Breaking Barriers  

Realm:San d'Oria
Start Area: Northern San d'Oria
Start NPC:Any Gate Guard
Related Areas:Batallia Downs
Chateau d'Oraguille
Valley of Sorrows
Related Mobs:Suparna
Suparna Fledgling
Mission:9 - 1
Min Level:65
Max Level:75
Reward:Rank 9-2
(Average from 5 ratings)
This Mission is Not Skippable
Previous Mission: Lightbringer
Next Mission: The Heir to the Light
Last Updated: Wed Apr 20 12:14:47 2005

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Mission Orders

Darkness looms over San d'Oria. Report to the Audience Chamber in Chateau d'Oraguille for further details.


  • First, talk to the any gate guard to accept the mission, then head to Chateau d'Oraguille to receive a cutscene. You are asked to retrieve three magical objects from three different regions. The first two parts can be soloed because no battles are required.
  • For the first part, head to Valley of Sorrows. You will need to enter from northern entrance to Valley of Sorrows that is guarded by Manticore and Cockatrices (as opposed to the coastline entrance). Once you have entered, head south until you come to the cliff. On the west wall there (I-8) you will find a ???. Touch it to get a key item.
  • Second, head to (H-7) of Xarcabard. The ??? is found in the middle of three trees on the upper level of Xarcabard in that grid. Touch it and receive another key item.
  • Finally, for the last part, gather an group and head to Batallia Downs Island at (J-11). You must go through Eldieme Necropolis to get there. This is the island where the Stone Monument is, as well as the ??? for one of the pieces of DRG AF. Touch the ??? (it is the one that you reach by turning right after exiting Eldieme Necropolis) and two greater birds will spawn -- Suparna (BRD type), and Suparna Fledgling (WHM type). The WHM type will use Benediction, so it is a good idea to focus on the WHM first. A full party of LV 75 can win this battle, but an alliance doesn't hurt, especially if members are lower than 75. Once you have defeated both of them, touch the ??? again to receive a third key item.

To read the transcripts for this quest, see the Breaking Barriers Spoilers page.

Mission Series

This mission is part of the San d'Oria nation mission series. The complete series includes:

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# Oct 19 2011 at 3:22 PM Rating: Decent
Soloed this as Deadwired 95mnk/dnc 100fist ate them up both dead before 100fist wore off
Not too difficult at all
# Sep 11 2008 at 11:46 AM Rating: Good
444 posts
Re-did this fight a couple of days ago to help a friend out. After checking in with our respective LSes, we quickly realized that we were the only ones who were interested and so we set out with me (75SAM, /WAR) and her (75PLD and WAR available, but we decided her 68WHM /SMN would be best)

For prep work, we didn't use any items and I buffed with a Couerl Sub, switched to my Engetsuto (capped Polearm, albeit unmerrited) and summoned my lvl 70 Soothing Healer NPC. Plan was to have the WHM pop the birds, I'd voke Suparna while she'd repose the fledgling and it worked perfectly.

Penta Thrusts tear these birdies apart with my high clocking in at 1431. Suparna does hit a bit hard, but it's nothing a little bit of Third Eye and Cure bombing from the NPC and WHM couldn't handle. The WHM cast Repose on the fledgling again after Suparna went down so we could rest up, and after getting to near full MP and HP we took down the second as quickly as we were able to.

I've read that the birds are either immune or extremely resistant to dark-based sleeps and lullaby, but a 68 WHM with capped Divine Magic had no trouble getting Repose to stick.
# Feb 01 2008 at 7:26 AM Rating: Decent
Done as a 75Rdm/Whm, 59Whm/Blm, and 75War/Nin. Fight was easy. This mob can hit pretty hard but keeping up shadows isn't too bad. We also did the pop then zone maneuver to de-pop one of the birds.
# Jul 16 2007 at 5:26 PM Rating: Decent
sry to tell all you weak players i soloed as thf nin, so there ***** rdm for everything -.-
Summoner & White Mage Duo Fight....
# Feb 12 2007 at 11:48 AM Rating: Decent
19 posts
Here's my story...

My friend (Taycee 60whm/blm) and I (75smn/whm) went to do this fight together. She wasn't on the mission, but she offered to help me out. I really just wanted to see if I could make a dent in either of these guys solo. I expected to die.

We got up there and took care of Ahtu (quest NM). I used a marron glace, rr2, stoneskin, blink, etc.

I popped the birds and we ran for the zone, zoned in and reapplied blink. I zoned back out, put up sneak and summoned Fenrir. I stuck Fenrir on the BRD bird, used Eclipse Bite, and ran to the other side. Taycee confirmed they did not link, but the second bird was standing quite away from the first so, I can't be sure they don't in another situation.

During this initial fight with Fenrir, the WHM bird despawned.

From there on out it was a matter of keeping stoneskin up and Carby/Fenrir kiting the bird across the area. I used Carby most of the time, but occasionally pulled in Fenrir to do an Eclipse Bite for extra damage. Eclipse Bite was hitting for around 300-450 area. I was very careful with this move because naturally I was getting all this extra hate and kept getting hit. One hit went straight through my stoneskin many times and damaged me. But one hit is usually all it took before one of my pets grabbed hate back.

There was one point that I almost died. Carby went after the bird and missed on the first try and the bird kept hitting me. I was deep in the red below 50hp. Taycee saved me by giving me a DS+Cure IV. She took hate and took the death. In this time Carby got some hits in and resumed hate after the bird took Taycee down. This action on Taycee's part saved the entire fight really.

Right as Taycee died, I was slept by the BRD AOE. But Carby did have hate, so all I did was stand there and wait for sleep to wear off. It took about 60% of Carby's life bar before I woke up naturally. This moment was also a moment where things could have ended fast. I was lucky here to have woken up so fast.

After that point, I kited with Carby only as the bird had only about 5% life left. Taycee RR'd and cured me as needed. It only took a few more kites to take the bird down.

It was a hard fight, pets died very fast. Taycee healed me at each end of the kite. And with the exception to that one point, the fight went really well and smooth. I don't know if we got lucky, but I'm just overjoyed it worked out!

Special Thanks to Taycee, a great friend IRL and IG.

PS: When you go up don't forget your Selbina Clay if you haven't finished the Selbina quest yet.

Edited, Feb 12th 2007 3:00pm by Vysala
# Dec 28 2006 at 11:06 PM Rating: Decent
Full Party of 75 My Arse!
# Dec 21 2006 at 2:07 PM Rating: Decent
166 posts
Got bored last night, so two LS friends of mine who are also on 9-1 decided to get the key items out of the way. We were:

Tyreewere Pld69/War34 (Me)
Meowphttphtt Whm69/Blm34
Fireman Bst75/Whm37

For this, I subbed /rdm for sneak and invis to save on oils and powders. Got Valley of Sorrows, no prob. Teleported to Vahzal and got Xarcabard. Took all of 5 minutes. Fire suggested that we go see just how hard the NM's were. They Teleported to Holla while I warped to Jeuno to change into /war and grab some yag drinks. We met up at The Eldieme Necropolis and got to the island. (Gotta love almost no aggro at 69 :p)

Found the NM tree for the Sandi quest there. Killed it without any dmg to anyone, and Meow got the drop. We buffed up, all put up RR, and ate our food. (I used a carbonara I had left over from my Maat fight) Fire put sneak up and popped the NM's. He ran back and we all zoned into Eldieme. Being a Taru bst, Fire took a ton of dmg, even with Stoneskin and Blink up, which Meow healed. We headed back outside and she took a knee to get her MP back. Suparna was standing close to the zone, while the Fledgling was near the ledge. Once Meow was ready, Fire called his Carrie and went to pull the closest bird, only to have them both despawn. >.< We took too long to med.

I decided, as Galka pld, to try and spawn them this time. Fire snuck me, and I popped them. Ran to the zone, only taking about 150 dmg. Waited 5, then rezoned. They were in the same places. Fire called another Carrie and pulled the Suparna to the zone. I immediately provoke/flash and engage. With the def of the carbonara, I was taking 60-70 dmg, with up to 200 on crits. I popped Rampart and most of his AoE spells were being blocked for 0. Then I popped Sentinel and the dmg dipped to 20-30 with crits of 80-100. (Gotta love the new updates) Anyway, we killed it in short order, and looked over to see that the Fledgling had despawned during the fight. We walked over to the ??? and got the cutscene. Amazingly simple, to be quite honest. Now, just one more mission for Rank 10. wOOt!

Galka Paladin
Irit Server
# Oct 25 2006 at 3:22 PM Rating: Decent
No one want to help with this fight i mean no one!!!!! cause they say they havent got the other 2 and dont wana bother taking 20 mins outa there time to get it :( ahh well ill keep trying u think a pld and a brd could duo this??

*seraph server
Too Weak
# Oct 16 2006 at 8:08 AM Rating: Decent
Me (RDM) and my NIN friend did this quest. I popped the mobs and we zoned. We zoned back in and he pulled the WAR/BRD one. I debuffed and Hasted him and he pretty much killed it alone. Too Weak. Thanks Ferra!!
# Aug 17 2006 at 3:24 PM Rating: Decent
The Island in Battalia Downs, (besides for this mission and stone monument) is only used for a San d'Oria quest that involves killing that notorious monster Ahtu, he drops a key to trade back to the NPC in Northern San d'Oria.At least that's all I think it is for.
# Aug 14 2006 at 2:30 PM Rating: Decent
Yes, the entrance to Valley of Sorrows you want is (J-8) from the Cape Terrigan map. North will take you to Gustav Tunnel @.@!
RDM Solo!
# Jul 12 2006 at 11:44 AM Rating: Decent
I solo'd this today as RDM/NIN.

First, I popped the 2 birds by clicking the ???. Then I zoned. When I re-entered, they were still there, going back to the ???. So I pulled Suparna with gravity. Once it got away from the other bird, I bound it and casted Poison II + Bio II.

I tried to silence it but it didn't stick, so I didn't bother casting it again.
BTW, these can't be slept.

From there I just waited till it died, recasted Bind and Gravity when it wore off (Had haste on all the time). It managed to lullaby me once in a while, but I woke up before bind wore off.

I did get in a sticky suitation where bind wore off and it lullaby'd me before I could recast it, it then attacked me 2 times (200 dmg each hit), managed to cast bind, hit me again, then got out of range before it could attack me again (did a total of 600 dmg to me.)

I subbed /NIN so shadows would eat Massacre Elegy and take a few hits when bind and gravity wore off at the same time.

Just kept Poison II + Bio II on it and it died!
Didn't see it 2hr though...

EDIT: Oh yeah! The other bird disappeared after awhile, so I clicked on the ??? again once I defeated the Suparna and got CS! So it seems you only have to fight one bird (Dunno if it has the be the Suparna)!

Edited, Jul 12th 2006 at 12:50pm EDT by Ikirryu

Edited, Jul 12th 2006 at 12:53pm EDT by Ikirryu
NM job correction
# Nov 26 2005 at 12:27 AM Rating: Excellent
1,090 posts
The greater birds are whm and war, not whm and brd. Nearly all greater bird NMs can do songs. One of the birds here does benediction, the other does mighty strikes (just like roc and simurgh).
# Sep 27 2005 at 10:37 PM Rating: Decent
Before anyone makes the same mistake half my aliance did, do NOT go north! You'll fall off of a stupid ledge (was that really necessary, SE?) and you will have to either warp and try again or die and get tractored. Plus, in the Valley of Sorrows, don't fall off the other ledge right next to the ??? spot.

Those instructions tell you to go north, which is a LIE...it's EAST.
I love my job
# Aug 12 2005 at 8:17 PM Rating: Decent
Solo this as RDM/NIN.75 today ^^

It took me 4 deaths to try out different methods. Here how it went down (god bless RR gorget).

#1: Planned this as a dry run for myself. Tried Sleep2 on whm NM, but it was resisted. The BRD did 2 magic finale that took SS off, and I was pecked to death. I noted that the brd was doing 200 damage, and the whm is only doing 80. (I had P4, and phalanx on still)

#2: Tried to sleep brd NM this time. It was also resisted. The BRD NM slept me, and again, it was a quick death for me.

#3: This time I tried gravity. It stuck alright, but both NM (yes BOTH) were spamming Horde Lullaby on me. I had no chance.

#4: I full buff, and put barsleep and barfire on last. I also sneak/deodorize. I popped them, and they were pecking right away. Then I remember peyton is sight aggro anyways, so that was a dumb attempt for a sneak pop. I kinda gave up, but I casted all my debuff, and noticed that all of them landed.

#5: Again, I full buff with barsleep/barfire. This time, right after I pop them, I just dash to zone, not stopping for anything. I made it into EN only taking 2 hits. I put SS and shadow back on, and zone right back. NM was still there, and I pull the WHM NM with a Poison II. As the WHM walks past the BRD, they did not link. So now, it's just me against the whm. o.o

Silence is the most important debuff here. This "whm" NM also does songs, so make sure silence is in place. Otherwise, it's just like fighting avatars, except every debuff I threw at it landed. I had to convert once during this battle. It didn't take long either that long either.

The BRD NM despawned during the my fight with the WHM. After the WHM was dead, I clicked on the ???, and got the last key item.

{fun} {excitment} {Yes, please} ^^
# Jun 29 2005 at 11:34 AM Rating: Decent
did this duo style, lol....

74 smn, 75 rng

I shadowbinded the brd, this leaving the whm...

We zoned , returned i graped the bird, fenir tanked we killed him, the other depoped but the key item was still givin....

Cool fight, was kinda hard, only cause i would take hate from fenir..the smn did have to recast fenir once, no prob tho
Party of 71
# Jun 03 2005 at 9:27 AM Rating: Good
358 posts
Did this easily last night as 71x6 + RNG69 (BLM, WHM, RDM, RNG, SAM, PLD, DRK).

First of all, the RDM could easily kite the Fledgling because I had no problems sticking Gravity. However, to be safe and since this post was talking about parties of 75, we decided to follow the zone method mentioned:

Everyone stayed inside Eldieme except for myself and the WHM. I buffed and then popped the NMs, Gravitied the Fledgling, then ran to the zone. The WHM stayed out and ahead of me to heal me in case of sleep so I wouldn't have to drop Stoneskin.

We all zoned out right after and then the SAM pulled the Suparna which was just outside the zone and we fought it easily, then took on the Fledgling, which was still far back by the ???. They both 2-houred, but the battles were so easy, it wasn't an issue.
# May 01 2005 at 4:47 PM Rating: Decent
i did this as a 66drk long ago and decided to help as a 75 rng now. our PLD was JP and didnt understand to take the WHM type so i took it and soloed it as rng/nin, killed it faster than a 75 WHM PLD and SMN bashing on the other bird lol. it benediction and got like 1700 and i was still able to kill it quick ^^
Help Wanted On Lakshmi Server!!
# Apr 27 2005 at 3:29 PM Rating: Decent
Hey everyone i'm lookin for help on mission 9-1 & 9-2. Got some high lvl SAM's comin may need a tank and some healers. So if anyone is interested in joining please send me a /tell Djnem. I'll make some /shout attempts tonight and see if we can make a run around 8pm-9pmish est.
did it with 4
# Apr 22 2005 at 2:08 AM Rating: Decent
all 75's
75 Rng/Nin
75 Nin/War
75 Brd/Whm
75 Whm/Smn
took about 3 min to kill em both. killed the Bigger one first then the Fledgling.At half health the fledgling kicked off Bene. Over all it was a joke. Hella easy.
did it with 4
# Apr 22 2005 at 2:06 AM Rating: Decent

Edited, Fri Apr 22 10:00:32 2005
Info Correction
# Apr 17 2005 at 7:20 PM Rating: Decent
Only AF in Battalia is DRG Drachen Brais, NO Warrior AF is In Battalia other then you go to eldeme for first part of hand quest, sorry just letting you know for information correction
# Apr 01 2005 at 10:42 AM Rating: Good
77 posts
I was going to the island through Eldieme last night playing tag with my LS (no comments please), and ran into another high level RDM who was headed the same way to try to solo the two NM birds. I offerred to help and off we went.

He spawned and zoned, making it to the zone line with just a little over 100 HP left in spite of starting off with Stoneskin, Phalanx, and Blink. I watched as the two birds walked back toward the headstone and got far enough apart for the WAR/BRD to be pulled. Yes he used Mighty Strikes, and yes he put me to sleep with Lullabye. Weather Bard is his sub or he's one of those lucky mobs who simply has two jobs, I can't say as he didn't Soul Voice.

Anyway, after the Lullabye incident, I made sure to keep him silenced. The other RDM kept Gravity up, and we nuked him then slept him once. Two Blizzard IIIs took out maybe an 8th of his life, so we decided to Chainspell nuke when he woke up. We did. He burned. That many Fire and Blizzard IIIs in a row is a thing of beauty.

Unfortunately, he still had a sliver of life left when we both ran out of mp. I ran toward the zone as my Stoneskin had fallen and the other RDM had no way to take hate. When Refresh finally brought my MP back up so that I could cast Drain, I did and the bird dropped. The smaller bird did not have to be killed.

Anyway, this mission is officially doable by a lv. 73 and 74 RDM combo.

Fight Walkthrough
# Mar 13 2005 at 11:35 PM Rating: Decent
Go to Eldieme Necropolis. Send one person to operate switch (preferably someone with their own sneak and invisible if needed). Everyone else head to the south most room and go through Shiva's gate. Once Shiva's gate is open, all go in and immediatley turn left to the next door. Have the switch operator open this door. Follow the path and soon you will be in the 'sand pits' room. All but one person drop down the center pit. The one person who didnt drop, go to the switch in this area to let the first switch operator through the first gates.
When u all have dropped down, follow the path to the Batilla Downs exit. Now you are on the island. Locate the '???' closest to the Stone Monument. When you are ready to fight have a NIN or someone with NIN sub kite one of the birds around while the party kills the other. Then once it is dead, simply all attack the other. Once it is dead, go back to the '???' for a cutscene.
Key items
# Mar 13 2005 at 9:29 PM Rating: Decent
35 posts
After completing the first step (by clicking to the ??? in the Valley of Sorrows -- south wall at I-8) you obtain the key item: Figure of Titan.

After completing the second step (by clicking on the ??? at H-7 -- turn left at top of ramp up to upper level and it is between 3 trees) you obtain the key item: Figure of Garuda.

Edited, Sun Mar 13 21:37:34 2005
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