FFXIV Endwalker Guide: Anabaseios: The Twelfth Circle

25 May 2023

Anabaseios: The Twelfth Circle is the final encounter of the third and final eight-man, normal raid content released with Patch 6.4 of Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker. It’s available at level 90 after completing Anabaseios: The Eleventh Circle and unlocked by the quest A Mother’s Touch It can be completed via the duty finder with a minimum ilvl of 615 and rewards Unsung tokens of Anabaseios for each gear type, which can be turned in to Djole at (x:10.3, y:9.7) in Meghaduta, Radz-at-Han. Mylenie at (x:8.4, y:27.7) in Aporia, Labyrinthos will also exchange Unsung tokens of Anabaseios for gear.

For the sake of your fellow players, please remember that this is new content (at the time of publication). A little friendly explanation can go a long way. Similarly, don’t be afraid to take advice. You may learn something you didn’t know.


Phase 1

  • On the Soul – Unavoidable, raid-wide damage.
  • Trinity of Souls – Watch Athena’s wings. A series of three of them (there’re like six there, you guys), will light up in sequence, indicating which of her sides will be struck with magic. Move from one side to the other in order of her lit up wings to avoid the blasts. Note that these blasts are based on her positioning, so if she’s not centered, the blasts won’t be either. Watch her centerline.
  • Paradeigma – She will summon up four crystal creations: two red, two yellow. The red ones turn into smaller clones that will shoot lasers down the length of the platform. The yellow ones, in clone form, will tether to a random player each and fire a laser in their direction, so try to avoid other players.
  • Trinity of Souls
  • On the Soul
  • Glaukopis – A tank buster with a linear cleave from the boss out toward the tank.
  • Superchain Theory – Several chain clusters with shapes chained to them will appear. The shapes will slowly move toward the clusters, becoming AoEs when they reach them. Spheres will be point-blanks and donuts will be… donuts! Move to the donut for a safe haven.
  • Superchain Theory – This time there will be two donuts, but one’s chain will be longer than the other. The one with the shorter chain will go off first, so move there first, then to the second once the first goes off.
  • Parthenos – A wide linear AoE pointed at a random player. Getting hit by this does damage, applies a vulnerability stack, and will knock players back. That platform edge sure does look wide open, doesn’t it…
  • On the Soul
  • Unnatural Enchainment – Three platforms will be chained to the boss with pink, pulsing magic on their surfaces. These are about to fall away, so move off of them!
  • Paradeigma – This gets a little more complicated with pieces of floor missing.
  • Unnatural Enchainment – Say goodbye to three more floor sections.
  • Trinity of Souls – With only two panels of floor to move across, it becomes a little more important for the main tank to center the boss.
  • On the Soul – Along with the damage, this returns the whole floor.

Phase 2

Athena summons four Anthropos clones to the arena and withdraws, then starts casting:

  • Palladion – Each player will be marked in sequence with a circular AoE. Avoid your fellow party members because when the AoE resolves, Athena will join the fray long enough to swipe you and anyone inside your circle.

Meanwhile each of the clones will be casting, semi-randomly:

  • Ray of Light – A fairly thick, linear AoE aimed at random players.
  • Clear Cut – A small, 3/4 cleave focused in front of them.

And, of course, we have the boss gauge. Take out all the clone adds before Athena’s Power hits 100%. once the clones have been dispatched, Athena will knock out the four center floor tiles with an attack. You may all wish to cluster to either the top or bottom set of remaining floor tiles for healing after she unleashes the power stored in her gauge.

Phase 3

  • Superchain Theory – Take note of where the donut is, but don’t go there yet. Athena is going to turn the next mechanic on a random player and you might bait it to the safety of the donut.
  • Parthenos – Wait for this to show up before going to the Superchain Theory donut. If it’s pointed at the donut, you’ll have to wait until after it goes off.
  • Trinity of Souls
  • Dialogos – A party stack, followed by a spread mechanic.
  • Glaukopis
  • Paradeigma + Superchain Theory
  • Unnatural Enchainment – Five tiles will fall away.
  • Parthenos
  • On the Soul
  • Paradeigma + Dialogos
  • Glaukopis
  • On the Soul

Phase 3 repeats until defeat.

Congratulations, you’ve completed Anabaseios: The Twelfth Circle!

Make sure to check out the guides for the rest of this Pandaemonium tier!