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The Praetorium Guide and Strategy

General tips and strategy for The Praetorium in FFXIV

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    The Praetorium

    Thanalan
    Northern Thanalan

    Requirements
    Party Size: 8
    Class: Disciples of War and Magic
    Time Limit: 120 minutes
    Level: 50 (Sync from 49)

    Rewards
    100 Allagan Tomestones of Philosophy

    This dungeon is required to advance in the story line, in fact it is the very last quest called, "The Ultimate Weapon". Your reward for completing this quest is a Magitek mount!


    Story
    With the magitek field now out of commission, the path to the Ultima Weapon lies open. While the Immortal Flames sweep Castrum Meridianum and suppress the remnants of the enemy garrison, you and your comrades must fight your way to the innermost sector of the Praetorium, there to locate and destroy the Ultima Weapon. Cid's airship, the Enterprise, will bear you to the stage of the final countdown.


    The Praetorium is the last story based dungeon and it certainly delivers in action and drama. It is jam packed with wonderful great scenes and epic battles. It is relatively challenging but nothing unmanageable. If you can't group up with some friends or members in your FC, cross your fingers that you get some well geared party members from the Duty Finder. You will have a Full Party of 8 people again, so there will be 2 tanks, 2 healers, and 4 dps. The waiting time can be a while, but nearly as long as the previous instances, since a lot of level 50 players run this dungeon to get Tomestones of Philosophy. Most of the boss fights are focused around dodging things, so if you made it this far, you should be pretty good at avoiding fire ;)

    Once you begin the quest you will be at the entrance of the innermost sector of the Praetorium. All of the trash mobs are relatively easy; mostly Imperial Elites and Magitek Reaper type monsters. There is quite a bit of trash before the 1st boss, so get comfortable. You will have to fight trash as they will drop 'Imperial Identification Cards' that are needed to advance into each sector.



    Mark II Magitek Colossus
    Taxonomy: Bloodless/Forgekin/Magitek Colossus

    The first boss is just a huge magitek called, Mark II Magitek Colossus. This is a very easy fight and basically just tank and spank. The main tank should pull the boss to a corner and keep him faced away from the party at all times. The 2nd tank can even go DPS to help make the fight go faster as there really isn't any need for two tanks. The Colossus has a few abilities but nothing that will one shot you. He will do a large cleave called 'Grand Sword' and will do a knock back on the tank. Ranged Players should be on the lookout for 'Magitek Ray' and get out of its path.

    Abilities:
    • Grand Sword - Instant frontal cone attack
    • Magitek Ray - Shot of fire on random ranged player.


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