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This is the one place holy enough to worship the Path of Souls: the way of the Shimmering Island.

Bishop of Esto Gaza

Esto Gaza is a town on the Lost Continent in Final Fantasy IX. It sits at the base of Mount Gulug. The Shimmering Island is visible from certain spots within Esto Gaza; as a result, many of those who travel to Esto Gaza are religious pilgrims.

Esto Gaza becomes unrevisitable due to story progress; therefore, it is important to buy all unique weapons from here before that happens or the player will miss out on various good abilities.


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Overlooking the sea and Shimmering Island.

After Eiko is kidnapped by Kuja in the Desert Palace he takes her, Zorn and Thorn and the black mage army to Esto Gaza. Eiko is unconscious when her captives' party travels through the settlement, and the area appears to empty of people quickly after Kuja enters.

When Zidane enters the town, a distinctively unhelpful man who turns out to be the high priest of Esto Gaza, meets him. The priest mistakes Zidane's party for Kuja's group, which has recently ventured through the sacred town to Mount Gulug. The area is considered holy due to its proximity to Shimmering Island, and many people mention holy sights like the "path of souls" or a strange airship appearing over the island (presumably this is the Invincible).

The town cannot be entered after the party returns from Terra due to the emergence of Iifa Tree roots, which surround the settlement.

Spoilers end here.




When the party first meets Mogrika in Esto Gaza, she will have a letter:


From Artemicion to Mogrika

Mogrika! I'm in trouble...

I used too much.

Do you have more? You don't, do you?

Oh, what am I going to do?

The letter the party delivers from Mogrika to Moolan at Mt Gulug:


From Mogrika to Moolan

Artemicion rubbed it all over himself!
The machine needs it to function
properly, kupo!

I know how he must've felt.
I used it on myself once, too.
It's a wonderful thing, but...

Blu Mag[]

Quina can eat the Garuda to learn White Wind.


Esto Gaza can be reached as soon as the party gains access to the Blue Narciss. If the player goes there before it becomes part of the main storyline, it is possible to purchase the Mythril Racket early in the game. This is because the shop at Esto Gaza exclusively stocks Mythril items, such as Mythril Claws, Mythril Dagger, and the Mythril Sword.

It may be worth buying a Mythril Sword, as it is the only weapon from which Steiner can learn Armor Break, and it is unavailable in other shops up until this point. The shop upgrades its stock later, when the player passes through during the story.

The Wing Edge can be collected from around the back of the shop.

Weapons & Armor[]

Before Mount Gulug opened
Item Price
Mythril Dagger 950 gil
Mythril Sword 1,300 gil
Mythril Spear 1,100 gil
Mythril Claws 6,500 gil
Mythril Racket 2,250 gil
Mythril Rod 560 gil
Mythril Fork 4,700 gil
Mythril Armlet 500 gil
Mythril Gloves 980 gil
Mythril Helm 1,000 gil
Mythril Vest 1,180 gil
Mythril Armor 1,830 gil
After Mount Gulug opened
Item Price
Gladius 2,300 gil
Zorlin Shape 6,000 gil
Diamond Sword 4,700 gil
Flame Saber 5,190 gil
Heavy Lance 4,700 gil
Scissor Fangs 8,000 gil
Magic Racket 1,350 gil
Asura's Rod 3,180 gil
Hamelin 5,700 gil
Cypress Pile 3,200 gil
Octagon Rod 4,500 gil
Silver Fork 7,400 gil
Rising Sun 500 gil
Egoist's Armlet 2,000 gil
N-Kai Armlet 3,000 gil
Jade Armlet 3,400 gil
Diamond Gloves 2,000 gil
Venetia Shield 2,800 gil
Black Hood 2,550 gil
Red Hat 3,000 gil
Cross Helm 2,200 gil
Judo Uniform 5,000 gil
Power Vest 7,200 gil
Gold Armor 2,950 gil
Shield Armor 4,300 gil


Before Mount Gulug opened
Item Price
Potion 50 gil
Hi-Potion 200 gil
Phoenix Down 150 gil
Echo Screen 50 gil
Soft 100 gil
Antidote 50 gil
Eye Drops 50 gil
Magic Tag 100 gil
Vaccine 100 gil
Remedy 300 gil
Annoyntment 150 gil
Tent 800 gil
After Mount Gulug opened
Item Price
Hi-Potion 200 gil
Phoenix Down 150 gil
Magic Tag 100 gil
Vaccine 100 gil
Remedy 300 gil
Annoyntment 150 gil
Tent 800 gil


The enemies start to appear after the story events in the Desert Palace.

Screen Encounter Rate
Enemies Frequency AP
Garuda 25% 2
Garuda x2 75% 3
Garuda 25% 2
Garuda x2 75% 3

Musical themes[]

The theme that plays at Esto Gaza is known as "Sacred Grounds."

Other appearances[]

Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade[]

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