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The Ultimate Weapon

Mainquest1 Icon.png Lv. 50   The Ultimate Weapon

Journal detail hr1 07.png Acquisition
Raubahn: Castrum Meridianum (Zone) (x:15.6, y:17)
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071201.png50Rock the CastrumMainquest1 Icon.png Rock the Castrum (Level 50)

Spacer2.png All classes and jobs (excluding limited jobs) (Level 50)

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Raubahn has some parting words for you ahead of the final phase of Operation Archon.
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  • Speak with Cid at the Ceruleum Processing Plant.
  • Enter the Praetorium.
  • Confront the Ultima Weapon at the Porta Decumana.
  • Confront Lahabrea on the Porta Decumana.
  • Speak with Minfilia.
Journal detail hr1 02.png Unlocks Quests
071201.png50The Price of PrinciplesMainquest1 Icon.png The Price of Principles (Level 50)
071221.png1The Greatest Story Never ToldSidequest1 Icon.png The Greatest Story Never Told (Level 1)
071221.png50Magiteknical DifficultiesSidequest1 Icon.png Magiteknical Difficulties (Level 50)
071221.png50Of Errant EpistlesSidequest1 Icon.png Of Errant Epistles (Level 50)
071221.png50Remembering the PastSidequest1 Icon.png Remembering the Past (Level 50)
071341.png1Memories RekindledFeaturequest1 Icon.png Memories Rekindled (Level 1)
071341.png1Seeing the CieldalaesFeaturequest1 Icon.png Seeing the Cieldalaes (Level 1)
071341.png50A Recurring ProblemFeaturequest1 Icon.png A Recurring Problem (Level 50)
071341.png50Blood for StoneFeaturequest1 Icon.png Blood for Stone (Level 50)
071341.png50Corpse GroomFeaturequest1 Icon.png Corpse Groom (Level 50)
071341.png50Curds and SlayFeaturequest1 Icon.png Curds and Slay (Level 50)
071341.png50Fear and Odin in the ShroudFeaturequest1 Icon.png Fear and Odin in the Shroud (Level 50)
071341.png50For Keep's SakeFeaturequest1 Icon.png For Keep's Sake (Level 50)
071341.png50Ghosts of AmdaporFeaturequest1 Icon.png Ghosts of Amdapor (Level 50)
071341.png50It's Definitely PiratesFeaturequest1 Icon.png It's Definitely Pirates (Level 50)
071341.png50King of the HullFeaturequest1 Icon.png King of the Hull (Level 50)
071341.png50Legacy of AllagFeaturequest1 Icon.png Legacy of Allag (Level 50)
071341.png50Maniac ManorFeaturequest1 Icon.png Maniac Manor (Level 50)
071341.png50Not Easy Being GreenFeaturequest1 Icon.png Not Easy Being Green (Level 50)
071341.png50One Night in AmdaporFeaturequest1 Icon.png One Night in Amdapor (Level 50)
071341.png50Out of Sight, Out of MineFeaturequest1 Icon.png Out of Sight, Out of Mine (Level 50)
071341.png50Out of the BlueFeaturequest1 Icon.png Out of the Blue (Level 50)
071341.png50Sirius BusinessFeaturequest1 Icon.png Sirius Business (Level 50)
071341.png50The Rise and Fall of GentlemenFeaturequest1 Icon.png The Rise and Fall of Gentlemen (Level 50)
071341.png50The Ultimate BalladFeaturequest1 Icon.png The Ultimate Ballad (Level 50)
071341.png50The Weaponsmith of LegendFeaturequest1 Icon.png The Weaponsmith of Legend (Level 50)
071341.png50The Wrath of QarnFeaturequest1 Icon.png The Wrath of Qarn (Level 50)
071341.png50This Time's for FunFeaturequest1 Icon.png This Time's for Fun (Level 50)
071341.png70Recall of DutyFeaturequest1 Icon.png Recall of Duty (Level 70)
080123.png50The Man in BlackA Nocturn for Heroes Event Icon.png The Man in Black (Level 50)

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Passage To The Praetorium

  • Raubahn has some parting words for you ahead of the final phase of Operation Archon.
  • The Enterprise stands ready to bear you to the Praetorium─the fortress within a fortress wherein the Ultima Weapon sleeps. Prepare for the fight of your life, and report to Cid at the Ceruleum Processing Plant.
  • You are ready to depart for the Praetorium, the stage upon which the fate of the realm shall soon be decided. Fight your way into the depths of the structure, in search of the Ultima Weapon, and when you find the Allagan relic...send a piece of it to each of the seven hells.
※Challenge the Praetorium with other players via the Duty Finder, or with a party of NPCs via Duty Support. Both systems are accessible from the main menu as well as the dungeon's entrance point.
  • Having swept aside all enemies in your path, you finally come face-to-face with Gaius van Baelsar himself. The confrontation concludes with the man's retreat, and you chase him to the Ultima Weapon's chamber.
  • Taking control of the fearsome weapon, the Black Wolf sets upon you once more. Do what you have come to do, and see that the magitek monstrosity never threatens Eorzea again.
※Challenge the Porta Decumana with other players via the Duty Finder, or with a party of NPCs via Duty Support. Both systems are accessible from the main menu as well as the trial's entrance point.
  • Shielded by Light, you weather the Ultima Weapon's relentless onslaught and succeed in laying it low. But your struggles are not yet over, for Lahabrea now intends to eliminate you himself, that none may prevent his god's rebirth.
  • As the Praetorium collapses around you, the Ascian descends to extinguish your flame. Strike down the servant of Darkness, and free your comrade Thancred from his enthrallment.
  • With Gaius van Baelsar slain, and the Ultima Weapon destroyed, it would seem that Eorzea may finally look forward to an era of peace. Yet even as the people of the three city–states gather to celebrate their deliverance, a deafening roar reverberates throughout every corner of the realm...
A dread primal has awakened.
  • What fearsome primal is this that has been roused? Perhaps Minfilia will be able to shed some light on the mystery.
  • In troubled tones, Minfilia reveals to you that shortly after the roar was heard around the land, an aetheric disturbance was observed, bearing a disquieting similarity to a phenomenon recorded five years ago. It would seem that your struggles are far from over. Steel your resolve anew, and set forth to shine the Crystal's light upon the realm.

For the final phase of the operation, my Flames will storm Castrum Meridianum and suppress what is left of the imperial garrison. If all goes well, this will allow you to reach the Praetorium unopposed─fit and ready for your encounter with the Ultima Weapon.

Yours is the most dangerous mission of all, but the best must bear the heaviest burden, and you're the best we have. There's not another soul in this realm that could see this deed done, and Merlwyb and Kan–E are of the same mind as me.

Though all hangs on your success, you must not let our plight make you desperate. Victory belongs to the bold, not the reckless. Bards are wont to sing of heroes who valued their life at naught next to honor, love, and liberty, but I tell you now: that which men value at naught, they sell cheap. Risk no more than you must, you hear me?

Now, best you were off─we have work to do, the both of us. See that your preparations are in order, then report to Cid. He awaits you with the Enterprise at the Ceruleum Processing Plant. May Rhalgr grant you strength.

Operation Archon is the most ambitious military strategy ever to be conducted on Eorzean soil, and you are its beating heart! You must not fail!
Quest Accepted

The Enterprise is at your disposal. When you're ready to head for the Praetorium, you need only say the word.

If we succeed in destroying the Ultima Weapon, it will deal a crippling blow to the Empire's hopes of conquest. After that, the XIVth Legion would not dare to move against us─barring the discovery of further Allagan doomsday devices, that is...

Let's be on our way, Forename! Gaius and his plaything await!

The Enterprise is at your disposal. When you're ready to head for the Praetorium, you need only say the word.

You must complete the duty The Praetorium to proceed with this quest.

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Allow me, then, hero, to do that which you will not!
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You must complete the trial The Porta Decumana to proceed with this quest.

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Bear witness to the true power of the Ultima Weapon!
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You boasted of unrivaled power. You were entrusted with the ultimate weapon. The ultimate magic!

And still you failed. So much for the glory of man.

The growing imbalance afflicting the planet must be redressed.

If it is permitted to worsen, the very laws of existence─both aetheric and physical─will be warped beyond all recognition.

Know you the root of this corruption? Hydaelyn!

Like a parasite, She must be burned out if the planet is to recover.

And naught but the return of the one true god will ensure Her complete excision.

Yet to pave the way for the master's return, a chaotic confluence of untold proportions must needs be brought about. And that will necessitate the presence of the primals.

Needless to say, both you and your Scion accomplices can not be suffered to interfere in this endeavor.

You will not leave this place alive.
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It is past time your flame was extinguished...“Bringer of Light.”
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For the sake of the star, I will deal with you personally!

Searing flames, cleanse all in the name of the one true god!

Those tainted by Light cannot be suffered to live! Go forth, my shadows!

I will show you true magic! Fires of creation─arise!

You have meddled enough! Farewell, servant of Light!

Hmph. Yours was always a vain struggle.
Surrender not, my child. Look thee to the Light...
And receive of the power to banish the Darkness!
That You should still have the strength to interfere... Damn You, Hydaelyn!

No matter. Blessing or no, you imperfect beings cannot hope to defeat me!

You are strong, I concede...

Yet know that if I should perish, so too will the mortal within whose flesh I reside.
Mark not the Dark Minion's subtle words. Only Light may banish the Darkness!
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If thou wouldst pierce the shadows...make thee a blade of Light.
The binds them... They are too many!
And so my conquest ends, Cid.
In smoke and ashes...
Hear... Feel... Think...

Warrior of Light. Beloved son.

The Darkness hath fled before the unclosed brilliance of thy spirit.

Yet it lingereth still beyond the sight of men, in forgotten corners of the world.

In the depths of the abyss yet resideth the Dark One, watchful ever.

Till this evil be cast out, never shall the world know aught but a passing peace.

Yet for the present, a gentle light shineth o'er the realm of Eorzea.

With thee at its heart.

From sparkling mote shall it swell to glorious sun, and all the world shall bask in its warmth.

Blessings and joy be upon thee.

Go forth, my child, and be as a beacon of hope for Eorzea and the lands beyond, through all the days of thy life.
Serpent Scout
My lady! All Twin Adder units have fallen back to the outer perimeter!
Flame Scout
The Flames have completed their withdrawal, General!
Storm Scout
Admiral! All hands accounted for!
He's still in there...
Cid! Has there been no word?
Nothing. Nothing at all.
He's going to make it! I know he is!
Yda is right. We must have faith.
Cid! Can they not be evacuated aboard the Enterprise?

That adventurer and the Scions are as the Warriors of Light reborn.

We cannot abandon them to their fate! Not again!
I wholeheartedly agree! But flying into the midst of that would only add to the fireworks!
There must be something we can do!
Please, Mother Hydaelyn. Please light his way through the darkness...
Look into the Light, my child. If thou wouldst see thy companions returned safe to thee, reach out to them now.
It's him. I feel his presence!
Can it be─? Is it really him!?
I knew it! I knew it all along!
Who speaks...? The Crystal! She calls to us!
I hear Her! The voice of Hydaelyn Herself...
She speaks of...

Strike me down! No wonder he seemed familiar! He's one of the Warriors of Light!

What are you smirking at, Cid!? You knew, didn't you!?
Oh, you mean our adventurer friend? Did I forget to mention he was one of the Warriors of Light?
Saved Eorzea, you know. Twice.
The shroud is lifted. They remember you...
Our Warrior of Light!
Yes! The hero returns!
Look! Thancred is with him!
Thank the Twelve!
Thank Hydaelyn...
Welcome home.
You almost got us killed that one time, remember?
Now now, we both know that was your fault.
Thank the Twelve we're safe.
Mind your horns there, manbull.
Hah! Mayhap when you mind your manners.
Though the Crystal that bound Thancred is no more, I doubt we can say the same of Lahabrea.

And even if we could, we know that he is not alone. Confounded Ascians...

Their god may be unknown to us, but their zeal is unquestionable.

Suffice it to say, it would be folly to assume that they no longer pose a threat.


For now we must savor what peace we have won, however ephemeral.

Do you see, Grandfather? Our first step towards realizing the dream for which you gave your life.
Friends! The dread night of imperial tyranny and Ascian machination is ended.
A new day now begins in Eorzea.
True to their name, the Scions of the Seventh Dawn, along with our champion, have delivered us from darkness.
Let their shared victory serve to remind us of our shared history.
And let their bravery in the face of adversity inspire future generations.
Doubt not the ream will need bravery in the days to come.

Old rifts threaten to divide us within our walls, while hordes of beastmen claw at our gates.

And though the Black Wolf be slain, the rest of the pack remains.

Yet no foe need we fear, so long as we stand as one...
So long as the Scions stand for peace...
So long as our champion stands fast...
For there exists no adversity over which we may not jointly prevail.
No longer can we turn a blind eye to the suffering of our allies.
No nation stands alone. If one should fall, so shall we all.
Eorzea is our shared home. For any one of us to know peace, so too must our neighbor
Just as we join in solidarity before you this day...

...So too shall our Grand Companies be joined henceforth, to strive not only for the good of mere nations,

But for the good of all the realm.
Change will not come overnight.

Yet I foresee a day, not so very far from now, when the lines that divide our lands fade...

...And all of Eorzea is one.
It has been but five short years since the Battle of Carteneau. Five years since the advent...

...of the Seventh Umbral Era.

No victory, however sweet, can wash away our bitter sorrows. No triumph can reclaim those we lost.

Yet do not presume you honor them by dwelling on the past.

It was not the past they fought for. You would repay their sacrifice by looking to the future.
A future united, as the Warriors of Light united in the champion.
Now is the time for us to rise as one, bearing all of Eorzea on our shoulders.
Five ears ago, Eorzea bore witness to the end of the Sixth Astral Era.
Now the Seventh Umbral Era draws to a close. Yet we come together not to glory in it's end, but to mark a new beginning.
Let it be writ that on this day...

by the light of the Crystal... Eorzea ushered in a NEW era! The Seventh Astral Era is come!

And thus is ours a realm reborn!
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Credits Roll. These can be skipped without missing the cutscenes.
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Echo Starts
A large, dark Crystal, seemingly an inverted form of Hydaelyn, can be seen, surrounded by other smaller dark Crystals.
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What is it?
A roar loud enough to shake the ground echoes through the area.
What was that?
That roar.. it can't be
Did you hear that?
There's no time to spare
Where is it coming from?
Dread tidings! Chaos and carnage...
It is an abomination—! A... primal! A primal has awakened!
Bahamut stirs.
As will the others ere long.
'Tis not a question of whether Eorzea's champion shall yield, but of when.
And with each passing moment we draw closer to the Reckoning.
To the one true god!
To Zodiark!
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Heh, you've come a long way since I first saw you runnin' around the Wakin' Sands.

—Alternate text for if you start in Gridania—Heh, you've come a long way since I first met you on that carriage to Gridania. Guess this means we're square, eh?

Hah! You sure gave those imperials what for! I knew you were somethin' special, Forename!

—Alternate text for if you start in Limsa Lominsa—I know I told you to become a storied personage I could brag about havin' met, but I never thought you'd go so far to oblige me.

I reckon a lot more folk'll take up adventurin' after hearin' about what you've done. Brave men and women all hopin' to become the next Forename Surname.

—Alternate text for if you start in Ul'dah—I reckon a lot more folk'll take up adventurin' after hearin' about what you've done. Brave men and women all hopin' to become the next Forename Surname. At least I get to brag about havin' met the original, eh?

By the gods, to think that this ragtag band of idealists could lay the XIVth low. 'Tis a tale straight from a story book.

I imagine my former associates would find it most appealing. After all, what young ruffian hasn't at one point fancied himself a hero in the making?

Aye, I think I may bring more than a few recruits back with me from the Twelveswood.
We held a vigil at the church until word came of your success. I cannot express to you how relieved I am by your safe return, Forename.
I think we could all do with a good rest, don't you? I know I could.
I still haven't had time to think about everything that happened. About Nero...and Gaius...
One day I hope to become a hero to the people like you. A hero like A'aba and Aulie were to me.
Watching you live the life of a free adventurer has helped me realize that I can't keep putting off my dreams forever.

I've been talking with Wedge about opening a workshop, independent of Garlond Ironworks. Maybe in Vylbrand, I don't know...

Working with the chief is great and all, but someday I want to build my own Enterprise, you know?
You're an inspiration to us all, Forename. An honest-to-gods hero that never gives up! Never gives in!
(And neither will I. I'll win Tataru's heart! See if I don't!)
Welcome back, Warrior of Light. We, all of us, prayed for your safe return.
The Seventh Astral Era has dawned, setting in motion a myriad of new beginnings. I suspect our paths will diverge for a time... Have you said your farewells to the Scions?
The land my master sheltered from oblivion hath been delivered unto a new beginning by the hand of the Warrior of Light. Thus doth history mark the passing of an era.
The dawn doth brighten the sky, and shineth o'er this nascent age of hope. And though the clouds gather to mute the sun's rising glory, I would walk far with thee under its gentle glow.
Heehee! We all decided to give you a special surprise welcome, just like the ones in heroic epics!
Your story took many twists and turns, but you managed to get to the happy ending! Let's hope for more happy endings to come!
So a new era has begun... On such a momentous occasion, I find it good for the soul to tie up loose ends.
Hm? What would I suggest you do? Why, the same thing you always do after accomplishing a task: report to Minfilia. It ends where it begins, my friend.
I realize I have been the cause of tremendous consternation, and for that I deeply apologize. Ah, but you haven't time to waste chatting with me. Minfilia is expecting you.
“Where men go as one, there is life. And where there is life, there is cause to hope.”
The light of hope shines brilliantly within you, Forename. I only wish my grandfather were here to see it.
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The Archons have conducted a preliminary investigation into the origin of the roar that rang out during the celebration. Their findings strongly suggest that a new primal has appeared.

The roar generated a distinctive wave pattern in the aether, a pattern observed only once before in history─five years ago, to be precise. I should like to think it mere coincidence, yet we cannot discount that possibility... Well, I trust I need say no more.

At great sacrifice, we have delivered Eorzea from the threat posed by the Empire and the primals, and thereby secured peace. We cannot well allow the realm to be plunged into chaos once more.

You have given your all for our cause, risking life and limb on I know not how many occasions, yet our struggle continues, and we need you now no less than before.

Please continue to stand with us, and together we shall safeguard the future of the realm─of this very star!
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Quest Completed
You can now fly while mounted in La Noscea, Thanalan, the Black Shroud, Coerthas central highlands, and Mor Dhona.
To take flight, simply jump while mounted.
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