Final Fantasy IX Walkthrough - Ipsen's Castle
Immediately run to your right to find a semi-hidden chest with the
Aquarius Stellazzio, then check to your left to find another chest
opposite of the first one, this one with Dagger inside. Now run up the
stairs to the north of you. Talk with Kumool the Moogle that is to the
left of you, and save your game, do some shopping with him, and give
him a letter if you have one. Okay, now run to the large pole that runs
downward (across from the Moogle), and use it to climb down a level.
Now run to the northwest (to the left of where you dropped down from),
and climb up the ladder. Hop off to the left balcony, then run to your
left, and through the doorway to the left.
Run a bit north on the next balcony, and head through the next doorway,
which leads to a ladder. Climb up this one, and choose to hop off to
the left, and run around the balcony to find a few chests. The first
one has a Javelin, but you can't access the one behind it...yet. Return
to the ladder, and jump to the right now. Run across the balcony and
open the chest at the end which contains a Broadsword. Go back to the
ladder, and climb down to the bottom, run right and up the stairs, and
onto the next ladder. Hop off the first chance you get as you climb up
it, and run around the balcony to the right. Run around to the chest,
and get the Rod. Go back to the ladder, and climb up it again until
Zidane automatically jumps off it. Enter the doorway to enter a room
with red carpet. Check out the carved wall to the eastern part of the
room, and do these in this order:
· Try something Drastic
Do this, and the door will open. Once outside, go right and open the
chest for a Barette. Return to the red carpet room, and use the
mini-elevator that is in the northern part of the room. At the top,
you'll find Amarant. Run to the back, and take each of the four
Wind Mirror: "My power is protected behind a tornado."
Water Mirror: "My power is protected underwater, surrounded by the
Fire Mirror: "My power is protected high atop a fiery mountain."
Earth Mirror: "My power is protected under the shaking ground."
After taking all four of these mirrors, attempt to leave, and Taharka
appears for a boss fight.
Level: 46, HP: 29186
Weak against: Flare, Spoils: None
AP: 11, Steal: Elixer, Mythril Claws, Orichalon
This battle is much easier if you have a Tent or two to spare at the
beginning of the battle, so throw one on him right away. Also, if you
have Auto-Regen or Auto-Life with the Auto-Potion and Chemist
abilities, that would make this fight easier than normal. This boss
doesn't like fire spells much, so use stuff like Firaga, Flare, Bahamut
with Dagger, and other stuff too. So basically, use Flare with both
Vivi and Steiner, use Bahamut with Dagger, and use Zidane to steal
items like the Mythril Claws and Elixers.
After the boss dies off, it's your job to leave the castle. Exit out
the door, and exit out of the red carpet room to the right. Now climb
down the ladder, and make your way all the way back to the pole where
the Moogle is. There are a few traps in this room, and you can get back
to where you are if you fall into them. One of them leads you to the
top of a chandelier, where a chest lies. It's also a good idea to save
your game again with the Moogle. Check out the chest to the northwest
of the room to get some Cat's Claws. Return to the entrance of the
castle, and you'll notice that there is a new stairway to the right,
and a new path is in between these stairs and the doorway that you just
came out of. Enter it to return to the upper-level of the Moogle area,
then run across the ledge, and onto the next screen. Run down the
stairs, and enter the new area.
Run all the way to the left to find a chest with the Air Racket. Now
hop onto the center elevator, and you will enter a red-carpeted room
with an electrified sword. Open the chest here to get the Golem's
Flute, then grab the left-hand vase first, and move it to the open
shelf to the left, and do this a few times with both vases (move them
in a counterclockwise direction), until the sword gives power to them.
Check out the vase to get the Ancient Aroma. Now return to the pole
near the Moogle, and climb up it, and land on the chandelier. Open the
two chests to get a Mage Staff, and a Fork. Go back to the entrance,
and exit the castle.
Outside, you will find out that Amarant is still inside of the castle,
so re-enter it, and head into the Moogle room, and climb down the pole
to find Amarant. At the bottom, you can hear him, so head south of this
room, and Zidane will find Amarant lying down. Now make your way back up the
pole, and re-exit the castle again. Outside, you'll find out that there is some
kind of a connection between the 4 mirrors and the seal. There are 4 shrines you
must locate, and conquer at the same time by splitting your party up. Once on
the ship, re-equip your party with the strongest weapons, then re-assemble your
party, then prepare to take flight