Dark Puppet - DRK AF2  

Start Area: Metalworks
Start NPC:Cid (H - 8)
Prerequisites:Dark Legacy - DRK AF1
Related Areas:Ordelle's Caves
Related Mobs:Gerwitz's Axe
Gerwitz's Soul
Gerwitz's Sword
Mission:2 - 0
Min Level:50
Max Level:75
(Average from 11 ratings)
Items Required:Darksteel Ingot
Gerwitz's Axe
Gerwitz's Sword
Items Granted:Chaos Sollerets
This Quest is Repeatable
Last Updated: Thu Aug 20 06:00:36 2009

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Zeid's letter to Cid reports him finding one of the weapons forged by Gerwitz, the legendary darksteel smith... but it has taken the form of an evil weapon. You must meet Zeid and help him with his task.


Note: You must have finished Dark Legacy - DRK AF1 to start this quest.

Talk to Cid at H-8 on the upper level of Bastok Metalworks. Cid mentions the Darksteel Formula you found from doing Dark Knight AF1. Raibaht then comes in and says that Zeid sent a letter to Cid. Zeid's letter to Cid reports him finding one of the weapons forged by Gerwitz, the legendary darksteel smith...but it has taken the form of an evil weapon. You must meet Zeid and help him with his task.

Before going any further, buy a Darksteel Ingot from the auction house.

Note: All Dark Knights in your party can do the quest at once, so if you have 5 that need to do it, they can all pitch in and get one Darksteel Ingot.

Go to Ordelle's Caves. As soon as you zone in, you'll get a cutscene where Zeid tells you that a merchant who had been in the caves was attacked by Gerwitz's Axe. At the time he was carrying a Darksteel Ingot for synthing and you should check it out.

On the first map (the one you are currently on) go to H-12 and fall down the hole. This will put you on a ledge at H-12 on the third map. You should be right next to a ??? in the corner where you fell. Buff up and get ready.

When you're ready, trade the Darksteel Ingot to the ??? and Gerwitz's Axe will spawn. It is around level 50, but not too hard. He uses Mighty Strikes. He will then drop the item, Gerwitz's Axe. Have whoever used the Darksteel Ingot lot on it and get it into his inventory.

After this, go east and you will find a passage way leading up onto the second map of Ordelle's Caves. Make your way down to H-8 and you'll find another ???. When the party is ready, trade Gerwitz's Axe to the ??? and it will spawn Gerwitz's Sword. This will cause the item Gerwitz's Sword to drop.

The final ??? is in H-10 on the same map in the small square room at the south end of the map. When you're buffed and everyone has 300% TP, trade Gerwitz's Sword to the ???. This will spawn Gerwitz's Soul, a Ghost NM around level 54.

Congratulations! You're done! All you have to do is take the exit to La Theine Plateau from the same map at G-10 and you'll get a cutscene between Gerwitz, yourself, and Zeid. When the scene is over with you'll receive your Chaos Sollerets.

For a transcript of this quest go to the Dark Puppet - DRK AF2 Spoilers page.

Quest Series

This quest is part of the Dark Knight artifact gear quest series. The entire quest series includes:

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# Mar 18 2010 at 9:22 PM Rating: Decent
Pretty good walkthrough on this one. Easy if you know ordelles already and bring along one upper lvl to help you out. i recommend popping arcane circle before fighting an evil weapon. Too bad boot stats are crap except for looking cool. I'll take my lvl 30 RSE boots over it anyday tyvm....but you need as prereq for helm.

Picked up a flame degen from a bomb on the way out for a map quest. sweets. also got a key/chest for some stupid sandorian quest. oh yea the exit you come out isnt the way back up to La Theine........
AF piece Help
# Aug 05 2009 at 10:35 PM Rating: Decent
hi i am on Carbuncle and i need help getting this and all my AF .. but mostly this piece my name is Reaperzero if anyone is willing to help please send me a msg or /tell thx
evasion ftl!
# Mar 13 2009 at 8:03 AM Rating: Decent
Axe... what an interesting NM! I was there as 75NIN/37WHM... no big deal there. Most AF NMs can be soloed pretty easily. But the funny thing was, even with capped Evasion, merits, and evasion skill+ gear on, he did not miss me ONCE. I parried about 40% of the time, with only a 222 parrying skill.

With Sword and Soul, evasion kicked in fine. Just something funny I've never seen before with any NM, let alone a lowbie like Axe!
not bad
# Jul 05 2008 at 3:58 PM Rating: Decent
Did this one today as 53drk/26war(me), 60drg/sam, 67rdm/?. Before each fight we built 300%tp and prot and shell. I threw up arcane circle for the first 2 fights. Gerwitz's Axe went down without a whole lot of trouble. The rdm was keeping an eye on the drg's hp because he was taking most of the damage and then I got hit a few times with mighty strikes and went down but I had reraise so that wasnt an issue. Gerwitz's Sword was a complete pushover. I don't think the fight lasted more than 10 secs. Gerwitz's Soul got me, the drg and the rdm down into the yellow but the rdm stayed on top of things and kept us alive. It only used 1 ancient magic spell in the fight and that was freeze and that was what brought us in the yellow. All in all not THAT tough. Now I'm in pursuit of the next drk af quest.
# Mar 22 2008 at 11:59 AM Rating: Decent
ok thank you so much thats what i figured im 49 now seeking for 5k tnl lol
then doing all AF... can i fight Dark spark and so forth as PLD?
# May 30 2008 at 10:09 AM Rating: Good
# Feb 13 2008 at 3:33 PM Rating: Decent
i'm a 75 PLD but my DRK is 46 am i able to get coffers and stuff as my pld? or do i have to be DRK when i open the coffers and do quests?????
# Mar 10 2008 at 2:13 AM Rating: Decent
You have to use the job that requires the Af to receive it from a chest, however I did the DRK Af feet on my 75 Summoner. All I did was start the quest on my DRK all did the rest on Summoner.

# Feb 27 2008 at 7:00 AM Rating: Decent
you have to start the quest and open the coffer as a DRK. But you can fight the NM as a PLD once you started the quest. Also you need to be lv50+ drk to start the quest.
# Oct 03 2007 at 6:56 AM Rating: Decent
Cid wont give me quest D: im a 75 drk and have done this once before but tossed the boots but now tryin to sort all my equips. He says that he is busy and to come back later. Any ideas?
# Oct 21 2007 at 3:35 PM Rating: Decent
391 posts
you have to give 10k to some NPC in Jeuno before you can redo AF quests
# May 22 2007 at 2:06 PM Rating: Decent
I hate hearing all these "I pwned this at 75 as a Rdm/Nin or Bst/Whm!" like, who cares? Not everybody is doing this quest after taking 3 other jobs to 75 first. -_- Give us some full-party, level 50 strats or something, fer fecks sake.
# May 04 2007 at 1:59 PM Rating: Decent
So, after a couple REALLY lame parties finally got me over the level 50 hump, I decided to go soro this RDM75/NIN37 style (the easy way)...

The Axe was a tough fight, such as it was... I ended up at about 1/2 hitpoints, after it kept interrupting my NI recasts... yes, it was interrupting my uber-fast NI's... nonetheless, axe achieved...

I make my way down to the sword, build up TP, get a key in the process, and take that thing out in less than a minute. with my merited silencing skillz I was unable to silence it the two times I tried, I'd say it's unshutuppable.

And then we come to the Ghost... it was about as tough as the two of them combined, maybe not. It took a while, only got me stoneskinless/shadowless once, compared to the twice the Axe did... It was not silenceable for me either.

Got the sollerets, and as usual, on to more important parts of my AF... (this makes 3 that are sitting in my MH, collecting dust...)

Now to find the chest!
# Apr 14 2007 at 2:23 AM Rating: Decent
whats all the commotion these guys are sooooooo ez solod blu/nin 75 np at all
Accurate little bugger.
# Mar 28 2007 at 3:28 AM Rating: Decent
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FYI... Gerwitz's Axe seems to have 100% accuracy or close to it. I blink tanked it as a 75 thief and it *never* missed. If you have to solo it as a thief, I suggest fleeing away when all shadows drop, and 2 hr through it's mighty strikes.

Should be cake for two 75 melee though.
Accurate little bugger.
# Apr 10 2007 at 4:46 PM Rating: Decent
937 posts
lol this is too weak for a 75 bst/whm.
I just used Call Beast for each NM and courier carrie tanked them all pretty well. I just needed to use reward once on Gerwitz's Axe to fill up carrie's hp a litte after mighty strikes.
On Gerwitz's soul I stored tp to 300% by killing random mobs around the area before I popped it.
After about 2 rampages, it was over.
Lu Shangs Fishing Rod obtained: Feb 2005
Maat's cap Obtained: Saturday 31st July 2010
Ebisu Fishing Rod Obtained: Sunday 8th August 2010
My Experience
# Dec 22 2006 at 8:55 PM Rating: Decent
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Gerwitz's Axe: 60 Rdm/Pld , 52 Drk/Sam (me)- We got the axe down to about 30-40% when it used its 2hr and proceeded to rape the Rdm. Sleep doesn't work, but somehow I bound it (132 enfeebling skill, no where near cap) and I escaped to zone.

Gerwitz's Axe: 60 Rdm/Pld, 52 Drk/Sam (me), 62 Blm/???, 50 Rdm/Thf- after finding out that we died to this weapon, the Blm decided to help us since he was bored. His friend, the Rdm/Thf, decided to help also. We go in with the strategy of binding and gravitying to kite the weapon during its 2hr phase. Once the 2hour was over, we melee'd somemore until weapon got to about 25%, then Blm casted ancient magic and fight was over.

Gerwitz's Sword: 60 Rdm/Pld, 52 Drk/Sam (me), 62 Blm/???, 50 Rdm/Thf- first thing, none of the mages could silence this guy, so I'm just gonna make the assumption that he can't be silenced. It was an easy battle, because it was casting magic a lot, the Rdm/Pld didn't take much damage, and also kept hate easily. It's 2hour was a joke. Blm used ancient magic at 30% this time, and we had ourselves a dead weapon.

Gerwitz's Soul: 60 Rdm/Pld, 52 Drk/Sam (me), 62 Blm/???, 50 Rdm/Thf- this ******* could not be silenced. It also took the Rdm/Pld's stoneskin off in one hit (he also got aggroed before the fight so the stoneskin may have had low hp). The Rdm/Pld went down to 50-60% hp after about 20 seconds of battle. However, with the other Rdm curing, he stayed alive, and after that it was just a battle to survive. We got cursed twice and AeroGa'd a few times. I used Souleater in this battle to help take its hp down faster and I almost died when it used Aeroga II. I then jumped out of AoE range as did the other mages, and it used its AoE drain but only hit the Rdm/Pld cause he was tanking. Once its HP got close to 30% the Blm used ancient magic and it was lights out for Gerwitz's soul. It was a close fight. Really could have went the other way had it used its other abilities sooner.
Quest = easily duo'd
# Dec 12 2006 at 9:14 AM Rating: Decent
Last night my friend and I decided to do this quest for his 51 DRK, we read up on the NM's and found out that they were actually hard. We read that 2 75 melees wouldn't be able to do it easily. We were bored and decided to go do it anyways, the worst that will happen is that we lose some exp and his ingot. My friend went as DRK51/WHM25, I went as MNK75/NIN37. For the first NM I throw up Dodge, Focus (forgot put up Shadows), and he spawns it. We each had 300% tp and we both WS. I did Asuran Fists, he did Vorpal Scythe. Did about 25% of his health with those, he was hitting me for about 90-100. Get him to about 50% health and he Mighty Strikes (hitting me for about 120), I use Hundred Fists, Chakra and proceed to beat him and using Asuran Fists whenever I had enough TP. We killed the NM. We both ended with about half of our health left. My friend had drained his MP curing me. The other 2 NM's for this were very easy. Had no trouble at all with them.
If I hadn't used my 2-hour we wouldn't have beat the first NM, and if I would have remembered shadows I wouldn't have lost so much health.
# Nov 19 2006 at 10:43 AM Rating: Default
DO I have to be a drk to do this? I did it with a friend as a drk, we both needed it but only he got the feet and when I try to do it as my rdm, nothing happens. I thought as long as it was in your quest log, you can do it with any job? Besides the fact that I did not get them when I was a drk with the other guy. Any help would be much appreciated. thanks
# Sep 23 2006 at 11:34 PM Rating: Decent
just did this tonight the setup was 52DRK/WAR <me> and a 74SMN. we go in buff up the SMN cast ifrit i trade the ingot. ifrit's bearly hurting the weapon so he releases it to cast carbuncle the weapon 2hours me and i eat it, SMN runs away and kills it. he comes back and raises me. kill the second one with no problem, the third one had it out for me i die in the first 2 minutes. SMN raises me and we finish it off, i zone get my boots and do the happy dance.
# Sep 12 2006 at 4:08 PM Rating: Decent
88 posts
no melee can solo the axe...you will die no matter what level....

Nin 75 can, lol

Just solo'd all 3 today as 75War/Nin, so no, not just nin can solo this obviously.
# Oct 29 2006 at 10:25 AM Rating: Decent
277 posts
the NM's are a meager lvl50 about and it's always a 1on1, so basically any class lvl75 can solo them.

Also the Axe is a war using Mighty Strikes and occasionally drains TP when he hits you (even through stoneskin).

The Sword is a RDM, my guess is he uses chainspell, but i filter stuff like that and had him silenced and para'd. . .

The soul is nice. . .He's seemingly immune to para and silence and a blm. He can and will cast Bio2, Poison2, elemental debuffs, tornado, freeze etc.
# Sep 04 2006 at 12:38 AM Rating: Decent
88 posts
Think a 75War/nin can take these out with some npc healing help? I may give it a try.
Do you think....
# Jul 24 2006 at 4:51 PM Rating: Decent
339 posts
Does anyone who's done this one think a 70 PLD with a 59 fierce attacker NPC can take these?

Just wondering if I can do it alone.

Thanks for any advice.
# Jul 03 2006 at 1:18 AM Rating: Decent

The first NM wasnt too bad, 2 54 DRK and a 62 PLD took it on and had no problems. although i was subbing rdm for healing.

the second on is a whm with blood weapon, it goes down pretty quick

the 3rd one was cruel... heres a good setup for killin it and living:

use that setup and you'll win, guarenteed
# Jun 30 2006 at 4:17 PM Rating: Decent
I did this quest as my 50drk and my lvl 75 drk firend we died first time then we had to hp i delvld too >< so me and my friend did it again we pwned it the second time around fyi u can get ur af armor if u got quest b4 delvling cause i did i recived the AF feet at lvl 49 ^^
# Jun 12 2006 at 2:29 PM Rating: Default
Um.. how are 2 people going to SOLO
Can we solo?
# May 19 2006 at 6:53 PM Rating: Decent
90 posts
im 50 drk wanted to kno if a 69 rdm and a 50drk could solo this
Easy enough with help
# Apr 27 2006 at 9:44 AM Rating: Decent
I did this quest last night with my 51 DRK and a friend of mine who's a level 74 RDM. He subbed DRK for stun and he essentially solod everything for me. All I did was wait for him to get enmity then I would sit on the side and kinda peck at it.

He would buff himself up so that they did 0 damage and he cast stoneskin as often as he could. The first one was the toughest, it took us about 2 minutes to kill it and he had to bind run away convert and rebuff twice.

The second one went down like a sack of potatoes. I find it hard to believe that the second one is higher level than the first.

The ghost wasn't too bad, it did 0 damage to my friend with all its spells and physical attacks. Its area spells like Aeroga nailed me for about 200 HP and my friend had to convert once during the fight but he was so little concerned about it he just reverted and rebuffed himself while the mob kept hitting him. 0 0 0 0 0. Have to say the first one was the worst, second easy easy, and the last wasn't too bad.

Tough quest but if you have good help it can be easily done.
Soloed as my 75 Smn
# Mar 15 2006 at 4:40 PM Rating: Decent
203 posts
I was bored one day and my Drk had recently hit lvl 50. I thought id start the af quest and get my LS to help me latter. Well i was bored so i felt like trying to solo this. After reading some of the posts i thougth i was gonna die but these 3 were easy. The first one was the hardest cause it took 3 predator claws to bring him down. I was out of mp but i won lol. The 2nd one, ONE predator claws hit him for 2100 and killed him. The ghost i called ifrit for flaming crush but he did 200, 2nd did 900, then i called carby and hit him to death. He didnt even get carby to 90% life. This was easy :)
# Mar 08 2006 at 3:51 AM Rating: Decent
wth is there mnd intead of INT >:(
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