The Minstrel's Ballad: Tsukuyomi's Pain
- This article is about the level 70 challenge-mode trial. For the story-mode Main Scenario trial, see Castrum Fluminis.
The Minstrel's Ballad: Tsukuyomi's Pain
- 70 (Sync: 70)
- Item Level
- Party size
- Full Party
8 man • 2 2 4
- Time limit
- 60 minutes
- Duty Finder
- High-end Trials (Stormblood)
- Req. quest
- Songs in the Key of Kugane
- Castrum Fluminis
- Stone, Sky, Sea
- The Echo
- On wipe: +5% (max +25%)
Upon hearing of your final encounter with Yotsuyu -- and the primal to whom she surrendered her will -- the wandering minstrel composes a tanka tinged with sorrow. Had Yotsuyu been born in a different time, a different place, would she have lived a simple life unsullied by acts of violence and cruelty? Or were the seeds of villainy always there, their growth merely hastened by circumstance? These questions bring to mind Tsukuyomi's overwhelming malice, your memories now suffused by the tragedy of the minstrel's verse...
— In-game description
The Minstrel's Ballad: Tsukuyomi's Pain is a level 70 trial introduced in patch 4.3 with Stormblood.
The Lady of the Moon: Tsukuyomi
First Phase (100%-80%)
Reprimand: A raid-wide AoE that deals medium damage.
Nightfall: After the cast goes off, Tsukuyomi will pull out either her gun or her spear. Look at her model to see which weapon she is holding, listen for the audio cues, and/or read the pop-up text box. The first cast of Nightfall will be either a gun or a spear; the second cast will be whichever weapon was not used for the first cast (e.g. if the first cast is a gun, the second cast will be a spear).
- If the weapon is a gun, she will say "Beg for mercy!" and use Lead of the Underworld. The party must stack together to soak the damage.
- If the weapon is a spear, she will say "Your end is near..." and use Steel of the Underworld three times in succession on three players, one from each role (tank, healer, DPS). The party must separate into three groups by role, as getting hit by more than one cleave will deal lethal damage. It is recommended to have both tanks stack up in front of the boss, then have the healers and DPS stack up on opposite sides behind her.
Nightbloom: This marks the transition to the adds phase, cast when Tsukuyomi is at 80% health. This raid-wide AoE stuns the party and deals heavy damage.
Boss Rotation: Reprimand --> Nightfall (Gun/Spear) --> Nightfall (Spear/Gun) --> Reprimand --> Nightbloom (at 80%)
There will be three sets of adds to deal with in this phase. Damage dealt to Yotsuyu by these adds will increase her Suffering gauge; letting the gauge hit 100 will lead to a wipe.
Have a tank pick up all non-tethered adds: Specters of the Homeland and Specters of the Empire. All other party members should focus on the non-tankable adds tethered to Yotsuyu: Specter of the Patriarch, Specter of the Matriarch, Specter of Asahi, and Specter of Zenos. The third set of adds will start with the Specter of Zenos casting of Concentrativity, knocking the party back, inflicting a 10-second Down for the Count, and dealing mild raid-wide damage. He will also deal medium raid-wide damage every few seconds by casing Dispersivity, so deal with him quickly.
After all three sets of adds are killed, she will cast a raid-wide AoE that deals heavy damage. Shield and heal through as necessary.
Second Phase (80%-35%)
Supreme Selenomancy: Each party member will be randomly assigned a debuff -- either Moonlit or Moonshadowed. Standing on the white side of the floor's moon will inflict a stack of Moonlit every 5 seconds, while standing on black side will inflict a stack of Moonshadowed every 5 seconds. Reaching 5 stacks of either buff will inflict the player with Doom, and kill them near-instantly. To avoid this, players will need to juggle their debuff accordingly.
As the debuff is initially applied with 4 stacks, players must immediately move after the cast to the side of the arena opposite to that which gives their debuff (e.g. having Moonlit means the player must stand where the moon is black such that they get the Moonshadowed buff). At the same time, non-targetable Moonlights will appear on one side of the arena and begin to cast a donut AoE called Lunar Halo. Dodge as necessary.
After the Lunar Halo casts resolve, the arena will change such that one color will be more prominent than that other. Slowly the less-prominent color will disappear, meaning players will need to be extra careful with their debuff management.
Meteor: This unnamed attack targets three players (the off-tank, a healer, and a DPS) a large red/purple marker over their heads immediately after Nightfall goes off. After a short amount of time, meteors (black or white, based on which part of the floor they land on) will fall where each player was standing and start casting a very large circle AoE. Meteors will explode and deal significant damage if placed too close together, so players will want to coordinate placement of the meteors such that they land in three of the four cardinal directions, leaving a small safe spot where no meteor was dropped. Run to the safe area and stay there while the Lunar Halos go off, as the meteors will go off a second time before leaving behind puddles matching the color of the meteor. Stand in the appropriately-colored puddle to survive Antitwilight/Perilune.
Midnight Rain: Randomly changes the arena to be either fully white or fully black and grants Tsukuyomi the buff Full Moon or New Moon, respectively.
- Antitwilight: Used exclusively when Tsukuyomi is under the effect of Full Moon. Deals light raid-wide damage to all players with the "Veil of Shadow", but lethal damage to those without.
- Perilune: Used exclusively when Tsukuyomi is under the effect of New Moon. Deals light raid-wide damage to all players with the "Veil of Light", but lethal damage to those without.
Zashiki-asobi: Spawns two sets of Dancing Fans that explode with circular AoEs. The first set (which includes a center fan) will go off first, so have the party stand in the areas covered by the second set before moving into the first set after they explode.
Torment Unto Death: This attack will cleave on the main tank and apply a Magic Vulnerability Up/Physical Vulnerability Up. This forces a tank swap.
Boss Rotation: Supreme Selenomancy --> Nightfall (Gun) --> Meteor --> Midnight Rain --> Antitwilight/Perilune --> Reprimand --> Zashiki-asobi --> Nightfall (Gun/Spear) --> Torment Unto Death --> Supreme Selenomancy --> Nightfall (Spear) --> Meteor --> Midnight Rain --> Antitwilight/Perilune --> Reprimand --> Zashiki-asobi --> Nightfall (Gun/Spear) --> Torment Unto Death
Third Phase (35%-0%)
Dance of the Dead: A heavy raid-wide attack that indicates the start of the third phase.
Full Moon: Indicated by a pop-up text box mentioning the "full moon", Tsukuyomi becomes white and gains the buff Full Moon, which causes her to use Waxing Grudge -- a melee-ranged circular AoE that inflicts a stack of Damage Down -- with all Bright Blades and Dark Blades. Stand away from the boss to avoid this.
New Moon: Indicated by a pop-up text box mentioning the "new moon", Tsukuyomi becomes black and gains the buff New Moon, which causes her to use Waning Grudge -- a donut AoE around the boss that inflicts a stack of Damage Down -- with all Bright Blades and Dark Blades. Stand next to the boss to avoid this.
Bright Blade: A large AoE that covers Tsukuyomi's left side and rear. Also inflicts a stack of Vulnerability Up and Damage Down. Avoid this by standing to her right side. Must be dodged at the same time as Full Moon or New Moon.
Dark Blade: A large AoE that covers Tsukuyomi's right side and rear. Also inflicts a stack of Vulnerability Up and Damage Down. Avoid this by standing to her left side. Must be dodged at the same time as Full Moon or New Moon.
Lunacy: A stack marker is placed on one player, and soon after hits that player four times with damage that must be soaked by the party.
Hagetsu: Places a red marker over one tank, one healer, and one DPS. Deals medium splash damage to each target, so spread accordingly.
Tsuki-no-Kakera: Places a set of Dancing Fans in a circle around the arena, and one in the center. In succession, they will cast the circular AoE called Tsuki-no-Maiogi. Have party members stand in the Dancing Fan placed on the battlefield last; as soon as the center fan goes off, run in.
Boss Rotation: Dance of the Dead --> New Moon/Full Moon --> Bright Blade/Dark Blade --> New Moon/Full Moon --> Bright Blade/Dark Blade --> Reprimand --> New Moon/Full Moon --> Lunacy + Tsuki-no-Kakera --> Bright Blade/Dark Blade --> Torment Unto Death --> New Moon/Full Moon --> Hagetsu + Zashiki-asobi --> Bright Blade/Dark Blade --> Reprimand --> Reprimand --> Lunacy + Tsuki-no-Kakera...
Lunacy (enrage): A stack AoE will continue to strike party members until the party wipes.
- See also: Tsukuyomi's Weapons
- Each player will receive 1 Lunar Totem per kill. Collect 10 totems to exchange for a weapon or 99 for a Lunar Kamuy Fife at Eschina in Rhalgr's Reach (X:13.8 Y:11.8).
- Tsukuyomi Card (Drops at a fixed rate.)
This duty is associated with the following achievements:
|Happy Death Day To Who||10||Defeat Tsukuyomi in the Minstrel's Ballad: Tsukuyomi's Pain.||-|
|Mightier than the Moon||5||Complete the Minstrel's Ballad: Tsukuyomi's Pain with a party of only blue mages, Silence Echo turned on, and Unrestricted Party turned off.||-|