The queen of storms, Garuda is the chosen primal of the Ixal.
Though elegant of form and graceful in motion, the capricious and ruthless nature of this bloodthirsty being engenders mindless terror even amongst her devoted worshippers. Her wrath often erupts without warning, and descends upon her victims with unbridled fury.Official site description
Garuda is the primal of the Ixal beast-tribes in Final Fantasy XIV, also known as the Lady of the Vortex (嵐神, Ranshin?, lit. Storm Goddess). She is encountered as a boss a number of times in both version 1.0 and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
Final Fantasy XIV (version 1.0)
Following the Garlean raid on the Scions of the Seventh Dawn, the Warrior of Light stayed at the Church of Saint Adama Landama with Father Iliud and "Marques". Alphinaud Leveilleur arrived explaining his intent to revive the Scions, due to Garuda being summoned. Recognizing Marques as an amnesiac Cid nan Garlond, he besought them to go find Cid's airship, Enterprise, to confront the primal.
Following the a lengthy investigation in Coerthas to uncover where the Enterprise went missing—getting involved in Ishgard's politics in the process—the trio returned to the ship to Gridania for repairs. Realizing that the vortex Garuda summoned was probably too dangerous, Cid suggested looking for corrupted crystals to counter the primal's defenses, and suggests asking Professor Lamberteint. Once the appropriate crystals were found, Cid piloted the airship into the Howling Eye where the primal awaited.
The Ixal had taken several Amalj'aa and kobolds, while the Lady of the Vortex engaged the Warrior of Light. Just as victory seemed at hand, the deranged goddess was revived by the fervent faith of the Ixali. Though she normally preferred outright destruction, she resorted to attempting to enthrall the adventurer, failing as the Echo caused a wind crystal to be forcefully removed instead.
...Is that all? IS THAT ALL!? Insolent mortal! I shall make you suffer! That foul stench... I see now... She has touched you! Very well...Garuda
Gaius van Baelsar appeared, taunting the primal. Enraged by the "insolent mortal", she used the power of wind to torture and kill the Ixal's hostages, and Ifrit and Titan appeared in retribution. She intended to overwhelm and absorb the two to increase her power, but the imperial Legatus revealed his trump card: the Ultima Weapon. The warmachine took down the three primals and absorbed them, ending by biting off Garuda's head.
After the Ultima Weapon was destroyed during Operation Archon, the Ixali wasted no time in summoning the Lady of the Vortex again. Using an Aetheryte set up in Natalan, the Warrior of Light returned to the Howling Eye and banished the primal.
The Ixali were not deterred, and resummon Garuda, seeking an even more powerful version of their avatar to protect them. Though her power was augmented through the Ascians' machinations, the Warrior of Lught defeated her, finding the ritual focus in the process and rousing suspicions of the Ascians' involvement.
The Ixali attempted to summon Garuda once more in their homeland of Xelphatol, which the Warriors of Darkness intended to exploit for their plans. Due to the intervention of Alphinaud Leveilleur and the Warrior of Light, however, the ritual was halted before its completion.
When the party used the spaceship Ragnarok to reach Ultima Thule, the beast tribes summoned benevolent iterations of their primals using the Mothercrystal, with Garuda being one of the ten summoned. While she was initially displeased at the thought of helping landwalkers, she relinquished her power to the Ragnarok, allowing it to achieve the propulsion needed for the Scions of the Seventh Dawn and the Warrior of Light among them to reach their destination.
Garuda is fought as a boss three times at The Howling Eye: first time in the main scenario, then in a Hard version of a sidequest, and finally an optional Extreme battle. While the latter two versions are fought at level 50 with a full party of eight, the initial storyline fight is at level 44, with four players. She later appears as one of the bosses in The Weapon's Refrain (Ultimate), while she fights alongside Ifrit in Eden's Verse: Furor.
Garuda also appears during the various battles against the Ultima Weapon, as well as the battle against Tozol Huatotl in Xelphatol. In these appearances she will briefly appear as an untargetable entity, using one of her abilities before disappearing.
The Summoner job can summon Garuda-Egi as a ranged pet. It is unlocked along in the level 45 job quest "Austerities of Wind," upon defeating the Egi, who replaces Emerald Carbuncle.
Garuda's boss theme is "Fallen Angel".
Garuda appears as a boss in the Final Fantasy XV x Final Fantasy XIV collaboration mission "Adventurer from Another World".
Garuda appears with a wind-elemental card.
Garuda is a large, birdlike creature that appears in both Hinduism and Buddhism. It serves as Lord Vishnu's mount and is the Hindu name for the constellation Aquila. Contemporary representations of Garuda are the brahminy kite and phoenix.