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The flames hunger for thee, mortal!
—Ifrit as he Awakens

The Weapon's Refrain, commonly abbreviated by players as UWU (for "Ultima Weapon (Ultimate)") is the Ultimate-difficulty raid released in Patch 4.31, Under the Moonlight, of Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood. The duty comprises of a single encounter, where players fight the game's original three primals, Garuda, Ifrit, and Titan, in succession, before once again facing off against Lahabrea and then the Ultima Weapon as it repeatedly summons the three primals.

The primal encounters have a twist on their previous incarnations that plays off player expectations from having faced each of them three times before (in their Normal, Hard, and Extreme trials), as the party must "improperly" act on some of their mechanics in order to trigger an empowered "Awoken" form so that the party can survive the phase transition into the Ultima Weapon. The mechanic is not immediately apparent either, as each primal can be defeated without awakening them, but this inevitably results in the party's death.

StoryEdit

Just as warriors temper their spirits in battle, so too does the wandering minstrel hone his craft through colorful retellings of heroic deeds. His rendition of your triumph over the Ultima Weapon takes the threads of history and weaves them into an epic tapestry. However, his ballad contains so many embellishments and fabrications that it bears little resemblance to your own tale, and you wonder if he was even listening to you. Nevertheless, you find yourself utterly captivated─whisked away to a battlefield that exists only in your mind's eye...

ProgressionEdit

Throughout the first three Primal phases, there will be a secret means of giving the Primal a stack of Aetherial Charge; four stacks cause the Primal to become Woken growing blue and becoming far more powerful. If an Woken Primal is slain, it will drop a charge of Beyond Limits, a status which, if held by a player, will immediately refresh Limit Break 3 if it is held by a party member who uses their Limit Break 3.

Standing in the wall of the platform is immediately fatal.

GarudaEdit

The battle begins in The Howling Eye, with the party fighting Garuda. She opens with Slipstream, a frontal cleave that must be dodged. After this, she marks a player for Mistral Song, and attacks them with a linear area-of-effect spell which deals tank-buster damage to the first target it hits; a tank must stand between the target and Garuda to survive this. The Mistral Song also leaves behind a tornado.

A Spiny Plume and four Satin Plumes spawn. The Satin Plumes have 114,500 HP and cast Sleep so they must be killed immediately. The Spiny Plume has 229,000 HP and inflicts stacks of Thermal Low with its attacks. When it is killed, it casts Gigastorm, a telegraphed area-of-effect spell which leaves behind a bubble which cleanses Thermal Low.

Thermal Low is a debuff which deals damage to the party when it is cleansed -- one stack is minor damage, two stacks is heavy damage, and three stacks is a wipe. As such, nobody can be allowed to attain three stacks of Thermal Low, because Garuda will later forcibly cleanse the stacks with a tether known as Mesohigh. On the other hand, if a player has no stacks at all of Thermal Low, Mesohigh is fatal, so they must maintain at least one stack at all time. Moreover, cleansing two stacks of Thermal Low in the Gigastorm grants Garuda a stack of Aetherial Charge.

Garuda casts Slipstream and then Downburst, a cleave which must be stacked and mitigated for if she is Awakened. She then casts Mistral Shriek, which deals raid-wide damage, and then Friction twice on random targets, splash damage which inflicts a stack of Thermal Low on any targets hit, followed by Feather Rain, telegraphs that must be dodged. At the end of this mechanic, Garuda should have three stacks of Aetherial Charge.

After Aerial Blast, which is a raid buster, Garuda again casts Feather Rain, followed by two Mistral Songs. She then casts Eye of the Storm, a knockback which forces the party to be close to the center of the platform, followed by a point-blank telegraph called Wicked Wheel. After another Feather Rain, she spawns four more Satin Plumes, and then casts Slipstream and Eye of the Storm again. After two casts of Mesohigh, which should be used to Awaken her, Garuda casts Feather Rain, Slipstream, Wicked Wheel, and then a dynamo called Wicked Tornado, then a Downburst and a Slipstream before enraging.

IfritEdit

Once Garuda is defeated, Ifrit spawns, but before he is even targetable, he will cast Radiant Plume, covering all of the platform with fire except a two small regions, and then use Crimson Charge, a dive bomb which targets one one of those regions. He then casts Hellfire, dealing massive raid-wide damage and transforming the platform into The Bowl of Embers.

Ifrit becomes targetable and casts Vulcan Burst, which is a knockback that will likely kill the party, but does nothing if it is mitigated entirely. He follows with three casts of Incinerate, a tank buster which cleaves and forces a tank swap. After this triple tank swap, four Infernal Nails spawn. These adds have 87,875 HP and gain a stack of Vulnerability Down after being hit with a burst of Eruption, a telegraph that targets the farthest DPS, and should be baited appropriately by the ranged DPS. The reason for this is that if an Infernal Nail is killed with two stacks of Vulnerability Down, Ifrit gains a stack of Aetherial Charge. After spawning the nails, Ifrit casts Inferno Howl, inflicting Searing Wind on a healer for 18 seconds. This will kill and knock back anyone who stands anywhere close to the healer; he then Infernal Fetters, tethering the off-tank and a random DPS, forcing them to stand together. He then casts Eruption four times, and this should be used to Awaken Ifrit. As usual, the nails also give stacks of Vulnerability Up upon being killed, so they cannot be killed too quickly.

Ifrit briefly turns invulnerable and then casts Hellfire again, becoming targetable. Hellfire will be fatal if an Infernal Nail is still alive at this point. He casts Inferno Howl and then Flaming Crush, a stack that inflicts Accursed Flame, a Burn which will be immediately fatal if Flaming Crush was not stacked.

Ifrit then turns invulnerable and casts Crimson Cyclone four times, dive bombing in an order which is a function of the nail kill order. He then spawns two clones, at a right angle to each other, and casts Crimson Cyclone again, this time causing both to dive bomb at the same time; the Woken Ifrit will not dive bomb and so is safe. After three Incinerates, he casts Eruption three times on the two furthest targets, followed by Flaming Crush and then an enraged Hellfire.

TitanEdit

Titan jumps down after Ifrit is defeated, casting Geocrush and dealing light proximity damage centered on the center of the platform. He then follows with Earthen Fury, which does moderate raid-wide damage and transforms the platform into The Navel, creating a ring of yellow around the outside that grows with each Geocrush; standing inside it is fatal.

After a tank-busting Mountain Buster, Titan casts Weight of the Land, telegraphs that must be baited, twice. After another Geocrush, this time centered on the side of the platform which he is facing (we shall treat this as the "north" end of the platform for the purposes of the following mechanics), Titan spawns several Bomb Boulders in the south of the platform, which have a tiny safe spot in the center of them. He will then knock the party back, and the only way to survive is to be knocked into the middle of the Bomb Boulders. Titan follows this knockback with a penta-Landslide (similar to his Extreme-difficulty Trial) and transform three party members in Granite Gaols while spamming Tumult, which is an instant-cast raid-wide damage. Because Titan is continuously Tumulting, he will not leave the north of the platform.

Unlike in The Navel, these Granite Gaols detonate when blown up with a Bomb Boulder, and can chain-detonate as well: a detonating Granite Gaol will blow up other gaols caught in the blast radius. Moreover, gaols leave behind puddles which grant Titan a stack of Aetherial Charge if he is inside them (it is not enough for the hitboxes to overlap; he must touch the center ring of the puddle).

Thus, to Awaken Titan, it is necessary to have the three Granite Gaol targets form a line from the last Bomb Boulder to explode, between two Landslides, all the way to the north end of the platform, such that Titan is caught in the blast while he is Tumulting.

When the eighth Tumult resolves, Titan will Awaken if the Bomb Boulders were resolved correctly. He then casts Weight of the Land twice, followed by Landslide -- but if Titan is Woken, then a second set of invisible Landslides will go off immediately after the first set, and then only way to survive will be to run into the first Landslides as they are resolving.

Titan again casts Geocrush followed by trapping a healer in a Granite Gaol which must be destroyed. After another Landslide and six more Tumuluts, Titan casts Mountain Buster, then three Weight of the Lands along with Bomb Boulders; another Landslide, another Mountain Buster, three more Weights of the Land, eight more Tumults and an enraged Earthen Fury follow.

Lahabrea and Magitek BitsEdit

After Titan is defeated, six Magitek Bits spawn, causing proximity damage in the form of Freefire at several points on the platform. They then begin to Self-Destruct, wiping the raid; the only way to survive is to destroy them with a caster Limit Break 3 (though not even this may be enough).

After the Magitek Bits are defeated, Lahabrea will cast Blight, dealing massive damage and inflicting Doom on the party. This will be fatal, defying even attempts to Raise through it, unless cured with a healer Limit Break 3.

Lahabrea will then cast Dark IV, which will be fatal to the entire raid. The only way to avoid this is to kill him with a melee Limit Break 3.

Because the party must have a fourth Limit Break 3 before the Ultima Weapon spawns, the only way to survive this phase is to have Awakened all three Primals, and given one charge of Beyond Limits to a healer, a caster, and a melee.

Doom was the first major roadblock in world progression; after approximately ten hours of progression, raiders were baffled that the first three phases were so easy -- only to realize that the only way to survive Doom would be to Awaken each of the Primals.

Ultimate PredationEdit

After Lahabrea is defeated, the Ultima Weapon will spawn and cast Ultima which will be fatal without a tank Limit Break 3. If the party survives Ultima, then the Ultima Weapon will eat each of the three Primals, become targetable, begin glowing white, and cast Tank Purge, dealing massive damage to the party.

For the rest of the fight, the Ultima Weapon will gain Ultima Aether over time, generating more as party members die and are resurrected. If it reaches 100, then the Ultima Weapon will enrage, as described below.

The Ultima Weapon follows with Homing Missiles, a cleave and tank buster on the second enmity target, and then, the Primals all return as the Ultima Weapon casts Ultimate Predation. The Ultima Weapon will turn invulnerable and the Primals will cast Wicked Wheel, Crimson Cyclone, and Landslide; then cast Wicked Tornado, the "double" Crimson Cyclone, and a second Landslide, along with Ceruleum Vent, a massive knockback. To survive this, the party must identify the region of the platform which is safe from both Wicked Wheel and Crimson Cyclone, then dodge the Landslide targeting that area; dodge back into the first Landslide; and then run towards Garuda to avoid Wicked Tornado while still avoiding the Crimson Cyclones.

After a Feather Rain, the Ultima Weapon will become targetable again, cast Eruption four times, along with Infernal Fetters, and then cast Radiant Plume and spawn Titan. Titan will use his Woken Landslide and spawn six Bomb Boulders, then the Ultima Weapon will use Landslide, then Titan will Landslide again. After eight Tumults, the Ultima Weapon will cast Viscous Aetheroplasm, which can target a tank or a non-tank. If it targets a tank, it deals massive tank damage; otherwise, it will periodically pulse out damage that must be stacked.

Ultimate AnnihilationEdit

Two Garudas spawn, cast Wicked Wheel, Mistral Shriek, and Feather Rain. After another Homing Lasers and Feather Rain, the Ultima Weapon will go invulnerable and cast Ultimate Annihilation. Titan will cast three Weights of the Land, while Garuda casts Mesohigh and Ifrit casts Flaming Crush. Then Aetheroplasm bubbles spawn; these explode when touched or after a duration of time. After an Infernal Howl, a Feather Rain, a Landslide, a Crimson Cyclone, a double Crimson Cyclone, an Eye of the Storm, another Landslide and Mesohigh, a Tank Purge, another Mesohigh, and a Feather Rain, the Ultima Weapon becomes targetable.

Garuda casts Eye of the Storm as the Ultima Weapon casts Homing Missiles, followed by another Eye of the Storm. After a Radiant Plume, the Ultima Weapon casts Diffractive Laser, a tank-busting cleave. Another Eye of the Storm, another Vulcan Burst, and more Homing Lasers resolve.

This phase can be pushed early, if the Ultima Weapon reaches 50% health.

Ultimate SuppressionEdit

At 49% HP or after being active for 3:03, the Ultima Weapon casts Ultimate Suppression and again goes untargetable. After four Eruptions on three random targets and two Mistral Songs, the Ultima Weapon casts Light Pillar, telegraphs that chase the player that did not get targeted for Eruption or Mistral Song, and Titan imprisons one of the three Eruption targets in a Granite Gaol. After two Feather Rains, the Ultima Weapon casts two Aetherochemical Lasers, line telegraphs. Then a Landslide, Mesohigh, and Flaming Crush, followed by another Aetherochemical Laser, followed by another Landslide, Mesohigh, and Flaming Crush combo. After a Tank Purge and a Feather Rain, Garuda casts Featherlance.

Ultima and EnrageEdit

As the Ultima Weapon becomes targetable, it again casts Ultima, which must again be survived with a Tank Limit Break 3. After a knockback called Aetheric Boom, eight Ultimaplasms spawn, and try to move towards each other in four groups. If they touch they will wipe the raid; but the damage from touching and disarming one must be shared.

Three Viscous Aetheroplasms spawn, which will detonate in sequence. First, a Wicked Wheel and Wicked Tornado into the first Viscous Aetheroplasm; then a Feather Rain and two Eruptions into the second Aetheroplasm; then a Hellfire and three Weights of the Land into the third Aetheroplasm; and an Earthen Fury.

The Ultima Weapon will then stop attacking and begin generating Ultima Aether more rapidly still.

Once the Ultima Weapon has 100 Ultima Aether, it will enrage. Each party member -- in order of total damage dealt (from least to most. Usually Healers, Tanks, and then DPS), with a 3 second wait between each one, will be sucked into a glowing red orb hovering around the ground, and then targeted for Citadel Siege, dealing 999,999 damage and making them untargetable (and thus unable to be resurrected).

EnemiesEdit

  • Garuda
    • Satin Plume
    • Spiny Plume
  • Ifrit
    • Infernal Nail
  • Titan
    • Granite Gaol
  • Magitek Bit
  • Lahabrea
  • The Ultima Weapon

LootEdit

NameTypeiLvDescription
EquipPatch
MaterialsCrafting
Ultima TotemMiscellany375This unsettling metal totem of unknown origin depicts the Ultima Weapon as if it were a god.
14.31

The Ultima Totem can be exchanged for one of the following weapons, which have three materia slots:

NameTypeiLvDescription
EquipPatch
MaterialsCrafting
Holy Shield UltimaShield375

Block Rate: 1326
Block Strength: 1326
Strength: 101
Vitality: 112
Critical Hit: 64
Determination: 91

GLA PLD 704.31
Needle UltimaRed Mage's Arm375

Auto Attack: 120.4
Damage: 105
Delay: 3.44
Magic Damage: 141
Vitality: 352
Intelligence: 355
Critical Hit: 223
Determination: 318

RDM 704.31
Amakura UltimaSamurai's Arm375

Auto Attack: 92.4
Damage: 105
Delay: 2.64
Magic Damage: 71
Strength: 355
Vitality: 391
Direct Hit Rate: 318
Determination: 223

SAM 704.31
Atlas UltimaAstrologian's Arm375

Auto Attack: 112
Damage: 105
Delay: 3.2
Magic Damage: 141
Vitality: 352
Mind: 355
Critical Hit: 318
Determination: 223

AST 704.31
Omnilex UltimaScholar's Arm375

Auto Attack: 109.2
Damage: 105
Delay: 3.12
Magic Damage: 141
Vitality: 352
Mind: 355
Piety: 223
Critical Hit: 318

SCH 704.31
The Veil of Wiyu UltimaArcanist's Grimoire375

Auto Attack: 109.2
Damage: 105
Delay: 3.12
Magic Damage: 141
Vitality: 352
Intelligence: 355
Critical Hit: 223
Determination: 318

ACN SMN 704.31
Stardust Rod UltimaTwo-handed Thaumaturge's Arm375

Auto Attack: 114.8
Damage: 105
Delay: 3.28
Magic Damage: 141
Vitality: 352
Intelligence: 355
Critical Hit: 223
Spell Speed: 318

THM BLM 704.31
Thyrus UltimaTwo-handed Conjurer's Arm375

Auto Attack: 120.4
Damage: 105
Delay: 3.44
Magic Damage: 141
Vitality: 352
Mind: 355
Piety: 223
Spell Speed: 318

CNJ WHM 704.31
Ferdinand UltimaMachinist's Arm375

Auto Attack: 92.4
Damage: 105
Delay: 2.64
Magic Damage: 71
Dexterity: 355
Vitality: 391
Direct Hit Rate: 318
Determination: 223

MCH 704.31
Deathbringer UltimaDark Knight's Arm375

Auto Attack: 103.6
Damage: 105
Delay: 2.96
Magic Damage: 71
Strength: 355
Vitality: 391
Determination: 318
Skill Speed: 223

DRK 704.31
Yoshimitsu UltimaRogue's Arm375

Auto Attack: 89.6
Damage: 105
Delay: 2.56
Magic Damage: 71
Dexterity: 355
Vitality: 391
Critical Hit: 223
Determination: 318

ROG NIN 704.31
Artemis Bow UltimaArcher's Arm375

Auto Attack: 106.4
Damage: 105
Delay: 3.04
Magic Damage: 71
Dexterity: 355
Vitality: 391
Critical Hit: 318
Determination: 223

ARC BRD 704.31
Gae Bolg UltimaLancer's Arm375

Auto Attack: 98
Damage: 105
Delay: 2.8
Magic Damage: 71
Strength: 355
Vitality: 391
Direct Hit Rate: 223
Critical Hit: 318

LNC DRG 704.31
Bravura UltimaMarauder's Arm375

Auto Attack: 117.6
Damage: 105
Delay: 3.36
Magic Damage: 71
Strength: 355
Vitality: 391
Critical Hit: 318
Determination: 223

MRD WAR 704.31
Sphairai UltimaPugilist's Arm375

Auto Attack: 89.6
Damage: 105
Delay: 2.56
Magic Damage: 71
Strength: 355
Vitality: 391
Determination: 318
Skill Speed: 223

PGL MNK 704.31
Curtana UltimaGladiator's Arm375

Auto Attack: 78.4
Damage: 105
Delay: 2.24
Magic Damage: 71
Strength: 254
Vitality: 279
Critical Hit: 159
Determination: 227

GLA PLD 704.31

AchievementsEdit

NameTypeTitleDescriptionPatch
UltimatumBattle: RaidsThe Ultimate LegendDefeat the Ultima Weapon in the Weapon's Refrain (Ultimate).4.31

Musical themesEdit

The Weapon's Refrain features themes by The Primals and the Eorzea Symphony.

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