Like many MMORPGs, Final Fantasy XIV also features distinctive qualities in its gear. This ensures that players have a reason to keep playing, hunting for better equipment to empower their character while chunking out those monthly fees on and on.
It’s also one of the reasons why I’ve been playing Final Fantasy XIV for almost ten years. It’s a thrilling feeling to get that longed-for new gear.
There seems to be a global consensus among MMOs deciding how to categorize each item’s rarity. Generally, items follow a color palette that defines their rarity and, consequently, their power. In Final Fantasy XIV, it’s no different. Items rarity starts on white items, then pink, green, blue, and finally, purple ones.
Today’s topic is about the purple gear called Relic Weapons. These are class-exclusive weapons obtainable in the endgame of each expansion. They are incredibly time-consuming, requiring extensive grinding that spans several patches.
However, they pay off if you seek an almighty weapon without wanting to delve into the chaos of the game’s Savages Raids. So come check out this Relic Weapon FFXIV Guide with me and learn how to get your new purple and glistening weapon now.
Why Farm Relic Weapons
Now that you know there is a Relic Weapon for each expansion, you must ask yourself: is it worth acquiring old weapons, or should I focus on the current expansion? It depends on your goal.
Relic Weapons are incredibly time-consuming, especially if you intend to tackle this ordeal in just one go. Nowadays, acquiring a Relic from older expansions is easier since some tasks can be challenged solo if you thrash some unsynced dungeons, as is the case with Heavensward Relic Weapon.
Others, however, will still require a lot of persistence and focus as they need you to farm within instanced zones, as with Eureka and Bozja. Attributes-wise, older expansion Relic Weapons are obsolete. Even green-colored weapons from the current expansion have a higher item level. But there is a reason players still hunt the antique Relics Weapons: glamour.
What would the life of the recurring player of Final Fantasy XIV be if there was no glamour? In addition to having the best attributes of any weapon in its self-contained expansion, the Relic Weapons also have a fascinating design.
The questlines are also excellent for the loremasters among you, especially after Stormblood, where new dungeons and areas were added exclusively for relic-seekers.
Regarding the current expansion, the Relic Weapon is an excellent means of strengthening your character without relying on the insanity of Party Finder to find a solid group to do Savage Raids. Generally, the challenges required to farm and evolve your Relic Weapon can be done solo, but it hastens up if done with the aid of other players.
In Endwalker, we barely scratched the surface of the Manderville weapons, the Relics of the day. You can get one for you since patch 6.25, and it will probably get an upgrade every major patch until 6.55.
I don’t know yet what the other quests to upgrade the weapon will look like. Still, if the story tells us anything, it will be another instanced zone with its own progression.
My suggestion for any Relic farmer is to start right now. If you follow the grind patch by patch, the process will be less painful and tedious, ensuring that by the end of the expansion, you have your mighty Manderville weapon that only a proper inspector extraordinaire can wield.
Also, there’s no limit to how many you can wield. You can farm for every Job where its applicable, so don’t hold back!
How to Initiate Relic Weapon Questline
Now, I will show you how to start each Relic Weapons questline in their respective expansions and acquire their first version. As said, they are endgame weapons, so you must be at the maximum level of the expansion and have completed your Main Scenario.
This guide will only cover acquiring these weapons, not their upgrades. Since each upgrade is extremely extensive, we would need a dedicated guide for each of them. However, they are straightforward once you acquire the weapon and, frankly, quite repetitive, which is where the burdensome grinding lies.
A Realm Reborn Relic Weapon
In A Realm Reborn, Relics Weapons are called Zodiac Weapons. You need to be level 50 and finish the Main Scenario Quest, “The Ultimate Weapon.”
Then, talk to Nedrick Ironheart in Western Thanalan (X: 12.0, Y: 14.3) to acquire “The Weaponsmith of Legend” quest. This will be your first introduction to the blacksmith Gerolt in the North Shroud (X: 30.2, Y: 20.2).
Each job weapon has a slightly different but similar requirement. In order to keep the guide manageable, I will summarize all jobs in one direction since the procedures are identical. Most of the objectives are tracked on the map, so it is easy to find your way around.
After talking to Gerolt, he will give you a quest for the currently equipped job. It’s called A Relic Reborn and the name of the weapon. The next step is to find a Timeworn version of the Zodiac Weapon.
Each job will have to look in an antagonistic Beast Tribe zone, easily identifiable on the map, but here’s their pinpointed location:
- Bard & Dragoon in the Coerthas Central Highlands at Natalan;
- Paladin & Monk in Southern Thanalan, by the Zahar’ak grounds;
- Scholar & Ninja in Western La Noscea, on the Sahagin’s Sapsa Spawning Grounds;
- Summoner in the East Shroud, on the Sylphlands;
- Black Mage, White Mage & Warrior in Outer La Noscea at the U’Ghamaro Mines.
The second step will be to craft or buy a green weapon from your job and meld it with two grade III materials. For example, Dragoon needs to deliver a Champion’s Lance with two Savage Aim Materia III melded. The easiest way to acquire these weapons is through the Market Board.
The price varies between 30,000 Gil to 70,000 Gil depending on the server. The Materias are super cheap, and you can ask a Melder NPC to socket them, or you can do it yourself if your Crafters are up to the task.
Afterward, you will unlock “A Relic Reborn: The Chimera” trial, which can be easily beaten with an unsync character. Loot the Alumina Salts from the boss’s dead boy and give them to Gerolt to start the next step.
Talk to Rowena, and your next objective will be to get an Amdapor Glyph from the Amdapor Keep dungeon, also easily beaten with an unsync character. Trade the glyph with her for a book, and give the latter to Gerolt.
The blacksmith will hand you a prototype of the weapon, dubbed Unfinished, and ask you to test it. In other words, time to kill some innocent bystanders.
With the weapon equipped, each job will have to kill enemies in these areas: Dragoon and Bard need to go to Natalan; Black Mage, Warrior, and White Mage to U’Ghamaro Mines; Monk and Paladin to Zahar’ak; Ninja and Scholar in Sapsa Spawning Grounds and Summoner in the Sylphlands.
After bathing your weapon in blood, your next destination is near Halatali in Eastern Thanalan (X: 14.7, Y: 30.2) to observe the point (X:14, Y:30). The trial “A Relic Reborn: The Hydra” will unlock. You can conquer it unsynced but keep your Unfinished Zodiac Weapon. Then, deliver the weapon to Gerolt, and he will ask for more slaughter.
Your prey this time will be the “Bowl of Embers (Hard),” “The Howling Eye (Hard),” and “The Navel (Hard).” A walk in the park if you go in there unsynced. Each primal will drop a loot that you will give to Gerolt.
Finally, he will ask for Radz-at-Han Quenching Oil, the most practical step in this long quest. Teleport to Mor Dhona and talk to Auriana (X: 22.7, Y: 6.7). Choose the option Allagan Tomestones of Poetics (Special Arms) and buy the item for measly 15 Poetics. Give it to Gerolt, and voila, he will reward you with the first stage of the Zodiac Weapon.
If you thought this quest was long and dragged, brace yourself. The process of evolving the Zodiac Weapon is extraordinarily lengthy and the apex of grinding. It relies on luck to get the necessary loot in several stages. I won’t cover it here, but keep talking to Gerolt and following his steps if you want to venture into this endeavor.
Heavensward Relic Weapon
The Relic Weapon in Heavensward is called Anima Weapon. It’s one of the easiest and fastest to complete if you perform all the steps unsynced and have plenty of Allagan Tomestone of Poetics in stock. Furthermore, if you have a Zodiac Zeta weapon, the eighth and final form of the Zodiac Weapon, you can skip the first stage of the Anima Weapon.
Once you complete the “Heavensward” Main Scenario Quest, talk to Rowena in Idyllshire (X:5.7, Y:5.5) to start the sidequest, “An Unexpected Proposal.” It only has one step, and its completion will start the Anima Weapon Quests questline with “Soul without Life.”
Ardashir will ask you for two items to receive the first Anima Relic Weapon. An Astral Nodule and an Umbral Nodule. To acquire them, you must farm some FATEs in each Heavensward zone.
Each zone will drop one type of crystal for a total of six. Each nodule requires three crystals in exchange for them. The drop is not guaranteed, but they are more frequent than before. Grind the FATEs out until you earn the crystals.
To acquire the Astral Nodule, you will need the following:
- Luminous Wind Crystal, earned from FATEs in The Sea of Clouds;
- Luminous Lightning Crystal from The Churning Mists’ FATEs;
- And Luminous Fire Crystal from Azys Lla.
Then, you will need to farm crystals for the Umbral Nodule:
- Luminous Ice Crystal is rewarded in FATEs from Coerthas Western Highlands;
- Luminous Earth Crystal from The Dravanian Forelands’ FATEs;
- Last but not least, Luminous Water Crystal from The Dravanian Hinterlands.
After acquiring them all, talk to Syndony in Mor Dhona (X: 22.5, Y: 5.9) and exchange the crystals for nodules. Return to Ardashir with the nodules and acquire your Animated Weapon, the first version of the Anima Weapon.
There’s another solution. If you have a Zodiac Zeta Weapon and have some grudge against FATEs, you can give up your Zeta in exchange for the nodules. You lose the weapon, but you can later acquire its Glamour from Drake in North Shroud (X: 30.3, Y: 20.1).
Upgrading the Anima Weapon involves completing several dungeons with it equipped. Once again, and I know I sound like a broken record, it’s an extremely easy process if you go unsynced.
Then, the subsequent evolution stages will demand several Poetics-bought items, so stock the currency if you want to upgrade your Anima Weapon quickly.
Stormblood Relic Weapon
In Stormblood, things start to get interesting. Relic Weapons in this expansion are called Eurekan Weapons, and for a good reason, since it concerns the Forbidden Land, Eureka.
To begin the process, players must finish the main quest “Stormblood” and the Job quest level 70 of the respective Eurekan you’re aiming for. This is because the base weapon acquired in the Job quest will receive the upgrades and turn into the Relic Weapon.
To develop your Eurekan weapon, we need to unlock the Forbidden Land, Eureka. Talk to Galiena in Rhalgr’s Reach (X: 9.8, Y: 12.5) to get the “And We Shall Call it Eureka” quest and proceed to release the new map. Whenever you want to hop back to Eureka, talk to Rodey in Kugane (X: 8.5, Y: 14.2).
Eureka is an instanced zone utterly separate from the base game. In it, all your equipment is synced to Item Level 300, and your level is modified to suit the location. As you progress through Eureka, you will acquire smaller sidequests that expand the Forbidden Land. It has four major zones: Anemos, Pagos, Pyros, and Hydatos.
Since, technically, you already have the first version of your Eurekan Weapon, which is the Job quest level 70 one, I will do a brief walkthrough of the steps ahead if you choose to endure the evolution process.
Expect extensive and lengthy grinding to upgrade your Stormblood Relic Weapon. For each weapon stage, you will need two types of materials. One is crystals, dropped by regular or notorious enemies in the zone.
The second is special items earned at specific FATEs. In addition to farming, you will need to increase your Elemental Level to withstand facing the monsters in each Eureka region.
Finally, the last stage of Eurekan Weapon requires clearing The Baldesion Arsenal. This dungeon holds up to 56 players simultaneously and demands specific requirements to spawn it.
The process is arduous and time-demanding, but if you are very interested in getting your Eurekan Weapon, you will enjoy an exciting storyline, new challenges, and even get some flavor items in the process.
Shadowbringers Relic Weapon
Shadowbringers drank from its predecessor’s fountain and used the same model to introduce its Relic Weapon, named Resistance Weapon. Now we have Bozja, another instanced zone housing a hundred players with its own events, FATEs, monsters, skills, an individual level system, and another massive dungeon.
You are already familiar with some initial requirements. Be at level 80 and have completed the Main Scenario Quest “Shadowbringers.” However, this time the game will give you more work.
Before starting the Resistance Weapons questline, you must complete most of the Alliance Raids from Stormblood, the Return to Ivalice. This is because you must complete the sidequest “The City of Lost Angels,” and unlock the raid of The Orbonne Monastery before visiting Bozja.
After fulfilling these requirements, you can take the first quest in a chain of four. Talk to Keiten in Kugane (X: 12.2, Y: 12.3) and accept the sidequest “Hail to the Queen.” You will have to walk around talking to a handful of people before grabbing the second quest in the chain, called “Path to the Past.”
In this quest, you will unlock Gangos, a hub with an entrance to Bozja, where we will meet Gerolt once again. In case you forget where Gangos is located, you can teleport to the Doman Enclave and use the aetheryte there.
Continue with the proceedings involving many cutscenes and conversations to complete the quest and start “The Bozja Incident.” In this one, we will walk down Cid’s memory lane and have a solo encounter with Varis.
Gerolt will then start working on the first version of the Resistance Weapon, the one we want. Finally, after finishing this mission, we will take the last one, “Fire in the Forge.“
In this quest, after more dialogues, Gerolt will need a final material to craft the weapon. It is a Thavnairian Scalepowder, easily bought from Auriana in Mor Dhona (X: 22.7, Y: 6.6) for 250 Poetics.
Give the item to Gerolt, who will finish crafting the first Resistance Weapon, the Relic Weapon from Shadowbringers. By the way, Bozja and Zadnor is an incredible source of experience for Jobs from level 71 up to 80.
Reckon you are interested in upgrading it to the final version and getting a spectacular glow. In that case, you will need to clear Bozja’s instanced zone and farm many Skirmishes, Critical Engagements, and materials.
However, there are also alternatives to acquire some items from the evolution process outside of Bozja by doing FATEs, dungeons, and raids from expansions before Shadowbringers. Square has found a compelling way to get players to explore and keep kicking old content active.
Endwalker Relic Weapon
We have arrived at the current expansion and the latest Relic Weapon available. There’s only the initial phase of acquiring the weapon, as each of its evolutionary stages is yet to be released.
As always, your Warrior of Light needs to be at level 90 and complete the Main Scenario Quest “Endwalker.” After wiping all the tears accompanying you with the ending, you can start the Relic Weapon questline.
The Relic Weapon from Endwalker is called the Manderville Weapon. Those familiar with the name should recognize that it’s a well-known surname in Final Fantasy XIV, shared between Gold Saucer owner Godbert and his son, Hildibrand Manderville. Yes, this Relic involves the most exotic, fun, and wealthy family in the game.
However, in order to immerse players into the Manderville background, Square decided to cram in a rather extensive requirement, especially if you are a player who overlooked some sidequests.
In Final Fantasy XIV, there is the Hildibrand Adventures, one of the most famous questlines involving the mischief of the Hildibrand, the inspector extraordinaire, and his loyal sidekick, Nashu Mhakaracca and their cuckoo theatricals.
I highly recommend you do the entire questline and pay attention to the events. There are several comic relief and over-the-top moments, but they depict the Manderville essence well. In addition, there are new boss fights from familiar characters of the Final Fantasy franchise. It’s a treat for fans.
And if you want to make the Relic Weapon from Endwalker, you have little choice because you will need to do the entire questline from A Realm Reborn to the current expansion. It’s relatively vast and will take a few hours if you are not a heretic that skips cutscenes.
I won’t cover the entire Hildibrand questline here, but I will show you where to kick off and what quest is needed to get your first Manderville Weapon.
The kickoff for the adventures of the agent of inquiry is the sidequest “The Rise and Fall of Gentlemen,” acquired in Ul’dah – Steps of Nald (X: 9.8, Y: 8.7) from the NPC Wymond. You need to have finished the Main Scenario Quest, “The Ultimate Weapon.”
Excluding Shadowbringers, each expansion introduces and builds upon the Hildibrand Adventures. There are 41 Hildibrand quests until you get to the one that will furnish you with the Manderville Weapon, titled “Make it a Manderville.” Suppose it’s your first venture into this detective sidequest.
In that case, they are fairly straightforward, and a major cutscene will warn you when the expansion changes. If you have done all Hildibrand quests up to Endwalker, then you need to go to Radz-at-Han (X: 11.8, Y: 11.2) to talk to Excitable Youth and start the sidequest “The Sleeping Gentleman.”
These quests will take you to “Make go to Manderville,” where you will begin crafting your Endwalker Relic Weapon.
To complete it, you need to deliver three Manderium Meteorites to Gerolt (yes, Eorzea’s most famous booze-drenched blacksmith is back).
These materials are purchased from Jubrunnah in Radz-at-Han (X: 12.2, Y: 10.9) for 500 Allagan Tomestone of Astronomy each, which requires a mild farm. At the launch of the next expansion, this currency will become Poetics, as usual.
Hand over the materials, and you will get your first Manderville Weapon, a 515 iLVL weapon comparable to the loot from Barbariccia Extreme. Its first upgrade is slated to arrive with Patch 6.35, with further ones along the way.
It’s currently one of the best weapons in-game, and it will only get stronger as patches hit the game.
Question: Can You Still Get Relic Weapons in FFXIV?
Answer: Absolutely! You can get all Relic Weapons available in any expansion for all existing Jobs at that time. So take your time and don’t get desperate because they are not limited content.
Question: How Long does it Take to Grind a Relic Weapon in FFXIV?
Answer: I won’t be holding any punches here: it will take a lot. Relic Weapons and their enhancements were initially released sporadically together with the patches. So players had a three-month window to farm each stage, which was an appropriate time for someone who played FFXIV daily.
But now all the steps are accumulated, and if you try to do everything in one go, you will burn out. I advise taking MMOs as a marathon, not a sprint.
Question: What do I do with Relic Weapons in FFXIV?
Answer: Relic Weapons from past expansions are majorly sought for glamour. Attribute-wise they are weaker in comparison to common items from later expansions.
The exception is Endwalker’s Relic Weapon, which is still in progress and has the potential to become the most potent weapon in the game with its latest upgrade.
The Relic Weapons of Final Fantasy XIV are the only weapons in their category to flair a purple color. To fully tap their potential, you will need a massive grinding, at least a video subscription service to keep you open-eyed and a monk-like patience.
Nowadays, Relic Weapons from older expansions are mainly used for glamour and bragging rights since their power cannot compare to today’s weapons.
However, it is an excellent pastime if your favorite hobby is galavanting around Eorzea, exploring everything the massive online world of Final Fantasy XIV offers.
I’m excited for the future regarding new versions of Manderville Weapon since Square has released novelty content and intriguing storylines around them in the past. As a bonus, I get a stylish new spear for hunting my enemies in PvP and partying in the chaos of Limsa Lominsa.