FFXIV 3.0 Relic / Anima Weapon Guide (ALL STEPS)

3.3 UPDATED Find out how to obtain and upgrade your new 3.0 relic weapon. Looks great, but will grind your soul to dust (:

Quick Navigation: [Start 170 :: 10 Dungeons 200] [Base Anima: 210] [230 Hyperconductive]
[240 : “Novus II”]

Go to: MOST RECENT UPGRADE STEP “Novus II” 240

Hey guys! So here comes the new relic quest chain. Infusing another weapon with more soul energy and the expense of our OWN soul energy. Wether you like it or not – here it is. We will detail every known step in the new relic process! Use the links above if you’ve been here before! To those curious of the new 3.0 relic names, it’s in the 210 base anima page.

Step 1: FATEs (iLevel 170 Pre-relic ‘Animated’)

Starting Quest: Soul Without Life
Rewards: 170 Animated Seraph Cane
Previous step: None (2.0 relic)
Next step: “10 Dungeon” 200

(***This step can be SKIPPED by “handing in” your ZETA 2.0 Relic.)

This step rewards you with an item level 170 “Pre-relic”, like ITEMLINKED. It’s very reminiscent of the 2.0 ATMA step, which was quite vile. In any case, this step can be summarized by saying you need to get 3 items that drop after completing FATEs, from each of the six heavensward zones.

These luminous elemental crystals drop by chance. so pray to the RNG gods. Let’s begin by listing which element drops where (ordered by level)

Reminder: You only need THREE from each of the SIX Heavenward maps (18 total)

Coerthas Western Highlands Ice
Dravanian Forelands Earth
Sea of Clouds Wind
Churning Mists Lightning
Dravanian Hinterlands Water
Azys Lla Fire

Of course this comes with some questions, and possible value moves –

Can I fate with any class? Yes! You can even level up other low-level classes while finding these ‘Atmas’. This is by far the best change they did in comparison to the 2.0 atma step.

Do I need to a specific weapon equipped? Nope. Since you can use any class, this would be in direct conflict.

Does the quest need to be active? I guess YES, and random fating wouldn’t drop these things if you didn’t have the quest active in your log (needs confirmation).

What participation in the FATE do I need? Gold? I need confirmation on this. ATMAS needed a single tag (Bronze up), but I DO NOT KNOW if it’s the same for this. To be safe, go for gold.

PROTIPS: Use the PF to find groups or make one yourself. It’s always better to FATE as a chunk. Also, complete and chase FATEs in a smart manner, try to finish ones with a lesser timer remaining (if you can make it). Sometimes, avoiding mega-boss FATEs is smart, simply due to the time spent. Any FATE that fails will be reset to the easiest difficulty when it spawns again, conversely, FATES which succeed repeatedly get tougher and tougher.

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Step 2: 10 Dungeons (iLevel 200 Awoken pre-relic)

Starting Quest: Toughening Up
Rewards: 200 Seraph Cane Awoken
Previous step: “FATEs” 170
Next step: “Base Anima” 210

This portion is quite simple. Complete 10 dungeons and you’re done.

Dungeons in order
Snowcloak
Sastasha (Hard)
Qarn (Hard)
Keeper of the Lake
Wanderer’s Palace (Hard)
Amdapor Keep (Hard)
Dusk Vigil
Sohm Al
The Aery
The Vault

Do I have to wear a specific weapon? Yes you must wear the 170 relic AS YOU ZONE OUT. Unlike the Animus wherein you had to wear it while killing the final boss.These dungeons MUST BE COMPLETED in order. There’s not much else to say here. Again, listing down the usual questions and tips below…

Can I use any class? No, since you have to be wearing the weapon as you zone out.

Can the older dungeons be level synced? Yes! This saves us from some of the pain, at least.

PROTIP: DPS will have a harder time with this I assume, due to dungeon queue times. PF may or may not even help here, due to the fact that waiting for it to fill up might be slower than actually just queueing. Try it out, anyway. You may get a group willing to go all the way.

Ok so those first two steps weren’t so bad, right? Next step (3): Base Anima 210 – is where the TRUE grind begins. But before you worry about it, let me give you a short lived congratulations on your EZ 200 weapon.

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