Final Fantasy XIV’s Xanthos

In Final Fantasy XIV, players can obtain the Xanthos mount, however, it can only be summoned by using the Xanthos Whistle, which is obtained by completing The Howling Eye.

Overview

Final Fantasy XIV is a massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). It was initially launched for PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows in August 2013, as a successor to the failed 2010 version of the game. It was later released for the Mac operating system, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

It is set in the fantasy world of Eorzea, five years after the events of the original 2010 release. At the end of the 2010 version, Bahamut, the primal dragon escapes from its lunar prison. He then initiated the Seventh Umbral Calamity, an apocalyptic event that ruined most of Eorzea.

Thanks to the gods’ blessing, players escaped the havoc by time traveling five years into the future. As Eorzea recovers and rebuilds, they must face the impending threat of invasion by the Garlean Empire from the north.

Final Fantasy XIV features an immersive world in which players are able to interact with each other, and the environment. However, before they can enter the world, they need to create a digital character. They are able to choose race, facial features, name, starting class and a gender.

Disciples

Players can initially choose to be a Disciple of War or a Disciple of Magic. Disciples of the Land and Hand are locked. However, when players have reached a certain level, they will be able to take on the Disciples of the Hand or the jobs.

Disciples of the Land are the harvesters, as they procure materials from the lands of Eorzea. After collecting the resources, they take it to be used by the Disciples of the Hand. These players have the ability to use materials to craft new objects.

It is believed that they are the backbone of the Eorzean economy. It is important to note that classes within this discipline do not participate in battle. Instead, they earn their levels by crafting various new items.

Gameplay

Final Fantasy XIV invites players to participate in multiple activities. However, it is recommended that they first follow the main quests before participating in other adventures. They are then able to complete various side quests, class and job quests.

Xanthos

Xanthos

It is important to note that they can obtain various items for completing quests and other content. One item that players can receive as a reward for finishing a specific quest is the Xanthos Whistle. When players use the item, they will summon Xanthos. It is a single rider, flying terrestrial mount.

Xanthos Whistle

How to obtain the Xanthos Whistle

It is important to note that players have to complete The Howling Eye for a chance to obtain the whistle. It consists out of four different phases.

The following table indicates the phases and advice on how to clear it:

Phase Advice
Phase 1 It is advised that players kill the Satin Plume first when the Razor Plumes is summoned. Otherwise, the Satin Plume will defeat everyone.
Phase 2 In phase two, Suparna and Chirada will spawn. It is recommended that the off-tank hold Chirada while the main tank take Suparna. The two tanks should keep the adds separate while the damage dealers kill Chirada before Suparna. At the end of this phase, Garuda will teleport to the centre and cast Reckoning. Players are unable to dodge this ability, so they need to stack up.
Phase 3 In this phase, Garuda will destroy the pillars while summoning Razor Plumes. However, this time a Spiny Plume will spawn. It is recommended that players kill the plumes, except the Spiny Plume. Only when Garuda vanishes, players can kill the Spiny Plume. This will create a shield, which will protect players from wiping.
Phase 4 During the last phase, Garuda will summon Suparna, Chirada and a Spiny Plume. Additionally, a large number of green whirlwinds will appear. There are safe spots in the area where players can stand to avoid the whirlwinds. They should repeat phase three and phase four until Garuda dies.

Even though The Howling Eye is recommended for a group, it can be done solo. However, players should be level 70 or higher. Additionally, they should have end-game gear equipped. If they have sufficient healing, damage and defences, the fight’s mechanics can be ignored. All damage should thus be dealt on Garuda.

Rewards

It is important to note that the rewards randomly drop. This means that there is not a fixed drop rate to obtain the Xanthos Whistle. It is believed that the drop chance for the Whistle is extremely low, however, it has not been confirmed.

Along with the whistle, players can obtain different Vortex Rings, a Vortex Feather, Nightmare Whistle and a Faded Copy of Fallen Angel.

Conclusion

In Final Fantasy XIV, players can obtain various items from completing quests and other group content. One of the items they can collect is the Xanthos Whistle. It can be used to summon the Xanthos mount. However, the item only drops by completing The Howling Eye.

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