Here’s a quick little guide regarding all the dungeons and trials you’ll be facing in the 4.0 Stormblood STORY. Not in-depth ’cause they don’t need to be! I nicknames since many like to identify bosses by appearance.
***Forgive me if I use humor***, it’s to keep me sane during this hectic time. And light spoiler alert on boss names.
Sirensong Boss 1: “OCTOPUS” (Lugat)
If you’re new, the 4 yellows arrows means STACK TO SHARE THE DAMAGE. So help a brother out when he’s targeted by hugging him! For the love of god, don’t run from your team!
Sirensong Boss 2: “SLENDER MAN” (The Governor)
If tethered, move away, otherwise you get a huge magic vulnerability debuff. This is the only truly punishing mechanic in this entire dungeon, as a 5 stack vuln can be deadly.
Move away from the general area of the shadows.
Sirensong Final Boss: “SEASLUGMAID” (Lorelei)
Morbid Advance and Morbid Retreat force you to move a certain direction depending on where you’re facing. Retreat makes you go backwards, Advance – forward (YOU DON’T SAY!?)
“I’ve seen enough aNime to know what’s next”,
Mahiko “Taku” San
Not really a “side” since you need it for Aether Currents…
Shisui Boss 1: “SCORPY MCCLAW” (RNF)
Those guys who get “stunned”… you actually have to attack the “arm” or whatever it is. Some classes are AoE light so you may not notice it’s a new enemy on the list. Free your friends!
*real name forgotten*
Shisui Boss 2: “TOO MANY DRINKS” (Ruby Princess)
Seduce: Hide behind the boxes before this skill comes off. AVOID BOXES IF YOU DON’T NEED TO BE THERE! You get “silenced” otherwise.
Lasers from the sky? Sprint! This appears to be only countered by Sprint. You can outheal it, sure… but ah…
Shisui Final Boss: “WHOA” (Shisui Yohi)
Sharks & Water Balls: kill ‘em fast.
Mad Stare: for new players, the LARGE EYE ICON means “Look away before this is finished casting”.
If this is your first time to the primal rodeo, they’re colorful fights! But avoid those colors…
Remember the Yellow Arrows? Stack with friends.
Susanoo “Sword” phase:
Whoever picks up the “item” blocks his attack. (I’ve never done it, but I presume:) You can’t take actions while doing so. Have your MAIN TANK pick up the sword since healers need to heal during this mini phase.
It’s a DPS race – you gotta kill the sword before it hits ya! That’s it!
Oh, in the final phase, Itachi absorbs Susanoo’s essence to create an armor of… wait a second…
Bardam Boss 1 “COW” (Galura)
RUN FAR if targeted by the “rush” skill. Older players will mistake this for the “rush go near!”, as it looks almost the same.
I suppose it mirrors real life, in this regard. I would share the same reaction to a rushing cow.
Bardam Boss 2 “DODGE BALL” (Ben Stiller)
Dodge as hard as you can.
Gaze = Look away.
For new players, you may not be familiar with the “expanding cone” mechanic yet. Basically, the smaller sections danger zone will disappear as the larger one resolves. Walk INTO the smaller one after it bursts.
Meteor = hide behind the rock.
“Like love, It’s all about timing” –
Mahiko “Stunned” San
Bardam Boss 3 “BIRD” (Yolo)
Watch out for the boss diving from the side when dealing with adds. You have to visually see from the edge of the arena where the bird is coming from, and move away from its path!
I believe this is the first “visual queue” mechanic new players would face. Old players will suffer from from a plethora of nightmarish nostalgia with visual mechanics
The circular AoE’s in the final phase don’t follow you… Like many seem to think. They just serve as a way to effectively reduce the arena.
Doma Castle Boss 2 “ROBO A” (Magitek Rearguard)
Basic stuff… dodge.
Doma Boss 2 “ROBO 2” (Magitek Hexadrone)
Towers mean “STAND ON THIS OR ELSE BAD THINGS HAPPEN”.
When the arena is sectioned off in lasers STAY IN THE LARGEST PART, is it’s likely safest.
Yellow Arrows: Stack with friends
Doma Final Boss “CHAINSAW” (Hypertuned Grynewaht)
BOMB Mechanic: The further you are from the epicenter, the less damage you take. However, keep an eye on your debuff and MOVE AWAY. Once the debuff drops off, you will leave the “bomb” there.
Older players may refer to this as a “Stardust” mechanic.
“What’s next, a group dance!? ….oh” –
Mahiko “ollywood” San
You can fall off. Just so you know.
Dodge like hell, don’t go too far so you can stack afterwards.
ONCE BLUE BALLS APPEAR = GET ONE USING THE SPECIAL SKILL. Otherwise you die. Each ball can only be used once.
Abania Boss 1 “BUFFWHEEL” Magna roader
Use cannons to stop Wild Speed
Abania Boss 1 “DUDE” Number XXIV
2 of 3 immunities: Pay attention to his buff, and stand on the circle he ISN’T COUNTERING, or you’ll have a BAD TIME.
Abania Final Boss “ALIENS IV” Inferno
“Bomb” mechanic: move away from the source of the pulse.
Kefu Left Arm: This boss has very painful abilities that are obviously telegraphed. This should be a learning point for healers and tanks to practice mitigating these “tank busters”. Use defensive cooldowns, and precast healing.
Ala Mhigo Boss 1 “SCORPY MCCLAW II” (Magitek Scorpion)
Ala Mhigo Boss 2 “WTF IS THIS” (Aulus Mal Asina)
Walk back to your soul! AKA Trace the line back to your body.
Ala Mhigo Final Boss: “ZYG” (Zyg)
A bunch of stuff going on here… Nothing “too” threatening.
When he says “Kill” prepare for a pretty strong tank buster.
Spreading out is a good idea as he has a line skill which targets all players. Can be deadly if you 4 stack. (?)
Lots of AoE healing here, especially in the final phase post swords.
“I Haven’t raised this much since a4s pentacle” –
Mahiko “Salt” San
You can fall, careful.
Tidal wave: move towards the water at the edge so you don’t get knocked off.
Earth Breath: Drop them at the sides of Shinryu!
Many bombs: Move in between two of them. So basically stay directly N S E or W.
AKH MORN IS A SHARED TANK BUSTER! Tanks: Use a cooldown, don’t absorb it alone! Other party members get away as it will kill you quickly.
Hellfire, Judgment Bolt etc… are basic AoE Nukes.
Press the grey button to fill up the bar when you phase change.
Tethered together by a red chain: BREAK IT BY MOVING AWAY FROM EACH OTHER!
Diamond Dust: DON’T MOVE OR YOU SLIDE OFF!
Aerial Blast: MOVE TOWARDS THE CYCLONE OR YOU FALL OFF!
Hellfire & Earthen Fury: Basic meganukes as far as I can tell.
“Hey Mahiko, damn this guide sucks!” Yes.
The story dungeons are super simple, and this literally serves as a guide to help those who are in need or confused for a quick fix. If you need a full page guide for a story dungeon, I’m sorry, but you’re likely “MadCuzBad”.
GL wrapping up the 4.0 Stormblood MSQ!!!!!