Garlaige Citadel  

Type: Dungeon
Region: Aragoneu
Min Level: 40
Max Level: 90
Connected Areas:Sauromugue Champaign
Quests for Garlaige Citadel
Mobs found in Garlaige Citadel
Items found in Garlaige Citadel

Zone TypeDungeon
Level Range40 to 90
Entry RequirementNone
EscapeSauromugue Champaign
Fellowship NPCYes
Final Fantasy XI


During the Great War, the armies of Altana, led by the first order of the Royal Knights of San d'Oria, reconstructed this underground fortress in hopes of taking the beastmen armies in Sauromugue by surprise. Outfitted with hundreds of troops from all three nations, the forces of Altana were successful in their attacks on the beastmen--until an enemy unit discovered a secret entrance to the citadel. This miscalculation resulted in the slaughter of all within the fortress, dealing a severe blow to the allied forces.

Points of Interest

  • The Citadel requires a minimum of four adventurers in order to travel through the three Banishing Gates. Four switches must be triggered in order for the door to open.
  • Windurst adventurers know that Garlaige Citadel is home to the Incinerator, as an Orastery quest leads them to it.


The Map of Garlaige Citadel can be purchased for 3,000 gil.

Map 1 Map 2 Map 3 Lower Level

This page last modified 2009-10-18 13:57:43.

Updated: Thu Jul 21 23:32:31 2011

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Shining Light
# Mar 23 2008 at 8:16 PM Rating: Decent
488 posts
Near the second banishing gate, there is now a shining light. Does anyone know what this is for?
Shining Light
# May 18 2008 at 11:19 PM Rating: Good
233 posts

Edited, May 19th 2008 3:23am by ZiricFFXI

Edited, May 19th 2008 3:23am by ZiricFFXI
spawn points of coffer and chest
# Oct 31 2006 at 8:10 AM Rating: Decent
where is there a map of the coffer spawn points?
# Aug 09 2006 at 8:29 PM Rating: Decent
Anyone have a link to map of spawn points?
# Jun 14 2006 at 10:39 PM Rating: Decent
654 posts

Though gobs aren't a concern here, it's not the pulling cakewalk that the jungles were. There, your only concerns were those aforementioned gobs and rival pullers. Garlaige, on the other hand, seems to be designed to make thieves' journey to Viper Bite difficult.

First and foremost, don't fall into the holes. If you do, you will probably die, and no one will want to come down there to Raise you (and even if they did, both of you would probably just die immediately afterwards). Be patient, step carefully. If you do fall, your Black Mage may be able to Tractor your dead body out.

Your primary (read: only) targets will be Seige Bats and Borer Beetles. Borer Beetles aggro by sight, hit hard, and are tougher for the amount of EXP they give. The only reason you'll be pulling beetles is if there's really nothing else, or you need to get one out of the way so it won't aggro you later. Try to avoid them if you don't have a Black Mage; they have high physical defense. Seige Bats will be what you'll be fighting the most. They don't aggro, but they do link with other Seige Bats as well as Wingrats, which will be congregating in the "rooms" on the sides of the corridors.

Do not pull Seige Bats across holes. Rather than flying directly to you, they will frequently take "the long way" through side rooms, linking with every set of Wingrats along the way. It's best to play it safe and avoid pulling any Seige Bats remotely close to rooms. The farther you are away from camp, the bigger the risk this will be. If your Seige Bat seems to be taking an oddly large amount of time to get to camp, consider zoning; it may be towing along a couple Wingrat trios. I would highly advise against pulling from the hall directly forward from the stairs; it's a veritable deathtrap of linking.

The safest camp is on the stairs, though it's not necessarily the most convenient for chaining. Other alternatives are the various camps by brick walls, though be warned that they both pop mobs, and the one at G-9 will require the party to be Sneaked and Invised to get to, as it involves traversing through side rooms filled with undead. Also be warned that if you choose this camp, zoning may not be an option.

Bring a fast ranged weapon; there is very limited space for pulling, and competition will probably be stiff. If you are at all concerned with linking, trust your instinct, and find a safer-looking mob.
its an aiiight place
# Jun 04 2006 at 2:06 PM Rating: Decent
i found that its a decent place to lvl if you brought your own party and you /check'd the place to make sure there arnt too many people there.
Pathetic Drops
# Apr 27 2006 at 8:07 AM Rating: Decent
Partied here last night on Pheonix server as RDM33/BLM16 and gained about 7000 exp total...(I lvld from 32 to 33)..our prt was very efficient, however I am always depressed about the drops I get here (bat fang = 2, bat wing= 1)..oh well..what kind of drops will I get outside of SeaSerpent Grotto?...I'm fairly new to the game but capable
get used to here
# Mar 18 2006 at 9:25 PM Rating: Default
well everyone who is lvl 30+ will find their way into here and will stay into the early 50's. Its either this Area Crawlers nest or eastern altepa. This is my favorite out of the 3 because it has a short walk from jeuno. Oh by the way for all people who are new dont go falling into any holes here because enemies downstairs are a lot more powerful and will easily kill anything upstairs.
map, please
# Feb 07 2006 at 5:25 PM Rating: Decent
Anyone got a picture of a map of this place? I have the map, but I don't want to run all the way over there just to see it.
??? at G-6
# Jan 25 2006 at 3:41 PM Rating: Decent
I am currently behind the 3rd banishing gates waiting for one of the coffer to spawn. If you make an immediate left right after you come through the gate there is a bogy style mob who is constantly standing near the dead end (right where a coffer should pop). I notice the wall right behind him has a ???. Anyone know what this is/what its for? I've checked some online maps and havent been able to find an answer! I dont really feel like clicking and dieing while waiting for my af item
??? at G-6
# Jul 19 2006 at 4:00 AM Rating: Decent
i noticed that too, and then i targeted "NPC" and an npc with a name that started with M... like Minashi or something> -.-:; sorry for not being clearer... >.>:; odd glitches for quests and such that are in here?
# Jan 20 2006 at 9:05 PM Rating: Decent
wAaaaaaaay better n Easter Altepa thats all I gots ta say about it Midgardsorsmr DRG33/WAR16
3rd map
# Oct 25 2005 at 11:38 AM Rating: Decent
Hi all, How do i get to the third Map of GC? its thru the 2nd banishing gate? if it is, wheres is that gate? i know the location of the 1st and 3rd gate. Thank You ^^
intense but fun
# Aug 22 2005 at 7:26 AM Rating: Decent
I was in port windurst trying to get my fame up for the secound mog safe and I end up talking to some one doing the same thing.

At this point I said this was so boring, and she asked me if I wanted to party.
Well it would make a change so like I siad yer sure.

After desucsing were we could go we decided to goto Garlaige Citadel to party.

So wer went of to jeuno started to look for a party got there to a samll overr crowed place with moer agro than you can shake a stick at.

Anywere part from the odd linkers (that refused to goto sleep when casting sleep on then) and mobs poping up we did well.

TYhe party got up to 2 lvls and only 1 death in party.

The only worst experance I got out of it all when one of our players had to go and we got a war/rng in the party.

It cost me a lot of mp to keep that war/rng hp up wiht the whm.

I've never seen some ones hp drop so fast.
there is no way I would invite a war/rng to party again.
Sea Serpent Grotto > Garlaige Citadel
# Jul 28 2005 at 6:17 PM Rating: Decent
I don't know why people 32-33 go here instead of Sea Serpent Grotto... Just party right outside the entrance to Norg and it's amazing experience. Just a tip for the people that this place.
RE: Sea Serpent Grotto > Garlaige Citadel
# Oct 26 2005 at 7:45 PM Rating: Decent
983 posts
At 32 RDM I was getting Chain 5 for an average chain xp of 1450 (total) here, and it took me less than five minutes to get to camp from Jeuno. The party's efficiency was high because the WHM and I were in the same house timing our resting and because we had two other LS members who regularly partied together in the party. Also, we were alone in the 32-33 camp area.
I partied at the Sea Serpent's Grotto camp as BLM, and it was also quite good, but this was amazing.
# Jul 27 2005 at 1:21 AM Rating: Default
I hate this place so dam much thats y i only spen to days here from like 48-50(till i hit the exp cap when u hv 1tnl) this place can be so messed up espically when serket is out err me no likely this place
Serket hit lvl 75 pld for 1243 dmg
umm guys Escape can i have it i no this is gonna be messy....
Serket uses special move we all take 2000 dmg
Ha told u Have A Nice Day!!!
luckly i got raise 3 (I was so happy) only lost 500 exp
# Jul 24 2005 at 9:58 AM Rating: Decent
2,472 posts
Was in there as 71 BLM and some bats cond EP just before the bomb room past BG #1.

I think the lv guide on these mobs is wrong.

Edited, Sun Jul 24 10:58:16 2005
sucks waiting for pts to open up here.
# Jul 14 2005 at 3:37 AM Rating: Decent
34 posts
I hit 32 with my DRK so I thought, hell, I've never been to the citadel....from what i hear it's THE place to go for lvl 32s and up.

So far, out of the three times I've sat waiting, I've gotten one PT and it disbanded within a half hour. I've sat and waited for five hours EACH TIME, flag up, random advertisements dispersed every 10 or 20 minutes so as to not annoy the current groups. As far as I'm concerned, this place sucks.

Once I did get into the pt, it wasn't TOO bad, but we did have a lvl 75 whm sitting next to us so I can't say for certain. So I figure I'll attempt the desert next.

not so bad
# Jun 24 2005 at 6:15 PM Rating: Decent
i'm in Garlaige Citadel now and it is not that bad. i'm a lvl 31 rdm and my pt is beating the bats easily. every battle we get about 200-240 exp. Garlaige Citadel is not a bad place if u get used to it and don't wander far from the entrance. the only thing that went wrong was when 10 bats or something like that aggroed our RNG while he was pulling one. our lowest lvl in the pt is 30 but we're doing great.
Great to be back >.>
# Jun 24 2005 at 1:55 PM Rating: Decent
618 posts
I played a few jobs and been in Garlaige a bit, but after lotsa leveling and what not I decided to take a break and play my beast... Altepa got boring so me and my duo partner (Eclipza) come to garlaige. Most peps there lvl on the steps near zone...1st thing i see when i enter is dead body all over... I was like wow this place hasnt changed at all, my parner laughed ( he has never been here before). The mass bat link was still around so i was like hey.. lets clean up this mess so that if maybe we die we can get the PT's that we helped out give us a raise if we need it.
Mess gone we start xp'n as we start to head out... some puller links 3 bats... 2T's and a Even I charm the even, but the other bat he is on his own... I want XP... Wing rats in masses here and NO body wants them ^^ there Sic ~> Jet stream did between 100(bettle) and 352 (bones) it was nice... We then found a nice pattern, kill 2 bones then on to the bomb, then on to 2 pots ending chain with 252XP... It was nice room hopping..
Then the problem started, we made our way to the 1st gate after clearing rooms to help a high lvl open gate and my partner gets argo from bat... It was citadel bat... ouch It hit hard and was IT to us.. I got charm and ran/leave with it.. but it still argo'd my partner he tried to charm/leave it, but it didnt last long and died... the high lvl was a sam/whm and he raised him then killed bat. After waiting for weakness to go I wide scan and see like 5 citadel bats near zone... WOW... I dont know how they leave the area but 1 was near the 1st gate so maybe thats where they leave.. we got away from the gate just to make sure thats not where they go...
I fell down the hole once.. but lucky i have sneak to get outta there. My parner was so lucky he was fighting while i fell, he miss charms and zones... I clean up his mess 2 wingrats and 2 siege. Lucky ( i guess) every1 was zoned or dead before his train came.. with cleaning up mess the only xp i got was on last bat for a chain 2 for 256 xp ( solo eclipza was still resting ). beats me how i got that but hey im not complaining.
<Fun> <Excitement><Do you need it?> that is this place you must be on your TOES ta level here.

For other BST out there I went in at 41 Wing Rat decent-even :: Siege bat even-T (rare decent) :: Bettle even-T (most T)... Bones where T mostly Bomb was VT and the pots where VT... BOMB exploded once doin over 1880+ dmg to my bettle and eclipza's Bat they didnt make it ; ; lol watch out ;p

Edited, Fri Jun 24 15:00:39 2005
# Jun 19 2005 at 9:02 AM Rating: Decent
899 posts
will ... first time i was here i didnt like it ( as my friends always telling me : GC = Death & evil ) , pop while fighting + links
i remembered one time beetle pop while we were fighting a bat , aggro us at 20% HP ( that bat's HP ) and we were in chain 5 ( guess whm and blm MP :P ) 2 tanks (PLD + WAR/MNK) ( i was THF ). in the middle of the fight whm 2h --> death , then both tanks follow him , then mnk. i remain with blm , i voked and asked him to heal
bloody bolts all the way + 2h + breserk and finished the fight :P
man i love my THF :P

i came back to lvl war ( skilling up parry faster this way :P ) and (WAR/NIN) we had 2 blink tanks and we easily get chain 5, even at links we are cool and finishing them fast.

the main problem : Noobs , they link and zone like 15 bats and beetle from the area where you can lvl at 50

man i still remember when i had to restart my pc and i loged inside ( my biggest mistake ) , i loged to see myself between 2 warith ... i took the coldest shawer in mylife ( water III ) :P

my advice , if you link that many and you there are alot at zone ( in this case low lvl nice people who came for fun and wanna lvl ) go back and accept death , maybe a DRK or blm see you and tracter you and someone cast raise on you... better then scrowing everyone life and cousing death to everyone else

( i know i talk alot :P )
# May 23 2005 at 1:25 PM Rating: Decent
139 posts
This place absolutely blows. I sat in East Altepa (my favorite place to lvl) as BLM 34 looking for a party for about an hour, then my LS suggested i go to garlaige citadel. i had never been there, so i figured it may be a little fun. WRONG. this place is terrible, overcrowded, too many links, and there are more dead bodies littering the ground than pieces of the stone wall. i am NEVER partying here again, despite the rather long wait for a party in altepa.
# May 18 2005 at 3:53 PM Rating: Decent
1,084 posts
I would reccomend to never party here.!!!

there are many nice alternatives

30-34 Yhoatar Gobs, Mandragoras, Opo's
32-34 East Altep(my favorite) Beetles.
34-40 Crawlers Nest, Altep
40-50 Yhoatar - telepoint, Coeurls, and more. 43ish move towards Ifrit cldrn. entrance and chain those gobs. Usually no competition, and they are very suicidal, can chain to 10+ easy
45 you can kill funnel Bats in GC but not reccomended
40-50 CN is also good still
40-50 West Altep, East Altep quick sand cave entrance 42-47 West entrance 47-50
u can completely skip this horrid place >.>
# Apr 20 2005 at 1:41 PM Rating: Decent
I dont understand why anyone even lvls here. At lvl 32 you can go to East Altepa Desert and make good exp off beetles... You can stay in Altepa for quite a while. Once exp gets low you just move to West Altepa, kill beetles there, then move to Quicksand Caves... You dont have to lvl in Garlaige OR Crawlers Nest so dont ***** about lvling here when there is such a great place you could go to instead.

Edited, Wed Apr 20 14:42:36 2005
RE: u can completely skip this horrid place >.>
# May 04 2005 at 7:20 PM Rating: Decent
Well what is worst? Waiting to get a PT in altep for hours at a time, or getting XP in a overcamped area? The same could be said about the dunes.
RE: u can completely skip this horrid place >.>
# May 11 2005 at 12:31 PM Rating: Decent
well why ***** about it when you can skip it make your own pt and head out to altepa dont complain about this being the only place to lvl =P
Basement is for BSTs, let them have it
# Apr 05 2005 at 1:27 PM Rating: Good
558 posts
The basement sucks when its packed, so I suggest doing a /search before deciding to come here.

However, when its not packed,it's got a very good set up for BST to XP there. charm beetles and bats and send them at bombs. fun stuff. I'd suggest coming here when no one is here. cuz when people are xping off what you want to use for pets, you might run out of pets during a fight... so bring jugs too.

One time a friend of mine asked me what i was using for pets, because he wanted to fight beetles. And I was using bats, the beetles were too strong for me to charm. Really the beetles were just in my way since I was fighting bombs. This is one example of how using the /search function works, and how BST and "real jobs" (as Runefury calls them) can co-exist.

some alternatives for BST: behind banishing gate 2(once you can charm beetles), crawler's nest, sea serpent grotto, ulegaurde range or the sewers under San d'oria or maybe the canal under windurst. I cant remember exactly where I lvl'd lol. check the BST forums. http://ffxi.allakhazam.com/db/jobs.html?fjob=8&mid=1080158187616864698&num=471

Also if you're here for the coffer be nice to the BSTs and they might let you have an extra coffer key when it drops off the hellmines which seem to me have a good drop rate. (that's actually how i got my coffer key for BLM AF gloves quest lol)

Also the camp @ I-8 is not the safest place to camp when BSTs are fighting bombs. They can't really do anything about their pets being on one side of you and their enemy being on the otherside. And if the BST does end up dying or something bad like that happens the bomb will have to go thru that tunnel to get to its spawn point.

I've been here as BLM and as BST lvling up. And both were frustrating. We ran out of stuff to fight when i played blm, cuz there were too many parties. And our puller didnt check the BSTs old pet to see if it was at full health sometimes so we didnt get xp for a few beetles we killed. I've actually asked a BST once to not pull his bomb past us which is kinda impossible for him to do. Yeah I'm such a NOOB ><

edit: after the Dec12th update the camp @ I-8 should be safe since the bomb should automatically warp to its pop area if the BST dies.

Edited, Wed Dec 14 21:36:32 2005
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