Blue Mage Raid Guide for Alexander Prime (A12S)

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023 at 12:00 by Liam 15 comments

This page provides a guide for Alexander Prime, the twelfth fight in the Alexander raid series. It's intended to be used specifically for Blue Mage. This guide includes strategies catering to the unique party composition, as well as recommended spells.

1.

Introduction

None can deny the wandering minstrel's inimitable way with words, nor the manner in which his penchant for embellishment and exaggeration has rendered your triumph over the primal Alexander all the more triumphant─and the insurmountable odds over which you did prevail all the more insurmountable. Reach back into your memory and relive your adventure inside the steel giant as it will live on in the hearts and minds of all who hear the tale!

1.1.

General Notes

This is the sixth fight in the Morbol raid series and is pretty tough overall. It's a long fight with many different phases, but each phase on its own is pretty simple. The DPS check is pretty light, so just remember to respect mechanics and it shouldn't be a huge problem.

2.

Raid Guide

This guide is written assuming you have all Blue Mage spells, appropriate gear, and know how to play your chosen role.

2.1.

Video Guide

If you prefer video format, there is a full video guide available below. The video itself is older, but the strats are unchanged.

2.2.

Party Setup

For this fight I would recommend having the standard one tank mimic, two healer mimics, and five DPS mimics.

2.3.

Utility Spells

  • Diamondback Icon Diamondback
  • Mighty Guard Icon Mighty Guard on the DPS off-tank
  • Stotram Icon Stotram on DPS
  • Hydro Pull Icon Hydro Pull or equivalent AOE on healer
3.

Phase 1: Alexander

3.1.

Alexander Prime's Abilities

  • Divine Spear: Conal tankbuster, hits for about 21k unmitigated. Can be mitigated with Addle Icon Addle.
  • Punishing Heat: Massive magic tankbuster with AOE effect, hits for about 40k unmitigated.

This first phase used to be quite difficult, but now we can skip essentially the entire phase. All DPS and one healer will do a Moon Flute Icon Moon Flute opener and push Alexander into his next phase before any group mechanics happen. If you do see any markers appear over people as he transitions, they will actually disappear without anything happening.

Most of the difficulty here is on the tank. The tank should pre-cast Dragon Force Icon Dragon Force, pull the boss, cast White Wind Icon White Wind for threat, point Alexander north, and cast Diamondback Icon Diamondback once Punishing Heat starts casting. While this is happening, the non-Fluting healer will need to pump heals into the tank as Divine Spear hits quite hard.

If the tank is able to safely hold Dragon Force until after the pull starts (this requires the healer to really focus on keeping the tank at max health), they can survive Punishing Heat with Dragon Force and Chelonian Gate Icon Chelonian Gate. This is a nice way to get a little bit of extra damage, but isn't strictly necessary.

4.

Phase 2: Adds

4.1.

Enemy Abilities

  • Almost Holy: Moderate raidwide AOE damage.
  • Smash: Heavy-hitting physical tankbuster with no cast time.
  • Half Gravity: Heavy-hitting magical tankbuster with a 3.5 second cast time.
  • Divine Judgment: Massive raidbuster AOE that signals the transition out of adds phase.

There are three waves of adds in this phase, but only the third set is particularly threatening.

The first wave of adds is a bunch of Arrhidaeus's Lanners. They don't do anything scary, but there are a lot of them. Once they're targetable, the tank should cast White Wind and start running around the centor of the room in a circle to avoid getting hit while the party AOEs them down. If the tank pops Sprint Icon Sprint they won't get hit at all. Healers will want to watch the tank in case they do start taking damage.

The next wave of adds is four The General's Wings, one in each cardinal direction. The party just needs to stand in the center and continue hitting their AOE ability. Some groups will stop DPS just before one dies to let them finish their Almost Holy cast. Four unmitigated casts of this will put the party in Revenge Blast Icon Revenge Blast range, allowing them to use it on the next set of adds. This isn't a necessary optimization, and an even easier one is to just use Cold Fog Icon Cold Fog before the cast finishes so you can get some extra damage on the next set of adds.

The last wave of adds is one The General's Might and one The General's Time. The Might will periodically give itself a damage up buff and use Smash, a physical tankbuster with no cast time. The Time will also periodically give itself a damage up buff and use Half Gravity, a magic tankbuster with a cast time. We will aim to kill the Might first and then Time, but the tanking of these adds is a bit of a puzzle.

I recommend having the main tank pick up the Might by casting a few spells and then using Chelonian Gate Icon Chelonian Gate to mitigate the first Smash. The first Smash is completely untelegraphed, but future ones will be telegraphed by the Might spinning its hands. When it finishes that animation, you can Diamondback Icon Diamondback and mitigate two Smashes in a row. See the video for an example of the timing.

You can either have one person single-tank the Time if they're good at timing Diamondback Icon Diamondback or have two people take turns tanking it with Diamondback and swapping threat with Frog Legs Icon Frog Legs. Two people taking turns is the easiest to execute, but one person doing it solo allows you to clear the phase slightly faster.

The timing for solo tanking is pretty tight. There is 9.3 seconds between each Half Gravity cast and Diamondback lasts for 10 seconds, so you have about .7 seconds of leeway for timing. Half Gravity takes 3.5 seconds to cast, so if you start your Diamondback when the Half Gravity is 35-50% finished casting (depending on spell speed), you will mitigate both Half Gravities. It sounds difficult but once you get it down it's very consistent.

Whoever ends up tanking Time should have Mighty Guard up to generate threat so that DPS won't pull aggro when they switch to Time. When I'm main tanking I like to pick up Time after Might is dead to allow whoever was tanking previously to go back to DPSing.

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        FFXIV Alexander Half Gravity

Once all adds are dead, Alexander returns and casts Divine Judgment. Once the first textbox disappears ("Executing judgment protocol in 10 seconds…") you just need to cast Diamondback to survive.

5.

Phase 3: Time Stops

5.1.

Alexander Prime's Abilities

  • Mega Holy: Massive magic damage raidwide, hits for about 9k unmitigated.
  • Gravitational Anomaly: Spawns 9 death circles in 3 triangular formations around the arena as well as underneath random players.
  • Sacrament: Massive magic damage forming a cross through Alexander's cardinal positions (relative).
  • Radiant Sacrament: Massive magic damage in a donut around Alexander (underneath Alexander is safe).
  • Temporal Statis: Stops all movement and buff/debuff timers.

Alexander will return and mostly just stand there for a bit. This is a good opportunity for a Moon Flute opener. However, you will not be able to fit an entire opener since about 15 seconds after showing up, Alexander will start channeling Temporal Stasis and apply debuffs to everyone (except one player). The debuffs have the following effects:

  • Shared Sentence: Deals light AOE damage around the player and applies Magic Vulnerability Up debuff. If the damage is not shared with someone else, the player will die.
  • House Arrest: Two players will be tethered with red and green tethers. These players must be close to each other or they will die.
  • Restraining Order: Two players will be tethered with a blue tether. These players must be far away from each other or they will die.
  • Defamation: Deals AOE damage in a massive area (about the size of the arena itself) and applies a Magic Vulnerability Up debuff.

In short, Defamation players want to spread out to not hit anyone else, Shared Sentence players need to stack with at least one person that does not also have Shared Sentence, and the tethers need to be near/far as needed.

There will be 2 Shared Sentence debuffs, 3 Defamation debuffs, 1 set of tethers, and 1 person with no debuff in the first time stop. We will resolve them by having Defamations go east, west, and south, Shared Sentences to the north (but not stacked on top of one another), no debuff person stacking with the right Shared Sentence, and then either both tethers stacked with the left Shared Sentence or one person stacked with left Shared Sentence and the other with the south Defamation (depending on near/far tether). This ends up looking like the image below:

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        FFXIV Alexander Time Stop

It sounds tough, but once you've done it a few times it's not too bad. As soon as you see your debuff, the following need to be called out quickly:

  • Defamation locations; "I'm going east" (or other direction)
  • Shared Sentence locations; "Shared Sentence on 1", or once a Shared Sentence person gets to a spot they can start jumping to signal to the other Shared Sentence person that they already chose a spot
  • Blue tether; "I'm blue north" or something to that effect
  • Green/red tether and no debuff need no call, their location is fixed

If your team struggles with communication or you have people with no microphones, consider setting default locations for those people and using macros to indicate where people are going with target markers and such. My group had 3 people with no microphones and we were able to do it fine.

Time stops are a really good opportunity for using Cold Fog Icon Cold Fog. The buff timer stops when you're frozen, so when you come out you can use White Death immediately, for the full duration, while moving to a safe spot. This also means that Angel's Snack Icon Angel's Snack is very powerful as it continues to tick even while frozen.

One final note is that the damage from debuffs is quite high. If completely unmitigated, there is a chance that people can die even at full health. Try to use Addle Icon Addle before Time Stop and apply a fresh Gobskin Icon Gobskin before running to your spots to make sure everyone is safe.

Once time stop ends, Alexander will use Gravitational Anomaly and either Sacrament or Radiant Sacrament. Find a safe spot for Gravitational Anomaly first, and then dodge the sacrament. If it's normal Sacrament, you need to be on Alexander's intercardinals to be safe. If it's Radiant Sacrament, you need to be under Alexander to be safe. For Radiant Sacrament consider using J Kick Icon J Kick or just sprinting straight in to the center, as the dead center of the arena is always safe. Radiant Sacrament snapshotting is wacky, so it will take some practice to not die to it.

Gravitational Anomaly places circles on the ground in the following pattern (but it can be rotated around the arena in any orientation), as well as underneath people and will kill anyone standing inside after a short delay. Stay out of th ecenter to avoid putting circles there, wait for the circles to appear, and then move accordingly. It can take some practice to get used to these patterns, but it's important to note that there are no impossible patterns, and it's always possible to avoid the circles.

Blue Mage FFXIV Alexander Gravitational Anomaly

After Sacrament, Alexander will follow up with Mega Holy so make sure everyone is healed up. If you don't mitigate the damage at all, and have food up, then everyone will be in Revenge Blast Icon Revenge Blast range. This was crucial at level 60 for clears, but Cold Fog Icon Cold Fog is a great substitute that is easier to execute.

After Mega Holy, it's another Spear → Heat → Spear tankbuster combo before going into a second time stop. The second time stop is the same as the first, but there will be 2 Defamations instead of 3 and 2 sets of tethers instead of 1. The tethers will need to split between the Shared Sentence players and split north/south as needed, and the Defamation players will again need to pick an east, west, or south location.

After the second time stop Alexander will cast Gravitational Anomaly and whichever Sacrament he didn't use for the first time stop. After Sacrament, Alexander will once again cast Mega Holy and a Spear → Heat → Spear combo yet again before transitioning to the next phase.

6.

Phase 4: Time Gates

6.1.

Alexander Prime's Abilities

  • Judgment Crystal: Deals moderate damage to the target and drops a crystal at the location where it was baited.
  • Tetrashatter: Deals proximity-based AOE damage from a crystal when Alexander gets too close to it.
  • Inception: Alexander teleports away and returns at a cardinal or intercardinal, casting Sacrament as he arrives.

Alexander will briefly teleport away and then return to the center. Four time gates will appear, one each to the northwest, northeast, southwest, and southeast. The two northern ones are "DPS," the southwest is "off-tank," and the southeast is "healer." Assign people to go into each time gate. Each gate has an add inside that needs to be killed. The two DPS should kill their add and then use the glowing circles that appear to go help the tank and healer with theirs. The off-tank add will use Smash, so the off-tank will need to get aggro and then use Diamondback. Alternatively, the add can be blown up very quickly with Moon Flute Icon Moon Flute and Triple Trident Icon Triple Trident/Matra Magic Icon Matra Magic/Primal spells before Smash even happens. The healer will mostly need to spam Pom Cure Icon Pom Cure on themselves to stay alive during Half Gravity casts but can also blow their add up similarly to the off-tank. Half Gravity does a percentage of health, so don't use things like Devour Icon Devour that increase your HP or you may risk dying when the buff falls off. The adds need to die pretty quickly or it will cause a wipe.

The four folks outside will have slightly more responsibility. There will be four crystals that will drop in sequence with mechanics happening between each. These crystals need to be dropped between each cardinal and the intercardinal spot clockwise from it. It sounds strange, but when Alexander uses Inception later he will appear in a cardinal or intercardinal spot and detonate crystals if nearby. We use the detonating crystal to see where he is, so we want to drop crystals two notches (on the ground) clockwise from each red circle like this to know where he is coming from:

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        FFXIV Alexander Crystal Locations
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        FFXIV Alexander Crystal Drop Demo

I like to start at the northernmost spot and go clockwise to each of them. Whoever gets targeted will need to go to the proper spot between the two red circles to drop their crystal. After the first crystal, someone will be targeted with a stack marker. It's easiest to just have this person Diamondback Icon Diamondback to survive. After the second crystal, Alexander will use Sacrament or Radiant Sacrament so dodge accordingly. After the third crystal Alexander will use Punishing Heat so the tank will need to mitigate appropriately. For this tankbuster I recommend using Dragon Force Icon Dragon Force and Chelonian Gate Icon Chelonian Gate or casting Diamondback Icon Diamondback early (a few seconds after the third crystal drops) so that they can move to the fourth crystal spot if they get targeted. The tank should try to keep Alexander as centered as possible, since he blows up the crystals with Tetrashatter if he gets too close.

The time gate players should return at some point around the third or fourth crystal, but they will not get targeted by any of the remaining crystals.

If done correctly, the crystals should be dropped according to the diagram above, with each possible spawn being adjacent to a crystal. About 15 seconds after the fourth crystal drops, Alexander will start casting Inception and then disappear. The party should return to the center of the arena during the Inception cast to get ready for the movement.

7.

Phase 5: Inception

7.1.

Alexander Prime's Abilities

  • Incinerating Heat: Magic damage stack marker.

When Alexander disappears, he will choose a cardinal or intercardinal to spawn at and will blow up the adjacent crystal with Tetrashatter and also use Sacrament. We don't know which spot specifically he will spawn at but it doesn't matter. The proximity marker will tell us which direction to run to be safe, as shown in the diagram below where he's spawning in either the north or northeast (but this applies to any pair of spawn points):

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        FFXIV Alexander Inception

As soon as you see the proximity marker from a crystal, run away from the crystal and east/west relative to the crystal. This will reduce the damage from Tetrashatter and avoid the Sacrament.

Alexander will start casting Radiant Sacrament immediately after he returns, so J Kick Icon J Kick or sprint in to be safe. Next will be a Spear → Heat combo, so have the tank face him away from the party and mitigate appropriately. After the tankbusters there will be a Gravitational Anomaly followed by Incinerating Heat. Stay out of the center, and then have everyone move to the center to share the stack damage.

After the stack Alexander will start casting Inception again, but this time will apply time stop debuffs to people. One person will receive Shared Sentence, one person will receive Defamation, and the rest will have randomly determined tethers. The safe spots from Alexander are the same as above, but now we need to handle these debuffs as well. Have Shared Sentence run to the relative west safe spot, and Defamation run to the relative east safe spot. All green/red tethers can run west with Shared Sentence, but any blue tethers will have to split between east and west. The tethers disappear after a few seconds, so you only have a brief time to determine who is going where. This is the hardest mechanic for us in this fight, but it ends up looking like this when resolved:

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        Mage FFXIV Alexander Inception Debuffs
8.

Phase 6: Summon Alexander

8.1.

Enemy Abilities

  • Void of Repentance: Puddles that deal big magic damage and apply a Magic Vulnerability Up and Healing Potency Down debuff.
  • Holy Scourge: Multi-hit magic tankbuster indicated by Prey marker.
  • Chastening Heat: Magic tankbuster that applies Physical Vulnerability Up to the target.
  • Holy Bleed: Massive raidwide AOE.
  • Communion: Chaser AOE under four random players.

When Alexander gets summoned there will also be Void of Repentance two pools that will spawn. To handle this, have the tank take one pool and someone else take the other pool. Once in the pool, the players should cast Diamondback Icon Diamondback to soak all three hits. These players will still need heals even through Diamondback. There is about 11 seconds between the spawn of the pools and the first hit, and about 8 seconds between the first hit and the third hit. Once you get to the pool you'll want to wait a few seconds and then cast Diamondback to ensure that all three hits get mitigated. Each hit applies Magic Vulnerability Up and Healing Potency Down debuffs.

After the pools, Alexander will cast Incinerating Heat again so everyone except the pool soakers should group up. He will then start casting Holy Bleed which is a massive AOE, followed by Holy Scourge tankbusters (target will need to Diamondback) and Chastening Heat. If your group gets to this point it's likely a wipe. This phase repeats with the addition of Communion puddles that need to be baited until hard enrage is hit.

8.1.1.

Final Sting

Alexander Prime's Final Sting threshold is 15%. Once he is at 15%, apply Off-guard Icon Off-guard, then use Moon Flute Icon Moon Flute, any Primal abilities you have, and finish with Whistle Icon Whistle and Final Sting Icon Final Sting. Most groups will be able to Final Sting before Inception 2, and being able to do so makes the fight dramatically easier.

9.

Changelog

  • 26 Jun. 2023: Guide added.
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