It’s time for you to place yourself against the ultimate test and face Zodiark on the moon in The Dark Inside Trial which you will receive in the Endwalker expansion of Final Fantasy XIV. You will work in a team of eight players in an attempt to defeat Zodiark, preventing him from escaping his prison. In this guide, we’re going to break down all of Zodiark’s attacks and combos in The Dark Inside in Final Fantasy XIV.
When you start the trial, the first attack Zodiark will perform is called Kokytos. It’s an inevitable attack that hits everyone and brings everyone back to a single health. We recommend that you get as close as possible so that both healers can regenerate their health as quickly as possible before the next attack. Zodiark repeats this attack later in the encounter, but it’s infrequent and you have time 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 spawn east, west, or south of the arena. The triangular shape of the attack is a cone coming out of it, crossing the entire room, forcing you to go to the side.
The square version of Exoterikos attacks half of the arena on its side, so you’ll want to go the other to avoid it.
The next Zodiark uses Paradeigma, as they called it, “Malice … Become Flesh!” and summons a pair of creatures with large AoE circles. You will need to be outside of these exhibition areas to avoid them and continue attacking Zodiark.
As a result of this attack, you will now be able to see the Paradeigma spell. It’s a pair of Summons that perform AoE attacks in a straight line across the arena. You’ll have to find a place where they don’t shoot and move here to dodge. Locations will vary when Zodiark uses this attack.
The next attack Zodiark will use is called Phlegethon. He summons several AoE attacks centered around the group, forcing everyone to disperse. Another round of AoE will also trigger, forcing you to stay in motion while this attack charges and slightly after it triggers.
The next attack you will see is called Styx. It’s a stacking area where you’ll move around with your party and focus on each other for a series of attacks, with the main person staying near Zodiark.
As a result of this attack, Zodiark will simultaneously trigger Paradeigma and Exoterikos, forcing you to determine which form of Exoterikos is used to avoid both AoE attacks. Once you’re done, Zodiark will use the Full Control attack, triggering his second form.
In this form, Zodiark will use the many attacks already used, but there will be more in Astral Flow. Astral Flow moves the arena in a single 90-degree turn, keeping you and your party members in place but shifting the various attacks Zodiark unleashed. It can be left or right, so watch out for arrows.
You’ll need to use proper placement to avoid these attacks, such as holding their current layout, waiting for Astral Flow to move the arena, and then when you land, preventing the attack. You can expect Zodiark to use Astral Flow alongside Paradeigma as well.
Another attack used by Zodiark is called Adika. These are two massive AoE attacks side by side, giving you plenty of room to attack Zodiark from the front. These attacks are his fists falling on the arena.
A green beam attack used by Zodiark is called Triple Esocetric Ray. Three green circles will appear in front of Zodiark. The two on the outside will appear first, or the middle will appear. The ones that appear first trigger 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 appear. You will then want to avoid the incoming attack.
You’ll also need to watch out for another personal attack from Zodiark called Algedon. That’s when Zodiark enters the northwest corner and launches a powerful online attack in the middle of the map, leaving only the northwest and southeast corners as safe areas. Jump to these locations, preferably the northwest area, to avoid it.
The last major attack Zodiark makes during this encounter is called Astral Eclipse. When loading is complete, Zodiark will float to either side of the arena and stars will appear behind them. These star formations will then crash into the arena, dealing massive damage. The shapes will be west, south, and east, and they will shoot in that order. Observe the star formations to determine the best places to stand in the arena to avoid damage. Zodiark typically uses Styx after this attack, forcing your entire party to reform.
An advanced form of Exoterikos that you will want to avoid is Trimorphos Exoterikos. This is when Zodiark places three Exoterikos symbols on the western, southern, and eastern parts of the map and pulls them against you. They’ll shoot in the order they were summoned, leaving you some room to dodge.
You can expect to go through Zodiark’s final rotation several times before defeating him and completing The Dark Inside Trial in Final Fantasy XIV.