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The Spirit of the Wood is fought as a boss during the rank 15 main quest of the Gridania Storyline in Final Fantasy XIV, Beckon of the Elementals.

The player will be aided by four NPC characters, and will not be attacked unless he attacks. The Spirit is very powerful, using tier 2 elemental spells which deal very high damage to lower rank characters, making him very dangerous. Every few seconds or so, his elemental aspect will change between Water, Wind and Earth changing his resistances, weaknesses and attacks.

Depending of his current element, he may use status effect spells as well (Water - Poison, Earth - Slow, Wind - Gravity).

The best way to deal with him is simply to let the NPC characters defeat him, something that can take a while. If going head on, it's wise to control enmity generation to avoid being targeted by his spells - as they can easily defeat a rank 15 character in two or three hits - and to always position yourself well to avoid area spells, and he will go down much faster.

It is also possible to get extra help during this fight; Every time the elemental changes aspect, the player may talk Brother O-App-Pesi and ask for the corresponding elemental ward, which can be used on the allied NPCs to protect them from attacks of that element.

EtymologyEdit

The word spirit derives from Latin spiritus, "breath", has many meanings most relating to a non-corporeal substance contrasted with the material body. The word is often used metaphysically to refer to the consciousness or personality. The notions of a person's spirit and soul may overlap, as both are understood as surviving the bodily death in religion and occultism. "Spirit" can also have the sense of "ghost", i.e. a manifestation of a deceased person. The term may also refer to any incorporeal or immaterial being, such as demons or deities. In the Bible "the Spirit" specifically denotes the Holy Spirit.

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