Mission Name The Chains That Bind Us
Number 8-1
Start NPC Any Bastok Gate Guard
Level 70+
Reward Rank points
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On My Way Enter the Talekeeper
Replay Cutscenes
The Chains that Bind Us (pt.1) Taulluque Metalworks (I-8)
The Chains that Bind Us (pt.1-2) Goblin Footprint Quicksand Caves, Map 1 (L-4)
The Chains that Bind Us (pt.2) Taulluque Metalworks (I-8)


  • It is recommended that you kill them in the order listed above. However, only one needs to be killed if two others are left to despawn before it dies.
  • A group of 12 level ~60 alliance or a party (Trust or not) at level ~73 can handle this with a sleeper. Trivial at Item Level.
    • The NMs are about lvl 70~ Antica.
    • Sneak pop does not work, they will aggro once you pop them. However, they can be deaggroed by a SMN using an AoE bloodpact, running away, and releasing.
    • They have high resistance to dark magic, but Repose and Horde Lullaby can sleep them easily. Level 75+ Red Mage can cast Sleep reliably.
    • Triarius IV-XIV may cast Sleepga II in the beginning, please beware.
    • Centurio IV-VII will also use Mighty Strikes.
  • After you win, touch the ??? again to get a cutscene.
  • Next go to the Western Altepa Desert (D-12) entrance, or use Home Point #1, to get to Quicksand Caves Map 4.
    • The entrance in Western Altepa Desert is accessed through a hidden area on the map, starting at (C-11)/(D-11) in the far Southwest corner. Hug the southern wall in the lower area to climb the broken stairs.
  • Once inside, make sure you cast Sneak and make your way through the caves to (K-8). You will come to a weighted door leading East. Go through that door and continue to follow the caves (both the left and the right path lead to the next door). You will arrive at another weighted door at (G-8) facing East (Exit D on Map 4). Again, go through that door into a smaller room with another door.
  • After going through the second weighted door and through the door behind it, you will notice the mural on the wall to your left, and a ??? on a small pedestal, which you will check for another cutscene with Zeid and some interesting storyline.
  • When that is done, head back to Metalworks and talk to Iron Eater for another cutscene.

Game Description

Mission Orders
The president has ordered a full-scale investigation of Zepwell Island. You are to travel to the Quicksand Caves located in the central Altepa Desert. Report to Iron Eater for a briefing.