Friday, 19 December 2014

Zodiac Weapons: Sphairai V → Kaiser Knuckles

Sphairai has finally ascended into the legendary Zodiac weapon: Kaiser Knuckles!

Nearing the end of the Zodiac questline, patch 2.45 introduced the fabled Zodiac weapons for each job! Here's how Strawberry waved farewell to her trusty Relic, and obtained a Zodiac in its place!

The thing about Relic weapons, is that they aren't very good at holding an immense amount of power like, say, a Zodiac weapon is. So, after mulling it over with Gerolt and Jalzahn, we decided to build a brand new weapon, entirely from scratch.

The quest branches off into 4 miniquests, each one rewarding one part of the new base weapon. Each quest requires similar trials that tap into almost every aspect of the game at high level, giving a throwback to previous Zodiac quests, such as gathering - wait for it - Atma.

This time, you need a whopping sixteen of them, and - again, wait for it - they only drop from dungeons. My personal drop rate wasn't too bad, but the fact dungeons such as Aurum Vale are included made me want to gauge my eyes out.

Ah, sweet, sweet, victory. Each quest branch also required two 3 star crafting items - eight in total, one from each class - and a bit of desynthing to get the materials required. Of course, you could just buy the completed items if your wallet is overflowing with gil.

The last and most tedious part of each quest branch was obtaining token items through various currencies. Vendor items that cost 100,000 gil each, Soldiery Tomestone items that cost 1,600 tomes each, and items from your Grand Company, costing 20,000 seals each. The grand total of stuff needed comes to 400,000 gil, 6,400 tomestones, and 80,000 Grand Company seals. That is a lot of grinding!

But after completing each branch quest, it was time to hand over the items and make that new weapon!

One last goodbye to Sphairai. If only there was a way we could continue our adventures together...

...but wait, apparently something was missing! We handed over the base materials, much like the original Relic quest. A new book, similar to those used during the Atma stage. What else...? A new Sphere Scroll and Alexandrite as we did with Animus... what else could we possibly need?

...Of course! Novus's Materia!

You have got to be kidding me...!

Wait...! You can't possibly convert my little Sphairai into a Materia?!

I...I think I am going to throw up. Luckily, no matter which option you choose (I chose "No" twice!) Gerolt demands you grow a pair and leave it to the Materia expert to give it a "try"...!

H-here goes nothing!

Success! I almost had a heart attack, however. Thank goodness it was only flavour text!

We've gotten even stronger now, Sphairai! Or should I start calling you Kaiser...?!

As shown above, the upgrade is only 10 levels, taking your customized secondary stats into consideration. It can also be dyed! Here it is in snow white.

Thanks for reading! Wish me and Spha- er, Kaiser, luck from now on!

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