On this page you can find all the details needed to defeat the Terminus Snatcher, the first boss in the Level 85 Dungeon, Vanaspati in Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker (FFXIV). Details on the mechanics along with how to tank and heal.
Note of Despair¶
This is a group-wide attack that deals moderate damage to all party members. Simply heal up and use Shields to mitigate.
The Terminus Snatcher will spawn five mouths on the battlefield (these can’t be targeted), three of them will have words in their speech bubble while two will simply say “…”. Make sure to stand on these mouths to avoid the circular AoE the others use around themselves.
This is a Tankbuster that deals heavy damage only, Shield up and use defensive cooldowns to mitigate it.
What is Left/Right¶
The Terminus Snatcher will use this while using Mouth Off. Pay attention to the hand it raises (or the name of the attack) and make sure you’re standing on a “…” mouth on the other side of it as it will use a cleave on the side of the arena that its hand is raised at.
The Terminus Snatcher will use this just before using Mouth Off, this will cast Misdirection on all party members. This will put a marker that spins on your head, forcing you to move in the direction its pointing. Tap the movement button to gradually make your way to a safe mouth.
All party members will have a circular AoE targeted at them, this is cast during What is Left/Right so be sure to spread out on the correct side of the arena.
Defeating Terminus Snatcher all comes down to how quickly you get used to his Mouth Off attack, a lot of his mechanics all revolve around this particular one. It will always begin the battle with Note of Despair, this is a simple group-wide attack that you should be able to deal with by Regen/Shields pre-battle. Following this, you’ll get your first taste of Mouth Off as he coats the arena in darkness and spawns five mouths. Quickly look for one of the two mouths that only say “…” and stand on it, the others will soon explode in a circular radius making those mouths the only safe spot.
If you get hit here, not only will you suffer damage but also gain a stack of Vulnerability, making Note of Despair far deadlier. The Tankbuster here, Last Gasp, is a simple one to handle, it’s a simple moderate damage strike that can be mitigated with defensive cooldowns or a Shield from your Healer (ideally both). Following the first time using Mouth Off, the Terminus Snatcher will begin using What is Left/Right, with the direction being the side of the arena that will be cleaved. It’s important not to mistake the side with the way you’re facing the boss (for example as a Tank) and remember that it’s the left or right of the boss itself. You can also tell by looking for what arm he raises, this is the side of the arena that will be cleaved.
This is simple enough to deal with on its own, but it becomes a bit trickier once he uses this alongside Mouth Off as not only will you need to be on the correct side, but also on a “…” mouth. As the battle continues, Terminus Snatcher will shake it up a little by using Lost Hope just before using Mouth Off, this will cast Temporary Misdirection, causing you to walk the direction the spinning arrow is currently pointing. Tap your directional button to ensure you’re moving in the correct direction towards a safe mouth.
The next time the Terminus Snatcher uses What is Left/Right, it will also cast Wallow, a circular AoE marker on all party members so ensure you split up on the correct side of the arena to avoid spreading the damage around. Following this, Terminus Snatcher will repeat the mechanics above, always using Lost Hope with Mouth Off from this point onward, so long as you understand how Mouth Off works, you should be able to deal with the rest of the mechanics here.
How to Tank¶
As always, ensure you always have a defensive cooldown for the Tankbuster, Last Gasp, then pay attention to making sure you avoid the mechanics. As the Tank, often you’ll be facing a different direction to the rest of the party, this can make avoiding What is Left/Right a little confusing as you may get confused for your left/right rather than the boss. Instead, look at the arm that is raised and dash over to the other side to avoid it easier.
How to Heal¶
In terms of healing, this isn’t too taxing as a Healer, instead, your main priority is to ensure you survive the mechanics that are thrown at you. It’s easy to be caught unaware by What is Left/Right, especially when it starts using it alongside Mouth Off. This aside, ensure you have a Shield/Heal ready for its Tankbuster, Last Grasp.