[FFXII: TZA] About Quickening: What They Do and How They Work

This article aims to explain the basics of Quickening skills in Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age.

This article aims to explain how the Quickening work in the new and remastered, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age [FF12:TZA].


The term “Quickening” is the term in Final Fantasy XII has used ever since their first game and Revenant Wings. Quickenings refer to something similar to Final Fantasy IX’s Trance and Final Fantasy X’s Overdrive. However, unlike the old games, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age adapted the style of Final Fantasy X’s input for Overdrive except has additional interactions.

These interactions involve a quick pressing of buttons to create a sequence. Because of this, to chain a Quickening, one must have fast reflexes in order to deal a heavy amount of damage.

Another thing to take note of is that Quickenings do not need any Charge Time. Upon usage, all normal gameplay stops and the animation for Quickening will ensue.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: So, where do we get the Quickening skills? Does it come with the character?

A: Unfortunately, Quickenings unlock via the License Board. Some of these Quickenings also come with a certain requirement. Also, the former is also dependent on the job class that’s trying to learn the Quickening. For example, the Shikari require certain weapon licenses that allow you to unlock that particular Quickening.

Q: Why does it cost so much to learn the Quickening skill? Is it really worth it?

A: It’s a matter of preference and also weighing out one’s options. The Quickenings consumes what people call a “Mist Gauge”. This Mist Gauge is not only for your Quickenings but also for your summoning capabilities. Because of this, it may take some internal debating as to whether or not the licenses are ideal for a character. Both have their pros and cons such as the time limit as to how long it lasts, the damage it deals, and etc. There is a lot to consider on choosing if you will max out the Quickenings or the Summoning Licenses.

Q: Is it possible to connect Quickening Skills to cause more damage?

A: Yes! In fact. the more you connect – the higher the damage output. However, this will take fast reflexes in order to complete such a task. But once you do, the damage is quite rewarding especially in battling bosses such as Zodiark.

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