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Windurst Mission 5-2

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The Shadow Awaits
Series None
Starting NPC Any Windurst Gate Guard
Title Star-ordained Warrior, Shadow Banisher
Repeatable No
Description As written in the stars and interpreted by the Star Sibyl, you are to destined to journey to Castle Zvahl, which towers over Xarcabard, the end of the known lands. There, you are to witness what fate has in store for our world.
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  • Accept the mission, and speak to the Star Sibyl.
  • Form a full party (recommended level 55-60 or higher), and head for Xarcabard. Castle Zvahl is on the far west of the area.
  • Enter Castle Zvahl Baileys, follow the one-way path until you come to the first intersection. Go left and down a small flight of stairs.
  • Turn right and follow the left wall until you reach the Orc section.
  • Go through the area to the west again, up a flight of stairs. Eventually you will zone into Castle Zvahl Keep, which is at the end of a long hall with a large flight of stairs.
  • Inside Castle Zvahl Keep, you will have to go through a few gates, there are a lot of mobs in the area which detect sight, however your party should have no problems disposing of them.
  • Once on the second level, you'll eventually reach an area with teleporters. Using them will cause your Invisible (Status) to drop. Just follow the teleporters until you reach a room away from the main area. Run to the center of the smaller room, and you'll see a door. Passing through this door will result in a zone to the Throne Room.
  • You will now have some time to prepare for the fight, run to the other side of the Throne Room and gather up. When ready, check the door and enter the BCNM.
  • The Shadow Lord has 2 forms. In the first form, he can switch between physical or magical immunity. Take time during magic immunity to rest MP, and hold off on melee attacks while in physical.
  • While immune to magic, he will use Dark Nova (AOE Darkness damage) and can cast Black Magic. Dark Nova tends to indicate that he will switch to physical immunity.
  • During physical immunity, he can use a variety of TP attacks, including Giga Slash, Kick Back and Umbra Smash.
  • Defeating the first form will get you a cutscene. You will immediately be returned to the fight. Rest quickly and get ready for the second form.
  • The second form will only use AoE attacks, but has less HP (approximately 4,000 HP). At this point, use your SP abilities and take him down as fast as possible. Curaga should be used liberally here to help counter the AoE damage. He will not rotate immunities like the first form.