Lindblum and Hilda Garde III
The game continues with Zidane in the Guest Room of the castle. Start off by speaking to Mogki and selecting the Mognet option to pick up a letter for Kumool. Exit the Guest Room and take the elevator to the Upper Level. Walk forward into the main hall for a few cutscenes.
Cid, Hilda and the team will discuss the next course of action which involves traveling to Ipsen’s Castle on the Forgotten Continent in order to break the seal in the Shimmering Isles and get to Kuja’s world: Terra.
Zidane will meet up with Beatrix in Alexandria during the sequence. Beatrix will give him a Garnet accessory for the Princess and Zidane will finally locate her in the ‘Resting Place’. The team will now have access to an Airship - the Hilda Garde III - and can complete a number of side quests at this point in the game.
Hilda Garde III
Your next destination to continue the story is Ipsen’s Castle. You can head directly there now if preferred. Optional side quests are included below and are not required in order to complete the game:
- Use this opportunity to do more frog catching at each of the Qu’s Marshes to complete the Frog Catching side quest
- Deliver the Kupo Nut in your inventory to Moguta in Gizamaluke’s Grotto to complete another part of the Kupo Nut side quest
- You can find another Friendly Creature called Garuda if you climb the vines near where Moguta is standing (in Gizamaluke’s Grotto) and search the Popos Heights area
- Add Quina and Vivi to your party and return to Quan’s Dwelling to watch a short cutscene and then examine the grandfather clock out on the dock to obtain another pair of Running Shoes
- Return to Lindblum Castle and land the Hilda Garde III by hovering over Lindblum and pressing the Circle Button. Turn around immediately and choose to “Board, but go to the bridge”. Climb the ladder on the bridge to find an Elixir.
Return to the Chocobo Forest and the Chocobo Lagoon and dig in each of those areas until you find all of the Chocograph Pieces that you need. You may have already found some but at this point in the game it is possible to obtain all six. Mene will tell you when there is nothing left to find in each of the areas. The Chocograph Pieces create:
Obtaining Chocograph #20 will give your Chocobo the Sky Ability, the last of the abilities that he can obtain. A Chocobo with the Sky Ability can now take off and land in forested areas allowing it to fly (press the X Button while in a forest).
Obtaining the Sky Ability will not unlock any new Chocographs in either the Chocobo Lagoon or the Chocobo Forest, but you can now reach the Chocobo’s Paradise. Check out the Chocobo Hot & Cold side quest page for more information on how to reach it.
The next destination is the Chocobo’s Air Garden. The hints to its location can be found on the Chocograph Pieces that you dug up in the Chocobo Forest and Chocobo Lagoon. To view the Chocograph Pieces, enter the menu screen and check the “Key” tab in the Items section. Select each of the Chocographs to read the hints. There are six different spots that you can search but only one will have a shadow allowing you to reach the Chocobo’s Air Garden. Check out the Chocobo Hot & Cold side quest page for more information about how to reach the Chocobo’s Air Garden.
You can now obtain and find the following Chocographs from the Chocobo Air Garden:
This should fully complete the Chocograph side quest and you should now have obtained all of the rewards from this side quest. Congratulations!
Return to Chocobo’s Paradise now that you have all of the Chocographs and Fat Chocobo will give you 100 Dead Peppers.
There is another Friendly Monster that you can reach once you have obtained a Chocobo with the Sky Ability. Make sure that you save beforehand though as the enemies on that island are extremely difficult and make sure that you have found all of the other Friendly Monsters by referring to the Friendly Monster side quest page.
Travel to Vile Island (shown in the screenshot below) and wander around in the forested areas until you encounter Yan. Yan will just ask “Have you met the others?” and run away if you have not seen all of the other Friendly Monsters. Give Yan a Diamond and the Friendly Monsters side quest is complete.
You can also now reach the hidden and optional area of Daguerreo. Click on the link below for more information:
Take this time to return to Treno and head back to the Queen’s House to turn in the Stellazzios that you have picked up from the last time you were here. This should include:
- Capricorn (20,000 gil
- Sagittarius (Rosetta Ring)
You can also complete another round of fighting at the Knight’s House (Weapon Shop) against Amdusias. Make sure you equip Zidane with his strongest weapon which should be the Sargatanas from Daguerreo and his strongest armor and the battle should be fairly easy. You can use the Bird Killer ability to make the battle easier and use the Auto-Regen ability to heal up from attacks. Amdusias has approximately 6,578 HP. The prize for defeating it are another pair of Running Shoes.
It’s time to move on to Ipsen’s Castle.