FFXIV Relic / Zodiac Weapon COMPLETE Guide

Have no relic? Need advice on ANY step on your relic? This relic weapon guide will help you. START to FINISH!

Upgrading your Atma to Animus

This page details the process to upgrade your currently owned atma relic to an animus relic. (IE: Thyrus Atma to Thyrus Animus) Lost? You might be looking for the previous step Atma, or the next step Novus. So what’ this Animus business all about? Doing old content.

To complete your Animus Relic, you have to finish 9 Animus books. Each book contains the following.

  • 100 monsters (10 sets of 10, in different maps)
  • 3 low-mid level dungeons. (Must kill the last boss with relic equipped)
  • 3 Fates (Must complete with relic equipped, Gold)
  • 3 Levequests (Must turn-in with relic equipped)
  • Each cost a considerable amount of lesser tomestones.


Making Animus books less hellish: A FAQ

**Bind your Animus Books to a hotkey**: This step alone will possibly shave a few hours and sanity. And for the love of god: Double check if your relic is equipped, especially for dungeons.

…Fates: In this step of your relic, you will come to understand why Fates are called Fates. If it’s Fated you’re there for the pop – good! If not, then you can’t blame Fate either. Camping fates is going to be a huge part of your life during your time doing Animus. The number one rule? If you want it – camp it. Have a good TV series you’ve been wanting to catch up on? Movies? Now’s the time to watch them.

Here’s a table detailing the fates with useful links (xivdb, someone might have something to say about them) and other info/notes:

Animus Fates Guide

BookFATECampNotes of Peace
Skyfire I
(main stat 1)
Giant SepsCCH(Boss)
Make it RainOLN(Boss)
The Enmity of my EnemyESH(Chain: Enemy of my enemy)
Skyfire IIHereos of the 2ndSTH-
Breaching South TidegateWLN(Chain: Gauging South Tidegate)
Air SupplyNSHKill boxes and Ixal.
Netherfire IAnother Notch on the TorchMD(Boss)
Everything's BetterESH-
Return to Cinder-
Skyfall IBellyfullCCH(Boss)
The King's JusticeWLN(Boss) Umbral Isles
Quartz CouplingETH-
Skyfall IIBreaching North TidegateWLN(Chain: Gauging North Tidegate)
Black and NburuMD(Boss)
Breaking DawnESH(Boss) Completing Fate Bush Blade seems to help this spawn.
Netherfall IThe Four WindsCCH(Boss) (Difficult to Solo)
Rude AwakeningNSH(Boss)
The Ceruleum RoadNTH(Must be activated)
Skywind ISurpriseULNFate fails quickly unless you help NPC's ASAP.
In Spite of it AllCSH(Boss)(Difficult to Solo) 2 Adds not needed. Underground Cave.
Good to Be BudMD-
Skywind IITakenSTHMust have special set of skills. Heihachi or Liam Neeson MAY spawn.
Tower of PowerCCH(Must be activated) Many fates have this name. CCH!
What Gored BeforeSSH(Boss)
Skyearth IThe Taste of FearCCH(Boss)
The Big Bagoly TheoryETH(Boss) (Difficult to Solo) ALL THE WAY AT THE END!
SchismOLN(Boss) (Must be activated) (Difficult to Solo)

Levequests!?!? Which GC are they from!? They’re not showing up!: Relax. First of all, some levequests are actually Grand Company Leves, so make sure you check your book. Secondly, they wont always be available from the levemete. When this happens, you want to take exactly ONE leve from the levemete, complete it and check again. **list of leves and corresponding GC to follow**

Animus Leves Guide

Skyfire INecrologos: Pale OblationRegular
An Imp MobileGC (Maelstrom)
The Awry SalvagesGC (Twin Adder)
Skyfire IIDon't Forget to CryRegular
Yellow is the new BlackGC (Twin Adder)
The Museum is ClosedGC (Immortal Flames)
Netherfire IOne Big Problem SolvedGC (Maelstrom)
If You Put it That WayGC (Twin Adder)
Circling the CeruleumRegular
Skyfall ICircling the CeruleumRegular
Necrologos: Whispers of the GemRegular
Go Home to MamaGC (Maelstrom)
Skyfall IISomeone's in the DoghouseRegular
The Area's a Bit SketchyRegular
Get Off Our LakeGC (Twin Adder)
Netherfall IGot a Gut Feeling About ThisRegular
Subduing the SubprimeRegular
Who Writes HistoryGC (Immortal Flames)
Skywind ISubduing the SubprimeRegular
Big, Bad IdeaRegular
Someone's got a Big MouthGC (Maelstrom)
Skywind IINecrologos: Pale OblationRegular
Put Your Stomp on ItRegular
The Bloodhounds of CoerthasGC (Twin Adder)
Skyearth IDont Forget to CryRegular
Necrologos: The Liminal OnesRegular
No Big WhoopGC (Immortal Flames)

100 Monsters means Spiritbonding: As early as now, you can Spiritbond in preparation for the Novus step of your relic. You can even make a few million while you’re at it. I kind of looked forward to these cause it meant quite a bit of cash if you’re lucky. What, there’s only 3 of these guys? Yeah, some monsters only have a total of 3 in the whole Eorzea – Deal with it. (Spiritbond for Levequests, too!)

Goodluck grinding out those Animus Books! Thankfully, you CAN rush an Animus, but it is mind numbingly boring. Be on your way to Novus fast, I hope! Any tips or info to share? feel free to comment below!

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(No Relic) || (Base Relic -> Zenith)
(Zenith -> Atma) || (Atma -> Animus)
(Animus -> Novus) || (Novus -> Nexus)
(Nexus -> Zodiac)  || (Zodiac -> Zeta)

45 thoughts on “FFXIV Relic / Zodiac Weapon COMPLETE Guide”

  1. FYI the leave for Coerthas called “If You Put It That Way” is Immortal Flames, not Twin Adder…

    Took me way to long to realize>.<

  2. The information in the Zeta section for gathering light for Mahatma seems to be very inaccurate. The names for each amount of light gained appear to be named somewhat incorrectly, and the values are incorrect. Faintly appears to yield 4, Gently appears to yield 8. Haven’t seen what the others are called yet, but the ones I’ve seen appear to yield different amounts of light than the Zeta guide, even before the adjustments made in 3.0.

    1. Ah, nevermind. I read the table incorrectly. However, the values are still inaccurate. I believe they are actually double what reflects in the guide. It takes 5 gentles to completely fill a Mahatma which tells me that it either yields 8 lights, or the Mahatma requirement was reduced to 20

      1. After patch 3.1 each Mahatma takes 10 runs of Ifrit normal to complete.
        As a lvl 60 Scholar each unsynced run takes about 25 sec

        1. Two solo unsynced runs of Sastasha or Tam Tara Normal will totally complete a mahatma. A single unsynced run of Sastasha or TTD NM will totally complete a mahatma if you have one other person with you.

  3. I’m confused. For steps 3+ you say “With your “relic” equipped” What? I’m on this part right now and he didn’t give me anything after I turned in my materia-enhanced item

      1. He takes that weapon away between your steps 6 and 7. You need only be the class for the weapon you want to make to get credit for all of step 7.

  4. Question, how does this phase of the relic = millions of gil? I seem to be missing that part of the guide. I’ve made it through 4 books and have barely made what I would selling 4 stacks 99 NQ Effervescent Water.

  5. For the animus levequest you have to change the grand company? and if thats the case is it hard or take to much time?

    1. You do not, but I have to admit it’s a bit counter-intuitive. You can get levequests from any GC levemete (that are high level)

  6. After completing my 9th book to complete Atma and start Animus the Quest went well turning it in to G’jusana to Hubairtin to Jalzahn but no one took my completed 9th book. It remains in my Key items inventory. Also my Animus weapon is still at level 100 just like its At a predecessor. What gives?

    1. Just talk to Gjusana to give you a new one. If youve COMPLETED the previous book it should ‘vanish’. An incomplete Animus has a “false ilevel”.

      1. I appreciate the feedback but that does not work. G’jusana simply says I’ve done them all and directs me to Jalzahn which works fine. I’m now working on Animus. Problem remains. The last book never vanishes.

        1. Can ya send me a screenshot of the book, the conversation option with gjusana and your weapon? :)

          1. I don’t think so. I don’t know how to get a PS4 screenshot over to here. Further developments: I just completed a second character with the exact same results. I seem to be getting the benefits of this long ordeal but the completed 9th book never vanishes leaving me with the uneasy feeling that something was not completed properly.

        1. “Okay, before your expectations for an epic quest rise here, I’m going right ahead and saying that this step involves Fate grinding. Yeahp! You have to collect 12 different Atmas, from 12 different maps. “

  7. I don’t know why never got into upgrading my relic from Zenith. i think mainly I was gearing up and running coil, etc. Anyway, I guess my question is would it be worth doing so late on? Any suggestions would be helpful. I heard something about relic weapons becoming obsolete in HW. Is that true? Thanks.

    1. I thought they were going to use the final form as a pre-cursor for another weapon but I am not sure. it would be kinda lame for those who spent the time to get it just to be able to go to the vendor and get something better.

      1. They’ve said the final Zodiac weapon will make the new Relic/Zodiac weapon in Heavensward considerably easier to create, even though it isn’t required. Though if you never made a Zeta weapon, you will be missing out on the achievement.

  8. please correct the location of the quest The Weaponsmith of Legend from nothern thanalan to western thanalan, it confused me hard…

  9. Re: Zenith

    You should mention that you need to take the 3 Mists to the furnace next to Gerolt in order to upgrade the base relic because there is no quest to do it, nor are you ever told to take it there when it’s ready to be upgraded. The next quest in the chain just says you have to have a Zenith first.

  10. I might not read it properly but you missed on WoD and ST which gives atleast blinding if not New Born Star…. if you consider wait time for the shorter duties and the amount you have to do to get to this tear of light.. i find ST the best.. a brainless fight pretty much considering how many times you’d already have run it already..

  11. The comment about not skipping treasures cant be true. I have treasure 1 and 3 for A Treasured Mother. I’ve run Pharos Sirius 11x now and no drop. I had just que’d up all 3 and got the other 2 fairly quickly (within first 3 runs) But now I’m stuck getting pharos sirius drop.

        1. Ah yes, to clarify. Some items come in sets of two. While you can gather either of these, you cannot jump ahead (again, a matter of following quest log)

    1. Also, for your Nexus light grinding, Turn 4 in BCoB is great because its relatively easy at this point in the game, great for ARM or GSM desynthesis, and always drops an allagan craft item that can be put on market board for hefty prices.

      1. Since it is such a short run, its also great for Spiritbonding (SB) i70 HQ Accessories. I’ve done it 5 times so far, and got at least one good grade IV material out of the set (Savage Might, Quicktongue, etc.), which sells for over 500k each on my server at the moment. I did first run with materia in slots, and forgot to do it in 2nd run. But it only cost me 1-2 extra runs. Don’t forget FC Spiritbonding Action. I didn’t waste GC seals for potion and gil for materia after that. Mostly everyone’s usually uber during run, and even if not still no issues. Without my accessories I went from i123 to i100, but still good to go.

  12. Thanks! How accurate is your recommended ninja novus melds? I have not done any fcob turns yet if it matters. Almost gathered my alexandrites.

    1. Long story short: 31 DET if you can afford it, 22 ACC and 22 Crit is the basic meld I prefer (Our ninja also melded this way)

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