Galdin Quay is a resort area in Final Fantasy XV, close to the Leide region. It is a former fishing village and Niflheim trading port that has had a lot of Altissian influence due to being a direct route to Accordo. Palm trees, bungalows, and the Cygillan Ocean surround the area.
It has a spa, a restaurant and a hotel in a building suspended over the water, and a pier with the boat to Altissia. The resort's beach has a fishing spot, a campsite, and a caravan. The Galdin Quay hotel costs a staggering 10,000 gil to stay in, but provides a lucrative double experience multiplier. It is available since Chapter 1, making it a popular stop for those who can afford it until Chapter 9 when the Leville Royal Suite in Altissia becomes available. Angelgard is visible off the coast of Galdin Quay, a mysterious island whose shape resembles wings. In the Royal and Windows Editions, the player can dock the royal vessel at Galdin Quay.
On a bench near the item shop.
- Stunning seaside getaway along the Vannath Coast in southern Leide. Known not only for its world-class spa, but also for the exquisite seafood dishes crafted by Mother of Pearl's chef de cuisine, Coctura Arlund.
- While the quay currently enjoys its reputation as the kingdom's premier resort, Galdin itself was once a quiet fishing town. That all changed when Niflheim made inroads into Lucian territory some 150 years ago and effectively put all lands outside the Crown City under imperial control. From that time onward, the former fishing village turned into a trading post connecting the Lucian continent with the imperial province of Accordo.
- In time, the empire shifted their shipping operations from the sea to the skies, and Galdin's importance as an imperial outpost diminished. What the town lost in strategic value, however, it gained in culture, gleaning heavily from Altissian immigrants drawn to Lucian shores. In that sense, one could say the quay owes its current success to the empire's intervention.
Prince Noctis and his friends arrive in Galdin Quay to board the ship to Altissia where Noctis is to marry Lady Lunafreya. When they arrive at the pier they find that the Niflheim Empire is stopping the ship from running. The party runs into Ardyn Izunia, whom the party doesn't recognize as the chancellor of Niflheim. Ardyn knows who Noctis is, saying trying to board a ship to Altissia will be futile, and implies that the ceasefire played a part in the blockade by Niflheim.
A reporter named Dino Ghiranze recognizes Noctis as the prince and offers to organize a ship if he does him a favor by bringing him a certain gem. According to the Episode Carbuncle #10, Dino hangs out by the pier to catch the latest news and gossip from those traveling from Altissia, although the true reason may be so he can stay near Coctura Arlund, the chef of the renowned Mother of Pearl restaurant of the resort. The party appeases Dino's request and stays at the hotel, but the morning papers bring grim news: Insomnia has fallen and been occupied by the empire. Disturbed, the party heads back to the Crown City.
When the long night begins to overrun Eos, Galdin Quay is given enough time to set up a barricade and becomes an outpost for the Hunters and Kingsglaive. It remains the only working dock in Lucis. When Dino and some hunters spot King Regis's royal vessel off the coast of the quay, Dino informs Talcott Hester. Libertus Ostium and other members of the Kingsglaive go to Galdin Quay to help haul in the boat and fix it up. When power is restored to Galdin Quay, a member of the Kingsglaive heads down to the quay and is greeted by Libertus. They hop on the boat and head to Angelgard.
When Noctis awakens after his ten-year sleep in the Crystal, he sails his father's ship from Angelgard island to Galdin Quay only to find the resort abandoned and overrun by daemons. Remains of Dino's and Coctura's clothes are strewn about where they used to stay on the resort.
The parking area outside has a weapon shop.
The resort comprises of the restaurant, hotel, and the docks. In Windows and Royal Editions, the player can dock the royal vessel here. The player can also sit on the pier and gaze at Angelgard.
If the player speaks to the masseur, Noctis can get a massage. If the player reads the sign for the spa, his party members suggest they should do it, but Noctis will decline.
Mother of Pearl
Mother of Pearl restaurant is operated by Coctura Arlund, who is the local tipster for hunters. The menu is expensive but provides good buffs. Ignis Scientia can learn two recipes from eating here. Tenebraen Berry Opera is added to the menu after bringing Coctura Ulwaat Berries obtained from Tony at Cape Caem farm.
|Galdin Gratin|| HP Boost (Level 10): Max HP +500|
Fresh: Strength +50, Magic +50, EXP +10%
|Patch notes: Pre-v1.02 Price: 8900|
|White Fish in Tomato Sauce|
(Stewed White Fish in Tomato Sauce)
| Attack Boost (Level 16): Strength +160|
HP Boost (Level 18): Max HP +900
Poisonproof: Immune to Poison
|Patch notes: Pre-v1.02 Price: 2800|
|Sea's Bounty Risotto|| Attack Boost (Level 12): Strength +120|
HP Boost (Level 12): Max HP +600
Regen Boost (Level 1): HP Recovery Rate +25%
|1300||Fisherman's Favorite Paella||Default|
|Patch notes: Pre-v1.02 Price: 1800|
|Steamed Crab with Rock Salt||Resistant: Immune to Fire, Ice, and Lightning elemental damage||3200||—||Default|
|Patch notes: Pre-v1.02 Price: 7200|
|Tenebraen Berry Opera|
|Magemaster: Magic +500, Strength becomes 0||12000||Memory Lane Pastry||Complete Coctura's sidequest: Berried Memories|
|Patch notes: Pre-v1.02 Price: 17500|
The beach nearby is part of Vannath Coast. The player can fish at the pier and stay at the caravan or haven, which is much cheaper than staying at the resort or eating at the restaurant here. Staying at the campsite triggers a tour with Gladiolus Amicitia. Stoneshears spawn at the end of the beach, and there is also a mineral deposit here.
A Magic Flask is found on the beach near to the resort in Chapter 15.
Aldare's is a kiosk located by the parking lot, near the bridge that leads to the resort.
Culless Munitions - Galdin
Culless Munitions is a weapon and accessories vendor operating from a black van at the Galdin Quay parking lot.
|Broadsword||150||ATK 42 MP+6|
Makes it easier to land critical blows when attacking in succession.
|War Sword||150||ATK 78 HP+65|
Inflicts stunning blows that deprive foes of their defense.
In low health, delivers critical strikes.
|Avengers||150||ATK 43 MP+4 Magic+5|
In low health, delivers critical strikes.
|Cocytus||150||ATK 45 Spirit+7|
Inflicts ice damage.
Bob's Bait Emporium
Fun for big fish and small fry.Poster
Bob's Bait Emporium is by the Vannath Coast fishing spot at Galdin Quay. It is always open.
|Poppeck: White Chocobo||50|
|Poppeck: Red Chocobo||50|
|Sweet Jamming: Custard||50|
|Sweet Jamming: Flan||50|
|Sweet Jamming: Mousse||50|
|Bomber: Ice Bomb||50|
|Bomber: Thunder Bomb||50|
There are two fishing spots in the area: one at the beach overlooking the hotel building (Vannath Coast), and a secluded one at the north end of the beach (Galdin Shoals). This was added in the v.1.02 patch.
Navyth Arlund's last fishing quest, "Angler's Nightmare", has Noctis catch the "Devil of the Cygillan" (Murk Grouper). Navyth is found on the beach at Galdin Quay. It is best to be at least level 7 in fishing. The fish won't be visible on the minimap, but it can be found on the fishing spot nearest to Navyth during daytime by casting the line to the middle of the fishing area, or a little to the right. If the player spots a giant fish lurking under the surface, they have found it.
Suitable lures are the ones that sink, but an especially good fit is the Burrower: Abyss Worm. It will be a tough battle to reel in the fish, as it will struggle a lot (water is splashing and the controller vibrates). The player must not reel when the fish struggles, but there might only be short windows for reeling as the fish fights back most of the time. Tapping the reel button tends to work better than holding against fish that struggle a lot. Because the fish is so big, it wears down the line fast, and thus the player needs good technique and equipment to catch the fish.
Completing the quest yields 5000 EXP along with the Tranquility rod (290 defense).
|Peace to the Beach||Galdin Quay||1||Rubyshears x3||Vannath Coast (All Times)||11||1,950 gil, Hi-Elixir||★★|
|The Gourmands of Vannath||Galdin Quay||1||Sparkshears x3||Vannath Coast (All Times)||17||3,040 gil, Megalixir||★★|
|Stealers of Lives||Galdin Quay||1||Glamhoth x7||Vannath Coast (Nighttime)||17||3,070 gil, Fencer's Anklet||★★|
|Footfalls in the Dark||Galdin Quay||3||Hobgoblin x5||Vannath Coast (Nighttime)||20||3,250 gil, Megalixir||★★|
|A Nightmare Came by Ferry||Galdin Quay||3||Seadevil x5||Vannath Coast (All Times)||28||4,250 gil, Carbon Bangle||★★|
The party can find a hungry cat on the path to the main building. Interacting with it has Noctis promise to feed it with fish he has caught himself. The player can fish at the local fishing spots if they don't have any fish yet. The cat rejects the fish however, but talking to the chef at the restaurant has her cook the fish for the cat.
The player can access Dino's sidequests from Chapter 2 onwards by returning to Galdin Quay and talking to him. Completing the quests he gives out yields accessories that boost Strength.
The player can take a group photo on the parking lot facing toward the resort building.
"Eye for Islands" is a quest for Vyv Dorden at Lestallum that becomes available after completing "The Perfect Landscape". Vyv requests a photo of Angelgard taken from Galdin Quay. Completing the quest yields 1,500 EXP and 7,500 gil.
Photo Op: Quay becomes available in Chapter 3; when the player drives near Galdin Quay in the Regalia, Prompto will suggest taking a group photo on the hill overlooking the quay.
Photo Op: Restaurant is a quest in Windows/Royal Editions of the game, where the player can take a photo off the coast of Galdin Quay from the deck of the royal vessel.
Eating Sea's Bounty Risotto at Mother of Pearl teaches Fisherman's Favorite Paella. Eating Tenebraen Berry Opera (after completing Coctura's quest for Ulwaat Berries, which are obtained from Caem farm in Chapter 8) teaches Memory Lane Pastry.
Artist in Altissia
There is a drawing of Coctura on the counter of her restaurant, drawn by the artist in Altissia.
- Before the long night
There are two Oracle Ascension Coins to obtain: The Mysterious Stranger throws one to the party in a cut scene, and the player can pick another one up from a small table on the side of the deck.
- Fossil Wood x2 (Vannath Coast and the grassy area near the Galdin Shoals fishing spot)
- Ancient Dragon Tooth (Galdin Shoals fishing spot)
- Greenstone Shard (Galdin Shoals fishing spot)
- Sharp Bone (beach north from the Vannath Coast fishing spot)
- Fossil Shell x2 (by the palm trees and canoe next to the bridge leading to the resort and on the beach south from the bridge)
- Debased Coin (under the bridge leading to the resort)
- Metal Scrap x2 (on the bridge and near the north hotel room)
- Rusted Bit (pier at the end of the resort)
- Chapter 14
- Post game
Enemies roam the resort in Chapter 14. The player will fight them with Noctis alone.
- Goblin (resort)
- Tonberry (restaurant)
- Garchimacera (hotel room)
- Skeleton (hotel room)
- Lich (resort)
- Naga (resort)
- Hobgoblin (bridge)
- Iron Giant (beach)
- Red Giant (beach)
- Black Flan (beach)
- Cryonade (grassland)
- Master Tonberry (under the stone arch on the beach)
- Necromancer (grassland)
- Daemonwall (tunnel)
The background theme to Galdin Quay is simply called "Galdin Quay". It has a "seaside" version and "restaurant" version, the music transitioning seamlessly when the player steps into the restaurant. The transition is based on musical timing, and is set to be in sync with a specific musical accent. This is done so that it wouldn't sound like a simple crossfade, but as if the pianist and drummer were playing the music and made the change organically.
Behind the scenes
The developers aimed to make Galdin Quay feel like exploring a floating hotel.
Noctis's bachelor party at Galdin Quay was in the plans, but Director Hajime Tabata wanted it cut, deeming that it would not be fitting because of the world events surrounding the party's stay there.
A quay is a structure parallel to the shore where ships can dock. Its English name sounds like "golden key".
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- Five Exciting Destinations You'll Visit In Final Fantasy XV (Accessed: April 21, 2018) at Game Informer
- Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Exhibition - Synopsis of Panel with the Developers of FFXV (Accessed: April 21, 2018) at /r/FFXV at reddit.com