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In for Garuda Awakening

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Quest giver
The Waking Sands (X:6.1, Y:5.0)
Quest line
Primal Quests
Trial The Bowl of Embers (Hard) cleared
Previous quest
Feature QuestIfrit Bleeds, We Can Kill It
Next quest
Feature QuestIn a Titan Spot

Papalymo would have you vanquish Garuda, who has returned, stronger and bloodthirstier than before.

— In-game description




Trial Requirement: Trial The Bowl of Embers (Hard) cleared

  1. Speak to Papalymo in the Waking Sands to accept the quest. You can still find him there even if you have sufficiently progressed the main story to after the Scions move to the Rising Stones.
  2. Speak to Vorsaile Heuloix at the Adders' Nest in New Gridania. (X:9.7, Y:11.1)
  3. Attune yourself to the aetheryte at Natalan in the Coerthas Central Highlands to unlock Trial The Howling Eye (Hard) under Trials in the Duty Finder.
  4. Queue for and complete Trial The Howling Eye (Hard). Despite the name, the trial is not actually more difficult than any other story-mode trial. It is easily completed blind with the Duty Finder.

The quest completes after attuning the aetheryte, but you must clear Trial The Howling Eye (Hard) (as verified by the green checkmark at the top right) before the next quest becomes available.



  • Papalymo would have you vanquish Garuda, who has returned, stronger and bloodthirstier than before.
  • On the heels of the Amalj'aa, the Ixal have also succeeded in summoning their primal. Report to the Adders' Nest and speak with Commander Heuloix to learn how you might arrange an encounter with Garuda.
  • According to Commander Heuloix, a beastman aetheryte leading to Garuda's domain, the Howling Eye, has been discovered within Natalan in the central highlands of Coerthas. Fight your way to the innermost depths of the Ixali stronghold, and attune to the aetheryte.
  • You have successfully attuned yourself to the Natalan aetheryte, and the path to the Howling Eye lies wide open. Assemble your stoutest adventuring comrades, and vanquish the Lady of the Vortex.
    • ※The Howling Eye (Hard) can be accessed via the Duty Finder.


Accepting the Quest

Papalymo: Ah, [Forename], I hear you have triumphed over Ifrit! Of course this is no less a feat than I would expect of a Warrior of Light, but well done all the same!
Papalymo: Now, I full had a mind to crack open a bottle of 1547 Bacchus, but the celebration must keep. Garuda, I am afraid to say, has also returned.
Papalymo: As you well know, Garuda's appetite for destruction far exceeds that of other primals. Not to dishearten you, but in her latest incarnation, that appetite has become nigh insatiable. 
Papalymo: In the short time since her return, she has laready wreaked tremendous havoc. You must send her back to the ether before she can do any more damage.
Papalymo: In the meantime, Yda and I will assist the Order of the Twin Adder in their recovery effort.
Papalymo: When you previously faced Garuda, 'twas the Enterprise that bore you through the storm that shielded her domain. Well, that storm is as a spring breeze beside what she has raised this time; no airship could hope to penetrate it.
Papalymo: And so we must count ourselves fortunate that the Order of the Twin Adder chanced to discover a beastman aetheryte leading to the Howling Eye.
Papalymo: Before you do aught else, I suggest you pay a visit to the Adders' Nest and have words with Commander Heuloix. He will be able to tell you about the said aetheryte, among other things.
Papalymo: Make no mistake, the Lady of the Vortex will prove a formidable opponent, but I believe that you can weather the storm. May the Twelve keep you safe!

Speaking with Vorsaile Heuloix

(If part of Twin Adders)
Vorsaile Heuloix: Ah, [Rank] [Surname]! We are grateful for your aid!
(If part of a different GC)
Vorsaile Heuloix: Ah, [Forename] of the Scions! We are grateful for your aid!
Vorsaile Heuloix: As you will already know, the accursed Ixal have summoned Garuda once more. Since her return, she has wasted no time unleashing her fury upon the region. Extensive damage has been reported in both the Twelveswood and Coerthas.
Vorsaile Heuloix: She must be stopped, and soon, lest more lives be lost. In the name of the Elder Seedseer, I humbly request you put an end to her reign of terror.
Vorsaile Heuloix: As in the past, Garuda keeps her court within the Howling Eye, which is perpetually protected by a raging tempest. Fortunately, we have learned of an alternate way into her domain.
Vorsaile Heuloix: The Ixal have constructed an aetheryte within Natalan, their stronghold in the central highlands of Coerthas. This aetheryte will take you to Garuda's tempestuous realm.
Vorsaile Heuloix: We owe this discovery to the Ishgardians, who the Elder Seedseer says desired to repay the kindness you showed them. For the sake of our people as well as theirs, may your mission be met with success.