FFXIV Zodiac Weapon Guide

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By | October 18th, 2021 | Categories: FFXIV

Zodiac Weapon Guide

Obtaining your first Zodiac weapon is one of the most notorious grinds in Final Fantasy XIV. While there are easier ways to obtain it, doing it the old-fashioned way will be tedious no matter, but hopefully, with the help of this guide, the journey will become a little bit clearer, if not at all less painful. It will require at least a week of dedicated playtime and significant resources in the form of Gil, crafting materials, and other currencies.

            Zodiac weapons are worth it for the glamour, prestige, titles, or for completion’s sake but stat-wise, they are outclassed by weapons you obtain just playing through the main scenario. However, they are still worthwhile because of the most important currency in any MMO: bragging rights. 

Obtaining the Base Relic

Step 1: The Weaponsmith of Legend

            For this quest to be available you must first have completed the Main Scenario Quest The Ultimate Weapon, as well as have completed all quests for your chosen job.

            This quest is accepted from Nedrick, at Vesper Bay, who will send you to Rowena, at Revenant’s Toll. You will then speak to Gerolt, at Hyrstmill. You will only need to complete this quest once should you wish to obtain Zodiac weapons for your other jobs.

Step 2: A Relic Reborn

            Gerolt, in Hyrstmill, will task you with a series of fetch quests, beginning with obtaining a broken weapon from a Beast Tribe StrongholdThe location of the weapon will depend on your job:

BardNatalan, Coerthas Central Highlands
Black MageU’Ghamaro Mines, Outer La Noscea
DragoonNatalan, Coerthas Central Highlands
MonkZahar’ak, Southern Thanalan
NinjaSapsa Spawning Grounds, Western La Noscea
PaladinZahar’ak, Southern Thanalan
ScholarSapsa Spawning Grounds, Western La Noscea
SummonerSylphlands, East Shroud
Warrior, White MageU’Ghamaro Mines, Outer La Noscea

           You will then be asked to gather a template for your Relic Weapon, as well as some materia to repair it. Like the location of the broken weapon, the exact template and materia depend on your job. The templates can be crafted if you have leveled up the appropriate skills, or alternatively, you can buy them from the Market Board or have a friend craft them for you.

           Once you have the weapon template you will need to meld the materia into the template, again, something you can do yourself, via a friend who has leveled the appropriate skill, or by using an NPC materia melder. The exact weapon template and needed materia are listed below:

BardLongarm’s Composite BowHeavens’ Eye Materia III
Black MageSanguine ScepterSavage Might Materia III
DragoonChampion’s LanceSavage Aim Materia III
MonkWildling’s CestiSavage Aim Materia III
NinjaVamper’s KnivesHeavens’ Eye Materia III
PaladinAeolian ScimitarBattledance Materia III
ScholarErudite’s Picatrix of HealingQuicktongue Materia III
SummonerErudite’s Picatrix of CastingSavage Might Materia III
WarriorBarbarian’s BardicheBattledance Materia III
White MageMadman’s Whispering RodQuicktongue Materia III

Step 3: Dhorme Chimera       

            After melding your template weapon with the appropriate material you will receive the base Relic Weapon and be tasked with defeating the Dhorme Chimera with your Relic equipped, in the trial A Relic Reborn: The Chimera. If you’ve kept up with any of the expansions from Heavensward onwards this fight should be relatively trivial. The trial is located in the Coerthas Central Highlands.

Step 4: Amdapor Keep

            Run Amdapor Keep, the level 50 dungeon, with your Relic equipped in order to obtain an Amdapor Glyph.

Step 5: Kill 24 Beastmen

            It is as simple as it sounds, you just need to kill 24 Beastmen with your relic equipped.

Step 6: Defeat Hydra

Defeat Hydra, in the trial A Relic Reborn: the Hydra, with your relic equipped. Again, this trial is trivial. It can be found in Eastern Thanalan.

Step 7: Kill Hardmode Primals (Ifrit, Garuda, and Titan)

            You will be asked to complete the trials The Bowl of Embers (Hard), The Howling Eye (Hard), and The Navel (Hard) in that order. Looking for a group on Duty Finder is sufficient to clear these trials but if you struggle, learn the fights, ask in your guild or use another LFG service.

Step 8: Radz-at-Han Quenching Oil

            You can buy a Radz-at-Han Quenching Oil for 15 Tombstones of Poetics from Auriana in Mor Dhona. Turn the oil in with Gerolt and you should have your first Relic, congratulations!

Base Relic to Zenith

            This step is simple, just acquire three Thavnairian Mist, which can be bought for 20 Poetic Tomestones each, and take them to the furnace in Hyrstmill. Once you place both the Thavnairian Mists and your Base Relic into the furnace your Relic should be upgraded.

Zenith to Atma

            For this step, you will receive a quest from Jalzahn, at Hyrstmill, who will task you with collecting Atma which drops from FATEs in certain zones.  Your Relic must be equipped for Atma to have a chance to drop. The drop-rate for Atma per FATE completed is estimated to be around 25%, meaning it will take roughly 48 completed FATEs for the required Atma, although this is subject to chance. After collecting the needed Atma, Jalzahn will upgrade your relic.

            The locations are listed below:

North ShroudAtma of the Archer
Eastern ThanalanAtma of the Bull
Western La NosceaAtma of the Crab
Lower La NosceaAtma of the Fish
East ShroudAtma of the Goat
Outer La NosceaAtma of the Lion
Central ShroudAtma of the Maiden
Central ThanalanAtma of the Scales
Southern ThanalanAtma of the Scorpion
Western ThanalanAtma of the Twins
Upper La NosceaAtma of the Water-bearer

Atma to Animus

Trial of the Braves

            This quest is collected from Jalzahn, at Hyrstmill, who will send you to G’jusana, at Mor Dhona. You will purchase a total of nine books from him for 100 Tomestones of Poetics each. Each book contains a task from the following list, which all must be completed with the relic equipped:

  • 100 monsters killed
  • 3 dungeons
  • 3 FATEs (at least Gold)
  • 3 Levequests

Animus to Novus

Star Light, Star Bright

            This quest is, again, collected from Jalzahn, at Hyrstmill, and involves infusing your Relic with materia to tweak its stats. Each level of infusion requires eleven of a certain materia. As you meld more materia into the Relic the materia tier requirement becomes higher. For example, after infusing with Materia I, the next tier requires the same amount of Materia II, and so on and so forth. However, higher tier Materia has a chance of failure to meld, requiring more materia to offset the possibility. Seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, and eleventh have a 96%, 90%, 82%, 72%, and 60% chance to fail respectively.

            You also need to infuse your relic with seventy-five Alexandrite, which is a resource that can be collected from the following activities with your relic equipped:

Novus to Nexus

            Mmmmmm, Soulglazed Relics

            You should be quite familiar with Jalzahn at this point and he will offer a quest that gives you the ability to see how much Light your weapon has accrued. Light builds up from various activities at different rates, the potential amount of points of light rewarded are 8, 16, 32, 48, 96, and 128. Once your weapon has 2,000 points of Light, return to Jalzahn and he will upgrade your Relic. The best activities to efficiently gain light are Garuda HM/EX, Primals HM, Fates, Duty Roulette, Treasure Maps, or Cape Westwind. Garuda HM, in particular, can be completed in minutes with an efficient group.

Nexus to Zodiac

Wherefore Art Thou, Zodiac

          The final step also starts with, yep, Jalzahn, who will task you with acquiring four items, each with their own requirements which will be listed below:

Book of Skylight from Papana at More Dhona

ItemHow to Acquire
North ShroudBuy for 20,000 Company Seals
Sacred Spring WaterBuy for 200 Poetics from Auriana in Mor Dhona (X:22.7, Y:6.7)
Bronze Lake CrystalBuy for 100,000 gil from Junkmonger in Upper La Noscea (X:26, Y:26)
Horn of the BeastDzemael Darkhold
Gobmachine BangplateBrayflox’s Longstop (Hard)
Sickle FangSnowcloak
Furnace Ring (HQ)Craft as Goldsmith or buy from Market Board
Perfect Firewood (HQ)Craft as Carpenter or buy from Market Board

Labor of Love from Guiding Star at Mor Dhana

ItemHow to Acquire
North ShroudBuy for 20,000 Company Seals
Sacred Spring WaterBuy for 200 Poetics from Auriana in Mor Dhona (X:22.7, Y:6.7)
Allagan ResinBuy for 100,000 Gil from Merchant & Mender in Southern Thanalan (X:15, Y:29)
Vale BuboAurum Vale
VoidweaveHuakke Manor (Hard)
Amdapor VellumThe Lost City of Amdapor
Indigo PearlSastasha (Hard)
Perfect Mortar (HQ)Craft as Armorer or buy from Market Board
Perfect Pestle (HQ)Craft as Blacksmith or buy from Market Board

Flawless Alexandrite from Brangwine at Mor Dhona

ItemHow to Acquire
Bombard CoreBuy for 20,000 Company Seals
Sacred Spring WaterBuy for 200 Poetics from Auriana in Mor Dhona (X:22.7, Y:6.7)
Brass KettleBuy for 100,000 Gil from Tool Supplier and Mender in North Shroud (X:29, Y:19)
Lost Treasure of Amdapor KeepAmdapor Keep
Lost Treasure of Pharos SiriusPharos Sirius
Lost Treasure of Tam-Tara DeepcroftTam-Tara Deepcroft (Hard)
Lost Treasure of Stone VigilStone Vigil (Hard)
Tailor-made Eel Pie (HQ)Craft as Culinarian or buy from Market Board
Perfect Cloth (HQ)Craft as Weaver or buy from Market Board

Zodiac Scroll from Adkin at Central Thanalan

ItemHow to Acquire
Bombard CoreBuy for 20,000 Company Seals
Sacred Spring WaterBuy for 200 Poetics from Auriana in Mor Dhona (X:22.7, Y:6.7)
Furite SandBuy for 100,000 Gil from Merchant & Mender in Coerthas Central Highlands (X:13, Y:16)
Tonberry King BloodThe Wanderer’s Palace
Royal Gigant BloodCopperbell Mines (Hard)
Kraken BloodHullbreaker Isle
Vicegerent BloodThe Sunken Temple of Qarn (Hard)
Perfect Vellum (HQ)Craft as Leatherwork or buy from Market Board
Perfect Pounce (HQ)Craft as Alchemist or buy from Market Board

            Once the four items are returned to Jalzahn, he will finally upgrade your relic weapon to its Zodiac form and this relentless grind is at an end, congratulations!

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