FFXIV ARR: Pharos Sirius Concise Guide

IMPORTANT NOTE (APRIL 25, 2015): THIS CONTENT HAS BEEN OUT FOR A WHILE. I WILL NO LONGER UPDATE THIS.  ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE WAS WRITTEN ON DECEMBER 2013 AND HAS NOT BEEN CHANGED.

Game: Final Fantasy XIV : A Realm Reborn

Note: If you’ve already unlocked the Pharos and looked up this guide because you can’t clear it, I wish you all the luck in the world. If you looked up this guide because you are thinking of unlocking Pharos, please reconsider. Read my Recommendations at the end before you unlock this dungeon.

Boss Mechanics:

DPS on the boss while watching out for their mobs.

First Boss: Symond The Unsinkable – Kill all hound mobs as they show up. Three stacks of debuff from the hound mobs will make your character explode. Watch out for AoE sandstorms that show up on the floor.
Second Boss: Zu – Do not kill the eggs because it will make the boss build up rage. Wait for the eggs to hatch and kill the mobs as they show up.
Third Boss: Tyrant – DPS all the way.
Final Boss: Siren – A Charmed target must be healed to 100% before the Charm debuff kicks in, otherwise he will turn against the group. Zombie mobs, especially Sergeants, must be killed ASAP; stay away from them because they will hold their target down. If Siren teleports to the middle of the room, run under her. If she teleports to the side of the room, stay away from her path (like Ifrit dash).

Recommendations:

Once you unlock Pharos Sirius, it will show up in the High-Level Duty Roulette along with Amdapor Keep. If your character has just barely reached the Average Item Level (48) or if your character is a Summoner, Dragoon or Monk, think twice before unlocking this dungeon. The reason for that is because the first and second bosses, and the final boss, require burst ranged damage. Re-read the boss mechanics. You will notice that a melee DPS (monk, dragoon) will have a hard time taking care of the boss’ mobs, and a summoner which is damage-over-time based will barely be able to keep up with the mob spawn. I am a summoner; I would lock up Pharos again if I only knew what it was about before I unlocked it. And my sister is a monk; I told her not to unlock this dungeon just yet.

That said, Pharos Sirius is a fun challenge if done with a proper team (not a random/roulette one) or a group of friends.

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