I still don't get why you are so opposed to RNG systems when this is one of the few RNG systems in the game? The other one is in coil and you don't have to deal with that (admittedly).
If I can put together a PF group to do Twin (this was when we were only getting a 10% echo buff) and succeed, I'm sure you can do the same. FFXIV App has a wonderful Twintracker plugin that makes this fight a no brainer after you've done some of the research.
Leviathan is also extremely easy compared to the past primals. I have had soooooo much success in PF Levi Ex groups compared to 2.1's Titan Ex groups.
Turn 6 can currently be completed with i90 gear and MAYBE an Allagan weapon. I would argue you don't even need the Allagan weapon but...meh. What do I know anyways? You know my FC wrote a guide for Turn 6, right, that can be found here?
We discovered the trick a little after other FCs had but they had not publicly posted it.
OK: so you don't have enough time to attempt coil every week or the numbers to do so.
What is gating you from trying Leviathan? It really frustrates me. I would like to be on some of your servers so that I could get you through this content. Just this weekend I did Titan Ex in a PF group (2 shot) and Leviathan Ex farming (5 successful runs out of 7). I would love to put together a turn 5 group for you all as well.
It gets me thinking: perhaps we can set aside a time for us all to queue into DF at once. We can communicate via TS/Mumble/Vent/whatever. Similar to how premade Alterac Valleys happened in WoW.
If you're really serious about it, I will be glad to teach you and get you through the fight.
Before doing so please realize:
-In T5, you will be subjected to RNG
-In Levi, you will be subjected to RNG
-In turn 6, you will be subjected to RNG
-In all current coil turns (outside of T3), you are subjected to RNG
This is a quote from my profile:
0/26 weeks + 15 runs = 1/41 - Allagan Breeches of Casting
6 and a half months without seeing the drop I needed. I had to wait till 2.2 when turn 4 was farmable and even THEN it still took 15 runs.
Did I complain? Maybe a little but never on the forums. Did it bar me from completing anything in the game? No. My FC held server second Twin (first FC broke apart shortly after). All using my myth legs and getting by with what I had. I had to wait 15 weeks to get my Allagan scepter as well. So I was doing this content with my zenith weapon and, then later, the extreme primal staff that is rewarded after completing all three.
This is why I will always ask: why do you need it right this moment? I'm currently in turn 9. My gear is really bad for this turn but somehow we are able to get her to 45% before we wipe. It's a DPS issue in some instances but, for a BLM, my DPS is actually pretty good.
Skill will always, ALWAYS reign supreme. This is why I did Titan HM in mostly Demagogue and sh*tty gear but managed to stay alive and do the most DPS.
I'm really getting mixed signals. You want progression based on skill and there are several paths that require it. Why shy away from it? Join a PF group and test your skills there. You can be pretty undergeared and still be successful in most things in this game if you know what you're doing. Would I recommend it? No. Point is: skill goes a long way. A shiny animus weapon is nice to have but not necessary to beat these fights!
Let me break it down for you:
Turn 6 - Beatable with i90 gear and weapons
Turn 7 - Beatable with i90 gear + Levi caliber (tidal) weapons
Turn 8 - Beatable with ~i95 gear + Levi caliber (tidal) weapons
Turn 9 - Beatable with ~i98 gear + Tome weapon (with sand)
What I am seeing is people wanting animus weapons when they aren't doing content that really requires them. For old coil, you have the echo buff. For the extreme primals, you have the echo buff.
Gnu brought up a point to me the other day regarding turn 7. He is the only person I have talked to where I would say an animus weapon would be beneficial to getting him through a specific turn. Problem: after you beat turn 7, you have access to the unidentified tome which gives you a weathered weapon. These can be upgraded to i110 after downing T8 which, honestly, isn't that hard compared to T7: it's just a big DPS check.
Perhaps you can just clear up the confusion. If not interested in Levi or Coil, why must you have the animus so soon?
My answer would be: because it's @#%^ing shiny that's why. But those are aesthetics. :P