Abysteel is an undead/steeling-type enemy in Final Fantasy XII found in the optional areas of Lhusu and Henne Mines, the Sochen Cave Palace, and the Zodiac versions' Trial Mode in Stage 96. In this stage, Glaring Eye has a 1% chance to spawn after each killed Abysteel.
In the Henne Mines, there is a junction where the player can press a switch to open the doors, which also releases about twenty high level Abysteels, which makes it an excellent level grinding spot (see below).
Abysteel can yield the Demon Shield.
Page 1: Observations
- Being a variety of bat with wings of surpassing beauty, preferring to make their abodes in magicite mines and underground chambers. Their wings are composed of a tough metallic substance, and by their patterns can males and females be distinguished. It is generally held that the patterning of the females is more beautiful, lending the wings much popularity as ornamentation on airships, the male's, meanwhile, being considered ill-favored, and shunned as a sign of bad luck.
Page 2: Tips for the Adventurer
- Few things bring to mind 'ill luck' so readily as a vampyr fang. Yet the things are famous among apothecaries and their ilk as a vital ingredient in wards and charms against curses! And, apparently, not just any fang will do the trick. I'd have no idea how to tell a vampyr fang from a regular, pointy one, if I had to look into such a mouth, and I hope I never have the pleasure. If you want one, you'd best be ready to grope around some pretty nasty places. Maybe you'll get your fang yet. Maybe you'll lose a few fingers in the process. Either way, count me out!
Sochen Cave Palace
Henne Mines level grinding
The Henne Mines junction is one of the best places to level up using the gambits: Foe: Undead → Disable and Foe: Status = Disable → Curaja. It is better to wait until the party is at a higher level as these Abysteels are difficult. Alternatively, they can be put to Sleep using Sleepga, then taken out one by one, or with magick to avoid waking the Abysteels. Equipping Indigo Pendant on the caster makes statuses always hit unless the target is immune. Using Warp or Warp Motes with Indigo Pendant is also guaranteed to dispose of them in one hit, but no rewards will be given.
These strategies can also be used for the Trial Mode encounter.
The name is a combination of "abyss" and "steel", while the Japanese name is just abyss. In the Bible, the abyss is an unfathomably deep or boundless space. The term comes from the Greek ἄβυσσος, meaning bottomless, unfathomable, boundless. It appears in the Septuagint, the earliest Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, and in the New Testament. It translates the Hebrew words tehom (תהום, deep), tsulah (צולה, sea-deep, deep flood) and rachabh (רחב, spacious place). In the original sense of the Hebrew tehom, the abyss was the primordial waters or chaos out of which the ordered world was created (Genesis 1: 2). The term could also refer literally to the depths of the sea, the deep source of a spring, or the interior of the earth. In Greek mythology, Tartarus is the abyss used as a dungeon of torment for the wicked and as the prison for the Titans.