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Archades artwork

Archades artwork.

Never imagined I'd ever come this far away from home.

The Imperial City of Archades (帝都アルケイディス, Teito Arukeidisu?) is the capital city of the Archadian Empire which rules over most of Ivalice in Final Fantasy XII. The modern city of Archades is built on the poor, and the ruins of older cities. There are only two ways into the city of Archades.

The most common way is via airship. This method is patrolled for trouble by the Archadian Judges. The second way is up through the Sochen Cave Palace, into Old Archades and across the bridge into Archades proper.

Sage KnowledgeEdit

The capital of the Archadian Empire. Still small when it first formed as a city-state, it grew tremendously during the long peace fostered by the Galtean Alliance. When the Empire was formed, the city center was re-located, forming the Archades we know today. Though poor in both natural resources and land, Archades came to prominence as a city of innovation and learning. All information and technology gathers here, and the famed mages and artificers born within her walls are legion. Knowledge, then, is the true strength of the Archadian Empire. The city of Archades forms an octagon with the Imperial Palace at its center. Around the Palace sit the Senate Chambers and other administrative quarters, beyond which lies a booming mercantile district. The buildings in the city center are quite tall, with the lower floors being used mainly as residences. The difference in heights between the various buildings makes this a city of small airships, that being the most efficient means of accessing all levels of the metropolis. More than half the population of Archades is hume, and while at one time all lived near the ground, of late, those of power or particular wealth have taken to living in the higher apartments and traveling exclusively by private airship.
—Sage Knowledge 55, Archades




Archades's Imperial Palace.

The city is divided in two levels: one consisting of the districts of "Nilbasse", "Trant", "Molberry", and "Rienna" and the upper level of "Tsenoble". There are no poor within the city of Archades proper, all of the poor find themselves in Old Archades. Dr. Cid bases all of his research out of the Draklor Laboratories, found within the city in the Tsenoble area.

Archades residents tend to be rich and arrogant. Most people there are more interested in having a good reputation—usually of being well informed—than in money or riches. Well informed people in Archades can earn chops by giving information to other residents about a particular subject. The chops are then used as proof of status, granting access to Tsenoble via taxi. Certain areas in Tsenoble can only be accessed by those who possess a sandalwood chop. The Archades Aerodrome has Skyferry flights to Balfonheim, Nalbina and Rabanastre.

Old ArchadesEdit

FFXII-ArchadesCitizens artwork

Areas beneath Archades.

Old Archades is where all of the poor and destitute from Archades wind up. It is run down and barely patrolled by the Judges, who appear to be more interested in keeping the poor in their place. The only way into Archades is with money, so all of the citizens dream of finding a way to earn enough to see them safely into Archades.

Where chops are the most important trade item in Archades, gossip is the most important in Old Archades. If there's one way to get ahead it is by finding out as much information as possible to make the way up into Archades through gaining fortune.

Old Archades can be accessed via the ruins of the Sochen Palace.

Sochen Cave PalaceEdit

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Gate within the Sochen Cave Palace.

Sochen Cave Palace is an ancient palace overrun with several undead creatures. The only royalty currently residing within the temple are a family of Mandragoras led by the Onion Queen. These Mandragoras have caused problems for hunters in the Archadian wilderness.

Several ancient and powerful creatures are locked away in the depths of the Sochen, including one of the game's superbosses, the Hell Wyrm.

An old lift device connects Sochen to Old Archades, whilst the entrance to the destitute palace lies within the Tchita Uplands.

Draklor LaboratoryEdit


Draklor's facade.

The Draklor Labs serve as a base to Doctor Cid, whose research concerning nethicite is integral to the Empire's developments. He uses these facilities to create more and more powerful airships for the Archadian fleets, such as the Sky Fortress Bahamut. He also uses these facilities to create manufacted nethicite.

The Laboratories are actually a series of rooms on multiple floors. Each floor has a garrison of Judges on it, as well as several smaller labs manned by Imperial scientists. The top floor houses Cid's personal open air lab.


Archades Information ExchangeEdit


Chop collecting.

To proceed in the storyline the player needs to play the Information Exchange minigame in Archadia to earn Pine Chops. The story proceeds after nine chops, but if the player collects all, the chops can be traded in for a Sandalwood Chop on the second floor of any merchant shop, by talking with the Chopmaster. The Sandalwood Chop grants entrance to Archades's Highgarden Terrace. Pine Chops are earned by connecting people with information in the various sections of Archades, by matching pairs of people.

Once the Tarot Reader and the Happy Novelist are matched in the Rienna area, the Tarot Reader will tell how many matches are left in each area.


1st Person 2nd Person
Reminiscing Lady Family-minded Girl
Daughter-in-Law Man from Giza
Avid Traveler Traveling Gentleman
Ardent Woman Ardent Man
Talented Woman Akademician
Look-Alike Look-Alike
Proud Mother Tutor
Poor Husband Poor Wife
Would-be Judge Judge's Wife


1st Person 2nd Person
Tarot Reader Happy Novelist
Lazy Profiteer Researcher's Wife
Greenseller Vegetable Seller
Good Brother Waiting Woman
Philosopher of Cuisine Dangerous Chef
Tour Leader Bhujerban Lady
Lucky Man Romantic Lady


1st Person 2nd Person
Smitten Man Smitten Woman
Boutiquere Moneyed Gentleman
Farce-Goer Girl on an Errand
Historian Perceptive Man
Music Appreciator Lutenist
Builder Artisan Architect


1st Person 2nd Person
Determined Researcher Ex-Researcher
Senior Researcher Failed Researcher
Worried Husband Materialistic Woman
Aspiring Starlet Faded Star
Athletic Woman Avid Reader
Gentleman Onlooker Eager Crier

Hunt Club OwnerEdit

The owner of the Hunt Club can be found on the Highgarden Terrace (can only be accessed with a Sandalwood Chop, see above). He'll reward the player with Zodiac Gems for killing Trophy Monsters.

Trophies Reward
5 Aries Gem & Libra Gem
10 Taurus Gem & Scorpio Gem
15 Gemini Gem & Sagittarius Gem
20 Cancer Gem & Capricorn Gem
25 Leo Gem & Aquarius Gem
30 Virgo Gem & Pisces Gem

July the StreetearEdit



If the player helped July in Nalbina Fortress earlier in the game, she will reward them with a Salamand Halcyon at Charlotte's Magickery.

Medallion QuestEdit



After talking to a nu mou in Nabreus Deadlands the player is asked to find some medallions and bring them to the deadlands. In Archades the player can find Roh'Kenmu within the Magick Shop, looking for a medallion. In the Old Archades the player can find the Proper Gent sitting on a side wall in the eastern side of the Alley of Muted Sighs. He is Otto and will give the Moonsilver Medallion, which the player must pass on to Roh'Kenmu at the Magick Shop.

Great Cockatrice Escape SidequestEdit



Main article: Giza Plains (Final Fantasy XII)#Great Cockatrice Escape Sidequest

A cockatrice called Agytha is in the Grand Arcade area in the Central area of Archades, looking for a husband. The player must have a Sandalwood Chop to access the area, by earning all the available chops and trading them in a shop. The player must speak to a male Cockatrice in the Alley of Low Whispers area in Old Archades, then tell Agytha where to look to get a Tumulus.


Note: The items available for purchase change throughout the game. These items may not all be available at the same time.


Vint's ArmamentsEdit

Armor SellerEdit

Consult the Armor article for more information on individual armor pieces.

Armor Cost
Diamond Helm 7000 gil
Diamond Armor 7000 gil
Platinum Shield 5300 gil
Officer's Hat 7000 gil
Barrel Coat 7000 gil
Gaia Hat 7000 gil
Maduin Gear 7000 gil
Steel Mask 8100 gil
Mirror Mail 8100 gil
Dragon Shield 6000 gil
Chakra Band 8100 gil
Power Vest 8100 gil
Hypnocrown 8100 gil
Jade Gown 8100 gil
Platinum Helm 9300 gil
Platinum Shield 9300 gil
Crystal Shield 7200 gil
Weapons SellerEdit

Consult the Weapons article for more information on individual weapons.

Weapons Cost
Platinum Sword 9000 gil
Power Rod 4500 gil
Hammerhead 9500 gil
Recurve Crossbow 9500 gil
Traitor's Bow 10000 gil
Halberd 10000 gil
Aldebaran 10000 gil
Gokuu Pole 9000 gil
Kagenui 10000 gil
Kiku-ichimonji 10500 gil
Claymore 10500 gil
Chaos Mace 8800 gil
Bastard Sword 11000 gil
Cross Scale 11000 gil
Francisca 11500 gil
Platinum Dagger 11500 gil
Tumulus 12000 gil
Judicer's Staff 5700 gil

Charlotte's MagickeryEdit

Consult the Magick article for more information on individual spells.

Spell Cost
Aeroga 6800 gil
Reflectga 6800 gil
Silencega 6800 gil
Blindga 6800 gil
Graviga 6800 gil

Bulward's TechnicksEdit

Consult the Technicks article fore more information on individual technicks.

Technick Cost
Infuse 2000 gil
Addle 3500 gil
Bonecrusher 700 gil
Shades of Black 5000 gil
Stamp 4500 gil

Granch's RequisitesEdit

Consult the Items for more information on individual items.

Wares Cost
Potion 70 gil
Antidote 50 gil
Eye Drops 50 gil
Phoenix Down 250 gil
Echo Herbs 50 gil
Gold Needle 100 gil
Alarm Clock 50 gil
Handkerchief 50 gil
Hi-Potion 210 gil
Bacchus's Wine 120 gil
Smelling Salts 50 gil
Remedy 400 gil
Chronos Tear 50 gil
X-Potion 630 gil


"Theme of the Empire"
Theme of the empire
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Main article: The Archadian Empire (Theme)

"Theme of the Empire" (帝国のテーマ, Teikoku no teema?) plays as the background music to the Imperial City of Archades. A piano arrangement of the theme is included on the Piano Collections: Final Fantasy XII album.


FF12 Map - Archades

Other AppearancesEdit

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain CallEdit

Archades City

The Imperial City of Archades

The Imperial City of Archades appears as the FMS for several Final Fantasy XII themes:

  • The Royal City of Rabanastre/Town Ward Upper Stratum*from Final Fantasy XII
  • Theme of the Empire*from Final Fantasy XII



  • According to Isamu Kamikokuryo, the Imperial City of Archades is inspired by the Dream Zanarkand in Final Fantasy X.[1]
  • If the player arrives to Archades via the Gate Crystal, they can talk to the 'Prideful Boy' nearby, who complains about people using teleports.


  1. Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster Collector's Edition Artbook page 16.

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