- “A shaft of boxwood, carved into a hexagonal shape and reinforced with metal plates.”
- —Description, Final Fantasy Tactics.
The Eight-Fluted Pole, also known as the Octagon Rod (八角棒, Hakkaku-bō?) and Eight-Sided Pole, is a recurring weapon in the Final Fantasy series. It is generally a pole with no special abilities, however, it tends to be one of the strongest poles, if not the ultimate one.
- “Staff with a water god dwelling inside.”
The Octagon Rod is a high-level staff for Vivi. It absorbs Wind-elemental damage and increases Water damage. Its Add Status is Trouble, and it teaches Firaga, Blizzaga, and Thundaga. It can be bought from Daguerreo and Esto Gaza after completing the Desert Palace for 4,500 gil. If it is not purchased during disc 3, it becomes unobtainable.
The Eight-Sided Pole and its upgrade, the Eight-Sided Pole +1, appear as staves in Final Fantasy XI.
The Eight-fluted Pole is the second strongest pole in Final Fantasy XII after Whale Whisker. It has no special abilities, but has an Attack power of 88, and combos frequently. Poles' attack speed is average at 2.47s charge and 1.2s action time.
The Eight-fluted Pole, also known as the Octagon Rod, is the second strongest pole in the game. When striking, it has a chance to cure nearly all status effects on the target. This is counter-productive for classes such as an Mystic, who's main niche is spreading negative status. It also has an Attack of 12 and a Defense boost of 20%. It costs 20,000 gil and can be used by Arithmeticians and Mystics. It can also be found with the Treasure Hunter ability in the Limberry Castle Undercroft as a rare treasure.
- “Being hit by the bladed end of this pole is only slightly more painful than being hit by the rest.”
The Eight-Fluted Pole appears as the penultimate pole, and provides +49 Attack, and +2 to Evasion, Speed, and Defense. It teaches Avalanche to Geomancers for 250 AP, and Pummel to s for 300 AP. It can be bought for 6,200 gil in the shop after creating it in the Bazaar after using a Storm Sigil, Gold Chalice, and Red Geeps.
The Eight-fluted Pole returns as a level 60 Pole that provides -288 HP, +69 Bravery, +57 Attack, and +20% Initial Assist Charge. It can be obtained by trading 132,880 gil, Six-Fluted Pole, Ixion's Mane, and five Vision's Dreams.
Fluted poles find their origins in Japanese Bo staffs, of the more antiquated variety, carved in various facings, and up to at least an octagonal shape. Such poles were highly effective in battle, as through the wedging provided, their angles increased the weapon's hitting power. Some were also reinforced with metal plates to prevent swords and blades from cutting down the pole, which also drastically increased the pole's own capabilities and strength.