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Louisoix Leveilleur: Eorzea was destroyed by a force of unimaginable power raining down from the sky. It is the dawn of a new age!
The following article covers a subject from a previous version of Final Fantasy XIV that has since been removed. For the content that replaced this, see Castrum Meridianum.

So begins the third phase of Operation Archon, which entails a frontal assault upon Castrum Meridianum, Gaius van Baelsar's seat of power. Forming the main thrust, the Immortal Flames will strike at the stronghold with all their strength, though this is but a feint. While the garrison's eyes are drawn outwards, you and your comrades must steal past its defenses and attempt to deactivate the magitek field which protects the Praetorium, the fortress within a fortress wherein the Ultima Weapon is believed to be housed.

Duty finder description

The original Castrum Meridianum was a dungeon in Final Fantasy XIV. It was the first of only two 8-man dungeons players would encounter, and the second of three duties representing the climax of A Realm Reborn with  Cape Westwind Cape Westwind and  The Praetorium The Praetorium. As part of the Main Scenario roulette, several cinematics would play throughout the duty that could not be skipped, preventing new players experiencing the dungeon for the first time from being left behind. The dungeon was overhauled into a 4-man dungeon in patch 6.1.

Objectives[]

Map of Castrum Meridianum.

Objectives are paraphrased and expanded on from their in-game listing for clarity.


Progression[]

Castrum Meridianum has no item level sync and is extremely easy for most parties. Owing to this low difficulty, most of the details in this section can be ignored when running the duty normally. Most groups will simply round up as many enemies as possible to AoE them down, and ignore adds during boss encounters in favor of burning the boss down. Running the duty with minimum item level enforced and The Echo The Echo silenced can make it more of a challenge, and this section is generally written with this in mind.

Via Praetoria[]

Upon entering Castrum Meridianum the party is immediately greeted by a large group of enemies on the main throughway, among them 8th Cohort Centurions that can be a bit tougher with their wide array of buffing abilities. In front of this group are a pair of Searchlight Terminals each guarded by a pair of imperials. Disabling these terminals will cause the large group to withdraw and is required to continue to duty regardless, though successfully disabling both without drawing the attention of part of the larger group can be difficult. To alleviate this, the party can pull smaller portions of the group before attempting the Terminals, as despite appearances the large group is made up of several smaller formations. The path that branches off to the north from the entrance can be ignored.

Central Crossing[]

Encounter overview
Mechanic Phase Description Details
Phases Phase 1: 100-80% HP
Phase 2: 80-40% HP
Phase 3: 40-0% HP
Rotation All Photon Stream → Photon Stream → Photon Stream → Magitek Cannon → Photon Stream ↻
Reinforcements 2 8th Cohort Laquearius x2, Imperial War Hound x2
3 8th Cohort Laquearius x2, 8th Cohort Signifer x2
Magitek Cannon
ID#1432
All Ranged AoE damage to a random target and nearby enemies. Affects a circular area.Deals fire damage.Deals magic damage.
Photon Stream
ID#1431
All Untelegraphed AoE damage in a short frontal line. Affects a linear area.Deals magic damage.
Rank 1 8th Cohort Laquearius
Mechanic Phase Description Details
Attack
ID#870
Melee auto-attack. Deals slashing damage.
Overpower
ID#720
AoE damage in a short frontal cone. Affects a conal area.Deals slashing damage.
Rank 1 8th Cohort Signifer
Mechanic Phase Description Details
Rotation Thunder → Thunder → Dark Blizzard III or Dark Fire III ↻
Dark Blizzard III
ID#1440
Untelegraphed ranged AoE damage to a random target and nearby enemies. Affects a circular area.Cast can be interrupted by effects such as Interject or Head Graze.Deals ice damage.Deals magic damage.
Dark Fire III
ID#1441
Ranged AoE damage to a random target and nearby enemies. Affects a circular area.Cast can be interrupted by effects such as Interject or Head Graze.Deals fire damage.Deals magic damage.
Thunder
ID#968
Ranged damage to primary target. Cast can be interrupted by effects such as Interject or Head Graze.Deals lightning damage.Deals magic damage.
Rank 1 Imperial War Hound
Mechanic Phase Description Details
Attack
ID#870
Melee auto-attack. Deals slashing damage.
Foul Bite
ID#510
Untelegraphed melee damage to primary target. Deals piercing damage.
Sanguine Bite
ID#511
AoE damage in a short frontal line, absorbing 100% of damage dealt as HP. Affects a linear area.Deals slashing damage.

The Black Eft will appear in the Central Crossing only if both Searchlight Terminals are disabled. The Eft uses standard Magitek Reaper abilities, auto-attacking with Photon Stream while targeting a random party member with the occasional Magitek Cannon. Non-tanks should avoid standing in front of the Eft to avoid Photon Stream. The off-tank should be prepared to pick up the adds that spawn at 80% and 40% HP and try to stack them up with the Eft to maximize the party's AoE output. All of the adds have AoE abilities of their own to be avoided.

Defeating the Black Eft will allow players to use the Disposal Chute in the Crossing's southeast corner, providing a one-way shortcut to Waste Disposal in the Castrum's south end.

Waste Disposal, Via Principalis, and Ceruleum Pumps[]

Upon arriving in Waste Disposal the party will need to make their way north along Via Principalis to the Ceruleum Pumps. By hugging the eastern wall they can avoid the patrolling Magitek Reapers, though they will still need to branch out to disable another Searchlight Terminal and obtain two Incendiary #37 Incendiary #37s from Magitek Vanguards. As with the Terminals in Via Praetoria, disabling the Terminal here will cause a group of Centurions and Reapers to withdraw.

As the party approaches Area V and the Ceruleum Pumps they will find three searchlights roving about. Despite appearances these are unrelated to the Searchlight Terminals, and will not disappear upon disabling the Terminal. Getting spotted by a searchlight will deactivate the searchlights and cause a pair of Magitek Death Claws to appear and engage the party. The searchlights will respawn 3 minutes after the Death Claws are defeated, which should be plenty of time for the party to finish up and move on from the area.

In the Ceruleum Pumps can be found a pair of Unstable Platings that can be destroyed by the Incendiary #37s. Both Incendiaries are required, so the party should make sure they don't miss them upon defeating the Vanguards.

Area V[]

Encounter overview
Mechanic Phase Description Details
Phases Phase 1: 100-80% HP
Phase 2: 80-60% HP
Phase 3: 60-40% HP
Phase 4: 40-0% HP
Reinforcements 2 8th Cohort Hoplomachus x2, 8th Cohort Sagittarius x2, 8th Cohort Signifer x2
4 8th Cohort Hoplomachus x2, 8th Cohort Sagittarius, 8th Cohort Signifer, Magitek Reaper
Attack
ID#870
All Melee auto-attack. Deals slashing damage.
Cermet Drill
ID#1434
All Untelegraphed AoE damage in a short frontal line. Affects a linear area.Deals piercing damage.
Drill Cannons
ID#1433
3-4 AoE damage in a long line towards a random target. Affects a linear area.Deals piercing damage.
Overcharge
ID#1435
3-4 AoE damage and 30s Paralysis Paralysis in a short frontal cone. Affects a conal area.Paralysis can be cleansed or prevented by effects such as Esuna or the Warden's Paean.Deals lightning damage.Deals magic damage.
Rank 1 8th Cohort Hoplomachus
Mechanic Phase Description Details
Attack
ID#870
Melee auto-attack. Deals slashing damage.
Fast Blade
ID#717
Untelegraphed melee damage to primary target. Deals slashing damage.
Rampart
ID#10
Grants 15s Rampart Rampart to self, reducing damage taken.
Rank 1 8th Cohort Sagittarius
Mechanic Phase Description Details
Attack
ID#873
Ranged auto-attack. Deals piercing damage.
Venomous Bite
ID#100
Untelegraphed ranged damage to primary target and 45s Venomous Bite Venomous Bite, dealing additional damage over time. Venomous Bite can be cleansed or prevented by effects such as Esuna or the Warden's Paean.Deals physical damage.
Windbite
ID#113
Untelegraphed ranged damage to primary target and 45s Windbite Windbite, dealing additional damage over time. Windbite can be cleansed or prevented by effects such as Esuna or the Warden's Paean.Deals wind damage.Deals physical damage.
Rank 1 8th Cohort Signifer
Mechanic Phase Description Details
Rotation Thunder → Thunder → Dark Blizzard III or Dark Fire III ↻
Dark Blizzard III
ID#1440
Untelegraphed ranged AoE damage to a random target and nearby enemies. Affects a circular area.Cast can be interrupted by effects such as Interject or Head Graze.Deals ice damage.Deals magic damage.
Dark Fire III
ID#1441
Ranged AoE damage to a random target and nearby enemies. Affects a circular area.Cast can be interrupted by effects such as Interject or Head Graze.Deals fire damage.Deals magic damage.
Thunder
ID#968
Ranged damage to primary target. Cast can be interrupted by effects such as Interject or Head Graze.Deals lightning damage.Deals magic damage.
Rank 1 Magitek Reaper
Mechanic Phase Description Details
Rotation Photon Stream → Photon Stream → Photon Stream → Magitek Cannon → Photon Stream ↻
Magitek Cannon
ID#1432
Ranged AoE damage to a random target and nearby enemies. Affects a circular area.Deals fire damage.Deals magic damage.
Photon Stream
ID#1431
Untelegraphed AoE damage in a short frontal line. Affects a linear area.Deals magic damage.

Upon arriving in Area V after the Searchlight Terminal is disabled and both Unstable Platings are destroyed, the Via Principalis field generator will be destroyed in a delayed reaction and the Magitek Vanguard F-1 will appear. As with the Black Eft it uses mostly standard Vanguard abilities. Non-tanks should avoid standing in front of the Vanguard to avoid Cermet Drill and Overcharge, a pair of frontal AoEs, while it will target random party members with the line AoE Drill Cannons. Overcharge can inflict a long-lasting Paralysis Paralysis. The off-tank should be prepared to pick up the adds that spawn at 80% and 40% HP and try to stack them up with the Vanguard to maximize the party's AoE output. The Magitek Reaper that spawns at 40% has nearly as much health as the Vanguard at that point, and is best ignored in favor of the Vanguard.

The Magitek Vanguard F-1 drops an Imperial Identification Key Imperial Identification Key upon its defeat that can be easily missed due to the following cutscene. Picking up this key is essential to completing the duty.

Armamentarium area, Phantom Train Depot, and Dreadnaught Landing[]

After defeating the Magitek Vanguard F-1, Cid will accompany the party piloting a Magitek Reaper. Cid provides good AoE damage output and cannot be brought below 1 HP, but will only engage enemies in close proximity to him, and he will frequently fall behind the party as he is flagged to only move forward when they arrive in certain areas. His presence is required to get past certain obstacles.

Cid's arrival opens the gate back to the Central Crossing, and moving into the area will prompt him to blast open the Cermet Wall, allowing access to the Armamentarium area on the map's north side. Only Cid can engage the Cermet Wall, so the party cannot skip to this section of the duty until he joins them. To the west is the gate to the Parade Ground that can be opened with two Imperial Identification Keys, but at this point the party will have only one of the keys required.

The Armamentarium area and the Dreadnaught Landing both house four Mark XLIII Mini Cannons that can be used by players. The cannons deal a fixed 3000 damage in an area of effect with no recast, making them exceedingly powerful. The cannons are immobile and can only target a 90° area in front of their position, so the party may wish to engage groups of enemies and draw them back into the cannons' range to make quick work of them. The cannons are very frail and do not respawn, so the tanks will need to make sure they are facing enemies away from the cannons to avoid undue frontal AoE damage. The cannons can also be healed by most single-target healing actions.

A Searchlight Terminal can be found next to the first group of Mini Cannons. Disabling this terminal will cause the following group of Reapers and Death Claws to withdraw, and Cid will not advance past this point until it is disabled.

Armamentarium[]

Encounter overview
Mechanic Phase Description Details
Phases Phase 1: 100-80% HP
Phase 2: 80-60% HP
Phase 3: 60-40% HP
Phase 4: 40-0% HP
Rotation 2-3 Grand Sword → Exhaust → Grand Sword → Grand Sword ↻
4 Grand Sword → Exhaust → Magitek Ray → Grand Strike → Grand Sword → Magitek Ray ↻
Reinforcements 2 8th Cohort Laquearius x2, 8th Cohort Medicus x2, Magitek Death Claw x2
3 8th Cohort Laquearius x4, 8th Cohort Medicus x4, Magitek Death Claw x3
4 8th Cohort Laquearius x2, 8th Cohort Medicus x2, Magitek Death Claw x4, Magitek Vanguard H-1
Magitek Death Claws are untargetable and can only be destroyed by Cid.
Attack
ID#870
All Melee auto-attack. Deals slashing damage.
Exhaust
ID#1427
2-4 AoE damage and heavy knockback in a long and wide line towards a random target. Affects a linear area.Knockback can be prevented by effects such as Arm's Length or Surecast.Deals wind damage.Deals magic damage.
Grand Sword
ID#1425
2-4 Untelegraphed AoE damage in a short frontal cone. Affects a conal area.Deals slashing damage.
Magitek Field
ID#1373
2-4 Tethers to Magitek Death Claws and grants Vulnerability Down Vulnerability Down to self, massively reducing damage taken.
Lasts until all tethered Magitek Death Claws are destroyed.
Grand Strike
ID#1428
4 Fast-casting AoE damage in a long line towards a random target. Affects a linear area.Deals magic damage.
Magitek Ray
ID#1426
4 Untelegraphed AoE damage to a random target and nearby enemies. Affects a circular area.Deals fire damage.Deals magic damage.
Rank 1 8th Cohort Laquearius
Mechanic Phase Description Details
Attack
ID#870
Melee auto-attack. Deals slashing damage.
Overpower
ID#720
AoE damage in a short frontal cone. Affects a conal area.Deals slashing damage.
Rank 1 8th Cohort Medicus
Mechanic Phase Description Details
Aero
ID#969
Ranged damage to primary target. Cast can be interrupted by effects such as Interject or Head Graze.Deals wind damage.Deals magic damage.
Cure
ID#120
Restores HP to an ally below 30% HP. Cast can be interrupted by effects such as Interject or Head Graze.
Rank 1 Magitek Vanguard H-1
Mechanic Phase Description Details
Attack
ID#870
Melee auto-attack. Deals slashing damage.
Cermet Drill
ID#1434
Untelegraphed AoE damage in a short frontal line. Affects a linear area.Deals piercing damage.
Drill Cannons
ID#1433
AoE damage in a long line towards a random target. Affects a linear area.Deals piercing damage.
Overcharge
ID#1435
AoE damage and 30s Paralysis Paralysis in a short frontal cone. Affects a conal area.Deals lightning damage.Deals magic damage.

Once the terminal is disabled and all enemies along the route are defeated, Cid will enter the Armamentarium and engage the Field Generator. This will spawn a group of Magitek Death Claws and the Magitek Colossus Rubricatus shortly thereafter. Parties that don't want to engage the Rubricatus immediately can fall back to the eastern portion of the arena, as it does not automatically engage and will only advance a short distance before stopping. Only Cid can engage the Field Generator, but cannot successfully destroy it until the Rubricatus is defeated as it will not fall below 1 HP.

The Magitek Colossus Rubricatus' most notable action is Magitek Field. At 80%, 60%, and 40% HP the Rubricatus will become tethered to the Magitek Death Claws that appear and subsequently use Magitek Field, granting itself a massive Vulnerability Down Vulnerability Down that renders it nigh-invulnerable. The Vulnerability Down can only be removed by defeating the tethered Death Claws, but only Cid can engage the Death Claws.

The Rubricatus will only attempt Magitek Field once each interval immediately after the Death Claws spawn. A precise Stun Stun can prevent it from using Magitek Field at these intervals. The Death Claws will still be tethered, but without Magitek Field this is purely aesthetic.

If the Rubricatus gains Vulnerability Down, the party should focus down the adds that appear while Cid deals with the Death Claws. The off-tank should stack them up to maximize AoE damage. The Magitek Vanguard H-1 that appears in the last wave of adds has nearly as much health as the Rubricatus at this point, and should be ignored in favor of the boss once the Vulnerability Down wears off.

Aside from Magitek Field, the Rubricatus will use standard Colossi actions. Grand Sword is an instant frontal cleave, so non-tanks should avoid the front of the boss. Exhaust and Grand Strike are long line AoEs that target random party members. Exhaust has a wide AoE while Grand Strike is fast-casting, so both can be difficult to avoid.

Upon its defeat the Rubricatus will drop the second Imperial Identification Key and Cid will finally destroy the Field Generator. The southern gate to the Armamentarium will then open, providing a shortcut back towards the Parade Ground. If the party wishes they can skip the group of enemies that appears at the gate by going back around the way they came through the Dreadnaught Landing and Phantom Train Depot.

Parade Ground area[]

With both Imperial Identification Keys the party can open the way to the Parade Ground area. In the center of the area can be found a massive group of Magitek Colossi and 8th Cohort Centurions. While daunting, all of these enemies perpetually face westwards towards the Parade Ground so players can easily sneak behind them. By sticking to the eastward wall the party can climb up two platforms that each contain a Searchlight Terminal and a smaller group of enemies. The platforms are small which can make it difficult to avoid AoE attacks, but disabling the Terminals will cause the Colossi and Centurions to withdraw. Should the party wish they can pull any enemies engaged back towards the safety and firepower of the Mark XLIII Mini Cannons in the Armamentarium area.

Disabling the Searchlight Terminals is will cause the Imperial Assault Craft seen throughout the duty to finally engage the party. The Assault Craft cannot be directly targeted by players and will perpetually bombard them with AoE attacks, but three Mark XLIII Anti-aircraft Cannons will become active throughout the area that can be used to fire on the Assault Craft. After the first hit on the Assault Craft a pair of Colossi with spawn at the northern and southern gates to the area. The Colossi will patrol through the area, engaging any players or Cannons in sight. The Anti-aircraft Cannons will respawn after a few seconds if destroyed.

Once the Assault Craft has been hit nine times, it will be destroyed along with the final field generator. With this all listed objectives in the duty finder will be marked as complete, but the party still needs to defeat the following boss in order to obtain credit for completing the duty.

Parade Ground[]

Livia sas Junius is fought over the course of two consecutive battles. In the event the party wipes on the second battle they will not need to repeat the first.

First encounter[]

Encounter overview
Mechanic Phase Description Details
Phases Phase 1: —
Phase 2: Two Cannonfire hits
Phase 3: Four Cannonfire hits
Phase 4: Six Cannonfire hits
Encounter ends after eight Cannonfire hits
Rotation All Photon Stream → Photon Stream → Photon Stream → Magitek Cannon → Photon Stream ↻
Reinforcements 2, 4 7th Cohort Eques x4
3 7th Cohort Laquearius x4
Magitek Cannon
ID#1432
All Ranged AoE damage to primary target and nearby enemies. Affects a circular area.Deals fire damage.Deals magic damage.
Photon Stream
ID#1431
All Untelegraphed AoE damage in a short frontal line. Affects a linear area.Deals magic damage.
Rank 1 7th Cohort Eques
Mechanic Phase Description Details
Attack
ID#871
Melee auto-attack. Deals piercing damage.
True Thrust
ID#722
Untelegraphed damage to primary target. Deals piercing damage.
Rank 1 7th Cohort Laquearius
Mechanic Phase Description Details
Attack
ID#870
Melee auto-attack. Deals slashing damage.
Overpower
ID#720
AoE damage in a short frontal cone. Affects a conal area.Deals slashing damage.

During the first battle Livia cannot be defeated by conventional means. She has a massive innate Vulnerability Down Vulnerability Down effect that renders her nigh-invulnerable. To defeat her the party must hit her eight times with Cannonfire from the Mark XLIII Artillery Cannons throughout the arena—even should she be brought down to 1 HP by other means she will not go down until the eighth Cannonfire hits.

Unlike the Cannons found earlier in the duty, the Artillery Cannons must first be loaded with for each shot taken. In order to do this players must interact with the two piles of Magitek Missiles in the northwest and southwest corners of the arena. Doing so will cause the nearby Magitek Loaders to pick up a missile and deliver it to a nearby cannon, though they gain a Heavy Heavy effect while carrying a missile.

Adds will spawn after Livia is hit two, four, and then six times by Cannonfire. The first and third waves of adds will attack the Magitek Loaders if they aren't intercepted before turning their attention on the party. The second wave will instead focus on the Artillery Cannons.

During the first battle Livia will ignore enmity mechanics, instead fixating on the first player to damage her. Luckily her damage in this battle is pitiful, so any player can safely engage her here. Any time Livia is hit by Cannonfire she will switch her fixation to the player who fired that cannon.

The Artillery Cannons and Magitek Loaders can both be destroyed by Livia and her minions and take some time to respawn. The Magitek Loaders will instantly explode if they take any damage while carrying a missile, dealing damage to nearby players and Artillery Cannons, so players need to be careful to avoid them taking unnecessary damage. To this end the player on whom Livia is fixating should always stand in the center of the arena so her abilities don't hit the Cannons or Loaders, while tanks should focus their efforts on rounding up the adds and leave Livia to the rest of the party.

The party members that Livia is ignoring should endeavor to load all four Artillery Cannons before firing them simultaneously while her fixation keeps her in the center of the arena. This will make her a stationary target for several shots before she runs off after her newest fixation. With careful timing and protection of the equipment, two rounds of this should suffice to move on to the next battle.

Second encounter[]

Encounter overview
Mechanic Phase Description Details
Phases Phase 1: 100-80% HP
Phase 2: 80-75% HP
Phase 3: 75-50% HP
Phase 4: 50-40% HP
Phase 5: 40-25% HP
Phase 6: 25-0% HP
Rotation 1 Delta Trance → Delta Trance → Roundhouse → Delta Trance → Stunning Sweep ↻
2-4 Delta Trance → Angry Salamander → Roundhouse → Aglaea Bite → Delta Trance → Angry Salamander → Stunning Sweep → Delta Trance → Angry Salamander → Roundhouse → Aglaea Bite → Delta Trance → Angry Salamander ↻
5-6 Delta Trance → Angry Salamander → Aglaea Bite → Aglaea Climb → Delta Trance → Angry Salamander → Roundhouse → Stunning Sweep → Delta Trance → Angry Salamander → Aglaea Bite → Aglaea Climb → Delta Trance → Angry Salamander ↻
Reinforcements 3-4 7th Cohort Secutor x4
6 7th Cohort Secutor x4, Magitek Colossus
Attack
ID#872
All Melee auto-attack. Deals blunt damage.
Delta Trance
ID#1145
All Untelegraphed 5-hit attack to primary target. Deals slashing damage.
Roundhouse
ID#1146
All Untelegraphed AoE damage to nearby enemies. Affects a circular area.Deals slashing damage.
Stunning Sweep
ID#1149
All AoE damage and 15s Paralysis Paralysis to nearby enemies. Affects a circular area.Stun can be cleansed or prevented by effects such as Esuna or the Warden's Paean.Deals blunt damage.
Aglaea Bite
ID#1148
2-6 Untelegraphed damage and heavy knockback to primary target. Knockback can be prevented by effects such as Arm's Length or Surecast.Deals fire damage.Deals blunt damage.
Angry Salamander
ID#1147
2-6 AoE damage in a long line towards a random target. Affects a linear area.Deals fire damage.Deals magic damage.
Order to Attack
ID#1151
3-4, 6 Orders all 7th Cohort Secutores to fixate on a random target.
Aglaea Climb
ID#1150
5-6 5-hit tankbuster to primary target. Deals fire damage.Deals blunt damage.
Rank 1 7th Cohort Secutor
Mechanic Phase Description Details
Attack
ID#872
Melee auto-attack. Deals blunt damage.
Triple Threat
ID#475
Untelegraphed damage to primary target. Deals blunt damage.
Rank 1 Magitek Colossus
Mechanic Phase Description Details
Attack
ID#870
Melee auto-attack. Deals slashing damage.
Exhaust
ID#1427
AoE damage and heavy knockback in a long and wide line towards a random target. Affects a linear area.Knockback can be prevented by effects such as Arm's Length or Surecast.Deals wind damage.Deals magic damage.
Grand Strike
ID#1428
Fast-casting AoE damage in a long line towards a random target. Affects a linear area.Deals magic damage.
Grand Sword
ID#1425
Untelegraphed AoE damage in a frontal cone. Affects a conal area.Deals slashing damage.
Magitek Ray
ID#1426
Untelegraphed AoE damage to a random target and nearby enemies. Affects a circular area.Deals fire damage.Deals magic damage.

In contrast to the first battle, Livia can deal some actual damage here and must be tanked by an actual tank, but it is also more straightforward.

Livia has three tank busters to watch out for: Delta Trance, Aglaea Bite, and Aglaea Climb. Delta Trance and Aglaea Bite are both instant cast, with the former hitting five times and the latter inflicting knockback. Her most dangerous is Aglaea Climb in the later stages of the battle; it hits five times like Delta Trance while hitting twice as hard, but it is also telegraphed, giving tanks and healers a moment to prepare for it.

At 75%, 50%, and 25% Livia will use Order to Attack to mark a random target while four 7th Cohort Secutores spawn. The Secutores will fixate on the mark target, ignoring all enmity. Healers need to be prepared to keep the target alive while the rest of the party focuses the Secutores down before the target is overwhelmed.

On the last wave of adds a Magitek Colossus will also appear. Unlike the Secutores this will not fixate and should be picked up by the off-tank. As it has nearly as much health as Livia at this stage it can be ignored in favor of focusing her down, facing it away from the party to minimize its Grand Sword cleave.

Map[]

Enemies[]

Enemy Pic HP Abilities Areas
Rank 2 7th Cohort Eques a 7th Cohort Eques 8,025 Attack, True Thrust Via Principalis
Rank 1 7th Cohort Eques
(First Livia sas Junius encounter)
a 7th Cohort Eques 2,589 Attack, True Thrust Parade Ground
Rank 1 7th Cohort Laquearius
(First Livia sas Junius encounter)
a 7th Cohort Laquearius 2,589 Attack, Overpower Parade Ground
Rank 1 7th Cohort Secutor
(Second Livia sas Junius encounter)
a 7th Cohort Secutor 2,589 Attack, Triple Threat Parade Ground
Rank 2 8th Cohort Centurion an 8th Cohort Centurion 8,025 Attack, Celeris, Fast Blade, Fight or Flight, Fortis, Rampart, Sentinel, Shield Bash Via Praetoria
Via Principalis
Parade Ground area
Rank 2 8th Cohort Eques an 8th Cohort Eques 8,025 Attack, True Thrust Via Praetoria
Via Principalis
Armamentarium area
Parade Ground area
Rank 2 8th Cohort Hoplomachus an 8th Cohort Hoplomachus 8,025 Attack, Fast Blade, Rampart Via Praetoria
Via Principalis
Rank 1 8th Cohort Hoplomachus
(Magitek Vanguard F-1 encounter)
an 8th Cohort Hoplomachus 3,883 Attack, Fast Blade, Rampart Area V
Rank 2 8th Cohort Laquearius an 8th Cohort Laquearius 8,025 Attack, Overpower Via Principalis
Ceruleum Pumps
Armamentarium area
Rank 1 8th Cohort Laquearius
(Black Eft & Magitek Colossus Rubricatus encounters)
an 8th Cohort Laquearius 2,589 Attack, Overpower Central Crossing
Armamentarium
Rank 2 8th Cohort Medicus an 8th Cohort Medicus 4,011 Aero, Cure[note 2] Via Praetoria
Via Principalis
Dreadnaught Landing
Rank 1 8th Cohort Medicus
(Magitek Colossus Rubricatus encounter)
an 8th Cohort Medicus 1,682 Aero, Cure[note 2] Armamentarium
Rank 2 8th Cohort Sagittarius an 8th Cohort Sagittarius 8,025 Attack, Venomous Bite, Windbite Via Principalis
Ceruleum Pumps
Parade Ground area
Rank 1 8th Cohort Sagittarius
(Magitek Vanguard F-1 encounter)
an 8th Cohort Sagittarius 2,589 Attack, Venomous Bite, Windbite Area V
Rank 2 8th Cohort Secutor an 8th Cohort Secutor 8,025 Attack, Featherfoot, Triple Threat Armamentarium area
Rank 2 8th Cohort Signifer an 8th Cohort Signifer 4,011 Dark Fire III, Thunder[note 3] Via Praetoria
Ceruleum Pumps
Armamentarium area
Rank 1 8th Cohort Signifer
(Black Eft and Magitek Vanguard F-1 encounters)
an 8th Cohort Signifer 1,294 Dark Blizzard III, Dark Fire III, Thunder[note 3] Central Crossing
Area V
Rank 5 The Black Eft the Black Eft 61,229 Magitek Cannon, Photon Stream Central Crossing
Cermet Wall the Cermet Wall 23,482 Untargetable Central Crossing
Field Generator the Field Generator 23,482 Untargetable Armamentarium
Imperial Assault Craft the Imperial Assault Craft 2,589 Mana Cannon
Untargetable
Parade Ground area
Rank 2 Imperial War Hound an Imperial War Hound 8,025 Attack, Foul Bite, Sanguine Bite Via Praetoria
Via Principalis
Rank 1 Imperial War Hound
(Black Eft encounter)
an Imperial War Hound 2,589 Attack, Foul Bite, Sanguine Bite Central Crossing
Rank 6 Livia sas Junius
(First encounter)
Livia sas Junius 22,265 Magitek Cannon, Photon Stream Parade Ground
Rank 6 Livia sas Junius
(Second encounter)
Livia sas Junius 122,459 Aglaea Bite, Aglaea Climb, Angry Salamander, Attack, Delta Trance, Order to Attack, Roundhouse, Stunning Sweep Parade Ground
Rank 2 Magitek Colossus a Magitek Colossus 24,077 Attack, Exhaust, Grand Sword, Magitek Ray Armamentarium area
Parade Ground area
Rank 1 Magitek Colossus
(Second Livia sas Junius encounter)
a Magitek Colossus 19,080 Attack, Exhaust, Grand Strike, Grand Sword, Magitek Ray Parade Ground
Rank 5 Magitek Colossus Rubricatus the Magitek Colossus Rubricatus 81,631 Attack, Exhaust, Grand Strike, Grand Sword, Magitek Field, Magitek Ray Armamentarium
Rank 2 Magitek Death Claw a Magitek Death Claw 4,011 Attack, Defensive Maneuvers, The Hand, Shred Via Principalis
Armamentarium area
Phantom Train Depot
Armamentarium
Parade Ground area
Magitek Death Claw
(Magitek Colossus Rubricatus encounter)
a Magitek Death Claw 258 Untargetable Armamentarium
Rank 2 Magitek Reaper a Magitek Reaper 9,628 Magitek Cannon, Photon Stream Via Principalis
Ceruleum Pumps
Armamentarium area
Phantom Train Depot
Parade Ground area
Rank 1 Magitek Reaper
(Magitek Vanguard F-1 encounter)
a Magitek Reaper 24,207 Magitek Cannon, Photon Stream Area V
Rank 2 Magitek Vanguard a Magitek Vanguard 12,037 Attack, Cermet Drill, Drill Cannons Via Principalis
Phantom Train Depot
Dreadnaught Landing
Armamentarium area
Rank 5 Magitek Vanguard F-1 the Magitek Vanguard F-1 81,631 Attack, Cermet Drill, Drill Cannons, Overcharge Area V
Rank 1 Magitek Vanguard H-1
(Magitek Colossus Rubricatus encounter)
the Magitek Vanguard H-1 27,236 Attack, Cermet Drill, Drill Cannons, Overcharge Armamentarium

Allies[]

Enemy Pic HP Abilities Areas
Cid Cid 258,900 Magitek Cannon, Photon Stream Area V
Central Crossing
Armamentarium area
Phantom Train Depot
Dreadnaught Landing
Armamentarium
Magitek Loader
(First Livia sas Junius encounter)
a Magitek Loader 1,294 Detonation[note 4]
Untargetable
Parade Ground
Mark XLIII Anti-aircraft Cannon
(Imperial Assault Craft encounter)
a Mark XLIII Anti-aircraft Cannon 2,589 Untargetable Parade Ground area
Mark XLIII Artillery Cannon
(First Livia sas Junius encounter)
a Mark XLIII Artillery Cannon 1,294 Cannonfire Parade Ground
Mark XLIII Mini Cannon a Mark XLIII Mini Cannon 2,589 Cannonfire Armamentarium area
Dreadnaught Landing

Quests[]

Castrum Meridianum is unlocked during the main scenario quest Rock the Castrum Rock the Castrum, and completion of the duty is required to continue the main scenario.

Script[]

Castrum Meridianum script
General
System
(Searchlight Terminal)
The searchlight darkens.
System
(Searchlight Terminal)
This area is no longer under alert. Patrol units returning to stations.
System(Imperial Identification Key) An imperial identification key falls to the ground.
System(Imperial Identification Key) You obtain the imperial identification key.
Via Praetoria
System
(on entry)
Power down the searchlights and find a way through the stronghold!
Central Crossing
Cutscene
Cid If I didn't know better, I'd swear you had a personal grudge against magitek armor.
Cid What can I say? I couldn't bear to let you have all the fun.
Cid Don't worry—Biggs and Wedge have everything in hand. Truth be told, I think they like having the work of three men.
Cid Wedge wasn't exactly pleased to be left behind, though, and made quite sure I knew it. I must say, our recent struggles have done wonders for the lad's spirit.
Cid Given the size of this place, I suspected there might be an armor or three to be had. And here we are.
Cid Hmmm...not as bad as I thought. If I have half Marques's talent for mending things, I should be able to get it working again.
Cid Listen, [Forename]─we intercepted an imperial communication indicating that the Ultima Weapon is indeed being housed within the Praetorium.
Cid We also learned that the field which protects the compound is powered by no fewer than three generator towers.
Cid If you're to deactivate the field, you'll need to locate and disable them all.
Cid And I'm here to help you do just that.
Cid See that chute? It leads to waste disposal.
Cid Somewhere nearby, there will be a ceruleum facility supplying fuel to the closest of the three towers.
Cid Find the place and break things.
Cid Go on ahead, [Forename]. I'll be along as soon as I finish my repairs.
End cutscene
System
(Disposal Chute)
Jump into the disposal chute?
Via Principalis
System
(Incendiary #37)
A canister of incendiary #37 falls from the vanguard.
System
(Incendiary #37)
You obtain the incendiary #37.
System
(Spotlight)
You've been discovered by a high-speed imperial assault craft!
Ceruleum Pumps
System
(Unstable Paneling)
You do not have any explosives...
System
(Unstable Paneling)
Use the incendiary #37?
System
(Unstable Paneling)
The ceruleum pump is destroyed!
System
(Unstable Paneling)
Impure ceruleum is rerouted into the magitek field generator!
Area V
Cutscene
Cid blasts through a nearby gate while piloting a suit of magitek armor.
Cid There you are!
Cid I didn't have the patience to take the long way 'round.
Cid I see you've disabled the first generator. That leaves us with two.
The alarm starts sounding.
Cid Ah, bugger. That was me, wasn't it?
Cid Well, there's nothing for it but to press on. We must see to the remaining generators before the enemy has the chance to regroup!
Cid You go on ahead, [Forename]! I'll bring up the rear!
Cid Let's raise some hell!
End cutscene
Armamentarium
Cid Stand back! I'm going to blast open the bulkhead!
Cid This might take a while! Watch my back!
Cid I'm almost there! Keep that thing occupied!
Cid
(Magitek Field)
Damn it, that colossus is enhanced! Hold on—I'll try to think of something!
Cutscene
Cid Fine work, [Forename]!
Cid Stand clear. I have a mind to loose some fireworks.
Cid Diverting all power to cannons!
Cid fires on the field generator, destroying it, but his armor powers down afterwards.
Cid Damn it. There goes the core. I fear I may have overestimated its maximum operating capacity...by a few orders of magnitude. I blame Marques.
Cid Ahem. We'll need to find another way to bring down the third generator.
Livia sas Junius Well, well...the traitor himself. And with his meddlesome friend for company.
Cid You go on ahead, [Forename]. I need to get to the bottom of something.
End cutscene
Parade Ground
System
(Magitek Terminal)
An imperial identification key is required to operate Garlean devices.
System
(Magitek Terminal)
Use the imperial identification key?
System
(Magitek Terminal)
The parade ground walls slide open.
Cutscene
Cid It's me! Are you all right!?
Cid That's an assault craft you're up against! You don't stand a chance with conventional weapons!
Cid You're going to need something big to bring it down. A mortar, a cannon—anything!
Cid Hold on, [Forename]! I'm on my way!
End cutscene
System Use the Mark XLIII anti-aircraft cannon to destroy the assault craft!
System
(Mark XLIII Anti-aircraft Cannon)
The assault craft is hit!
System
(Mark XLIII Anti-aircraft Cannon)
The assault craft's hull integrity is compromised!
System
(Mark XLIII Anti-aircraft Cannon)
The assault craft is destroyed!
Cutscene
The Imperial Assault Craft crashes into the final field generator.
Livia sas Junius Fools! If you are resolved to die here, you might at least have done so without first making a mess of the place!
Livia sas Junius I see that Garlond is not with you. More's the pity, I had hoped to slay him myself. But never mind the traitor for now.
Livia sas Junius I have so looked forward to this meeting...[Name].
Livia sas Junius Yes, I know much and more about you. About your strength...and your hidden talents.
Livia sas Junius I would sample them firsthand—and you will indulge me.
End cutscene
Livia sas Junius
(on engaging)
Come, hero, show me what you can do. Show me...everything!
System
(Magitek Missile)
Move the magitek missile onto the loader!
System
(Magitek Missile)
The magitek loader is damaged. The magitek missile cannot be loaded!
System
(Magitek Missile)
The magitek missile is loaded into the Mark XLIII assault cannon.
System
(Mark XLIII Artillery Cannon)
Turn the Mark XLIII artillery cannon on Livia sas Junius!
System
(7th Cohort Eques )
Protect the magitek loader from enemy fire!
System
(7th Cohort Laquearius)
Protect the Mark XLIII artillery cannon from enemy fire!
Livia sas Junius
(on defeat)
I see...
Cutscene
Livia sas Junius My lord was quite taken with you and the power you possess—the “Echo.” Naturally, I could not help but wonder whom this [prince/princess] among [men/women] might be...
Livia sas Junius Only to discover that you are but another adventurer. No better than the multitude.
Livia sas Junius Yet in spite of this, the masses hold you their champion, and shower honors upon your head. It defies all reason.
Livia sas Junius How is it that you could be such a thorn in our side? Wherever you appear, you leave havoc in your wake. You even slew Rhitahtyn, one of our very finest.
Livia sas Junius Well...I will not speculate. Truth be told, I couldn't care less how you have done these things. What matters to me is the fact that you have done them.
Livia sas Junius If you are allowed to continue, you will eventually deprive me of all that I have toiled for—all that is mine by right!
Livia sas Junius My minions, my comrades...even my lord Gaius!
Livia sas Junius Well, you cannot have him!
Livia sas Junius His dreams and ambitions, his body and soul—they are mine, do you hear me!? All mine!
Livia sas Junius I lost everything once before! I will not suffer it to happen again!
Livia sas Junius I will kill you, adventurer! Only your death can bring me peace!
End cutscene
Livia sas Junius
(on engaging)
You will not take any more from me!
Livia sas Junius
(Aglaea Bite)
The pain I have suffered, I shall visit upon you a hundredfold!
System
(Order to Attack)
Livia sas Junius gives the order to attack!
Livia sas Junius
(Order to Attack)
You lot! Make yourselves useful!
Livia sas Junius
(Aglaea Climb, voice only)
You're mine!
Livia sas Junius
(Aglaea Climb)
You have made me wroth!
Livia sas Junius
(HP <20%)
Noooooo! I will not lose...to the likes of you!
Livia sas Junius
(HP <10%, voice only)
I've toyed with you long enough!
Livia sas Junius
(on defeat, voice only)
Lord...Gaius...!
Outro cutscene
Livia sas Junius No... <sob> It's happening...all over again...
Livia sas Junius Please... I cannot bear it... <sob> Don't take him...away from me...
Livia sas Junius My lord Gaius!!!
Cid Another poor fool who craved Gaius's affection over all else... May her soul know rest.
Cid 'Tis a miracle no harm has come to you, my friend. One for which I will happily give thanks.
Cid ...And the wonders do not end there. Truthfully now—did you really mean to send that assault craft crashing into the generator tower? If you did—you're a bloody liar. If you didn't—well...you're too modest!
Cid Whichever you are, you've managed to open the way to the Praetorium. The only problem is, we can't reach it on foot.
Cid Nay, we'll need to take the Enterprise. I left her at the Ceruleum Processing Plant, so let's regroup there.
Cid This is it, [Forename]! The final confrontation awaits!
End cutscene
Duty complete

Musical themes[]

"The Emperor's Wont" serves as the main background music for the first half of Castrum Meridianum, while "A Fine Death" plays while during the battles against the Black Eft and the Magitek Vanguard F-1. "Torn from the Heavens" plays in all areas after defeating the Magitek Vanguard F-1, including during the fight with the Magitek Colossus Rubricatus. "Steel Reason" plays during the battle with Livia sas Junius.

Behind the scenes[]

Original title card identifying the duty as "Castrum Meridianum Baileys".

The title card and map markers for Castrum Meridianum identified it as "Castrum Meridianum Baileys" when first released, though the duty itself was always simply "Castrum Meridianum". All instances of "Baileys" were removed in patch 2.1.

Castrum Meridianum and The Praetorium The Praetorium are notorious among fans for being extremely easy dungeons made long due to the numerous unskippable cutscenes. Because the dungeons are tuned for the minimum item level of 42, but only synced to level 50 (effective item level 130), most mechanics are skipped and it is speed-ran as fast as possible.

As part of updates to the original A Realm Reborn Main Scenario in patch 6.1, both dungeons are slated for modifications and adjustments that will see them converted to a 4-player instance with compatibility for the Duty Support System. Other modifications to streamline progression through the dungeon will also be made.

Other appearances[]

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

The Magitek Vanguard F-1's and both of Livia sas Junius' appearances in Final Fantasy Record Keeper.

Castrum Meridianum is split across three dungeons in Record Keeper. The Classic versions of Part 1 can be unlocked upon completing Cape Westwind (Classic), while Part 2 is unlocked by Ultima's Castle, Part 8 (Classic). Completing Part 2 unlocks Part 3, while completing each part unlocks their respective Elite versions. The three parts see players fight through Waste Disposal, Via Principalis, Area V, the Phantom Train Depot, the Armamentarium, and finally the Parade Ground, battling records of the Magitek Vanguard F-1 and both Livia sas Junius encounters along the way.

Notes[]

  1. Chance to drop for each individual party member that has completed the quest Triple Triad Trial Triple Triad Trial.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rank 2 8th Cohort Medici will only use Cure on allies when they drop below 50% HP, and rank 1 Medici on allies below 30%. Neither will use Cure on themselves.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The rank 2 8th Cohort Signiferi use the variation of Dark Fire III with ID #1305, and will only begin using it upon dropping below 80% HP. The rank 1 Signiferi use ID #1441, and use it freely.
  4. Magitek Loaders use Detonation immediately upon taking damage while carrying a missile.
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