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Where to unlock Extreme trials – FFXIV: Endwalker guide

Unlock the Minstrel’s Ballad High-end Duty

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Once you finish the main scenario quest of FFXIV: Endwalker, you may want to take up a slightly harder challenge: fighting the Extreme versions of the trials you already faced. Our FF14: Endwalker guide explains where to find and unlock the Extreme trials at the end of Endwalker.

[Warning: Major spoilers for the first two trials of Endwalker are below. You may not want to look this information up until you beat Endwalker.]

A large spoiler warning image for Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker Graphic: Dave Tach/Polygon | Image sources: Square Enix

How to unlock Extremes at the Wandering Minstrel

Both Extreme trials are unlocked from the same NPC we usually unlock Extremes from: the Wandering Minstrel. He’s near the docks in Sharlayan. We’ve mapped out his location below.

A map showing where to find the Wandering Minstrel Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Square Enix

Once you find the Wandering Minstrel, tell him that you’d like to talk about Zodiark to unlock “The Minstrel’s Ballad: Zodiark’s Fall” and Hydaelyn to unlock “The Minstrel’s Ballad: Hydaelyn’s Call.”

After you have them unlocked, you can access the fights from the High-end Duty tab of your Duty Finder. You will need your item level to be at least 560 before you can do them, so you may need to spam some of the level 90 dungeons first.

Zodiark and Hydaelyn rewards
  • Zodiark’s Extreme fight will reward four random accessories per clear. It may also drop a crafting material for the Chocobo barding, the flute to summon the Lynx of Eternal Darkness mount, and an Endcaller Orchestrion Roll.
  • Hydaelyn’s Extreme fight will reward one random weapon per clear. It also has a chance to drop a crafting material to make the special Chocobo barding, the flute to summon the Lynx of Divine Light mount, and an Your Answer Orchestrion Roll.

Each clear of either boss will also reward a totem.

  • Zodiark gives an Astral Totem, which you can trade for an accessory at the rate of 5:1.
  • Hydaelyn drops an Umbral Totem, which you can trade for a weapon at the rate of 10:1.

You’ll need to trade these totems with Nesvaaz in Radz-at-Han. We’ve mapped out his location below.

A map showing where to find the totem exchange in Radz-at-Han Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Square Enix