The Bronze Helm is a heavy armor helm in Final Fantasy XII that boosts the wearer's magickal defense by 6 and Strength by 2. It is the second weakest helm and basic equipment. It is metallic for the purposes of the Magnetize debuff present in the boss battles against Vinuskar and Ultima.
Obtain[edit | edit source]
Original[edit | edit source]
In the original PlayStation 2 version, the Bronze Helm is sold for 700 gil in Rabanastre after Barheim Passage, Dalmasca Westersand after the Leviathan but before Treaty-Blade, Barheim Passage before obtaining Treaty-Blade, Nalbina Fortress, Bhujerba, and Dreadnought Leviathan. Basch and Ashe join the party already wearing it.
Zodiac[edit | edit source]
In the updated Zodiac versions, the Bronze Helm is sold for 450 gil in Barheim Passage, and after escaping the passage also in Rabanastre and Nalbina Fortress. It is found as a treasure in Nalbina Dungeons' The Black Watch (80% chance to appear, 30% chance for gil, 50% chance the item treasure is the Bronze Helm without the Diamond Armlet equipped), as well as in the Trial Mode Stage 6 with the Diamond Armlet equipped.
Use[edit | edit source]
The Bronze Helm is the second weakest helm, giving a small amount of Magick Resist at 6 and 2 Strength. It falls off in usefulness fast, and is only nominally better than the weakest helm, Leather Helm. The strength bonuses make heavy armor ideal for frontline fighters, though the HP boost from light armor can be valuable in the beginning of the game, and the first party members the player gets have light armor headgear already equipped.
In the original version, Balthier, Fran, Basch and Ashe start with the license to equip the Bronze Helm, Heavy Armor 1. In all versions, Basch and Ashe join the party wearing Bronze Helms. In the Zodiac versions, Uhlan, Knight, Time Battlemage, and Foebreaker can equip it, and Basch and Ashe can wear it no matter the job. There is no need to buy the helm as the player gets it for free when Basch and Ashe join, and it falls off in usefulness fast; the player can instead save their money for spells and technicks in this early part of the game.