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- "Made of a strange substance, neither wood nor metal, this pole possesses a lifelike suppleness."
- —Description, Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift
- "Legendary weapon that holds powerful magic."
The Whale Whisker is the strongest pole available in Final Fantasy XII, with an Attack power of 108. Its license can be found in the top-left section of the weapon area of the License Board and costs 125 License Points. Like other pole weapons, the Whale Whisker grants the wielder +25 to Evasion. Poles' attack speed is average at 2.47s charge and 1.2s action time.
It is known a "Whisker of the Beast" in the bazaar price list and costs 60,000 gil.
In the International Zodiac Job System version, only the Monk class can equip the Whale Whisker, by obtaining its eponymous license for 90 LP. Also exclusive to this version is the Whale Whisker N, a weapon with a slightly higher attack than Whale Whisker.
|Mythril||3||Mythril Golem - a 10% chance to drop if the Scholar's Monograph has been acquired, and a 3% chance to steal (6% with Thief's Cuffs).|
|Corpse Fly||3||Dragon Lich - a 12% chance to drop if the Warmage's Monograph has been acquired.|
|Aquarius Gem||4||Golem - a very rare drop, and a 30% chance to steal with the Thief's Cuffs equipped.|
- "Rod that overwhelms target with a flash flood."
- —In-game description
The Whale Whisker is one of Kytes's rods. It is of the Water element and makes Kytes's attacks pierce through multiple enemies in a line extending from him. Its recipe is found in Tempered in Ice. It uses a generic rod sprite during battle.
- "A pole made from a dark material that is neither wood nor metal. Some say it is a dire whale's whisker."
The Whale Whisker is the ultimate pole for Mystics and Arithmeticians. It can be obtained through the rare Poach of a Tiamat or by catching it from high-level enemy Ninjas. Its Attack power is 16 with a Weapon Evade of 20%.
The Whale Whisker appears as the ultimate pole, obtainable in one of the Heritor Job Quests. It teaches the ability Wermut to the Heritor. It is obtained after completing the Wermut sidequest in Zedlei Forest.
The Whale Whisker is a level 95 weapon exclusive to Kuja. It increases Attack by 62, HP by 290, Defense by 1, and increases EX Force Absorption by 20%. It costs 29,570 gil, and can be created after trading a Punisher, five Lapis Lazulis, and three Resilience Crystals.
Whale Whisker returns as a level 90 exclusive weapon for Kuja and provides +287 HP, -70 Bravery, +63 Attack, +1 Defense, and +5% EX Force Absorption. It can be obtained by trading 158,000 gil, Punisher, Electrum, and five Reaper's Dreams.
The Whale Whisker derives its name from the Japanese name, which is also translated as baleen, the many fibers that covered the inside mouths of baleen whales. Such material was used in fishing rods and sword hilts, as well in clothing and many items before the introduction of plastic, and was in high demand because of its durability and flexibility.