Game: Final Fantasy : A Realm Reborn
Version: 2.51 as of February 24, 2015. Notably, Patch 2.4 increased the drop rate of Atma Stones.
Current Guide Contents: Relic, Zenith, Atma, Animus, Novus, Nexus, Zodiac, Zeta – Final and complete (as of February 28, 2015)
Guide Updates: August 09 (Relic, Zenith, Atma), August 17 (Animus), August 25 (NPC location changes), September 15 (Novus), September 23 (Nexus), September 24 (compiling list of spiritbinding activities), October 19 (Nexus complete), November 17 (Ninja relic update/changed item prices due to Allagan Tomestones updates), Dec 09 (info on the Patch 2.45 requirements), Dec 11 (list of crafted items required), Dec 29 (more info regarding the repeatable quests), Jan 05 (completed Zodiac weapon for Summoner), Jan 18 (Reminder to Paladins), Feb 24 (Zeta), Feb 28 – completed!
Notes: To synchronize my information (somewhat) with other guides, I will use the NPC coordinates provided by the Lodestone Database. The coordinates are formatted as (x, y) with the screen situated at the Fourth Quadrant of the Cartesian Plane.
Pre-requisite: You must have completed the 2.0 Main Story quest line (“The Ultimate Weapon”) and your main job quests up to level 50.
Important Reminder to Paladins: The Curtana and Holy Shield item are upgraded together for some stages (Atma, Final Zodiac) and separately for other stages (Zenith, Animus, Novus, Nexus). Remember to SOULGLAZE both the Curtana AND Holy Shield when you farm Lights for getting the Nexus. The next stage, getting the actual Zodiac (Excalibur and Aegis) cannot be completed unless BOTH the sword and shield are NEXUS.
Note to Paladins Regarding Zeta: The developers seem to have done away with the problematic Sword+Shield upgrades. The Excalibur and Aegis Shield will now be upgraded as if they are a singular entity.
A Relic Reborn
- Take the quest “The Weaponsmith of Legend” from Nedrick Ironheart (12, 14) at Vesper Bay, Western Thanalan. The closest Aetheryte is Horizon. Additionally, take the quest “Ghost of Amdapor” and complete it, because the Amdapor Keep duty is also required for the A Relic Reborn questline.
- Continue the quest by speaking to Rowena (21, 4) at the Revenant’s Toll, Mor Dhona. The closest Aetheryte is Revenant’s Toll.
- Finish the quest by speaking to Gerolt (30, 20) at Hyrstmill, North Shroud. The closest Aetheryte is Fallgourd Float. Notably, the succeeding Relic quests will require you to go to Hyrstmill repeatedly, so I suggest that you set Fallgourd Float or New Gridania as your Favorite or Home aetheryte.
- Take the quest “A Relic Reborn” from Gerolt. Find the old, broken relics in their respective places as pointed out by the Lore:
- Natalan, Coerthas: Bard, Dragoon
- Sapsa Spawning Grounds, Western La Noscea: Scholar, Ninja
- Sylphlands, East Shroud: Summoner
- U’Ghamaro Mines, Outer La Noscea: Black Mage, Warrior, White Mage
- Zahar’ak, Southern Thanalan: Monk, Paladin
- Return to Gerolt with the broken relic. He will ask for a more suitable new form for the relic, which is a Level 50 weapon that can be crafted by specific crafting classes. Notably, in Patch 2.0, Gerolt required a High-Quality weapon along with melded materia but in subsequent patches, he only requires the weapon (Normal or High Quality) and the melded materia:
- Bard: Longarm’s Composite Bow (carpenter) melded with two (2) Heaven’s Eye Materia III (accuracy) = Artemis Bow
- Black Mage: Sanguine Scepter (goldsmith) melded with two (2) Savage Might Materia III (determination) = Stardust Rod
- Dragoon: Champion’s Lance (carpenter) melded with two (2) Savage Aim Materia III (critical hit rate) = Gae Bolg
- Monk: Wildling Cesti (leatherworker) melded with two (2) Savage Aim Materia III (critical hit rate) = Sphairai
- Paladin: Aeolian Scimitar (blacksmith) melded with two (2) Battledance Materia III (parry) = Curtana and Holy Shield
- Scholar: Erudite’s Picatrix of Healing (alchemist) melded with two (2) Quicktongue Materia III (spellspeed) = Omnilex
- Summoner: Erudite’s Picatrix of Casting (alchemist) melded with two (2) Savage Might Materia III (determination) = Veil of Wiyu
- Warrior: Barbarian’s Bardiche (blacksmith) melded with two (2) Battledance Materia III (parry) = Bravura
- White Mage: Madman’s Whispering Rod (alchemist) melded with two (2) Quicktongue Materia III (spellspeed) = Thyrus
- Ninja: Vamper’s Knives (alchemist) melded with two (2) Heaven’s Eye Materia III (accuracy) = Yoshimitsu
- Obtain Alumina Salts from the Dhorme Chimera at The Weeping Saint, Coerthas. This fight used to be an instanced battle but in subsequent patches, it was turned to a Duty which can be found in the Duty Finder (A Relic Reborn: The Chimera). Notably, you must be alive when the Dhorme Chimera is killed for the quest to count as a success, and then leave the duty via the portal that appears. The location for unlocking the duty is at (32, 6). The battle mechanic is similar to the Chimera boss at The Cutter’s Cry duty.
- Give the Alumina Salts to Gerolt, and then go to Rowena for more information about relics. In exchange for her information, she will ask for an Amdapor Glyph. Obtain the item by completing the duty Amdapor Keep (Normal) which can be unlocked by taking the “Ghosts of Amdapor” quest from Nedrick Ironheart (as mentioned on Step #1).
- Give the Amdapor Glyph to Rowena and return to Gerolt with the information that he needs. He will give you an incomplete version of the relic named “Unfinished [Weapon Name]”. You must test the unfinished relic by
murderingslaying eight each of three kinds of beastmen:
- Bard: Natalan Ixali (Boldwings, Fogcallers, Windtalons)
- Black Mage: U’Ghamaro Mines Kobolds (Quarrymen, Bedesmen, Priests)
- Dragoon: Natalan Ixali (Boldwings, Fogcallers, Swiftbeaks)
- Monk: Zahar’ak Amalj’aa (Lancers, Pugilists, Archers)
- Paladin: Zahar’ak Amalj’aa (Lancers, Pugilists, Thaumaturges)
- Scholar, Ninja: Sapsa Spawning Grounds Sahagin (Shelfspine, Shelfclaw, Shelftooth)
- Summoner: Sylphlands Sylphs (Sighs, Screeches, Snarls)
- Warrior: U’Ghamaro Mines Kobolds (Quarrymen, Roundsmen, Bedesmen/Priests)
- White Mage: U’Ghamaro Mines Kobolds (Quarrymen, Bedesmen, Priests)
- Return to Gerolt after your semi-genocide.
- Test out your unfinished relic weapon by confronting The Hydra in Halatali, Eastern Thanalan. This fight used to be an instanced battle but in subsequent patches, it was turned to a Duty which can be found in the Duty Finder (A Relic Reborn: The Hydra). Notably, you must have the unfinished relic weapon equipped, must be alive when the Hydra is killed for the quest to count as a success, and then leave the duty via the portal that appears. The location for unlocking the duty is at (14, 30). The battle mechanic involves killing Wyverns quickly when they appear, avoiding balls of ice and fire, and hiding beneath the Hydra when it casts the skill “Fear Itself”.
- Return to Gerolt. He will instruct you to gather the final materials needed for finishing the relic. At this point, you may equip a better weapon since you have to turn over the unfinished relic to Gerolt. You must then confront the Primals in their stronger forms (Hard Mode duties unlocked via Urianger from The Waking Sands, Vesper Bay, Western Thanalan) in this specific order:
- Obtain White-hot Ember from The Bowl of Embers (Hard).
- Obtain Howling Gale from The Howling Eye (Hard).
- Obtain Hyperfused Ore from The Navel (Hard).
- Purchase a bottle of Radz-at-Han Quenching Oil (worth 110 Allagan Tomestones of Soldiery)from Auriana (22,6) at Revenant’s Toll, Mor Dhona. Allagan Tomestones may be obtained from Beast Tribe quests, Duties and Treasure Chests.
- Give the bottle of Radz-at-Han Quenching Oil to Gerolt, and he will finish the Relic Weapon for you.
- You get the base Relic Weapon and a new Title!
- Get ready for the grind to get the Zenith, Atma, Animus and Novus versions of your Relic Weapon.
Obtaining the Relic Zenith
- Purchase three (3) Thavnairian Mist (worth 150 Allagan Tomestones of Soldiery each) from Auriana.
- Go to Gerolt and proceed to the furnace beside a moogle.
- Throw the Mists and your Relic weapon into the furnace, and it will come out as a Zenith weapon. For example, Veil of Wiyu + three Mists = Veil of Wiyu Zenith
- Enjoy your glowy weapon for now, before you proceed to the even grindier Atma and Animus quests.
The Atma Grind
- Take the “Up in Arms” quest from Gerolt.
- Continue the quest by speaking to Jalzahn (29, 19) just a few steps away from Gerolt. The Atma (Up in Arms), Animus (Trials of the Braves) and Novus (Celestial Radiance) side-quests for upgrading your Relic Weapon can all be obtained from Jalzahn.
- Complete the twelve Atma Stones to change your Zenith weapon to an Atma weapon. Unfortunately, it does not actually upgrade your weapon. Only the Item Level and Item Name changes, but it will unlock the next tier which is Animus. You must have any Zenith weapon equipped for a chance to get the rare Atma Stones from -any- FATE in their specific maps.
Atma Chance Tracker (in Japanese) : I will list the Atma from top to bottom on a list below, as they appear on this tracker. Notably, I did not use this tracker for when I completed my Veil of Wiyu Atma (it was not created yet at that time), but other people have used this tracker successfully.
The Animus Grind
- Take the “Trials of the Braves” quest from Jalzahn.
- Speak to Rowena at Revenant’s Toll, Mor Dhona. She’ll point you to a Mi’qote.
- Speak to G’jusana (22, 7)
the swindler, just a stone’s throw away from Auriana. You will unlock the ability to purchase Animus Books in exchange for 500 Allagan Tomestones of Soldiery per book. You must then complete the Trials which are contained in each book. With each book completed, additional stats will be added to your Atma weapon. There are nine (9) books in total.
- Once you have completed all nine Animus books for your weapon, return to Jalzahn so that he can upgrade your Atma weapon to Animus weapon (name change only, you already have the stats). This is a list of the Books that I completed to get my Veil of Wiyu Animus: Animus Books List by Neuflune Mochiko (xls file)
The Novus Grind
- Take the “Celestial Radiance” quest from Jalzahn.
- Speak to Mutamix Bubblypots and then to Hubairtin both at The Bonfire (x23, y13) at Central Thanalan.
- Speak to Rowena at Revenant’s Toll, Mor Dhona.
- Purchase three (3) bottles of superior enchanted ink from Auriana at Mor Dhona. Each Superior Enchanted Ink costs 250 Allagan Tomestones of Soldiery.
- Speak to Hubairtin once again at The Bonfire and hand over the enchanted ink. You may then choose a Sphere Scroll to create a Novus weapon with. Each Sphere Scroll costs three bottles of superior enchanted ink and the appropriate Animus weapon. The exception to this is the Curtana and Holy Shield pair: the price of the Curtana Sphere Scroll is 2 bottles of ink and the Holy Shield costs 1 bottle of ink, making it still a total of 3 bottles for the paladin items.
- Take the “Star Light, Star Bright” quest from Hubairtin at The Bonfire.
- Speak to Jalzahn at Hyrstmill. The quest will be concluded for the time being. After you complete the Sphere Scroll infusion, he will upgrade your Animus weapon to a Novus weapon if you turn over the weapon and the scroll to him.
What’s a Sphere Scroll?
A sphere scroll is an item that can be infused with materia. You need a special catalyst, Alexandrite, to infuse materia into your sphere scroll. Alexandrite can be obtained by doing any of the following:
- Unlock the daily alexandrite map (Mysterious Map) quest by speaking to Ealdwine (x29, y19) at Hyrstmill and taking the quest “One Man’s Trash” from him. Then go to his mother Brangwine (x21, y6) at Revenant’s Toll. This will unlock the daily quest “Morbid Motivation” which will require you to complete a Daily Roulette (Extreme). You do not have to use your animus weapon or a specific class/job for the quest to count. As long as you finish a Daily Roulette (Extreme) for that day with any Level 50 class/job, you will complete the “Morbid Motivation” quest as well. Unlike beast tribe quests and marks, Morbid Motivation’s reward cannot be taken within the same day. If you took Morbid Motivation ‘yesterday’ and the daily timer has already been reset, you can still complete the quest but its reward will count as your reward for ‘today’. The reward is a Mysterious Map, which when opened will summon fairly strong enemies. The strength of the enemies is somewhere between Grade 4 and Grade 5 Treasure Maps depending on what enemies pop out, and I recommend that you do this with at least one strong companion.
- Buy a Mysterious Map from Auriana, for 400 Allagan Tomestones of Soldiery.
- Exchange 200 Allied Seals (from The Hunt) to get an Alexandrite at your Grand Company Hunt NPC.
- With your Animus weapon equipped, grind FATEs for a (very low) chance to get an Alexandrite.
How Does a Sphere Scroll Work?
- You must have an alexandrite and a materia in your inventory. Right-click the Sphere Scroll and click “Infuse“.
- There is a success rate when infusing materia, and it is indicated on the Scroll. If infusion fails, you lose the materia but not the alexandrite.
- You may choose up to four attributes to increase, and they will replace the current attributes on your Animus weapon once the whole scroll is infused with 75 alexandrites. Main stats such as MIND, INT, etc. cannot be overwritten by the sphere scroll.
- The required materia starts at Grade 1. Once you have infused a specific amount in the scroll, it will no longer accept Grade 1 materia, and will then require you to infusion Grade 2 materia, so on and so forth until you reach Grade 4 materia. Notably, infusion success rate decreases as you add more materia of the same grade into the sphere scroll.
The Nexus Binding
- With a Novus weapon equipped, talk to Jalzahn and take the “Mmm…Soulglazed Relics” quest.
- Speak to Gerolt to ask for a favor, and then return to Jalzahn.
- After a brief conversation between the two, Gerolt will create a Zodiac glass and Jalzahn will state that he can soulglaze your novus.
- Complete the quest to receive the Zodiac glass which will be used to monitor aetheric activity (spiritbond) on your Novus.
- Select the Soulglaze a Novus Weapon option from Jalzahn so that your Novus weapon can start its very long and tedious spiritbinding process to be upgraded to a Nexus weapon. According to online sources, 100% spiritbind is obtained at 2000 points of “Light”.
Types of Light:
- Feeble Light: The weakest but easiest to obtain since it is provided by FATEs as long as you get Silver or Gold.
- Gentle Light: The light from most Trials (Hard Mode Primals) and Coil 1 – Turn 4.
- Bright Light: The light from Extreme Mode Primals, most of Coil 1 (except Turn 3 and 4) and High Level Roulette.
- Brilliant Light: The light from Expert Roulette and Main Scenario.
- Blinding Light: The light from Coil 2 and Syrcus Tower.
- Newborn Star: Only obtainable from Syrcus Tower, and if a bonus window for it is active.
Activities That Bind a Novus Weapon
These are activities that I have done and personally confirmed to spiritbind my own Novus weapon. You will know that a Novus is binding due to the “[Name] Novus emits a [description] light”. There are “windows” that last 2 hours which provide a bonus to your activities. For example, a Gentle Light will become a Bright Light. It is tracked on a Live Reddit. (Update Jan 18, 2015: The “Light” amount of duties and activities change as patches as implemented. Please follow the Live Reddit to check the correct and current values.)
- Any FATE: Some sources say that only high-level FATEs bind a Novus weapon, but in my experience, -any- FATE of any level, even the lowest leveled ones, always bind my Novus. FATEs make my Novus weapon emit a “Feeble” light.
- Mysterious Map (Alexandrite): It makes my Novus weapon emit a “Gentle” light.
- Main Scenario Roulette: It makes my Novus weapon emit a “Brilliant” light.
- Trials Roulette: It makes my Novus weapon emit a “Gentle” light.
- High-Level Roulette: It makes my Novus weapon emit a “Bright” light.
- Expert Roulette: It makes my Novus weapon emit a “Blinding” light.
- Syrcus Tower: It makes my Novus weapon emit a “Blinding” light, and on a rare occasion (1 out of 10), the light of a “Newborn Star”.
How Do I Know How Much Light I Have?
Use the Zodiac Glass to check the amount of Light in your Novus. The text written on it when you complete every 10% of the total Light needed. When the Soul Attunement is complete, you will see a massive notification on your screen. It’s difficult to miss. See screenshots below:
The Zodiac Weapon
- With a Nexus weapon equipped, talk to Jalzahn and take the “Wherefore Art Thou, Zodiac” quest.
- Speak to Gerolt, and then finish the quest by speaking to Jalzahn. This will unlock the following quests. Note that all quest items from duties do not have a 100% drop rate. The quest items do not drop from the dead boss but instead are acquired once you complete and exit the mentioned duty. Also, you do not have to run the duty as the upgrading class. For example, I ran Snowcloak as a White Mage which had a Diamond Cane equipped, and had not acquired a Nexus (only Atma); I still got the item “Sickle Fang”.
- A Ponze of Flesh (Repeatable): Papana (22, 7) Mor Dhona
- The first quest items are Bronze Lake crystal (100,000 gil @ Junkmonger, Camp Bronze Lake, Upper La Noscea), Bombard core (20,000 Grand Company seals from your Grand Company’s Quartermaster, requires Second Lieutenant rank) and Sacred Spring Water (1600 Allagan Tomestones of Soldiery @ Auriana).
- The second quest items are “Horn of the Beast” from Dzemael Darkhold and “Gobmachine Bangplate” from Brayflox’s Longstop (Hard).
- The third quest items are “Narasimha Hide” from Halatali (Hard) and “Sickle Fang” from Snowcloak.
- The final quest items are high-quality Furnace Ring (made by Goldsmiths) and high-quality Perfect Firewood (made by Carpenters).
- Reward: Book of Skylight
- A Treasured Mother (Repeatable): Brangwine (22, 6) Mor Dhona
- The first quest items are a North Shroud brass kettle (100,000 gil @ Tool Supplier and Mender, Hyrstmill, North Shroud), Bombard Core (20,000 Grand Company seals from your Grand Company’s Quartermaster, requires Second Lieutenant rank) and Sacred Spring Water (1600 Allagan Tomestones of Soldiery @ Auriana).
- Speak to Ealdwine (34, 32) Swiftperch, Western La Noscea.
- The second quest items are “Lost Treasure” from Amdapor Keep, Pharos Sirius and Tam-Tara Deepcroft (Hard).
- The third quest item is Lost Treasure from Stone Vigil (Hard).
- The final quest items are high-quality Tailor-made Eel Pie (made by Culinarians) and high-quality Perfect Cloth (made by Weavers).
- Reward: Flawless Alexandrite
- Labor of Love (Repeatable): Guiding Star (21, 6) Mor Dhona
- The first quest item is a lump of Allagan Resin (100,000 gil @ Merchant and Mender, Forgotten Springs, Southern Thanalan).
- The second quest items are Vale Bubo from Aurum Vale and Voidweave from Haukke Manor (Hard).
- The third quest items are Amdapor Vellum from the Lost City of Amdaport and Indigo Pearl from Sastasha (Hard).
- The fourth quest items are high-quality Perfect Mortar (made by Armorers) and high-quality Perfect Ponce (made by Blacksmiths).
- The final quest items are Bombard core (20,000 Grand Company seals from your Grand Company’s Quartermaster, requires Second Lieutenant rank) and Sacred Spring Water (1600 Allagan Tomestones of Soldiery @ Auriana).
- Reward: Zodium
- Method in His Malice (Repeatable): Adkin (23, 13) Central Thanalan
- The first quest items (to be obtained and submitted in this order) are:
- Tonberry Blood of the Disfigured King (Wanderer’s Palace)
- Royal Gigant Blood of the Imprisoned King (Copperbell Mines – Hard)
- Kraken Blood of the Unchained King (Hullbreaker Isle)
- Vicegerent Blood of the Forgotten King (Sunken Temple of Qarn – Hard).
- The second quest items are high-quality Perfect Vellum (made by Leatherworkers) and high-quality Perfect Pounce (made by Alchemists).
- The final quest items are Bombard core (20,000 Grand Company seals from your Grand Company’s Quartermaster, requires Second Lieutenant rank), Sacred Spring Water (1600 Allagan Tomestones of Soldiery @ Auriana) and Furite Sands (100,000 gil @ Merchant and Mender, Whitebrim, Coerthas).
- Reward: Zodiac Scroll
- The first quest items (to be obtained and submitted in this order) are:
- A Ponze of Flesh (Repeatable): Papana (22, 7) Mor Dhona
- Speak to Gerolt and take the “His Dark Materia” quest.
- Speak with Mutamix Bubblypots at the Bonfire.
- Speak with Gerolt to complete the quest.
- Speak to Jalzahn and select the Zodiac Weapon Recreation option.
- Hand over the Book of Skylight, Zodium, Zodiac Scroll and Flawless Alexandrite to Jalzahn.
- The Nexus weapon which you wish to upgrade should be in your inventory or armoury chest. It will be converted into “materia” which will complete the Zodiac weapon.
- Just say “YES” no matter what the quest asks!
- The Zodiac Weapons are as follows:
- Bard: Yoichi Bow
- Black Mage: Lilith Rod
- Dragoon: Longinus
- Monk: Kaiser Knuckles
- Ninja: Sasuke’s Blades
- Paladin: Excalibur (sword) and Aegis Shield. Cannot be obtained separately.
- Scholar: Last Resort
- Summoner: Apocalypse
- Warrior: Ragnarok
- White Mage: Nirvana
The Zodiac Zeta: Final Form and End of the Zodiac Saga
- Speak with Jalzahn. Accept the quest “Rise and Shine“.
- Speak with Gerolt.
- Go to Mor Dhona and speak with Rowena.
- Return to Gerolt, speak to him and get the Sunshine quest item.
- Speak to Remon (34, 31) at Swiftperch, Western La Noscea. This unlocks the Mahatma item list. Each Mahatma corresponds to a Zodiac sign. You start with the “Mahatma of the Ram”. Each Mahatma costs 200 Allagan Tomestones of Soldiery and is automatically affixed to your Zodiac weapon of choice. The Mahatma must be bound to your Zodiac using Light-farming before you can purchase and affix the next Mahatma. Each Mahatma has a property as the process aims to awaken the sentience of your Zodiac weapon:
- Mahatma of the Ram: Sense of Assertion
- Mahatma of the Bull: Sense of Possession
- Mahatma of the Twins: Sense of Cogitation
- Mahatma of the Crab: Sense of Commiseration
- Mahatma of the Lion: Sense of Volition
- Mahatma of the Maiden: Sense of Interpretation
- Mahatma of the Scales: Sense of Juxtaposition
- Mahatma of the Scorpion: Sense of Aspiration
- Mahatma of the Archer: Sense of Perception
- Mahatma of the Goat: Sense of Causation
- Mahatma of the Water-bearer: Sense of Recognition
- Mahatma of the Fish: Sense of Conviction
- Once the last Mahatma (Fish) is “awakened”, unequip your Zodiac weapon and go to Jalzahn. Talk to him and select “Zodiac Weapon Awakening” and then select which weapon to awaken. The cutscene for awakening the weapon will play and you will obtain the final form of your Zodiac Weapon: Zeta.
- Speak to Jalzahn with your Zeta weapon equipped. Accept the quest “The Vital Title“.
- Speak to Gerolt to continue the quest.
- Speak to Jalzahn to finish the quest.
- This marks the end of the Zodiac Weapons Saga! See you in 3.0!