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Ambuscade is a instanced dungeon battlefield in which players team up against the monster-of-the-month.

Getting Started

First, activate the Records of Eminence quest Stepping into an Ambuscade, then talk to Gorpa-Masorpa at Mhaura (G-9). To enter any Ambuscade battlefield all players in the party will need a Key Item. Key Item Ambuscade Primer Volume One grants entry to Intense Ambuscade, a more challenging encounter. Key Item Ambuscade Primer Volume Two grants entry to Normal Ambuscade, a step down in technical difficulty. "Intense" and "Normal" not only describe the relative challenge of the two battlefields, but alter the final rewards on completion.

Obtaining Key Items

You obtain the Key Items with Records of Eminence quests. There are two different quests per Key Item to activate: a non-repeatable daily quest, and a repeatable quest. The Daily objectives for both Volume 1 and Volume 2 require one experience-yielding monster be killed of the specified type. The repeatable objective for Volume 1 requires one kill, while Volume 2 requires ten.

  • Monsters in Dynamis and Abyssea zones are not counted for any Ambuscade objectives.

The Ambuscade Tome

Once everyone in the party has the Primer key items, the party leader then registers the party at the Ambuscade Tome right next to Gorpa-Masorpa. At registration you choose the difficulty level of the selected Ambuscade type and inscribe your name into the tome, assigning you a number. Inscribing your name in the Ambuscade Tome gives you a page number. Page numbers are called in a zone-wide system message "Page ### of the tome flares up!" and the party leader can interact again with the Tome to enter the battlefield. The Tome also has an option to auto-transport your party to the battlefields as soon as your number is announced.

  • Your Key Item is lost upon completion of a successful battle.

Rewards

Successful completion of an Ambuscade battlefield rewards two forms of currency: Hallmarks and Gallantry. Hallmarks earned vary with the Key Item used to enter the battlefield and the selected difficulty level. Gallantry earned is based on the Key Item, Difficulty and the total number of party members, excluding Trusts. Solo players do not earn Gallantry. Using an 06500.png Abdhaljs Seal Exclusive will triple the currency rewards for a single win.

  • Hallmarks, Total Hallmarks, and Gallantry are reset to zero every monthly content update.

Ambuscade Primer Volume One

Intense Ambuscade

Difficulty Hallmarks
Earned
Gallantry Earned
2~6 members
Very Difficult 3600 300 ~ 1500
Difficult 2400 240 ~ 1200
Normal 1200 180 ~ 900
Easy 600 80 ~ 400
Very
Easy
200 20 ~ 100

Ambuscade Primer Volume Two

Regular Ambuscade

Difficulty Hallmarks
Earned
Gallantry Earned
2~6 members
Very Difficult 300 30 ~ 150
Difficult 250 25 ~ 125
Normal 200 20 ~ 100
Easy 150 15 ~ 75
Very
Easy
100 10 ~ 50

Redeeming Hallmarks and Gallantry

Spend your accumulated Hallmarks and Gallantry with Gorpa-Masorpa, who offers a limited stock of rewards that is reset at every monthly content update, usually around the first or second Thursday of each month. Both Hallmarks and Gallantry are reset to 0 upon each monthly update.

Ambuscade rewards are organized into materials used to reforge REMA weaponry, Skirmish Stones, JSE Capes and materials used to augment them, and Vouchers and Tokens redeemable for Ambuscade Armor and the materials required to upgrade it.

REMA Reforging Materials

The full list of REMA Materials purchasable with Hallmarks is always available.

REMA Materials purchased with Gallantry are available on a rotating schedule.

  • Empyrean weapon materials are available January, April, July, and October.
  • Relic weapon materials are available February, May, August, and November.
  • Mythic/Ergon weapon materials are available March, June, September, and December.

Skirmish Stones

+2 Skirmish Stones are available every month, purchasable only with Hallmarks. Each stone costs 200 Hallmarks, up to a limit of 10 of each type.

JSE Capes

You can buy up to one cape per job for 500 Hallmarks each.

The materials for augmenting these capes can be bought with either Hallmarks or Gallantry, with different prices and stock limits.

Ambuscade Armor

Hallmarks can be used to purchase coupons good for 1 NQ piece of equipment, rotating between Tokens and Vouchers every month. Gallantry can be used to purchase coupons good for 1 HQ piece of equipment, rotating between Tokens and Vouchers every month. The special materials 09270.png Abdhaljs Metal Exclusive and 09271.png Abdhaljs Fiber Exclusive are used to upgrade NQ armor to HQ, and HQ armor to HQ+2 armor. These materials are available either for Hallmarks or Gallantry.

Total Hallmarks

This special tally of total accumulated Hallmarks is used to obtain items and equipment from a special menu. Once an item is redeemed, it disappears. Total Hallmarks are not consumed, but represent an ever filling pool that grants access to more expensive rewards from this list:

July 2021

Volume 1: Sahagin

Face off against the Bozzetto Songstress and its allies. The main gimmick of the fight is the invulnerable state of the Songstress. Direct damage is reduced to zero as long as other foes are present, and the Songstress in turn strengthens their allies depending on their distance and the songs buffing them. As foes are defeated, the Songstress's HP is depleted by a set percentage, depending on the difficulty setting. After any foe is defeated besides the Songstress, it will respawn 30 seconds later. On easier difficulties this makes it possible to defeat all of the Songstress's allies and then deal direct damage to her, but the second any respawn she becomes invulnerable again.

Encountered Foes

  • Bozzetto Songstress - BRD
  • Bozzetto Flowspear - DRG
  • Bozzetto Wavefist - MNK
  • Bozzetto Hydrophile - WHM
  • Bozzetto Wyvern - Summoned by the Flowspear
  • Chirurgeon - Sea Monk

The fight ends when the Songstress's HP is depleted to 0.

Difficulty Settings

The Difficulty Setting determines the total number of foes present at the start of the fight, the abilities used by Songstress, and the count of enemies that must be defeated to reduce the Songstress's HP to 0.

Very Difficult: Songstress, Flowspear x2, Wavefist x2, Hydrophile, Chirurgeon. 8 foes in total must be defeated for the Songstress to fall.[1]. Each add has approximately 600k HP[2]

Difficult: Songstress, Flowspear x2, Wavefist x2, Hydrophile. 6 foes in total must be defeated for the Songstress to fall.

Normal: Songstress, Flowspear x2, Wavefist x2. 5 foes in total must be defeated for the Songstress to fall.

Easy: Songstress, Flowspear, Wavefist x2. 4 foes in total must be defeated for the Songstress to fall.

Very Easy: Songstress, Flowspear, Wavefist. 3 foes in total must be defeated for the Songstress to fall.

Battle Mechanics

Passive Traits
Songstress:

  • Does not move or auto-attack.
  • Completely immune to all damage while other foes are alive.
  • Loses a set percentage of health (based on difficulty) any time any non-pet mob dies.
  • Immune to sleep. Susceptible to most other debuffs but extremely resistant to silence. As more debuffs are applied to the Songstress, it becomes easier to land Silence.
  • The boss emits a series of emotes as their susceptibility to silence increases with the number of applied debuffs[3]
    • "The boss's throat is parched"
    • "The boss begins to sing off key"
    • "The boss's voice begins to crack"
    • "The boss can barely croak the words out" - At this point the boss can be silenced with reasonable accuracy
    • "The boss can no longer sing!" - The boss is silenced.
  • Emits a powerful Regen aura to all allies and Bio aura to foes when it clears its own Silence. The potency of both auras is reduced with each debuff, and removed entirely once Silenced.

All other foes:

  • All of the Songstress's allies take considerably increased damage from skillchains.
  • All other Sahagin have active Regain effects at all time
  • When a foe is hit with a strong enough Lightning-elemental attack, it loses TP.[4]. A potent enough en-spell effect constantly hitting a foe, combined with sufficient Subtle Blow equipped on your physical damage dealers, is enough to keep that foe from ever using a special ability besides its SP.[5]
  • The closer they are to the Songstress, the more damage they take overall.[6]

Flowspear:

  • Permanent Aqua Spikes effect (On physical damage: Poison)

Wavefist:

  • High counter rate
  • Permanent Enwater effect.

Hydrophile:

  • Very resistant to sleep

Chirurgeon:

  • Immune to sleep
  • High rate of Double Attack.
  • Gains an Avoidance Down aura during Mighty Strikes[7]

Abilities Used
Songstress:

  • Soul Voice Uses at will. Powers up all songs and the Bio/regen auras.
  • Cleansing Bubbles Used approximately 45 seconds after being silenced.[8] Removes all debuffs from nearby allies. Begins to emit a potent Bio aura alongside the Regen aura for the Songstress's allies. Both auras are removed once the Songstress is silenced.

All Other Sahagin:

  • Level Up. All Sahagin will Level Up (with a visible effect) every time a special ability (including Weapon Skills) is used on them while the Songstress's Bio and Regen auras are not active[9]. Halting all damage for a period of time will level them back down.[10]
  • Hydro Shot - Physical damage + Knockback + Resets hate.
  • Spinning Fin - AOE Damage + a lengthy Stun (up to 15 seconds). Resistable with Tellus Runes and enough Magic Evasion. Takes multiple shadows.
  • Hydro Ball - AOE water elemental damage + Strength Down. Pierces shadows.

Wavefist:

Flowspear:

  • Call Wyvern - Does this once at ~50% health. This is immediately followed by the use of Spirit Surge, removing the Wyvern from the battle and healing approximately 25% of the Flowspear's health. It is possible to preempt the heal by stunning and defeating the Flowspear before Spirit Surge can go off. In this case, the Wyvern is still summoned but remains active on the battlefield. Killing the wyvern does not reduce the Songstress's health.[11]
  • Jumping Thrust - Physical damage to one target + Defense Down for 2 minutes.

Hydrophile:

Chirugeon:

  • Level Up - Under the same conditions as the Sahagin. Will not use during Mighty Strikes.
  • Mighty Strikes - Furthermore triggers an Avoidance Down aura.
  • Inky Injection - Front AOE damage + Blindness + Knockback. Pierces shadows.

Spells Cast:
Songstress:

Hydrophile:

  • Curaga. Will use this to wake other Sahagin.

Where to get your Primer:

Volume 2: Plantoids

Ambuscade/Battlefield Archive/Yartsa Gunbu

References

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