- "Dig to your heart's content."
- —Gippal gives advice to Yuna.
Gippal (ギップル, Gippuru?) is an Al Bhed and current leader of the Machine Faction in Final Fantasy X-2. He shares both English and Japanese voice actors with Zack Fair of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII; Rick Gomez and Kenichi Suzumura, respectively.
Appearance and PersonalityEdit
- Gippal: "Never been this close to a celebrity before."
- Yuna: "That's nice."
- Gippal: "I could get used to this."
- Yuna: "Let's not."
- —Gippal flirting with Yuna.
Gippal is 18 years old, quite cocky and self-assured by nature. Like the rest of the Al Bhed, Gippal has the unique green eyes with spiral pupils, though an eye-patch covers his right eye. It isn't clarified whether or not he has actually lost his eye or it's just a fashion statement. He has short spiky blond hair, and wears clothes in blues and purples to contrast with Nooj who wears red, and Baralai who wears green. He wears armor over a blue jumpsuit and purple overalls and indigo boots. His weapon of choice is a large machina gun with a rounded saw blade on one end.
Few insights into his personality are revealed in-game. Gippal has a devil-may-care attitude, and is also quite a ladies' man; he jokes about him and Rikku being "quite the couple". He also seems to recognize Paine, who initially makes no indication she has ever met him before.
Gippal had always wanted to be a Crusader, but being an Al Bhed, he was "not eligible". When he found out the Crimson Squad accepted all comers, he wasted no time in seizing the opportunity. He prized himself on his skill with machinery, telling his comrades no one could use a machina weapon like an Al Bhed.
On a training mission in the Sanubia Sands, Gippal met his teammates, Nooj, an ex-Crusader, and Baralai, a Yevonite, most likely an Acolyte. While there he also met their sphere recorder, Paine. Throughout their time as teammates, the four learned much of each other, and shared many laughs about their futures.
On the final mission to become members of the Crimson Squad, they, and many other applicants, were required to enter the Den of Woe to investigate a strange happening. Inside, they discovered applicants turning against each other. After a while, Shuyin, a spirit who possessed the entrants to the cave, took over Nooj and he pulled his gun on Baralai. Gippal raised his weapon to Nooj's head to get him to stop, and Baralai raised his to Gippal's head as they were all taken over by the spirit.
Paine was able to break apart the triangle and Shuyin's spirit left Gippal and Baralai, but secretly lay low inside of Nooj. They exited the Den and met up with the officials who told them they were official Crimson Squad members, their first mission being to go to the top of Mushroom Rock Road and guard Maester Wen Kinoc during Operation Mi'ihen. As soon as they turned, however, the guards attempted to shoot them down.
They managed to escape, and met up outside Rin's Travel Agency on the Mi'ihen Highroad. The four decided it would be best if they split up. Paine, still recording, had her camera on as Nooj, again possessed, shot Baralai in the back. When Gippal heard the shot he turned and was shot in the chest, then Nooj turned fire on Paine. All of them survived Nooj's attack, but were separated thinking Nooj as a traitor.
Later, when Gippal pays a visit to Home, he is in the desert where he meets Auron and talks about rushing into the fight and being a "jackass". All of a sudden, his partner gets radioed that the Guado are attacking Home, and they both run off. It is assumed he later evacuated on the airship with the others.
Later on, after Yuna defeats Sin, Gippal starts the Machine Faction in the abandoned Djose Temple with a connection on Bikanel Island, where people can join and excavate in the desert. At the temple Gippal meets Yuna, Rikku and Paine who want to go digging at the desert, but Paine plays it off like they have never met. At this point, Nooj is Meyvn of the Youth League, still under Shuyin's control, and Baralai is Praetor of New Yevon. Though he is neutral, Gippal provides his machines to both sides.
After a while, Gippal goes to the Bevelle Underground where Vegnagun is located, meets up with Nooj and Baralai, and finds the hole where Vegnagun used to be. Shuyin leaves Nooj and enters Baralai who jumps into the hole and the two jump in after him. Later on, when Yuna enters a connecting hole, she meets with Shuyin, who is actually Baralai, and Gippal and Nooj tell her to keep care of things topside.
Soon after Yuna's fall, Rikku and Paine throw a CommSphere into the hole finding out it was of no use. Although when Yuna returns back to Celsius with the Leblanc Syndicate, Shinra reports the CommSphere has been fixed. The video footage shows Gippal who states that whoever made the invention is a genius, and claims he is also a "genius" for fixing the CommSphere, although communication through the sphere wasn't working.
After Gippal and Nooj manage to reach Vegnagun, YRP meets with them, as well as the Leblanc Syndicate, and they take on Vegnagun and Shuyin together, defeating them. Baralai is released as Lenne and Shuyin decide to finally rest in the Farplane. The three factions join together as one group under Spira and forget their differences.
Gippal can be recruited as a party member Final Fantasy X-2: International + Last Mission through the Creature Capture system. In order to recruit Gippal, the player must defeat him in the Den of Woe and must set up a Special Monster Pod in Djose Temple. Gippal wields his machina gun in battle and retains many of his moves from his boss battle. Like all monster allies, Gippal is controlled by the game's AI.
- Main article: Gippal (Boss)
Gippal is fought in Final Fantasy X-2 as an illusion made by the pyreflies and Shuyin in the Den of Woe in Chapter 5, once all 10 Crimson Spheres are obtained during the previous chapters. Gippal can also be fought in the Coliseum in Final Fantasy X-2: International + Last Mission.
Gippal appears as a card in the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game. It features his in-game render.
- In Paine's Sphere, Gippal refers to Paine as "Dr. P.", a nickname also used by Rikku, much to Paine's annoyance.
- Of all three leaders of the three major factions in Final Fantasy X-2, Gippal was the only one not to be possessed by Shuyin.