It’s your time to face the ultimate test and face Zodiark on the moon in The Dark Inside Trial that you will receive in the Endwalker expansion for Final Fantasy XIV. You will work in a team of eight players to try to defeat Zodiark, preventing him from escaping from his prison. In this guide, we are going to break down all of Zodiark’s attacks and combos in The Dark Inside in Final Fantasy XIV.
When you start the test, the first attack that Zodiark will make will be called Kokytos. It is an unavoidable attack that hits everyone and reduces everyone to one health. We recommend meeting as close as possible so that the two healers can regain health as quickly as possible before the next attack. Zodiark does this attack again later in the encounter, but it is rare and there is time for you to recover.
The next attack Zodiark uses is Exoterikos. It is an attack that has two forms. One is a triangle and the other is a square. They can appear in the east, west, or south of the arena. The triangular shape of the attack is a cone that shoots out, across the entire room, forcing you to go to the side.
The square version of Exoterikos attacks half of the arena from the side, so you’ll want to go to the other side to avoid it.
The next Zodiark uses Paradeigma, as they yelled, “Malice… Become flesh!” and summons a pair of creatures with large circle areas of effect. You will need to be out of these AoEs to avoid them and keep attacking Zodiark.
After this attack, you will now be able to see the Paradeigma spell. It’s a pair of summons that perform area-of-effect attacks in a straight line across the arena. You will have to find a place where they do not shoot and move here to dodge. The locations will vary when Zodiark uses this attack.
The next attack that Zodiark will use is called Phlegethon. Summons multiple AoE attacks centered around the group, forcing everyone to disperse. Another series of AoE will also trigger, forcing you to stay on the move while this attack is charging and shortly after it unleashes.
The next attack you will see is called Styx. It’s a cumulative AoE where they will move along with their party and focus on each other for a series of attacks, with the main person staying close to Zodiark.
After this attack, Zodiark will unleash Paradeigma and Exoterikos simultaneously, forcing you to find out which form of Exoterikos is being used to avoid the two AoE attacks. Once you’ve cleared this, Zodiark will use the full Control attack, unleashing his second form.
This way, Zodiark will use the many attacks already used, but will add Astral Flow. Astral Flow moves the arena in a single 90 degree turn, keeping you and your party members in place but moving the various attacks that Zodiark unleashed. This can be to the left or to the right, so keep an eye out for the arrows.
You’ll have to use the proper location to avoid these attacks, such as maintaining your current disposition, waiting for Astral Flow to move the sand, and then when you land, avoiding the attack. You can expect Zodiark to use Astral Flow alongside Paradeigma as well.
Another attack that Zodiark uses is called Adika. These are two massive AoE attacks that are side by side, giving you plenty of room to attack Zodiark from the front. These attacks are his fists crushing the sand.
A green beam attack that Zodiark uses is called Triple Esocetric Ray. Three green circles will appear in front of Zodiark. The two from the outside will appear first, or in the middle. The ones that appear first will fire initially, which means you’ll want to be on the outside if the middle appears first, or if the inside of the two outer green circles appears. Then you want to avoid the incoming attack.
You’ll also want to be on the lookout for another personal attack from Zodiark called Algedon. It’s when Zodiark enters the northwest corner and performs a powerful line attack in the middle of the map, leaving only the northwest and southeast corners as safe areas. Jump to these places, preferably the northwest area, to avoid it.
The last major attack that Zodiark makes during this encounter is called the Astral Eclipse. Once it’s finished charging, Zodiark will float on either side of the arena and stars will appear behind them. These star formations will then crash into the arena, dealing a large amount of damage. The shapes will be west, south, and east, and will fire in this order. Observe the star formations to discover the best locations to be in the arena and avoid damage. Zodiark generally uses Styx after this attack, forcing the entire party to line up once more.
One advanced form of Exoterikos that you will want to avoid is Trimorphos Exoterikos. It’s when Zodiark places three Exoterikos symbols on the western, southern, and eastern parts of the map and shoots them at you. They will fire in the order they were summoned, giving you a small amount of room to dodge.
You can expect to go through Zodiark’s final rotation multiple times before defeating him and completing The Dark Inside Trial in Final Fantasy XIV.