The Canon: Final Fantasy XII (Part 4)

I’m back this week to continue my drawn out play-through of Final Fantasy XII. If you haven’t seen the earlier posts, check them out here, here, and here.

I ended my last chunk preparing to enter a run of the mill spooky tomb. I started this week by prepping for the dungeon crawl. I completed a couple of bounty hunts, bought some equipment and mentally prepared for a stroll though the Tomb of Raithwall.

 

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The tomb was pretty simple overall. I fought some bats, skeletons, and strange spellcasting head monsters. There wasn’t much in the tomb regarding puzzles or traps making it overall a little dull. My favorite moment was the moving wall monster that acts as a mini boss right at the beginning of the tomb. While it wasn’t especially difficult, the design was great, and having to move back while attacking was a change of pace. While the tomb was simple, it was the first time my gambits seemed to hold well through numerous encounters.

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The tomb’s boss battle was against what became my first summon. Summons are a staple of Final Fantasy, and I am glad to have reached the first summon milestone. The boss, Esper Belias, is a big fire monster which had a hard time keeping up with my healing abilities. That being said, I finished the battle with one remaining party member, so perhaps it wasn’t that easy. After the battle I received Belias as a summon and triggered about five minutes in cutscenes.

 

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I am pretty happy to have gotten through the tomb, and while I was promptly put down by a boss shortly after completing the tomb, I think I can rebound quickly and get back on track.

Overall, I am still really enjoying the pacing of FFXII. Most random enemies require little to no attention, but if I get too lulled into a pattern I miss the chance to upgrade my gambits and abilities leading to some embarrassing defeats. Check back next week as I face off against more bosses and more convoluted plot points!

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-Peter

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