Fools! You face the mightiest swordsman in all Ivalice! You face ME! GILGAMESH!
Gilgamesh is an Elite Mark in Final Fantasy XII petitioned by Montblanc. The hunt can be undertaken after the storyline events in Draklor Laboratory are complete. He is notable for the Genji equipment that can be stolen from him.
Gilgamesh is found in the Lhusu Mines and is fought twice. The first is on the bridge just to the west of the gate crystal, in an 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 plays 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 and his dog Enkidu are also fought in the Zodiac versions' Trial Mode in Stage 94 where the following weapons can be stolen from him: Masamune (common), Kumbha (uncommon) and Wyrmhero Blade (rare).
Hunt 40: Battle on the Big BridgeEdit
- 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!
- Classification: Elite Mark
- Genus: ???
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.
That was merely a test of your strength mortals, a prelude if you will, the real contest begins now!
When Gilgamesh's HP is left around 40%, he draws an imitation of Zidane Tribal's Orichalcum from Final Fantasy IX, and the party has the opportunity to steal his first Genji set: Genji Shield and 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.
The scenes that will play following the battle differ depending on whether the player defeats Enkidu before Gilgamesh loses 20% HP or doesn't kill Enkidu before then.
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 him and fry him with Fire-elemental spells. The party will have an advantage if they defeat Enkidu first.
Because Gilgamesh's positive statuses renew the player can set up gambits to dispel them.
Gilgamesh and Enkidu again enter the battle buffed, and Gilgamesh again regains his buffs whenever he pulls out a new sword. This time Gilgamesh uses status inflicting magicks, such as:
- Lv.2 Sleep
- Lv.3 Disable
- Lv.4 Break
Gilgamesh's standard attacks are strong, as his stats have increased since the first battle. His attacks chain often. 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 12 hits, meaning, once his attack connects, the character is dead. His special attacks are replaced by Monarch Sword and 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 who is the party leader).
As per the first encounter, the scenes that will play following the battle differ depending on whether the player defeats Enkidu before Gilgamesh loses 20% HP or doesn't kill Enkidu.
There is a save crystal before Gilgamesh, and the player should buff the party before engaging.
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 party is on an optimal level, the members are immune to the spells, but Gilgamesh will still waste time casting them. 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 on Enkidu. 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.
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
In the Zodiac versions, the Masamune can still be acquired from a treasure in the room where Gilgamesh is fought the second time. It is possible to acquire the Masamune even during the battle.
Gilgamesh is the main character of the Epic of Gilgamesh, an Akkadian poem considered the first great work of literature. He is a demigod with superhuman strength who builds the walls of Uruk to defend his people and travels to meet the sage Utnapishtim, a survivor of the Great Flood.
Gilgamesh is believed to have actually existed by many scholars. It is estimated he lived sometime between 2800 and 2500 BC. The Sumerian King List claims Gilgamesh ruled the city of Uruk for 126 years.
Gilgamesh in Final Fantasy is also based on Benkei, a famous character in the Japanese mythologies and chronicles of the Genpei War. A powerful warrior monk said to have personally defeated 200 men in every battle he engaged in and said to have had the strength of demons, Benkei's introduction sees him set out to collect 1,000 weapons, and to this end he posted himself at Gōjō Bridge in Kyoto and challenged every warrior who attempted to cross. On his 1000th duel Benkei was defeated by Minamoto no Yoshitsune, the only defeat he had ever known, and became his faithful retainer throughout the rest of his life.
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.
- Gilgamesh's special attack is called Ultimate Illusion (Kyūkyoku Gensō (究極幻想?) in the Japanese version), a synonym for "final fantasy". In the German and Italian versions, it is named Finale Fantasie and Fantasia finale, respectively. While using the attack, Gilgamesh cries "This sword I wield... is no counterfeit!", although his swords are fakes. In Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, 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. 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.
- Enkidu (Elite Mark)