How to Defeat Mateus - Espers | FF12

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This is the article page and guide for Mateus, the Corrupt in the game Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (FFXII, FF12, FF XII Zodiac Age). Information on where the Esper is, how to get them, and what skills they unlock are discussed here.

How to Defeat Mateus

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Points to Consider

  • Another story boss esper
  • Ice attacks cause Sap
  • Fond of casting Reflect, along with bringing five bodyguards
  • Ice shields render him harmless
  • Vulnerable to Lightning Magick

In-Depth Battle Walkthrough

Mateus is another one of the espers that also acts as a story boss. This esper is an opposite of Belias in that he is based on the Ice element, evidently seen with his skills Flash-Freeze (a stronger version of Blizzard) and Frostwave, his ultimate attack. Fighting this esper can be tough since, aside from inflicting Sap and casting Reflect on himself along with his unique skills, he also has command of five Ice Azers, which are Ice-based elementals.

The trick here is to work on clearing out the Ice Azers before focusing on Mateus. Equipping Ice Shields on your melee characters works just fine. To begin with, remove his Reflect with Dispel. You can also use Reflect against him; cast Reflect on your party and use an area-of-effect spell. Thundara, for instance, will score nine hits on the esper. Doing a combination of this and a Quickening chain will let Mateus join your party shortly, as you defeat him.

Mateus - Stats and Moveset

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Mateus Lv.30
HP 34259
MP 999
Vitality 69
Magic Atk 32
Magic Def 21
Strength 36
Speed 20
Atk 46
Def 21
Esper Location Stilshrine of Miriam
Notable Skills Unlocked Flash-Freeze, Frostwave
Recommended Classes Time Battlemage

*Note: Data is meant to reflect Mateus stats at Lv.30

AI Moveset

Skill Skill Definition
Blizzaja Blizzard spell unique to Mateus. Deals heavy Ice-element damage and may cause Sap.
Slow Time Magick. Causes enemies to perform actions slower.
Reflect Time Magick. Any spell targeted at the user (or user's party) is reflected away.
Special Skills Ignore Vitality, Ignore Weather & Landscape, Ignore Reflect, Chain Magick, Normal Damage+, Attack CT0
Unique Spells Flash Freeze, Frostwave

Mateus - Summoned Skills

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Movesets (Summoned)

Skills Skill Definition
Cura Restore some amount of HP to all allies in range.
Blizzara Deal ice damage to all foes within range.
Flash-Freeze An ice-elemental attack which acts as a stronger version of the Black Magick spell Blizzard.
Frostwave An Ice-elemental attack and serves as Mateus' strongest spell.

Passive Augments

Skill Skill Definition
Ignore Reflect Reflect status is ignored when casting a spell.
Ignore Vitality Target's vitality is ignored when dealing status spells.

Mateus - Benefits of Use

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Mateus drops the items Ice Shield and the Icebrand in Trial mode. He can also cast Cura on the party, as well as use Frostwave and Flash-Freeze on enemies vulnerable to Ice. The Libra skill he unlocks is a big help, especially to classes which don't have access to it.

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List of Espers Walkthrough

Adrammelech, the Wroth Belias, the Gigas
Chaos, Walker of the Wheel Cúchulainn, the Impure
Exodus, the Judge-Sal Famfrit, the Darkening Cloud
Hashmal, Bringer of Order Mateus, the Corrupt
Shemhazai, the Whisperer Ultima, the High Seraph
Zalera, the Death Seraph Zeromus, the Condemner
Zodiark, Keeper of Precepts

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