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FFXIV SMN | Shadowkeeper (E10s) Guide


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Eden’s Promise: Litany (Savage) - Shadowkeeper

Eden's Promise: Litany - Shadowkeeper
Eden's Promise: Litany - Shadowkeeper

This page will provide advice and optimisation tips for Eden’s Promise: Litany (Savage) - Shadowkeeper.

Not only will it cover rotation optimisation choices, but will also highlight optimisation around party wide utility and mitigation.

With additional information, checking and theorycrafting from Liaa Lia, Hydar Tsukuba, Mugi Scarlet and Nemekh Kinryuu.

Before You Begin


Note that the example GCD sequences shown assume the 2.48s GCD tier.

Differing GCD tiers will likely create some conflicts with the micro and macro level alignments that you attempt to perform if you strictly follow these examples.

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The choice of opener will be dependent on your expected kill time, as Shadowkeeper is a full uptime encounter.

Opener #1: 2nd GCD DWT - 7th GCD Bahamut

2nd GCD DWT - 7th GCD Bahamut Opener
2nd GCD DWT - 7th GCD Bahamut Opener

The first opener option will be a 2nd GCD DWT - 7th GCD Bahamut opening sequence.

With the adjusted ED timing in the 1st GCD + a delayed potion to the 4th GCD, this opener will allow for a 4 Fester alignment in the opener potion window, while still maintaining all other oGCD alignment priorities.

This opening sequence will also prioritise a Tri-Disaster clip, playing into a 60-55 timeline for the initial rotation cycle.

For this opener timing to be preferred, your expected kill time must fall within the specific ranges of:

  • 6:10 - 6:27
  • 6:55 - 7:25
  • 7:50 - 8:20
  • 8:48 - 9:18
  • 9:43 - 10:13

Opener #2: 1st GCD DWT - 6th GCD Bahamut

1st GCD DWT - 6th GCD Bahamut Opener
1st GCD DWT - 6th GCD Bahamut Opener

The second opener option will be a standard 1st GCD DWT - 6th GCD Bahamut opening sequence, to play into strict 110s rotation cycles.

For this opener timing to be preferred, your expected kill time must fall within the specific ranges of:

  • 6:40 - 6:53
  • 7:25 - 7:49
  • 8:21 - 8:47
  • 9:19 - 9:42

Opener Positioning

It is important to be mindful of your positioning during the opener, as the initial set of mechanics can cause you to move considerably during your Bahamut phase (thus leading to a lost Wyrmwave or delayed Akh Morn) if you don’t pre-position yourself.

In order to handle this, you should pre-position in the center of the boss’ hitbox to prepare for the first Implosion mechanic, and slidecast your way to the safe side. As you begin your Bahamut phase, use a 2nd Ruin IV early to allow yourself to then pre-position for the standup Chariot mechanic that will occur immediately after.

With this movement timing, your Bahamut should perform its movement check before the 2nd Akh Morn is queued, alleviating any risk of a delayed Akh Morn cast costing you the final Wyrmwave.

Remaining Rotation

Due to the full encounter providing 100% uptime with minimal movement requirements, the remaining rotation for you to execute will generally mimic a housing dummy situation. Therefore, while specific GCD sequences are not really required to be shown, priorities can still be listed to follow as a guideline for how you should approach full uptime encounters:

Maintain Proper Trance Timings Given Your Expected Kill Time

Be mindful not to drift your Trance timings outside of the initial rotation cycle.

De-couple 2nd + 3rd Bahamut Timings

These Bahamut phases should be de-coupled from DWT to ensure proper raid buff alignment with 60s + 120s raid buffs (Chain Strategem, Divination, Technical Step, or Trick Attack).

Make The Most Out Of Your Instant-cast GCDs

Be aware of the timings for mechanics which will require you to move periodically, such as the Shadow Warrior phase, Umbral Orbs, Implosion or standing up Chariot mechanics.

Each of these mechanic sections can be easily handled with proper Egi-Assault, Ruin IV, and Swiftcast usage.

Align Your Devotion With Other Party Buffs

Your Devotion should remain aligned with normal party buff timings.

Align Your 2nd/3rd Potions With A Proper Burst Phase

Make sure that each potion usage outside of the opener is aligned with a proper burst window to maximise damage gains.

Under certain kill time limitations, you may be required to cast your potions immediately off cooldown. (i.e. 9:20-9:35)