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Zodiac Symbols
Twelve constellations illuminate the evening sky, moving along the same elliptical path traveled by the sun and the moon. These constellations correspond to the twelve signs of the zodiac, each of which takes a turn dominating the nights of Ivalice for one month each year.
—Tutorial, The War of the Lions.

The zodiac (ゾディアック, Zodiakku?) is a recurring series of symbols in the Final Fantasy series.

It refers to the twelve zodiacal constellations: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. Ophiuchus is also a zodiacal constellation, though often not counted, but most games in the series that include the zodiac make note of it in some way. The thirteen signs of the Final Fantasy zodiac appear on the Ivalice Alliance logo. The summon Zodiark is named after the zodiac.

AppearancesEdit

Final Fantasy IXEdit

IX

Toto's Study

Zodiac symbols in Tot's study.

Queen Stella, an aristocrat in the city of Treno, spends her days collecting the twelve Stellazzio coins, each named after a zodiac sign. Once the player finds her one, she will give a prize. After all twelve are found, she will note she feels like another one exists somewhere. This is the Ophiuchus coin. By reading the coins' descriptions in the key item screen in order, the player can uncover the Stellazzio story.

The symbols for zodiac signs are seen in concept artwork for the metal frame sphere in Doctor Tot's study.

Final Fantasy XIEdit

XI There are thirteen subligaria, each named after zodiac symbols (including Ophiuchus), obtained from the Fomors in dungeons around Tavnazia. These subligaria are used in a sidequest to obtain special level 50 armor.

In addition, the Federation of Windurst's Caster Companies are named after zodiac symbols.

In the Japanese version, the various models of Automaton are named after the signs of the zodiac: the Harlequin is the Cobalt Aries, the Valoredge is the White Cancer, the Sharpshot Z-500 is the Hazel Sagittarius, the Stormwaker Y-700 is the Carmine Scorpio, the Spiritreaver M-400 is the Flint Capricorn, and the the Soulsoother C-1000 is the Pale Aries.

Final Fantasy XIIEdit

XII The thirteen Espers each represent one of the thirteen zodiac signs. The opposite Scions of Light, which never appear in the game, also represent the signs.

The twelve jobs of the Zodiac Job System each refer to a sign of the zodiac. In the English localization Zodiac equipment is the most powerful equipment, namely the Zodiac Spear and Zodiac Escutcheon.

Final Fantasy TacticsEdit

FFT

Zodiac Clock

A clock that comes with special editions depicting the Zodiac.

The signs of the zodiac play both a role in gameplay and in the plot. The legends of Ivalice tell of the twelve Zodiac Braves who each wielded an auracite, holy stones said to be able to perform miracles.

Zodiac compatibility chartEdit

It is the destiny of all creatures to be born under a particular sign of the zodiac. The interactions of man and monster alike are governed by the compatibility of these signs. When the twelve are arranged in a circle, and straight lines drawn to form squares between them, signs at the corners of a given square are of poor compatibility. When lines of equal length are drawn to form a triangle, signs at the triangle's points are of good compatibility.

Gender plays a significant role in determining compatibility. Units with opposite signs and the same gender have the poorest compatibility. Units with opposite signs and opposite genders have excellent compatibility. Monsters are considered to be of opposite gender to both male and female humans, but the same gender as other monsters.

Compatibility affects both the amount of damage dealt to enemies and the success rate of magicks. For example, if a unit attacks an enemy of good compatibility with a weapon, it will deal 1/4 more damage than it normally would. Excellent compatibility would increase the amount of damage by 1/2. On the other hand, damage dealt to enemies of poor compatibility is reduced by 1/4, and of extremely poor compatibility, by 1/2. All playable characters and monsters are given a set zodiac sign, except for Ramza Beoulve, whose birthday and sign are chosen by the player. Zodiac compatibility plays a role in determining the effectiveness of most abilities.

O means unit has good compatibility.
X means unit has bad compatibility.
= means unit has neutral compatibility.
! means that compatibility depends on gender, units of the same gender have bad compatibility. Units of the opposite gender have good compatibility. All monsters are gender-neutral; therefore, they cannot have good or bad compatibility.
Aries Symbol Taurus Symbol Gemini Symbol Cancer Symbol Leo Symbol Virgo Symbol Libra Symbol Scorpio Symbol Sagittarius Symbol Capricorn Symbol Aquarius Symbol Pisces Symbol Serpentarius Symbol
Aries Symbol X O ! O X =
Taurus Symbol X O ! O X =
Gemini Symbol X O ! O X =
Cancer Symbol X X O ! O =
Leo Symbol O X X O ! =
Virgo Symbol O X X O ! =
Libra Symbol ! O X X O =
Scorpio Symbol ! O X X O =
Sagittarius Symbol O ! O X X =
Capricorn Symbol X O ! O X =
Aquarius Symbol X O ! O X =
Pisces Symbol X O ! O X =
Serpentarius Symbol = = = = = = = = = = = = =

Ivalice calendarEdit

The in-game calendar is divided up into twelve months, each one named after a sign of the zodiac. Serpentarius (Ophiuchus) is not counted.

The Zodiac Calendar
Ivalice Month Days Long Solar Calendar
Aries 30 3/21 - 4/19
Taurus 31 4/20 - 5/20
Gemini 32 5/21 - 6/21
Cancer 31 6/22 - 7/22
Leo 31 7/23 - 8/22
Virgo 31 8/23 - 9/22
Libra 31 9/23 - 10/23
Scorpio 30 10/24 - 11/22
Sagittarius 30 11/23 - 12/22
Capricorn 28 12/23 - 1/19
Aquarius 30 1/20 - 2/18
Pisces 30 2/19 - 3/20

StoryEdit

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow. (Skip section)

The signs of the zodiac are each represented by one of the thirteen auracite crystals, the Zodiac Stones. They are related to the Lucavi demons, who use them to enter the world of Ivalice to do evil. The stones can possess humans holding them at the moment of their death and forever take control of their bodies. When the need arises, the possessed person can transform into the Lucavi monster.

The Zodiac Stones work to transport good as well, since they respond to Rapha's grief over the death of her brother, Marach Galthena, and return him to life. Ramza can choose to use some of the Zodiac Stones he recovers to activate lost technology. The Serpentarius stone counts as a Zodiac Stone.

Spoilers end here.

Bravely Default: Praying BrageEdit

BDPB A faction of characters in the game are named after constellations, with Taurus and Kapel respectively representing Taurus and Capricorn.

GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

In both astrology and historical astronomy, the zodiac is a circle of twelve 30° divisions of celestial longitude that are centered upon the ecliptic: the apparent path of the Sun across the celestial sphere over the course of the year.

The term zodiac derives from Latin zōdiacus, which comes from the Greek ζῳδιακὸς κύκλος (zōdiakos kyklos), meaning "circle of animals", as half of the signs of the classical Greek zodiac are represented as animals (besides two mythological hybrids).

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