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After a period of relative silence following the Calamity, the Serpent Reavers have once again taken to terrorizing the inland hamlets of La Noscea─killing the men, kidnapping the women and children, plundering the storehouses, and burning what little they leave behind. For years, it was not known how the pirates were able to raid areas so far from the coast, until a local shepherd sighted a band of painted ruffians entering the Sastasha Seagrot, carrying large quantities of sacks and crates. Could it be that there is more to this cave than meets the eye?

Duty finder description

Sastasha is the first dungeon that players will encounter in Final Fantasy XIV. This grotto hides a den for the Serpent Reavers, pirates aligned with the Sahagin and led by Captain Madison, from which they launch their raids into Lominsan settlements. It is part of a trio of consecutive low-level dungeons alongside The Tam-Tara Deepcroft The Tam-Tara Deepcroft and Copperbell Mines Copperbell Mines, all sharing the same loot and serving to acclimatize new players to partying with others. A hard mode of Sastasha was released in patch 2.4.

Objectives[]

Map of Sastasha.

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


Progression[]

Sastasha Seagrot[]

Wauling Pond, Empty Room, and the Cattery[]

The path to the first boss is a winding one with a handful of dead ends. Immediately after the first group of enemies a small room can be found. It contains a bloody memo that can be examined by a member of the adventuring party before proceeding. This note contains a piece of information regarding the coral formations found in the Cattery, informing the party of which they should touch so as to avoid triggering the trap. The note will state that "The Capten lykes" an object and its color. The options are "his sees Bloo," "his wyne Redd", and "his kebbage Green", indicating blue, red, and green respectively.

Continuing down the path will lead to the Cattery, a large area tightly packed with enemies. A number of Giant Clams are found interspersed through the area accompanied by Shade Seekers, the clams alternating between an open and closed state, becoming invulnerable to damage while closed. The clams will spawn up to two Shade Seekers every time they open if less than four Shade Seekers are alive; however, the clams will not aggro if they aren't attacked, so it is possible to just skip by them and be out of aggro range of any subsequent Shade Seeker spawns. A treasure coffer containing the crafting ingredient Seagrot Water Seagrot Water may be found on a side path mid-way through the room, but requires defeating another Giant Clam to reach.

There are no barriers to progression between the duty entrance and the end of the Cattery. Daring parties can potentially chain pull all the way to the first boss, taking care to avoid the optional packs of Shade Seekers in the Cattery.

Inconspicuous Switch[]

Encounter overview
Action Phase Description Details
Phases Phase 1: 100-70% HP
Phase 2: 70-40% HP
Phase 3: 40-20%
Phase 4: 20-0%
Attack All Melee auto-attack. Deals slashing damage.
Charged Whisker 2-4 Inflicts 15s Paralysis Paralysis on nearby enemies at 70%, 40%, and 20% HP. Paralysis can be cleansed or prevented by effects such as Esuna or the Warden's Paean.

Upon arriving at the end of the Cattery the party will find three coral formations of varying colors. Interacting with the formation corresponding to the color indicated on the memo earlier will reveal the Inconspicuous Switch. Should a player choose the wrong color they will be inflicted with a dispellable Poison Poison for two minutes and spawn a Cave Aurelia.

Interacting with the inconspicuous switch will immediately spawn Chopper, the first boss. Chopper is a simple fight, with only one easily avoided ability that it uses sparingly. At 70%, 40%, and 20% HP it will use Charged Whisker, a radial AoE that does no damage but will inflict Paralysis Paralysis on anyone hit by it. Beyond this Chopper will only auto-attack.

The inconspicuous switch will not function again until Chopper is defeated. Interacting with it afterwards will open a hidden door, allowing passage deeper into the dungeon.

Dead Man's Drink[]

The first Rambade[]

Encounter overview
Mechanic Phase Description Details
Phases Phase 1: 100-80% HP
Phase 2: 80-50% HP
Encounter ends at 50% HP
Attack All Melee auto-attack. Deals slashing damage.
Shallowtail Reavers 1
Two Shallowtail Reavers accompany Captain Madison.
Rank 2 Shallowtail Reaver
Mechanic Description Details
Attack Melee auto-attack. Deals slashing damage.
Heavy Swing Untelegraphed melee damage to primary target. Deals physical damage.
Fast Blade 2 Untelegraphed melee damage to primary target. Deals physical damage.

After proceeding down a short corridor with only a single pack of enemies, the party will encounter Captain Madison alongside two shallowtail Reavers. None have any abilities beyond basic weaponskills, and Madison will flee the once he drops below 50% HP. Unlike other boss encounters his minions won't despawn upon his defeat, preventing the party from being able to ignore them.

Central Dead Man's Drink, Captain's Quarters, and Waverider Gate[]

Chasing after Captain Madison will lead the party into Dead Man's Drink, a sprawling pirate hideout crawling with Serpent Reavers. Madison will flee through the Waverider Gate in the southwest corner of the room, and the party will need to obtain the Waverider Gate Key Waverider Gate Key to follow after him. To quickly pass through this room, players can ignore all other side rooms and proceed directly to the south. Along the way they will encounter a shallowscale Reaver who will drop the Captain's Quarters Key Captain's Quarters Key, allowing access to the Captain's Quarters at the south end of the hideout. Upon entering the Quarters the party will encounter a particularly burly shallowtail Reaver with twice as much HP than usual who will drop the Waverider Gate key when defeated.

Rowers' Quarters, Navigator's Quarters, Deckhands' Quarters, and the Hole[]

More adventurous parties or players seeking to fully map out Sastasha may wish to explore the various side chambers in Dead Man's Drink, which contain additional treasure. The Rowers' Quarters to the north and the unnamed room to the northwest are the least fruitful of these, containing no treasure and only enemies. The Navigator's Quarters to the west, Deckhands' Quarters to east, and the Hole to the southeast each contain a coffer. The Deckhands' Quarters can be explored without engaging any enemies, as they will start fighting amongst themselves as soon as the party enters, allowing the party to collect the coffer without drawing any attention. The Hole requires The Hole Key The Hole Key to enter, which is conveniently found right outside the door.

The second Rambade[]

Encounter overview
Mechanic Phase Description Details
Phases Phase 1: 100-80% HP
Phase 2: 80-50% HP
Phase 3: 50-20% HP
Encounter ends at 20% HP
Attack All Melee auto-attack. Deals slashing damage.
Fast Blade All Untelegraphed melee damage to primary target. Deals physical damage.
Shallowtail Reavers 1
Two Shallowtail Reavers accompany Captain Madison.
Rank 2 Shallowtail Reaver
Mechanic Description Details
Attack Melee auto-attack. Deals slashing damage.
Heavy Swing Untelegraphed melee damage to primary target. Deals physical damage.
Sandslinger 2-3 Inflicts 15s Accuracy Down Accuracy Down on primary target. Accuracy Down can be cleansed or prevented by effects such as Esuna or the Warden's Paean.
Scurvy Dogs 3
Four Scurvy Dogs appear at 50% HP.
Rank 2 Scurvy Dog
Mechanic Description Details
Attack Melee auto-attack. Deals slashing damage.

Captain Madison is once again encountered beyond Waverider Gate with two shallowtail Reavers, but now instead of fleeing below 50% health he will summon four Scurvy Dogs from the southeast corner of the room. The tank should be prepared to gather up the dogs before they start harassing the rest of the party. The dogs have no abilities and very low HP, and can be quickly put down by what few AoE abilities the party may have at this level. Madison will once again flee once he falls below 20% HP, and leave the party to deal with the remaining adds.

Mistbeard Cove[]

The Sultana's Lap[]

Following the Captain to the Sultana's Lap will reveal another room full of pirates. There is not reason to clear out the entire room, and if the party keeps to the south wall they should be able to proceed to the final arena while avoiding the packs in the pavilion to the north.

Spawning grounds[]

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
Attack All Melee auto-attack. Deals piercing damage.
Hydroball All Deals damage and inflicts 3s Silence Silence in a frontal cone. Silence can be cleansed or prevented by effects such as Esuna or the Warden's Paean.Deals water damage.Deals magic damage.
True Thrust All Untelegraphed melee damage to primary target. Deals piercing damage.
Jumping Thrust 2-4 Untelegraphed melee damage to primary target at 80%, 60%, and 40% HP. Deals piercing damage.
Unnatural Ripples 2-4
The Unnatural Ripples in the arena activate, each spawning a Baleen Guard if they aren't deactivated in time. Two Ripples activate at 80% HP, three at 60%, and four at 40%.
Rank 2 Baleen Guard
Mechanic Description Details
Ambuscade Damages and knocks back nearby enemies 10y upon spawning. Knockback can be prevented by effects such as Arm's Length or Surecast.Deals blunt damage.
Attack Melee auto-attack. Deals slashing damage.
Water Cannon Untelegraphed ranged damage to primary target. Deals water damage.Deals magic damage.

Denn will appear upon entering the southern platform, dispatching Captain Madison in the process. At 80%, 60%, and 40% HP, the unnatural ripples around the room will start bubbling—first only two of them, then three, and finally all four. Players can interact with the ripples to disable them. If they are not disabled in time, a Baleen Guard will spawn from each bubbling grate. The guards have low HP and can be killed quickly, but it is important that the tank aggro them immediately before they start harassing the healer and DPS. Denn's abilities are otherwise fairly basic, with a couple instant-cast weaponskills and a conal AoE.

The encounter can be fairly trivial if the party focuses on disabling the unnatural ripples, preventing any Baleen Guards from spawning. The first two sets of adds can also be phase skipped if the party deals enough damage to Denn to start the next set, as their spawn timers will reset at each phase. The last set can be difficult to prevent any from spawning, but as Denn will be on his last legs at this point any guards that appear can generally be ignored in favor of focusing on the boss.

Interactive map[]

Enemies[]

Enemy Pic HP Abilities Areas
Rank 2 enemy icon from Final Fantasy XIV.png Baleen Guard
(Denn the Orcatoothed encounter)
Baleen Guard
315 Ambuscade, Attack, Water Cannon The Sultana's Lap
Rank 2 enemy icon from Final Fantasy XIV.png Black Bat
Black Bat
905 Attack Sastasha Seagrot
Rank 5 enemy icon from Final Fantasy XIV.png Captain Madison (1|2)
Captain Madison
4785 Attack, Fast Blade, Sandslinger Dead Man's Drink
Rank 2 enemy icon from Final Fantasy XIV.png Cave Aurelia
Cave Aurelia
905 Attack, Numbing Tendrils[note 2] Sastasha Seagrot
Rank 5 enemy icon from Final Fantasy XIV.png Chopper
Chopper
3828 Attack, Charged Whisker Sastasha Seagrot
Rank 6 enemy icon from Final Fantasy XIV.png Denn the Orcatoothed
Denn the Orcatoothed
5869 Attack, Hydroball, Jumping Thrust, True Thrust The Sultana's Lap
Rank 2 enemy icon from Final Fantasy XIV.png Fossilshell
Fossilshell
905 Attack, Small Claw Sastasha Seagrot
Rank 1 passive enemy icon from Final Fantasy XIV.png Giant Clam 319 Invulnerable when closed
Summons Shade Seekers upon opening[note 3]
Sastasha Seagrot
Rank 2 enemy icon from Final Fantasy XIV.png Sastasha Orobon
Sastasha Orobon
905 Attack, Gnaw, Feeding Frenzy Sastasha Seagrot
Rank 2 enemy icon from Final Fantasy XIV.png Scurvy Dog
Scurvy Dog
269-905 Attack Dead Man's Drink
The Sultana's Lap
Rank 1 enemy icon from Final Fantasy XIV.pngRank 2 enemy icon from Final Fantasy XIV.png Shade Seeker[note 4]
Shade Seeker
24-80 Fire Sastasha Seagrot
Rank 2 enemy icon from Final Fantasy XIV.png Shallowclaw Reaver Shallowclaw ReaverShallowclaw Reaver 905 Attack, Gutripper[note 5] Dead Man's Drink
The Sultana's Lap
Rank 2 enemy icon from Final Fantasy XIV.png Shalloweye Reaver Shalloweye ReaverShalloweye Reaver
Shalloweye Reaver
905 Attack, Heavy Shot, Raging Strikes[note 6] Dead Man's Drink
The Sultana's Lap
Rank 2 enemy icon from Final Fantasy XIV.png Shallowscale Reaver Roegadyn Shallowscale ReaverShallowscale Reaver
Hyur Shallowscale Reaver
994 Attack, Cure, Fast Blade[note 7] Dead Man's Drink
The Sultana's Lap
Rank 2 enemy icon from Final Fantasy XIV.png Shallowtail Reaver Shallowtail ReaverShallowtail Reaver
Shallowtail ReaverShallowtail Reaver
905-1811 Attack, Heavy Swing, Overpower[note 8] Dead Man's Drink
The Sultana's Lap

Items[]

Each party member is guaranteed to receive one of the below weapons or pieces of armor useable by their current discipline upon completion of the duty, in addition to any other items received.

Source Item
Treasure coffer. Treasure coffer 1

Sastasha Seagrot - The Cattery

Chance for one armor from the following:
Plundered Sabatons Plundered Sabatons
Foestriker's Boots Foestriker's Boots
Acolyte's Thighboots Acolyte's Thighboots
Guaranteed the following:
Seagrot Water Seagrot Water

Treasure coffer. Chopper coffer

Sastasha Seagrot - The Cattery

Guaranteed one armor from the following:

Plundered Celata Plundered Celata
Plundered Goggles Plundered Goggles
Plundered Cavalier's Hat Plundered Cavalier's Hat

Plundered Gauntlets Plundered Gauntlets
Foestriker's Mitts Foestriker's Mitts
Acolyte's Halfgloves Acolyte's Halfgloves


Guaranteed one accessory from the following:

Treasure coffer. Captain Madison coffer

Dead Man's Drink - The Rambade

Guaranteed one armor from the following:

Plundered Cuirass Plundered Cuirass
Foestriker's Tabard Foestriker's Tabard
Acolyte's Robe Acolyte's Robe

Plundered Trousers Plundered Trousers
Foestriker's Skirt Foestriker's Skirt
Acolyte's Skirt Acolyte's Skirt

Treasure coffer. Treasure coffer 2

Dead Man's Drink - The Hole

Guaranteed one armor from the following:

Plundered Celata Plundered Celata
Plundered Goggles Plundered Goggles
Plundered Cavalier's Hat Plundered Cavalier's Hat

Plundered Gauntlets Plundered Gauntlets
Foestriker's Mitts Foestriker's Mitts
Acolyte's Halfgloves Acolyte's Halfgloves

Treasure coffer. Treasure coffer 3

Dead Man's Drink - Deckhands' Quarters

Guaranteed one armor from the following:

Plundered Cuirass Plundered Cuirass
Foestriker's Tabard Foestriker's Tabard
Acolyte's Robe Acolyte's Robe

Plundered Trousers Plundered Trousers
Foestriker's Skirt Foestriker's Skirt
Acolyte's Skirt Acolyte's Skirt

Treasure coffer. Treasure coffer 4

Dead Man's Drink - Navigator's Quarters

Guaranteed one weapon from the following:

If Plundered Falchion was received above, guaranteed the following:
Warded Round Shield Warded Round Shield
Chance for one armor or shield from the following:

Nightprowler's Targe Nightprowler's Targe
Pirate's Bandana Pirate's Bandana
Plundered Haubergeon Plundered Haubergeon
Plundered Jacket Plundered Jacket

Plundered Bliaud Plundered Bliaud
Plundered Moccasins Plundered Moccasins
Plundered Duckbills Plundered Duckbills

Treasure coffer. Denn the Orcatoothed coffer

Mistbeard Cove - The Sultana's Lap

Guaranteed one weapon from the following:

If Plundered Falchion was received above, guaranteed the following:
Warded Round Shield Warded Round Shield
Chance for one armor from the following:
Plundered Sabatons Plundered Sabatons
Foestriker's Boots Foestriker's Boots
Acolyte's Thighboots Acolyte's Thighboots
Chance for the following:
From the Depths Orchestrion Roll From the Depths Orchestrion Roll

Quests[]

Sastasha is unlocked during the main scenario quest It's Probably Pirates It's Probably Pirates, and completion of the duty is required to continue the main scenario. In addition, defeating Denn the Orcatoothed is one of the requirements of the Book of Skywind I Book of Skywind I for the quest Trials of the Braves Trials of the Braves, part of the Relic Weapons questline.

Script[]

Sastasha script
Empty Room
Only one of the following lines will appear, determined at random at the start of the duty.
Bloody Memo You find a bloodstained scrap of parchment with a message scrawled upon it in faded ink.

“The Capten lykes his sees Bloo.”

Bloody Memo You find a bloodstained scrap of parchment with a message scrawled upon it in faded ink.

“The Capten lykes his wyne Redd.”

Bloody Memo You find a bloodstained scrap of parchment with a message scrawled upon it in faded ink.

“The Capten lykes his cabege Green.”

The Cattery
System You find a switch. Press it?
System You are doused with poison!
System You hear something move in the distance.
System You discover a switch, but it does not appear to function at this time...
System A hidden door opens!
The Rambade
Captain Madison
(on engaging)
How did ye find this place?
Madison's colibri
(on engaging)
Squawk!
Captain Madison
(at 90%)
Me loyal pups!
Captain Madison
(at 80%)
Come closer. I'll slit yer throat and toss yer corpse to the mad serpent.
Captain Madison
(at 70%)
Wh-Where are me men!? Wh-Where are me maidens!?
Captain Madison
(at 50%)
Try an' catch me, ye two-legged lubber!
Madison's colibri
(at 50%)
Two-legged lubber! Two-legged lubber! Squawk!
Dead Man's Drink
Virgin Captive You must save us!
System The door is locked tight.
System The shallowscale Reaver drops a captain's quarters key.
System You obtain a captain's quarters key.
System Unlock the door to the captain's quarters?
System The Captain's Quarters opens.
Captain's Quarters
Virgin Captive What shall it be tonight, Cap─ You're not the captain!
Shallowtail Reaver
(Overpower)
Ain't no bastard gettin' by me!
System The shallowtail Reaver drops a Waverider Gate key.
System You obtain a Waverider Gate key.
The Hole
System The door is locked tight.
System You obtain a key to the Hole.
System Unlock the door to the Hole?
System The Hole opens.
Virgin Captive Forgive me, my lord! I did not mean to offend!
Virgin Captive Am I...free?
Virgin Captive Thank the Twelve! This nightmare is over!
Virgin Captive I shan't bite any more... Just let me out!
Virgin Captive Mother... Father... What did I do to deserve this?
Virgin Captive I don't think I can last another night in the Deckhands' Quarters...
Virgin Captive Please, milady/milord, I'm ever so sore...
Virgin Captive Slit them between the legs! Every last one of them!
Deckhands' Quarters
Roegadyn Shallowclaw Reaver Get them gropers off me grog!
Hyur Shallowclaw Reaver Sod off! I drink what I want.
Roegadyn Shallowclaw Reaver I'll cut ye a new gob so's that ye can drink all grog ye like!
Hyur Shallowclaw Reaver Not afore I cut ye a new piss'ole!
Waverider Gate
System The door is locked tight.
System Unlock Waverider Gate?
System Waverider Gate opens.
The Rambade
Captain Madison
(on engaging)
Back fer more, eh? I sharpened me blade, just fer this very occasion.
Madison's colibri
(on engaging)
Squawk!
Captain Madison
(Sandslinger)
What do you see now? Nothin'! Nothin' at all!
Captain Madison
(at 50%)
Eat 'em alive!
System
(at 50%)
Captain Madison releases the scurvy dogs!
Captain Madison
(at 20%)
M-M-Might ye consider a parley?
Madison's colibri
(at 20%)
Parley! Parley! Parley! Squaaawk!
The Sultana's Lap
Captain Madison The boss ain't goin' to like this one bit...
Denn the Orcatoothed Pshhh... You shully our shpawning groundsss, shorewalker!
Denn strikes down Madison before turning his attention to the party.
Denn the Orcatoothed Pshhh! Finleshhh fools!
Denn the Orcatoothed The Lord of the Whorl shhhall sssup on your sssouls!
System
(at 80%, 60%, and 40%)
Bubbles begin forming on the water's surface.
System
(disabling a ripple)
The evil presence has gone.
System
(if a baleen guard spawns)
An enemy approaches!
Assorted dialogue
Virgin Captive I'm not one of them! I swear it on what little remains of my virtue!
Virgin Captive Who are you?
Serpent Reavers Die!
Serpent Reavers Take the women alive!
Serpent Reavers To the abyss with ye!
Madison's colibri Cap'n is strong! Cap'n is strong! Squawk!
Madison's colibri Batten down the hatches! Batten down the hatches! Squawk!
Madison's colibri Scurvy dog! Scurvy dog! Squawk!

Musical themes[]

"From the Depths" is the theme that plays in the background of Sastasha, and its orchestrion roll is a potential drop from Denn the Orcatoothed. Like many low-level dungeons, the theme that plays when fighting regular battles in Sastasha is "The Promise of Plunder", the theme for boss battles is "A Fine Death", and the final boss's battle theme is "Nemesis".

Notes[]

  1. Chance to drop for each individual party member that has completed the quest Triple Triad Trial Triple Triad Trial.
  2. Cave Aureliae will use Numbing Tendrils only once upon dropping below 50% HP.
  3. Giant Clams will summon up to two rank 2 Shade Seekers any time they number less than four.
  4. A maximum of four rank 2 Shade Seekers can be found in a single group. Any Seekers in excess of four will instead be rank 1.
  5. Shallowclaw Reavers will only begin using Gutripper upon dropping below 50% HP. The Shallowclaw Reavers in the Deckhands' Quarters will not use Gutripper at all.
  6. Shalloweye Reavers will only begin using Raging Strikes upon dropping below 30% HP.
  7. The Shallowscale Reavers in the Deckhands' Quarters use Cure instead of Fast Blade, and will only use Cure on allies when they drop below 50% HP. They will not use Cure on themselves.
  8. The Shallowtail Reaver in the Captain's Quarters will begin using Overpower instead of Heavy Swing upon dropping below 70% HP.
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