Trial By Earth  

Submitted by:Kurtomatic
Start Area: Port Bastok
Start NPC:Juroro (I - 8)
Type:Job Related
Related Areas:Quicksand Caves
Related Mobs:Titan Prime
Min Level:45
Max Level:75
Grants Gil:10000
(Average from 7 ratings)
Title Obtained:Heir of the Great Earth
Items Granted:Desert Light
Earth Belt
Earth Ring
Titan's Cudgel
Last Updated: Thu Jan 6 17:56:47 2005

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Ring the Tuning Fork of Earth upon the protocystal in the Quicksand Caves. A path will open to the trial that awaits.


To obtain the Earth Avatar Titan, first speak to Juroro in Port Bastok. He is located at I-8 near the drawbridge. If you have sufficient fame, he will give you an item: Tuning Fork of Earth.

To use this, you need to travel to Quicksand Caves and find the Cloister of Tremors. To do so, go to Eastern Altepa Desert and enter (J-7). People often XP here in the mid-40s and you may find this place familiar. Only Sneak will be needed for this entire section, and the distance is fairly short. Once you reach the first room, you want to drop down at the east end of the south wall. Don't drop at the west end, you'll be in the wrong place. Head down that passage until you come to a room, take the passage due west out of that room. You'll find another room where you can drop at the south end this time, drop on the west side, not the east. Run up that passageway and you will come to the Cloister of Tremors. There is a fork inside the Cloister, take the right path to get to the Earth Protocrystal, the left path will take you back to Eastern Altepa Desert in a one-way exit.

Try to fight Titan on Windsday and do not fight him on Earthday. Keep up Barstonra at all times, if you can.

Once you defeat him, you will acquire the Key Item: Earth Whisper. Return it to Juroro 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' which is basically the Tuning Fork of the Moon, granting you the ability to fight Fenrir. If you are collecting items for the Evoker's Ring, you will want the Desert Light.

Battle Notes

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 XXX for those quests). 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. You'll want a Black Mage for certain and a solid tank, but the rest is relatively flexible. A well-balanced party is critical, though. You'll 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 NMs 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 Avatar's 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 can't 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, you'll need to fight each of them at least twice. Additionally, if you are a Summoner, the Evoker's 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 can't 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 don't 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.

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# Apr 14 2008 at 2:31 AM Rating: Decent
Combo to duo:


Equipement: Relatively affordable by new attendants of 75(respective jobs)
Merits: First level of merits in 5 categories
Items Needed: Reraise, Warp
Items Advised: Drinks(Hipotions and Regen drinks)

Battle Plan:
#1 MNK/NIN -tank(Utsusemi:Ichi and Ni) SAM/DNC(Meditate) -healer,eraser
#2 Walk pass the bend and stop at range of the avatar prime without aggro
#3 MNK builds CHI Blast with Boosts(max: close to 999ATT or 12 Boosts)
#4 MNK use Chi Blast(with MND gear if possible)
#5 MNK tanks with shadows and SAM heals/erase if MNK needs
#6 Possible death of MNK at the avatar's 2hr, Reraise after death, Utsusemi:Ichi, attack
#7 WIN!!!

P.S. First Timers Only: Chose Pacts for avatars since you dont have them when you go back to get rewards from the taru NPC. After that first item to be taken from reward as result of a win the next day: the Belt. Gives Lightining Resistance and its needed for the next avatar fight weak on earthsday: Ramuh!!! Etc etc etc

# Aug 27 2007 at 11:30 AM Rating: Decent
im planning on getting the avatars sometime once i reach lvl 60 but i want to start getting fame now. anyone know the quest that can give you bastok/sandy/windy fame and how much money im gonna need to spend on getting gear XD thxs send a /t to Keyblade on Ramuh if you want to ^^
# May 10 2007 at 3:28 AM Rating: Decent
Soloable by a pld/rdm XD
# Feb 05 2007 at 5:31 PM Rating: Decent
I know this will sound like a noobish Question to ask but....

How much fame do you need to Start this Quest, and How will i know when i have enough?
# Jan 01 2007 at 5:26 AM Rating: Decent
91 posts
soloable by whm/nin
need to be on the ball with utsusemi recast or your a goner.
Valefor People
# Nov 09 2006 at 11:45 PM Rating: Decent
73 posts
I know its recommended that mages be lvl55 or higher to do this but i really want this guy for my SMN. If anyone is willing to go into this fight with me as their healer i would be most greatful. I am very competant as a 50WHM/25BLM i swear. I will be back in town on the 22nd of Nov and will be back online that night. If your willing to help me out with this guy please /tell Lilydaca. thanx.

lvl50 White Mage for life!!!!!
THF soloable
# Oct 14 2006 at 11:13 AM Rating: Good
405 posts
I wanted a Titan's Cudgel for skillup purposes, but nobody else wanted to do the fight...so I did some research and figured i'd try to solo the guy.

I brought a Hi-Pot tank and took out 13 pots, brought 2 Pamama au Laits, and had +28 (yes, only 28) in Earth Resistance gear. I used Carbonara and a few +HP items, and had about 1350 HP when I went in. (Hume, by the way)

Titan has really, really bad accuracy. I have upwards of +70Eva, but only used about +25 for the fight; I feel I could have worn less. The only things you really need to worry about are his Stone IV spells, Geocrush (Add: Stun), and his 2HR, all which ignore shadows.

I was hit by 2 Stone IV's, both hit for 87. Geocrush'd four times, 104, 107, 266, and 864. Earthen Fury(his 2HR) landed for 256 damage. In the end I used 9 of the 13 Hi-pots I brought, and both au Laits. Also, he did hit me once when I fumbled my macros, for 86+97(En-) damage.

If you bring about 40~50+ in Earth Resist, I doubt you'll take much damage at all from any of those attacks. I would suggest anyway, that you stay at max HP as much as possible for those 'Oh SH*T' moments.

Oh yes, if you have Aura Steal, you can steal his Stoneskin right off. I didn't absorb it, but it was nice to not have to break it on your own.

It was a pretty fun fight, though a little long (14 minutes, almost 15) but i'd say it was worth it, unless you're one of those THF's who doesn't enjoy solo'ing stuff.
prime avatar question
# Jul 11 2006 at 5:50 PM Rating: Decent
I've made the mistake before of getting my mini tuning fork but entering the prime avatar battle field because I didn't traded the mini-tuning fork to the crystal, of course I was slaughtered in about two seconds (my smn is only lvl 20). The question I pose is it seems that you can warp to the crystal by trading the mini fork but can enter the prime battle field if you don't trade the mini fork to the crystal, so why doesn't everyone just warp to the crystal with the mini fork and choose to do the prime battle? If you get rid of your mini fork you can always get a new one. Every post I see gives a description of how to walk there, but if you can warp why isn't that in any prime battle post's? Am I way off base on this one, please let me know?
prime avatar question
# Aug 01 2006 at 2:46 PM Rating: Decent
I'm not positive, but I /believe/ you have to be on a Summoner job in order to be warped to the protocrystal via the Trial-Size Tuning Forks.
prime avatar question
# May 14 2008 at 12:46 PM Rating: Decent
that is exactly the reason. tTe mini fork allows you to warp to the crystal if you are on the SMN job just so you dont have to treck across dangerous zones as a level 20.
Broke Record
# Jun 20 2006 at 12:25 PM Rating: Decent
58 posts
Solo'd as 75 RDM/NIN and even broke the battlefield record at 16 Min and 17 Sec.

Uts + Stoneskin + phalanx + Barstone + Enaero + Haste with a refresh and cure when needed and that was pretty much it. Astral Flow didn't even break stoneskin. Still had over half of MP left and didn't have to convert.

Was a fun fight, and now I have my club.

GL to all.
Trial Size Trial By Earth
# Apr 13 2006 at 12:56 AM Rating: Decent
I just whooped up on Titan, after getting owned by Leviathan, and almost beating Shiva. I went as SMN/NIN. My strategy is to use Yagudo Drink, Summon Carby, Assault, Astral Flow, Searing Light, repeat. Use more Yagudo if needed, and be sure to bring some Hi-Potion to heal, and some Ether just in case. I forgot to reuse my Yagudo Drink when the first ran out and didn't use the full on assault method with Levy. With Shiva I was just unlucky and was targeted instead of Carby when she cast Blizzard II, did 150 damage and I had 146 HP, one more Searing Light would have won it for me too. I didn't get any buffs before any of the battles and wasn't in dire need of any anyway, I hope this helps and don't be intimidated by Titan's size, he's really not too tough!

*For equipment I went in the full Trader's set with HP+ earrings, rings, and necklace. To cut spell interuption I used the 2 Hermit's Wands and the Heko Obi+1.

Edited, Thu Apr 13 00:54:35 2006
# Feb 21 2006 at 8:39 AM Rating: Decent
is it possible to solo the prime avatars besides the level 20 mobs? does anyone know the level range?

Yes primes can be soloed. The 100% obvious option is RDM for it. My LS has a RDM wo has been able to solo all except Fenny of course simce about level 72, is 75 now and owns them. Personally I think various level 75 jobs could solo these, will be happy to give it a go as WHM/SMN when I get to 75, Astral Flow dont scare me one bit. With 30 mins to do it in....
sized fights
# Dec 27 2005 at 2:30 PM Rating: Decent
what are the sized trail adress's on allakazam?
Too much thong!
# Nov 17 2005 at 11:51 AM Rating: Decent
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I completed this last night with four other members of my LS. This is what we did:


62 SAM/WAR <~Me

The first time, we died because Barstonra wore and he did Earthen Fury. Ouch. Only the NIN was left standing after that and then Titan pulled Geocrush out when the NIN's shadows were down.

The second time we made damn sure to have Barstonra up at all times. Only snag was that the WHM ran up to Barstonra us, but the RDM and BLM didn't get it. So when Titan used Earthen Fury again, they went down. WHM just raised them mid battle and we proceeded to own Titan.

We fought him on Firesday and the NIN and I performed Detonation Skillchains for Aero magic Bursts. The fight would have probably gone faster if we had brought more damage dealers, or even just another sixth member, but it only took us about 8 minutes.

The most important thing about this fight is to keep BUFFS UP AT ALL TIMES!
# Aug 29 2005 at 1:31 PM Rating: Decent
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I've been battling the lvl 20 Titan Ramuh and Shiva for almost 3 mounths now (yes i really suck) mostly i do them once every 2 weeks, or whenever i'm bored. I got to 60whm and got Garuda with party. My problem is that when i try to pick up the key item forks for Titan, Ramuh and Shiva's 60 prime fights, the little taru dudes ignore me.
~Once you pick up the lvl 20 mini forks, are you unable to collect the lvl 60 key item fork?
~Is there a way to trade in the mini forks for the key item forks?
~Do the lvl 60 prime fights need more fame then the lvl 20?
Here's the stupid question:
~Are you allowed into the lvl 60 prime battle field without the key item?
# Aug 30 2005 at 2:09 AM Rating: Default
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~Once you pick up the lvl 20 mini forks, are you unable to collect the lvl 60 key item fork?

I don't think so. If so, drop the tuning fork, you can talk to the NPC and get another one back anyway.

Is there a way to trade in the mini forks for the key item forks?

lol no

~Do the lvl 60 prime fights need more fame then the lvl 20?

Yes, LVL 60 prime fights require level 7 fame where as the level 20 fights only require level 2. Actually, you can get the level 60 avatar fights at about fame 6 1/2, I got titan on level 6 fame, but you will need around level 7 fame.

~Are you allowed into the lvl 60 prime battle field without the key item

No sir!
Hume male, Zafire, Server: Sylph
50DNC, 50SMN, 50BRD, 50SAM, 50DRG, 50WHM, 52THF, 52COR, 52MNK, 58BST, 60WAR, 67PLD, 69PUP, 75RNG, 75SCH, 75BLM, 80NIN, 80DRK, 85BLU, 85RDM
Retired since February 2011.
All SJ's capped for LVL99!

# May 14 2005 at 5:02 PM Rating: Decent
1. Question:

Do you need to have smn main or sub for doing the Prime fights??

2. Question:

I have a 70rdm, 61rdm, 66drg, 47blm (and a tank 70+) with me (47smn). Can we make it with this setup??? Which avatars can we not make with this setup? is leviatan stronger than the others??
RE: Question
# May 31 2005 at 8:42 AM Rating: Excellent
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no, you dont need smn main or sub.

um, with that setup, it is possible to do it, but id recomend more DD, definately.

leviathan is a little "harder" alog with garuda because they heal themselves, and with a low DD pt, they might be tough.

at that lvl, becareful of the 2hr, it will probly kill you at that lvl, keep up baraera at all times and it only does 100-500, but the mages just need to stay back

fenrir is much harder (i have not fought him myself because i am too low) and requires, from what i hear a completly 70+ pt

RE: Question
# Jun 30 2005 at 8:06 AM Rating: Default
not really, i got fenrir as a 43 thf (rest of the pt was 75 though)
gaining fame
# May 13 2005 at 6:18 AM Rating: Decent
can someone please tell me a fast way to raise my fame in bastok thx.
# Feb 13 2005 at 12:58 AM Rating: Excellent
doublepost >_<

Edited, Sun Feb 13 01:01:26 2005
# Feb 13 2005 at 12:53 AM Rating: Excellent
is it possible to solo the prime avatars besides the level 20 mobs? does anyone know the level range?
# Jan 23 2005 at 2:16 PM Rating: Decent
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My party just defeated Titan. We were 58SMN 60DRK 68PLD 68RDM 61SAM 64WHM. We had very little problems. Just the DRK died when Titan used 2 hour. I just raised him and we went along killing Titan. SMN used 2hour with Garuda when Titan had 25%HP left. Was a great fight and finished it on our first try! Good Job everyone!
Party of 60's
# Jan 09 2005 at 10:17 AM Rating: Decent
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I figured I would post my parties success stories, so that people know it is possible to have a good party of level 60's go kill Titan. Our Party Consisted of a RNG62, PLD61, BRD60, WHM59, BLM60, RDM59.

As a head's up Titan will use his 2hr ability at 50% life. this will hit for about 1200 hps and has a pretty big radius. Blink/Utsusumi and Stoneskin reduce this damage to nothing, becuase of the shadows. Also if the mages are far enough back they won't get hit at all. Titan is weak to Wind, and yes we fought him on windsday.

The battle lasted about 8 minutes, this included the time at the begining where the mages were putting on their buffs, this included shell, protect, blink, and stoneskin. Barstonra and Earth Carol are a must as Titan hits for about 100 a strike and has an additional affect of 200 or so. With the right earth resistances this drop the added damage to about 100. We didn't need to use any potions or spend massive gil on it. Mage's used pies, PLD used Fish and RNG used Steak. I do think everyone used their two hour at somepoint, after he (titan) used his 2hr. The only one I'm not sure about was the RDM.
RE: Party of 60's
# Feb 02 2005 at 5:12 PM Rating: Decent
55 posts
Utsusemi doesn't block any other AoE nuke in the game, I know I personally have used 2hrs through Blink at least, and it's about 70% chance to resist, and I do it a lot, I'm pretty sure blink won't block this. But having Stoneskin on your party is a good idea, so take a summoner along.
# Dec 04 2004 at 4:06 PM Rating: Decent
Today, i started fighting Titan level 18. The Two times i ahve now tried to kill him, i ahve lost for stupid things. First time was because Titan somehow paralyzed (or something) Carbuncle and i didnt realize he was going after me. The second time i tried, he had a sliver of Hp but got me with earthern Fury and saughtered me. ill try soon again and ill defeat it ^^. anyone wnat to wish me luck ^^?

fame ?
# Nov 17 2004 at 1:40 PM Rating: Decent
332 posts
Sufficient fame?

Im lvl 8 fame in Bastok or whatever the "Your a Hero" is.

Still cant get the Quest to open for me. Any ideas as to why or how I can correct this?
RE: fame ?
# Jan 02 2005 at 12:23 PM Rating: Decent
367 posts
get more fame lol
RE: fame ?
# Jan 26 2005 at 9:31 AM Rating: Decent
291 posts
How can you get more fame if you are a hero?
RE: fame ?
# Feb 22 2005 at 5:01 PM Rating: Decent
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fame and rank are not the same
RE: fame ?
# Mar 30 2005 at 9:36 PM Rating: Default
127 posts
Maybe you aren't on the right level job, i.e. Trial Size Trial by Earth is a 20 smn cap while Trial by Earth is a 45 cap. So if you're a lvl 44 or below anything you probably won't get the quest.
RE: fame ?
# Jun 02 2005 at 9:00 PM Rating: Decent
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After doing Utsusemi quest in Norg, I was able to get Tuning Fork of Water, but at the time i was only a lvl31 RDM. So I doubt lvl was an issue.
# Nov 13 2004 at 8:20 PM Rating: Decent
I've been trying to work out a battle tactic for titan prime. my smn skill is maxed at lvl 20 sub job rdm. I have blk at lvl 15 i could sub as well. but so far i've been trying to solo it and it still pounds me. I run up cast carbi and send him in to attack after casting dia, bio, and blind. I run back down the pathway to put some distance between us for when he kills carby then i have 10 sec to call carby again and repeat. i've been trying with my rdm but it hasnt been working very well. I'm open to any and all suggestions. 6 times killed and frustrated.
RE: tactics
# Nov 30 2004 at 8:55 PM Rating: Decent
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I haven't done this yet, but as a tip, bio and dia don't stack. Bio overwrites dia, so you should pick which one you want and stick with that. Or, at the very least, don't use them back to back. Dia weakens defense, Bio weakens attacks, and both lower hp over time. Good luck!
RE: tactics
# Dec 16 2004 at 1:16 AM Rating: Default
They DO stack, please check your facts before posting. Ever since the CoP expansion came out, Bio and Dia have stacked.
RE: tactics
# Mar 20 2006 at 10:20 AM Rating: Decent
Only on alla man, do random retarded noobs make up things for no apparent reason making everyone around them who listens stupider for doing so... I mean com e on I learned they didn't stack as a war in dunes pre subjob... jesus people...
RE: tactics
# Apr 29 2006 at 7:48 AM Rating: Decent
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Wow, that really has got to be the most ignorant post I've ever seen. Congrats on figuring out that Dia and Bio do not stack, I'm sure it was the most fulfilling moment in your life. Please keep in mind that not everyone has such a keen perception of noticing these details in a virtual reality. People ask questions to learn, not to be ridiculed.

From what I've experienced: Bio overwrites Dia, but a stronger Dia can overwrite a weaker Bio. I've heard that the DoTs stack but not the effects. I'm not sure about any changes or anything though. Good Luck :D

Edited, Sat Apr 29 07:44:27 2006
RE: tactics
# Mar 23 2006 at 7:03 PM Rating: Default
Actually, your the one who is wrong, so I wouldn't be calling him a newb. Dia overwrites Bio, but Bio doesn't overwrite Dia. If you cast Dia, then Bio both attack down and defense down will stick. But only one of them will still do HP down. It all has to do with the elemental chart and how dark element affects light element. Go Ballista with a friend and try it.

Note: Next time, don't be such a noob.
RE: tactics
# Apr 02 2005 at 3:35 AM Rating: Decent
263 posts
They DO stack, please check your facts before posting. Ever since the CoP expansion came out, Bio and Dia have stacked.

your the only one here who has to check there facts my friend. I casted Dia on a Em with average defense. When i checked the mob again it had low defense. I then casted bio and checked it again and it no longer said low defense... now lets see u argue with that. Ohh and by the way it was a level 35 mob and i have CoP.
RE: tactics
# Mar 12 2005 at 11:33 PM Rating: Decent
778 posts
Would you like to provide some proof of that statement? Telling people to check their facts without giving any of your own does nothing except demonstrate that you are a rude person who is talking BS for all anyone else knows.
RE: tactics
# Feb 23 2006 at 10:23 PM Rating: Decent
just go do it in ballista and see
other items?
# Oct 11 2004 at 6:22 PM Rating: Decent
34 posts
Whats the point of having other items if u cant repeat the quest. Is there a way to get these items?
RE: other items?
# Oct 16 2004 at 10:00 AM Rating: Decent
295 posts
Who says you can't repeat the quest? You are able to do any Avatar Quests once a day(it resets at midnight, Japan Time Zone).
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