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