The Akh Afah Amphitheatre (Hard)

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See also: The Akh Afah Amphitheatre (Extreme)


The Akh Afah Amphitheatre (Hard)

Akh Afah Amphitheatre (Hard).png
50 (Sync: 50)
Party size
Full Party
8man 2 Tank role.png 2 Healer role.png 4 DPS role.png
Time limit
Allagan Tomestone of Poetics 15 
Req. quest
Main Scenario quest The Instruments of Our Deliverance

For as long as their nation has warred with Dravania, there have been Ishgardians who instead chose to ally themselves with the dragons. Shiva is said to have been among the first, hence why the heretics revere her as a saint. That Iceheart and her followers intend to summon Shiva with the crystals they have stolen is plain. But is this unprecedented act even possible? If so, then Ishgard─if not the entire realm─is in grave danger.

— In-game description

The Akh Afah Amphitheatre (Hard) is a level 50 trial introduced in patch 2.4.


It's worth noting that on Hard (instead of Extreme) mode her Ice Brand during Sword & Shield cannot be soaked by the party and Shiva should simply be tank & spanked away from the party at all times.

The below strategy section is transcluded from her Extreme mode.

Aggressive difficulty r6.png Lady of Frost: Shiva


Unarmed Form

After using a weapon, Shiva will perform 2 unarmed attacks before using another weapon.

Dreams of Ice: Shiva gains a permanent, stackable damage buff. Allows her to do more and more damage over time.

Icicle Impact: Circles appear on the ground in various patterns, and after a moment, the circles disappear and icicles drop down, dealing heavy damage to all players hit.

Sword Form

Shiva's auto attacks decrease the blunt resistance of the target. the player will take more and more damage from her attacks when she is using her staff.

  • Tanks: DO NOT wait for the Weapon Buff to come up first to know when Shiva has a different weapon, if it is Sword, it will be too late to turn her towards your party to mitigate Ice Brand.

Ice Brand: Conal attack that deals a total of 18k damage that splits between all the players hit by it. The whole party should be hit by the attack.

Glacier Bash: Conal attack that deals heavy damage and stuns target. Tanks can avoid the attack by running through Shiva.

Heavenly Strike: Spawn ice pillars in random areas and knocks players back.

Whiteout: Deals damage to everyone in room except players who are really close to her.

Rotation: Ice Brand -> Glacier Bash -> Whiteout (Heavenly Strikes are used randomly throughout)

Staff Form

Shiva's auto attacks decrease the slashing resistance of the target. the player will take more and more damage from her attacks when she is using her sword.

  • When Shiva equips her Staff, first move she will do is Hail Storm, DO NOT wait to run out to the edges - it should be your INITIAL reaction.

Hail Storm: Blue ice marks appear on the heads of a few players. After a moment, players with the marks will be hit by the storm, dealing damage to the player and the players around her. (Players need to spread out to avoid hitting each other with it)

Absolute Zero: Deals damage to everyone.

Bow Form

Only in Phase 3.

Shiva deals more damage, more often while in this form.

Glass Dance: Fire Icicles in 270degree cone around her, dealing 10k damage to all players hit. It is used at the start of the Bow Form. Your entire party needs to stand directly behind her to avoid the damage.

Avalanche: Places a mark above a random player. After a moment Shiva will fire a line AoE at the target. Dealing damage to the player and any players caught in the line. It also knocks them back. It is used about 20 seconds after start of Bow Form.

  • Move her close to north wall of arena. Make the marked player stand in front of Shiva while the entire party behind her. This will cause the player knocked back towards south of the room but not far enough to hit the wall and become frozen.

Phase 1: 100% - 80%

In first phase Shiva will use Sword Form, Staff Form and Unarmed Form.

Tank Shiva in the center of the room, facing her away from the party. Shiva has 3 different weapons that she can switch between. Each weapon has a different attack and she uses them in random orders.

Players need to assign a tank that tanks her in Sword Form and another tank that tanks her in her Staff Form.

Sword Tank should allow Shiva to hit the party with Ice Brand but avoid Glacial Bash.

Phase 2: 79% - 70% or 60sec

At the start, Shiva spawns 4 Ice Soldiers and go into Sword Form. Staff Tank should gather all the adds in the center of the room so they can be AoE'd down.

Players need to kill all the adds before Shiva gets to 70% HP or after 60 seconds has elapsed. Shiva's Diamond Dust will kill all players if any adds remain. If the adds are killed, Shiva will do 2-4k damage to all players.

Phase 3 begins.

Phase 3: 70% - 0%

Hitting the edge of the arena will freeze the player into a boulder. Frozen player can be freed after party members kill the boulder.

Shiva gains Bow Form in addition to Sword Form, Staff Form and Unarmed Form.

She also gains an ability named Permafrost. It coats the ground in ice and places a DoT on everyone for a short time. It also applies Thin Ice debuff to all players. If a player attempts to move while she has the debuff on, she will slide uncontrollably in that direction.

  • Stand still for a few seconds after every ending move, i.e. Icicle Impact, Avalanche, etc. - til Thin Ice wears off or you will slide into walls and get frozen.

Shiva gains 2 new Icicle Impact patterns.

Rotation: Icicle (Staff) -> Staff Form -> Icicle (Bow) -> Bow Form -> Icicle (Sword/Staff) -> Icicle (Bow) -> )