It comes!

The Sanctuary Keeper is a boss from Final Fantasy X. Fought at the summit of Mt. Gagazet, it is a hulking Sacred Beast fiend sent by Yunalesca to challenge the summoners and their guardians before entering Zanarkand.

A palette swap of the Sanctuary Keeper later appears in the Original section of the Monster Arena as Th'uban, who uses similar attacks.


Final Fantasy X enemy stats
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Location Monster Arena Species Other information
Mt. Gagazet Does not appear Sacred Beast The party cannot escape.
Sensor description Scan description
HP MP Strength Magic Defense Magic Defense
40,000 (6,400) 256 37 40 100 100
Agility Accuracy Evasion Luck AP (Overkill) Gil
32 50 0 15 11,000 (16,500) 6,500
Elemental affinities
Fire Ice Lightning Water Holy
100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Statuses and immunities
Silence Sleep Darkness Poison (25%Percentage of maximum HP removed each turn) Petrify Slow Zombie Power Break
Immune Immune 100 90 Immune 0 Immune 50
Magic Break Armor Break Mental Break Threaten Death Provoke Doom Nul
0 0 0 0 Immune 0 Immune 0
Shell Protect Reflect Haste Demi Regen Distill Sensor
0 0 0 0 Immune 0 0 0
Scan Bribe Delay Zanmato Berserk Capture Physical Magical
0 0 Immune Lv. 4 0 Immune 0 0
Common steal (75%) Rare steal (25%) Common drop (87.5%) Rare drop (12.5%)
Turbo Ether Turbo Ether x2 Return Sphere x1Overkill: x2 Return Sphere x1Overkill: x2
Equipment drop (100%) Weapon abilities Armor abilities Bribe
2-3 slots, 1-2 abilities Piercing, Half MP Cost MP +10% None
Abilities Ronso Rage
Curaga, Esuna, Haste, Mana Breath, Photon Wings, Protect, Regen, Reflect, Tail Sweep None


Sanctuary Keeper uses several different attacks hitting one or all of the party. Photon Wings causes Darkness, Curse and/or Poison and/or Confuse as well as damage. Mana Breath is directed at one target, but inflicts heavy magical damage.

It will often use Tail Sweep, which delays the turn of all characters. After suffering enough damage, Sanctuary Keeper begins to cast Curaga, restoring 9,999 HP. Sometimes, it will cast Reflect on a party member, then cast Curaga on the same party member so the heals will bounce back at it. If afflicted with Slow Sanctuary Keeper counters by casting Haste to nullify the Slow, but if it has Reflect the spell will bounce onto the player party.


Even with a weak party, fighting the Sanctuary Keeper is easy as long as the party has Dispel and Bio/Poison Fang. At the start of the battle, one should cast Bio/use a Poison Fang followed by bestowing Reflect on Sanctuary Keeper. With Reflect, Sanctuary Keeper is less likely to cast Curaga.

Auron should use Power, Armor and Magic Break, then use physical attacks while Yuna heals. Sanctuary Keeper's Photon Wings causes various status effects, but using Remedy heals Darkness and Poison, and a Holy Water is needed to cure Curse. Auron and Yuna are the most helpful characters in the battle, though Lulu can help by casting Bio and Rikku can use items for various effects.

Yuna should buff the remaining members with Protect and Shell statuses and cast Reflect on Sanctuary Keeper once it is poisoned. Rikku can also bestow buffs by using items or via her Mix. Shiva is helpful as the Sanctuary Keeper is not immune to Heavenly Strike. Repeated use of it allows Shiva to keep attacking without risk to the party or counterattack from the Sanctuary Keeper.

If the party has a Silver Hourglass Rikku can use it to inflict Slow on Sanctuary Keeper. This prompts it to cast Haste but it will be reflected onto the party. A Smoke Bomb can be used to inflict Darkness to dodge the Keeper's counterattacks that hit the entire party. The party can also try using Threaten on Sanctuary Keeper.

Other appearancesEdit

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PFF Sanctuary Keeper
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