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Final Fantasy VI Walkthrough

Written by  Djibriel

2.34: Into the Ancient Castle


Enemies: Figaro Lizard, Devil, Enuo, Master Tonberry

Lore: OTsunami, OLv. 5 Death, OLv. 4 Flare, OLv. 3 Confuse, OTraveler, ODischord

Party: Optional: Terra, Cyan, Shadow, Edgar, Sabin, Celes, Relm, Strago, Setzer, Mog, Gau, Umaro

If you had paid one hundred thousand Gil to one of the thieves at the foot of the Fanatics Tower, you'll have heard of an ancient castle somewhere under the desert of Figaro, which is supposedly loaded with treasure. Hopefully you didn't, as you'll feel pretty foolish now that I've told you anyways. Now we're not greedy, but what kind of RPG-player would you be if you didn't take a look?

Whom to bring? The theme of the next dungeon will be magical resistance. The caves leading to the castle and the castle itself will be filled with monsters boasting inherent Reflective tendencies and crazy Magic Defense, making any non-barrier-piercing magical attack useless. The Holy element is very strong here, though: LanceHoly Lance Dragoons in particular are great. So is Sabin with ClawDragon Claws on each hand, despite the negative impact on his Defense. Gau and Umaro are decent choices too, as their uncontrollable nature is no hindrance whatsoever in the next part of this fine game. Strago can learn ORippler, O1000 Needles, and ODischord here, which is hardly worth mentioning due to the fact that he can learn all three on the bloody Overworld Map too. He can, however, also learn OLv. 3 Confuse, OLv. 4 Flare, OLv. 5 Death, and OTraveler here (if you missed it earlier), as well as a Lore that's probably new to you, OTsunami.

Make your team and fly the Falcon over to Figaro Castle, which is probably on the Kohlingen side of the sea by this point. Send it over to the Figaro desert, and it will reach a bumpy part of the journey where the old man piloting the castle will ask you if you want to investigate. Boy, do we ever! Walk over to the castle dungeons, where the sandworm hole that freed the Crimson Robbers is still present. You can use it to exit this castle and enter the caves leading to the Ancient Castle.

Figaro Lizard are entirely too much like Crawler enemies, only much harder to take down. !Venom causes the Poison status, and they'll use either Leech or ODischord. Figaro Lizard doesn't have a weakness to the Holy element, so I would suggest barrier-piercing magical attacks and physical attacks of any kind; instant-death attacks such as Gau's Coeurl Cat-induced Blaster attack, OBanish, and Cyan's Oblivion technique will get the job done. Remember that Figaro Lizard is Reflective though, meaning that ODeath and OBreak will bounce.

Devil is a nasty enemy that delights in attacking physically, and with some force I might add. Battle isn't that tough, but !Swipe (Battle x 4) really packs a punch. Whenever a Devil is alone, he will start casting OLv. 3 Confuse, OLv. 4 Flare, or OLv. 5 Death every second turn, with a chance at using Blaze somewhere in between. Its Control, Sketch, and Rage are filled up with level 3 spells, too. A Devil's Defense is horrid, so their fairly-respectable 5555 HP isn't so bad as it seems. Abuse Devil's weaknesses by attacking with LanceHoly Lances, ClawDragon Claws, and RodHoly Rods. The random OHoly spells won't do anything, but the physical strikes themselves will get the job done nicely. Instant death attacks work as well.

Enuo is a boiling glob of slimy mucus with certain powers over water. Normally it'll just attack with Battle or !Slime, which sets Slow. When an Enuo is alone, though, it'll use OAqua Breath or OTsunami, a new Lore for Strago. Wretched Defense and a weakness to Holy and instant death attacks are two of the many downsides to being a heap of mucus; abuse them at your heart's content.

OTsunami is a multi-target Water-elemental Lore for Strago. You're probably wondering why you need another one of those, given that you already have OAqua Breath. There's three benefits to this:
  1. OTsunami isn't partly Wind-elemental
  2. OTsunami hits both sides in a Pincer attack
  3. While OTsunami is weaker, it doesn't split damage on multiple targets, making it stronger than OAqua Breath versus multiple targets
OAero beats both by far, so this is more or less trivia knowledge, but hey, now you know. In the room you first enter, there are two chests. To the left is a chest containing a SpecialWing Edge, the strongest 'Special' weapon for Locke. Its main selling points are +7 to Speed, the DirkAssassin's Dagger and GamblerViper Darts's X-type instant death property, and the fact it deals the same amount of damage from the Back Row. The chest to the right contains a Hi-Ether. There are three exits below; it doesn't really matter which one you take, but the middle one and the far right one take you directly to a monster-in-a-box while you have to walk around a bit in order to leave via the left path. If you came in through the middle door, don't fret; you can walk through the wall to reach the chest you see. The chest to the top-right of this cave is the chest containing Master Tonberry, the toughest monster-in-a-box you'll find in this game.
Master Tonberry
Master Tonberry
Bestiary #328
Magic Atk.
Mag. Def.
Mag. Evade
Stolen Items
Dropped Items
Common: Megalixir
Rare: Elixir
Common: DirkGladius
Status Immunities
Elemental Immunities
Elemental Absorb
Elemental Weakness
Command Immunities
Master Tonberry is very mean. He'll start the battle off with a Battle attack, and after this the madness will begin. Every 15 seconds, Master Tonberry takes a step forward; after seven steps, he'll use !Knife on a random character and retreat halfway back, meaning that he'll have to take just four more steps after that to reach the !Knife position again. Every step is accompanied with the ever-frustrating Barrier Change attack. Master Tonberry casts spells of the type opposing his current weakness, not unlike Number 024 way back in the day. Each time he changes his weakness, he has a two in three chance of using a magical attack that will indicate what his new weakness is. This will give you a chance to load up on that weakness until it changes again.
Indicator Attack
New Weakness

One of the worst parts of this battle, though, is Master Tonberry's OTraveler counter to every damaging attack you perform. Depending on your actions and style of playing this game, this move can do a lot of damage.

The way to victory lies in the enemy's status ailment vulnerabilities. Cast OSleep on Master Tonberry, and pair it up with OSlow as well. If you have enough people with control over the ORasp spell, you might try removing all his MP first; better safe than sorry, right? If you're done with that or simply don't want to bother, start attacking him with magical attacks. Physical attacks will wake him; stick to magical ones only. It's highly possible you may manage to kill him before he even wakes up once. If he does wake up, just cast OSleep again; Strago's OBad Breath Lore also works (sets Poison too, by the way). Expand Full Strategy

When you're done, you win a DirkGladius, a Holy-elemental Dirk that can be equipped by pretty much everybody. It's a powerful weapon but doesn't have any interesting properties. Its Holy-elemental nature can make it useful in this dungeon, though.

The only other chest in this cave contains the GamblerDeath Tarot, Setzer's most powerful 'normal' weapon. Like the SpecialWing Edge, it deals the same amount of damage from the Back Row and has the DirkAssassin's Dagger's X-type instant death property, but it doesn't boost any stats. In the PSX releases, you'll find the GamblerViper Darts here; it's the same weapon, but called GamblerViper Darts in the recent releases (while the WoR Kohlingen store-bought Trump is called Doom Darts there).

You'll want to exit to the left of the screen to find another cave with two chests. They contain an X-Potion (to the left) and a shard of Magicite (the one to the bottom). The main feature here is the grand stairway leading into a random encounter-less room with a Save Point and another stairway going up.

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