Etém is an undead/reaper-type enemy in Final Fantasy XII found in the optional part of the Henne Mines accessed after the player has acquired ten Espers and spoken to the geomancer in Jahara. It can drop the Ivory Pole.
Page 1: Observations
- Being casualties of invasion or oppression, these entities appear before those who are doomed to die, cutting away their victims' lives with cruel scythes, out of hatred for the men who ended theirs. Many accounts hold these creatures to be a sort of grim reaper, but recent research has confirmed them to be nothing more than ghosts.
Page 2: The Town Crier
- Hear ye, hear ye! Another Day of Dust has come and gone, and what a day it was! On what other day can you have fey dust sprinkled upon your forehead, instantly absolving you of all sin and evil? Of course, it's not always such a day of rejoicing. Why, last year, shipments of the dust, known as soul powder, where waylaid and merchants everywhere sold out of the stuff far too quickly. This year, stock was set aside in advance, and all who wished to participate could.
If an Etém has been made invisible without it seeing a party member, it can only attack if a party member is below 50% HP or is afflicted with Doom. As such, a healthy party can quickly neutralize an Etém by using Vanish or Vanisgha. Etéms sometimes spawn Necrofiends after being defeated.
If an Etém is afflicted with both Disable and Confuse, it will continuously teleport without pause, making them difficult to take out due to both the invincibility granted and status effects not wearing out. The player can easily witness this by throwing a Remedy at an Etém with the Nihopalaoa equipped.
The name probably refers to etemmu, ghost in the Akkadian language that some sources describe as angry and malevolent being who sought to harm the living because they were not buried properly, or because their funerals provided insufficient offerings, or were irritated by their method of death.