A Test of Courage

Sidequest1 Icon.png Lv. 60   A Test of Courage
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Rewardsicon.png Rewards
XP Gil
Expicon.png83,700-120,150 Gil Icon.png1,135
Achievement Rewarded
062964.png Divinity: Original Kojin
Informationicon.png Description
Kabuto is making ready to storm the Isle of Zekki.
※ The difficulty of this quest will be synced to your current level.
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Issuing NPC: Kabuto
The Ruby Sea -Rasen Kaikyo -Tamamizu (29.4-16.5)
Type: Kojin Quest
Misc Reward: Achieve Sworn reputation with the Kojin.
Unlocks: True-blueSidequest1 Icon.png
Quest: Sidequest1 Icon.pngMisdelivered
Reputation: Honored (1320/1320)
NPCs Involved: Candid KojinBunchinMakuraZukinShikitaheHot-headed Blue
Mobs Involved: Striped RayRed HyoeRed BukanRed HonkanHirumakiShaugi GreatshellTidal BallTidal Wall
NPC Locations
Kabuto in The Ruby Sea (x:29.5, y:16.5)
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Kabuto in The Ruby Sea (x:28.1, y:17.4)
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Candid Kojin in The Ruby Sea (x:28.1, y:17.5)
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Bunchin in The Ruby Sea (x:27.9, y:16.5)
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Kabuto in The Ruby Sea (x:8.1, y:26.9)
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Kabuto in The Ruby Sea (x:29.5, y:16.5)
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  • Kabuto has every intention of rescuing Tsukumo, but he cannot do it alone. First, he must enlist the aid of his fellow Kojin. As he musters the courage to do so, he asks you to accompany him in case he should falter.

※Please note that the difficulty of this quest has been synced to your current level. Furthermore, you may not proceed with a class or job that is different from when you accepted this quest.

  • One of Kabuto's brothers agrees to help much to his surprise. Though only a small success, it gives him courage. So much so, he asks you to wait with Bunchin while he takes on the monumental task of speaking with all the Kojin of Tamamizu.
  • Kabuto has done his due diligence and spoken with all his brothers. All that remains is to wait. Then wait. Then wait a while longer. Just as he was beginning to lose hope, the other members of the Divine Circle arrive. They each have taken steps to prepare for the upcoming battle, and their remaining brothers are all at the ready outside of Tamamizu. It is time for battle, and so Kabuto bids you follow him to the Dive.
  • The plan to distract the Red Kojin about the island was a success. The entrance is unguarded, and Kabuto is prepared to rush inside.
  • Together you and Kabuto fight your way through to the Air of the Opulent and at last find Tsukumo held captive by Hirumaki. A duel ensues, and the ringing of steel against steel is deafening. Alas, Kabuto appears to be no match for Hirumaki. The red-shelled swordsman prepares to deliver the finishing blow when Tsukumo struggles to speak. He offers a few words of encouragement before growing still, and Kabuto realizes at once what has happened. He then finds the strength to strike one last time. Hirumaki collapses to the ground, but Kabuto follows shortly after. With the general defeated, the other Blue Kojin carry the unmoving Tsukumo and Kabuto back to Tamamizu.
  • Tsukumo is no more. The doll sits silently on an altar in the treasure vault when Shihoumi arrives to examine it. Kabuto's hopes of saving Tsukumo are dashed, however, when she tells him there is nothing she can do. Feeling defeated, Kabuto casts a sullen look at the altar and notices a peculiar gem on the ground. Shihoumi is quick to identify it as materia, and wastes no time affixing it to Kabuto's helmet. Taking the materia as a parting gift, he vows to honor Tsukumo's memory by redoubling his efforts to serve the Divine Circle.

Kabuto: I'm afraid you've arrived early, Forename. There is still much to do before preparations are complete.

Kabuto: Yet I cannot stop thinking about Tsukumo's capture. Why strike in Kugane rather than here in Tamamizu? There is little we could have done to stop them had they tried.

Kabuto: Unless... What if this was not the work of the Red as a whole, but a plot by Hirumaki to satisfy his own greed?

Kabuto: Defeating him would be the key to rescuing Tsukumo.

Kabuto: The problem, however, is he is always so heavily guarded.

Kabuto: Our plans and preparation will all be for nothing unless they can be drawn away.

Kabuto: As ever your aid is greatly appreciated.

Kabuto: Nevertheless, we cannot deny their numbers. Sheer strength alone will not grant us victory.

Kabuto: The other members of the Divine Circle intend to create a distraction to draw them away, but even then we are still outmatched.

Kabuto: <sigh> How am I to sway my brothers to join us? Even the mere mention of the Isle of Zekki is enough to turn them away.

2 choice question

2nd answer

Kabuto: Hmmm. That sounds like what Tsukumo would do. He always had a way with words.

Kabuto: If that is what you believe, then I suppose it is worth a try.

Kabuto: Erm... Would you be willing to accompany me? Not to speak with everyone, of course. Only until I've gained my nerve.


Candid Kojin: Aren't you the one aiding the Divine Circle in their search for treasure? You've done fine work for the Blue. Yes, fine work indeed.

Kabuto: Ah, Forename. Your presence is greatly appreciated. Ahem. Now then.

Candid Kojin: Are you well, Kabuto? It's rather unlike you to call on anyone for help. I suppose next Makura will tell us the striped rays are drowning.

Kabuto: Tsukumo has been taken by the Red, and I mean to rescue him.

Candid Kojin: So it is true! I had hoped it was only a rumor. But what are we to do? We are not fighters, Kabuto. You would be leading turtles to slaughter.

Kabuto: I realize that, which is why I will not ask you to fight. But I do have a plan that requires your help.

Kabuto: You are perhaps the greatest swimmer the Ruby Sea has ever known, and your knowledge of its currents is unmatched. That is why I would ask you to lead their soldiers on a chase─distract them that I might do battle with their leader alone.

Candid Kojin: A chase, you say? Hmmm. It should be simple enough to drag those sea slugs through the waves. It might even prove fun.

Candid Kojin: Very well. Give me time to prepare and you will have your diversion.

Kabuto: He listened. He listened and agreed to help! No doubt your presence helped to convince him.

Kabuto: But I cannot ask you to be present for everyone. Wait with the elder while I speak with the others.


Bunchin: Kabuto has taken to recruiting our brothers for his attack on the Isle of Zekki? It seems he has learned much from his time away from Tamamizu.

Kabuto: I never realized talking could be so tiresome.

Bunchin: I take it you have spoken with everyone, then. Fear not. Your cause is just, and from what Aya has told me, your plan is sound.

Bunchin: We need only wait for the others to assemble.

Kabuto: It would seem my words have fallen on deaf ears. Come, Aya. We must save Tsukumo on our own.

Bunchin: You are too quick to judge your brothers, Kabuto. Take another look.

Makura: Sorry to keep you waiting. I thought it prudent we have proper weapons should we be forced to confront the Red, so I made a short trip to visit the Qestir.

Kabuto: You traveled all the way to Reunion for weapons!?

Shikitahe: I paid a visit to the forge in Kugane, and the young smith─Shihoumi, I believe is her name─insisted she be brought here to prepare for Tsukumo's return. She seemed quite adamant about seeing to his repairs.

Kabuto: Shihoumi! I had nearly forgotten. I know not how to repay you.

Zukin: When a brother is in need, we help. It's as simple as that.

Makura: Just so. In fact, you'll find more of our brothers are waiting for you outside. Everyone is prepared to do their part to see Tsukumo returned safely.

Zukin: Which is why I scouted ahead, lest we have any unwanted surprises. I overheard the soldiers on watch speaking of Hirumaki.

Zukin: They say he's been gloating over his latest plunder, keeping it on display at the Air of the Opulent. It has to be Tsukumo.

Kabuto: Then I know where I must go.

Kabuto: As I mentioned before, your task will be to circle about the island and draw the attention of as many soldiers as you can.

Kabuto: While they're distracted, Aya and I will sneak onto the island through the Dive.

Bunchin: Today we shall prove the Blue are not to be trifled with.

Kabuto: To the Isle of Zekki!

You'll begin synced to level 60, with the Brilliant Conviction buff. Kabuto Ironshell will join you for this fight. Run forward to Bunchin, Oldest of the Older, and pick up the Blessed Namazu Chime next to him to grant both of you Damage Up and unlock the way onwards.

You'll enter a battlefield. A Red Bukan and Red Hyoe are fighting a Head-headed Blue, a Red Bukan and Striped Ray are on Makura Raykeep, a Striped Ray is on Shikitahe Shellspinner, and a Red Hyoe is on Zukin Shellbreaker. Save them all, and Makura Raykeep will lead you to a Blessed Qestiri Morin Khuur that will grant Rehabilitation (Strong regen) and open the way onwards.

At the crest of the hill you'll encounter two Red Bukan, two Red Hyoe, and a Striped Ray. Simply group them up together and Kabuto Ironshell will ready his limit break, Blue Cut, to take them out. One more of each foe will appear, but repeat the process of grouping them up for his limit again. A final wave of two of each mob will appear, just group them all up in Kabuto's AoE indicator and help AoE them down.

In the next room, you'll approach a pair of Red Bukan, but a hidden pair of Red Honkan will strike from behind, with one of them tethering Kabuto Ironshell to inflict Fetters and Vulnerability Up. Attack the one tethering him ASAP to save him, then mop them up.

After the fight, Makura Raykeep will approach to lead you to one last treasure. The Blessed Hingan Armor will grant you both Vulnerability Down and open the onward. Fully buffed, march onward to your fight with Shaugi Greatshell. He uses the following moves and mechanics:

Ruby Spray: This will summon several AoEs under you, chasing you as you move out of each one. Inflicts moderate damage and Magic Vulnerability Up

Curse of the Tides: Several Tidal Ball adds will appear and ready Splinter, a powerful AoE. You do not need to kill all of them, simply kill the one Kabuto runs towards to create a safe spot to stand in. Getting hit deals heavy damage and Magic Vulnerability Up.

Ruby Rip: A stack mechanic that will be centered on Kabuto. This usually happens after other attacks on you, requiring you to not run too far while dodging the AoEs.

Stench of Death: This will tether you and do more damage the closer you are to Shaugi Greatshell.

Curse of the Tides (25%): At 25% HP he'll cast a special version of Curse of the Tides that creates two Tidal Walls that grant him Invincibility and must be defeated. During this time he'll also spam a heavy AoE called High Tide. Defeat both walls ASAP to stop him.

Seventy-seventh Wave: Used immediately after the Tidal Walls are defeated, this deals heavy damage and knockback.

The most important part of the fight is to avoid letting you or Kabuto get hit by avoidable AoEs. These inflict Magic Vulnerability Up, and as all of Shaugi Greatshell's attacks are magic-based this will make them hurt harder. On the plus side, his reliance on magic means role actions such as Addle or Apocatastasis can help reduce damage, as well as Wanderer's Troubadour if playing BRD.

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