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Relic Weapons are sixteen weapons obtainable through a series of upgrades. They are lauded as legendary weapons once used by war heroes during the Great Crystal War twenty years prior to present day Vana'diel.
Relic Weapons are the first of four legendary sets of weapons to be introduced. Relic Weapons were added in the Rise of the Zilart expansion pack, with the sole exception of Aegis, which was added in Chains of Promathia.
Not all Relic Weapons are actual weapons, as the set includes a wind instrument and a shield as well. The rest of the weapons each belong to a different weapon type and come with their own unique weapon skills. Each weapon would produce a different special effect for its wielder, known as an aftermath, when the unique weapon skill was used for the weapon. Also, in addition to their stated effects, all Relic weapons come with the hidden effect of occasionally dealing triple damage.
To obtain the weapons, players must venture into Dynamis and obtain the base relic weapons, and subsequently upgrade the weapons through various stages by paying ancient currency, as well as other special items obtained from Dynamis, to the Goblin Switchstix.
The initial level of a Relic Weapon is 75, but various Magian Trials may be undertaken to improve the weapons, capable of being upgraded like the Empyrean Weapons to a final, elevated Level 99 Afterglow version. The afterglow of all Relic Weapons is a radiant gold.
|Name||Type||Image||Jobs||Weapon Skill||Aftermath||Relic Weapon|
|Spharai||Hand-to-Hand||MNK||Final Heaven||Increases "Subtle Blow"||First Stage: Relic Knuckles|
Enhances "Counter" effect
|Second Stage: Militant Knuckles|
|Third Stage: Dynamis Knuckles|
|Fourth Stage: Caestus|
|Mandau||Dagger||RDM / THF / BRD||Mercy Stroke||Increases critical hit rate||First Stage: Relic Dagger|
Additional effect: Poison
|Second Stage: Malefic Dagger|
|Third Stage: Dynamis Dagger|
|Fourth Stage: Batardeau|
|Excalibur||Sword||RDM / PLD||Knights of Round||"Regen" effect||First Stage: Relic Sword|
Additional effect: Damage proportionate to current HP
|Second Stage: Glyptic Sword|
|Third Stage: Dynamis Sword|
|Fourth Stage: Caliburn|
|Ragnarok||Great Sword||WAR / PLD / DRK||Scourge||Increases critical hit rate||First Stage: Relic Blade|
Increases rate of critical hits
|Second Stage: Gilded Blade|
|Third Stage: Dynamis Blade|
|Fourth Stage: Valhalla|
|Guttler||Axe||BST||Onslaught||Increases Attack||First Stage: Relic Axe|
Additional effect: Choke
|Second Stage: Leonine Axe|
|Third Stage: Dynamis Axe|
|Fourth Stage: Ogre Killer|
|Bravura||Great Axe||WAR||Metatron Torment||Reduces damage taken||First Stage: Relic Bhuj|
Additional effect: Impairs evasion
|Second Stage: Agonal Bhuj|
|Third Stage: Dynamis Bhuj|
|Fourth Stage: Abaddon Killer|
|Apocalypse||Scythe||DRK||Catastrophe||"Haste " effect||First Stage: Relic Scythe|
Additional effect: Blindness
|Second Stage: Memento Scythe|
|Third Stage: Dynamis Scythe|
|Fourth Stage: Bec de Faucon|
|Gungnir||Polearm||DRG||Geirskogul||"Shock Spikes" effect||First Stage: Relic Lance|
Additional effect: Weakens defense
|Second Stage: Hotspur Lance|
|Third Stage: Dynamis Lance|
|Fourth Stage: Gae Assail|
|Kikoku||Katana||NIN||Blade: Metsu||Increases "Subtle Blow"||First Stage: Ihintanto|
Additional effect: Paralysis
|Second Stage: Mimizuku|
|Third Stage: Rogetsu|
|Fourth Stage: Yoshimitsu|
|Amanomurakumo||Great Katana||SAM||Tachi: Kaiten||Increases "Store TP"||First Stage: Ito|
Additional effect: Weakens attacks
|Second Stage: Hayatemaru|
|Third Stage: Oboromaru|
|Fourth Stage: Totsukanotsurugi|
|Mjollnir||Club||WHM||Randgrith||Increases Accuracy||First Stage: Relic Maul|
Additional effect: Recover MP
|Second Stage: Battering Maul|
|Third Stage: Dynamis Maul|
|Fourth Stage: Gullintani|
|Claustrum||Staff||BLM / SMN||Gate of Tartarus||"Refresh" effect||First Stage: Relic Staff|
Additional effect: Dispel
|Second Stage: Sage's Staff|
|Third Stage: Dynamis Staff|
|Fourth Stage: Thyrus|
|Yoichinoyumi||Archery||RNG / SAM||Namas Arrow||Increases Ranged Accuracy||First Stage: Relic Bow|
|Ranged Accuracy +
Ranged Attack +
|Second Stage: Wolver Bow|
|Third Stage: Dynamis Bow|
|Fourth Stage: Futatokoroto|
|Annihilator||Marksmanship||RNG||Coronach||Reduces enmity||First Stage: Relic Gun|
|Ranged Accuracy +
Ranged Attack +
|Second Stage: Marksman Gun|
|Third Stage: Dynamis Gun|
|Fourth Stage: Ferdinand|
|Gjallarhorn||Wind Instrument||BRD||—||—||First Stage: Relic Horn|
All songs +
Singing skill +
Wind instrument skill +
|Second Stage:Pyrrhic Horn|
|Third Stage: Dynamis Horn|
|Fourth Stage: Millennium Horn|
|Aegis||Shield||PLD||—||—||First Stage: Relic Shield|
Augments "Shield Bash"
Magic damage taken -
|Second Stage: Bulwark Shield|
|Third Stage: Dynamis Shield|
|Fourth Stage: Ancile|
Muahahaha.... MUAHAHAHAHAHA! These gods-given hands've worked yet another miracle! Feast yer eyes on Thyrus, jus' as it was in days of yore! 'Tis a sight to move a man to tears.... ye lucky bastard. Ye'd better bloody well take care of it!
Gerolt, after he successfully revived the Thyrus.
Relic weapons are among the best weapons available when completely upgraded, and are the most customizable. Relic weapons for the current patch-cycle or expansion require heavy amounts of grinding to upgrade, but are rewarding once upgraded; relic weapons from expansions prior to current (as of writing, Stormblood) are already obsolete and primarily used as glamours for vanity.
The requirements for "A Relic Reborn" are not too strenuous, although later stages can be time-consuming.
The Relic weapons have six stages of upgrades: base form, Zenith, Atma, Animus, Novus, and Nexus. Starting with the Novus stage, players can customize the secondary stats on their weapon. Upon reaching the Nexus stage, players can transform their relic weapon into a Zodiac weapon starting with patch 2.45.
The Relic weapons appear in the remastered version of the game as downloadable content. These are:
- Apocalypse (Clavat weapon)
- Punishment (Selkie weapon)
- Executor (Yuke weapon)
- Catastrophy (Lilty weapon)
The Claustrum appears as Shantotto's ultimate weapon, equippable at level 100. It provides 40 BRV; 67 ATK; a 40% boost to initial Bravery and a strong version of the Gambler's Spirit ability. It can be traded at the shop for 31920 gil, a Laevateinn, Boiling Blood x5, and Quickstrike Orb x5.
The Claustrum returns as Shantotto's ultimate weapon, equippable at level 100. Its power has been adjusted and it now provides 39 BRV; 67 ATK; a 40% boost to initial Bravery and the Cat Nip ability. It is can be traded at the shop for 182800 gil, a Laevateinn, a Boiling Blood, and Lady's Hope x5.
Another Relic weapon, the Spharai, appear as an exclusive weapon for Prishe and is equipable at Level 90+. It is needed to create her final weapon, the Glanzfaust. It provides 69 BRV; 63 ATK; a 522 HP penalty and boosts the Assist gauge duration by 20%. It is can be traded for 158000 gil, a pair of Koenigs Knuckles, an Electrum, and Horror's Dream x5.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
relic comes from the Latin reliquiae, meaning "remains" or "something left behind" (the same root as relinquish). In religion, a relic usually consists of the physical remains of a saint or the personal effects of the saint or venerated person preserved for purposes of veneration as a tangible memorial.The word