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Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age


Ben Chard
Jarrod Garripoli
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Nathan Garvin

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The Great Cystal is not actually located on the world map. It is instead found in the Ancient City of Giruvegan. To find it you must walk down to the deepest reaches of the Gate of Fire and find a waystone, which grants access to the area. The Great Crystal links the Gate of Fire at Giruvegan with the floating Gate of Wind and is the only way the Occuria (“The Undying”) and Shemhazai Esper can be accessed.

What is the Great Crystal?

You may be wondering what the Great Crystal even is, and why it deserves special recognition. You’ll visit this area briefly during the story but more importantly, you can revisit this area just before the game’s final area to access a larger, tougher optional area where you can loot some of the best equipment along with face off with one of the toughest enemies and snag yourself a very powerful Esper.

As you can see, there are many benefits to The Great Crystal however it’s not all plain sailing and provided on what you’ve already cleared, you may need to make two trips to face the optional boss here.

No Map?

That’s right, what makes the Great Crystal so daunting is the complete lack of a map making this maze like dungeon incredibly tough to get around and collect all of the precious loot. Thankfully, we’ve done our best to provide a map that will see you through each of the chambers and clear everything there is to see in the Great Crystal.

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    Square Enix
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS4, Steam, Switch, XB One
  • Genre
  • Guide Release
    30 August 2017
  • Last Updated
    17 December 2022
    Version History
  • Guide Author
    Nathan Garvin, Jarrod Garripoli

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Enter an era of war within the world of Ivalice. The small kingdom of Dalmasca, conquered by the Archadian Empire, is left in ruin and uncertainty. Princess Ashe, the one and only heir to the throne, devotes herself to the resistance to liberate her country. Vaan, a young man who lost his family in the war, dreams of flying freely in the skies. In a fight for freedom and fallen royalty, join these unlikely allies and their companions as they embark on a heroic adventure to free their homeland.

This guide contains the following:

  • A walkthrough that’ll guide you through the story, help you obtain all the best weapons and armor, and defeat every monster.
  • An interactive map of the Giruvegan Great Crystal; featuring all weapons, armors, save crystals, gate stones, way stones, bosses and rare enemies.
  • Tips for getting the best equipment from the Bazaar and from enemies.
  • A detailed Job Guide featuring all twelve job classes in the game, and the best ways to combine them and characters to form the ultimate party.
  • How to find and defeat all Hunt Marks and Rare Game.
  • Citations of the differences between this version of the game and the original.
  • A thorough explanation of all of the game’s mechanics.
  • All sidequests, including Trial Mode.
  • A trophy guide that will get you that shiny Platinum Trophy.

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