Empyrean Rod is a high-ranked rod that provides 50 Attack, 6 Evade, +20 MP, +2 Magick, and 33 CT. It requires the Rods 3 license to equip, and can be bought for 6,200 gil at Balfonheim Port, stolen from Apsara (3% chance), or found at Cerobi Steppe (The Terraced Bank).
In the International version, Empyrean Rod instead provides 60 Attack, 6 Evade, +2 Magick, and 33 CT while still requiring the same license to use. It can now be bought for 6,000 gil at Phon Coast and Archades, stolen from Apsara (3% chance), or found at Phon Coast (Pora-Pora Sands) or Tchita Uplands (Realm of the Elder Dream).
Empyrean Rod is a level 90 rod that provides +63 Attack, +1 Defense, -70 Bravery, +287 HP, and Magic Damage +7%. It can be acquired from the shop by trading 155,700 gil, Faerie Rod, Occurian Gem, and Despot's Hope x5.
Empyrean, from the Medieval Latin empyreus, properly Empyrean Heaven, is the place in the highest heaven, which in ancient cosmologies was supposed to be occupied by the element of fire (or aether in Aristotle's natural philosophy). The Empyrean was used as a name for the firmament, and in Christian literature, notably the Divine Comedy, for the dwelling-place of God, the blessed, celestial beings so divine they are made of pure light, and the source of light and creation. The word is used both as a noun and as an adjective, but empyreal is an alternate adjective form as well. Having the same Greek origin are the scientific words empyreuma and empyreumatic, applied to the characteristic smell of the burning or charring of vegetable or animal matter.