How to Defeat Zeromus - Espers | FF12

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This is the article page and guide for Zeromus, the Condemner 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 Zeromus

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Points to Consider

  • Dark Lords spawn as the battle drags on
  • Zeromus casts Piercing Graviga, along with Slow and Stop
  • Magicks are restricted during the battle
  • Items and equipments that bestow effects are allowed
  • Quickening chains make the battle easier

In-Depth Battle Walkthrough

One thing you have to be wary about during the battle with Zeromus is the presence of Dark Lords. They spawn in this area—A LOT— and could complicate things against Zeromus himself. This esper also isn't a pushover, mainly owing to his spells and skills.

It's for the best not to trifle with Zeromus at least until after the party encounters the events at Giruvegan, after which they get access to better equipments, armor, and the like. During the battle, the party will be restricted from using Magicks, so you'll have to rely on your items. Using Bubble belts in place of the Bubble spell is a good thing, although this isn't a guarantee of survival from Zeromus' favorite spell, Piercing Graviga. Theoretically, a low-level party can defeat Zeromus if they are adept at Quickening chains. The ideal strategy here is to avoid being a spend-thrift on Revive-class items, since you don't have access to your normal White Magick buffs.

Keep hitting Zeromus with your best physical attacker, alternating it with timely Quickening chains, and he's sure to join your party as a summon Esper soon.

Zeromus - Stats and Moveset

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Zeromus Lv.51
HP 166888
MP 999
Vitality 87
Magic Atk 35
Magic Def 33
Strength 44
Speed 19
Atk 86
Def 29
Esper Location Stilshrine of Miriam by using Stone of the Condemner
Notable Skills Unlocked Gravity Well, Big Bang
Recommended Classes Red Battlemage, Time Battlemage, Bushi

*Note: Data is meant to reflect Zeromus' stats at Lv.51

AI Moveset

Skill Skill Definition
Hastega Time Magick. All allies within range gain speed boosts.
Slowga Time Magick. Deals Slow status on all enemies within range.
Stop Time Magick. Target cannot move or act under this spell. Status effects are also stopped.
Gravity Arcane Magick. Deals damage equal to 25% of max HP to all enemies within range.
Special Skills Piercing Graviga, Greater Barrier, Magick CT0, Attack CT0, Ignore Vitality, Ignore Weather & Landscape, Ignore Reflect
Unique Spells Gravity Well, Big Bang

Zeromus - Summoned Skills

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Zeromus may be hard as an opponent, but he is terribly useful as a summon. Here is what he can do for you:

Movesets (Summoned)

Skills Skill Definition
Curaja Large amount of HP restored to all allies in range.
Scourge Deals heavy damage to all foes within range while inflicting Sap.
Gravity Well A fractional damage attack depending on Zeromus' current and max HP.
Big Bang A heavy fractional damage attack that also uses the Esper's max and current HP in damage calculation.

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.
Ignore Weather & Landscape Environmental conditions doesn't affect caster.

Zeromus - Benefits of Use

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Owing to the nature of Gravity Well and Big Bang's damage being dependent on Zeromus' HP, respectively, these skills are theoretically among the most potent skills that summon Espers can use. Gravity Well can deal over 25K in damage, while Big Bang could deal over 63K in damage. The Scourge skill can be pretty useful too, although this isn't unique to him; Shemhazai is another Esper which can use this skill. Another useful thing about him is the unlocked skills he bestows on the Red Battlemage, Time Battlemage, and Bushi, if unlocked on their respective License Boards.

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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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