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A single, beautiful sunflower. Brilliant as the sun, wondrous as creation.
—Bazaar description

The Tournesol is a greatsword in Final Fantasy XII. It is the ultimate greatsword in all versions of the game. It is a golden sword with runes carved on the blade, and a sun on one side of the hilt, and moon on the other.

The Tournesol license costs 225 LP. In the original release, it has an Attack Power of 140, topped only by the Zodiac Spear, while in the Zodiac releases it has an Attack Power of 138, which still makes it the strongest greatsword and one of the strongest weapons. While lacking a few points in attack power, the Tournesol exceeds the Zodiac Spear in terms of multi-hit and Evasion rate, but spears are faster weapons in terms of attack speed than greatswords. Tournesol's combo rate was reduced to 10% from the original 12% in the Zodiac versions.

Two fake Tournesols, alluding to the Excalibur and the Excalipoor,[1] are used by Gilgamesh. These swords have a shorter handle and are meant to be wielded with one hand, and have a sun with a face (Excalibur) and a moon (Excalipoor) on the hilt. This refers to the Excalibur and Excalipoor in Final Fantasy V, the game where Gilgamesh first appeared, although the more detailed appearance of the weapons with the sun and the moon on the hilts could only be seen in artwork shown in strategy guides.

In the Zodiac versions, the Knight can equip the weapon.

ObtainedEdit

The Tournesol requires several rare pieces of loot to be synthesized. It can also be stolen from Gabranth in the Zodiac versions' Trial Mode in Stage 100, but items obtained in the final stage cannot be brought to the main game.

The player should be careful at the bazaar and not sell the items as soon after obtaining them, but keeping them and then selling the items together after having the right amount.

Gemsteel (x3) Empyreal Soul (x3) Serpentarius (x3)
Note: ingredients below are for 1 Gemsteel only. The process must be repeated for multiple Gemsteels.
1. Scarletite (x1)
  1. Steal: Aspidochelon (Cerobi Steppe/Feddik River): 40% chance of spawning when entering the area. Steal (preferably with Thief's Cuffs), and then exit the area. It is best not to kill the monster before having all the Scarletites needed, as trophy monsters never respawn once killed. Available after events at Draklor Laboratory.
  2. Emeralditan (Nabreus Deadlands/Echoes of the Past, The Slumbermead): 6% Hunter's Monograph drop, 5% poach. Available after events at Tomb of Raithwall.
  3. Reward: Perfect score in the Den of the River Lord fishing area (50% chance each time). Available after events at Draklor, and finishing Gilgamesh hunt.
  4. Steal: Pandaemonium (Pharos First Ascent/Dunes of Profaning Wind): 3/6% chance. It is not possible to steal Scarletite from the incarnation in the Shadowseer hunt. Available after events at Giruvegan.
2. Damascus Steel (x2)
  1. Steal: Anchag (Paramina Rift/Karydine Glacier after defeating monsters in the area): Available after the events at Henne Mines. Anchag can be respawned endlessly by exiting Paramina Rift.
  2. Steal: Bluesang (Cerobi Steppe/Crossfield): Bluesang spawns at a 40% rate in between two pillars in western section. It is best not to kill the monster before having all the Damascus Steel needed, as trophy monsters never respawn once killed. Available after events at Draklor Laboratory.
  3. Bune (Pharos/Second Ascent) (Pharos at Ridorana/Subterra-B1F): 6% Knight's Monograph drop, 5% poach. Available after events at Giruvegan.
3. Hell-Gate's Flame (x2)
  1. Cerberus (The Feywood/Walk of Stolen Truths): 40% chance to replace each Tartarus. 5% Hunter's Monograph drop. Also available by poaching. Available after events at Henne Mines.
  2. Poach: Wary Wolf (Mosphoran Highwaste/Summit Path; 5% chance). Available after events of Tomb of Raithwall.
  • Reward: Montblanc for reaching High Guardian clan rank (28 marks, 300,000 clan points). Available after events at Draklor Laboratory.
  • Steal: Lv.99 Red Chocobo (6% chance with Thief's Cuffs; Hunter's Monograph). Available after events at Giruvegan.
  • Bazaar: Sell Wargod's Band x2, Soul Powder x1, High Arcana x1, then purchase for 29,997 gil. Available after events at Henne Mines. Appears as Jewel of Creation.
Note: the ingredients below are for 1 Empyreal Soul only. The process will need to be repeated for multiple Empyreal Souls.
1. Wargod's Band (x2)
  1. Drop: Leynir (Nabreus Deadlands/Lifeless Strand (5% chance; Warmage's Monograph)). Available after events at Tomb of Raithwall.
  2. Steal: Victanir (Nam-Yensa Sandsea/Yellow Sands; 3/6% chance). It spawns typically around entrance to the Zertinan Caverns. Available after events at Draklor Laboratory.
2. Soul Powder (x1)
  1. Reward: Complete "The Dead Ought Sleep Forever" hunt (Ixtab, Bill #12, Rank II). Available after events at Henne Mines.
  2. Etém (Henne Mines/Special Charter Shaft): 10% drop Warmage Monograph, 6% steal with Thief's Cuffs. Available after events at Giruvegan.
  3. Steal: Vorres (Necrohol of Nabudis/Hall of Ivory Covenant): Available after the events at Draklor Laboratory.
3. High Arcana (x1)
  1. Reward: Montblanc for acquiring four Espers, available after events at Tomb of Raithwall, and reaching Paragon of Justice clan rank (24 marks, 250,000 clan points), available after events at Mt Bur-Omisace.
  2. Drop: All respawnable Rare Game monsters (5% chance with Canopic Jar). Available upon reaching Mt Bur-Omisace.
  3. Steal: Most Espers (6% chance with Thief's Cuffs). The easiest way to farm from Espers is from Adrammelech in the Zertinan Caverns/Athroza Quicksands.
  4. Bazaar: Sell Arcana x10, Feystone x1, Soul of Thamasa x1. Once completing the recipe, purchase the High Arcana for 9,999 gil.
  • Reward: Montblanc for acquiring 13 Espers. Available after events at Pharos.
  • Steal: Zodiark (80% chance with Thief's Cuffs). Available after events at Giruvegan.
  • Bazaar: Sell Snake Skin x4, Serpent Eye x2, High Arcana x1, then purchase for 19,998 gil. This is the earliest point to acquire Serpentarius. Available after reaching the Phon Coast. Appears as Jewel of the Serpent.
Note: the ingredients below are for 1 Serpentarius only. The process must be repeated for multiple Serpentarius.
1. Snake Skin (x4)
  1. Wildsnake (Giza Plains/Toam Hills, dry season): 80% steal with Thief's Cuffs, also common (40/45/50/55%) and rare (3/6/8/12%) drop (only one will ever spawn at a time, so it's time-consuming to Chain them, though it is relatively easy to build up a reverse chain in this area). Available after defeating Rogue Tomato.
2. Serpent Eye (x2)
  1. Reward: Complete "A Tingling Toast" (Marilith, Bill #9, Rank V). Available after events on Dreadnought Leviathan.
  2. Drop: Basilisk (The Feywood/White Magick's Embrace, Ice Field of Clearsight, The Edge of Reason): 8% chance; Hunter's Monograph. Available after events at Draklor Laboratory.
  3. Poach: Grey Molter (Mosphoran Highwaste/Empyrean Way): 5% chance. Available after reaching the Phon Coast.
3. High Arcana (x1)
  1. Reward: Montblanc for acquiring four Espers, available after events at Tomb of Raithwall, and reaching Paragon of Justice clan rank (24 marks, 250,000 clan points), available after events at Mt Bur-Omisace.
  2. Drop: All respawnable Rare Game monsters (5% chance with Canopic Jar). Available upon reaching Mt Bur-Omisace.
  3. Steal: Most Espers (6% chance with Thief's Cuffs). The easiest way to farm from Espers is from Adrammelech in the Zertinan Caverns/Athroza Quicksands.
  4. Bazaar: Sell Arcana x10, Feystone x1, Soul of Thamasa x1. Once completing the recipe, the player can purchase the High Arcana for 9,999 gil.

Bazaar glitchEdit

When items are sold at the bazaar, the game remembers how many items have been sold at any point. While the items can be sold whenever, when any item comes available at the bazaar using a certain ingredient, the number of said items in stock drops to zero. Therefore, if there are two items that both require, say, two Bone Fragments to make, and the player has sold six Bone Fragments to the bazaar when one of the items becomes available, the number of Bone Fragments in the bazaar's "memory" drops to zero, meaning the player will need to farm more Bone Fragments for the second item requiring that ingredient.

This glitch also works the other way around, to the player's advantage, because if both items come available at the same time the player only needs the two Bone Fragments that can be used for both items, so instead of needing four (two for each item), one would only need two (two is used for both items simultaneously).

This glitch can be exploited to obtain Tournesol with fewer High Arcanas than normally required. Since both Empyreal Soul and Serpentarius require a High Arcana, if the player sells the required items for these two at the same time, and sells only one High Arcana, both Empyreal Soul and Serpentarius appear on the bazaar anyway.

For example:

  • The player enters Bazaar and sells Wargod's Band x2, Soul Powder x1, Snake Skin x4, Serpent Eye x2, and High Arcana x1 all at once, makes both Empyreal Soul and Serpentarius.

StatsEdit

OriginalEdit

ZodiacEdit

EtymologyEdit

Tournesol means "sunflower" in French. The word tourne itself means "turn" as in turn around, and sol is "Sun" in Latin.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Final Fantasy XII Scenario Ultimania, p. 494