Treasures in the Great Crystal
Optional Retrieval Side Quest

There are numerous treasures available throughout the Great Crystal dungeon that you can obtain, although many players skip past them due to the difficulty of navigating the Great Crystal. The maps and guide below should help you seek out and obtain some of the items available. The items that you can obtain from the Great Crystal include:

- Zodiac Escutcheon / Brave Suit
- Glimmering Robes / Stoneblade
- Renewing Morion / Sage’s Ring
- Excalibur
- Golden Skullcap / Power Armlet
- Gungnir / Mirage Vest
- Demon Shield / Maximillian

You can use the maps below to help navigate to any of the treasures listed above. The guides below can be useful to help you track down and find the two most powerful (and important) of those items: Excalibur and Zodiac Escutcheon.

The difficulty with navigating through the Great Crystal is that you can only activate one “gate” of a particular type at a time (such as either Gate Sagittarius I or Gate Sagittarius II). Therefore, there is no way to completely “clear” this dungeon of gates.

A full map of the Great Crystal is included below for reference:

[FFXII Crystal Map]

Make sure that you have a Diamond Armlet in your procession before heading to the Great Crystal. Check out the “How to Obtain a Diamond Armlet” page for more information.

Excalibur

The starting point for this guide will be at the “entrance” to the Great Crystal when arriving from the Ancient City of Giruvegan. In order to reach these areas, you will need to have complete the initial story elements in the Great Crystal and have obtained the Treaty-Blade.

A Prama Vikaari

The starting point when arriving from Giruvegan is A Prama Vikaari. If you have already reached the top of the Great Crystal previously, for example, if you already defeated Ultima, then there will be no Gate Scorpion on this platform. If there is no Gate Scorpion, proceed to A Vikaari Dhebon. Otherwise, head up to Sthaana Scorpion, activate the Scorpion Gate Stone, and return to A Prama Vikaari. Touch the gate to remove it and head up.

A Vikaari Dhebon

Touch Way Stone IX when you arrive to be transported to the next area.

Dha Vikaari Kabonii

Take the pathway leading upwards to the next platform.

A Vikaari Kanbhru Ra

This is the platform with Way Stone XX on it. If you already reached the top of the Great Crystal and activated Way Stone XIX, this way stone will now be active and you can use it to reach the top again easily. That being said, ignore this Way Stone and take the pathway leading upwards into the next area.

Dhebon Jilaam Praa’dii

Take the pathway leading downwards into the next area.

Sthaana Sagittarius

This platform contains the Sagittarius Gate Stone. Touch the gate stone to activate the Gate Time and proceed back to the previous platform.

Dhebon Jilaam Praa’dii

Head straight across and down the pathway on the opposite side of the platform.

A Vikaari Kanbhru Ra

You will now be back at the central platform with Way Stone XX on it. Look for Gate Sagittarius II and touch that gate to remove it. Proceed downwards into the next area.

A Vikaari Sirhru

The platform will contain Way Stone XII. Choose to “touch the device” to warp to the next area.

Dha Vikaari Dhebon

Take the pathway leading downwards to the next area.

Sirhru Phullam Udii’pratii

Take the pathway leading upwards (not the same one that you used to reach this area).

Sirhru Jilaam Pratii’dii

Take the pathway downwards (not the same one you used to reach this area).

Sirhru Jilaam Pratii

Take the pathway leading downwards.

Sirhru Jilaam Pratii’vaa

This is the platform where the treasure chest spawns that contains the Excalibur. You do not need to be wearing a Diamond Armlet in order to obtain the Excalibur and it has a very strange spawn mechanic. There are two treasure chests that spawn on the exact same spot (over top of the trap). You have to open the first treasure chest, which will likely contain a Knot of Rust. There will be another treasure chest that you can open up though which will then contain the Excalibur.

Great Crystal opening the chest prior to the one that contains the Excalibur
Obtaining Excalibur from the second treasure chest in Sirhru Jilaam Pratii'vaa of the Great Crystal

The treasure chest itself has only a rare chance of spawning. If it is not there when you arrive you will need to fully exit the area by travelling at least three zones away. Head back up into Sirhru Jilaam Pratii, then to Sirhru Jilaam Pratii’dii, then to Sirhru Phullam Udii’pratii, and finally, I typically travel into Dha Vikaari Dhebon as well just to ensure that it has reset. Continue this process until the treasure chest spawns and you obtain the Excalibur. I have included a video below to give you an idea of what it looks like:

Zodiac Escutcheon

The next item to obtain is the Zodiac Escutcheon/ – one of the better shields available in the game. This guide will describe the process of getting there and obtaining it from this area where the Excalibur is located.

Travel all the way back to Way Point XIV where you arrived and head upwards into the next area to reach Sthaana Leo. Activate the Leo Gate Stone and then walk all the way back to Sirhru Jilaam Pratii. This time, take the other pathway that leads downwards rather than heading upwards to where Excalibur spawns, and into the next area.

Sirhru Pis Pratii

Take the pathway leading downward into the next area.

Sirhru Pis Avaa

Touch Gate Leo II to remove it and enter the platform proper. You can take either of the other pathways. They lead to Sirhru Jilaam Avaapratii and Sirhru Jilaam Avaapraa which then both lead to the are that you need to get to: A Vikaari Uldobi. Touch the Way Point XV device when you arrive to reach the next area.

Dha Vikaari Sirhru

There are two pathways leading downward – one directly in front of you and one to the left. Take the one directly in front of you.

Sthaana Libra

Touch the Libra Gate Stone in the center of the platform. Take the pathway leading upward.

Uldobi Jilaam Praa’vaa

Reach the platform and touch Gate Libra II on the left. Proceed up that pathway into the next area.

Uldobi Jilaam Praa

Take the pathway leading downward directly across from where you arrive.

Sthaana Capricorn

Touch the Capricorn Gate Stone and head back the way that you came.

Uldobi Jilaam Praa

Take the middle pathway leading downwards (directly across from where you arrived).

Uldobi Jilaam Praa’vaa

Take the pathway downwards into the next area.

Sthaana Libra

Walk past the Libra Gate stone and take the pathway on the right that leads upwards.

Dha Vikaari Sirhru

This is the platform that you arrived at with Way Stone XVI on it. Take the pathway downwards away from this platform.

Sthaana Virgo

Touch Gate Capricorn I to remove it. Approach and touch the Virgo Gate Stone to start another timer and head back the way you cam (upwards).

Dha Vikaari Sirhru

Take the pathway on the right that leads upwards.

Sthaana Libra

Walk past the Libra Gate Stone again and take the pathway on the right that leads upward.

Uldobi Jilaam Praa’vaa

Approach Gate Virgo I on the left and touch it to remove it. Then continue down that pathway onto the next platform.

Uldobi Jilaam Avaa

Take the pathway upwards away from this platform.

A Vikaari Kanbhru

Touch Way Stone XVII in the center of the platform to reach the next area.

Dha Vikaari Uldobi

You will arrive at Way Stone XXVIII. Take the platform downwards.

Kanbhru Pis

You are back at the Save Point – save your game if you would like to. Then proceed away using the platform that leads downward.

Sthaana Aquarius

Touch the Aquarius Gate Stone and head back up the direction you came from.

Kanbhru Pis

Take the furthest right platform leading upwards.

Dha Vikaari Uldobi

Use Way Stone XXVIII to warp to the next area.

A Vikaari Kanbhru

Take the walkway away from this platform leading downwards.

Uldobi Jilaam Avaa

Take the platform leading upwards.

Uldobi Jilaam Praa’vaa

Take the platform leading upwards again.

Uldobi Jilaam Praa

Take the platform on the right that leads downwards.

Uldobi Phullam Praa’vaa

Touch Gate Aquarius I to remove it. Turn around and head back up to the previous platform.

Uldobi Jilaam Praa

Take the platform leading upwards.

Sthaana Capricorn

Touch the Capricorn Gate Stone again. Return the way you came.

Uldobi Jilaam Praa

Take the middle walkway leading downwards.

Uldobi Jilaam Praa’vaa

Take the pathway on the right leading downwards.

Sthaana Libra

Take the pathway on the left leading downwards.

Uldobi Jilaam Pratii’vaa

Touch Gate Capricorn II on the right to remove it. Return the way you came.

Sthaana Libra

Take the pathway on the right leading upwards.

Uldobi Jilaam Praa’vaa

Take the pathway on the left leading upwards.

Uldobi Jilaam Praa

Take the pathway on the right leading upwards.

Uldobi Phullam Praa’vaa

Take the pathway leading downwards.

Sthaana Taurus

Touch the Taurus Gate Stone and then take the pathway back upwards.

Uldobi Phullam Praa’vaa

Take the pathway leading downwards.

Uldobi Jilaam Praa

Take the pathway leading downwards.

Uldobi Jilaam Praa’vaa

Take the pathway on the right leading downwards.

Sthaana Libra

Take the pathway on the left leading downwards.

Uldobi Jilaam Pratii’vaa

Take the pathway leading downwards again.

Uldobi Jilaam Pratii

Take the pathway leading upwards.

Uldobi Phullam Pratii’vaa

Touch Gate Taurus II to remove it. Proceed on to the platform and take the pathway leading downwards (the only pathway).

Uldobi Phullam Pratii

You have finally reached the platform that contains the Zodiac Escutcheon. Note that for this item you will want to be wearing a Diamond Armlet in order to obtain the shield. You can only obtain one Zodiac Escutcheon but there is a chance that the item will be a Brave Suit if you do not have the Diamond Armlet equipped.

The treasure chest itself has a rare chance of spawning. If it is not there when you arrive you will need to fully exit the area by travelling at least three zones away. Head back up into Uldobi Phullam Pratii’vaa, then in to Uldobi Jilaam Pratii, then into Uldobi Jilaam Pratii’vaa and finally into Sthaana Libra as well just to ensure that it has reset. Continue this process until the treasure chest spawns and you obtain the Zodiac Escutcheon.

Approaching Uldobi Phullam Pratii of the Great Crystal to obtain the Zodiac Escutcheon
Obtaining the Zodiac Escutcheon

Lastly, the following instructions are to be used to exit the area from Uldobi Phullam Pratii (where the Zodiac Escutcheon shield spawns). Travel upwards into the next area.

Uldobi Phullam Pratii’vaa

Travel downwards into the next area.

Uldobi Jilaam Pratii

Take the pathway on the right leading upwards.

Uldobi Jilaam Pratii’vaa

Take the pathway on the left leading upwards.

Sthaana Libra

Take the pathway on the right leading upwards.

Uldobi Jilaam Praa’vaa

Take the pathway on the right leading downwards.

Uldobi Jilaam Avaa

Take the pathway leading upwards.

A Vikaari Kanbhru

Touch Way Stone XVII to warp to the next area.

Dha Vikaari Uldobi

Take the pathway leading downwards.

Kanbhru

Again, you may want to take the opportunity to save your game at the Save Crystal. Take the pathway on the left (not the one you arrived on) leading upwards.

Dha Vikaari Dhebon

Touch Way Stone XIX to warp to the next area.

A Vikaari Kanbhru Ra

Take the pathway leading upwards to Dha Vikaari Kabonii. Note that there are two pathways leading upwards away from this area so double check your mini-map to ensure that you’ve arrived at the correct one.

Dha Vikaari Kabonii

Touch Way Stone X to warp to the next area.

A Vikaari Dhebon

You will arrive at Way Stone IX. Take the pathway into the next area.

A Prama Vikaari

Way Stone VIII can be used to teleport outside of the Great Crystal and back to the Ancient City of Giruvegan.