Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age – How to Locate and Defeat Ultima The High Seraph

If you’re reading this, you’ve made it to the Esper responsible for the Gods rebellion. Ultima is one of the game ‘s toughest optional bosses and getting to her is more complicated than Cuchulainn and Chaos combined.

Location of the apartment:

Remember Great Giruvegan Crystal? Well, you have to come back here and finding Ultima is much more complicated than anything else in Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age until you decide to fight Omega Mark XII. There’s no map for The Great Crystal and you have to rely on the location to navigate the maze. Fortunately, I spent hours creating a helpful guide to get to Ultima easier.

Facing Gate Scorpio, take the exit to the right.
Sthaana Scorpio – Touch the stone, back down the slope.
A Prama Vikaari – Turn right with Gate Scorpio gone.
A Vikaari Dhebon – Use stone.
Dha Vikaari Kabonii — Take the only exit available.
A Vikaari Kanhru Ra – Take either of the two open exits, both end up in the same place so no matter.
Dhebon Hilaam Praa’di or Dhebon Jilaam Pratii’dii — take the only exit available.
Sthaana Sagittarius – Use Gate Stone, a 72-second timer starts. If you don’t get to the gate in time, you’ll have to do it again, go back to A Vikaari Kanhru Ra and touch Gate Sagittarius I.
A Vikaari Serhu Praa-Touch Stone.
Dha Vikaari Dhebon Praa — Take the upward path. If it turns down and takes the other path.
Sthaana Gemini – The Necrophobes will keep spawning. Another timer, 144 seconds. Exit the other opening.
Sirhru Jilaam Praa’dii – only exit available.
Sirhu Jilaam Praa – Exit ungated. If you take the loot, return to Sthaana Gemini to restart the timer.
Sirhu Pis Praa — Take the only exit available.
Sirhu Pis Avaa — Touch the door. It should have an Ash Wyrm, take any exit.
Sirhru Jilaam Avaapraa or Sirhru Jilaam Avaapratii – only exit available.
A Vikaari Uldobi – Touch Stone.
Dha Vikaari Sirhu – Middle path.
Sthaana Libra – Touch the gate stone for another 72-second timer, and the way you came back.
Dha Vikaari Sirhu Take the exit right.
Uldobi Jilaam Praa’dii — Touch and pass through the gate.
Uldobi Jilaam Praa — Take the left exit.
Sthaana Capricorn – Touch the 180-second countdown gate stone and run back to Dha Vikaari Sirhu – double back, turn right and keep going straight.
Dha Vikaari Sirhu – Head the opposite exit.
Sthaana Virgo – Touch the gate, activate the 180-second timer gate stone, then double back.
Daa Vikaari Sirhu — Take the right path.
Sthaana Libra — Touch the right gate.
Uldobi Jilaam Pratt’vaa – only exit available.
Uldobi Jilaam Avaa – Exit right.
A Vikaari Kanhbru – Touch Stone.
Dha Vikaari Uldoni, one exit.
Kanbhru Pis — Save the Crystal! (Seriously, don’t get cocky) Ultima is just ahead, pain-prepare.

Start with Dispel and attack. Ultima is weak against dark damage, so use any dark-damaged weapons or darkja spells. Limit your MP, though, as you need it.

During the Ultima fight, the battle that includes:

MP Drain – Don’t fight, you’re going to waste all your items. Wait, if necessary drop an Elixir.
HP Drain — like Cuchulainn’s double Sap. Healing should prioritize.
Gravity Field – 1.4x Slow, exchange heavy armor. Haste can counterbalance it, but swaping for less heavy armor is better.
No Magick / technicks / attack / items – if it was “WTF! What am I doing now!? ”. You aren’t alone. All you can do is switch your Gambits and wait to pass.

Ultima uses Great Barrier at 50%, dispel it immediately. She’ll start using Holyja on random allies and counter this Sage Rings swap, which can be purchased at Old Archades for 22,000 when she casts.

Once the casting stops she starts with Reverse followed by Curaja. A Gambit to attack members with this status is best placed above any of your Gambits to avoid friendly fire. Next cast Ultima will reflect on the party, dispel it, swap to item healing items, or use Opal Rings to nullify status.

Ultima will gain Final Stand at 25 percent, reducing damage taken and casting Holyja quickly but remaining loyal to all her previous attacks.

Once dead, grab Excalibur and leave. Use the Way Stone to exit the Great Crystal head left to the Save Crystal Dha Vikaari Debon Ra, and the exit should be before you. Congratulations, you gained access to Ultima the Esper who started the Gods rebellion!

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