Skip to main content

FFXIV: Shadowbringers E7 raid guide: Fend off deadly origami birds

In Final Fantasy XIV, in the case of Eden’s Verse, the third fight is where things take a noticeable difficulty bump. While taking cues from some other matches throughout the game, The Idol of Darkness likes to use portals to turn ordinary attacks into mind games similar to the clock mechanic in the battle that introduced Gaia back in 5.0. Fitting, right?

The Idol of Darkness can be confusing and somewhat complicated when going in blind, but with a proper understanding of the mechanics, you can take each bit of information as it comes and piece it together by the time the damage starts to go out.

Phase 1 – Words of Motion

FFXIV E7 normal guide
Image used with permission by copyright holder

After a brief time of dormancy, The Idol of Darkness casts Empty Wave for heavy raid-wide damage. It then tethers itself to a tank for Unshadowed Stake, a linear tank buster the target will need to aim away from the group.

Taking inspiration from that fight in Mt. Gulg, Words of Motion summons four lots of these paper birds to sweep across corresponding lanes on the battlefield. As usual, the first to arrive will be the first to sweep, so it’s just a case of sliding from the second to the first spot as the first two swarms jet off. This is the major mechanic of the fight, so get comfortable reading their spawn times.

Right after this, blue and red portals will arrive in the middle and edges of the arena. Scan for these and take them in. Words of Motion will be used again. If a portal occupies the attack’s path, it’ll exit through the same colored portal.

This is like a second use of the attack. The Words of Motion will wait to emerge from their corresponding portals just like the do without them, so a two-attack sequence becomes a four-attack sequence with the same pacing. Take note of where each will go, when, and where they’ll emerge later. You’ll have one more mechanic to throw into this mix soon.

To make this first one easier, you can hide behind a portal and then run to a spot without a portal. The next set won’t have a center portal, however, so don’t rely on that trick too much.

Phase 2 – Words of Night

FFXIV E7 normal guide
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Phase two begins when Voidgates appear underneath your feet. You’ll teleport to the right of where you’re facing when it resolves, so position yourself whenever you won’t get thrown off the arena. False Twilight will then put red markers beneath every player, so get ready to run away and then back in for a 4/4 stack split, another Empty Wave, and an Unshadowed Stake on the tank.

Next comes the Unjoined Aspect mechanic, turning Words of Motion into Words of Night, adding light and dark elements to the attack. Watch your buff bar for a light or dark buff and aim to get hit by the opposite Words of Night color. This will swap the buff for the other, so get ready to do the same on the next set. Taking the same color hit as your buff will hurt.

Phase 2.5 – Idolatry Intermission

FFXIV E7 normal guide
Image used with permission by copyright holder

The boss splits into two Idolatry, which should be picked up by both tanks and brought into the center. Voidgates then try to mess with your footing; position yourself to land either in the middle or near a corner and you should be good to avoid the donut AoEs each Idolatry throws out right after. If both mobs aren’t in the middle at this point, expect a panic.

Spread out and away from the mobs to position Silver Shot drops and their own melee AoEs and burst the two down. Pile in and shield/buff up for the Seraphic Illumination and you’ll move into phase 3.

Phase 3 – Words of Night and Voidgates

FFXIV E7 normal guide
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Now that you’ve seen Words of Motion paired with Voidgates, it’s time to deal with Words of Night and Voidgates. Just remember that all Words of Night blasts travel at the same time, so there’s not as much side-stepping here as you might think — just a pause before they all come flying back through whichever Voidgate they entered. Remember to aim for the opposite Words of Night color with each. Watch where they go and work out where they’ll show up again.

After that, Away with Thee is cast, mixing underfoot Voidgates and meteor stacks together. Only one person needs to end up in each stack, but the more the merrier, really. Survive the raid-wide damage and tank buster after this, and you’ll push The Idol of Darkness into a panic.

Like the tail-end of any Eden fight thus far, the last 10-20% of HP means putting up with a bit of everything. Expect a Words of Night/Voidgates/False Twilight/Stacks sequence or Words of Night/Away with Thee until either the boss or team kicks the bucket.

Josh Brown
Josh Brown is a UK-based freelancer with devoted interests in video games, tech, film, and anime/manga. Just don't talk to…
Final Fantasy XIV Matoya’s Relict boss guide: Bathrooms, bubbles, and bacon
final fantasy 14 matoyas relict dungeon boss guide ffxiv featured

After a stop to check in with Final Fantasy XIV's legendary Scions of the Seventh Dawn, Alisaie figures she can use lessons learned curing the Sin Eater-afflicted people of The First to fix the Tempered of The Source. To do so requires lost Allagan knowledge, some early computer science, and, most importantly, Porxies -- the little piggy familiars able to hold copious amounts of aether.

Making single porxies takes time and energy, leading us to the true Master Matoya, who happens to have a dusty old workshop just outside Idyllshire that's good for making a master porxie capable of creating a steady supply. Having been untouched for 15 years, the place is crawling with reckless magical creatures. Here's how to beat the bosses of Matoya's Relict.

Read more
FFXIV: Shadowbringers E9 raid guide: The Cloud of Darkness returns!
ffxiv e9 normal guide edens promise umbra featured

The first fight of the final Eden raid series featured in Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers patch 5.4 takes us back to a rematch with the final fight of the final Crystal Tower series. Confused yet? We’re not. After a little deliberation, the surprisingly humanoid Cloud of Darkness was chosen by Ryne and Gaia as the creature that should be able to restore balance to the light of Eden and The Empty.

As these fights are typically conjured based on fragmented memories and shaky retellings, the once-gargantuan voidsent is now without its cloud entirely, making the fight quite a bit different from how you may personally remember it. Here’s your guide to Eden's Promise: Umbra (AKA: "E9 Normal") and the complete Cloud of Darkness boss fight strategy.
Before we walk you through the cycle of hurt it’s about to fire your way, it’s important to know this monster’s attacks and how they’ll affect you, your team, and the battlefield. That way the paragraphs below won’t all blend into one. It helps to visualize the fight before going in.

Read more
Final Fantasy XIV patch 5.4 quest locations guide: How to get started
ffxiv 5 4 unlock quest locations cheat sheet guide featured

After delays pushed things back, it’s FFXIV patch 5.4 time. For all this year has thrown at us, Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers patches have, luckily, been a surefire way to get some top-notch character-driven RPG lore delivered straight to our eyeballs. The launch of patch 5.4 is what will bring the majority of the loyal player base, many of whom haven't had a good reason to stay active in recent months, back in time for the holidays.

If there’s one reason to get together virtually, it’s to see the end of the Eden Raid story together, beat up a rock monster (without his go-kart), and finally set sail for Ocean Fishing once again. Before you go catching big fish on an even bigger boat, though, here’s your cheat sheet to all the quests (and their locations) that you'll need to complete to unlock the best content this patch has to offer.

Read more