, South West of First Dicasterial Observatorium of Aetherial and Astrological Phenomena (mouthful huh!) near Dzemael Darkhold actually.

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Aurum Vale General Information

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Aurum vale is all about poison, so you can imagine… Ochu’s and Malboro’s! Wohoo! Bad Breath time… Watch out for the Goldbile (map traps) and while fighting the bosses make they stack a poison type debuff called ‘Gold Lung‘ which you can cleanse yourself from eating the morbol fruits in the map. There are also mini-boss Malboro’s called Goldvines (there are 3 in the dungeon). Before fighting each Goldvine there will be morbol eggs that will spawn morbol’s if you do not defeat them in time.

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Aurum Vale Boss Strategy

Locksmith

This is a straightforward fight, everyone should be careful of the number of ‘Gold Lung‘ stacks you have on you, once they hit 2-3 stacks make sure you cleanse them off by eating a Morbol Fruit. Tanks should keep locksmith facing away from the party and also stun his AoE when possible.

  • Hundred Lashings: Targetted attack to person who has emnity
  • Gold Dust (PBAoE): This can be stunned, deals pretty big damage and poison
  • Gold Lung Blast: This is an instant AoE that Locksmith casts which hits the whole area, players then

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Coincounter

Coincounter is a giant cyclops, what a cyclops is doing in this dungeon… Who knows! But I see what they are doing with the name and the theme of the dungeon, being a Cyclops does make someone a good Coincounter… LOL. One thing to note while fighting him he sometimes, even if your tank has full emnity, runs to a random party member and attack them.

  • 10 Tonze Swipe (frontal cone): This is an instant cast skill, but nothing to worry too much about just position Coinconter away from the other party members for this.
  • 100 Tonze Swipe (frontal cone): Position away from Coincounter to avoid this attack, trust me… It hurts!
  • Glower (targetted attack): Coincounter targets a random party member and shoots a laser from his eye… YUP!
  • Eye of the Beholder (massive frontal cone rage): at about 50% health and below, he will face a random party member and do this ability, if you are targetted try to position away as far as you can. This can be disrupted by stun BTW.

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Miser’s Mistress

The Mistress is a yup… Another Malboro/Morbol. This fight has the same mechanics as the fight with Locksmith, you stack up ‘Burr‘ counters and you must cleanse them by eating ‘Morbol Fruits‘. ‘Burr’ is a poison stack similar to the Gold Lung stat inflicted by the first boss you fight in Aurum, Locksmith

  • Vine Probe: Frontal line attack targeted at the party member who has emnity
  • Burr Burrows: Map wide AoE which damages and gives party members ‘Burr
  • Bad Breath (Frontal Cone): The infamous Malboro skill, you know the drill – stay away from this!
  • Hooked Burrs (Targetted attack): Mistress targets a random party member, hits them and inflicts a ‘Burr’ counter

Phase II (50% life and below)

  • Sow & Germinate: Miser’s Mistress spawns multiple ‘Morbol Fruit’ around him. Don’t be fooled, and just like the fight with Goldvine, defeat these fruits before they become ADDS

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FFXIV ARR Dzemael Darkhold

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Seeking to utilize an existing labyrinth of natural caves, the Ishgardian house of Dzemael began construction on their eponymous Darkhold near the end of the Sith Astral Era, intending it to server as a refuge for those fleeing the flames of the Dravanian Horde. When the house’s digging uncovered an entrance to the void, allowing an army of voidsent into this realm, however, they immediately abandoned their plans and withdrew from the subterrane, sealing it off so that they might contain the otherwordly invaders within. Despite all this, the house is unwilling to relinquish its claim to the caves, and believes that if they can be cleared of the voidsent, they might still be able to see their original plan brought to fruition.

Where is Dzemael Darkhold: Located in Coerthas Central Highlands, South West of Camp Dragonhead, West of First Dicasterial Observatorium of Aetherial and Astrological Phenomena (mouthful huh!)

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Dzemael Darkhold General Information

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The Dzemael Darkhold has a special mechanic at the early part of the dungeon where you will see an ‘All-seeing Eye’ run through the halls casting an AoE. You can avoid being hit by this in two ways, either stay near glowing crystals which give you a buff called ‘Crystal Veil‘ this significantly reduces the damage of the AoE or simply avoid it by going far away from the Eye. The tricky part here is that he wanders unceasingly even while you are fighting monsters, so be careful!

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Map Traps: There is one map trap, they are Aether Traps which explode when you are near them

Magitek Terminals: There are several Magitek Terminals that you will come across, you must pass over all of them in a room in order to unlock the next part of the dungeon

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Dzemael Darkhold Boss Strategy

All-seeing Eye (Reward: 3 Allagan tombstones of Philosophy)

This is a tricky fight if you do not position yourself well, and of course make sure all of your party members are within the Crystal Veil. More details below.

Special Mechanic (Crystal Veil): Stay near crystals to gain a buff called ‘Crystal Veil‘ this is the only way to damage the All-seeing eye and it will also significantly reduce the damage taken from his PBAoE – Eyes on me. Note that the the energy the crystals give will fade after some time, when this happens move to the next crystal to get the buff again.

The All-seeing Eye also summons adds throughout the fight, so positioning is key to make sure your party does not all get hit with the various AoE skills all of them will do. The first set of adds are easy to get rid of but the second set do a frontal AoE cone… So you can imagine how the tank needs to gather emnity for the All-seeing Eye and the adds to make sure their cast effects are targetted to a direction away from the party

  • Eyes on me (no cast huge PBAoE): Simply put, it deals very significant damage if you are not near any crystals under the buff ‘Crystal Veil
  • Cursed Gaze (fontal AoE cone): Gives Amnesia or Paralysis

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Taulurd (Reward: 7 Allagan tombstones of Philosophy)

We like to simply call him… Turd! lol He summons adds that stay on top of a platform, they throw rocks at you, some can be avoided and some cannot, make sure you avoid the ones that can be! (they will have ground AoE cast circles) oh, and also, dont lump up together!

  • Double Smash (frontal cone AoE): Position away from Taulurd to avoid this attack
  • Elbon Drop (frontal cone AoE): Stronger than the Double Smash, Turd starts doing this once you get past 50% life

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Batraal

Batman ugh Batraal is a huge demon bat with two swords, he has a frontal line attack (Desolation) that can instantly KO anyone caught in the attack, so watch out for it! He will also link himself to crystals at several parts of the fight which makes him invulnerable, you will have to destroy the crystals he attuned to, in order to proceed. Watch out though, the crystals do an AoE every now and then so stay away whenever it casts the AoE.

  • Grim Fate (no cast frontal AoE): Batraal does a flurry with his swords and damages all party members in front of him, so make sure you position Batraal away from the party if you are a tank
  • He also does a Random Projectile to party members dealing about 25% of their life
  • Desolation (frontal line attack): This is the attack that WILL kill you if you do not avoid it.

Critical Life: at about 30% life Batraal gets stronger, starts casting Desolation at will and spawns some void like pools that deal AoE damage when stepped on. So position yourselves accordingly

 

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FFXIV ARR The Stone Vigil

 

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One of four watchtowers built along the Sea of Clouds by the city-state of Ishgard, the Stone Vigil was overrun and occupied by the Dravanian Horde not long after the Calamity. The following years have seen the knights of House Durendaire make several attempts at reclaiming the fortress, but to no avail. What could it be that thwarts their every effort?

Where is The Stone Vigil: Located in Coerthas Central Highlands, West of Camp Dragonhead, North West from Whitebrin Fort

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The Stone Vigil General Information

Stone Vigil is a classic fortress map / instance where your team works their way to the end of the castle fighting enemies and bosses. Since Stone Vigil has been overrun by Dragons you will notice the barriers are made up of flames. Obviously most of the enemies inside are dragons also. There are traps in the form of random dragons popping up and breathing fire to your party and ice sprites that will pop up in some areas in the dungeon. There are also roaming enemies which you have to watch out for!

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Dravanian Outflyer: These dragons swoop down in random areas of Stone Vigil as a map trap, they spit fire in front of them dealing fire damage. Make sure that you remember where they drop down so that you do not fight midst their fire breath.

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Dragon Aevis: Just like the Manor Maidservants in Haukke Manor, these Dragon Aevis’s are roaming enemies, make sure to tag them separately from the other enemies in the dungeon or else you’re in for a party!

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Ice Sprite: In some parts of Stone Vigil, where the area is open to the outside breeze, Ice Elementals will pop up in groups of four. They are easy to beat on their own, but make sure you dont get caught fighting them while a patrolling Dragon Aevis hops in.

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The Stone Vigil Boss Strategy

Chudo-Yudo

Chudo-Yudo only has two skills, but they hit hard and they are AoE skills so make sure you stay clear from him. His main mechanic is running around the map casting Swinge, so just make sure the party positions themselves accordingly.

  • Lion’s Breath (frontal cone fire attack): Make sure your tank faces away from the party, and also note that if your tank acts fast they can avoid this attack
  • Swinge (large frontal AoE cone): Chudo-Yudo moves to a spot on the map and casts Swinge, there is no AoE marking on the ground so try to stay behind him when he casts this. This skill also inflicts status ailments (Silence and Pacification for about 3 seconds)

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Koshchei

This is a fun fight! Reason being you have to control 3 cannons in Koshchei’s lair because a dragon will pop up to help Koshchei out and this will signal your party to interact with the cannon to kill the other Dragon. Koshchei also summons whirlwinds which deal huge DoT damage if you stay inside it (they are slow and easily avoidable) but he casts multiple whirlwinds as the fight goes on so positioning is key. If you have a ranged DPS they should position themselves near the cannon to be able to interact right away. The tank should face Koshchei away from the rest of the party (We place him near the entrance of the room).

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Isgebind – Final Boss

This guy is the second main boss dragon you will fight in the series of dungeons, he is an ice dragon and casts some nasty AoE attacks! His main mechanic is to fly into the air multiple times throughout the fight, swoops down to do an ice breath attack and then lands to continue fighting you. At about 50% life when he takes to the sky Isgebind casts targetted AoE projectiles to all of the party (make sure to avoid this) in addition to swooping down to do an ice breath. The fight is about positioning and making sure you dodge his AoE attacks.

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FFXIV ARR Cutters Cry

 

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Near an old mountain path once used by Sixth Astral Era woodcutters as a detour through the more perilous stretches of northern Thanalan, lies a cave sought out only by the ignorant or the foolish. Upon first glance, the shade of its maw might appear inviting to one who seeks to escape the punishing rays of the midday sun. However, any good woodcutter knows to keep his distance, for it is said all who enter, never return-the cries of the damned echoing up from the depths the only testament to their folly. Heed this dire warning, and you may live. Ignore it, and soon it shall be your screams that add to the cacophony.

Where is Cutter’s Cry: Located in Central Thanalan, West of Black Brush Station

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Cutter’s Cry General Information

This is the first dungeon where the map has traps in them, it’s a theme you will continue to see in various forms in the dungeons to come. Boss mechanics are pretty straightforward and the final boss is actually fun to play (I know we enjoyed learning the mechanics of the fight!)

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Traps – There are several Quicksand and Exploding Pillar traps riddled across the dungeon. Be careful not to step on them during fights because they deal a good amount of damage and when fighting a group of enemies could deal enough damage to throw your healer off.

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Bombs – The bombs in this dungeon should be dealt with carefully, their explosion will kill you if you are caught in the casting radius.

Cactuar (Saboteur Desertor) – This guy casts the traditional 1000 needles, something to note is the damage is shared to all party members who are caught in the cast circle. This ability can also be disrupted by stunning the Cactuar.

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Cutter’s Cry Boss Strategy

Myrmidon Princess

The first boss of Cutter’s Cry is Myrmidon Princess, her mechanic is simple – she spawns minions to aid her when she falls below 50% life. As a Tank, make sure you get as much emnity from the adds with priority of tanking Myrmidon Princess, keep her facing away from the party because she has one cone attack skill that deals big damage if you are hit with it.

Skills

  • Mandible Bite (Frontal Cone) – as a tank keep the Princess facing away from the party
  • Silence – Casts silence at random party members

At 50% life she starts spawning adds:

  • Myrmidon Marshal – Has Mandible Bite. Defeat this add ASAP because he heals the princess.
  • Myrmidon Guard – Has Mandible Bite
  • Myrmidon Soldier – Weak and easily defeated

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Giant Tunnel Worm

The Giant Tunnel Worm fight is easy if you follow a simple rule, whenever he burrows, stay at the outermost part of the map (ring shaped)

Phase 1

  • Sandstorm (frontal cone) – no cast bar
  • Burrow – Giant Tunnel Worm burrows into the sand and will pop up dealing AoE damage to whoever is in the vicinity
  • Targetted Sand attack to random party members

Phase 2 50% life

  • An additional Burrow attack is added called Bottomless Desert – Giant Tunnel Worm burrows and casts a sand trap that sucks everyone to the center, the closer you are to the center the higher the damage

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Chimera – Final Boss

We had a fun time playing this boss, he has a numerous skills but if you know how to deal with them, they are easily managed. The Chimera has 3 heads (Left Head is a Dragon, Middle Head is a Lion, Right Head is a Ram). Key thing to remember in this Dungeon, is to watch the color of the Chimera’s eye. There will be a prompt letting the whole party know what color the Eye of the Chimera is. Remember, don’t stay too far or too near the Chimera so you can react according to how it changes its eye color.

  • Eyes turn Blue =Stay Away from Chimera, He will cast a PBAoE (Ram’s Voice)
  • Eyes turn Violet = Stay Beside Chimera, He will cast an AoE attack and damage party members who are too far away from it
  • Eyes focus on a Single Target = Don’t panic he will cast a ball which will follow his target and explode, this is a DEMI attack halving the life of anyone caught in the exploding radius, if you are the target try to get the ball away from the rest of the party and move out to let it explode.

Skills

  • Dragons Breath – the dragon head casts a cone attack on the left area of the Chimera dealing ice damage
  • Lions Breath – the lion head does frontal cone AoE dealing fire damage
  • Rams Breath – the ram head casts a cone attack on the right area of Chimera dealing ice damage
  • The Ram’s Voice – PBAoE which should be avoided by your party members. It’s ok for the Tank to try and avoid also if they can.

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FFXIV ARR The Sunken Temple of Qarn

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Under the unforgiving Thanalan sun lie the ruins of an ancient temple half-devoured by the shifting sands of a timeless desert. Though used by ancient Belah’dians as a place to worship the sun goddess Azeyma, the massive underground structure appears to be far older than this Sixth Astral Era civilization. That, however, did not deter Belah’dian sultans from each adding their own chambers to the original construct in a bid to achieve immortality through creation. In the subsequent years since the fall of Belah’dia, many an adventurer has sought to explore the temple’s mysteries and perhaps return with the treasure of a lost era…only to fall victim to one of the complex traps set to prevent that very thing from happening

Where is Sunken Temple of Qarn located? Located in Southern Thanalan, east of Little Ala Mhigo.

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Sunken Temple of Qarn General Information

Things start getting interesting from here on! Qarn is actually a very small map but the boss mechanics can be tricky for first timers. This is the first dungeon where you have to interact with the items on the map to succeed. There is also a lot of treasure in this dungeon, some will be easily missed

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Qarn Facer – there will be a block of concrete with a face that shows up multiple times in the dungeon and runs away before you can kill it. This guy holds a coffer and drops it if you kill it before you reach the final boss. Make sure you do as much damage as you can each time he appears.

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Stone Relics – there are 4 Stone Relics you should pick up in the temple, they will be your key to the treasure later on. The Helm of Might, The Gem of Affluence, The Flame of Magic, and The Fruit of Knowledge.

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Avoirdupois – some more stone faces show up continually in the dungeon, you must kill them on top of the glowing stones as showed in the picture below in order to open doors.

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Stone Pedestals – you will notice stone pedestals where you can place the Stone Relics you picked up earlier, these pedestals are marked with the stone you should place, if you put in the wrong stone, mobs will spawn before the door opens. (it is unsure if placing the wrong stone will affect the quality of loot you receive)

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The Scales of Judgement – before you enter the last boss, you will find scales wherein you can place some of the Stone Relics you picked up earlier, if you explored the dungeon well enough you would have seen a similar pattern shown at the start of the dungeon. The two stones are the Flame of Magic on the left and Fruit of Knowledge on the right (scales of Ul’dah anyone?)

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Sunken Temple of Qarn Bosses

First Boss: Teratotaur Strategy

Teratotaur has a nice mechanic, he has an uncurable Doom spell which he randomly casts once he is below 50% life. (TIP: this can be countered by any action which grants Pacification). His adds also have an attack which deals fatal damage (Final Sting) so make sure to kill them as soon as possible while the tank keeps Taratotaur busy.

  • Frightful Roar (PBAoE): Causes Physical Vulnerability for those caught in the AoE, this can be stunned.
  • Mow (cone attack): Poison damage, can also be disrupted through stun.
  • Mortal Flay (doom): Once caught, the only way to dispel the doom effect is to step on one of the glowing stones.

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Second Boss: Temple Guardian Strategy

We like to call him mini Titan, before you can damage the Temple Guardian you must first destroy the Golem Soulstone, which will incapacitate him and give you time to deal damage to him. From experience you have to go through this cycle 4 times until he is defeated. The tricky part about this boss is that even though your tank has emnity he can still do his skills at will to any party member so watch out! Tank tip: keep him as far away as possible from the rest of the party!

  • Boulder Clap (Cone frontal AoE): The Guardian claps his hands violently in front of him
  • Rockslide (Frontal Line Attack): Shakes the earth in front of the Guardian which damages all players in front of it
  • Random Stun: The Guardian dashes at a random party member, knocks them back and stuns them for a duration of about 3 seconds
  • Obliterate (map wide AoE): The Guardian jumps and lands dealing AoE damage to the whole party

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Final Boss: Adjucator Straegy

Watch our video on how to beat Adjucator here:

Adjucator has 4 phases, each phase increases in difficulty and mechanics.

First Phase (Full life)

  • Darkness (frontal cone): Does big damage, but can be disrupted with well timed stuns.
  • Sun Juror (Adds): Must be killed on top of a glowing block otherwise they will come back to life, just like the Avoirdupois earlier

Second Phase (75% life)

  • Mithril Verge: Adjucator spawns beacons of light which shoot out lasers at random party members. These Verge’s can be killed and avoided easily but if you get hit they deal big damage.
  • Paralyze (random): Paralyzes one target randomly

Third Phase (50% life)

  • Creeping darkness: Map wide AoE which he does at random until he dies
  • Mithril Verge (bomb type): Verge’s will now pop up and will be encased in a box of light, after a few seconds the light becomes a wall which you cannot enter, make sure the nearest party member enters the light to destroy the verge otherwise the verge will explode and deal huge map wide AoE damage

Final Phase (25% life)

  • Mithril Verge (multiple spawn): 4 Verge’s will spawn across the room targetting random party members intertwining their lasers (yes, you can potentially be hit by more than 1 laser so watch out!). Key is just to kill the verge’s immediately and avoid the lasers while doing so, this is a fun test of position for your tank.

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FFXIV ARR Brayflox’s Longstop Dungeon Guide

 

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After a tiring journey across Eorzea, it is deep within the quiet jungles of Raincatcher Gully where the charismatic and enteprising young goblin, Brayflox Alltalks, chooses to build his tiny empire. What he does not realize, however, is that something else – something sinister – has also made the lush forest its home. Now driven from their rightful(?) claim, Brayflox and his brethren seek to retake the land, and are not above asking the help of lesser races (that would be you) to help them do so.

Where is Brayflox’s Longstop located? Located in Eastern La Noscea, near Wineport.

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Brayflox’s Longstop General Information

Brayflox’s longstop has many optional treasure chests. Most notable is the “goblin” sidequests. The map layout is not very straight-forward, and many packs of mobs can be skipped. There are four bosses in Braflox’s Longstop:

Bosses: Great Yellow Pelican | Inferno Drake | Hellbender
Final Boss: Aiatar

Goblin Sidequest

Brayflox’s Longstop has a unique Goblin Sidequest. You will pass a Goblin village where you can choose to save Goblins that are being attacked by Dragons (your efforts will be greatly rewarded, because every time you save a Goblin they will give you a treasure coffer). In the map we have marked all the locations

Brayflox’s Longstop Boss Strategy

Great Yellow Pelican Strategy

There is only one thing you should note about this boss. A bunch of Adds spawn from the gate. A pretty basic fight that tests the fundamental skills of your group. The tank must pick up the adds, and DPS slow/stun/ kill them. The adds  must not reach the healer – he or she will die in seconds.

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Inferno Drake Strategy

Inferno Drake has a cone attack that should be avoided. The tank must position the drake away from the other party members so they do not get caught in the target of his cone. There is an add phase where Brayflox will be chased by a dragon, make sure you kill the add before proceeding to kill Inferno Drake. Other that that the drake is a straightforward fight, and like all mobs in this dungeon he hits hard!

TIP: Inferno Drake can be put to sleep, handy when dealing with the add that pops up in the fight

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Hellbender Strategy

Hellbender only has one significant skill to look out for:

Queer Bubble – Encases one of your party members in a bubble, making them unable to use skills. This bubble must be destroyed ASAP.

Other than that, his other skills can either be avoided or disrupted (stun). As a tank, make sure you position Hellbender to face away from the rest of your party.

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Aiatar Strategy

If you have low-level white gear, and are only level 32, this guy can be a problem. Aiatar has three abilities to watch out for:

  • “Frontal Line Breath” – This is a hard hitting skill that damages all targets in a line. While the AoE isn’t huge, the time given to dodge it is very small. If you haven’t bound strafe on your keyboard – now is the time.
  • Poison Spit – Targets a random party member and shoots a poison ball at it. Because of this skill it’s highly recommended that the party spread a bit. The ball poisons and damages it’s target, and leaves a pool of poison on the ground.
  • Poison Pool – As long as Aiatar remains standing on a poison pool, Aiatar will regenerate HP very quickly. Your first priority is to have your tank drag him out of there.
  • Tanky Tip: Be quick on your feet! Get Aiatar off the poison ASAP! Strafe sideways out of the breath attack! You can also disrupt the breath attack by stunning him
  • Healer Help: Clear poison from the tank. It’s often worth the mana – especially if it ever goes above 2 stacks. CNJ/WHM has a harder time on this fight due to mana issues.
  • DPS Do’s: This fight has a lot of tank movement around – and they can’t generate much aggro. If you’re about to pull the boss – STOP DPS.

 

Bosses: Great Yellow Pelican | Inferno Drake | Hellbender
Final Boss: Aiatar

 

FFXIV ARR The Thousand Maws of Toto Rak Dungeon Guide

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Named after a man-eating creature from ancient Padjali folklore, the Thousand Maws of Toto Rak was built on the site of a natural cave system beneath Silent Arbor. Until recently, it held all of Gridania’s foulest criminals, from arsonists to poachers, but the completion of a new gaol closer to the city heralded its abandonment.

Objective

In your quest to delve into the Thousand Maws of Toto Rak you will find ‘Magitek Photocells‘ either lying in rooms or after defeating encounters. These photocells are required to activate ‘Magitek Terminals‘, there are 2 such terminals in the dungeon, located in the Confession and Fools Rest chambers, each of which have a mini-boss encounter (Coeurl of Nine Tails) before you can activate them. Finally, activating the terminals will lead you to the final boss Grafflas

Requirements

  • Party Size: Four
  • Either a disciple of war or magic
  • Level: 23 (sync from 25)
  • Time Limit: 90mins
  • Once you are Level 23, you may visit the entrance of Toto Rak to be able to enter the dungeon

How to get to The Thousand Maws of Toto Rak

Toto Rak is located in The South Shroud, NE from Buscarron’s Druthers and SE from Gridania (Blue Badger Gate)

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The Thousand Maws of Toto Rak Map/General Strategy/Tips

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It is beneficial to note the different kinds of enemies you will face in Toto Rak, you will encounter groups of enemies composed of several of these types: (We have only posted note worthy enemies, others you will encounter are standard type mobs)

  • Pterocs: dragons that breathe cone based fire attacks
  • Mun-Tuy Saplings and Mitetraps: ranged enemies that stay in place, they have some knock-back ability also
  • Elementals: deal lightning damage
  • Puddings/Gel/Flan: deal poison attacks
  • Sticky Web: when you notice a web covered arch, these webs will suck players near it, push them forward and create a barrier to close of those who have been separated. Players can destroy the web by attacking it from both sides
  • Fleshy Pods: When damaged even the slightest bit, these explode with AoE damage. Eliminate them from afar

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The Thousand Maws of Toto Rak Boss Strategy

Coeurl of Nine Tails

  • On your first encounter with Coeurl, the fight is straightforward, just defeat it as fast as you can, use a DPS limit break as the gauge will fill before you meet Grafflas, the final boss.
  • On your second encounter with the Coeurl, at about 50% health it will spawn an AD (Wardens Whip). From experience we suggest to take the AD down as the Coeurl can potentially spawn more than one therefore putting more stress on the TANK and HEALER.
  • Note that the Coeurl does a PBAOE poison, but nothing much to be worried about.

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Grafflas

Grafflas is the first boss which is fairly tricky to beat if in an uncoordinated party. Grafflas features various mechanics as shared below:

  • Upon entering Grafflas’ chamber he will be surrounded by ‘Fleshy Pods‘, make sure the DPS dispatches of them immediately as Grafflas will later use them by pushing your tank towards.
  • Sticky Web Ability: Periodically throughout the fight, Grafflas will cast this ability which spawns a Sticky Pod at one of your party members feet. Be conscious of this and stay clear to destroy the pod at a safe distance.
  • ADS (Comesmite): At about 60-70% health Grafflas will spawn 2 Comesmites. It is important to defeat them before focusing on Grafflas again. Tip: If your party has a THM, have them cast sleep on one Comesmite to make the encounter easier
  • Losing Skin: At roughly 50% health Grafflas will lose his skin and in effect expose his tail. This will add a new mechanic to the fight, where his tail lays down AoE poison marked by a Green circle. Stay away from this area, it deals massive damage! Your goal at this point is to target the tail and the poison circles will stop.

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FFXIV ARR Halatali Dungeon Guide

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Originally a holy place for the first Lalafell arrived in Eorzea, the twisting labyrinth of natural caverns which wind through this massive mesa were transformed by the Pugilists’ Guild into a series of training pits, animal pens, and holding cells to accommodate the ever-growing popularity of Ul’dah’s coliseum. After the Calamity, however, the location was abandoned – those remaining in the pens, left for dead. Not all of them, however met that fate and now the tunnels are rife with those who survived…as well as the tormented spirits of those who did not.

The setting of Halatali showcases an abandoned holding pit for Ul’dah’s coliseum. The further you get, the more challenging the encounters become! Halatali has several mini-boss fights and after defeating each an Aetherial Flow appears, which you will need to interact with to go deeper into the dungeon.

Requirements

  • Party Size: Four
  • Either a disciple of war or magic
  • Level: 17 (sync from 19)
  • Time Limit: 90mins
  • Must have completed all 3 previous dungeon story quests. (Sastasha, Tam-Tara Deepcroft and Copperbell Mines)
  • Acquire Halatali quest (Hallo Halatili) from Nedrick Ironheart in Vesper Bay

Where is Halatali?

Located in Eastern Thanalan, near Camp Drybone, due west from Ul’dah (Steps of Nald).

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Halatali Map/General Strategy/Tips

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  • Random Treasure drops: Besides the points located in the map, there are some monsters that may drop treasures, from our experience this is totally random.
  • Wandering Bombs: You will find random bombs popping up in the dungeon, it’s best to keep them at bay or dispose of them first before luring in other mobs. Note that, once they are engaged and left unattended, they will self-destruct, if this happens to your party make sure no one is in the red blast radius that shows up on the ground.
  • Aetherial Flow: Two of the sub-bosses in Halatali, once defeated will spawn an Aetherial Flow, you must interact with this in order to proceed deeper into the dungeon.

Halatali Boss Strategy

Firemane

  • Firemane will dish out fire based abilities (hehe kinda obvious)
  • When it reaches about 75% life, a series of Damantus (ADS) will start appearing approaching the pit in the middle of the map, once they reach the pit they explode and do AOE damage. Honestly, at how the dungeon is balanced now, there is no need to worry about the ADS because the AOE damage not significant. By the time the first AD reaches the pit Firemane would be close to 1/4 life or so.
  • If your DPS can use a limit break when Firemane reaches low life, have them do so as it will charge in enough time for the next sub-boss
  • Once defeated, interact with the Aetherial Flow to progress with the dungeon

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Thunderclap Guivre

  • Thunderclap is an interesting fight, it is the first time a boss becomes invulnerable during a fight.
  • As his name states, he is a Lightning based monster and the arena you fight him in is filled with water… We lure him to one of the ramps and engage him there because once he becomes invulnerable his form changes and Lighning surrounds him (wouldn’t wanna be near the water when this happens!)
  • In his invulnerable state, he will summon 2 rounds of 4x Lightning Sprites, they are easy to defeat, at the same time though, Thunderclap throws an electric ball causing AoE damage to those caught in the radius. Be sure to watch the AoE circle and stay away from it when he casts.
  • Once defeated, interact with the Aetherial Flow to progress with the dungeon

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Peiste

  • This is an optional sub-boss, and triggered if you decide to retrieve the treasure in the area before the you encounter Tangata. (see map above)
  • There will be monsters surrounding the area, it is best to dispose of them first before engaging with the Peiste
  • We’ve gotten some decent loot from this, and he is a relatively straightforward fight if the other monsters are disposed of first.

Tangata

  • Tangatas mechanic has is a combination of Firemane and Thunderclap.
  • At about 75% Noxius (ADS) will start spawning and make their way towards Tangata, once they reach, they will explode doing AoE damage.
  • Tangata also becomes invulnerable at random, when he does, there will be lava that appears around him that does DoT damage (quite large in fact) – stay away from that! Fire Sprites will also appear, once the sprites are defeated he will no longer be invulnerable. Note: Haven’t tested this fully, but before Tangata becomes invulnerable, we have tried to stun him and sometimes it works, preventing him from becoming invulnerable. He casts a spell called ‘Double Smash‘ and if caught at the right time can prevent him from becoming invulnerable.
  • Be careful, because at any point in he me be both Invulnerable and have Noxius spawning towards him.
  • What works for us is to have one of your DPS engage the ADS while the rest of the party engages Tangata.

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What dungeons can I do next?

Once you reach level 23, you may enter The Thousand Maws of Toto Rak.

We ran Halatali a few times to get some gear and did some leveling up (Quests, Guildhests, Levequests) before we could reach Toto Rak.

FFXIV ARR Tam-Tara Deepcroft Dungeon Guide

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Since its establishment during Gelmorran times, this subterranean crypt has been used for generations as a final resting place for the remains of rulers and nobles. Since the Calamity, however, the tunnels have become overrun with the Lambs of Dalamud – a deadly cult who worships the now-fallen satellite as their savior. It is in the Deepcroft that these twisted souls silently plot revenge against those who fought to prevent the advent of Dalamud, summoning any dark presence who will aid them to this end… no matter what the cost.

Requirements

  • Party Size: Four
  • Either a disciple of war or magic
  • Level: 16 (sync from 18)
  • Must be on Level 15 story quest ‘Fire in the Gloom
  • Time Limit: 90mins

 

Where is Tam-Tara Deepcroft

Tam-Tara is located in the Central Shroud, near Bentbranch Meadows. From New Gridania, exit the Blue Badger Gate head south and Tam-Tara will be near Bentbranch Meadows.

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Tam-Tara Deepcroft Map / General Strategy / Tips

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The objective of Tam-Tara Deepcroft is to disable Cultist Orbs. While exploring the dungeon you will find these Orbs closely guarded by enemies, you will need to defeat the enemies before you can disable the orbs. Before you reach the last two Cultist Orbs, you will notice it is Sealed by a Barrier.

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In order to break the Sealed Barrier, you must obtain the Cultist Rosary which is nearby.

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Tam-Tara Boss Strategy

Dalamud Priests & Octavel the Unforgiving

  • In order to destroy the cultist orbs, you must defeat the Dalmund Priest / Octavel the Unforgiving who will be guarding it
  • There are 3 locations where the orbs are, and the fight dynamics are simliar. The Priests/Octavel has his minions, simply defeat the minions first and you are left with the sub-boss, each priest has a second form after you deplete its first life bar, they will transform into a ‘Void Soulcounter‘ which is only slightly tougher to defeat.
  • Gravedigger count (ads): 2 in first encounter, 3 in second, 4 in third.

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Galvanth the Dominator

  • This fight can be lengthy, depending on how you react to his attacks and the skill level of the group.
  • Galvanth has an PBAOE which you will notice him casting when the ground turns red (move away from that area). It is a spell that will cause paralysis to all who get caught by it.
  • There are 3 AD phases in the fight, from our experience they happen at 75/50/25 % health. Note that the ‘Imps’ can interrupt heals so it’s important to have your DPS take them out first.
  • Healer note: When ADS come in, stay close to your tank so they can manage the ADS better and in turn, make your life easier in healing land.
  • 1st ADS phase: 1 Imp
  • 2nd ADS phase: 1 Imp + trash mobs
  • 3rd ADS phase: 2 Imps + trash mobs (be careful with this phase, it will save you time and effort to save your Limit Break for either the Healer or if you have a THM in your party, let them use it in this phase)

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