Balouve Mines is a dungeon in the Leide region in Final Fantasy XV. It is a multi-tiered mine where the player can take an elevator to travel between its four levels. It is on the way to Galdin Quay from the rest of Leide, and there is a parking spot outside the mines.
Although the player can come across it in Chapter 1 and all regular enemies are level 7 Goblins, the dungeon boss is a level 52 enemy, and thus the player is advised to leave the dungeon till later. The boss can perform Instant Death attacks, so the player should be sure to bring Phoenix Downs. Retrieving the Royal Arm in the mines yields 10,000 EXP.
Retrieve the Royal ArmEdit
The player can attempt the dungeon at a lower level, provided they eat something that provides substantial stats boost, such as Kenny's Special Recipe. The recipe only needs to be ordered once for 7,200 gil and can be recreated using garlic, which can be bought for a low price, and wennath salmon, which can be fished at Rachia Bridge. Stats boost from camping last longer if the upgrades it via the Ascension Grid.
The dungeon only has level 7 Goblins and the boss, Aramusha, who is at level 52. The goblins will send minecarts hurtling toward the party. They can be avoided by staying off the tracks, but being hit by them doesn't do much damage.
The dungeon can be considered the easiest optional dungeon. Many of the treasure found in the mine are items for the player's car and basic healing items, but there are also some good accessories and the Royal Arm at the end.
Upon entering the mines the party takes an elevator down. The player is free to explore each floor, but the player needs to go to the second basement floor, and head north to the bottom right corner of the map to come across a bridge. When on the bridge the dungeon boss appears to knock the party off the bridge. If this happens, the player can make their way either to the elevator, or to the staircase that leads up.
At the bottom of the mine the player will find the boss. In the room where Aramusha is fought the player can climb the stairs to the top to find an Emerald Bracelet. Near the red vehicle there is a Champions Anklet.
Aramusha can kill in one hit and has strong area of effect moves. He can launch purple tentacles out the floor. Aramusha is weak to lightning. He won't leave the bottom floor, so the player can hit him from afar with ranged weapons and magic. Aramusha can be poisoned, and thus his HP can be whittled down even early on in the game.
After the boss battle, the player can search the northeast corner of the room on one of the upper levels for a crack Noctis can squeeze though to reach the royal tomb to claim the Bow of the Clever. This yields 10,000 EXP. After the boss room the player can head towards the elevator on that level and find a Friendship Band behind it.
- Balouve Mines was inspired by an actual abandoned mine in Japan the developers had visited.