How To Unlock The Whorleater (Extreme) in FFXIV

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The Whorleater (Extreme) is an upscaled version of your battle with Leviathan in FFXIV. It features boosted stats for the boss, new mechanics, and different loot compared to the Hard version.

Unlocking the Extreme version of Leviathan requires the completion of a couple quests (all listed below in a step-by-step order).

First, you’ll need to complete the level 50 Main Scenario Quest “Through the Maelstrom”.

Once you complete that, an optional quest titled “Whorl of a Time” will become available from Urianger in the Waking Sands (X:6.0, Y:4.9). Progressing this quest will grant you access to the Whorleater (Extreme).


Quick Step-by-Step Unlock Guide

Maelstrom Command / FFXIV
Maelstrom Command
  1. Complete the level 50 Main Scenario Quest “Through the Maelstrom”
  2. Travel to the Waking Sands
  3. Speak with Urianger and accept the quest “Whorl of a Time
  4. Travel to Limsa Lominsa
  5. Speak with R’ashaht Rhiki in the Maelstrom Command in the Upper Decks (X:13.1, Y:12.8)
  6. Travel to Lower La Noscea
  7. Speak with Sergeant Styrnlona in the Moraby Drydocks (X:24.0, Y:33.0)

Detailed Leviathan (Extreme) Unlock Guide

Outside the Waking Sands / FFXIV
Outside the Waking Sands

After completing “Through the Maelstrom” in the MSQ, a new quest will become available from Urianger in the Waking Sands. Look for him at (X:6.0, Y:4.9) and select the quest “Whorl of a Time”.

Urianger informs you that yet another primal has been re-summoned.

This time, it is the Lord of the Whorl, Leviathan.

This version of Leviathan is seemingly fiercer than the previous incarnation the Warrior of Light had faced. Given the short amount of time it took to summon the primal once again, Urianger suspects that the Ascians have a hand in its reemergence.

Commander R'ashaht Rhiki / FFXIV
Commander R’ashaht Rhiki

Since Leviathan poses a great threat to the waters near Limsa Lominsa, you’re advised to offer your aid to Maelstrom Command.

Travel to the Upper Decks and speak with R’ashaht Rhiki at (X:13.1, Y:12.8).

R’ashaht Rhiki confirms that Leviathan has indeed been summoned once more by the Sahagin. You are then instructed to report to Sergeant Styrnlona in the Moraby Drydocks at Lower La Noscea (X:24.0, Y:33.0).

Storm Sergeant Styrnlona / FFXIV
Storm Sergeant Styrnlona

Styrnlona can be found a short distance north of the Moraby Drydocks aetheryte.

She will tell you that the Whorleater, the vessel used in your first battle with Leviathan, is ready to depart for another bout with the Lord of the Whorl.


Loot from the Whorleater (Extreme)

Whorleater Extreme Coffer / FFXIV
Whorleater Extreme Coffer

Like other Extreme trials in FFXIV, the Whorleater (Extreme) will spawn a treasure coffer after defeating the primal.

Its contents will consist of items randomly chosen from a fixed pool of possible loot.

Once the coffer is opened, party members can cast lots to see who gets what.

Here’s a list of the items you might find inside the treasure coffer:

Item Type Description
Wave Shamshir Sword Item Level 95 weapon for Paladin
Wave Axe Greataxe Item Level 95 weapon for Warrior
Wave Faussar Greatsword Item Level 95 weapon for Dark Knight
Wave Harpoon Polearm Item Level 95 weapon for Dragoon
Wave Patas Fists Item Level 95 weapon for Monk
Wave Katana Katana Item Level 95 weapon for Samurai
Wave Kris Daggers Item Level 95 weapon for Ninja
Wave Bow Bow Item Level 95 weapon for Bard
Wave Musketoon Firearm Item Level 95 weapon for Machinist
Wave Grimoire Book Item Level 95 weapon for Summoner
Wave Rapier Rapier Item Level 95 weapon for Red Mage
Wave Cane Cane Item Level 95 weapon for White Mage
Wave Staff Staff Item Level 95 weapon for Black Mage
Wave Codex Book Item Level 95 weapon for Scholar
Wave Torquetum Star Globe Item Level 95 weapon for Astrologian
Tidal Wave Shield Shield Item Level 100 shield for Paladin
Tidal Wave Buckler Shield Item Level 100 shield for White Mage
Wave Shield Shield Item Level 95 shield for Paladin
Wave Buckler Shield Item Level 95 shield for White Mage
Leviathan’s Barb Bone Crafting Material
Barb of the Whorl Bone Crafting Material
Mirror of the Whorl Other Exchanged for Tidal Wave weapons
Tidal Weapon Coffer Other Use to obtain Tidal Weapon for current job
Enbarr Whistle Mount Use to obtain the Enbarr mount
Faded Copy of Wreck to the Seaman Orchestrion Roll Crafting material
Faded Copy of Through the Maelstrom Orchestrion Roll Crafting material

Tidal Wave Weapons

Tidal Wave Katana pose / FFXIV
Tidal Wave Katana pose

These weapons are upgraded versions of the ones obtained from the treasure coffer rewarded to you for defeating the Whorleater Extreme. They have an item level of 100 for players level 50 and above.

The stats on these weapons are quite outdated, even for level 50.

But with their Leviathan-themed aesthetic and water effect when drawn, they are still a common choice for weapon glamours.

To obtain these weapons, you will need to trade 1 Mirror of the Whorl along the Wave version of the weapon to one of Rowena’s Representatives found in the 3 starting cities and Mor Dhona.

These NPCs can be found in each starting city’s aetheryte plaza.


Other Drops

Leviathan Card / FFXIV
Leviathan Card

There’s only one item that can drop directly into your inventory after defeating the Lord of the Whorl – the Leviathan card.

This is a four-star card for the Triple Triad mini-game.

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