Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age / FFXII - Storyline Walkthrough Part 15 – Archades

A complete walkthrough for Part 15 - Archades in Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age / FFXII: TZA, including items, bosses, and enemies you'll come across in the walkthrough.

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


1. Meeting Jules

  • There is a save crystal at the end of Old Archades.
  • Talk to the Imperial soldiers nearby
  • Jules will appear after you talk to the soldier. Give him 1,500 gil.

2. Act according to the instructions you received from Jules

  • There is a save crystal at the end of Old Archades.
  • Talk to the Imperial soldiers nearby
  • Jules will appear after you talk to the soldier. Give him 1,500 gil.


  1. Buy a map at Bulward’s Technicks
  • When you enter Archades, Balthier will leave the party for a while.
  • Buy a map of Tchita Uplands and Archades at Bulward’s Technicks.

2. Collect 9 Pine Chops

  • Go to Niblasse district and talk to the taxi driver.
  • Pay Jules 2500 gil and he will give you some tips on how to collect Pine Chops.

Archades Information Exchange Side Quest

  • After you gather nine Pine Chops, you will be able to ride the taxi.
  • Take the taxi and ask to go to Tsenoble.

3. Complete the events in Tsenoble Ward.

  • Balthier will return to your party once you depart to Tsenoble
  • A cutscene will occur a little bit after you depart.
  • Take a taxi and head back to Nilbus.
  • Talk to the taxi driver to go to Draklor Laboratory.

Draklor Laboratory

There will be two kinds of doors here. One is colored red and the other is blue. The red one will close once you open the blue door and vice versa.

1. Go to the laboratory on the 67th floor.

  • At first there won’t be any enemies on the 66th floor.
  • Take the elevator and head to the 67th floor.
  • It is possible for your party to go to the 68th floor, but there isn’t anything to do there. As such, you don’t need to go there.
  • When you get off the elevator, head west and collect some items.
  • Press the nearby switch to open access to a small room with more items.
  • After collecting the items, press the switch again to return to the hall where the elevator is.
  • Head to the laboratory by going through the passage to the east.
  • There will be a save crystal in a small room in front of the laboratory.
  • A cutscene will occur once you enter the laboratory.
  • You will get a map and laboratory card for the Draklor Laboratory in this room.

2. Proceed to the 68th floor

  • You need to press the switches frequently here in order to proceed.
  • Once you’re at the 68th floor, enter the small room on the left so that the red door opens.
  • Continue along the passage until you reach the top of the map. Next, proceed to the west.
  • Once you proceed to the west side of the map, enter the small room and press the switch to open the blue door.
  • In the room heading to the small room at the bottom left of the map, press the switch to open the red door.
  • Take the elevator and head to the 70th floor.

3. Dr. Cid Boss Battle

  • There is a save crystal once you get off the elevator.
  • There is an accessory called the Pheasant Netsuke on the right side of the aisle.
  • Once you enter the next room, a boss battle will begin between your team and Doctor Cid, who is accompanied by four Rooks.

Dr. Cid Boss Guide

  • Any physical attack directed at Cid is useless if the Rooks are still alive. Kill the four Rooks before concentrating on defeating Cid. The battle will end if Doctor Cid’s HP reaches 70%.
  • A cutscene will occur that leads to your party members being transported to Balfonheim Port.
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