If you haven’t played in a while — and with an expansion announcement right around the corner — Final Fantasy XIV nostalgia is probably at fever peak. There’s a lot you might have missed, and given that much of the game depends on “gearing up” your character, it can be hard to know how to get back into the swing of things. Luckily, although it took longer than past iterations, the Shadowbringers relic weapons are finally obtainable now, and they’re stronger than you might think. So, whether you’re trying to get back up to speed or just need a new content objective to keep you busy, here’s how to get the new relic weapons. Hint: It’s easier than you think.
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How to unlock the Shadowbringers resistance weapons relic quest chain
Like any quest, there are prerequisites you’ll need to have completed for this one to show up. This one requires a bit of time travel.
To start the Save the Queen: Blades of Gunnhildr quest chain, you’ll need to have fully completed the 24-man raid series from back in Stormblood. That’s the Return to Ivalice raids of Rabanastre, Ridorana Lighthouse, and Orbonne Monastery. Assuming you’re otherwise up to date, having those quests done and dusted should cause the quest Hail to the Queen to show up in Kugane Market. Accept that, and you’ll be on your way.
Shadowbringers resistance weapon relic steps
Step 1 — Thavnairian Scalepowder (iLvl 485)
So after months of teasing, what does the Shadowbringers relic chain have in store? Not a whole lot, actually. As far as relic weapon steps go, this is one of the tamest attempts yet. All you need to do is follow the quest’s natural progression from Kugane Market.
It’s a long opening chain, so be ready to set some time aside for its few fights and cutscenes. There’s nothing too difficult here, and once you’re through following the cutscenes, you’ll be given exactly the right amount of Thavnairian Scalepowder to craft your very first iLvl 485 Shadowbringers relic.
Step 2 — How to get Memories of the Dying (iLvl 500)
As of Shadowbringers patch 5.35, shiny new relic weapon upgrades have been added to the game with the proper introduction of the Bozjan Southern Front. Unlike the relic steps of the last expansion, though, you don’t even need to step foot into the new zone to churn out a weapon worthy of a new glamor set.
Switch to the class whose relic you want to upgrade and speak to Zlatan in Gangos, at which point you’ll be asked to produce the following Memories of the Dying:
- Tortured Memory (x20)
- Sorrowful Memory (x20)
- Harrowing Memory (x20)
- Bitter Memory (x6)
You can earn these in two different ways. The first is to naturally procure them as rewards while you fight your way around Bozja. It’s incredibly slow compared to the next method, but it doubles as a very effective way to level another class to 80.
If you just want to quickest, most efficient way to get a shiny new weapon for your preferred class, though, you can simply farm FATEs in any of the Heavensward areas to the same effect. Why Heavensward, you ask? It’s presumably to ensure the legacy zones aren’t completely dead for those rocking FFXIV‘s expanded free trial.
Heavensward FATE areas that net Memories of the Dying are as follows:
- Coerthas Western Highlands
- Dravanian Forelands
- Dravanian Hinterlands
- Churning Mists
- Sea of Clouds
- Azys Lla
So long as you’re on the quest For Want of a Memory, they should drop from whichever method you choose.
Like Atma from past relics or the Yokai Watch event currencies, should you find one at the end of a FATE or battle, the relevant Memory of the Dying will flash up on the screen with a swish noise. You’re not guaranteed to get them, but the odds seem dramatically higher in Heavenward areas than in the Bozjan Southern Front.
Early reports suggest it takes around an hour to get 20 of one type of memory, so you’re looking at a little over 3 hours total to get the materials needed to complete your first relic. In Bozja? You could run around for around two hours without getting a single one, never mind a set of 20. That’s just how it goes.
With the necessary memories in tow, you should turn your original ilvl 485 relic into one at iLvl 500. All that’s left for Patch 5.35 is a couple of old dungeons to get your weapon to look its best. That’s detailed down in Step 3.
Step 3 — Bitter Memories of the Dying (iLvl 500)
With an iLvl 500 weapon in tow, you should be able to grab the sidequest The Will to Resist from Zlatan in Gangos. What this asks of you is a mere 6 Bitter Memories of the Dying.
Tying back into the need for Heavenward to look nice and populated for the swatches of Free Trial players, these come from Heavensward dungeons mostly, but a single one can be nabbed from the Duty Roulette: Leveling queue once per day. You don’t have to have the weapon equipped, so feel free to run the dungeons on any class you please. They do have to be proper runs, though. No undersized parties or similar antics will work to speed it up.
For Bozjan Southern Front-focused players, Bitter Memories of the Dying will drop randomly from enemies found there.
With this step completed, your chosen relic weapon will get its alluring glow and can now be dyed to suit your tastes.
How to make more resistance weapon relics
To craft additional relics for your other classes, all you need to do is grab the sidequest Resistance is (Not) Futile from Zlatan in Gangos. Toss him your own Thavnarian Scalepowder and you’ll have another new weapon:
How to get back to Gangos
Gangos is a little out of the way. It’ll no doubt get far bigger in subsequent patches, but for now, its tiny size makes it difficult to track down.
To get back to Gangos, all you need to do is travel to the Doman Enclave. If you attuned to the aetherytes in both areas, you’ll be able to teleport from here to Gangos. If not, you’ll have to hop on another boat from there.
Can’t teleport to the Doman Enclave? Then you need to teleport to Namai and travel roughly west to the dock. From there, you can take a boat to the Doman Enclave, and then another boat to Gangos. Remember to attune to the aetherytes this time.
Where to find Thavnairian Scalepowder
When it comes to making a second Resistance weapon relic, you’ll need to obtain your own Thavnairian Scalepowder. This part falls more in line with traditional relic steps, requiring you to obtain and spend a decent amount of Poetics. You get these from almost any serious activity these days, so you shouldn’t ever have to work especially hard to get enough for Thavnairian Scalepowder.
Once you have 1,000 Poetics, head to Auriana in Revenant’s Toll or Hismena over at Idyllshire to exchange your tomestones for the required amount of Thavnairian Scalepowder.
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