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Mission Name The Celestial Nexus
Number ZM16
Title Granted Burier of the Illusion
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The Sealed Shrine Awakening
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The Celestial Nexus (pt.1-3) Goblin Footprint The Celestial Nexus

Ru'aun Gardens Connections

Shrine of Ru'Avitau 1

Shrine of Ru'Avitau 2

Shrine of Ru'Avitau 3

Shrine of Ru'Avitau 4


This is a 6 player fight, not an alliance fight. Alter Egos are permitted. Time limit is 30 min. You will not lose Experience Points for dying in this fight.

If you have already obtained it, the fastest way to reach the fight is via Home Point of The Shrine of Ru'Avitau, which warps you to the entrance of the Celestial Nexus.
  • Head to I-6 in Ru'Aun Gardens (near Genbu's island); home point #1 is the quickest way there. Enter the Shrine of Ru'Avitau Map 2.
  • Sneak up here.
  • Head south and follow the path to J-7 past the first yellow door. It is highly possible the door will be closed. If so, you will need someone to open it beforehand.
  • Then head west past the second yellow door to the control room with 2 Monoliths at H-7.
  • Use Silent Oils and head south to a room with 2 Dark Elementals.
  • You no longer need Sneak from here. But you will need Invisible for the Golems (Aura Statues) all the rest of the way.
  • Head either east or west and follow the corridor till you come to another room with 2 Dark Elementals at H-10.
  • Head north and then down the stairs to the Celestial Nexus at H-9.
    • There are 4 total gates in the Celestial Nexus, all with the same name, Celestial Gate, one after another. The fourth gate is the final one and leads into the BC. Do not open this (the fourth gate with the sirens in the room) until you are ready to begin the BC. There is no actual Burning Circle to stand on to enter.
  • Group up with your party if you have not already and enter the battlefield. Once you enter, you cannot flee from the battle.
    • If you do need to leave, just die. After being kicked from the BC, you will reappear at the entrance of the Celestial Nexus. If you wipe, you will not go to Hall of the Gods.
    • Buffs WILL wear off upon entry.
  • Watch the final cutscene and prepare to battle Eald'narche, who has two forms.

1st Form

  • When trying to establish hate, try using your enmity tools on Eald'narche instead of the Exoplates.
  • Orbitals x 2 - they have ~130hp and if defeated, are resummoned quickly. Lullaby works rarely (detector mobs are very resistant, but not entirely immune to it), so Sleep is recommended due to being vastly more reliable.
  • Exoplates - the armor surrounding Eald'narche. It has about 10,000 HP. It does not do melee attacks. Special attacks:
  • Eald'narche - invulnerable to all attacks until the Exoplates are defeated.
    • He uses ancient magic and Sleepga II.
    • Head Butt works well at stopping his ancient magic.
    • Once the Exoplates are gone, he will have only about 2000 HP.
  • Suggested strategy - have melee use 2 hour specials to quickly dispose of the Exoplates, while mages stay far enough to avoid being hit by Phase Shift. Sleep the Orbitals as they're not worth attacking. After the Exoplates are gone it only takes a few hits to get Eald'narche to his second form. There is very little time to rest before the second form. Consequently, after the Exoplates are killed, do not immediately attack Eald'narche, but rest and recover HP, MP, status (and raise weakness if need be) before finishing off the first stage of the fight.
    • Eald'narche can EASILY be tanked with /NIN by anyone with a strong hate tool (Provoke, Flash, Ninjutsu spam, etc). Keep haste up on tanker.
    • Try to avoid doing anything to Eald'narche until the Exoplates are gone; in particular, pull the Orbitals away before using Sleepga. Let your tank get initial aggro and then tank that way.
    • Note that if all the frontliners do not have Utsusemi, burning down the Exoplates quickly as advised above will result in a lot of damage (and likely death) due to Phase Shift spam (which is triggered by Exoplates' HP). A wiser approach in such a situation would be to do damage until just before triggering a Phase Shift, then have all melees turn around. Heal up, do damage to trigger the Phase Shift, recover from it, and proceed, repeating for each of the three Phase Shifts.
  • In the event of a wipe, don't Reraise; you will get aggro wherever you are on the battlefield.

2nd Form

  • Second form of Eald'narche is still pretty weak (~2500 HP).
    • He will teleport at the spot where you reappear after the CS within about 20-30 seconds. So be prepared to kite or not have anyone rest after the CS.
    • He teleports around, similar to the Ark Angel TT. Kiting can be difficult as he often casts Bindga.
    • Has a Fast Cast effect on AM.
    • In addition to Bindga, he casts all ancient magic and Sleepga II. Verification Needed
    • He has a very high melee resistance that will cut damage by about 75%.
    • His melee attacks are extremely fast, almost as fast as a Monk's Hundred Fists.
    • He also uses these special attacks:
    • Tanking is hard, hate seems to move around randomly. It is best to damage him as quickly as possible.
  • Drink Poison Potions and consider stunning some spells.

After the final cutscene, you will appear in the Hall of the Gods.

Game Description

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The fate of Vana'diel awaits you in the Celestial Nexus!