This is the second visit to the Balfonheim Port. This visit takes place after you have travelled to the Ancient City of Giruvegan and after completing the events at the Great Crystal. If, however, you have just completed the events at Draklor Laboratory and arrived for the first time, click on the following link to be taken back to the walkthrough page for the first visit to Balfonheim Port.
Make your way back to Saccio Lane, the area where you first arrived when you reached the Port during the first visit. Speak to the Manse Watch that guards the entrance to the Manse and tell him that you would like to speak with Reddas.
Reddas will tell the team of some of the troubles that his armada ran into on the seas. He will then ask the team how things went at Giruvegan. Ashe will explain that they now know what Cid had been searching for: the Sun-Cryst. Vaan will suggest to the team that they make an attempt to find the Sun-Cryst before Cid does. They will agree to travel to the Naldoan Sea, the Ridorana Cataract and the Pharos Lighthouse. To do this, they will need to use the Strahl airship in one of the various Aerodromes around the world to travel there.
Reddas will join your party as a guest at this point in the game. He can be extremely helpful with some of the upcoming side quests, though he only provides support as an attacker. He will add some firepower to your team but he does not offer much in the way of healing or recovery Gambits the way that Lord Larsa did.
As you leave Reddas’ manse, Nono the Moogle will explain that the repairs on the Strahl ship are complete and that you can use it from any of the Aerodromes. Before continuing with the main story of the game, let’s take care of some of the quests that are available. A number of the shops around the world have new items available for purchase, including in Balfonheim Port, which you should consider grabbing before hand. Some of the new items for sale include:
- Quayside Magickery sells Arise, Shock and Graviga
- Burrogh in the entrance to the Barheim Passage sells Scourge Magick>
You can also make an attempt at picking up another Ribbon accessory – an extremely powerful accessory that prevents all negative status effects. Obtaining a Ribbon using this new method involves tracking down and defeating a rare creature known as Lv99 Red Chocobo. The alternative method to this, which was mentioned earlier in the guide and which is slightly easier, is further explained in the “How to Obtain a Ribbon” section. Click on the link for more information.
If you decide to hunt it down, the Lv99 Red Chocobo can be found in the Haulo Green area of the Ozmone Plain. Defeat all six of the Chocobos in the Haulo and then move two zones away in order to respawn the Chocobos. There is a 1 in 256 chance that one of the respawned Chocobos will be the Lv99 Red Chocobo. The easiest pathway to walk in order to reset them is to run from the Haulo Green through The Switchback and into the Dagan Flats; then heading back to Haulo Green.
The Lv99 Red Chocobo can take a really long time to spawn and it is fairly difficult to defeat when it appears.
Moving on to the side quests that you can complete – if you have not completed these side quests already, you should do so now:
Completing the side quest to obtain the Medallion of Bravery, the Medallion of Love and the Lusterless Medallion if you have not done so already.
Venturing deep into the Necrohol of Nabudis to obtain an optional Esper, Chaos. Note that the Three Medallions side quest must be completed in order to reach Chaos.
Returning to the Stilshrine of Miriam to obtain an optional Esper, Zeromus, the Condemner.
There are some Hunts and Elite Hunts that you should pick up back in Rabanastre. Travel back to the Clan Hall and speak to Montblanc. He will give you a number of rewards including:
- 1,800 gil for defeating Rafflesia
- 1,900 gil for defeating Daedalus
- 1,900 gil for defeating Tyrant
- 2,100 gil for defeating Humbaba Mistant
- 2,100 gil and an Amphora of Bacchus’s Wine for defeating Fury
- A Nugget of Gemsteel and 2 Teleport Stones for obtaining 8 Espers
Head to the Sandsea and examine the Notice Board to pick up a few new Bills for Hunts including:
- Bill No. 25 for Deathgaze (Rank VII)
- Bill No. 26 for Diabolos (Rank VII)
- Bill No. 27 for Piscodaemon (Rank V)
- Bill No. 28 for Wild Malboro (Rank VI)
- Bill No. 29 for Catoblepas (Rank VI)
- Bill No. 30 for Fafnir (Rank VII)
Many of these Hunts can be completed right now and having Reddas in your party can be extremely helpful.
Hunt 26: Visitor on Deck
Flying between various Aerodrome ports until the Mark, Deathgaze (Rank VII), appears – the battle takes place aboard one of the Skyferries.
Hunt 27: The Child Snatcher
Heading back to Bhujerba to destroy Diabolos (Rank VII), a local pest that has been keeping the children up at night.
Hunt 28: The Black Sorcerer
A fairly easy Mark to take down that requires travelling back through the Ancient City of Giruvegan on foot - Piscodaemon (Rank V).
Hunt 29: A Wild Stench
Venturing back to the Feywood to destroy the Wild Malboro (Rank VI) and the Malboros encircling it for the Viera of Eruyt Village.
Hunt 30: Paying for the Past
Returning to Jahara and then into the Zertinan Caverns to help War-chief Supinelu avenge his fallen Brother by defeating Catoblepas (Rank VI).
There are two more Hunts that you have which have yet to be completed. Specifically, Hunt 31: Wyrm Wrath’s Renewal (Fafnir – Rank VII) and the second half of Hunt 40: Battle on the Big Bridge (Gilgamesh – Rank VII). The battle against Gilgamesh can be incredibly difficult but you may want to attempt it while you have Reddas in your party helping. That being said, both Hunts are quite difficult, so you may wish to save them for later.
It is time to move forward with the next phase of the game.