Necrohol of Nabudis
Optional Side Quest Zone
Now Mist flows freely through its abandoned halls, and its glorious memory is profaned by a menagerie of vile creatures.”
The Necrohol of Nabudis is an area of the game that you do not have to travel to during a regular play through of the game, however, there are quite a few side quests and hunts that involve travelling to this location. This is where you will find the Zodiac Spear and obtain an optional Esper named Chaos. First thing’s first…
Accessing the Necrohol
The Necrohol of Nabudis can be accessed once you have reached the Salikawood for the first time. In order to reach it, you must travel to the Grand Bower area of the Salikawood and defeat an optional boss – King Bomb. Travel to the zone before the Grand Bower to find an orange Save Crystal, save your game and read the preparation tips below when you are ready to begin the fight.
Steal: Bomb Shell (55%), Fire Crystal (10%), Bomb Fragment (3%)
Make liberal use of the orange Save Crystal just outside the of the Grand Bower before you initiate the fight. Make sure that you cast Protect, Shell, Regen, Bravery and Faith on all of your characters and then touch the orange Save Crystal again to refill the MP that you spent casting those spells.
Setup a Gambit with one (or more) of your characters to use a Handkerchief item on any of your allies to remove the Oil status effect. This negative status affect can be devastating during the fight as King Bomb and all of its summoned Bombs will attack with fire-based Magick (which does increased damage to characters affected by Oil). You may want to set up one of your characters to use Water-based Magick against these enemies as they are weak to that element.
Dispel King Bomb at the beginning of the fight to remove its Haste Status and have one of your party members continually cast Silence on it. It will cast Renew on itself twice if not Silenced which isn’t the end of the world, but is preventable.
You can now gain access to the Corridor of Ages area which has direct access into the south side of the Necrohol of Nabudis. There is another entrance that you can use to get inside the Necrohol from the north which involves travelling through the Nabreus Deadlands. This pathway involves travelling to the northernmost section of the Deadlands and heading east (as shown on the map below).
The Zodiac Spear
The most important reason to travel to the Necrohol of Nabudis (in the original PlayStation 2 version of the game) is to obtain the Zodiac Spear. Obtaining these extremely powerful weapon early on in the game can make it much easier to quest and complete the more difficult Hunts that are available. More information about the Zodiac Spear side quest and how to travel through the Necrohol at early levels is included on the Zodiac Spear page which can be accessed by clicking the link below:
Reminder: The Zodiac Spear cannot be obtained in the Necrohol of Nabudis in the Zodiac Age version of the game.
There is a hidden shop keeper that you can find in an area of the Necrohol of Nabudis. The merchant is located in the Hall of Effulgent Light in the original PlayStation 2 version of the game or in the northwest corner of the Cloister of the Highborn in the Zodiac Age version of the game.. Use the proper map below to help you find him:
The Baknamy Merchant appears invisible until you get close enough as shown in the screenshot below:
Press the X Button to make the Baknamy Merchant appear.
The Merchant’s item list changes depending on where you are in the game. Initially he sells:
Once you have completed the Great Crystal section of the game, he will sell:
This item list will be very different if you are playing the International Zodiac Job System version of the game. The items he sell will include:
One last spell will be added to his inventory once the Sky Fortress Bahamut appears. Specially, that spell is Scathe.
One of the last things that you can do involves obtaining an optional Esper named Chaos, Walker of the Wheel. Details regarding the battle against Chaos himself are detailed on the Chaos Esper page, but there are a few things you need to do before you can challenge him.
For starters, you will need to complete the Three Medallions side quest which cannot be completed until after you have reached the Port of Balfonheim. Check out the Three Medallions page for more information by clicking the link below:
Obtaining the Medallion of Bravery, the Medallion of Love and the Lusterless Medallion from the Nu Mou creatures located throughout Ivalice.
The actual medallion that you require in order to access the room where Chaos is located is the Medallion of Might. In order to turn the Lusterless Medallion into the Medallion of Might, you will need to use the Medallion of Love and the Medallion of Bravery to access two other rooms in the Necrohol that contain two other bosses, Humbaba Mistant and Fury, and defeat each of them first.
The first boss that you destroy is Humbaba Mistant (note: you can start with either Humbaba Mistant or Fury; both are available and it does not matter which you kill first). Travel through the Salikawood and enter the Necrohol of Nabudis from the south. Travel north through the Hall of Effulgent Light and into the Cloister of Distant Song. Humbaba Mutant is located in the westernmost room – the Cloister of Solace. Use the map below to help you locate it:
Note that the battle will begin as soon as you open the door, so you may wish to read ahead to the boss tips below and make sure that your party is prepared before you enter. Approach the Door of Horrors and choose to “Examine the Depression”. Choose to “Use the Medallion of Bravery” when presented with the option.
Steal: Beastlord Hide (55%), Beastlord Horn (10%), Beastlord Steak (3%)
This boss battle is fairly straightforward and doesn’t require much strategy. Make sure your party is fully buffed before entering the room as Humbaba Mistant has a lot of HP that you will have to burn through and can do some pretty heavy damage which increases as its health drops. It also has the ability to combo its attacks which means your party members will be taking a lot of hits and will require a lot of healing.
Make sure that you enter the room with Protect, Shell, Bravery, Faith and Haste on each of your characters. Your tank should be equipped with a Bubble Belt. Alternatively, you can have a support character cast Bubble on that character, but the Bubble Belt is easier, always up and does not require any of your healer’s casting time.
One of your characters (at minimum) should have a Black Belt equipped as Humbaba Mistant’s Tremor attack can cause Disable which can wreak havoc on your party if all three of them are hit with it. Setup an Esuna Gambit to remove the status from the other party members.
You also need to setup a Dispel Gambit in order to deal with it’s positive status affects. He will also hit your characters with Immobilize, but this negative status effect should not cause too many problems. With how large Humbaba Mistant is, most of your characters will be able to hit him from wherever they are standing, regardless of whether they are immobilized.
There is a short cutscene that takes place once the battle is over. Humbaba Mistant will shrink down to a very small size and will be crushed by his own gigantic sword. You will receive a completed map of the Necrohol of Nabudis once the battle is complete. The game also notifies you that the “Lusterless Medallion keens…” There is one more boss that needs to be defeated though before it turns into the Medallion of Might.
At this stage, it may be advisable to go back out to the Salikawood and save your game before attempting the next boss. Fury, the next boss, is located in the northern section of the Necrohol of Nabudis. You can either warp to the Nabreus Deadlands and enter the Necrohol from the north or you can run through the Necrohol from where you are if you are choosing not to go back and save your game.
Fury is located in the Cloister of Reason which can be accessed from the Hall of the Ivory Covenant. Once again, take the time to prepare and buff your characters before you enter the Cloister of Reason. You may want to read the description of the boss fight below before initiating the battle. Use the map below to help you find the proper location:
Touch the Door of Loathing and choose to “Examine the Depression”. Secondly, choose to “Use the Medallion of Love” to initiate the battle against Fury. There is a fairly entertaining scene when you enter the Cloister where Fury, a tiny little rabbit-like creature, defeats a gigantic Catoblepas.
Steal: Blood Wool (55%), Moondust (10%), Aries Gem (3%)
Once again, make sure that you enter the Cloister of Reason with all of your beneficial status effects cast on your party members. This includes Protect, Shell, Bubble, Bravery, Faith and Haste. You should also setup a Dispel Gambit to remove Fury’s status effects.
The most difficult aspect of the fight against Fury is trying to hit it. It may not have much in the way of HP, but it has very high evasion which will cause many of your attacks to be parried. Some ways around this include using a Quickening Chain or focusing on Magick-based attacks.
Fury’s attacks have a chance of inflicting the Berserk status affect on your party members. You can setup a Gambit to get rid of this; the spell you need to use to get rid of Berserk though is not Esuna, it is Dispel. Setup the following Gambit:
Ally: Status = Berserk > Dispel
If you do not have the “Ally: Status = Berserk” Gambit you will have to cast Dispel manually.
At a certain point, Fury will begin using Bacchus’s Wine on itself to put it into Berserk mode. This will cause its attacks to hit more often and for quite a bit more damage. Keep your Dispel Gambit active and have one party Dispel Berserk from Fury. Each time they do, Fury will use another Bacchus’s Wine to re-enter the Berserk status effect, but casting Dispel each time will take valuable seconds off the clock and basically prevent Fury from attacking you while it is dealing with status affects. Keep up the Dispels until Fury is defeated.
You will receive the Medallion of Might once the battle has concluded. With the Medallion of Might, you now have everything that you need to take on the optional Esper, Chaos, Walker of the Wheel.
Information on where to find Chaos and how to defeat him are included in the Espers section below:
Chaos, Walker of the Wheel
Entering the final room room in the Necrohol of Nabudis (the Crucible) to defeat and obtain Chaos.
This is everything that you can do in the Necrohol of Nabudis.