Xarcabard, Land of Truths  

Start Area: Aht Urhgan Whitegate
Start NPC:(Your Mission NPC)
Prerequisites:Darkness Rising
The Final Seal
The Ruins of Fei'Yin
Related Areas:Castle Zvahl Keep
Throne Room
Related Mobs:Shadow Lord
Mission:5 - 2
Min Level:55
Max Level:75
Grants Gil:20000
Reward:Rank 6
(Average from 46 ratings)
Title Obtained:Shadow Banisher
This Mission is Not Skippable
Last Updated: Fri Feb 18 11:34:37 2011

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Mission Orders

You must go to Castle Zvahl in Xarcabard. The President himself will brief you in his office.


The Windurst Mission is called "The Shadow Awaits". You must speak with the Star Sybil after getting the mission from the guard.

You may need to talk to Halver and Prince Trion for a cutscene in order to enter the Shadow Lord fight. Only one party may take part in this mission at a time.

It is recommended you finish the quest "Northward" from Radeivepart (Ru'lude Gardens, Peace Monument) for a map of Castle Zvahl.

After you have the mission intitated, head to Xarcabard, then Castle Zvahl Baileys. Make your way in to Castle Zvahl Keep. Beware, there are multiple types of beastmen on the way in, some which detect by sound and others by sight.

Once in the Keep, you will need to make your way through several gates and Ore doors to the teleporters. You should kill the demons around the teleporters to avoid trains of mobs. Once you have gone through all the teleporters you will enter the Throne Room. There are no mobs in this area so you can use this place to med and buff. Once that is done head across the bridge to the tower and open the door to the Throne Room where the tomb of the Shadow Lord lies.

The first Shadow Lord form will be immune to almost all forms of magic. He later becomes immune to physical damage and so you must finish him off with magic. After you kill him he will of course get upset and come at you again. He will do only AE attacks so make sure to use Curaga spells.

After you are done head back to your home town to collect your 20,000 gil reward and Rank 6.


To read the transcripts for this quest, see the Xarcabard, Land of Truths Spoilers page.

Mission Series

This mission is part of the rank mission series for San d'Oria, Windurst and Bastok. The complete series for each nation is:

San d'Oria Series

Windurst Series

Bastok Series

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this sucks
# Feb 21 2009 at 2:55 AM Rating: Decent
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I went Shadow Lord with 5 x 75 friends and was glad to have that much help b/c the road to get to SL sucks and..... we couldnt get in: door firmly closed.
After long surch and months in between i now wonder why the **** the instructions dont tell you to talk to Halver and Trion. I was starting to think you need min. lvl 50 job to get in, like it sais 50-75, and been working on it, i was BLM44 when i went, but it wasnt the problem at all.
But neighter 5.1 or 5.2 tells you to get cs with Halver and Trion. So be warned and safe yourself the **** getting there and find the door closed.

After just initiate this quest it will show as 'Shadow Lord' in your questlist, what doesnt mean you are able to get SL without talking to Halver and Trion

Edited, Feb 21st 2009 6:03am by Anoya
The Shadow Lord has been slain
# Dec 22 2008 at 7:23 AM Rating: Decent
3 posts
Finally, rank 6.

Was rather easy with a 75thf, 60pld, 74blm, 60brd.

[please assist]
# Sep 19 2008 at 8:01 PM Rating: Decent
2 posts
I recently rejoined FFXI with my taru still in tact thankfully. I'm kinda overwhelmed with all the new expansions and didn't know where to start. SO I decided to finish up my missions but it seems every one else in my server (Alexander) is busy doing other things I've been missing out on.

So with that being said...is there anyone that could help me at least with this mission? I'd appreciate it a lot. I feel like a total noob again!

Anyway my character name is Foamy (tarutaru) I'm a 59BLM/29WHM in the Alexander server. Send me a /tell in game if you are interested in helping or reply to this post and we can figure out a time and date to do the mission.

thanks in advanced!
[please assist]
# Dec 13 2008 at 8:25 PM Rating: Decent
53 posts
Hey Foamy!

I am a recently re-joined lvl 59 BLM Taru as well. I too need to get this mission done. I'm not on that much, but every now and then. Search for Prax or I'll try and send you a message and maybe we can find a few others to assist?

mission error
# Aug 19 2008 at 10:13 AM Rating: Decent
3 posts
Sandy 5-2 is actually called The Shadow Lord not Xarcabard, The Land of Truths.. that's the Bastok name for it
# Jun 29 2008 at 5:53 PM Rating: Good
133 posts
So I successfully soloed this fight just now as MNK75/NIN37.

Walked in, throw up RR, and threw on Ichi. Started punching, he led with Blind (which is good as the 2 times I tried before this he led with Ice Spikes and it just paralyzed EVERYTHING), and I got very lucky with spells, he threw out an Aeroga II for <100 dmg. He became immune to magic damage and I weapon skilled whenever I could, he became immune to physical and I hit Formless Strikes, got him down to ~20% hp and hit Hundred Fists. After that he became immune to magic and somehow got another -ga off even though I had Hundred Fists and I beat the first form. I ended the first form with just over 1.4k HP and 300 tp.

Second form started, I led with Asuran Fists for 1200 dmg. Punched some more, Asuran Fists again for another 1200 dmg and the win. Second part is VERY easy. Finished the fight with 1175 HP.

Anyway cares what the gear was:

Wagh Baghnakhs
Optical Hat (Swapped in Turban for that little bit of haste on Utsusemi)
Scorpion Harness
Temple Gloves
Pahlawun Legs
Melee Gaiters
Ulthalam's Ring (Sp?)
Rajas Ring
Amemet +1
Brown Belt
Chivalrous Chain
Coral Earring

Merits: 8 H2H, 1 Formless Strikes, 1 Invigorate, 4 Crit, 3 HP.

"Mikhalla" wrote:

"Xkallybhur" wrote:

I wanna learn how to sub COR so I can make giant cards fly around me when I roll dice.

Note to self: Go to Casino and do this.

easy easy
# Mar 23 2008 at 6:07 PM Rating: Decent
12 posts
easy preyy....fought this guy @ least 4times with LS since most of em need rank6...hold the record for lakshmi 5mins flat..me smn75..2 75sam..70whm...65 pld(he tanks every NM us 75's fight he getting good cause of us even in dynamis)
Fun fight
# Nov 27 2007 at 10:11 PM Rating: Decent
4 posts
If you plan to do this directly after 5-1 then you have to go to sybil first, to finish 5-1, back to gate guard, then back to sybil. Just thought you should know.
# Sep 14 2007 at 6:18 AM Rating: Decent
24 posts
So I just tried to solo this as a BST75/NIN37. Got to the throne room without aggro. Just some EP monsters before the entrance to the throne room.

Buffed up and engaged him. He's fairly weak to physical damage. CC did all the tanking. With 35% left he became immume to physical attacks. I forgot to take some ninja tools to deal some magical damage...... So I ran around a bit with the shadow lord chasing me. After like 5 minutes, he started casting Dark Nova and was weak to physical damage again. This lasted for a couple of seconds. Didn't have enough time to finish him off, so I died... Good thing we don't lose xp in this fight no more. I bet I could've taken him down with ninja tools.
# Sep 24 2007 at 9:16 AM Rating: Decent
1,283 posts

75 DRK/NIN >>>>>>>>>> much much greater than the shadow lord.

He hit me like 3 times, and my Guillotine/SE took him from 80% - 48% health in a blink of an eye.

2 drains and 1 drain II was enough to make him change forms again, and it was over from there. Saved my last guillotine for when he went stage 2, and he lasted about 30 seconds before he died.

Pretty easy,

Cut Scenes
# Jul 05 2007 at 6:41 PM Rating: Decent
3 posts
Does anyone have a more deatailed desription of this mission.
For everything else...
# Jun 30 2007 at 3:03 PM Rating: Good
Finding a party for Windurst Mission 5.2 --- 2 hours

Paying the WHM for Teleport Vahzl --- 2k

Getting to Throne room door only to realize that the player that needs the win forgot to talk to the Star Sybil before heading out --- Priceless xD

For everything else...
# Sep 19 2008 at 10:27 PM Rating: Default
150 posts
Yes its a little rediculous.

Turn in 5-1, cs, run to guard, run back to same fkn person again for cs, run back to someone else and THEN get a mission..,
FENRIR-Start Over- Elldorado GALKA WHM & BRD ~MeR1tIN6~

For everything else...
# Jul 10 2007 at 11:08 AM Rating: Decent
612 posts
exact same thing just happened to me... except I was the player that forgot to speak to the Star Sybil lol
I <3 killing Shadow Lord
# Mar 07 2007 at 12:37 PM Rating: Decent
22 posts
Ok so when I did this the first time it was horrible. Took us 2 hrs to get to the ShadowLord b/c we had 4 ppl lvl 54-63 and 2 75's and aggroed tons. the Shadow Lord is an EASY fight.

Now for the 2nd time I did it, we had 60drk 62war(me) 74blm 75whm 75pld 75mnk. got through the whole place and only aggroed 2 times besides when we had to use the teleporters. When we entered the room with the ShadowLord we waited 30 seconds for the CS, then remembered it would take a while, so 75mnk engaged and me and Pld followed suit. Mnk was hitting him for about 110 each and I was doing about 80 each. I 2hred and after I used rampage for 900, he became immune to Physical attacks, so Blm nuked his *** and by this time the CS was over so whm and pld were using Holy, back to physical attacks, beat him, another CS.

For 2nd round the mnk used Hundred Fists, I rampaged and got a Scission of someones WS for 500, not much time later his hp went from 2/5 to Zero when Mnk used Asuran Fists(1100), I used Rampage(850), Pld used Swift Blade(450) and Blm used Thundaga 3(1200) all at the same time. Skipped cut scene and WOOT set new record, 3min 41 seconds. old record was 4min 42seconds.

The whole time we did this we were in NO danger of dying. After the battle I had somewhere around 800-900hp. 850/1400 and was using berserk while SL was spamming AOE. not too shabby I suppose.

Me, the Blm, and the Mnk are planning to do it again ASAP and try to get 3minutes or under this time.

---FEIX of SIREN. ~~~~ForsakenKnights~~~~
I <3 killing Shadow Lord
# Mar 12 2007 at 5:14 PM Rating: Decent
1,309 posts
Arkerus on recent hunter buffs:

"At the rate Blizzard has been buffing hunters you'll be able to multi-shot arcane dispel mortal strike blast in just one or two more patches."
I <3 killing Shadow Lord
# Mar 12 2007 at 5:04 PM Rating: Decent
78 posts
Is this a capped mission?
We let the shadows lead or path and use it against our enemies. We are the Shadow Knights!
mission name
# Nov 25 2006 at 6:49 PM Rating: Decent
1 post
i have a question about the name of the mission. i got the mission, and its called "the Shadow Lord" has anyone else had this prob? is it the same?
mission name
# Jan 03 2007 at 1:06 AM Rating: Decent
48 posts
Yes, it's for the same mission 5-2. It's just different titles in all 3 nations.

The Shadow Lord (San d'Oria)
The Shadow Awaits (Windurst)
Xarcabard, Land of Truths (Bastok)
Alliance or Not?
# Nov 18 2006 at 8:45 AM Rating: Decent
2,895 posts
going to try this today but not sure if you can do this with an alliance or not. Can anyone tell me if there is a 6 person cap or if you can take an alliance with you? Thanks so much!!!
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# Oct 10 2006 at 12:06 PM Rating: Decent
73 posts
Funny, I noticed that there are alot of lvl 70+ whms helping. ^^

I am redoing this for Bastok (finished rank 10 for Sandy over a year ago).

I wonder a lvl 75 whm can solo this. Well gonna find out soon :)
Server: Kujata, Race: Elvaan, Home:Town San d'Oria
Rank: 10, Currently Bastok Rank 3
Jobs: WHM 75, Blu 31, WAR 20, MNK 15, NINJA 18
THF 15, BLM 63 RDM 25, BST, 31, DRK 12, PLD 13
SMN 42,
AF WHM (weapon(X), feet(X), legs(X),
head(X), body(X), hands(X)
AF BLM (weapon (X), feet(X), hands(X), Shaman's Cloak (X).
Zilart: done XD
C.O.P.:done XD
Apocolpse Nigh: done XD
Craft: Cooking 60
# Jan 06 2007 at 9:03 PM Rating: Decent
574 posts
GokiKujata wrote:
Funny, I noticed that there are alot of lvl 70+ whms helping. ^^

I am redoing this for Bastok (finished rank 10 for Sandy over a year ago).

I wonder a lvl 75 whm can solo this. Well gonna find out soon :)

Yeap i just did for a lv50 whm friend, without any juice, potions etc, only prob was i was low on MP at the end so i couldn't keep my WHM friend cured on the second stage when it started the AOEs and he burnt alot of his MP when i moved SL because i thought i might be able to rest between fights, and he got hit with a couple of AOEs.
Jus' Tha Murzade -"Punishment Dealer"

To live is to suffer, so let me bring end to your suffering
# Sep 18 2006 at 9:11 AM Rating: Decent
9 posts
Hi me a 71rdm/35blm and a 73mnk/36war duo'd the Shadow lord last night. Took us only 8 min to beat. Also looks funny cuz 2 little taru's beatin up on such a huge mob. Also got 13 exp and my sword reached 190 on him. lol Skill up on the shadow lord.
5-2 : Xarcabard, Land of Truths
# Sep 17 2006 at 5:12 PM Rating: Decent
13 posts
When you enter this battlefield, do not move. Eat your food, buff up, then fully heal before engaging the Dark Lord.
This battle is done in two seperate battles. During both these battles he is immune to magic AND physical damage during certain points.

The dark lord's first form is physical. He will only use physical attacks and two-hour, no magic during this first battle. The one with the most hate should be hasted. Everyone should save their two-hours for the next battle. At some point melee will hit 0, when this happens he becomes immune to physical attacks. With a few magic hits from a mage, he will become immune to magic. Finish his first form off with physical attacks. Your mages should rest as much as possible.

When his first form dies, you will recieve a semi-cutscene and the second form appears.

The dark lord's second from is magic. This is the toughest because your party is weak from the first battle. If there is a Rdm in your party, do not use convert. He/she will die instantly. This time, he will repeatedly use nothing but AoE magic that delivers a rippling effect throughout the entire arena, attacking everyone. During this form, he doesnt seem to be immune to magic nor physical attacks because both inflict damage. If everyone uses their two-hour's he should go down pretty fast.

My husband (WAR75) and myself (Rdm69) helped a PLD59 with this mission (5-2). The first time we failed because we thought it was one boss fight with two forms - Wrong. When the second form presented itself, we were screwed because I had converted during the first battle and had very little MP. The second time, we had a WHM75 help us out. We did well during the first form. At the beginning of the second form, I converted shortly before the Dark Lord casted his AoE (bad move). I died instantly. The WAR75, and PLD59 fought while the Whm75 healed. They defeated the boss. Everyones HP was in the yellow, & 16 MP.
5-2 : Xarcabard, Land of Truths
# Apr 18 2007 at 8:18 PM Rating: Decent
297 posts
no he is not immune to both physical and magic damage at the same time.
Archfiend MDenham wrote:
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this should be in Off-Topic fourm. You posted this in wrong fourm. It has nothing to do with FFXIgeneral discussion.
The OOT's official standpoint is that it doesn't belong in the OOT either.
5-2 : Xarcabard, Land of Truths
# Dec 22 2006 at 2:40 AM Rating: Decent
44 posts
What does "AoE" mean?
"Better dead, than smeg!" ~ Arnold Judas Rimmer
What we did
# Aug 11 2006 at 10:18 PM Rating: Decent
25 posts
Okay, here is what we did. We wiped first time bcause we had no clue really lol.
Here setup:

RDM68(moi) BLM75 BLU50 BLM58 PLD56(ish) BST56(ish)

weird eh ><!

Now, all you really gatta do is get your tank to take him up the steps, and have one mage healing him, and one (or in our case two) mages hanging back grabbing MP. About half way through the first fight, he becomes melee resistant and so thats when you need magix damage. Refresh is almost a must here! When melee start to hit for 0 thats when you know it's time to bring out the elemental stuff!

The second fight is awful, he spams real nasty AOE spells (blizzaga2, firaga2, aeroga2, Dark Nova which is a bad AOE style... attack.. thing), so its crucial your tank and melee are up teh steps, and mages are far away when healing on the opposite side of the room. Do the same, switching healers and this time his HP should come down alot quicker with just melee attacks.

When he got on fairly low MP we got our BLM to Manafont and that pretty much finished him off. We'd used up all our 2hrs on the last fight, heheh.

Be well prepared with food, and have someone with raise _and_ reraise incase you wipe >.<! always be prepared! Think ahead for mages MP, and you'll do fine!

30minute time restriction as well I believe. We did it in 24 minutes, but it was a comfortable win!

Edit: -typos

Edited, Aug 11th 2006 at 11:23pm EDT by NiXiuS
Riyuna - Mithra (^_^)_v
75 RDM - 48 THF - 42 BLM - 20 WAR - 20 PLD -
42 WHM - 37 NIN - 16 DRK
Propper Bowman & Arrow
Here's the plan.
# Jul 28 2006 at 11:55 PM Rating: Decent
15 posts
Alright, here's what I did.

I went in with just me, two White Mages, Halfbreedindian and Leonley, both lower-level than me. I'm a BLM66/WHM33 and we went all the way in. Remember to cast Invis and Sneak the whole way or you could accidentally die. And please, for the HL sake, don't keep losing Sneak and Invis in front/very close to tough mobs. It ****** us off.

Anyways, this particular RDM, Toulon, went as RDM75/BLU37. I was puzzled about his sub, but he used Coccoon and Protect III. It was amazing, the Shadow Lord was hitting the RDM for 0 damage!! When he was halfway dead, we started nuking him hard and killed him quickly. After you kill him once, you have to kill him again, but anyone weak or low on HP needs to move all the way up to the coffin where the Shadow Lord came from, and the strong HL need to stay down where the Shadow Lord is and take him on. He uses this ability called 'Implosion,' where it basically does 50-150 damage to anyone within range, and the range is pretty far away, so move away as much as possible if you're close to death or weak. Once he died, yeah, we were done.

I'd like to take this moment to give a shout-out to my linkshell. Assassin's Linkshell is the best in Gilgamesh Server, and Liquid is the coolest! Yeah! Alright, I'm done.

GL to anyone who wants to take this on, it's easier than it looks.
Gilgamesh Server
Server famous for:

Ostea, richest player ever. (Donated Haubys to West Ronfaure, took over with Windy control)
Robocop, youngest 75 ever. (8 years old.)
Zeix, sexiest player ever. (*** stat = 9999)
Shadow Lord Cutscene
# Jul 07 2006 at 3:20 PM Rating: Decent
17 posts
anyone who where i can view the CS for this again?
dynamis, here I come :o
# May 28 2006 at 2:32 PM Rating: Decent
168 posts
Did this the other night as a group of 3.

At 65 nothing in the castle aggro'd (though I wasn't stupid enough to try casting around the elementals, so I'm not sure about them), and I don't believe anything would have in the lower parts of the keep either. Most checked low easy prey.

Actual fight wasn't too bad; it took a while once SL put up that melee-stoneskin because we didn't have a blm or rdm, but when he eventually returned back to his original state we killed him fast. Our only problem was at the last stage, his AoE really isn't avoidable so I'd recommend mages try to put up stoneskin before you finish his first form. Otherwise just stand beside melee (might as well, you're gonna get hit anyway) and go Curaga-happy.
Macc from Shiva
Easy Pray!!!
# Apr 21 2006 at 4:53 AM Rating: Decent
1 post
Get a rdm/nin with utsusemi: NI to do this and its weary easy to solo. If you are too low lvl to fight this or anything. Soloed this with rdm75/nin37 helped a blm 56 do this he was just standing back helped nuke on when SL does stoneskin thing :P. nothing to it
I'm such a meat bag....
# Apr 14 2006 at 3:09 PM Rating: Decent
46 posts
I just did this as a 51 drk and let me tell you... If you are under 60 you are going to get aggro... even if you do sneak and invis the whole way its just rediculous to keep it up for more than one person... so my suggestion is A. be lvl 60+ or B. be lvl 60+ lol they ended up tractoring me to the top -_-" talk about degrading eh? Well i got through the CS and helped kill the Shadow Lord (btw the CS's are pimp ^_^) and well i did about 300 dmg tops lol because thats how fast it was over... had 4 70+ so he didn't have a chance... rdm nuked and converted.. after the SL did an AoE she died so lesson is.. don't convert unless you can survive the AoE lol but managed to kill him in 3 mins 35 secs which isnt the record but it is pretty fast lol took us about a half hour to get there >_< I did net 6 xp after the fight even with a lvl 75 in the PT but i lost 600+ from two deaths >_<
RE: I'm such a meat bag....
# May 02 2006 at 1:12 PM Rating: Decent
126 posts
Level 70+ to not get aggro... but it can be done easily with sneak/invis each person does it for themselves and you dont have one central whm casting sneak 12 times
Psylentcuda - Quetzy
Tougher than 5-1!
# Mar 27 2006 at 10:11 PM Rating: Good
16 posts
There's no cap to this mission, so take advantage of that and get some high levels in the group. It's also helpful outside the fight, so not everyone has to be sneaked/invised the whole way through Zvahl Castle Keep...that's a pain ;; and expect some aggro. It's a very long walk through, and it helps to have someone along who knows the way.

It was...60 WHM (me), 71 WAR (tanked it), 70 THF, 59 BLM, 75 BLM, and 63 MNK. The first two fights were easy, but the third one...ouch! Implosion hurts. The 63 and 59 both died, and I only lived because I kept Stoneskin up. Ran out of MP toward the end, casted Bene right before its death. At least you still complete the mission if you're dead. If you're the healer just spam cure spells and don't have mages spread out all across the room....if you're close enough to cast spells you're going to get AoE anyways, so might as well be right next to it.
# Mar 20 2006 at 4:50 PM Rating: Good
1,056 posts
I'm not sure if I've talked to everyone I need to. I had the quest to find Trion a girl activated and cancelled it, but I can't remember if I've talked to him about 5-2. I've tried zoning in and out of the chateau and he doesn't say anything else except for something like 'I don't know what Trion will say but you're free to do whatever you want' or something like it. I've tried clicking on Trion's door but it just says it's locked. I'm assuming I've got the stuff done, but I don't know. Any ideas?
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RE: Ready?
# Mar 26 2006 at 6:01 PM Rating: Decent
32 posts
You need to go to Prince Trions chambers and click on his door. You will get a cut scene. Mission 5-2 is now activated. You will have to talk to Halver first and than to Prince Trion.

Edited, Sun Mar 26 16:59:06 2006
Life Favours the Prepared
# Mar 18 2006 at 5:41 PM Rating: Decent
11 posts
well i got 75 pld 75smn[RL friend] 66thf 50brd 68nin and 57pld[myself] and we went to go do this...took a while to get there cause BRD wouldn't keep sneak and invisible upon himself to not get aggro'd...

well i got to area and mom had me go do something...came back and RL friend had already started to attack cause had LS event or W/e and also the nin had jumped in "tired of waiting"...

So i couldn't enter and i didn't get credit but the nin and brd and thf who i had helped het 5-1 so we could all get 5-2 got credit and i got shafted sitting at entrance to throne room...

So now i still am trying to get 5-2 pt together again....>.>

#RFSancho, Posted: Feb 01 2006 at 5:41 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) SO much scary experiences people post, so Ill post a nice and plain one
▲ <Fun> ▲
# Jan 29 2006 at 9:13 AM Rating: Decent
69 posts
Did this with
SAM/RDM 55 (me)
RDM/xxx 55
BLM/xxx 65

No problem at all with the fight, but we had some aggros and deaths on the way to the throne room, mainly because the leader allieganced with other pt that didnt know the way XD The fun part is that we have never had everyone dying even in the worst moments, like when only me and the whm stayed alive against a huge link of quadavs and demons (warding circle ftw!!)
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75 SMN solo? O.O
# Jan 04 2006 at 3:08 PM Rating: Excellent
78 posts
My linkshell did this one together:

66 SAM/WAR? (Kataki), 65 BST/NIN? (Lorin), 66 WHM/BLM (me), 75 SMN/WHM (Lunais)<< cheatzorz ~.^ (I can't remember SAM & BST's sub... Hmmm)

We told Kataki to keep his 2hr for the 2nd form, but he used it on the 1st form when he was weak to physical damage, which actually worked out fine in the end. SMN sent Fenrir in first and then BST (w/ Courier Carrie)and SAM went in next. I stood on the very edge of magic casting range (used about 2 Yagudo drinks)and kept the melee regen'd and healed, etc. Can't remember what Lunais did because being whm I always stand as far away as a I can... Anyway, we followed the usual procedures, alternating physical and magical damage (yay for Banish III!).

The reason I wanted to post was this, though... After defeating the first form, Lunais used Titan (If I remember correctly it was Earthsday) on Shadowlord while the rest of us moved away to rest mp & hp... I was so stoked for the next part... but then suddenly I see Lunais' MP drop from using 2hr... I asked, "What're you doin?" And Lunais replies, "I'm winning! :D" Less than 10 seconds later Shadowlord was dead... "What?? That's no fun!" I replied. So, I guess that means a 75 SMN can solo Shadowlord's second form no problem... Kind of a let down just sitting there doing nothing and watching him die... LOL

It was fun nonetheless. (*^_^)b
~~~~Thoris of Sylph ~~~~~
San d'Oria Rank 10
Job/Level: Whm 75, Mnk 75, Smn 40, Brd 45, Blm 37, War 37, Nin 37
Kills: Jailer of Love, Jailer of Justice, Vrtra, Tiamat, Nidhogg, Fafnir, Cerebus, Hydra, Khimaria, Proto-Omega, Proto-Ultima, Kirin, Suzaku, Genbu, Seiryu, Byakko, Bahamut, Dynamis Lord
Progress: Rise of the Zilart O; Chains of Promathia O; Treasures of Aht Urghan, 'Shield of Diplomacy' (TAU22).
Shadow Lord
# Dec 14 2005 at 12:10 PM Rating: Excellent
88 posts
I figure I would lay down my experience with the Shadow Lord, as it was vastly different from everyone elses. I decided to make a solo attempt at him, however, having read that he becomes immune to Physical DMG, I tried my best to find a RDM or BLM. None wanted to try it, too many on 5-1, and those that had 5-2 didn't want to die. Okay, understandable. I brought my 58 DRK friend and he sub'd RDM, BLM was level 6, and RDM was the only mage sub up the par. After two deaths I discovered a pattern, and after we a RDM friend decided to help, I confirmed it, having beaten his supposed magic only form with a physical Jump attack. Here is what I learned:

The difference in my battle and in everyone elses is that mine was suppose to be long and drawn out, it's the way I do things. As hard as possible so I can obtain total and full enjoyment from an actual challenge, rather then watch several 75's end it all in seconds. No offense to those that do, that's just not my style. Because it was longer, I had the luxury of finding out things others won't see since it ends really fast.

At the start of the battle, he is immune to all magic as stated in the mission discription. at 45-50% HP he will raise his left hand and hold it there for a few seconds. At this time he remains immune to magical dmg, however, the moment he hand drops, his sword will obtain a purple glow, and he will now be immune to all forms of physical dmg and magical dmg will now hurt him (to include paralyze, gravity, and the absorb spells). During this form, everyone will normally -ga or III-IV him to death, however, as I did not have that the first two times, and the third time the RDM wasn't on his best game, we didn't have enough magic DMG to finish him off. This is where the interesting part begins. He will raise it left hand again (it seemed random, however, the time in between was long) and start casting a -ga spell or readying Dark Nova. While his hand is up, he will be weak to physical dmg again. It doesn't last long, so you'd need to pound everything into him and then some as fast as you can before the hand drops again.

After the first fight is over, he will change into a AoE monster and constantly throw out Implosion. He is exteremly weak HP wise, as I had 90 HP left after I finished his 'magic only' form with a Jump, about 35 mp, and the Wyvern was able to keep me alive (he had 15% HP) and survive four implosions. I had him at 1/4 HP before I finally hit the floor. Implosion also has a pattern that I noticed, though I wasnt exactly paying too close attention to really confirm. It would appear that the Implosions run in sets of 2. The 1st doing 120+ DMG (to me a 70 DRG), the 2nd doing only around 50+ DMG. Basically: 120 > 50 > 120 > 50 etc. etc. That is rather accurate, from my stand point, since I had hit 110 HP, threw myself a cure, and had 29 hp after the Implosion.

That's everything. Just figured I'd give everyone and exact run down of his pattern in terms of weakness. Hand goes up, Physical DMG, hand comes down, Magical DMG. I believe with enough juices to out last the magical form until the hand raises again, I could easily solo him as 70 DRG.

Edited, Wed Dec 14 11:15:34 2005
Level 48
# Dec 13 2005 at 3:51 PM Rating: Decent
I just got this as 48 WHM, I don't think there's a level requirement.
Likibiki ~ 75 WHM ~ 75 SAM ~ 75 THF ~ 75 SMN ~ 74 NIN
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# Nov 29 2005 at 10:34 PM Rating: Decent
279 posts
75WAR and 66RDM -duo.
Right Party
# Nov 29 2005 at 3:17 PM Rating: Decent
2 posts
I did this mission last night and the Sadow Lord was no problem for my party of five. I was told that this fight was tough, but with a 75 Rng & 75 Rdm... this fight was over in no time and I was off to my home town to get my Rank 6.

Have some fun with this fight... it's easy.
Don't need to be lvl50
# Nov 27 2005 at 12:27 AM Rating: Decent
67 posts
Yeah, went to help some people get rank 6 and one of them was a lvl53 blmso ya don't need lvl 55

Edited, Sun Nov 27 00:46:40 2005
Name: Proteus
Server: Ifrit
Race: Hume
Job: 74mnk/59thf/52war/41nin
Who the heck is "Your Mission NPC"?
# Nov 22 2005 at 7:16 PM Rating: Default
29 posts
Who the heck is "Your Mission NPC"? I've talked to EVERYONE in ru'lude and noone is giving me the mission. I'm bastokan if that helps...
RE: Who the heck is
# Nov 23 2005 at 9:22 PM Rating: Decent
34 posts
You have to go back to Bastok and talk to the mission npc at the gate. Trade crystals to raise fame lvl so you will get the mission.
# Nov 16 2005 at 4:11 PM Rating: Default
27 posts
WHat lvl could a pt take the Shadow lord Assuming the pt was balanced and all around the same lvl
RE: Lvl
# Jan 23 2006 at 3:54 PM Rating: Decent
I would say that a party of level 60-ish players should be able to do it. Let me tell you my experience from last night.

Myself and 4 others from my LS (all level 65) got a 64 WHM to join us for this battle. Here was the party setup:
65 WAR/WHM (me)

The THF and I subbed WHM so we could sneak/inviz ourselves, but we found out along the way that wasn't really necessary. I think we saw one Decent Challenge along the way, but everything else was Too Weak or Easy Prey. We did get aggro from some demons a few times, but they were EP so it was no problem at all.

We got to the Throne Room and headed into the battlefield. Everyone except for the PLD, that is. He had the mission, but he must not have talked to everyone that he needed to because he could not get in. So we were in a pickle. We decided to give it a try anyway.

Now we needed a tank, so we decided to make me (WAR) into one. The THF and RDM had some extra equipment on them that they loaned to me. I took off all of my attack up, evasion down items and replaced them with more defense-oriented gear. So we converted me from a damage dealer into a make-shift tank. I used Defender instead of the usual Berserk/Aggressor combo. Nobody had any tank food (except the PLD who was stuck outside- haha), so I just used some Sole Sushi.

We were able to beat him pretty **** easily. A party of 5 lvl 64/65 players with a WAR/WHM tank. I think my HP got into the red one time, but I'm a Galka so I still had like 500 or 600 HP left when that happened. If all 6 of us had made it into the battle, we would have owned the Shadow Lord even harder. I hope this helps some of you.
Star Sybil
# Nov 03 2005 at 8:18 AM Rating: Default
33 posts
I still can't talk to Star Sybil. Halver told me to talk to the prince and I went and did that. I have the mission though. The quest to find a bride is cancelled also. Do I HAVE to talk to her?
RE: Star Sybil
# Jan 31 2006 at 9:52 AM Rating: Decent
3 posts
Not trying to be mean or anything, for anyone else in this type of situation, lets look at this.

Halver said go talk to the prince, how does that equate to talking to the Star Sybil who is in a whole different country?

If I remember correctly, Halver sends you to talk to Prince Trion talk to him and get your CS before leaving San d'Oria.

This applys only to San d'Orian citizens.
Just finished this and...
# Oct 05 2005 at 11:03 AM Rating: Default
3 posts
Did this last nite, with a couple of friends. alas it was an ez fight, and very fun. I really liked the cutscenes, which is why id like to know. Is it possible to watch the cutscenes again? I am from san`dOria and i tried the minstrel of melodies bards in all the zones, but they only replay the cutscenes in the chatteu =.= if anyone knows anything please let me know, Id love to watch the cutscenes again

Edited, Wed Oct 5 12:11:42 2005
RE: Just finished this and...
# Oct 20 2005 at 11:16 AM Rating: Default
73 posts
can't you also pay bards in cities to do this?
otherwise just trade any item to a Goblin Footprint, usually found at the entrance to zones.
RE: Just finished this and...
# Oct 20 2005 at 11:16 AM Rating: Default
73 posts
can't you also pay bards in cities to do this?
otherwise just trade any item to a Goblin Footprint, usually found at the entrance to zones.
RE: Just finished this and...
# Oct 12 2005 at 6:35 PM Rating: Default
8 posts
Look for "Goblin Footsteps" or something like that in every area you want to see CS ;)
# Oct 01 2005 at 12:03 AM Rating: Default
495 posts
Is there any type of prerequisite you need to complete before I can get my PT together, and head into fight the shadow lord? I've done the cutscene, and the mission is activated and says "You must head to Castle Zvahls". Am I good to go? o.O
MNK 75
Smithing:78 Woodworking: 60 Cooking:60 Fishing:36 Gold: 27
holy crap
# Sep 19 2005 at 3:09 PM Rating: Decent
1 post
That was the most fun I have had in a long while. I went with this party after just doing 5-1 and I brought my friend, Shikigami (SMN75/WHM). I'm THF59/NIN at time of doing this. Anyway, Shiki and I were getting tired of waiting for this party that was taking 2 hours just to get to the place, which is stupid. Anyway, there was a bard (level 50) from the party waiting there and they were pretty smart unlike everyone else. My friend, the bard and I left the party and did the mission. All I can say is that Shiki owned that thing with like 20-30 mp for 3/4 of that fight. Just wanted to share because it was so freaking awesome. =p
Fund with the Shadow Lord:
# Sep 19 2005 at 10:58 AM Rating: Decent
421 posts
My static group did this Saturday, all level 60, PLD, DRG, SMM, BLM-me. we picked up a 64 WHM JP who needed it, and had a 70's RDM along for the ride. The hardest part, imo with this set upwas just getting to the throne room. I guess the RDM hadnt been there since he had done it, so it took about 38 minutes from zoning into Zval to get to the top of the Castle. (what a cool place for SS by the way, awsome scenery, imo.)

We had studied the other posts, and knew what to expect. To his credit, the RDM did let us do most of the work, only nuking once, twice at the most, refreshing the SMM and WHM and PLD mostly.

We buff up, enter, melees start in. I give him a Choke and Drown to help their damage dealt and taken, and when i start seeing Shadow lord takes 0 damage,(for the record, i didnt see anywhere in the chat log, "The Shadow lors uses Invincable", and no animation so pay attention to chat log) I start with the nukes. a Fire II, Firaga II and Thunder II gave me the message, Austie defeats the shadow lord.

3rd form really wasnt to hard either, he does spam AOE implosion every 2-3 seconds, But a Water III, Aero III and BLizzaga II make shork work of that form.

then, the funny part. From all the posts, I thought I knew exactly what would happen in the CS, so to my shock, none of it did!!! I swore the game was broke, or a glitch. Needless to say, when I got to Norg, I got my memory back, lol.

Gonna kill that Taru BLM/DRK for what he did to me.

Edited, Mon Sep 19 12:05:56 2005
The Black Mage.
COP:Done ROZ:Done
LS: Ambition Sky/Dynamis/HNM

What fun
# Sep 04 2005 at 2:47 AM Rating: Decent
823 posts
This mission is so much fun. I would say it is my favorite battle right behind ZM8.

When i did 5-2 I was a lvl 59. The pt setup was

59 RDM
59 BLM
61 BLM
59 WHM
59 DRK
66 PLD

We kicked some major ***. I had a blast because I was the only melee, so when SL was resistant to magic, it was all on me to deal the damage, which was really sweet, I just kept adding more and more JAs. Only sucky part was since I was only 59, my best ws was Vorpal Scythe which only did 683 dmg even when I was going all out. I really want to do 5-2 again now and go all out as drk/war for some guillotine action.
Character: Juib
Server: Carbuncle
Nation: San d'Oria
Race: Elvaan
SM10 / ZM15 / PM8-5
75 DRK / 75 WAR / 46 BRD / 46 THF / 37 SAM / 37 NIN / 31 MNK / 25 PLD / 24 WHM / 21 BLM / 18 BST /
RE: What fun
# Oct 20 2005 at 1:36 PM Rating: Decent
59 DRK
66 PLD

We kicked some major ***. I had a blast because I was the only melee

PLDs are melee too, and RDMs probably should if you're low on melees. I know it's easy to forget about PLDs since we do all of about 20 damage per swing. But we do, you know, keep you alive and stuff. ^^

Planning to do this on Bahamut soon, send me a /tell if interested.
Rank 10 - Bastok - Bahamut
LS: Tanoshii
Paladin Artifact Complete: 1/9/2006
Sky: 6/23/2006
Red Mage Artifact Complete: 10/23/2006
Sea: 2/11/2007
Joyeuse: 2/22/2007
RE: What fun
# Nov 23 2005 at 8:23 AM Rating: Default
83 posts
Vorpal Blade, Swift Blade ftw
San D'Oria Tip
# Sep 03 2005 at 11:24 AM Rating: Good
25 posts
Just a tip, as I got myself in a bad spot just GETTING the mission from San D'Oria. As it turned out, I had the Paladin AF Body Quest going at the same time as the 5-2 quest, so after I talked to the mission giver at the Gates, go to talk to Prince Trion...he tells me about the old man for the Paladin AF. Ok..go talk to Halver (or whatever his name is), he talks about the quest where you find a girl for Prince Trion. Hmmm. I seem to be caught in a loop, but I didn't know it at the time. So...needless to say I got to the Throne Room and got denied. My word of advice for San D'Oria that HAPPEN to have some quests in the Chateau going...make sure Halver tells you to go see Prince Trion. From there, make sure Prince Trion TELLS you to go to Castle Zhval Baileys...cause if he doesn't, your outta luck.

Good luck! ^^

Btw, for San D'Oria, the mission is called: The Shadow Lord

Edited, Sat Sep 3 12:28:36 2005
Server: Unicorn
Home City: San D'Oria
Name: Sol Moondragon (i.g. Moondragon)
Main: Pld 75/War 37
God I hate Zvahl Castle
# Aug 06 2005 at 10:19 AM Rating: Default
45 posts
So how the heck does one make their way through Zvahl Baileys and Keep?

The PT I was in on the way to SH ended up pretty much running around in circles, as we had no bloody idea on how to get through.
Gospel/65RDM/Mithra/Rank 6/Ramuh
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RE: God I hate Zvahl Castle
# Aug 29 2005 at 10:11 AM Rating: Decent
342 posts
Excellent question. Nothing here suggested that the trip would be so circuitous so I thought it would be like 5-1, show up and fight. We had a pick-up party including 70+ PLD and RDM so we really squandered a great opportunity when no one was prepared to risk trying different routes.

You really need to Google for a map. I found one at Anala WHM but there may be others. It is a really long trip when someone's sneak or invis. is wearing every 30 seconds and you have to stop for a 3 min. fight. If you want to blaze your own trail be prepared for this.

I'm looking forward to trying again.
# Jul 22 2005 at 7:09 PM Rating: Default
98 posts
Yes but you'll get owned
Name- Psyfer
Race- Tarutaru
Server- Hades
Job- BLM75 THF60 BRD45 WHM37
can i do this at lvl 30
# Jul 18 2005 at 5:21 PM Rating: Default
4 posts
hello all i have a question? is it possible to do this mission at lvl 30
RE: can i do this at lvl 30
# Jul 20 2005 at 6:42 AM Rating: Excellent
617 posts
Well there's no minimum level restriction, no, but you likely won't even survive the journey through the castle. You'll need Sneak and Invis up at all times and the SL spams AOEs.

You won't live even with high levels holding your hand through it, so you might want to wait until you're at least level 50.

Besides it's a lot more fun actually taking part in the fight instead of having lackies do it for you.
easy fight
# Jul 18 2005 at 2:45 PM Rating: Default
61 posts
I did this mission last night with only 1 lvl 75 helping and my self. this was the set up we used.

75 rdm/nin
50 whm/blm (me)

since he has done it before by the time i was out of teh cs he already had the shadow lord down to 3/4ths hp. so basicly all i did was heet him hasted kpet my stone skin up and put regen 2 on him form time to time. 15 minutes into the fight form 1 dies. Then i get another cs and teh shadow lord walks toward me rdm/nin atatcks and takes hate and runs into the corner near the entrance and i run up to the grave. rest up mp. rdm is down to 150 mp and full health. throws up stone skin and phalax and converst and cure IV twice hits full hp agai nand goes back to town.. i do the same as before.... 5 minutes later form 2 dies. Over all time for our dou 20 minutes and 45 seconds. not a record but it was fun proving you don't need alot of people for this.
Race: Mithra
Whm- 1[x] 2[x] 3[x] 4[x] 5[x] 6[x]
1[x] 2[x] 3[x] 4[ ] 5[ ]
Shadow Lord Battle
# Jul 16 2005 at 2:33 PM Rating: Decent
1,298 posts
I've fought the shadow lord atleast 5 times, and heres the strategy I tell all of my parties before we fight it. Having a BLM, WHM and RDM in the party REALLY makes the fight a lot easier. BLM, RDM, WHM, PLD or NIN, and a couple more DDs (maybe a DRK or 2 for Stun) about level 60 should have no problem taking the shadow lord down if you follow my strategy. It wouldn't hurt if the mages have a couple ethers on them:

The Shadow Lord has 3 forms. His 3rd form is the most deadly, so save your 2 hours until his 3rd form. When we enter, this is his first form. The Shadow Lord will not take any damage from magic spells, he will still be able to get the status effects of magic though, so BLM save your mp. He occasionally uses AOE attacks, so (BLM or DRK) make sure to stun it.
At about halfway down HP, he'll glow for a second and change to his second form, he'll be immune to physical attacks but vulnerable to magic. BLM, this is when you nuke the **** out of it. After it's HP goes down to 0, there will be a short cutscene, then he will come back and change to his 3rd form, and start imploding.
Implosion is the attack name, and it is a very strong AoE attack that he will spam. DRK, stun it like crazy. BLM, use manafont and nuke it to death. PLD (if you have it), use invincible to keep hate off the BLM and WHM.

Now, since Implosion has such a huge AoE range, do NOT have your mages spread out, have everyone gather together right at the shadow lord. Theres a very good reason for this. To be out of range of Implosion, the shadow lord would have to be at the entrance while someone goes to the other side of the room, right next to the coffin thingy. But doing this does no good at all, if a mage does this, yes they are out of the range of Implosion, but they are well out of casting range of their spells. So have everyone stay together and the WHM spam Curaga. If the RDM has to use convert, then either put up stoneskin and use convert right after the SL uses Implosion or run to the other side of the room.

Everyone must do their best to kill this form as fast as they can and keep everyone alive.

Edited, Sat Jul 16 15:43:39 2005
Reubin (un-re-retired :D)
Bastokan Rank *10*
San d'Orian Rank *10*
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# Jul 11 2005 at 5:28 PM Rating: Decent
59 posts
To all of you that say Shadow Lord is weak / is a pushover.

Do it with all Lv55's. Don't cheat with your 75 friends.
Korenaga - Asura
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