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Fossil Roo is a tunnel that connects the Mist Continent with the Outer Continent. It is an ancient transport network in Final Fantasy IX. It becomes inaccessible in the endgame.

Fossil Roo is a network of roots from the huge Iifa Tree, which flow through underground tunnels. The passengers ride holding onto the back of a giant mole-cricket-like insect called the gargant. It is beckoned by feeding it flowers that resemble large dandelions. The gargant's routes may be altered by various switches along the path, which open up water valves across roots that deter the gargant.

There is another gargant tunnel, called Gargan Roo, which transports people around the Mist Continent.

Story[edit | edit source]

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Entrance to the Fossil Roo found in Qu's Marsh.

The entrance to Fossil Roo is hidden in the Qu's Marsh near Lindblum. Zidane, Vivi, and Princess Garnet find Quina in the marsh, who leads them through the tall grass in search of frogs to dine on. Quina inadvertently discovers the excavation site that leads to Fossil Roo but misses the chance to catch any frogs.

Zidane feeds a gargant a flower.

The party descends into the tunnel where they are pursued by the mechanized Armodullahan. After being chased across a stone bridge with many pendulum-like axes, Armodullahan falls into a hole and the party has a short time to rest before they are interrupted by the bounty hunter Lani. Lani was hired by Queen Brahne to retrieve Garnet's royal pendant. However, Garnet refuses to hand it over and Lani attacks the party. After being defeated, Lani escapes back to the entrance of Fossil Roo, and the party continues down into the tunnels.

Fossil Roo becomes inaccessible once the party exits it; the entrance from Qu's Marsh gets blocked off by rubble, and the Gargant that the party used to reach the exit to the Outer Continent is a one-way ride. After the party returns from Terra, the entrance from the Outer Continent is further blocked by an Iifa root.

Spoilers end here.

Items[edit | edit source]

Quests[edit | edit source]

Mognet[edit | edit source]

In Fossil Roo, the party will meet Mogki, who has a letter:

Very Bored, Kupo!

From Kuppo to Mogki

I'm bored, kupo!

I'm so bored, I'm going to hide away!

Try finding me in this cavern!

Hint: I'm behind a wall...

If the party finds Kuppo in the mining minigame, he will send a letter to Kupo in Alexandria.

The Most Important Thing in Life

From Kuppo to Kupo

Fossil Roo is very comfortable!
I like it here. Kupo!

We play hide-and-seek every day!
The most important things in life
are to work hard and play hard! Kupo!

After returning from Terra the party can start a quest to restore Mognet Central by talking to Kupo at Alexandria. As part of this chain of letters Mois from the Fossil Roo entrance sends a letter to Noggy at Daguerreo.

It's That Thing

From Mois to Noggy

I think Mognet can go back to standard
operation if we get the right item!

Kupo! If you ask me, I think the item
they're looking for is that thing!

You know what I mean, right?

It's that... thing!

Mining minigame[edit | edit source]

Zidane mining.

Fossil Roo contains a mining spot where the player can choose to dig in certain areas for items. The mining opens up when the player speaks to the treasure hunter who requests a Potion in return for letting Zidane have a go at mining. The rewards include Potions, Hi-Potions, Ore, and the Madain's Ring accessory. Finding Madain's Ring yields an achievement/trophy in the latest versions. The player can excavate all possible points, and if they don't find the ring, go back a screen and return to excavating.

The player can dig in any area (top or bottom portion) of the central column. At the top there is a loose wall on the right, which can be knocked down to free a moogle called Kuppo. His Mogshop has the same items as Mogki's earlier in the Roo, but he has a letter to deliver. Freeing him also yields an achievement/trophy in the latest versions.

Blu Mag[edit | edit source]

Quina can eat Abomination or Seeker Bat to learn Night, and Griffin to learn White Wind. Feather Circle can be eaten for LV4 Holy, and is the earliest encountered enemy with this spell.

Shops[edit | edit source]

Mogki's and Kuppo's Mogshops[edit | edit source]

Item Price
Potion 50 gil
Phoenix Down 150 gil
Echo Screen 50 gil
Soft 100 gil
Antidote 50 gil
Eye Drops 50 gil
Annoyntment 150 gil
Tent 800 gil

Treasure Hunter's Inventory[edit | edit source]

Item Price
Ice Brand 3,780 gil
Partisan 1,600 gil
Multina Racket 750 gil
Stardust Rod 760 gil
Mythril Armlet 500 gil
Thunder Gloves 1,200 gil
Bandana 500 gil
Mage's Hat 600 gil
Mythril Helm 1,000 gil
Chain Plate 810 gil
Mythril Vest 1,180 gil
Adaman Vest 1,600 gil
Mythril Armor 1,830 gil
Potion 50 gil
Phoenix Down 150 gil
Echo Screen 50 gil
Soft 100 gil
Antidote 50 gil
Eye Drops 50 gil
Remedy 300 gil
Annoyntment 150 gil
Tent 800 gil

Phoenix Pinion, Remedy and Ether can be purchased from Stiltzkin for 555 gil.

Enemies[edit | edit source]

A battle background in Fossil Roo.

By maintaining a good distance and dodging all traps along the way, the player can completely avoid the battle against Armodullahan.

Musical themes[edit | edit source]

The themes that play in Fossil Roo are called "Fossil Roo" and "Ancient Passage".

Other appearances[edit | edit source]

Pictlogica Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

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Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

A path in Fossil Roo has an unused background element of a detonator. FossilRooDetonatorSmall

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The French word rue, pronounced more or less like "roo", means "street".

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