Hunt 33: Little Love on the Big Plains
Cluckatrice, Chickatrice - Rank I
Many players describe the Cluckatrice (and its three Chickatrice offspring) as one of the most difficult fights up to this point in the game. You may want to hold off on attempting to defeat it until after the Dreadnought Leviathan scene but it can definitely be accomplished now.
Make sure that you stock up on Gold Needles before traveling to the Nomad Village as you will need them for the fight. Gold Needles can be purchased at Migelo’s Sundries in Rabanastre and are used to cure the Petrify status effect which can cripple your party during the fight.
Dania can be found in the Cockatrice pen on the west side of the Nomad Village in the Giza Plains. The Giza Plains can be accessed by heading south through the Southgate of Rabanastre.
The Cluckatrice and Chickatrices are located in the Gizas North Bank area (which is to the east of the Nomad Village). The first enemy that you will see on the map is a Chickatrice and the Cluckatrice will only come out after you attack the Chickatrice for the first time. In order to make the Chickatrice appear, you will need to clear out all of the enemies in the Gizas North Bank, leave the area and then return.
The Cluckatrice battle is one of the most difficult battles up to this point in the game. Your party should be level 18 to 20 unless you are an experienced Final Fantasy XII player.
Dealing with the three Chickatrice offspring at the same time as you take on Cluckatrice means that your party will take a ton of damage early on in the fight. The key to the fight is proper preparation and separation of duties. Make each of your party members responsible for one status effect.
Setup one or two of your characters with a Gambit to heal other party members – ideally one should be setup with Ally: HP<60% > Cure on your primary healer with Ally: HP<30% > Potion/Cure on your backup healer. Setup one character to take care of removing the Petrify status effect with a Gambit (Ally: any > Gold Needle). Cast Protect on all of your party members before starting the fight.
Next, setup your party with offensive debuffs. Have one character setup with a Gambit to cast Blind on all foes and one character setup to cast Disable on all foes (or party leader’s target to conserve MP). This will help to reduce the amount of damage your party takes while you defeat one or two of the Chickatrices.
Defeat each of the Chickatrice enemies first and then move on to the Cluckatrice.
Here is a quick video showing you a few of these tactics in action in the original version of the game. Scroll lower for the Zodiac Age version:
A video of the battle in the Zodiac Age version is included below:
Remember, this fight does not have to be completed at the point that it becomes available in the game. You can always return to this Elite Mark later on in the game.