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...Kuja's secret palace is on the eastern side of this continent. It's buried under quicksand. You'll need a ship to get there.
—Black Mage No. 288

The Desert Palace is Kuja's lair in Final Fantasy IX, located in the desert on the Outer Continent. It is an immense underground fortress filled with traps and can only be entered through a mock Antlion pit. Desert Palace is one of only two places where one can obtain the Namingway Tetra Master card, which can be shown to a man in Daguerreo to rename player characters.

Navigating the dungeon is tricky and requires the completion of several puzzles, which involve candle lights and hidden passages. The palace security system is the Valia Pira, which the party can weaken by turning off the Bloodstones scattered across the palace. The Bloodstones also yield treasure.

Story Edit

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Kuja's Palace Artwork

Desert Palace Artwork

The Desert Palace is one of the locations from Terra that ended up on Gaia 5,000 years ago due to Garland's failed attempt to merge the two planets into one.

When the party is captured by Kuja, he blackmails Zidane into going into Oeilvert to fetch the Gulug Stone for him holding the lives of his friends hostage. When Zidane's party is away Kuja betrays his promise and attempts to kill the remaining party members by dropping away the floors of their cells leading to a pit of fire. Regent Cid saves them by releasing the cells, and the party searches for a way to escape Kuja's fortress. They disable Valia Pira, the palace security system, and reunite with Zidane as he returns with the Gulug Stone. Kuja snatches the stone and absconds with his lackeys Zorn and Thorn kidnapping Eiko.

Spoilers end here.

Locations Edit

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Quests Edit

Cid's quest to save the prisoners Edit


Cid in Desert Palace.

After Kuja has decided to let his prisoners fall to the fire at the bottom of their prison cells, Cid sets out to save them. He has six minutes to complete the scenario.

To sneak past the Hedgehog Pie the player must tap Circle when the monster is looking away to move forward. If the player moves when the Hedgehog Pie is looking at Cid, they must start again from the beginning. After getting close enough Cid will get the Hourglass Key item.

The next step is to place the weights on the scales. The correct combination is: clay, stone and iron. After placing the weights the player must climb onto the scales and turn the hourglass.

Mognet Edit

Mojito is a moogle in Desert Palace, who delivers a letter to Mogsam in another part of the palace:

Stiltzkin, On the Move

From Mojito to Mogsam

According to rumors, Stiltzkin is
on a quest to find out why Mognet
stopped functioning!

I'm sure Stiltzkin will find out
the truth, kupo.
Why did Artemicion stop
delivering mail?

Namingway Card Edit


Namingway Card's location.

The Namingway Card can be obtained from Kuja's room in Desert Palace after Zidane and his party have returned from Oeilvert, and after Eiko has been kidnapped. Before exiting the room the player can search the left side of the room to find the card.

Blu Mag Edit

Quina can eat Drakan to learn Vanish, Grimlock to learn Night, Ogre to learn Matra Magic, and Torama to learn Level 4 Holy.

Enemies Edit


A battle background in the Desert Palace.

Items Edit

Shops Edit

All items purchased in Mojito's Mogshop.

Item Price
Diamond Sword 4,700 gil
Trident 3,580 gil
Mythril Claws 6,500 gil
Magic Racket 1,350 gil
Healing Rod 1,770 gil
Fairy Flute 4,500 gil
Cypress Pile 3,200 gil
Silver Fork 7,400 gil
Pinwheel 200 gil
Rising Sun 500 gil
Chimera Armlet 1,200 gil
Egoist's Armlet 2,000 gil
Diamond Gloves 2,000 gil
Mantra Band 1,500 gil
Dark Hat 1,800 gil
Green Beret 2,180 gil
Cross Helmet 2,200 gil
Brigandine 4,300 gil
Judo Uniform 5,000 gil
Gold Armor 2,950 gil
Potion 50 gil
Hi-Potion 200 gil
Phoenix Down 150 gil
Echo Screen 50 gil
Soft 100 gil
Antidote 50 gil
Magic Tag 100 gil
Remedy 300 gil
Annoyntment 150 gil
Tent 800 gil

Musical themes Edit

Multiple themes play during the party's time at the Desert Palace, beginning with "The Devil's Ambition," a variation of "Kuja's Theme" also known as "Footsteps of Desire." When Kuja asks Zidane his favor, "Immoral Melody," another variation, plays. "Kuja's Theme" plays as Zidane and his chosen party make their way to Oeilvert. During Cid's "red light, green light" minigame, the cheerful "The Sneaky Frog and the Scoundrel" plays. For the rest of the time spent in the palace "Kuja's Theme (Millennium Version)" plays.

Other appearances Edit

Final Fantasy Record Keeper Edit


FFRK Desert Palace FFIX
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Gallery Edit

Backgrounds and Screenshots

Trivia Edit

  • Complementing Kuja's tastes, the Desert Palace contains many works of fine art, including a trio of statues arranged in a triangular fashion. Two of these are decidedly demonic-looking, replete with bat-like wings and tridents, and are referred to as the "Promise of the Evil God" and "Truth of the Devil." The white angelic statue in the middle is called the "Illusion of the Goddess." This is an allusion to the Warring Triad from Final Fantasy VI.
  • When Zidane is choosing his party for his trip to Oeilvert, the order in which Kuja calls them in their cells depends on the characters' priority. Eiko has top priority over the non-Zidane party members, so she will always be called first regardless of who else is chosen. Steiner has the next highest priority, followed by Vivi, Freya, Quina, Amarant, who can only be called as early as second, and Garnet, who will always be called last.
  • The leader of the party in this area depends on whom the player chooses to send with Zidane to Oeilvert. The party leader will depend on its members, as well as who has priority. This priority is stated in the above note. Thus, if Zidane's party does not contain Eiko, she will lead the party through the palace. If Zidane's party does contain Eiko, then Steiner has the next priority, followed by Vivi and finally, Freya. Amarant, Quina, and Garnet, the three characters with the lowest priority rankings, cannot lead the party in this area.
  • Every single enemy in the Desert Palace, save for Valia Pira, have levels that are multiple's of five. So if Quina is in the party and knows LV5 Death, then the party will have no trouble progressing.

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