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The Tower at Paradigm's Breach is an alliance raid in Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, released in patch 5.5, Death Unto Dawn, as part of the YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse raid series.


A pale tower looms over the Duergar Mountains, an unmistakable symbol of the machine lifeforms' threat to the dwarves and their world. At Anogg's behest, you join her and your android allies in an ascent to its zenith, where the machines' enigmatic orb─and its fearsome secrets─await.

Duty Finder description


  • Clear staging node A
  • Clear staging node B
  • Clear staging node C
  • Clear staging node D
  • Clear the ascension platform
  • Clear Beyond


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  • Knave of Hearts
    • Copied Knave
  • Hansel
  • Gretel
  • 2P
  • 2P-operated Flight Unit
  • Red Girl
    • Black Wall
    • Black Pylon
    • White Wall
    • White Pylon
    • Red Sphere
  • Xun-Zi
  • Meng-Zi
  • 41626572726174696F6E: The False Idol
  • Her Inflorescence


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Musical themes[]

"Emil (Despair)" plays during the battle with the Knave of Hearts. "Mourning" subsequently plays in all areas of the Tower while not in combat, as well as during the battle with the 2P copies in the second Ego Collective and the sequence on the elevator with Meng-Zi and Xun-Zi. "Song Of The Ancients (Atonement)" plays while fighting Hansel and Gretel.

"The Sound Of The End" plays while fighting the Red Girl; "The Sound Of The End: 8bit" plays during the hacking phase of the fight. "Kainé (Final Fantasy Main Theme Version)", an arrangement which combines "Kainé / Salvation" from NieR, "Thirteenth Chapter ~ Closing" from Drakengard, and the Final Fantasy series' recurring main theme, plays during the final battle with Her Inflorescence.

The Tower at Paradigm's Breach is one of the few duties where the standard duty victory fanfare does not play upon successful completion.

Behind the scenes[]

The False Idol's boss title is in hexadecimal code, which is used frequently in Nier. It translates to "Aberration" (異形, Ikei?, lit. Atypicality).

Meng-Zi and Xun-Zi are named after the Chinese Confucian philosophers Mencius (孟子) and Xun Kuang (荀子) respectively; they are even referred to as "The Philosophers" when readying certain attacks. Similarly, their counterpart Goliath-class units Ko-Shi and Ro-Shi, who are fought as bosses in NieR:Automata, are named after the philosophers Confucius (孔子) and Laozi (老子) respectively.

During the battle against Her Inflorescence, she will at times conjure a Square Enix building turned sideways, which is catapulted upwards. This attack is telegraphed by the ground becoming translucent. The word "SQE" can be found in the upper right corner of the building, albeit with certain difficulty as the letters and the building are both colored white.