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Castle Exnine is a dungeon located at The Ends of Grymoire in World of Final Fantasy and is the final dungeon. It is reached by using the Touch Pad beneath the castle itself at The Ends of Grymoire. It is visited in Chapter 21, "Chaos in Grymoire".

Story[edit | edit source]

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Condition[edit | edit source]

A powerful threshold encompasses the entire castle. If the player's entire party falls in battle, they will not be transported back to Nine Wood Hills, and will receive a Game Over.

Navigation[edit | edit source]

The player traverses the castle by climbing up and down the giant cubical crystals in the rooms. Pulling up the map does not show anything, but the souls swimming through the pipes connected to the crystals may help guide the player in the right direction. Several areas contain Save Crystals and purple Warp Crystals that will take the player back to the castle's entrance.

Eventually, the player will come across dead ends in some areas, but the areas will always have the Carbuncle that accompanied the three Heralds. Defeating him makes pathways materialize, and allow the player to proceed through the castle.

Locations[edit | edit source]

Ordeal 1

Contains a Touch Pad the takes the player back out to The Ends of Grymoire. A Save Crystal is also here.

Ordeal 2
Ordeal 3
Ordeal 4

A Save Crystal is found here, as well as a Warp Crystal that transports the player back to Ordeal 1. There is a dead end, and the Carbuncle that must be defeated to make a pathway appear.

Ordeal 5
Ordeal 6
Ordeal 7

A Save Crystal is found here, as well as another Warp Crystal that transports the player back to Ordeal 1. There is another dead end, and the Carbuncle that must be defeated to make a pathway appear.

Ordeal 8

A Puzzle Switch is found here and activating it rearranges the crystal platforms to form a pathway to the Carbuncle. While the fight is optional, defeating him creates a pathway to more treasure.

Ordeal 9
Ordeal 10

A Warp Crystal is here, and is used to transport the player back to Ordeal 1. The Carbuncle is fought twice here, and each battle creates a pathway. A Save Crystal is found at the very top, as well as the door leading to Ordeal 11.

Ordeal 11

The castle's rooftop and is where the storyline's bosses are fought. After clearing the Postscript and acquiring the first secret ending, the player will find another Warp Crystal, this time leading to another area: the Secret Ordeal.

Secret Ordeal

Maps[edit | edit source]


Treasures[edit | edit source]

Name Location Image
Mega Phoenix Ordeal 1
X-Potion x2 Ordeal 1
Remedy x2 Ordeal 1
Turbo Ether x2 Ordeal 2
Phoenix Pinion Ordeal 2
Elixir Ordeal 3
Remedy x2 Ordeal 3
X-Potion Ordeal 3
Mega-Ether Ordeal 3
Mega Phoenix Ordeal 4
Protect Stone x3 Ordeal 4
Remedy+ Ordeal 4
Wobblestopper x6 Ordeal 5
Megalixir Ordeal 7
Hi-Potion x9 Ordeal 7
Hi-Ether x6 Ordeal 8
Phoenix Pinion x2 Ordeal 8
Shell Stone x3 Ordeal 8
Remedy x2 Ordeal 8
Turbo Ether x2 Ordeal 8
X-Potion Ordeal 8
Mega-Ether Ordeal 8
Megalixir x3 Ordeal 8
Haste Stone x2 Ordeal 8
Mega-Potion x2 Ordeal 8
Remedy+ x2 Ordeal 8
Mega Phoenix x2 Ordeal 8
Key items

Enemies[edit | edit source]

Ordeal 1
  • Entom Guard x2, Magna Roader Stack (Goblin, Magna Roader (Purple))
  • Entom Guard x2
  • Goblin, Entom Guard x2
Ordeal 2
  • Entom Guard x3, Magna Roader (Yellow)
  • Magna Roader Stack (Goblin, Magna Roader (Purple)), Magna Roader Stack (Goblin, Magna Roader (Yellow))
  • Magna Roader (Purple), Magna Roader (Yellow) x2
Ordeal 3
  • Magna Roader (Purple), Magna Roader (Yellow), Magna Roader (Red)
  • Entom Guard x2, Magna Roader Stack (Goblin Guard, Magna Roader (Red))
  • Magna Roader Stack (Goblin, Magna Roader (Purple)), Magna Roader Stack (Goblin, Magna Roader (Yellow)), Magna Roader Stack (Goblin Guard, Magna Roader (Red))
Ordeal 4
Ordeal 5
  • Magitek Armor A Stack (Death Searcher, Magitek Armor A), Magitek Armor A, Mythril Giant
  • Cactuar
  • Magitek Armor A Stack (Goblin, Magitek Armor A) x2
Ordeal 6
  • Death Searcher, Kuza Beast Stack (Death Searcher, Kuza Beast)
  • Kuza Beast Stack (Korrigan, Goblin, Kuza Beast)
  • Death Searcher x2, Korrigan x2
Ordeal 7
Ordeal 8
  • Magitek Armor A Stack (Squidraken, Magitek Armor A)
  • Squidraken, Magitek Armor A Stack (Squidraken, Magitek Armor A)
  • Squidraken, Magitek Armor A Stack (Squidraken, Magitek Armor A) x2
  • Behemonster
  • Carbuncle (Optional boss)
Ordeal 9
  • Yurugu x2
  • Sea Worm Stack (Yurugu, Squidraken, Sea Worm), Minotaur Stack (Yurugu, Minotaur)
  • Behemonster
Ordeal 10
Ordeal 11
Secret Ordeal
Name HP Elemental Resistances Status Ailment Resistances Imprism
Fire Ice Fire Wind Water Earth Light Dark Poison Confusion Sleep Blindness Oblivion Berserk Slow Death
Entom Guard 2,938 25 25 -50 25 -50 25 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 -25 0 25 Use fire attacks
Magna Roader (Purple) 2,639 50 -50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -25 25 25 0 -50 25 0 Reduce HP
Goblin 2,466 25 0 0 0 -25 25 -25 0 -25 -25 0 25 25 -25 25 0 Reduce HP
Magna Roader Stack (Goblin, Magna Roader (Purple)) (Purple) 5,105 75 -50 0 0 -25 25 -25 0 -25 -50 25 50 25 -75 50 0
Magna Roader (Yellow) 2,528 -50 0 0 0 50 0 0 0 0 -25 25 25 0 -50 25 0 Reduce HP
Magna Roader Stack (Goblin, Magna Roader (Yellow)) (Yellow) 4,994 -25 0 0 0 25 25 -25 0 -25 -50 25 50 25 -75 50 0
Magna Roader (Red) 2,343 50 -50 50 0 -50 0 0 0 0 -25 25 25 0 -50 25 0 Reduce HP
Goblin Guard 3,186 25 0 0 0 -25 25 -25 0 -25 -25 0 25 25 -25 25 0 Bestow protect
Magna Roader Stack (Goblin, Magna Roader (Red)) (Red) 5,529 75 -50 50 0 -75 25 -25 0 -25 -50 25 50 25 -75 50 0
Death Searcher 1,397 25 25 -50 25 -50 25 0 0 -25 0 -25 0 0 0 0 25 Reflect magic back
Magitek Armor A 6,123 0 25 -25 25 -25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Deal a lot of damage at once
Kuza Beast 8,905 0 0 50 0 25 -50 0 -25 0 0 0 25 0 -25 0 0 Land a counterattack
Mythril Giant 7,128 0 0 -50 -25 25 50 0 0 50 -25 -25 25 -50 -25 50 0 Use magical enhancements
Mythril Giant Stack (Death Searcher, Mythril Giant) 8,525 25 25 -100 0 -25 75 0 0 25 -25 -50 25 -50 -25 50 25
Carbuncle 5,688 0 0 0 0 0 0 50 -50 50 50 50 50 25 25 50 75 Unimprismable
Magitek Armor A Stack (Death Searcher, Magitek Armor A) 7,520 25 50 -75 50 -75 25 0 0 -25 0 -25 0 0 0 0 25
Magitek Armor A Stack (Goblin, Magitek Armor A) (2) 8,589 25 25 -25 25 -50 25 -25 0 -25 -25 0 25 25 -25 25 0
Cactuar 1,901 -25 -25 0 0 25 25 0 0 75 100 100 100 75 100 25 -25 Inflict slow
Korrigan 1,799 -50 0 0 -25 25 50 -25 25 25 25 0 25 -25 25 -25 -25 Inflict sleep
Kuza Beast Stack (Death Searcher, Kuza Beast) 8,315 25 25 0 25 -25 -25 0 -25 -25 0 -25 25 0 -25 0 25
Kuza Beast Stack (Korrigan, Goblin, Kuza Beast) (2) 11,183 -25 0 50 -25 25 25 -50 0 0 0 0 75 0 -25 0 -25
Minotaur 7,227 0 0 0 -50 0 50 50 -50 25 -25 0 -25 50 50 25 -50 Inflict confusion
Squidraken 2,541 -50 50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 25 -25 25 0 0 -25 Reflect magic back
Minotaur Stack (Squidraken, Minotaur) 9,768 -50 50 0 -50 0 50 50 -50 25 0 25 -50 75 50 25 -75
Sea Worm 7,011 25 0 -100 0 75 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 -25 25 25 -25 Reduce HP
Magitek Armor A Stack (Squidraken, Magitek Armor A) (3) 8,664 -50 75 -25 25 -25 0 0 0 0 25 25 -25 25 0 0 -25
Behemonster 39,642 0 0 25 0 25 0 0 -50 25 100 100 75 100 25 75 75 Use physical attacks
Yurugu 2,315 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -25 0 -50 -25 0 0 0 50 Inflict oblivion
Minotaur Stack (Yurugu, Minotaur) (2) 9,542 0 0 0 -50 0 50 50 -50 0 -25 -50 -50 50 50 25 0
Sea Worm Stack (Yurugu, Squidraken, Sea Worm) 11,867 -25 -50 -100 0 -75 0 0 0 0 25 -25 -50 0 25 25 0
Carbuncle (2) 9,480 0 0 0 0 0 0 50 -50 70 70 70 70 45 45 70 100 Unimprismable
Knight in the Golden Mask 23,159 0 0 0 0 0 0 50 -50 0 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 Unimprismable
Plumed Knight 22,930 25 50 25 0 -50 0 0 -50 100 100 100 0 100 100 100 100 Unimprismable
King of Bahamut 23,610 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 100 100 100 100 100 100 0 100 Unimprismable
Elasmos 33,740 0 -100 50 50 50 0 0 0 70 20 70 70 70 70 70 100 Deal a lot of damge at once

Formations[edit | edit source]

Area Enemies Notes
Ordeal 1 Entom Guard x2, Magna Roader Stack (Goblin, Magna Roader (Purple)) Threshold battle.
Entom Guard x2 Threshold battle.
Goblin, Entom Guard x2 Threshold battle.
Ordeal 2 Entom Guard x3, Magna Roader (Yellow) Threshold battle.
Magna Roader Stack (Goblin, Magna Roader (Purple)), Magna Roader Stack (Goblin, Magna Roader (Yellow)) Threshold battle.
Magna Roader (Purple), Magna Roader (Yellow) Threshold battle.
Ordeal 3 Magna Roader (Purple), Magna Roader (Yellow), Magna Roader (Red) Threshold battle.
Entom Guard x2, Magna Roader Stack (Goblin Guard, Magna Roader (Red)) Threshold battle.
Magna Roader Stack (Goblin, Magna Roader (Purple)), Magna Roader Stack (Goblin, Magna Roader (Yellow)), Magna Roader Stack (Goblin Guard, Magna Roader (Red)) Threshold battle.
Ordeal 4 Death Searcher, Magitek Armor A x3 Threshold battle.
Death Searcher x2, Kuza Beast Threshold battle.
Mythril Giant Stack (Death Searcher, Mythril Giant) x2 Threshold battle.
Carbuncle (Boss) Threshold battle.
Ordeal 5 Magitek Armor A Stack (Death Searcher, Magitek Armor A), Magitek Armor A, Mythril Giant Threshold battle.
Cactuar Threshold battle.
Magitek Armor A Stack (Goblin, Magitek Armor A) x2 Threshold battle.
Ordeal 6 Death Searcher, Kuza Beast Stack (Death Searcher, Kuza Beast) Threshold battle.
Kuza Beast Stack (Korrigan, Goblin, Kuza Beast) Threshold battle.
Death Searcher x2, Korrigan x2 Threshold battle.
Ordeal 7 Minotaur x3 Threshold battle.
Minotaur Stack (Squidraken, Minotaur) x2 Threshold battle.
Sea Worm x2 Threshold battle.
Carbuncle (Boss) Threshold battle.
Ordeal 8 Magitek Armor A Stack (Squidraken, Magitek Armor A) Threshold battle.
Squidraken, Magitek Armor A Stack (Squidraken, Magitek Armor A) Threshold battle.
Squidraken, Magitek Armor A Stack (Squidraken, Magitek Armor A) x2 Threshold battle.
Behemonster Threshold battle.
Carbuncle (Optional boss) Threshold battle.
Ordeal 9 Yurugu x2 Threshold battle.
Sea Worm Stack (Yurugu, Squidraken, Sea Worm), Minotaur Stack (Yurugu, Minotaur) Threshold battle.
Behemonster Threshold battle.
Ordeal 10 Carbuncle (Boss) Threshold battle.
Carbuncle (2) (Boss) Threshold battle.
Ordeal 11 Plumed Knight, Knight in the Golden Mask (Bosses) Threshold battle.
King of Bahamut (Boss) Threshold battle.
Secret Ordeal Elasmos Threshold battle. Fixed encounter.

Musical themes[edit | edit source]

"Castle Melody" is the background theme that plays in Castle Exnine.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The interior of Castle Exnine resembles the form that the metal Bismuth takes when it crystallizes.
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  • Areas of this dungeon are used in bonus dungeons: Ordeal 6 appears as the third room of EX Dungeon C, while the Secret Ordeal is used as the boss room of the final route in the Maxima version exclusive Hidden Dungeon.
Spoilers end here.
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