Mission Name The Shadow Lord
Number 5-2
Start NPC Any San d'Orian Gate Guard
Level 50+
Title Granted Shadow Banisher
Reward Rank 6
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  • Note: Helpers with this fight must be on 5-2 or higher in their own nation.
  • This mission requires a certain level of Rank Bar. Complete Bat Hunt 6 times, or trade 31 crystals (16 light/dark) Exclamation to a Conquest Overseer.
    • If you have previously accepted the quest Under Oath, you will be unable to speak to Trion about the mission. You must complete the first portion of Under Oath that involves talking to various people in Southern San d'Oria.
  • After accepting this mission, speak to Halver and then to Prince Trion for a cutscene.
  • Form a full level 50+ party and travel to Xarcabard and on to Castle Zvahl Baileys.
  • You do not need a full party, if you bring players at or near level 75. It's recommended to at least have a melee fighter and a mage, however.
  • Note: there is no cutscene upon entering Castle Zvahl Baileys or Castle Zvahl Keep. The next cutscene is when you start the fight.
  • Upon zoning into Castle Zvahl Baileys (consult the map for ease of navigation), move westward to the 4-way intersection at G-8; head south from here, down the stairs that you will soon come to, and then on to the second map through the border of E/F-8.
  • On Map 2, move south to the bottom of I-9, finding a group of Orcs, then go up the stairs here; move west to G-9 (Yagudo) and go back down the stairs there, being careful to not fall off the circular ledges along the way; turn left from the staircase heading east, when you reach a gate, turn left again. Take the next right turn and make your way to another short stairway appearing on your right at the border of G/H-8 and go up; from there move west to zone into Castle Zvahl Keep.
    • A short cut is to head to the Goblin section and drop down their hole. Once you climb back up the steps you will be behind the barrier so walk under the arch, hang a right, take an immediate left at the Quadav. Then walk up onto the platform turn left and up the gigantic staircase into the Keep.
  • Once you enter Castle Zvahl Keep, you will have to open several gates/doors, very often in front of mobs that detect by sight. On Map 1, make your way to either point "A" at H-6 or "B" at H-10 to get to Map 2; on Map 2, strut through a few more doors and gates to "C" at E-8.
  • On Map 3 you will encounter a series of teleport devices. Be aware that these devices will cancel the Invisible effect after they are used. Also, they will turn on and off from time to time, so you may have to wait on one before it teleports you. Once you use the last device (top-right corner, G-9) you will be on Map 4; now make your way west, and zone to the Throne Room area via a door at G-7.
  • Finally, go west all the way across the bridge here to the Throne Room door. Examine the door to view a cutscene and, when ready, examine again and select "The Shadow Lord Battle" and enter the BC.


  • When ready, gather in front of the door. When you enter, a cutscene will happen and the fight begins:
  • This fight is level capped without a specific level, which means buffs will wear upon entry.
  • You have 30 minutes to complete this battlefield event.
  • The Shadow Lord does not attack until you approach, so cast the prefight buffs before getting closer.
  • The Shadow Lord has 2 phases:
  • In the first phase, he alternates between physical and magic immunity. He has magic immunity until around 50% HP, then starts to switch to physical. From this point he will switch about every 5 minutes or 1000 damage.
  • When he's immune to magical damage (his magic stance), he will mainly cast BLM spells such as elemental debuffs and tier 2 AoE nukes. He also has a weaponskill, Dark Nova (AoE dark damage).
  • Dark Nova seems to indicate that he will switch to melee stance very soon, after casting a spell or two. So use your TP quickly.
  • After the first phase is defeated, a brief cutscene will occur as he switches to phase two. He will immediately attack after this cutscene, so there's no time for rest.
  • In this phase, the Shadow Lord will do nothing but his Implosion attack. This attack hits almost everywhere in the battlefield, but he only has 4000 HP and should go down quickly, however.
  • Melees should use their two-hour abilities, and Icarus Wing, if possible, to have TP for their best weaponskill. Mages should cast their Curaga spells, and try to keep Stoneskin (and Phalanx, if available) up.
  • Since hate is mostly irrelevant in this phase, mages should feel free to spam spells.
  • The battle ends after the second phase. The Shadow Lord gives experience points for a Level 60 mob.
  • After the Shadow Lord is defeated, another cutscene occurs. Once the cutscene ends, you will be transported back to the entrance of Castle Zvahl Baileys. You will also receive the key item Shadow Fragment.
  • Note: At this point, you can now take Lion's offer and visit Norg to begin the Zilart missions.
  • Speak to Halver who will promote you to Rank 6.
  • Note: At this point, if you are lv.65+ you may return to Xarcabard for the initial cutscene to begin Dynamis.


  • Very easy and fun solo Rdm/Blm. 10 minutes 11 seconds.
  • This fight can be soloed by a RDM/NIN, PUP/WAR, PUP/DNC, BLU/NIN or PUP/NIN. Taking about 17 minutes for RDM, 9 to 11 minutes for PUP. Also soloable by a 75MNK/NIN with Formless Strikes, taking 6:55.
  • Also able to be soloed by SCH/RDM at level 73 with little to no difficulty. High staff skill recommended to gain TP and use Spirit Taker during magic invulnerability times. Helix spells used around 51% can greatly help for the first magical invulnerability. Gravity/Bind then Nuke strategy used. (see testimonials)
  • Duoed by 75MNK/DNC & 75WAR/NIN Breaking Record @ 3:45 Fast Burn, Raging Rush Right Before Immunity Then Mnk Formless Strikes / Asuran Fist {Agent & Ukiyasan Of Bahamut} Retested, War (Agent) Used Dual Axes Rampaging For 1.8k Time Is 2Minutes 54Seconds
  • Soloed as 75DRG/NIN with some difficulty during the immunity to physical attacks, just need to keep shadows up throughout the fight. May or may not need to 2 Hour, depends on how safely you want to do this fight.
  • Soloable as a wellgeared 75WHM/37NIN with some difficulty. 5 Yagudo Drinks, 2 Elixirs, Icarus Wing and Tavnazian Taco. Afflatus Misery and Auspice Enlight effect bypasses Physical Immunity, Banish/Holy can help if mp suffices. Keep shadows and stoneskin on at all times. Will be a close fight timewise. 27 minutes 41 seconds
  • Extremely easy solo as average geared 75SMN/37WHM. Use Carbuncle on second form. "Retreat" back to the entrance door and "Assault" so Carby fights him there. Then run to the top of the stairs and wait for Carby to kill the Shadow Lord while standing out of range of his AoE attack. To speed things up run into range to meteorite, but one Carbuncle should be enough to widdle him down in a few minutes.
  • Extremely easy to duo with DRK75/NIN37 and DRG73/WHM36. Shadowlord doesn't stand a chance. Spamming Penta Thrust when he's immune to Magic, and spamming drain, and other various spells when immune to physical.
  • Soloed as DRG89/SAM44, when his physical dmg resistance form comes up, make sure to have 100TP, ws and let wyvern breath do dmg, kite untill he changes repeat. I only had one high potion on me, but could of used more. Stfunoob Sylph sever.

Game Description

Mission Orders
Head to Castle Zvahl in Xarcabard. Visit Chateau d'Oraguille to learn more.
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