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The Zodiac is a recurring series of symbols in the Final Fantasy series. It refers to the twelve Zodiacal Constellations: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. Ophiuchus is also a Zodiacal constellation, but is often not counted, but most games in the series that include the Zodiac make note of it in some way. The thirteen signs of the Final Fantasy Zodiac appear on the Ivalice Alliance logo. The summon Zodiark is named after the Zodiac.

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Final Fantasy IX

Queen Stella, an aristocrat in the city of Treno spends her days collecting the twelve Stellazio coins, each one named after a Zodiac Sign. Once the player finds her one, she will give a prize. After all twelve are found, she will note that she feels like another one exists somewhere. This is the Ophiuchus coin.

Final Fantasy XI

There are thirten subligaria, each named after Zodiac symbols (including Ophiuchus), that are obtained from the Fomors in dungeons around Tavnazia. These subligaria are used in a sidequest to obtain special level 50 armor.

In addition, the Federation of Windurst's Caster Companies are all named after zodiac symbols.

Final Fantasy XII

The thirteen Espers of Final Fantasy XII each represent one of the thirteen Zodiac Signs. The opposite Scions of Light, which never appear in the game themselves also represent the same signs. The twelve Jobs of the Zodiac Job System also each refer to a sign of the Zodiac. There is also some Zodiac equipment, namely the Zodiac Spear and Zodiac Escutcheon.

Final Fantasy Tactics

The signs of the Zodiac play the largest role in Final Fantasy Tactics, called the "Zodiac Brave Story" in-game. They play both a role in gameplay and in plot.

The in-game calendar is divided up into twelve months, each one named after a sign in the Zodiac. All playable characters and monsters are given a set Zodiac Sign, except for Ramza Beoulve, whose birthdate and sign are decided by the player. The Zodiac Sign of every unit affects the affinity of attacks and spells used against them. Opposite pairs on the Zodiac calendar (like Pisces and Virgo for example) have high optimal compatibility, while its compatibility with other signs is weak or poor depending upon position. Units of the same gender have weakened affinity, units of the opposite gender have increased affinity. Serpentarius (Ophiuchus) is not counted within the Ivalice calendar, and so all characters have nuetral affinity to the one enemy with this Sign, Elidibus.

The Zodiac Calendar
Ivalice Month Days Long Real World Time
Capricorn 28 December 23 - January 19
Aquarius 30 January 20 - February 18
Pisces 30 February 19 - March 20
Aries 30 March 21 - April 19
Taurus 31 April 20 - May 20
Gemini 31 May 21 - June 21
Cancer 31 June 22 - July 22
Leo 32 July 23 - August 22
Virgo 31 August 23 - September 22
Libra 31 September 23 - October 23
Scorpio 30 October 24 - November 22
Sagittarius 30 November 23 - December 22

Plot-wise, the signs of the Zodiac each represent one of the thirteen Auracite crystals, the Zodiac Stones. These stones are related to the Lucavi demons, which use them to enter the world of Ivalice to do evil. The Stones can possess humans holding them at the moment of their death and then forever take control of their bodies. When the need arises, the possessed person can transform into the Lucavi monsters. Ramza fights and defeats five Lucavi monsters that allied together to resurrect their master, Ultima. He then destroys Ultima too once she is reborn through the body of his sister, Alma Beoulve. The Zodiac Stones also seem to work to transport good as well, since they respond to Rapha's grief over the death of her brother, Marach Galthena and return him to life. The other Zodiac Stones are used in a series of sidequests where they are used to turn on lost technology. Serpentarius is counted as a Zodiac Stone.


This article uses material from the "Zodiac (Term)" article on the Final Fantasy wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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