Earlier this week myself and members of Grey Sky got to go play in Bahamut Coil Turn 5, home of the dreaded Twintania as part of our effort to get a second Static going in the guild. I consider Twintania to be part of a very select group of bosses that throne at the very top of the current FF14 endgame content. Even if you outgear her, she can still decimate your group in a few seconds and demand everyone to be on their game.
The best part, she’s a proper Internet dragon, or wyvern if you want to get technical but I won’t hold it against her. Today I want to talk about FF14 internet dragons and how awesome they are. After all, there’s been a serious lack of proper Internet dragons in some other games that will remain nameless as of late so I figured I should share with everyone those of FF14, a game that does justice to some great proper internet dragons.
Our first dragon greets adventurer at level 32 as the end boss of Brayflox Longstop, the first post 30 dungeon of the game. Brayflox is the first dungeon where players should have their advanced class (job) and where the game start asking more out of the players than just simple tank and spank.
As a green dragon, Aiatar love poison and his mechanics are based around it. He will breathe poison and throw poison on the ground in addition to his standard dragon attacks. That poison will stack on party member and in addition to taking more ticking damage as the stacks increase, you also take more damage from his other standard attacks the more stacks you have. It can spiral out of control very fast.
He might not be the strongest dragon in the game, but Aitar has been wiping parties that love to stand in bad since launch. Aiatar teaches the very important, don’t stand in bad, lesson early in the game and we love him for it.
The next dragon waits for us in Stone Vigil,a level 41 dungeon. Isgebind is all about ice and huge AoEs and will spend the fight covering the ground in massive sheets of ice that will crush parties that haven’t learned positioning yet. And just for giggles he’ll throw balls that paralyze players so they can get caught in all the juicy AoE.
Isgebind teaches parties about the importance of being well positioned during a fight so you have a chance to dodge whatever is to come. He also teaches about learning fight sequences for the very same reasons. He’s a pretty awesome dragon when you think about it with all the teaching he’s doing. Should you fail the lesson however you will die a quick frozen death.
Enough with the teaching dragons, let’s get to the guild destroyers. While technically a Wyvern, Twintania earns her spot as an internet dragon for the sheer amount of broken dreams that she causes. For a while she was the ultimate endgame boss and quite a few statics and even guilds have died to her due to being unable to beat her. Even today, when we outgear her, she can still annihilate you for messing up even just a tiny bit.
Twintania is a multiphase encounter, with each step adding new and different mechanics that if not handle will result in a wipe. She has adds, stuff to dodge, adds that need to be stunned before they touch someone, deadly twisters, divebombs, fire, tank buster abilities and likely a kitchen sink somewhere.
If you want to know if someone in your guild is ready for the big times raiding, take them to Twintania and see how it goes. She will test you like no other boss before her.
Midgardsomr is a bit of a special entry in this list because he’s technically dead when you face him but being dead is obviously not a big deal for the father of all dragons so he’ll play some with you with the power of his mind and resurrecting a few dead dragons that happened to be nearby.
Standing as the boss of Keeper of the lake dungeon, Midgardsormr is not the hardest dragon on this list and he can be rather easy or hard depending on your party composition. If you have a group of people who can dodge multiple AoEs while dealing good damage and handling other positioning mechanics then you should be mostly fine.
If not then you’re in a special hell from which there is no escape. I wish you the best.
You know you’re dealing with a bad ass dragon when he won’t even acknowledge your existence. Vishap has one and only one goal, break down the barriers standing between him and Ishgard and you’ll have to find a way to stop him.
The Vishap fight is likely one of the best “let’s fight a giant monster” fight I’ve seen in an MMO in a long time. You get to deal with adds while trying to not get stomped to death, you have to run up towers and use harpoons, deploy traps, use cannons and whatever else you can think off to stop this force of nature.
Now if only we could get giant robots to punch him in the face, it would be the perfect fight in the history of ever.
The very last boss of FF14, A Realm Reborn, who else but Bahamut could it be. I have not yet had the honor of facing him in combat, but with abilities like Mega-flare and Giga-flare, you know it’s going to be super happy fun times. Just reading the strategy guide is enough to give me nightmares and I can’t wait to get there.
If you ever played any Final Fantasy games, Bahamut is likely to have started your obsession with Internet dragons and to finally face him is just so great. Thank you Square Enix for giving me a chance to get my face melted by Bahamut himself.