Zenos

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A new legend is about to be born!
Defeat Zenos in this new battle ranking event!

★Vanquish the Garlean Royal★

~ In-game description

Zenos is a Ranked "battle tower" event available in February 2020. It features duels against Zenos (Sicarius) (sort of).

However, as a new challenge, what attacks hit you are dependent on your Multiplayer Role. Yes, Multiplayer choices are affecting your Single Player battles!

Event Details[edit | edit source]

  • Ranking Event duration: February 22 - March 1, 2020
  • Event type: progressive Tower Battle

How to Participate[edit | edit source]

  • Select "Zenos" from the Act 2 world map -- its own red spot.
  • This event is only accessible after a player clears the Runic Temple in Chapter 1

Story[edit | edit source]

No story! Just kill him.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Play in this area works up a single chain of levels, from the beginning Abyss level up to the top Ragnarok level. As you work your way up the tower, the battles at each level will get progressively harder.

Each area has three battles:

  1. The first one is against fodder fiends (Dusts, Grudges, Dryads).
  2. The second one is against an Act 2 boss fiend.
  3. The third features a confrontation with Zenos.

Zenos is Immune to Sleep (effect).pngImmune to Sleep, Immune to Bio (effect).pngImmune to Bio, Immune to Stun (effect).pngImmune to Stun, and Immune to Slow (effect).pngImmune to Slow. Except in specific circumstances, Zenos has Break Immunity (enhanced effect).pngBreak Immunity, but does not show it in his status bar.

Zenos will attack with abilities similar to Zenos (Sicarius), but with an entirely new mechanic for dodging his attacks:

Ability Effect Dodge with
Art of the Swell heavy [WIND]wind damage. Equip a job with the Icon Attacker.pngAttacker role.
Art of the Storm heavy [LIGHT]light damage. Equip a job with the Icon Healer.pngHealer role.
Art of the Sword heavy [DARK]dark damage. Not avoidable... but he is Breakable in the turn before the attack.

Icon Breaker.pngBreaker jobs can more easily Break him at this point.

Unmoving Troika extreme [FIRE]fire damage. Not avoidable... but a job with the Icon Defender.png Defender role suffers much less damage.
Storm, Swell, Sword extreme [LIGHT][DARK] light and dark damage.
Ultimate Drain
Not avoidable... but destroying the two swords on the sides will greatly reduce damage.

When Zenos is preparing his Art... attacks, he cannot be killed. Reducing him to 1 HP will gain him Perfect Defense (effect).pngPerfect Defense, allowing his attack to hit on the next turn. You will still need to inflict 1 HP of damage to him afterward to defeat him.

If Zenos is going to cast Storm, Swell, Sword, then he will gain Perfect Defense (effect).pngPerfect Defense when he hits 50% HP. On his next turn, he conjures two swords alongside him, and gains Absolute Defense (effect).pngAbsolute Defense for 3 turns while he prepares the attack. The swords can't be killed, but reducing them to 1HP each will gain them Perfect Defense (effect).pngPerfect Defense and greatly reduce the damage of the attack.

In the Phantasmic Loop, Zenos will use multiple abilities, so it's to your benefit to set different jobs on your Main Job and Sub-Job. Switch between them with Job Change Recast. Zeno also gains a Time Limit (effect).pngTime Limit, so you will need to work efficiently to defeat him.

Event Map[edit | edit source]

A legatus from a far-off empire has flashed his blades on Palamecian soil. His goal is not to gain status or experience the thrill of the hunt, but to stand tall atop the battlefield, looking for someone worthy of his skill.
~ World Map description

The region is the standard Tower of Trials -- one path with a staircase, leading up to the top at the 50th "Ragnarok" level. You cannot return to previous levels once they've been beaten.

After completing the Highest Level: Ragnarok, you enter the "Phantasmic Coil" areas. This is a set of 5 areas that repeat in an infinite loop, also with an increasing difficulty with each area finished. On these levels, there is no fifth Rental Card allowed, and if you lose, you cannot use Icon Phoenix Down.png Phoenix Downs to continue. A Prize of Icon Ability Ticket.png Ability Ticket x5 is handed out for each loop of 5 completed.

There are 15 areas in total, including the Phantasmic Coil, the Starting Area, and the shortcuts. There are 5 treasure chests. Since the treasure chest in the Phantasmic Coil regenerates on each pass, the region technically cannot be Completed.

Areas[edit | edit source]

Area Stamina Battles Description Reward
Lowest level: Abyss - - - (starting point)
1st Level 2 3 Boss None.png Zenos (Art of the Swell) awaits.
Avoid Art of the Swell by switching to a job with the attacker role.
Icon Elixir.png Elixir x3
Icon Phoenix Down.png Phoenix Down x3
Icon Ether.png Ether x3
2nd Level Boss None.png Zenos (Art of the Storm) awaits.
Avoid Art of the Storm by switching to a job with the healer role.
Icon Fire Pneuma.png Fire Pneuma x1
Icon Water Pneuma.png Water Pneuma x1
Seed fire.pngFire x200,000
Seed water.pngWater x200,000
3rd Level 3 3 Boss None.png Zenos (Art of the Sword) awaits.
Switch to a job with the breaker role and Break him to stop Art of the Sword.
Icon Wind Pneuma.png Wind Pneuma x1
Icon Earth Pneuma.png Earth Pneuma x1
Seed wind.pngWind x200,000
Seed earth.pngEarth x200,000
4th Level Boss None.png Zenos (Unmoving Troika) awaits.
Switch to a job with the defender role and to survive Unmoving Troika.
Icon Light Pneuma.png Light Pneuma x1
Icon Dark Pneuma.png Dark Pneuma x1
Seed light.pngLight x200,000
Seed dark.pngDark x200,000
Highest Level: Ragnarok 7 3 Boss None.png Zenos (Art of the Storm, Art of the Swell) awaits.
Attack the two blades to disrupt Storm, Swell, Sword.
Icon Magicite.png Magicite x300
Icon Crystal.png Crystal x10
Icon Ability Ticket.png Ability Ticket x30
Icon Summon Ticket.png Summon Ticket x3

Phantasmic Coil[edit | edit source]

The five levels after Ragnarok are set in an infinite loop, with a prize on the completion of the fifth area on each loop. Players cannot use Icon Phoenix Down.png Phoenix Downs to continue the battle if they lose, and the fifth "rental" card is not available.

The Phantasmic Loop includes shortcuts. These allow the better players to skip ahead to the high-difficulty loops without needing to slog through the lower-level stuff. Completing a shortcut awards the Icon Ability Ticket.png Ability Tickets that would have been earned by going through those loops manually.

  • Novice starts you at Loop 1 (11 kills). No shortcut, no award.
  • Adept starts you at Loop 6 (31 kills), and Icon Ability Ticket.png Ability Ticket x25
  • Master starts you at Loop 21 (106 kills), and Icon Ability Ticket.png Ability Ticket x100

Upon finishing the area, you're transported to The Phantasm as your starting point into the Phantasmic Loop. This is an irreversible jump -- once you complete one of the three initial areas, you're stuck on the Phantasmic Loop with that many Loops completed.

The skirmishes here have a pre-set collection of fiends, but after the 36th and 66th kill (?) they will change to other fiends. The third skirmish always remains as described.

Area Stamina Battles Description Reward
Beginner 7 3 Boss None.png Zenos (Art of the Swell, Unmoving Troika) awaits.
Use jobs with the attacker and defender roles to resist his attacks.
-
Intermediate Icon Ability Ticket.png Ability Ticket x25
Advanced Icon Ability Ticket.png Ability Ticket x100
The Phantasm - - (starting point - no battle) -
Phantasmic Coil (1) 8 3 Boss None.png Zenos (Art of the Swell, Art of the Sword) awaits.
Use jobs with the attacker and breaker roles to resist his attacks.
-
Phantasmic Coil (2) Boss None.png Zenos (Art of the Storm, Unmoving Troika) awaits.
Use jobs with the healer and defender roles to resist his attacks.
-
Phantasmic Coil (3) Boss None.png Zenos (Unmoving Troika, Art of the Sword) awaits.
Use jobs with the breaker and healer roles to resist his attacks.
-
Phantasmic Coil (4) Boss None.png Zenos (Art of the Sword, Art of the Storm) awaits.
Use jobs with the defender and breaker roles to resist his attacks.
-
Phantasmic Coil (5) Boss None.png Zenos (Art of the Swell, Unmoving Troika) awaits.
Use jobs with the attacker and defender roles to resist his attacks.
Icon Ability Ticket.png Ability Ticket x5

Ranking Rewards[edit | edit source]

With the recent announcement of the game's impending shutdown, participation is very low, so anyone who completes all of the normal levels will easily make it within the top 10,000 players. The top 2,000 players will get Icon Rainbow Key.png Rainbow Keys as a reward. These are used to open special high-end rewards in the Rift.

Final Ranking Rewards
1 – 50
51 – 100
101 – 500
501 – 1000
1001 – 2000
2001 – 3000
3001 – 5000
5001 – 10,000
10,001 – 20,000
20,001 – 30,000
Participation bonus * Icon Mystic Tablet.png Mystic Tablet x10

Notable Enemies[edit | edit source]

Reference[edit | edit source]