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XII Leviathan
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No. 1 Dreadnought class airship being the flagship of the 8th Fleet of the Archadian Imperial Army. The 8th fleet was assigned to the Galtea Tactical Force of the Western Armada, under the command of Judge Ghis. Fitted with a skystone made to resist the effects of jagd, the Leviathan was a linchpin of the Imperial Army's main force. Sunk in an explosion caused by the uncontainable reaction of the nethicite fragment known as the Dawn Shard.
Leviathan, Sage Knowledge

The Dreadnought Leviathan (戦艦リヴァイアサン, Senkan Rivaiasan?) is an airship that serves as an unrevisitable dungeon in the land of Ivalice in Final Fantasy XII. It is the flagship of the 8th Imperial Fleet of the Archadian Empire.

The ship also appears in the manga adaptation, and because the manga was cancelled, the events there serve as its ending.

Story Edit

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow. (Skip section)

Final Fantasy XII Edit

XII The Leviathan is the flagship of the 8th Imperial Fleet of Archadia, led by Judge Ghis. After the Resistance is caught trespassing the Royal Palace of Rabanastre, Princess Ashe is captured and taken aboard Leviathan. Vaan's party is sent onboard the ship by Marquis Ondore to save her.

Captured

The captives meet Ashe and Ghis.

Vaan, Basch, Balthier and Fran meet with Ghis and Ashe, Ghis revealing Ashe's true identity as the princess of Dalmasca, although she has no proof of her lineage. Basch tells about the Dusk Shard of the Dynast King Raithwall, and how he was instructed to deliver Ashe to it by the late king Raminas B'nargin Dalmasca if needed. In return of divulging its location he wants their safety guaranteed, but Ashe objects, as she still thinks Basch was the one who murdered Raminas. The Goddess's Magicite—really the Dusk Shard and a powerful piece of deifacted nethicite—in Vaan's pocket reacts to Ashe presence. Ghis is delighted the party has delivered it to the Empire and seizes it.

The captives are sent to be detained with Ashe quartered separately. Vaan's party sets her free and set out to escape the ship with the help of the Resistance member Vossler York Azelas, who has infiltrated the imperial forces in a disguise. During their escape Vaan is reunited with his friend Penelo, the true reason he had wanted to come aboard the flagship. Penelo had been taken to the ship as Larsa Ferrinas Solidor's guest, a boy who had traveled with Vaan's party earlier under a pseudonym. Larsa gifts Penelo—whom he had befriended during the time they had spent together—with a piece of manufacted nethicite, a top secret Archadian invention, calling it a "good-luck-charm". When the party battles Ghis to escape the ship, the piece of manufacted nethicite disables Ghis's magick.

Dawn shard in leviathan engine

Dawn Shard in Leviathan's engine.

The Empire recaptures the party when they acquire the Dawn Shard and it is revealed Vossler is a turn-coat. It is revealed the Leviathan can fly on the jagd thanks to Archadia's manufacted nethicite technology. As the party is brought before him again, Ghis steals the Dawn Shard from the party to test its power by putting the piece of nethicite in the ship's engine. At first the tests prove promising, but soon the shard reacts violently, compressing the Leviathan and incinerating the entire 8th Fleet in an explosion of Mist. Fran goes berserk from the Mist spewed by the Dawn Shard, and the group incapacitates their guards and escapes on a carrier ship before the Leviathan is destroyed, but they are forced to leave Vossler behind. Basch promises his old friend that he will protect Ashe in his stead.

The Dawn Shard devastates the entire fleet and is left glinting mid-air at the center of the explosion. Balthier turns the carrier ship around to return and collect it, but the Dawn Shard has expelled its Mist and become lusterless. Leviathan's destruction is a blow to Vayne Carudas Solidor, the Emperor Gramis Gana Solidor's son, as well, as he was the one on the hunt for the nethicite, and he is recalled to Archades from his post as Consul of Rabanastre. Balthier's private airship, the Strahl, was also damaged in the explosion despite being docked further away from the impact site, and the party is left without means of private air travel until Nono, Balthier's mechanic moogle, will fix it.

Final Fantasy XII manga Edit

Vaan, Basch, Balthier and Fran are sent aboard the Leviathan by Ondore. The four meet with Ghis and Ashe, Ghis revealing Ashe's true identity as the princess of Dalmasca. Ghis tells the party the cooperation of a royal family member would be valuable to Vayne, the son of the Emperor, but Ashe has no proof of her lineage.

Basch tells about the Dusk Shard of the Dynast King Raithwall, and how he was instructed to deliver Ashe to it by the late king if needed. The Goddess's Magicite—really the Dusk Shard—in the group's belongings reacts to Ashe's anger over Basch's willingness to cooperate, and reveals itself. Ghis seizes it and orders the group imprisoned, Ashe quartered separately.

As the Imperial soldiers escort the group away, Basch reminisces of a war in Landis against the Urutan-Yensa, when he fought full of youthful pride and was nearly killed for it due to his inexperience and ignorance. Vossler saves the group disguised as an Archadian soldier, and he and Basch ally to protect Ashe. The group flees to the airship deck and Penelo and Larsa arrive, Larsa surprised to learn both Ashe and Basch are alive. Larsa wishes to protect the Empire from a "distortion" within that the news of their survival has aggravated, and gives Penelo a piece of manufacted nethicite to protect her.

Ghis arrives, and Vossler takes Larsa prisoner to stay the Judge's hand. Ghis attacks with a spell, declaring Larsa is prepared to die as an Imperial, but the spell is absorbed by the nethicite Larsa gave Penelo. Basch wounds Ghis and Balthier starts the airship. The group escapes the Leviathan, Larsa ordering Ghis to report the incident since the escapees have no proof of their identities, commenting there need not be a report of Larsa's capture and Ghis's reaction to it.

After Ashe's party is re-captured, they are brought on the Dreadnought Leviathan and Vossler hands the Dawn Shard to Ghis, revealing Vayne has agreed that Dalmasca shall be restored with Ashe as ruler in exchange for the shard. Ghis orders the shard tested to verify its authenticity while Vossler takes the party to their quarters. He tries to explain himself to Ashe, but she refuses to listen. Fran goes berserk from the Mist spewed by the Dawn Shard during testing, and the group incapacitates their guards. Basch and Vossler duel as the party flees to the airship bay. When a group of Imperial gunners halts them, Ashe summons the Esper Belias, entering a trance-like rage.

Vossler gains the upper hand against Basch using Balance magick and shatters his sword, but through willpower and the Mist around them, Basch creates a blade of Mist from the hilt of his sword and continues to fight. The two clash and Basch impales Vossler, Balance not activating since Vossler did not make physical contact with Basch's incorporeal weapon. Vossler entrusts Ashe's protection to Basch, telling him she's currently too weak to hold the throne, and Basch must aid her in her mission. The Dawn Shard causes a chain of system failures and explosions through the airship. Ashe awakens from her trance and sees her arm where Belias glyph appeared has grown bulbous and deformed. She dismisses Belias, causing her arm to be cut to a stump below the elbow.

A wounded Ghis begins to climb and tries to deactivate the Dawn Shard's reactor, but Vossler stabs his sword into Ghis' hand to stop him, telling him they will die together. The airship explodes and obliterates the rest of the fleet as Ashe and her friends flee in an airship back to Dalmasca. An ending narration says that Dalmasca has taken the first step on its road to revival. Because the manga was cancelled, Chapter 19 serves as the ending to the adaptation.

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings Edit

FFXIIRW A second Leviathan was built and is used by Ashe and Basch to join up with their friends. This Leviathan, though built by the Empire, was made as a Dalmascan flagship for its queen, Ashe. It serves as a connection between Lemurés and Ivalice.

Spoilers end here.

Quests Edit

Grinding spot Edit

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Alarm sounds.

After rescuing Ashe, the alarm will go off and endless soldiers will emerge. This is a decent spot to grind levels. If one is near death, they can simply return to the cell block and use the Save Crystal and repeat the process. Seeing that the only enemies that come are soldiers, this spot makes good use of gambits and chaining.

Treasures Edit

During the player's visit on the Leviathan the player can discover numerous treasures that have a chance of containing new weapons. Since the player visits this location before they can obtain the Diamond Armlet there are only normal treasures.

The treasure in the southwest corner of the Port Section has a 90% chance of spawning, 60% to contain gil, but when it has items, it can be either a Reflectga Mote or Handaxe. A treasure in the northeast part of the Starboard Section can contain a Killer Bow. The other treasures have common items and a few gambits, unless they contain gil.

In the Sub-control room there are two treasures that always spawn and once claimed, will never respawn. The other can contain an Assassin's Dagger, and the other an Ancient Sword.

In the International Zodiac Job System version, the Diamond Armlet can be obtained much earlier, so it can be used onboard Leviathan to obtain Meteorites and Knots of Rust. Most items are the usual mixture of healing items, magick motes, and attack Fangs. However, there are several weapons and armor.

In the Port Section there is a Partisan and a Crossbow. In the Large Freight Stores there is a Ringmail and a Shepard's Bolero. Several pieces of iron equipment, such as sword, helm, and armor, can be found in the Starboard section. In the Sub-control Room there is a Vega and a Zwill Blade.

The chests that do not respawn in the International Zodiac Job System are a pair of chests in the Large Freight Stores that contain Reflectga Motes. Chest #11 and Chest #19, which contain Sleep and Infuse, respectfully, also do not respawn. Opening those two causes two chests in the Ogir-Yensa Sandsea to disappear forever. However, those lost chests also contain Sleep and Infuse, so the player loses nothing.

Port Section Edit

FFXII
Chest Spawns Holds Gil% Gil Normal Treasure
1 90% 50% ≤ 200 gil Item 1 Item 2
Phoenix Down Blue Fang
2 90% 60% ≤ 250 gil Item 1 Item 2
Reflectga Mote Handaxe
3 90% 50% ≤ 180 gil Item 1 Item 2
Hi-Potion G-Ally:status - HP Crit
IZJS
Chest Spawns Holds Gil% Gil Normal Treasure Diamond Armlet Treasure
1 80% 20% ≤ 320 gil Item 1 Item 2 Common Rare
Potion Phoenix Down Knot of Rust Meteorite (B)
2 80% 20% ≤ 320 gil Item 1 Item 2 Common Rare
Potion Hi-Potion Knot of Rust Meteorite (A)
3 80% 20% ≤ 320 gil Item 1 Item 2 Common Rare
Potion Partisan Knot of Rust Meteorite (A)
4 80% 20% ≤ 320 gil Item 1 Item 2 Common Rare
Potion Crossbow Knot of Rust Meteorite (A)


Large Freight Stores Edit

FFXII
Chest Spawns Holds Gil% Gil Normal Treasure
4 90% 50% ≤ 350 gil Item 1 Item 2
Hi-Potion Onion Bolts
5 90% 50% ≤ 350 gil Item 1 Item 2
Hi-Potion Blue Fang
6 90% 50% ≤ 350 gil Item 1 Item 2
Phoenix Down Reflectga Mote
IZJS
Chest Spawns Holds Gil% Gil Normal Treasure Diamond Armlet Treasure
5[1] 100% 0% N/A Reflectga Mote
6[1] 100% 0% N/A Reflectga Mote
7 80% 30% ≤ 350 gil Item 1 Item 2 Common Rare
Potion Gold Needle Knot of Rust Meteorite (A)
8 75% 30% ≤ 350 gil Item 1 Item 2 Common Rare
Echo Herbs Alarm Clock Knot of Rust Meteorite (B)
9 80% 25% ≤ 350 gil Item 1 Item 2 Common Rare
Eye Drops Ringmail Knot of Rust Meteorite (A)
10 80% 25% ≤ 350 gil Item 1 Item 2 Common Rare
Handkerchief Shepherd's Bolero Knot of Rust Meteorite (A)
  • 1 - Chest does not respawn.


Starboard Section Edit

FFXII
Chest Spawns Holds Gil% Gil Normal Treasure
7 90% 23% ≤ 180 gil Item 1 Item 2
Phoenix Down Blue Fang
8 90% 60% ≤ 300 gil Item 1 Item 2
Reflectga Mote Killer Bow
9 90% 23% ≤ 300 gil Item 1 Item 2
Hi-Potion G-Ally: HP < 80%
10 90% 23% ≤ 360 gil Ether
IZJS
Chest Spawns Holds Gil% Gil Normal Treasure Diamond Armlet Treasure
11[1][2] 100% 0% N/A Sleep
12 75% 40% ≤ 350 gil Item 1 Item 2 Common Rare
Ether Iron Armor Knot of Rust Meteorite (B)
13 75% 40% ≤ 350 gil Item 1 Item 2 Common Rare
Ether Iron Helm Knot of Rust Meteorite (A)
14 75% 35% ≤ 350 gil Item 1 Item 2 Common Rare
Freezing Fang Hi-Potion Knot of Rust Meteorite (C)
15 75% 40% ≤ 400 gil Item 1 Item 2 Common Rare
Potion Reflectga Mote Knot of Rust Meteorite (A)
16 75% 35% ≤ 350 gil Item 1 Item 2 Common Rare
Hi-Potion Iron Sword Knot of Rust Meteorite (A)
  • 1 - Chest does not respawn.
  • 2 - Opening this chest causes Chest #4 in the Ogir-Yensa Sandsea to disappear forever. Inversely, if Ogir-Yensa Sandsea chest #4 has been opened, this chest will disappear forever as well. However, both chests contain the same treasure.


Sub-control Room Edit

FFXII
Chest Spawns Holds Gil% Gil Normal Treasure
11[1] 100% 40% ≤ 550 gil Item 1 Item 2
Reflectga Mote Ancient Sword
12[1] 100% 40% ≤ 550 gil Item 1 Item 2
Phoenix Down Assassin's Dagger
  • 1 - Chest does not respawn.
IZJS
Chest Spawns Holds Gil% Gil Normal Treasure Diamond Armlet Treasure
17 80% 40% ≤ 400 gil Item 1 Item 2 Common Rare
Hi-Potion Vega Knot of Rust Meteorite (B)
18 80% 25% ≤ 400 gil Item 1 Item 2 Common Rare
Potion Phoenix Down Knot of Rust Meteorite (A)
19[1][2] 100% 0% N/A Infuse
20 75% 35% ≤ 400 gil Item 1 Item 2 Common Rare
Hi-Potion Zwill Blade Knot of Rust Meteorite (A)
  • 1 - Chest does not respawn.
  • 2 - Opening this chest causes Chest #2 in the Ogir-Yensa Sandsea to disappear forever. Inversely, if Ogir-Yensa Sandsea chest #2 has been opened, this chest will disappear forever as well. However, both chests contain the same treasure.

Enemies Edit

Non-player characters Edit

After the plot events on the Dreadnought Leviathan, the moogle Tetran will show up in Eruyt Village. He will appear regardless if the player let him out of the cage or not.

Shops Edit

Tetran Edit

Weapons Edit

FFXII
Name Cost
Iron Sword 1,200 gil
Oak Staff 400 gil
Javelin 1,400 gil
Assassin's Dagger 1,400 gil
Capella 1,400 gil
Oaken Pole 1,300 gil
Aevis Killer 1,500 gil
Zwill Blade 1,700 gil
Cherry Staff 800 gil
Broadsword 400 gil
Dagger 200 gil
Shortbow 500 gil
Altair 500 gil
Longsword 700 gil
Mage Masher 700 gil
Silver Bow 1,000 gil
IZJS
Name Cost
Zwill Blade 1,800 gil
Partisan 2,300 gil
Battle Bamboo 2,310 gil
Vega 1,400 gil
Assassin's Dagger 1,920 gil
Crossbow 1,900 gil
Serpent Rod 1,250 gil
Iron Sword 1,250 gil
Osafune 1,300 gil
Spear 1,300 gil
Aevis Killer 1,250 gil
Broadaxe 1,600 gil
Bronze Mace 1,100 gil
Cherry Staff 800 gil


Armor Edit

FFXII
Name Cost
Leather Headgear 500 gil
Bronze Chestplate 500 gil
Topkapi Hat 500 gil
Kilimweave Shirt 500 gil
Sallet 1,000 gil
Scale Armor 1,000 gil
Buckler 1,000 gil
Horned Hat 700 gil
Ringmail 700 gil
Calot Hat 700 gil
Shepherd's Bolero 700 gil
Headguard 300 gil
Leather Breastplate 300 gil
Pointy Hat 300 gil
Silken Shirt 300 gil
Bronze Helm 700 gil
Bronze Armor 700 gil
Leather Shield 600 gil
IZJS
Name Cost
Round Shield 1,100 gil
Horned Hat 700 gil
Ringmail 700 gil
Calot Hat 700 gil
Shepherd's Bolero 700 gil
Iron Helm 1,250 gil
Iron Armor 1,300 gil
Leather Headgear 500 gil
Bronze Chestplate 500 gil
Topkapi Hat 500 gil
Kilimweave Shirt 500 gil
Sallet 750 gil
Scale Armor 800 gil
Bronze Shield 800 gil


Accessories Edit

FFXII
Name Cost
Steel Gorget 1,500 gil
Armguard 800 gil
Tourmaline Ring 300 gil
Gauntlets 1,200 gil
Battle Harness 1,000 gil
Leather Gorget 1,500 gil
IZJS
Name Cost
Leather Gorget 1,200 gil
Tourmaline Ring 300 gil
Steel Gorget 1,300 gil
Argyle Armlet 600 gil
Bangle 500 gil


Magicks Edit

FFXII
Name Cost
Vox 300 gil
Stona 800 gil
Water 800 gil
Immobilize 600 gil
Disable 600 gil
Break 900 gil
Reflect 800 gil
Blind 200 gil
Protect 200 gil
Poison 500 gil
Shell 300 gil
Silence 400 gil
Dark 500 gil
IZJS
Name Cost
Raise 1,800 gil
Water 700 gil
Disable 700 gil
Shell 250 gil
Protect 250 gil
Blizzard 240 gil
Poisona 320 gil
Vox 300 gil
Thunder 200 gil
Immobilize 500 gil
Dark 500 gil
Blindna 200 gil
Cure 200 gil
Fire 180 gil
Slow 200 gil


Ammunition Edit

FFXII
Name Cost
IZJS
Name Cost
Onion Arrows 100 gil
Onion Bolt 100 gil
Onion Shot 100 gil
Onion Bombs 100 gil


Technicks Edit

FFXII
Name Cost
IZJS
Name Cost
Charge 1,500 gil
First Aid 600 gil
Libra 400 gil


Items Edit

FFXII
Name Cost
Potion 70 gil
Antidote 50 gil
Eye Drops 50 gil
Phoenix Down 250 gil
Echo Herbs 50 gil
Gold Needle 100 gil
Alarm Clock 50 gil
Handkerchief 50 gil
IZJS
Name Cost
Chronos Tear 60 gil
Gold Needle 80 gil
Alarm Clock 50 gil
Handkerchief 50 gil
Phoenix Down 200 gil
Echo Herbs 50 gil
Antidote 50 gil
Eye Drops 50 gil
Potion 60 gil


Gambits Edit

FFXII
Item Cost
Ally: any 50 gil
Ally: party leader 50 gil
Ally: HP < 80% 50 gil
Ally: HP < 70% 50 gil
Ally: HP < 60% 50 gil
Ally: HP < 50% 50 gil
Ally: HP < 40% 50 gil
Ally: HP < 30% 50 gil
Ally: HP < 20% 50 gil
Ally: MP < 80% 50 gil
Ally: MP < 70% 50 gil
Ally: MP < 60% 50 gil
Ally: MP < 50% 50 gil
Ally: MP < 40% 50 gil
Ally: MP < 30% 50 gil
Ally: MP < 20% 50 gil
Ally Status = Sleep 50 gil
Ally Status = Confuse 50 gil
Ally Status = HP Critical 50 gil
Foe: any 50 gil
Foe: targeting leader 100 gil
Foe: targeting self 100 gil
Foe: targeting ally 100 gil
Foe: HP = 100% 50 gil
Foe: HP ≧ 70% 50 gil
Foe: HP ≧ 50% 50 gil
Foe: HP ≧ 30% 50 gil
Foe: status = Sleep 50 gil
Foe: status = Oil 50 gil
Foe: status = Disable 50 gil
Foe: status = Immobilize 50 gil
Foe: status = Reflect 50 gil
Foe: status = HP Critical 50 gil
Foe: Flying 100 gil
Self 50 gil
IZJS
Name Cost

Musical themes Edit

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"Defying the Empire"
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FFXII - Defying the Empire
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The background theme for Leviathan is "Defying the Empire" (帝国への挑戦, Teikoku e no chōsen?).

Map Edit

FF12 Map - Dreadnought Leviathan

Other appearances Edit

Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade Edit

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FFAB Dreadnought Leviathan
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Final Fantasy Record Keeper Edit

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FFRK Dreadnought Leviathan FFXII

The Leviathan appears as a regular Record, located in the Realm of Final Fantasy XII. The ship and the battles within have been featured in several Challenge Events centered on FF XII, first appearing in The Dreadnought Leviathan

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Gallery Edit

Etymology Edit

The airships in Final Fantasy XII are allusions to previous Final Fantasy games, the Archadian Imperial Fleets being named after summons. The Dreadnought was a battleship in Final Fantasy II, and Leviathan is a recurring aquatic summoned monster.

Dreadnoughts were a type of battleship popular in the first half of the 20th century before the advent of the aircraft carrier made them obsolete. They were gigantic heavily armored ships noted for an "all-big-gun" design that allowed for great firing range while being well-protected. The term "dreadnought" comes from the first major ship of this design, the 1906 HMS Dreadnought. The word means "fear nothing".

Leviathan (Biblical Hebrew לִוְיָתָן or לווייתן Liwyāthān) is a violent sea creature that is referred to in the Hebrew Bible as well as the Talmud and some other ancient Jewish texts. During the golden age of seafaring, the term Leviathan became synonymous with any large sea creature, sometimes describing whales. Bible scholars interpreted Leviathan to be either a demonic sea creature and an enemy of God.

The Talmud and other ancient Jewish sources refer to Leviathan more specifically as a sea serpent, sometimes with multiple heads capable of breathing fire, that was made on the fifth day of Creation. It is said that during the end of days, God will make tents, or sukkah, out of the skin of Leviathan for the righteous to live in. Some have speculated that Leviathan was based on a real animal, the most popular theory being the Kronosaurus and the Nile crocodile.

Leviathan is also one of the seven princes of Hell associated with the deadly sin Envy and Hell's gatekeeper in Christian demonology.

Being mentioned in the Final Fantasy series as the King of the Seas, its incarnation also appears to derive from the legends of the Shinto god Ryūjin or Owatatsumi, said to be the dragon god that reigns over the tides and the seas. This is further reinforced by the parallels of the Leviathan faith of Wutai in Final Fantasy VII, as Shinto also sees the worship of water dragon kami in Japan.

In some cultures it is believed Leviathan lives at the bottom of Mariana Trench.

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