Abyss 3

Nightmare, Month 3

Previous Nightmare Challenges

Reraise

Reraise is a 6★ White Mage ability.

To craft it you will need:

10x White Crystal
6x Wind Crystal
6x Holy Crystal
Reraise Record


Reward Highlights

Fire Armlet
(high resistance to fire attacks)

Soul of a Hero, MC Lode, MC2 Lode


Below are the characters eligible for Nightmare Shift in the fifth dungeon:


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(IV) Scarmiglione

Difficulty: 100

Part 1 Stamina 20, Rounds 1
Rewards: First Time / Completion / Mastery】

  • Hero’s Soul, Major White Orb x1
  • 30000 Gil
  • Major Wind Orb x2, Major Holy Orb x2
Target Score

  1. Defeat Scarmiglione without being KO’d.
  2. Exploit Scarmiglione’s weakness to holy attacks.
  3. Do not use fire attacks against Scarmiglione.
Scarmiglione
HP
~187000
Elements
WEAK Fire / Holy
ABSORB Ice / Earth
RESIST
NULL
Break Resistance
Power RESIST
Armor RESIST
Magic RESIST
Mental RESIST
Debuff Vulnerabilities
Slow / Stop
Abilities
Attack: Deal physical damage to one target.
Curse Elegy: Slow on all targes.
Gas: Poison, Silence, Blind and Sleep on all targets.
Thundaga: Deal heavy lightning damage to one target.
Thundaga: Deal heavy lightning damage three times to one target.
Thundaga: Deal heavy lightning damage to all targets.
Strategy
Reduce his magic because Thundaga can hurt otherwise. Other than that a pretty straightforward fight.


Recommended abilities: Magic Breakdown, Shellga
Recommended RW: SG/SS2, Scream (Ramza), anything with Hastega

 

 

 

(VI) Dullahan

Difficulty: 110

Part 1 Stamina 30, Rounds 1
Rewards: First Time / Completion / Mastery】

  • Empty Memory Crystal, Major Holy Orb x2
  • 45000 Gil
  • Major White Orb x3, Major Wind Orb x2
Target Score

  1. Defeat Dullahan without being KO’d.
  2. Exploit Dullahan’s weakness to fire attacks.
  3. Do not use ice attacks against Dullahan.
Dullahan
HP
~236000
Elements
WEAK Fire
ABSORB Ice
RESIST
NULL
Break Resistance
Power RESIST
Armor RESIST
Magic RESIST
Mental RESIST
Debuff Vulnerabilities
Blind
Abilities
► Normal

Attack: Deal physical damage to one target.
Blizzara: Deal moderate ice damage to one target.
Blizzaga: Deal heavy ice damage to one target.
Cura: Restore a moderate amount of HP to the target.
Holy: Deal massive holy damage to one target.
Morning Star: Deal physical damage to one target.

► Strong

Attack: Deal physical damage to one target.
Blizzara: Deal moderate ice damage to one target.
Blizzaga: Deal heavy ice damage to one target.
Cura: Restore a moderate amount of HP to the target.
Holy: Deal massive holy damage to one target.
Absolute Zero: Deal heavy ice damage to all targets.
Northern Cross: Stop all targets.
Morning Star: Deal physical damage to one target.

Strategy
His magic hits like a truck, make sure you have Shellga up at all times. Magic Breakdown helps as well. His attacks hit hard but not as much as his magic attacks.


Recommended abilities: Magic Breakdown, Shellga
Recommended RW: SG/SS2, Scream (Ramza)

 

 

 

(VII) Gi Nattak

Difficulty: 120

Part 1 Stamina 40, Rounds 1
Rewards: First Time / Completion / Mastery】

  • Empty Memory Crystal II, Major White Orb x3
  • 60000 Gil
  • White Crystal x1, Holy Crystal x1
Target Score

  1. Defeat Gi Nattak without being KO’d.
  2. Exploit Gi Nattak’s weakness to holy attacks.
  3. Afflict Gi Nattak with Poison.
Gi Nattak
HP
Gi Nattak: ~165600
Soul Fire: ~53100 each
Elements
► Gi Nattak

WEAK Holy
ABSORB
RESIST
NULL Earth / Water

► Soul Fire

WEAK Holy / Wind
ABSORB
RESIST
NULL Earth / Water / Poison
Break Resistance
Power RESIST
Armor RESIST
Magic RESIST
Mental RESIST
Debuff Vulnerabilities
Gi Nattak: Poison
Soul Fire: Slow
Abilities
► Gi Nattak

Attack: Deal physical damage to one target.
Osmose: Reduce the ability uses of one target.
Drain: Deal damage to one target, gaining a proportion as HP.
DeBarrier: Removes Protect, Shell, Reflect from one target.

Soul Fire

Fira: Deal moderate fire damage to one target.
Fira: Deal moderate fire damage to all targets.
Take Over: Possess a target.

Strategy
  • The battle ends when Gi Nattak is defeated.

Unlike previous versions of Gi Nattak, the Soul Fires in this fight are now able to cast an AoE Fira so do take note that it won’t be a straightforward Carbuncle cheese. Make sure you have Shellga up and also AoE heals.


Recommended abilities: Break Fever, Shellga, Carbuncle
Recommended RW: SG/SS2, Scream (Ramza), Mighty Guard (VIII)

 

 

 

(XII) Tiamat

Difficulty: 130

Part 1 Stamina 50, Rounds 1
Rewards: First Time / Completion / Mastery】

  • Fire Armlet, White Crystal x1
  • 75000 Gil
  • White Crystal x1, Wind Crystal x1
Target Score

  1. Defeat Tiamat without being KO’d.
  2. Exploit Tiamat’s weakness to earth attacks.
Tiamat
HP
~287100
Elements
WEAK Earth
ABSORB Wind
RESIST Everything else
NULL
Break Resistance
Power RESIST
Armor RESIST
Magic RESIST
Mental RESIST
Debuff Vulnerabilities
Slow
Abilities
► Normal

Attack: Deal physical damage to one target.
Rake: Deal heavy physical damage to one target.
Disablega: Stop one target.
Breath: Deal moderate fire damage and Sap all targets.
Aero: Deal wind damage to one target.

► Weak

Attack: Deal physical damage to one target.
Rake: Deal heavy physical damage to one target.
Rake: Deal moderate physical damage to all targets.
Disablega: Stop one target.
Aero: Deal wind damage to one target.
Breath: Deal fire damage and Sap all targets.
Reflect (Counter): Grant Reflect to self (trigger: magic attack)

Strategy
Tiamat’s physical and magic attacks hurt a lot, make sure you buff the party with both Protectga and Shellga if possible. Other than that this is a straightforward attrition fight.


Recommended abilities: defensive Breakdowns, Protectga, Shellga
Recommended RW: SG/SS2, Scream (Ramza)

 

 

(Nightmare) Evrae Altana

Difficulty: ? ? ?

Part 1 Stamina 1, Rounds 1
Rewards: First Time / Completion / Mastery】

  • Reraise Record, Wind Crystal x2
  • 1500 Gil
  •  White Crystal x2, Holy Crystal x2
Target Score

  1. Do not use Black Magic on Evrae Altana.
  2. Do not use Summoning magic on Evrae Altana.
  3. Defeat Evrae Altana before it uses Nightmare Poison Breath.
Evrae Altana
HP
Phase 1: ~59000
Phase 2: ~79000 (Lenses have ~29000 each)
Phase 3: ~110000
Elements
► Evrae Altana

WEAK Holy
ABSORB Poison
RESIST
NULL

► Guado Guardian / Altana Lens

WEAK Holy
ABSORB
RESIST
NULL
Break Resistance
Power NULL
Armor NULL
Magic NULL
Mental NULL
Debuff Vulnerabilities
Evrae Altana: Poison
Altana Lens: KO
Guado Guardian
: KO / Stun
Abilities
► Phase 1

Melee Attack: Deal ranged physical damage to all targets.
Photon Spray: Deal non-elemental damage to one target eight times in a row.
Poison Breath: Deal poison damage and Poison all targets.
Nightmare Poison Breath: Deal massive poison damage and Poison all targets.
Poison Breath (Counter): Deal poison damage and Poison all targets. (trigger: physical and black magic attacks)

► Phase 2

Photon Spray: Deal non-elemental damage to one target eight times in a row.
Explosion: Deal magic damage to all targets, proportional to their maximum HP.
Tail Screw: Deal magic damage to all targets, proportional to their current HP. (trigger: physical and black magic attacks)

► Phase 3

Melee Attack: Deal ranged physical damage to all targets.
Photon Spray: Deal non-elemental damage to one target eight times in a row.
Poison Breath: Deal poison damage and Poison all targets.
Nightmare Poison Breath: Deal massive poison damage and Poison all targets.
Poison Breath (Counter): Deal poison damage and Poison all targets. (trigger: physical and black magic attacks)

► Guado Guardian

Bio: Deal moderate poison damage and Poison one target.
Shell: Grant Shell to one target.
Haste: Grant Haste to one target.

Strategy
  • Evrae Altana is undead, therefore recovery spells will damage it.

PHASE 1: Evrae Altana (Solo)

In this phase Evrae just uses his regular moves, with an added mechanic. Evrae will inflict Poison status on himself (it will raise its head and its mouth will spew green mist, indicating that it’s charging Nightmare Poison Breath). You need to remove the Poison ASAP, either with Esuna or Poisona. When Evrae falls in this phase, it is immediately revived and it will spawn four Altana Lenses in the front row.

PHASE 2: Evrae Altana + Altana Lenses

  • Altana Lenses are undead, so recovery spells will deal damage to them.
  • Phase 2 ends when Evrae is defeated.
  • When Evrae is defeated, it will use Explosion (25% of your Max HP as damage), followed by Explosions (40% of your Max HP as damage) from any Lenses left alive.

In my opinion I think this is the hardest phase of the fight, mainly because of the potential damage you will be taking. Definitely pay more attention here.

Phase 2 works as such: Evrae will “link” itself to an Altana Lens (refer to this image, I shall call the top Lens, Lens 1). Evrae will use Photon Spray once before switching to another Lens. The Lenses here do nothing. However, they will give Evrae’s Photon Spray additional effects.

Lens 1: Photon Spray also inflicts Poison
Lens 2: Photon Spray deals increased damage (twice as hard?)
Lens 3: Photon Spray also inflicts Petrification
Lens 4: Photon Spray also inflicts Silence

You definitely want to kill the Lenses before killing Evrae, unless you are confident in tanking all 5 explosions (which I highly doubt). I recommend killing Lens 3 and Lens 4 first so you don’t have to deal with potential Petrification/Silence shenanigans.

  • If you use Dispel on Lens 2, it temporarily loses its damage boost to Photon Spray (DIspel only works on Lens 2)
  • If you use Esuna on Lenses 1, 3, or 4, it temporarily loses its debuff attachment to Photon Spray (similarly, Esuna only works on Lenses 1, 3 and 4)
  • If you use Raise (or any other KO type moves) on a Lens, it will counter with Explosion (40% of your max HP as damage).

If you have access to multiple AoE heals, KO’ing the Lenses with Raise/MaRaise is a viable (or even recommended) strategy. You can control the explosions and end the phase much faster than if you were to defeat the Lenses one by one with regular holy spells.

By the time Phase 2 ends, your party will most probably be low on HP from the explosion(s). Pre-casting a heal (or AoE heal) right before Phase 2 ends is a good idea.

PHASE 3: Evrae Altana + Guado Guardian

In this phase a Guado Guardian will be summoned to aid Evrae Altana, buffing him and inflicting Poison on Evrae with Bio. When Guado Guardian dies, a new one spawns, this happens for a few times.

At this point you just have to nuke Evrae down while also making sure to remove any Poison debuff on it. You may want to bring Dispel to remove his Shell so that your spells hit harder.


 

Special mention: thanks to tfmurphy for confirming some of Evrae’s AI.

Video #1https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NP_o8MvyZWA
Video #2https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WTe-qzdU5s
Video #3https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KT0KRSB05RM
Video #4https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoDkp3XpUmM
Video #5https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJdfSLeFTCE
Video #6https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6nKSH5nQfA (360p)
Video #7https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ql6lxppomxQ (using Raise on Lens)
Video #8https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOfXJ29ApnI (using Ninja scrolls on phase 2)
Video #9https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rMfMj6MW-w (No Wall; Garnet SSB RW)


Recommended abilities: Esuna/Poisona, Diara, Diaga, Holy, Shellga
Recommended RW: SG/SS2, anything with Hastega, anything with a huge party heal, anything with holy magic damage, anything with RES boost or Shellga

 

 

 



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