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Final Fantasy XII Elite Mark
Gilgamesh
ギルガメッシュ (Girugamesshu)
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Minimum Stats Maximum Stats
Level Level
45 70
HP MP HP MP
123,103 999 473,246 999
Strength Magic Strength Magic
42 25 56 44
Defense Mag Def Defense Mag Def
26 30 36 38
Vitality Speed Vitality Speed
79 21 90 27
Attack Evade% Attack Evade%
76 6 120 10
EXP LP EXP LP
0 65*, 150" 0 65*, 150"
CP Gil CP Gil
3,960 0 6,700 0
Elemental affinities
Fire Ice Lightning Water
Halves Halves Halves Halves
Wind Earth Dark Holy
Halves Halves Halves Halves
Bestiary Location Elite Marks
Location Lhusu Mines
(Tasche Span)*
(Site 7)"
Common Steal a: Potion*
b: Hi-Potion"
Uncommon Steal a: Hi-Potion*
a: X-Potion"
c: Genji Shield*
d: Genji Gloves*
c: Genji Helmet"
d: Genji Armor"
Rare Steal a: 1000 Gil*
b: 2000 Gil*
a: 3000 Gil"
b: 4000 Gil"
Common Drop N/A
Uncommon Drop N/A
Rare Drop N/A
Very Rare Drop N/A
Monograph Drop None
Canopic Jar Drop None
Common Poach N/A
Rare Poach N/A
Attacks Attack (12-hit max, may inflict Silence, Sleep, Slow), Kick, Slice Thrice
Abilities Fly, Enkidu! Now, Enkidu! Ultimate Illusion, Perfect Defense, Bitter End", Monarch Sword", Level 2 Sleep", Level 3 Disable", Level 4 Break"
Innate abilities Safety, Null Knockback, Null Evade, Last Stand, Counter Plus, Spellbound, Item Plus, Focus (a), Attack Plus (d), Shield Block (d)
If Perfect Defense - Paling & Magick Shield
Immune to Death, Petrify, Stop, Doom, Confuse, Sleep, Disease, Reverse, Disable, Immobilize, Silence, Blind, Poison, Oil, Sap, Lure, Berserk, Warp, Poach, Fractional Damage, Sight Unseeing, Syphon, Numerology, Charm, Achilles, Wither, Addle
Other Information *1st Battle
"2nd Battle
a: HP 100%>x>60%
b: HP 60%>x>40%
c: HP 40%>x>20%
d: HP <20%
Has Protect (bcd), Shell (cd), Haste (cd), Reflect (d), Regen (d)
Fools! You face the mightiest swordsman in all Ivalice! You face ME! GILGAMESH!
—Gilgamesh
See also: Gilgamesh (Character)

Gilgamesh is an Elite Mark in Final Fantasy XII, and is petitioned by Montblanc. The hunt can be undertaken after the storyline events in Draklor Laboratory are complete.

Gilgamesh is found in the Lhusu Mines and must be fought twice. The first is on the bridge just to the west of the Gate Crystal, in a homage to the "Clash on the Big Bridge" (which is also the name of the hunt) from Final Fantasy V; a reworked version of the iconic theme music is heard during both fights. Gilgamesh escapes after defeat and the player must find the Site 11 Key and venture deep into the mine to Site 7. During the second fight Gilgamesh's HP is triple what he previously had, and his stats are raised.

Gilgamesh uses weapons from various Final Fantasy games, as well as one from Dragon Quest (also known as Dragon Warrior). All of the swords differ from their appearances in their respective games, and the Bestiary states none of the swords are authentic.

He is voiced in the Japanese version by Daisuke Gori, who voiced Fungus in Final Fantasy: Unlimited, making it his final voice role in the Final Fantasy series before his death. In the English version Gilgamesh is voiced by John DiMaggio of Futurama fame, who also voices Migelo, as well as the Final Fantasy X characters, Wakka and Kimahri.

Clan PrimerEdit

Hunt 40: Battle on the Big BridgeEdit

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Mark Bill.

Petitioner: Montblanc
Petitioner's Location: Rabanastre/Clan Hall
  • A petition has been submitted for the hunting of the Ancient Man of Mystery (Rank VII). The petitioner is Montblanc in the clan hall in Rabanastre.
  • Hunt accepted. Montblanc tells you that an individual has wagered his sword in combat with the Ancient Man of Mystery and lost. This mysterious adversary is to be found on a bridge somewhere in the Lhusu Mines.
  • Gave chase to Gilgamesh, yet he escaped. You must find out where he hides and confront him once again!
  • Gilgamesh defeated in the depths of the Lhusu Mines! Report to Montblanc in the clan hall.
  • Hunt reported. But just who was Gilgamesh, and why did he yearn so for a sword? No wonder they call him the Ancient Man of Mystery!


Bestiary EntryEdit

Genus: Elite Mark
Classification: ???
An ancient Man of Mystery, traveling the Dimensions with his lone Companion, Enkidu, in search of a legendary Sword. It is said he confronts all Adventurers he meets and challenges them for their Weapons. Each of his six Arms bears a Weapon of great Fame, yet there is no Evidence that any are the genuine Article. Petitioned as a Mark by a Swordsman bereft of his beloved Blade.

Site 11 KeyEdit

To get deeper into the mines the player must complete the hunt for Antlion, after which the Site 11 Key appears in the Hunters' Camp in Phon Coast, on the ground next to a Fallen Bhujerban.

BattleEdit

First EncounterEdit

Before the fight the player should buff with protective spells; a Gate Crystal is located before entering the bridge. When the fight begins the party should dispel both Gilgamesh and Enkidu's positive statuses. If the party has the Nihopalaoa accessory, the player can use it to sleep Enkidu, then oil it and fry it with Fire-elemental spells.

Gilgamesh's positive statuses renew whenever he pulls out a sword, so the player can set up gambits to dispel it. His attacks only damage one character at a time, which gives the party an advantage if they defeat Enkidu first. When Gilgamesh's HP is left around 40%, he draws an imitation of Zidane Tribal's Orichalcum, and the party has the opportunity to steal his first Genji set, Genji Shield and Genji Gloves; it is advisable to at least steal the Genji Gloves. After Gilgamesh's HP drops close to 30% he will pull out his replica of the Tournesol.

After every cutscene the player can steal more items from Gilgamesh. Stealing from Gilgamesh in both battles is the only way to get a complete set of Genji equipment. There are five phases one can steal from him. The first three phases are Potions.

Second EncounterEdit

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Battle.

FFXII Stop Status

Battle.

There is a Save Crystal before Gilgamesh and the player should make sure to buff the party.

This time Gilgamesh uses status inflicting magicks, such as:

  • Lv.2 Sleep
  • Lv.3 Disable
  • Lv.4 Break

If the party members' levels are prime numbers, they'll have more advantages during the fight. If the party's levels are divisible by 2, 3 or 4, the player should set Remedy or Esunaga gambit. The player can also purchase the Black Belt accessory, which gives immunity to Disable. If the player has leveled the party accordingly, so the party is immune to the spells, Gilgamesh will still waste time casting them, giving the party time to heal and buff. Any level that isn't an even number and isn't divisible by three is great for this purpose.

The party should first dispel Gilgamesh's and Enkidu's buffs and focus the party's attacks mainly on Enkidu. Gilgamesh's standard attacks are strong, as his stats have increased since the first battle. If the party's level is set on prime number they will have more time defeating Enkidu, and if not, they can use the Nihopalaoa trick to sleep Enkidu, then oil it and fry it with Fire spells. A good trick is to use Flame Staff or other weapon with affinity to Fire, to deal increased damage.

Before defeating Enkidu, players can steal Hell-Gate's Flame from it, required in making the Tournesol.

After defeating Enkidu, the player should make sure the party has Vanish, or Protect. Gilgamesh's attacks chain often. Every time he pulls out a different sword the party should dispel his positive statuses. When about 30% of his HP is drained, Gilgamesh will use his special attack, Bitter End, and has chance of inflicting Sap to the party. Once the party has drained 60% of Gilgamesh's HP he draws out the Tournesol replica, and the party can steal the Genji Helm.

The player needs to do this before having drained about 70% of his HP, because then Gilgamesh will pull out a replica of the Wyrmhero Blade; saying "Quake, mortals! You face the blade of legend!", and erects a paling. During this period Gilgamesh can be lethal: his attacks can chain up to 15 hits, meaning, once his attack connects, the character is dead. His special attacks are replaced by Monarch Sword, but luckily, his paling fades after he executes Monarch Sword twice.

After Gilgamesh's paling fades the player can steal the remaining piece of Genji equipment: Genji Armor. After defeating him, a cutscene will follow as the party leaves the battlefield (the cutscene varies depending on which character is the party leader).

To make stealing items easier the player can activate the Steal gambit on one or even all characters and disable the gambit when stealing is no longer needed.

Report and RewardEdit

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Hunt reported. But just who was Gilgamesh, and why did he yearn so for a sword? No wonder they call him the Ancient Man of Mystery!
—Hunt Entry

Defeating Gilgamesh unlocks his sprite in the Sky Pirate's Den granting the player the title of Master Swordsman.

Other EventsEdit

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Gilgamesh's dramatic entrance in the Zeviah Span.

As part of the fishing minigame, after the second battle with Gilgamesh, the swordsman will appear in a niche at the end of the bridge at the Barheim Passage Zeviah Span. He explains he wasn't there to spill their blood, but to hunt for a sword; he even refers to them as friends. He says, "There was no treasure, a useless stick I found". He hands the party the Matamune fishing rod and leaps away with Enkidu hot at his heels.

SwordsEdit

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Gilgamesh's fake swords. From top to bottom: Buster Sword, Revolver, Orichalcon, Brotherhood, Zantetsuken, Tournesol.

Throughout the battles Gilgamesh wields various famous swords used by the protagonists of other Square Enix games. When he first appears he only uses unnamed katanas that use the same model as the weapon Kotetsu, but as the fight progresses he draws his other swords. However, as a reference to Excalipoor and Excalibur, Gilgamesh's weapons are counterfeit versions of the real items.

These swords are:

  • Cloud Strife's Buster Sword: the blade has the kanji for "fake"/"imitation" painted on it and four holes instead of the usual two.
  • Squall Leonhart's Revolver: instead of Griever, the blade has an image of a chocobo and chocobo footprints, and it has no keychain.
  • Zidane Tribal's Orichalcon: this is Zidane's left-hand dagger. It is longer than the original and has a differently-shaped handle.
  • Tidus's Brotherhood: the blade has two hooks protruding from the tip instead of one and is more transparent than the original. The guard has a slightly different design.
  • Odin's Zantetsuken: it has a skull emblem near the guard, rather than being shaped like a lightning bolt.
  • Two copies of the Tournesol, the game's strongest greatsword. In the first battle Gilgamesh uses one with a moon emblem on it, in the second battle he uses one with a sun emblem. The two share an extra blade running along the curved main blade, and have shorter, thicker handles than the real Tournesol. Gilgamesh's use of the two swords with differentiating emblems is a reference to Excalibur and Excalipoor.[1]

Gilgamesh also wields the Wyrmhero Blade, his ultimate weapon that he uses in the last phase of the second battle with him. Unlike his other weapons however, the Wyrmhero Blade appears to be genuine, with no cosmetic differences from the version the player can acquire. When Gilgamesh is defeated he leaves the sword stuck in the dirt, examining it prompts the message "Appears to be just an ordinary sword of legend". As the player leaves the area, Gilgamesh reappears to seize the sword before fleeing.

GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

[view  · edit  · purge] Gilgamesh was an ancient Sumerian king who ruled Uruk, modern day Iraq around 2650 BC. He is the main character of the Epic of Gilgamesh, which is considered one of the earliest works of literature, the most complete edition dating back to the 7th century BC, though earlier editions date back to about 2000 BC. The epic centers around the king and demigod Gilgamesh and the wild man Enkidu who was sent to kill him. After a fight between the two, in which neither Gilgamesh nor Enkidu prove themselves stronger, they become loyal friends and embark on several epic adventures. During their quest Enkidu is wounded by a Mythical Bull, and dies after twelve days of suffering. Gilgamesh resolves to find a way to revive his friend, and after a long and treacherous quest finds a plant that can bestow eternal life. However, it is eaten by a snake when Gilgamesh stops to bathe and puts the plant down. Though despairing the loss of the chance to save Enkidu, Gilgamesh learns a valuable lesson, that true immortality can be gained by leaving a legacy for others to learn from and aspire to.

Gilgamesh from Final Fantasy is often portrayed with additional arms, which parallels with the multiple arms the historical Gilgamesh is often portrayed with. Enkidu, in turn, appears alongside Gilgamesh in bestial form, which likely refers to the wild and formerly untamed nature of Enkidu.

Gilgamesh is also inspired by Saitō Musashibō Benkei, a famous Japanese warrior monk said to have posted himself at Gōjō Bridge in Kyoto and dueled every passing swordsman, defeating 999 opponents and claiming their weapons. His 1000th opponent was Minamoto no Yoshitsune who defeated Benkei and made him a retainer, and the two went to war with the Taira clan. Years later the two were encirled in the castle of Koromogawa no tate, and Yoshitsune went inside to commit ritual suicide while Beneki defended the bridge to the castle. Benkei killed all warriors who attempted to pass, and eventually died standing up, riddled with arrows and wounds.

From the story of Benkei, Gilgamesh takes his preference for the naginata (Benkei's traditional weapon as a monk), his penchant for fighting on bridges, his collecting of weapons from enemies he defeats, and his friendship with the player's characters who defeat him. Benkei's devotion to Yoshitsune is the basis for Gilgamesh's association with Genji equipment — the Minamoto Clan is also called the Genji Clan, using the alternate pronunciation for the Chinese characters for mina and moto, gen and uji, respectively. Gilgamesh's face paint is based on traditional kabuki actors, for which Benkei is a popular character to portray.

TriviaEdit

  • Gilgamesh's special attack is called Ultimate Illusion (Kyuukyoku Gensou in the Japanese version, Finale Fantasie in German, Fantasia finale in Italian, a direct reference to the series), a synonym for "final fantasy". While using the attack, Gilgamesh cries "This sword I wield... is no counterfeit!", although his swords are fakes. In Dissidia 012 this attack is used as Gilgamesh's perfect EX Burst.
  • As with Final Fantasy V, the player can steal a full set of Genji equipment from Gilgamesh, and his sidekick, Enkidu, returns as a dog of the same name, possibly the same creature that changed its form.
  • As in his original appearance in Final Fantasy V, the party battles Gilgamesh the first time on a large bridge.
  • If the player defeats Enkidu before Gilgamesh loses 20% of his HP, or doesn't kill Enkidu before that point, a slightly different scene plays, in both battles.

Related EnemiesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Final Fantasy XII Scenario Ultimania, p. 494

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