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- "This is the one place holy enough to worship the Path of Souls: the way of the Shimmering Island."
- —Bishop of Esto Gaza
Esto Gaza (エスト・ガザ, Esuto Gaza?) is a town on the Lost Continent in Final Fantasy IX. It sits at the base of Mount Gulug. The Shimmering Island is visible from certain spots within Esto Gaza; as a result, many of those who travel to Esto Gaza are religious pilgrims.
The town cannot be entered on Disc 4 due to the emergence of Iifa Tree roots, which surround the settlement.
After Eiko is kidnapped by Kuja in the Desert Palace he takes her, Zorn and Thorn and the black mage army to Esto Gaza. Eiko is unconscious when her captives' party travels through the settlement, and the area appears to empty of people quickly after Kuja enters.
When Zidane enters the town, a distinctively unhelpful man who turns out to be the high priest of Esto Gaza, meets him. The priest mistakes Zidane's party for Kuja's group, which has recently ventured through the sacred town to Mount Gulug. The area is considered holy due to its proximity to Shimmering Island, and many people mention holy sights like the "path of souls" or a strange airship appearing over the island (presumably this is the Invincible).
Esto Gaza can be reached as soon as the party gains access to the Blue Narciss. If the player goes there before it becomes part of the main storyline, it is possible to purchase the Mythril Racket early in the game. This is because the shop at Esto Gaza exclusively stocks Mythril items, such as Mythril Claws, Mythril Dagger and the Mythril Sword.
It may be worth buying a Mythril Sword, as it is the only weapon from which Steiner can learn Armor Break, and it is unavailable in other shops up until this point. The shop upgrades its stock later, when the player passes through during the story.
The Wing Edge can be collected from around the back of the shop.
Weapons & ArmorEdit
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The theme that plays at Esto Gaza is known as "Esto Gaza".