The Bowl of Embers (Hard)
- “While your victory over the Ultima Weapon has set off waves of celebration across the land, the jubilation is short-lived, for the beast tribes are seeking to summon their gods once more. Confirmation has arrived that Amalj'aa have already succeeded in calling forth Ifrit, who is returned far mightier than his last incarnation owing to the vast amounts of crystals he has gorged upon. Prepare yourself for a scorching encounter.”
- Players are awarded with 10 Tomes of Philosophy and 4 Tomes of Mythology for completing The Bowl of Embers (Hard).
For the first phase, non-tank players should not stand in front of Ifrit. This is due to several of his abilities:
- Incinerate is an instant frontal breath attack that deals a moderate amount of damage to all targets in front of Ifrit.
- Vulcan Burst is an instant attack that deals small amount of damage to all players near Ifrit.
- Eruption is an ability that appears as red crackling glow under a random player. After a few seconds the ground will erupt, dealing heavy damage to all players within.
- Crimson Cyclone is an ability used by Ifrit. He stands at the edge of the boss room, in a sprinting pose for a few seconds. Ifrit then dashes forward, dealing heavy damage to all players caught in his path.
Tanks should tank the boss at the edge of the boss room so ranged damage dealers and casters do not get hit by Vulcan Burst. Players should interrupt Ifrit's Eruption with stuns as often as possible. When Ifrit uses Crimson Cyclone, his charging attack, players should not be in front of the boss.
At about 3/4 HP, phase 2 begins.
During phase 2, Ifrit will summon several Infernal Nails and gain two new abilities:
- Sear is an instant attack that deals small amount of damage to all players near Ifrit.
- Radiant Plume is an ability that places glowing red circles on the ground. The circles will explode and deal heavy damage to all targets within after a few seconds.
After a period of time Ifrit will perform his signature ability Hellfire. If any nails remain, Hellfire will instantly kill all players, but if they are all destroyed Hellfire will instead only do heavy damage to all players.
It is recommended that any BLM's in the party use the Limit Break on the Nails to make quick work of them. Although not a necessity, it can provide breathing space to a party lacking good DPS.
After Hellfire has been cast, Ifrit enters phase 3 where he has all the abilities from phase 2 excluding Hellfire.
Current gear requirements to complete Ifrit Hard Mode are varied. It is recommended for DPS, Tanks and Healers to have at least a one or two pieces from Amdapor Keep.
- Main article: Ifrit (Hard) Loot