Zodiark in Final Fantasy XII.

Strongest of the scions created by the gods, they feared his growth, and so kept him a child. So indomitable is his strength that all things are by him twisted and pressed into oblivion. He alone fashions the laws governing all things, and administers punishment in place of the gods. So is he Keeper of Precepts, and his authority is absolute.

Zodiark, Keeper of Precepts (戒律王ゾディアーク, Kairitsu Ō Zodiāku?, lit. Zodiark, King of Precepts), also called Zodiac, is an Esper from the world of Ivalice. The Esper of Dark, he represents the zodiac sign of Ophiuchus, the Serpent Holder. Zodiark is indeed a serpent, in the form that Ophiuchus is most commonly associated with: a snake. From his power of Dark, his color sign is black. Zodiark is also referred to as the Ashlesha Ascendant, which is the Sanskrit name of its zodiac sign as used in Jyotish (Hindu) astrology.

Zodiark was formerly known as Serpentarius. In Final Fantasy XII the rare gem, which can be stolen from Zodiark, refers to this.

Zodiark made its first appearance as Zodiac in Final Fantasy Tactics, renamed Zodiark for Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions.


Final Fantasy XIIEdit



Zodiark dwells in the Henne Mines, in the Special Charter Dig area. To unlock the Special Dig site the player must collect at least ten Espers, go to Jahara and speak to Geomancer Yugelu. He'll unlock the gate to the Phase 2 Dig, which leads to the Special Charter Dig area.

One of the items the player can steal from Zodiark is the rare Serpentarius gem needed in making the Tournesol weapon.

Zodiark is unlocked in the Sky Pirate's Den in the Clan Primer by defeating him, earning the title Zodiac Knight.


Final Fantasy XII - Zodiark, Keeper of Precepts (U̴ Ophiuchus) 戒律王ゾディアーク Final Eclipse ラストエクリプス01:01

Final Fantasy XII - Zodiark, Keeper of Precepts (U̴ Ophiuchus) 戒律王ゾディアーク Final Eclipse ラストエクリプス

Final Eclipse

Banish Ray: A Dark-elemental attack, and Zodiark's basic offensive spell. Banish Ray usually deals 9,999 damage, which is only mitigated by enemies immune to Dark-elemental attacks.

Final Eclipse: A non-elemental attack, and Zodiark's ultimate attack. In an eclipse, Zodiark falls into a calm sea. An egg rises to the surface, and Zodiark hatches to reveal his second form, a serpent with vast, feathered wings. Folding his wings around his body, he draws energy from his surroundings and spreads his wings wide, filling them with power and obliterating his surroundings. As he flies off into space, with the energy of the eclipse charged in his body, Zodiark flies to the targeted enemy, and in a catastrophic explosion destroys the fabric of reality itself.

Final Eclipse will always deal 50,000 base damage. (Yiazmat possesses a passive damage-reducing ability; against him Final Eclipse deals 35,000 damage), making it one of the most powerful attacks. Unlike Shemhazai's Soul Purge, Final Eclipse does not need to be charged up using items, therefore making it a better choice in many players' opinion. Unlike most other Esper attacks, Final Eclipse is unaffected by Reverse.

In the International version, Zodiark can no longer cast Flare, but can cast Renew and Hastega. Final Eclipse's damage has been boosted to 60,000. He also gains the Null Vitality augment.

License informationEdit

  • Required License Points - 200 LP
  • Required Mist Charges - 3

Gambit informationEdit

Priority Condition Action
1 Summoner: status = Petrify Final Eclipse
2 Foe: more than one present Scathe
3 Foe: Dark-absorb Flare
4 Foe: Dark-weak Banish Ray
5 Foe: nearest visible Banish Ray
Priority Condition Action
1 Summoner: status = Petrify Final Eclipse
2 Foe: Dark-vulnerable Banish Ray
3 Foe: nearest visible Attack
4 Ally: HP < 100% Renew


Attack 201 201
Defense 61 67
Magick Defense 40 62

Level Max HP Max MP Strength Magic Vitality Speed
1 3,090-3,091 23-25 60 45 26 26
10 3,225-3,248 50-70 66 51 28 28
20 3,470-3,536 90-140 72 57 30 30
30 3,785-3,908 131-212 78 63 33 33
40 4,083-4,260 181-302 84 69 35 35
50 4,559-4,825 224-378 90 75 37 37
60 4,979-5,323 264-448 94 81 40 40
70 5,217-5,603 294-498 99 87 42 42
80 5,492-5,927 324-548 99 93 44 44
90 5,867-6,371 344-578 99 99 47 47
99 6,290-6,873 353-587 99 99 49 49
Level Max HP Max MP Strength Magic Vitality Speed
1 4,635-4,636 296-300 36 47 26 26
10 4,837-4,872 350-390 42 53 28 28
20 5,205-5,304 430-530 48 59 31 30
30 5,677-5,862 512-674 54 65 34 33
40 6,124-6,390 612-854 60 71 36 35
50 6,838-7,237 698-999 66 77 39 37
60 7,468-7,984 788-999 72 83 42 40
70 7,825-8,404 838-999 78 89 45 42
80 8,238-8,890 898-999 84 95 47 44
90 8,800-9,556 938-999 90 99 50 47
99 9,435-9,999 956-999 96 99 53 49


Name Range Target CT*Charge Time Type Element Power
Flare 10 Single 30 Magick None 163
Scathe 10 Circle 6 30 Magick None 190
Banish Ray 12 Single 16 Magick Dark 240
Final Eclipse 12 Circle 8 35 Magick None
Name Range Target CT*Charge Time Type Element Power
Attack 2 Single 30 Physical None 201
Renew 10 Circle 10 23 Magick None
Scathe 10 Circle 8 23 Magick None 190
Hastega 10 Circle 10 23 Magick None
Banish Ray 12 Single 15 Magick Dark 240
Final Eclipse 12 Circle 10 0 Magick None

Status effectsEdit

  • Protect
  • Shell
  • Haste
  • Faith
  • Libra


  • Ignore Reflect
  • Magick CT0
  • Ignore Weather & Landscape
  • Ignore Vitality
  • Ignore Reflect
  • Magick CT0
  • Ignore Weather & Landscape

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant WingsEdit


Zodiark RW
Keeper of the precepts, before whom the mighty are rendered weak.
—In-Game Description

Zodiark returns in its second form, along with the other Espers. He is a non-elemental ranged Rank III summon found during the Keeper Of Precepts mission, within the Well of Whispered Oaths. His twelve wings may be a reference to the 12 Espers corresponding to the horoscope signs.

Zodiark's attacks are:

  • Graviga: Deal damage based on target's current HP to all foes in range.
  • Final Eclipse: Deal massive damage to all foes in range.


Final Fantasy XIVEdit


Though only mentioned, Zodiark is worshiped by the Ascians who are striving to resurrect what they consider to be the true god of the world. A glyph resembling an outline of Zodiark in Final Fantasy XII even appears over an early Ascian in a cutscene.

Final Fantasy TacticsEdit


FFT Zodiac Sprite

Zodiark's in-game sprite.

An esper that bathes the earth in radiant beams of focused starlight.

Zodiark, called Zodiac in the PlayStation version, is the most powerful summon spell. It costs 99 MP and has a speed of 10. Zodiark is summoned by Elidibus at the bottom of the Midlight's Deep. To learn it, player units must currently be a Summoner and get hit by Zodiark's attack and survive. The player is asked if s/he would like to learn Zodiark. It is recommended that at least one ally Summoner learns Zodiark from Elidibus. It has a 90% chance of being learned.

When the player challenges the bottom floor of Midlight's Deep again, there is a 25% chance to encounter an enemy Summoner (of random gender) who possesses no Espers and can learn Zodiark from a player unit if s/he survives being hit by the player's Zodiark. The player can then wait for the enemy Summoner to cast Zodiark back on the player's side. The player cannot attempt to Entice that Summoner to join his/her party, because this unit is glitched and does not have the Summoner job in his/her learning ability menu.

In the PlayStation version, upon summoning this Esper the caster may chant, "Attack by the master of commandments! Zodiac!"

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the RiftEdit

TA2 Zodiark appears as a Scion. He can be called by anyone equipping the Ring of Precepts when the Smash Gauge is orange. When summoned, Zodiark attempts to inflict 999 damage to all units at a 50% chance.

Pictlogica Final FantasyEdit


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Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit


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Mobius Final FantasyEdit


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Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit


Zodiark TCG

Zodiark appears in the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game.



The creature is known as both Zodiark and Zodiac. Zodiark could be an amalgam of words zodiac and ark.

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).

In the Bible, Noah carried seven pairs of each clean animal species and one pair of each unclean animal species, each pair a male and female, into a giant ship called the Ark. The Ark was built by God's command to survive the deluge He sent to purge the world from the sins committed by mankind.

Zodiark is also referred to as the Ashlesha Ascendant, which is the Sanskrit name of its zodiac sign as used in Jyotish (Hindu) astrology.


  • In Final Fantasy XII, defeating Zodiark adds his sprite to the game's Sky Pirate's Den and awards the player with the title of "Zodiac Knight".
  • Zodiark's second form—that of a snake with feathered wings—may be loosely based on the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl, who is represented as a feathered snake. Also, in some legends, Quetzalcoatl is related to the Sun and is tasked with the creation of mankind. This seems to oppose Zodiark, who is adept at destruction.
  • Zodiark also resembles archaic depictions of Seraphim in that it is a serpent with many wings, although Seraphim conventionally only have six. Six-winged beings are prevalent throughout the series, including Kefka Palazzo, Garuda, and Siren.