First, a few notes about Avatar in general fights. This is not the Trial Size quest, which is the solo fight, capped at level 20 (refer to Trial Size Trial by Ice for that quest). Everyone who is involved in the fight must have a tuning fork of the correct protocrystal. There is no cap on this battle, although there is a 30-minute time limit (not that it ever seems to be important).
General level guidelines: 60+ for melee and 55+ for mages. Youíll want a Black Mage for certain and a solid tank, but the rest is relatively flexible. A well-balanced party is critical, though. Youíll likely want at least 2 of the following 3: Red Mage, White Mage and Bard. You will want one of the melee or the Bard to be able to cast Bar-a spells. Having the WHM or BLM try to cast them will be problematic. Our strategy for this was to have the RDM sub WHM and melee using the appropriate En-spell for easy Bar-a casting. Additionally, if you can buy an Enhancing Torque (usually much cheaper than corresponding Torques), that will add 2-3 points of resistance to Bar-spells. Additionally Mal-rings (from the ghost NMís in Gusgen Mines) can be helpful for the fight. You can buff up before entering the protocrystal, so feel free to do so and rest up while still outside.
Battle strategy for all six fights is pretty much the same. The battlefield layout for all six fights is exactly the same, although the coloration scheme for the battlefield will be different. The battlefield is shaped like a long path up the side of hill, with a switchback about halfway to the top. This topographical feature allows the mages to stand above the fight (and out of easy reach of the avatar) while still being able to cast spells upon the combatants. This allows for the tank(s) to have extra time to pull hate back should the mages draw it. It is ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL to keep the correct Bar-spell up at all times. Not doing this will result in multiple deaths when the Avatarís 2-hour comes (at about halfway), and will likely produce a loss. Each avatar is also only easily susceptible to debuffs of the element they are weak to (i.e. Shiva can be Paralyzed). Whether they are susceptible to other enfeebles of very high level is not confirmed.
It is strongly recommended to fight each avatar on the day it is weak to (i.e. Shiva on Firesday) and even more strongly recommended NOT to fight the avatar on its day (i.e. Shiva on Iceday). Spells of each element are much stronger on their specific day of the week.
Each quest is repeatable, but only once per real life day. Once you have returned to the quest giver and gotten your reward, you have to wait 24 hours (some say midnight Japanese time) in order to get the quest again. At that point, you can get a new tuning fork. Each time you complete the quest, you can choose ONE reward from the list, which varies from avatar to avatar.
In order to get the Fenrir quest (The Moonlit Path), you have to have whispers (key items) from all six elemental avatars. This means that you canít turn them in for reward until you have all six, at which point you can give them to the Fenrir quest giver (Leepe-Hoppe in Windurst Waters). So, in order to be able to get Fenrir and all six avatars, youíll need to fight each of them at least twice. Additionally, if you are a Summoner, the Evokerís Ring is only obtainable through the Mama Mia quest in Norg, which would mean you would have to fight them each a third time.
If you canít get any of these quests, the problem is likely fame. Each quest giver is a taru who stands next to a non-taru warrior. If you donít have sufficient fame, the taru will just complain about being hurt a lot while his companion will discuss perseverance and not giving up. If you have sufficient fame, the Tarutaru will give you the fork. The non-taru will give you a Trial Size Tuning Fork if you have met the requirements.
TRIAL BY WIND
To obtain the Wind Avatar Garuda, first speak of Agado-Pugado in Rabao. If you have sufficient fame, he will give you a tuning fork of wind (key item). Rabao fame is the same as that of Selbina, so any quest that ties to Selbina fame will help in Rabao. Selbina fame is a combination of Bastok, San Díoria and Selbina quests.
To use the fork, you need to travel to Cape Terrigan and find the Cloister of Gales. Travel to F-7 in Cape Terrigan and follow a tunnel off the map. This area is filled with very dangerous creatures such as manticores and high-level goblins Ė Sneak and Invisible are needed at all times, unless you want to fight a lot of very dangerous enemies who like to link. Take every left you can here, and you will eventually find the Cloister of Gales. Again, be very careful through here Ė the manticores and cockatrices are XP-fodder for high 60ís parties. This is the most dangerous walk of any of the avatar fights.
Try to fight Garuda on Iceday, and do not fight her on Windsday. Keep up Baraera at ALL times.
Once you defeat her, you will acquire the Key Item: Wind Whisper. Return it to Agado-Pugado for your reward, or hold onto it. If you have all six whispers simultaneously, you can give them to Leepe-Hoppe in Windurst Waters to gain the Moon Bauble Ė which is basically the Tuning Fork of the Moon Ė the ability to fight Fenrir. If you are collecting items for the Evokerís Ring, you will want the Bubbly Water.
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