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FFXIV ARR Leviathan
Drink deep of the sea's bitter draught!
—Leviathan

Leviathan (リヴァイアサン, Rivaiasan?) is the Primal of Sahagin beastmen tribe, and a boss in Final Fantasy XIV as he appears in the Main Scenario, and as a superboss in an optional "extreme" battle.

StoryEdit

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XIV Leviathan is the patron of the Sahagin, and has a number of pirate followers known as Serpent Reavers in his service. Those tempered to his will are known as "drowned."

Though he is mentioned a few times throughout the Main Scenario, and his servants play a big role in Limsa Lominsa's opening storyline, Leviathan himself doesn't appear until the events of Through the Maelstrom. The Serpent Reavers resorted to raiding Ul'dahn caravans of crystal shipments - aided by a few corrupt Brass Blades - to supply the Sahagin with sufficient crystals to summon the Lord of the Whorl. He is spotted within the Sapsa Spawning Grounds, and soon makes short work of a diversionary Maelstrom fleet.

As he heads to open sea, Admiral Merlwyb Bloefhis realizes he is trying to summon a tidal wave to strike Vylbrand. In order to confront the Primal, they realize that they'd need a ship outfitted with corrupted crystals to weaken Leviathan's dominance at sea. Storm Marshall Eynzahr Slafyrsyn notes they'd need at least two ships worth of crystals to approach the primal, and recalls a tale of how the pirate Mistbeard once tethered two ships together to carry a large plunder. Using the same tactic, a make-shift barge called The Whorleater is assembled in Moraby Drydocks, enabling a platform so Warriors of Light may confront the dread Leviathan at sea.

Leviathan does not stay down for long, as the Sahagin resummon him soon after his defeat. Faced with an even more powerful Lord of the Whorl, Storm Marshal Slafyrsyn prepares the Whorleater once more--and, once more, the adventurer defeats the Primal.

Spoilers end here.

GameplayEdit

Leviathan is fought as a boss twice times at theWhorleater: first in the Through the Maelstrom arc of the Main Scenario, then in an optional Extreme battle. Both are fought at level 50 with a full party of eight.

Completing "The whorleater (Extreme)" is optional, and grants the achievement "I Eat Whorls for Breakfast."

Other appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

TCG

PrimalLeviathan TCG

Leviathan appears as an Aqua-elemental card.

Triple TriadEdit

392a Leviathan

Leviathan appears on a Triple Triad card in the version playable via Final Fantasy Portal App.

GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

Leviathan (Biblical Hebrew לִוְיָתָן or לווייתן Liwyāthān) is a violent sea creature that is referred to in the Hebrew Bible as well as the Talmud and some other ancient Jewish texts. During the golden age of seafaring, the term Leviathan became synonymous with any large sea creature, sometimes describing whales. Bible scholars interpreted Leviathan to be either a demonic sea creature and an enemy of God.

The Talmud and other ancient Jewish sources refer to Leviathan more specifically as a sea serpent, sometimes with multiple heads capable of breathing fire, that was made on the fifth day of Creation. It is said that during the end of days, God will make tents, or sukkah, out of the skin of Leviathan for the righteous to live in. Some have speculated that Leviathan was based on a real animal, the most popular theory being the Kronosaurus and the Nile crocodile.

Leviathan is also one of the seven princes of Hell associated with the deadly sin Envy and Hell's gatekeeper in Christian demonology.

Being mentioned in the Final Fantasy series as the King of the Seas, its incarnation also appears to derive from the legends of the Shinto god Ryūjin or Owatatsumi, said to be the dragon god that reigns over the tides and the seas. This is further reinforced by the parallels of the Leviathan faith of Wutai in Final Fantasy VII, as Shinto also sees the worship of water dragon kami in Japan.

In some cultures it is believed Leviathan lives at the bottom of Mariana Trench.

TriviaEdit

  • Tidal Barding will enable a player's Chocobo Companion resemble the Lord of the Whorl. The barding closely resembles Leviathan's pose in his concept art.
  • Square Enix's Eorzea Cafe serves a dish called "Leviathan's cold blue noodle" whose description translates to: A dish inspired by the Water God, Leviathan. The blue soup reminiscent of a raging Rhotano Sea, and the rich flavors conjured up by the abundant array of fresh seafood will hit you like a Tsunami!

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