The Weight of Your Limits - Great Axe Weaponskill  

Start Area: Metalworks
Start NPC:Iron Eater (J - 8)
Related Areas:The Sanctuary of Zi'tah
Related Mobs:Greenman
Min Level:71
Max Level:75
Weapon Skill:Steel Cyclone
(Average from 6 ratings)
Items Required:Annals of Truth
Axe of Trials
Map to the Annals of Truth
Last Updated: Fri Jun 1 03:17:31 2012

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You must have a Great Axe skill of at least 240 and be at least level 71 to begin this quest. If you're ready to accept the mission, head to Bastok Metalworks and speak with Iron Eater.

He will hand you a key item as well as a great axe, the Axe of Trials. He instructs you to master the axe by weakening it's powers, which roughly means you need to remove the latent effect off of it by participating in skillchains and performing weapon skills. The number of SCs and WSs you need to do before the sword is sufficiently weakened goes by a strict point-based system:

Solo-WS or opening any level SC: 1 pt.

Close LVL1 SC: 2 pt.

Close LVL2 SC: 3 pt.

Close LVL3 SC: 5 pt.

- Total Needed: 300 pt.


Participate in SCs until you've accumulated enough points for the latent effects on the Axe of Trials to dissappear. (Note: the text on the item description will remain, but the effects will expire)

After the latent effects are off of the Axe of Trials, return to Iron Eater and trade him the Axe of Trials. He will hand you yet another key item and tell you to proceed to the Sanctuary of Zitah.

Head to (F-6) and touch the ??? there. An NM treant named Greenman will appear. Defeat him. Once Greenman is dead, check the ??? again to receive yet another key item.

Now head back to Metalworks and speak w/ Iron Eater again. After a short cutscene, you will receive your long-awaited prize: Steel Cyclone!


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drop pick
# Dec 30 2007 at 4:32 PM Rating: Decent
Hey, I don't really wanna do my Pick of trial for decimation. Only has a few points. If I drop it right away, can i get the Axe of trial just by talking to Iron eater? I mean of course i fulfill those requirement (GA 240 and lvl 75)

Anybody know?
drop pick
# Sep 27 2008 at 1:28 PM Rating: Decent
93 posts
i dont think so, i just dropped my pick, i have 249 skill and cant get it...kind of sucks
# Sep 27 2007 at 6:31 PM Rating: Decent
Just trioed this NM with 75NIN/WAR 75WHM/NIN 66BST/WHM.

I just used standard paralyze, blind, and slow Ninjustsu debuffs
and had to keep shadows up cause he hits hard(hardest was 500+).
The fight only took about 3-5 minutes so not bad at all.

Steel Cyclone O

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Wheres the WS reviews?!
# Jun 21 2007 at 4:03 AM Rating: Decent
I REALLY hate how everyone on "WS Trial forums" never really make ANY effort to review the actual weaponskill you're unlocking.... What kind of DMG does it do? IS it worth the effort? Well, after spending quite some time on this WS, I finally got it, and I have to say, I'm TERRIBLY unimpressed. STR and VIT are supposed to be major modifiers for this WS... so I geared myself with STR +37, and Vit +25, which I feel are VERY respectable numbers. Also, Considering I'm Elvaan, I dont exactly LACK STR or VIT to begin with...

I tried this ws on "Too Weak" Mobs in Western Altepa Desert using Gawain's Axe (Dmg 91, which is pretty RObust), and I was typically doing 480-600 with 100% tp, or 800-900 with "Sneak Attack + Steel Cyclone" with 100% tp. To me, this is RIDICULOUS, because I can do more dmg WITHOUT SA as an RDM on an EVisceration WS <.< In any case, on the BRIGHT side, I tried this on VT/IT mobs, and it seemed to have about the same resulting dmg as it did fighting "Too Weak" mobs. That kind of confuses me, considering the higher level mobs are naturally going to have MUCH higher defense (yes, mobs defense and your attack is ALWAYS a factor on WS's, not just the base stat modifiers), but I wont complain about it.

The ONLY thing I can see this being good for is if you are war/thf and doing an HNM/God, and you dont want to feed it lots of TP by dual-wielding weapons and using multi-hit weapons skills, because steel cyclone is a single hit WS, and does DECENT dmg without feeding a lot of TP. The other nice thing is... if you wait until 300% tp, this ws does a LOT more damage (3.00x normal dmg modifier), but honestly, who really waits for 300% tp?! @[email protected] All in all though, for MY purposes as warrior, I think this ws was a complete waste of time to unlock, and unless you do TONS of HNM as war/thf and have a 75 sam thats a good friend to help you unlock it, then I wouldnt bother.
Wheres the WS reviews?!
# Jun 21 2007 at 4:23 AM Rating: Default
its all about the 300% sata ws.

martial bhuj and this WS go together like .....

well two things that go really well together.. milk and cookies?....

Well yeah if you dont want to save to 300% martial bhuj is the way to go, i got consisent 1300 - 1500 dmg on optical hat mob between 100-200tp.

SATA if course, STR +54 VIT +22.

gl anyway, its honestly a great ws =]
# Jun 14 2007 at 12:17 AM Rating: Decent
simple fight setup was
75 nin/war
75 war/nin (me)
65 rdm/whm
75 drg/war
75 brd/whm

Bard put up double march my rdm put up haste on the nin. paralyze an slow the mob right after pop was easy fight i took hate instantly and tanked for like 5 hits missed me 3/5 so ninja had no problem. Went down in about 4 minutes. GL to all who try

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Fight and DMG
# Jun 06 2007 at 11:17 PM Rating: Decent
First try fought as:
72War/Nin (me)

We almost won. I died with the mob at 12% life. That's was our main downfall. After that not enough dmg was done, Whm and Pld were out of MP and the 3 of them died with the mob at 2% life.

Fought 2nd time as:
72War/Nin (me)

Easy fight, no problems at all, no one was low on MP or HP.

1st Steel Cyclone at 100% TP did 556. 2nd Steel Cyclone at 200% TP did 865. And I accidently had /Blm sub.

Edited, Jun 7th 2007 3:22am by xalatar
# Mar 13 2007 at 4:22 PM Rating: Decent
I'm AMAZED that NO ONE here has posted ANYTHING about the review of the WS (Steel Cyclone) that you have to work so hard to get by doing this quest - just how people have trouble getting the quest, and how to unlock it - WHO CARES - if the ws sucks?!?! Is it WORTH making all this effort to unlock? WHat kind of damage does it do in an exp/merit pt vs VT/IT? I"m sure some people will say "Oh, well... even if it does suck, it can make this SC, or that SC..." Once again WHO CARES?! in 99.9% of merit pt's, no one SC's anyway... I would LOVE it if someone woudl post some raw numbers of what this can do, and comparisons to other WS's, liek Raging Rush, and Sturmwind...
# Jun 15 2007 at 7:32 AM Rating: Decent
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You want a review? I'll give you one.

Steel Cyclone has its uses, but in a merit PT it's useless unless you save to 250%+.

However this WS is perfect if you want to zerg something and kill it in a hurry.. 300% TP + Berserker's axe + Warrior Charge + Mighty Strikes will easily do 2,200-2,400 to stuff that doesn't have high DEF.

Worth getting? Yes, if you plan to do any sort of endgame.

If you use Great axes in merit parties, just sub SAM and spam raging rush. With Berserker's it usually does 600-900 without a double attack, over 1k if you get a DA. Highly recommend a Martial Bhuj since it pretty much gives you a extra 100% TP. That equates to a few extra hundred damage on RR.

Truthfully I rarely use Great axe in parties unless I get double marches and a haste. It's then that I start catching up with other axe WARs.

I dare say someone with a full haste build, max great axe merits and a Martial Bhuj would be able to outparse a lot of jobs.. especially with with songs and haste spell.

Just saying what I think of GA.. It has its uses like most of everything else, but as of now it is usually inferior to dual wielded weapons.

Perhaps SE will give 2 handed weapons another boost?

merits suck for tryin 2 cheat
# Jan 06 2007 at 4:26 PM Rating: Decent
*note 2 self u must have actual 240 skill points 2 unlock this merits aint included ......... what a bumber
Point tally in the description is incorrect
# Sep 16 2006 at 8:20 AM Rating: Decent
379 posts
I've sent a correction request to change the point tallies to:

Start LVL2 SC: 1 pt.
Close LVL2 SC: 3 pt.

Start LVL3 SC: 1 pt.
Close LVL3 SC: 5 pt.

You never get more than 1 point for opening a skillchain. This might explain some people's overestimation of their points.
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# Aug 25 2006 at 9:49 PM Rating: Decent
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is all i had to beat this guy down probably would have gone quicker if the pld stayed as 75war lol
lol owned
# Jul 15 2006 at 3:29 PM Rating: Default
if u cant figure that out ur just a ******
lol owned
# Aug 21 2006 at 12:50 PM Rating: Decent
869 posts
Oh please, it's not like you had to fight EP's or higher to
unlock DRK. It should be included.
# Apr 27 2006 at 4:25 PM Rating: Default
RE: omg!
# May 18 2006 at 8:58 AM Rating: Decent
25 posts
Okay, this was a cake fight. I had the following:
75 nin
75 war
75 war
73 war
74 whm
Fight lasted maybe 2 min. We did get TP before fight and started off with Decimation > Blade:Ku > Steel Cyclone and then just solo WS for the next one and it died... no problem... GL
# Mar 22 2006 at 6:54 PM Rating: Decent
# Mar 14 2006 at 6:48 PM Rating: Decent
I admit that I'm late in lv skill with GA, but I'm Lv72, and just got 240 on Ga. But That Purple Galka won't give me the quest!
RE: WTF???
# Apr 16 2006 at 6:21 PM Rating: Decent
lol i'm in the same boat, i'm 75 and just got 240 GA skill, and i cant get the quest, i have the 1h axe ws active, hard to find help, i am thinking u can only have 1 WS quest active but cannot find anyinfo to confirm or deny. if anyone knows for certain please help.

thank you
RE: WTF???
# Jun 25 2006 at 5:19 PM Rating: Decent
I do believe you can only have 1 current Weapon skill quest...
I'm about half way done with the Steel cyclone one. Kinda hard to tell lol
Anyway GL

RE: WTF???
# Apr 18 2006 at 2:08 PM Rating: Decent
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i have the 1h axe ws active, hard to find help, i am thinking u can only have 1 WS quest active but cannot find anyinfo to confirm or deny. if anyone knows for certain please help.

I have confirmed it. I had a GA skill of 240 and Iron Eater would not give me the quest. I had Decimation open and my LS help me beat Yallery Brown. Headed straight for Iron Eater after learning Decimation and got the Axe of Trials.
RE: WTF???
# May 24 2006 at 1:16 PM Rating: Decent
you can have 1 ws quest opened at a time
Counting system
# Mar 08 2006 at 1:50 PM Rating: Good
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I just helped a friend unlock her Axe of Trials, and after 60 successful Evisceration -> Full Break chains, the latent was unlocked. Anyone claiming otherwise likely miscounted.
3-5 points
# Oct 07 2005 at 3:08 AM Rating: Decent
I kept extremely careful track how how many points we were getting according to these figures (3 to open a lvl 3 skillchain, 5 to close) doing Darkness with a Pld, taking turns opening and closing-and I found that we were FAR past the 300 number before the latent FINALLY disappeared. So, that simply can NOT be right. Darkness is a lvl 3 sc, yes? Yeah well...doing it that many times, counting up each and every one...we did over 350 by the time it disappeared. So...this needs to be looked over again, I think.
RE: 3-5 points
# Oct 19 2005 at 2:31 PM Rating: Decent
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Assuming you were doing Full Break -> Swift Blade you'd have been getting 1 or 5 points.

1 point for doing a WS solo (the openner) and 5 for closing. You get 3 for closing a level 2 skillchain. The game has to award point when you do your skill, not later, so when you do your skill the game can't know if your doing a skill chain or just doing a solo WS.

Which means for every 2 WS you thought you were getting 8 points, but you really only got 6. 300/8 = 37.5 and 300/6 = 50. So you did 50-37.5 = 12.5 more WS pairs than you thought you had too which would be by your counting an even 100 more points than you thought you needed.
RE: 3-5 points
# Oct 30 2005 at 3:16 AM Rating: Decent
33 posts
Don't bet too much on that theory. I had 61 L3 closers on my Pick of Trials, which amounts to 305 points alone, but I still needed 36 Solo WSes and 15 L3 Openers to get rid of the latent.

Also, it wouldn't be a difficult thing for S/E to check if a WS is opening a chain. Besides, if the game couldn't tell if the WS would create an SC then there wouldn't be any SCs at all.

I just worked off the latent FINALLY and I tracked them meticulously.

Solos: 248 x1 point each
L1 Open: 1 x1 point each
L1 Close: 6 x2 points each
L2 Open: 2 x2 points each
L2 Close: 8 x3 points each
L3 Open: 39 x3 points each
L3 Close: 17 x3 points each

Which works out to 399 points. So quite likely the cap for this weapon at the very least is 400 points.

Edited, Sun Nov 20 23:35:09 2005
RE: 3-5 points
# Feb 25 2006 at 9:04 PM Rating: Decent
119 posts
There is also the fact that these skillchains must be preformed on an easy prey + mob in order for the Sc to register as points.
RE: 3-5 points
# Mar 19 2006 at 9:16 PM Rating: Decent
My run I just did 58 x close Level 3 Skillchain @ 5 points, 10x Solo WS. @ 1 point = 300 >.>

Edited, Sun Mar 19 21:17:25 2006
RE: 3-5 points
# Sep 16 2006 at 8:24 AM Rating: Decent
379 posts
The point tally for opening a level 2-3 skillchain is wrong. It should be

Start LVL2 SC: 1 pt.
Close LVL2 SC: 3 pt.

Start LVL3 SC: 1 pt.
Close LVL3 SC: 5 pt.

You never get more than one point for opening a SC, period.

Correction request submitted.
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Pretty Easy
# Sep 06 2005 at 7:00 AM Rating: Good
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Just fought this NM yesterday with this set up:
71 War/Nin (me)
71 Brd/Whm Cheroni
71 Rng/Nin Genais
71 Rdm/Blm Yoshiyama
71 Whm/Smn Iyaesuyori

(Everyone except the Rdm is in my static, so we know each other's routine very well =P)

We also had a 64 Mnk/War but he DCed pretty early into the fight.

I put on full AF and def food and tanked the entire fight. With Haste + Elegy + Slow Greenman was very easy to blink tank even with just Utsusemi Ichi. The only real threat was when it uses Leaf Storm which takes out 2 - 3 shadows at once. When shadows are down, it hits me for 150 - 200 damage and 250 critical (that's with 450 def and +15 vit), however with Haste + Elegy + Slow I can get shadows up within 1 - 2 hits after Leaf Storm. No one was ever in serious danger of dying except me whos HP dropped to 500 two to three times after the Greenman double attacked + WS, but other than that, really easy fight.

Heres to any future War's planning to get this kickass WS. It's definitely possible to tank this NM yourself pre lvl 74, but just make sure you have a Rdm and Brd to cast Elegy and Slow, as well as keeping you hasted the entire fight.

Edited, Tue Sep 6 08:14:26 2005
NM Dead - I died too
# Jul 25 2005 at 8:00 PM Rating: Decent
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This was my set-up

75 PLD
70 WHM
70 RDM
72?? DRK/WAR (forgot exact level)
74 MNK

We got to the site and cleared the area of bones and junk to get TP. Once we were all ready I popped the NM.

The fight started out ok. We were going to do Asuran Fist >>> Ground Strike. Don't ask me why, but I forgot to check the SJ on one of the DRK and thought he was a /THF so I asked him to do Ground Strike instead of the DRK/THF.

Anyway, the lvl 75 is an RL friend of mine. He sent me a tell "Get behind mob...I'm going to make you tank. LOL" Yeah, so I got behind the mob because I didn't think he was going to do it. Yeap. SATA Ground Strike the mob for about 1500dmg+. So yeah, I died at about 1/4 HP on mob....HAHAHAHA. I didn't care about dying, I just thought it was freaking funny how he went through with it that *******...hehe. He forgot that PLD can't do cover across Alliance...or so we think because the PLD did try to cover me but couldn't. So the PT finished off the mob and I got my R3.

Overall the mob wasn't hard at all. I love the WS. I do have a small complaint though when I SATA. Sometimes the animation for Steel Cyclone doesn't show. It just shows the large dark circle as though I already swung the GAXE. Oh well, it's still an awesome WS compared to Raging Rush. Totally worth the time to get this WS IMO.

Next up....Decimation.
# Jun 17 2005 at 1:59 AM Rating: Decent
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THE MONSTER HAS TO BE EASY PREY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't MAKE THE SAME STUPID MISTAKE I JUST DID -pissed he just wasted 6 hours- [email protected]
# May 31 2005 at 3:52 PM Rating: Good
358 posts
First off, it spawns at the ??? under the sapling at the top left corner of (F-6). The map at ffxi-atlas is WRONG.

The mob isn't so bad. It's a Treant, so it's got alot of HP and good def, and the worst TP attack it has is Leafstorm (AoE damage, pretty good damage too).

We had a PLD tank it, lv 73 Galka without earth staff, it was only doing 150ish per hit.

Only problem was that FFXI decided to boot about 3-4 of us at one point, so the 60some NIN we had started tanking it, until Leaf Storm took him out, orz.

But now I have my Annals of Truth! :D
Steel Cyclone NM
# May 06 2005 at 3:02 PM Rating: Decent
232 posts
Here's a tip for anyone out there on this NM. I couldn't find JACK on info for this guy except people commenting on the "sword" mistake. So, here's the facts:

Took him down 2 different times and my pt make up was:

73 nin/war
72 war/nin (me)
73 whm/smn
74 rng/nin
72 drk/thf

The whm had 680ish MP when I spawned it and used Benediction near the end b/c Ninja took some heavy dmg late in the fight. Other than that, very very easy fight. 2nd fight make up was this:

73 nin/war
72 war/nin
71 drk/thf
70 whm/smn
70 rdm/blm

This was a much easier fight than the 1st time. Dunno why, was a different ninja each fight though. He hit me for 200-300 dmg each time (with DD gear and berzerk on) so I'm sure either a pld or nin can tank it np. Ninja was just easy for me to get ^^; Hope this helps you all!

Great Axe
# Mar 29 2005 at 6:43 AM Rating: Decent
While your on the subject...
...return to Iron Eater and trade him the sword. Should be axe!

It's Great Axe, he made a mistake; happens when your human. Thanks for the info, going to try to raise my Gaxe skill up to get this now.
# Feb 27 2005 at 6:30 PM Rating: Decent
...return to Iron Eater and trade him the sword. Should be axe!
RE: Typo
# Mar 08 2005 at 11:28 PM Rating: Decent
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The number of SCs and WSs you need to do before the sword is sufficiently weakened goes by a strict point-based s

return to Iron Eater and trade him the sword.

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