36. Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age Hunts 40 - 45

Hunts 40-45

  1. Elite Hunt 40: Battle on the Big Bridge (Gilgamesh - Rank VII)
  2. Elite Hunt 41: Dark Rumor (Ba’Gamnan (and co.)/Belito - Rank V)
  3. Elite Hunt 42: Truth Shrouded in Mist (Behemoth King - Rank VII)
  4. Elite Hunt 43: Fishy Dreams (Ixion – Rank VI)
  5. Elite Hunt 44: God or Devil? (Shadowseer – Rank VI)
  6. Elite Hunt 45: Farewell to a Legend (Yiazmat - Rank VIII)

These Elite Hunts require you to speak to Montblanc first to receive the bill.

Elite Hunt 40: Battle on the Big Bridge (Gilgamesh - Rank VII)

This Hunt can be completed any time after you have completed the Draklor Laboratory after going through the Imperial City of Archades and once you arrive at Balfonheim Port

The battle against Gilgamesh takes place in two parts. The first part can be completed when you first receive the Hunt. You should be around level 50. The second part of the battle is much more difficult and likely cannot be completed until later on in the game. Gilgamesh is level 45 during the first fight and level 70 during the second fight.

Note that you will require the Site 11 Key for the Lhusu Mines.

Petitioner Location

The petitioner for this Elite Hunt is Montblanc who can be found in the Clan Hall of Rabanastre.

Mark Location 1

Gilgamesh is fought two separate times. The first battle takes place on the Tasche Span of the Lhusu Mines. The Lhusu Mines orange Save Crysta is right beside the Tasche Span. Make sure you are prepared before leaving the area heading west.

Fight 1

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  • Level: 45
  • HP: 123,103
  • Steal: See Notes Below. 
  • Weaknesses: None

During this fight, you'll be able to steal two important items from Gilgamesh - the Genji Shield and Genji Gloves. Stealing them will be depending on what percentage of health Gilgamesh is at, and how far into the battle you are. There will be a short cutscene that takes place where Gilgamesh shows off one of his swords when his HP reaches 80%, 60%, 40%, and 20%. He pulls out another sword and the battle continues. 

When Gilgamesh is at 40% HP, you can Steal the Gengi Shield. At 20% health, you can Steal the Genji Gloves. So when you get to these markers, you should switch gambits on you off you characters from Attack to Steal (if they have access to that Technick) until the two items are stolen. 

Ensure that you start the battle with all of your characters buffed. Focus your attacks on taking out Enkidu, Gilgamesh’s dog, at the start of the battle. Dispel Gilgamesh and keep casting Dispel for the duration of the fight. This first battle is not too difficult.

Gilgamesh will use Ultimate Illusion and Magick Shield which will prevent damage done to him for a certain amount of time, but there are no other tricks and his other attacks just do regular damage.

Mark Location 2

As mentioned above, you will need to have obtained the Site 11 Key in order to reach the next section of the Lhusu Mines. Travel into Site 9. You will have to go through the locked gate on the northern wall of Site 9 to get into Site 11 (unless you have already opened and unlocked this area by completing Hunt 27: The Child Snatcher (Diabolos – Rank VII)). Follow the pathway through Site 11 and use the Gate Switchboard to open the locked gate on the northern wall. Head east into the next area.

The Lasche Span is full of Aeronite enemies which are somewhat difficult to defeat due to their Crushing Fangs attacks. Use Telekinesis to hit them or just run past them if you run into any problems. You'll then go into Site 5, which is a slightly difficult area if you're not leveled enough. There are a high number of Dead Bones and Abysteel enemies.

If you've already started the Phon Coast Hunt Club, there is also a chance that the rare game Disma will spawn in either Site 5 or Site 6 South. Disma is one of the harder enemies to kill.

In the southernmost room of Site 5 will be the green Urn that has the Lhusu Candle. This will add the new areas to your Lhusu Mine Map, completing it. Proceed into Site 6 South. There is a hidden pathway in the northern section of Site 6 South that leads to Site 6 North. There are a few treasure chests in this area that have a chance to contain Gil, a Maximillian or a Whale Whisker.

Then proceed into the Staging Area, where there's a blue Save Crystal.  

Fight 2

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  • Level: 70
  • HP: 473,246
  • Steal: See notes below.  
  • Weaknesses: None

This battle is similar to the last battle with Gilgamesh. There are several phases of the fight where Gilgamesh will pull out a new sword and you can steal new items from him. Specifically:

  • HP: 100% to 60% is Hi-Potion (55%), X-Potion (10%), 3000 Gil (3%)
  • HP: 60% to 40% is Hi-Potion (55%), X-Potion (10%), 4000 Gil (3%)
  • HP: 40% to 20% is Nothing (55%), Genji Helm (10%), Nothing (3%)
  • HP: 20% to 0% is Nothing (55%), Genji Armor (10%), Nothing (3%)

The two key items in that list are the Genji Helm and the Genji Armor which should be stolen when Gilgamesh reaches 40% HP and 20% HP respectively.


Gilgamesh’s attacks are a lot more difficult to deal with during the second battle. He will regularly cast three status effect moves:

  • Lv. 2 Sleep
  • Lv. 3 Disable
  • Lv. 4 Break

This battle is much easier if your characters are a level that is not a multiple of 2, 3 or 4.

Good levels to be are 71, 73, 77, 79, 83, 85, 89, 91, 95 and 97. These levels will not be affected by any of the above attacks. 

If you not able to get to any of these levels, work out which of these debuffs your characters could be affected by, and set up Gambits to deal with them accordingly (either using Esuna or Gold Needles/Remedy). 

At the start of this fight, cast Dispel using Dispelga. Gilgamesh will continue to buff himself, so use Dispel when required. Then focus on getting rid of Enkidu. The easiest way to do this is to set a Gambit to attack the foe with the lowest HP. You want to get rid of him as quickly as possible, as having both Enkidu and Gilgamesh attacking your party is troublesome. 

Enkidu is susceptible to Slow and Blind, which can help mitigate some of the damage taken. The first half of this phase is hard, but once Enkidu is gone, it gets easier. 

Once you switch over to attacking Gilgamesh, he will begin going through phases (at 60% HP, 40% and 20%). He will gain new attacks and begin chaining regular attacks more often. There is a very high likelihood that your character(s) will die if he chains a few attacks together. This is because the amount of damage he will inflict will be more than what you can heal. Set an Arise Gambit, and keep Bubble and Protect active during the fight. 

Remember to switch Gambits from Attack to Steal so you can steal the Genji Helm and Genji Armor.

Gilgamesh will then flee again with Enkidu when you get him down to 0%. 

Return to Montblanc to retrieve your rewards.

Rewards

  • 10000 Gil
  • Excalipur

For defeating Gilgamesh, you'll unlock:

Master Swordsman

Defeated Gilgamesh.

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Elite Hunt 41: Dark Rumor (Ba’Gamnan (and co.)/Belito - Rank V)

This Hunt can be completed any time after you have completed the Draklor Laboratory after going through the Imperial City of Archades and arriving at Balfonheim Port

Petitioner Location

The petitioner is Montblanc and he can be found in the Clan Hall in Rabanastre.

Mark Location

Withering ShoresNam-Yensa Sandsea. You need to get to this area via the Zertinian Caverns.

Warp to the Dalmasca Westersand and travel west into the Ogir-Yensa Sandsea. Go west from Platform 1 - East Tanks into Platform 1 – Refinery and then into the Central Junction. Follow the pathway around and then head into the Zertinan Caverns.

You will arrive in the Canopy of Clay. In this area is a treasure chest that contains the Sight Unseeing Technick. Follow the pathway around and to the northwest out into the Nam-Yensa Sandsea. The battle takes place on the westernmost platform after you exit the cave.

Fight

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  • Level:
  • HP: 115,659 (Ba’gamnan), 27,326 (Bwagi), 27,326 (Gijuk), 27,326 (Rinok)
  • Steal: Elixir, Dark Matter
  • Weaknesses: Water-Magick does 200% damage

Before reaching the final platform, ensure that all of your characters are buffed with the usual statuses. 

During this fight, you will have four enemies attacking you, with Ba'gamnan as the leader. Use Dispelga to remove buffs on all of the enemies. Then focus on getting rid of Bwagi, as he uses ranged attacks and casts supporting magick. 

Then focus on Rinok second. You'll also have Monid assist you in the fight. However, he's immune to Protect and Bubble, so be prepared for the potential waste of MP on him. 

As a fight, this isn't the hardest fight. Just leave Ba'gamnan until last so you're not overwhelmed.

Return to Montblanc to retrieve your rewards.

Rewards

  • 5100 Gil
  • Megalixir

Elite Hunt 42: Truth Shrouded in Mist (Behemoth King - Rank VII)

This hunt becomes available after you have defeated Fafnir and completed Hunt 31: Wyrm Wrath’s Renewal (Fafnir – Rank VII).

Petitioner Location

The petitioner for this Hunt is Koqmihn. You can find him in Dalan’s House in Lowtown, seated on the wall to the right when you enter.

Mark Location

The Edge of Reason, The Feywood

In order to spawn the Behemoth King, there is a specific set of steps that you need to follow. To start, warp to the Ancient City of Giruvegan and then travel into the Feywood.

In The Edge of Reason, look for the Giruveganus that's lurking in the central-south portion of the area. (It looks like a Tyrannosaurus Rex.) Once it's defeated, travel into the next area, the Ice Field of Clearsight.

Defeat all 29 of the enemies in this area. Some will respawn if you take too long, so be as quick as possible. 

Return to the Edge of Reason, which will be empty of any enemies, except for the Behemoth King. He will have spawned where the Giruveganus was. 

Fight

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  • Level: 70
  • HP: 1,668,491
  • Steal: Ring Wyrm Scale (55%), Behemoth Steak (10%), Elixir (3%)
  • WeaknessesNone. All elemental damage is halved. 

The Behemoth King will do a very heavy amount of damage to your party. This is a battle where you need to have a fully equipped and prepared tank to take the majority of the damage and spread out your party members so that they don’t all get hit by attacks.

Equip your main tank with the best equipment you have available. This includes a strong shield, Bubble Belt, and they need to have Protect and Shell cast on them for the duration of the fight. Have one party member keep up Decoy on this team member and be prepared to revive them if or when they fall in battle - the easiest way to do this is set the Gambit to be on that character specifically.

Behemoth King starts the battle with a few beneficial status buffs. Cast Dispel to remove them, and cast it every time he buffs himself.

He also has an extremely high amount of defense, so have one of your characters use Shear or Expose Technicks to increase the amount of damage done through regular attacks. Expose can be used multiple times and will stack, but it gets less and less impactful with each application. His White Breath attack can cause the Stop effect, so have another Gambit setup to use a Chronos Tear on characters affected b.

Behemoth King will setup a paling during the fight. This will make him immune to either physical attacks or Magick attacks. The trick here is to cast Arise on Behemoth King twice which will switch the paling over from one to the other, allowing you to focus on either physical attacks if preferred or Magick attacks.

This is a long fight. Come prepared with many consumable items and be prepared to be KO’d a few times. And make sure that you share the healing amongst your various characters allowing your other characters time to attack and refill their MP gauges. 

Return to Koqmihn in Dalan’s House once the Hunt is complete. 

Rewards

  • 250 Gil
  • Bacchus’s Wine

There is another reward that you can pick up for completing this Hunt as well. Travel up to Mt Bur-Omisace and north to the Temple Approach. Search the large Behemoth King head and tap on the head (while having no weapon equipped) to receive another set of rewards: 500000 Gil and a Rod of Faith.

For defeating the Behemoth King, you'll unlock:

Lord of the Kings

Defeated the Behemoth King.

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Elite Hunt 43: Fishy Dreams (Ixion – Rank VI)

You can combine this hunt with Elite Hunt 44: God or Devil? (Shadowseer – Rank VI)

This Hunt can be obtained after you have completed the events at the top of the Pharos of Ridorana including defeating Doctor Cid for the final time and after destroying the Sun-Cryst. 

Petitioner Location

Whitecap Wench, who can be found inside the Whitecap in Quayside Court in Balfonheim Port.

Mark Location

Ixion is located in the Subterra of the Pharos at Ridorana. For more information about accessing Subterra, see Side Quest/Additional Area - Subterra

You will know that Ixion has spawned if there are no other enemies when you reach the lower floors of the Subterra. If so, take the time to buff your characters with Protect, Shelland Haste before proceeding further.

Fight

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  • Level: 58
  • HP: 306,559
    Steal: Storm Crystal (55%), Grimoire Aidhed (10%), Magick Lamp (3%)
  • Weaknesses: Holy-Magick does 200% damage

Ixion’s standard attacks are not to difficult to deal with. Its Magick-based attacks are all Thunder-type damage. You will take damage with each regular attack on Ixion so keep an eye on your team’s HP. Equipping a Diamond Armlet will also make you immune to many of its attacks.

Ixion will cast Dispelga regularly, so you will have to recast your status-enhancing spells, and it will also use Fearga often, which will reduce your party member’s MP. Be prepared to use Ethers, Hi-Ethers, and Elixirs to replenish MP as required so that you can continue to heal your party members.

You can cast Silence on Ixion early in the fight, but it will use Purify on itself later on to remove Silence, so that will only work early on.

Return to the Whitecap Wench once the battle is over (or proceed further down to defeat Shadowseer). 

Rewards

  • 3000 Gil
  • Sapping Bolts
  • Ragnarok

Elite Hunt 44: God or Devil? (Shadowseer – Rank VI)

You can combine this hunt with Elite Hunt 43: Fishy Dreams (Ixion – Rank VI).

This Hunt can be obtained after you have completed the events at the top of the Pharos of Ridorana including defeating Doctor Cid for the final time and after destroying the Sun-Cryst. Speak to Montblanc to obtain the Hunt.

Petitioner Location

The petitioner for this Hunt is Montblanc.

Mark Location

Shadowseer is located at the bottom of the Subterra of the Pharos at Ridorana. 

You should make sure to have White Masks and Black Masks in your inventory and hopefully you have one or two Ribbons available. The Excalibur greatsword is also extremely effective during this fight. 

You can use the Dias of Ascendance to travel there directly. Be careful though as the battle against Shadowseer will begin as soon as the elevator stops.

Fight

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  • Level: 67
  • HP: 278,078
  • Steal: Foul Flesh (55%), Maggoty Flesh (10%), Forbidden Flesh (3%) 
  • Weaknesses:
    • Shadowseer: Holy-Magick does 200% damage
    • Pandaemonium: Wind-Magick does 200% damage
    • Slyt: Fire-Magick does 200% damage
    • Fenrir: Earth-element does 200% damage
    • Phoenix: Varies

Shadowseer is weak to Holy-type damage, so the Excalibur works extremely well during this fight. He will use Shining Ray at the beginning of the battle, making equipment that absorbs Holy-type damage quite effective.

He will use Fearga regularly which will drain your party members of MP. Be prepared to use Ethers, Hi-Ethers or Elixirs to replenish MP, or switch to items such as X-Potions to heal HP.

Once he drops to 80% HP, he will summon four previous marks you've defeated:

  • Pandaemonium

Pandaemonium is the most difficult of the four summons due to the length of time it takes to defeat it. Once it reaches 50% HP, it will cast Perfect Defense which will make it immune to attacks for a full 2 minutes. A way to get around this is to use Technicks. Telekenisis and 1000 Needles will damage him until Perfect Defense falls. You will need to apply the same tactics to the next three enemies the Seer summons as well. 

  • Slyt
  • Fenrir
  • Phoenix

Once they're dead, you'll be able to kill the Seer.

Make sure to have your party members equip their Black Masks for the later portion of the fight as Shadowseer will switch to Dark-Magicks. He will also cast a number of negative status effects, so Ribbon accessories are extremely useful for this fight.

Return to Montblanc once Shadowseer has been defeated. 

Rewards

  • 20000 Gil
  • Megalixirs (x2)

Elite Hunt 45: Farewell to a Legend (Yiazmat - Rank VIII)

This is the final hunt of the game, and is obtained after you have:

1) Completed all of the other Hunts with the exception of Hunt 44: God Or Devil? (Shadowseer – Rank VI) which does not need to have been completed.
2) Defeated the Hell Wyrm.

Yiazmat is one of the most difficult and lengthy battles in the game. You should prepare by making sure that you have all of the highest level spells including Protectga, Shellga, Hastega, Bubble, and Bravery. You should also take some time to acquire some of the more powerful weapons in the game including the Tournesol or the Masamune.

The most important item to obtain by far though is the Yagyu Darkblade. This high-speed and high-combo rate weapon is Dark-element, which is Yiazmat’s elemental weakness, and because of how long and drawn out this battle can be, it is important that you obtain this weapon as it can do an insanely high amount of damage. Obtaining one or more pairs of Genji Gloves will only improve the use of the Yagyu Darkblade.

You should also make sure that you have all of the break Technicks:

  • Wither
  • Addle
  • Expose
  • Shear.

These Technicks make the battle significantly easier.

Petitioner Location

The petitioner for the last Hunt is Montblanc.

Mark Location

The Colosseum of the Ridorana Cataract.

Fight

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  • Level: 73
  • HP:  50,112,254 
  • Steal: Holy Stone (55%), Holy Magicite (10%), Holy Crystal/Bone of Byblos (3%)
  • Weaknesses: Dark-Magick does 200% damage

Yiazmat's HP will automatically mean that this fight will take you an extremely long time in comparison to other fights. There is one large health bar at the top of the screen. This needs to be depleted 50 times (the number of small health bars).

This fight can take you a couple of hours to complete (however, we're going to aim for about an hour!), however, once you've gotten Yiazmat’s damage output is under control, you can use cn_LB to increase the speed of the game and reduce the time it takes to defeat Yiazmat. Ensure that your Battle Speed is set to the fastest. Anything else will be detrimental to you.

This is just a suggestion, but I consider this to be the best party starting setup:

  • Minimum Character Level: 77.
  • Bushi/Shikari, equipped with the Yagyu Darkblade, Genji Armor and Genji Gloves (steal these from Gilgamesh!) (You need a character that can equip a Yagyu Darkblade.)
    Gambits: Foe: any > Attack
  • Foebreaker/Shikari, equipped with a Scorpion Tail (Axe), and Bubble Belt. (I has a Demon Shield as it was the strongest, but not necessary. This guy will end up in a dual role, first as Breaker, then as Decoy)
    Gambits: 
    Foe: any > Wither 
    Foe: any > Expose
    Foe: any > Attack
    (When Wither misses, turn that Gambit off, and when Expose misses, turn that Gambit off too.)
  • White Mage/Time Battlemage, equipped with a Ribbon, but have an Opal Ring ready to swap to. The Time Battlemage could be swapped for a Red Battlemage to provide more support, but I didn't find it necessary. This character will do next to no attacking and is your support.
    Gambits:
    Ally: status = Stop > Chronos Tear
    Ally: xxxxxx > Decoy (the name will switch depending on who is your Breaker, and who is your main attacker)
    Self: MP <10% > Hi-Ether
    Ally: HP < 40% > Curaja
    Ally: any > Arise
    Ally: status = Petrify > Gold Needle
    Ally: any > Protectaga
    Ally: any > Shellga
    Ally: any > Bubble
    Ally: any > Hastega
    Foe: any > Attack

Start off by buffing characters with Protectga, Shellga, and Bubble before entering the fight. Hastega is also beneficial. For the starting portion of this battle, cast Decoy on your main attacker (for now, your Foebreaker won't be dealing any damage). 

Yiazmat’s regular attacks have a 5% chance of instantly KO’ing the character that they hit, so expect that your characters will need to be revived a few times during this fight. Shellga helps to reduce the chance of a character being instantly KO’d when it is active. Yiazmat has the move Cyclone, which damages each party member and has a chance of inflicting the Stop and the Sap. You Gambits will cover Stop being inflicted (your Healer will be unaffected), and for Sap, just manually use Esuna.

At the start of this fight, you want to Decoy your Shikari (Yagyu Darkblade wielder). This will allow your Foebreaker to not be attacked while lowering Yiazmat's defense and strength. Starting with Wither will lower Yiazmat's strength, and he'll end up only dealing 100-200 damage by the time Wither starts to miss. Pay attention for the Foebreaker missing their attacks, as that means you need to turn off that Gambit and switch to Expose to lower Yiazmat's defense. This will allow for a lot more damage to be deal to Yiazmat, speeding this battle up immensely. 

While you can use Shear and Addle to work of Yiazmat's magick resist and magick power, with this setup, you won't be using any magick. But if you are Shear can be used to lower his resist, making the Darkga magick more effective.

By the time both Expose and Wither are no longer effective, switch your Foebreaker's gambits to just being Attack. When this happens, switch your Decoy to your Foebreaker, as it's likely that their defense will be higher than your other damage dealer.

You're relying on your Healer to provide all of the buffs. And for the most part, if your Healer is killed, another member can use a Phoenix Down to revive them. You want to be in control of your Healer, as this will ensure you provide the best support as and when it's needed. 

During the battle, Yiazmat will cast Reflectga on your party. This is when you switch your Healer's equipped accessories, swapping it from a Ribbon to an Opal Ring. This will allow you to continue buffing without issue. As it's likely that your other two characters will be dying by this point, Reflect won't last that long.

Another good tactic for your Healer, if they have access to the Syphon magick, is to cast that on your other party members. It will steal with MP, allowing you to keep buffing. The other party member's MP will continue to rise due to the attacks they're dealing, meaning you effectively have an endless supply of MP. 

The Yagyu Darkblade and Genji Gloves combination is by far the best combination to have, as the increase of performing a combo attack with a Dark-element weapon will only deal more damage to Yiazmat. 

You can run away from Yiazmat during this fight and re-initiate the fight after you have recharged your party. However, Yiazmat will cast Regen on itself and its attacks are stronger when you are at a further distance. But you shouldn't need to run away from him.

This fight should take you around an hour to do using the method above. Once your party is into the swing of things and you're not having to do as much, change the game speed to x4 if you're not already using it. It will make the fight so much quicker.

Expect this fight to last around 1-2 hours.

Return to Montblanc once you've defeated Yiazmat for your final reward.

Rewards

  • 30000 Gil

You will also receive the Godslayer’s Badge which is one of the ingredients required in the recipe to create the Wyrmhero Blade.

For defeating Yiazmat, you'll unlock:

Hunter Extraordinaire

Defeated Yiazmat.

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And that's all of the Hunts completed.

You'll have unlocked this achievement while completing the Hunts and story:

Record Breaker

Obtained 500,000 Clan Points.

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