Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age / FFXII - Permanent Choices and Missable Features

Permanent choices and unchangeable features in Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age, including job classes, side quests, items, and dungeons.

Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age / FFXII: TZA - Game Guide and Walkthrough

Permanent Choices and Missable Features

Job classes cannot be changed

Job classes play a vital role in determining which weapons and equipment can be worn by a character. Some job classes perform exceptionally well when dealing with particular enemies. Apart from that, they do not need to invest too much time grinding for Experience. In The Zodiac Age, if you switch job classes, you will have to start over. This inhibits the character from using exclusive gear they used in their previous job class.

Job Class Guide

Apart from equipment, there is also the license board. The license board lists a number of abilities that the character can acquire on a grid. By accumulating license points (LP,) the character can learn those abilities and make the job class perform more efficiently. Be sure to distribute LP appropriately.

Side Quests

If you progress through the story quickly, there are a number of scenes that you can miss out on.

Side Quests List


A number of items require certain methods to be obtained. These can be missed if players simply railroad their way down the main story.

Hunt Club

In order to take part in the Hunt Club, you have to find Doctor Cid who is stationed at the Draklor Laboratory. After doing so, return to the Clan found at Phon Coast and interact with the huntmaster standing close to the hunt board. Tell him “you’re a bird of prey” to receive the task of hunting the creature in Vaddu Strand.

Proceed to the location and search for the mountain. Idle for 10 seconds to summon the target. Defeat it and report your findings to the huntmaster to become a member of the Hunt Club. The Club consists of 80 hunts, report 10 trophies to each of the bangaa to unlock the Hunt Club Reward for the Zodiac Spear.

Bear in mind that this weapon costs 999,999 Gil.

Digging for the Zodiac Spear

In case you accidentally save your game and miss the chance to obtain the legendary Zodiac Spear, there is an alternative way of acquiring it. It requires you to proceed to the Henne Mines Phase 2 site, which can be reached from The Feywood if you defeat Zodiark. Another way to get there is to have at least 10 Espers and ask for permission in Jahara. After doing so, navigate through the Ore Separation to arrive at Phase 2 Dig site. Equip the Diamond Armlet and burrow into the ground for a chance at a Zodiac Spear. With the weapon’s spawn rate at a measly 1%, this method might require some trial and error.

Genji Equipment

One of the strongest equipment sets in the game. The armor can be acquired from the Elite Mark Hunt Gilgamesh, though not as a reward. Use the Steal Technik on the Gilgamesh before finishing the Hunt to acquire pieces of the armor.

Dungeons inaccessible after clearing

Be sure to explore these Dungeons fully before you exit.

Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age / FFXII Recommended Article List

▼Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age Recommended Articles
Walkthroughs Side Quests Characters
Storyline Boss Guides Sidequest Boss Guides Esper Boss Guides
Job Class System Gambit System License Board System
Mob Hunts Unchangeable Elements Leveling Guide

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  1. This guide seems to be based on FFXII data instead of FFXII TZA or FFXII IZJS. I suggest anyone looking at this guide take all information with a grain of salt.

    • I second this, I don’t remember hearing crap about how the ZS in IZJS requires you not opening certain treasure chests.

      • In TZA they removed the forbidden chest requirement but moved the spear to a different late game location so you can no longer run to it mid game

        • If your talking about the zodiac spear near zodiark with a 2% drop and respawnable then that one’s in both versions. It’s funny that the Zodiac Age still has the puzzle talking about the 4 chests even though they removed it. I know people tend to miss the mention in both versions but the 4 chests that is mentioned is related to this side quest that was part of the original NA version. The quest states that they hidden 4 items for the owner as safe guard to ensure they get their item they lost and tells you the location of the 4 items. This message is still in the zodiac age too. I believe also the orphans in lowtown have information on it through the game playing hide and seek. However I can’t confirm this since it’s been so long since I played the original NA version.