Opening ~ Dalmasca Estersand - Walkthrough | Final Fantasy XII

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This is the story walkthrough page for the Opening Scenes (Prologue) up to the the Dalmasca Estersand area in the game Final Fantasy XII (FF12, FFXII, FFXII Zodiac Age). Read on for more information about objectives, items, and bosses within this section.

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- Lowtown ~
Garamsythe Waterways
Connected Quest
Red & Rotten in the Desert ~ Rogue Tomato

Nalbina Fortress Story Walkthrough

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1 The tutorial begins with Basch issuing commands to your first controllable character, Reks. This is also an introduction to the basics of the game.
2 Talk to the Dalmascan by the gate to complete tutorial on talking to NPCs.
3 Your first combat tutorial requires you (Reks) to defeat the Imperial soldier. This is your first enemy fight on your own.
4 Move with the rest of the party to encounter your first boss battle (tutorial boss).
5 There are more combat tutorials for you as you are required to defeat three Imperials.
6 Take the North route. You'll be given more enemy soldiers to practice the basics of combat on.
7 Climb the stairs to reach your first savepoint crystal in the game.
8 Go up one more time to enter a cutscene.
9 Finish off the three Imperial soldiers on your own to complete the battle tutorial.
10 Enter the passage door and follow the left-side path to enter the final cutscene for Nalbina Fortress.
11 Another battle tutorial introduces you to Vaan, your main character throughout the series. You'll be getting more practice about the basics of battling as well as an introduction to other species than Humes.
12 Finish the Dire Rat tutorial to enter another cutscene.

3 | Your First Character, Reks

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Reks will be the one of the first characters you encounter as well as the first character you will control. Familiarize yourself with the controls and the basics of battle and the game through him.

4.1 | Demonstration of the power of Quickening

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This system will be explained more later on in the game. In this tutorial, Basch will provide a sample of how powerful a quickening can be when used at the right time through a cutscene.

4.2 | Your First Boss Battle

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The air cutter remora Tonberry is your first boss battle of the story. You will experience fighting along with a party, as well as the usage of a quickening, which Basch does automatically.

11 | Introduction to Vaan

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The scene will quickly cut to Vaan in the sewers of the Garamsythe Waterway. This is another introduction to the basics of the game, as well as a chance to fight against enemies which are not humes or Imperials.

The Royal City, Rabanastre Story Walkthrough

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13 Approach Estersand gate for a cutscene. This will open up the Estersand Area and introduce you to your first clan hunt/subquest as well.
14 You can proceed with the 'First Hunt' quest/subquest right away or not. Either way, this opens up both Rabanastre and the Estersand to you.
15 Listen to the details about the Hunt for the Tomato. Proceed to the Dalmasca Estersand afterwards.

15 | The First Hunt - Rogue Tomato

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This first hunt is peculiar in that it is also the introduction to the Clan Hunt system. Treat this as a necessary quest. For more information about Clan Hunts and Marks, visit the FF12 Side Quest section.

Dalmasca Estersand Story Walkthrough

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16 Hunt for the Rogue Tomato in the Dalmasca Estersand. Watch out for monsters that may be way out of your league.
17 As a bonus, you receive Galbana Lilies. Return to Rabanastre to receive your other rewards.
18 After speaking with Kytes and watching a cutscene, you will be free to enter Lowtown and Rabanastre as you please.

16 | Galbana Lillies

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Interesting fact: While they serve no noticeable purpose in the story (for now), these Galbanna Lilies are a favorite of Vaan's brother, Reks. This will be revealed during a cutscene in the main story of FFXII.

Final Fantasy XII Related Links

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Opening ~
Dalmasca Estersand
Lowtown ~
Garamsythe Waterways
Nalbina ~
Return Rabanastre
Bhujerba ~
Dreadnought Leviathan
Ogir-Yensa Sandsea ~
Vossler Battle
Ozmone Plain ~
Henne Mines
Paramina Rift ~
Stilshrine of Miriam
Mosphoran Highwaste ~
Sochen Cave Palace
Old Archades ~
Draklor Lab
Balfonheim Port ~
Feywood
Giruvegan Ridorana Cataract ~
Pharos 2nd
Pharos 3rd ~
Sky Fortress Bahamut

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