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 Animus to Novus

This page details the process to upgrade your currently owned animus relic to a novus relic. (IE: Thyrus Animus to Thyrus Novus) Lost? You might be looking for the previous step Animus , or the next step Nexus.

To forge your Novus, you must infuse 75 Alexandrite on your sphere scroll with 75 materia – you get to customize the sub-stats of your relic!

What STATs do I meld on my Novus relic?! Well we have a Novus Stat Recommendations guide, hopefully you’ll find a meld suitable for you.


How do I obtain Alexandrite? Ah, here are the basic ways:

  • Treasure Maps from Daily Quest (Morbid Motivation)
  • Treasure Maps from lesser tomestones.
  • Alexandrite from Allies Seals (Hunting)
  • Alexandrite from fates (low drop rate)

How much Materia should I stockpile? Well, the general idea is X+3 should be safe…

Novus Melding Success Table

44 (Crit, Parry, Acc, SpS, SkS)1001001001001001009690807060
31 (Determination)100968880706050x
33 (Piety)100100968880726660x

What does this table mean? You use Tier I materia until you reach the end of the table, then go to tier II – so on so forth. So for every tier you need +3 materia to be safe, but most people would just buy as they go. Hopefully you’ve been preparing your materia from the Animus step, like my recommendation.

No, I meant how do I obtain Alexandrite FAST? Now this is the golden question, isn’t it!

Alexandrite Farming Tips

Seriously, It’s hard to rush a Novus. First thing is to make sure you do your Daily Quest (Morbid Motivation). 1 Alex a day is ensured by doing just this. You also get some tomestones from this, so every few days you can get an extra map. Also, helping other newer players and alts are good for the 100 tomestone bonus on first time duty completion. If one duty takes 10 minutes, you’ll have a map every 40 minutes which (trust me) is good.

Fate Grinding + Hunting is the “best” way to speed process up. First, lets talk about hunting. Get yourself into a few Hunt Linkshells, ask around, socialize a bit… the best way to get Allies Seals is to get into as many quality Hunt LS’s as you can. There’s not much else I can advise you in terms of hunting. Oh, reducing your map load time will also give you less tantrums with ‘early pulls’.

Best place to Fate Grind while waiting for hunts would be Ceruleum Processing Plant (Northern Thanalan). This map is the best for many reasons: Spiritbonding to help yourself reduce costs. You can get tons of Tier II and Tier III (and Tier IV if you go for it) Materia while fate grinding here. Every little bit counts! You can even turn a massive profit by the time you’re done. Population here is always dense. Everyone fate-grinds here, so fates spawn fast and get done fast. More chances for you to get Alex!

Hunt camping + Fate Grind: Sometimes, load times are extremely bad, or sometimes you just want to take a break from NTH – in this case get yourself on this Hunt Tracking Page. (Change to the server you’re on in the upper left). Find the next A or S to spawn and grind fates there. This way you won’t miss out on hunts (Hint: If people start shouting LFP – it’s here)

Take it easy! Don’t stress yourself out farming alex. Even if you only ever do the daily+tomestone map, you’ll get it done in 2 months. If you tell yourself you’ll get 1 Alex a day from fates, you’ll cut this time in half. Another from hunts every day? Then it will only take a few weeks. Every alex is a baby step, and you only need to take 75.

Good luck hoarding Alexandrites and may The Twelve bless your IV melding! I assume you’re going to be checking the Nexus step next. 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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