Old Archades ~ Draklor Labs - Walkthrough | Final Fantasy XII

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This is the story walkthrough page for the locations Old Archades, The Imperial City, and Draklor Laboratory in the Switch/PS4 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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Mosphoran Highwaste ~
Sochen Cave Palace
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Old Archades Story Walkthrough

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1 Exit the Sochen Palace Cave and enter the old quarter of the Imperial City. There is a nearby Seeq merchant where you can stock up on better supplies and equipment.
2 Take a western-leaning route towards the Capital until you reach Imperials, who will block your way.
3 A cutscene follows where Balthier's old acquaintance, Jules, is introduced. Jules is connected to some quests you need to finish to proceed.
4 Of these quests, you can choose to speak to a man named Beasley about a 'treasure' he supposedly lost. There are other quests involving The Moogles Eight and others. By completing any of these (not all of them need to be completed), you'll gain passage to the Imperial City afterward.

3 | The Scoundrel, Jules

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Jules is a seedy man living in Old Archades. He also appears to have inside information on Balthier, his former dealings, and how to gain more money out of him.

4 | Different Quests, Different Outcomes

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The quest with Beasley is only one of a series of quests you can do to create distraction for the guards. When they're distracted, you can gain easy access into the Imperial City of Archades. For more information about these quests, check out our FF12 Side Quest section.

The Imperial City of Archades Story Walkthrough

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5 Proceed deeper into the Imperial City for a cutscene, but remember to check out the shops for better items.
6 When you reach the Cab Guide, he will ask you for three wood chops (passes) or 1,000,000 gil. Jules comes into the rescue in the cutscene.
7 You have to complete a task relaying messages between three people in exchange for three chops.
8 The Nilbasse area already has available quests to complete nearby. Complete the Gentleman Onlooker to Eager Crier, Senior Researcher to Failed Researcher, and Worried Husband to Materialistic Woman messaging quests.
9 This will give you three chops of wood (passes) that you can use to gain access to the cabs. The ride to Tsenoble will also become available.
10 Save at the available savepoint. Watch another cutscene. When you can move your character again, speak to the Guide.
11 The option 'You know where to go.' becomes available. Choose it to move to the next area.

9 | Taking the Cab

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Taking the Cab in Imperial Archades is no easy feat. A citizen has to have a 'writ of transportation' in the form of wood blocks called 'chops' to gain transit. Vaan will, of course, gain these through guile and cunning on his part.

10 | Enter Jules. Again.

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Jules will enter the scene a second time to fix your transportation into the Draklor Labs, the location Balthier is leading you to. Jules is instrumental in a lot of things--trumping even Balthier in craftiness.

Draklor Laboratory Story Walkthrough

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12 The Draklor Lab is a pretty lengthy area, so save whenever you have the chance to.
14 Use the other lift at the end of the northern route as the direct lift will not work. Proceed to the 67th floor.
15 Tackle each Imperial squad as they appear to avoid being boxed in. Enter the C.D.B room to trigger a cutscene.
16 You will receive the Lab Access Card as well as a map of the Lab after. Use the Rm 6704 East savepoint to save your game.
17 Enter rooms 6711 East and 6703 East to pinpoint Cid's location and to change the controls on the locked doors.
18 Climb up to the 68th floor using the lift. Head to Rm 6803 West to open up the path to 6804 West.
19 Head to 6804 West to open the red doors, then to 6811 West to open up the rest of the pathway.
20 Climb up to the 70th floor to watch a cutscene. When you can move again, save at the savepoint. There is also a treasure box in 7002 East.
21 The save will be worth it, as you will battle Doctor Cid--the boss of this area--in the the next room.
22 Once Cid's health is down to 25%, the battle will end. Reddas will also join you afterwards.

21 | The Father and the Son

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Doctor Cid will provide you with a very rude welcome when you ascend the very top of the Laboratory. Doctor Cid has ties to your party, mainly because he is the estranged father of Balthier. This boss battle is covered in our FF12 Boss Battles section.

22 | The Sky-Pirate Reddas

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When you enter the Draklor Lab, you'll see that it is littered with the bodies of half-conscious and unconscious Imperials. You have the sky pirate, Reddas, to thank for the welcome.

Final Fantasy XII Related Links

Main Story

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 ~
Giruvegan Ridorana Cataract ~
Pharos 2nd
Pharos 3rd ~
Sky Fortress Bahamut

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