This magick needle breaks the enchantments that turn flesh to stone.
Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift description
Gold Needle (金の針, Kin no Hari?), also known as Soft, is an item that appears in various games in the series. It can be used to cure the Petrify status ailment, and in some games, it causes Instant Death to opponents based in stone.
- 1 Appearances
- 1.1 Final Fantasy
- 1.2 Final Fantasy II
- 1.3 Final Fantasy III
- 1.4 Final Fantasy IV
- 1.5 Final Fantasy V
- 1.6 Final Fantasy VI
- 1.7 Final Fantasy VII
- 1.8 Final Fantasy VIII
- 1.9 Final Fantasy IX
- 1.10 Final Fantasy X
- 1.11 Final Fantasy XII
- 1.12 Final Fantasy XIV
- 1.13 Final Fantasy XV
- 1.14 Final Fantasy Tactics
- 1.15 Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
- 1.16 Final Fantasy Dimensions
- 1.17 Final Fantasy Adventure
- 1.18 The Final Fantasy Legend
- 1.19 Final Fantasy Legend II
- 1.20 Final Fantasy Legend III
- 1.21 Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light
- 1.22 Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
- 2 Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances
- 3 Gallery
- 4 Etymology
Appearances[edit | edit source]
|Buy||Elfheim and beyond, except Melmond.|
|Buy||All item shops|
|Find||Castle Deist, Cave of Mysidia|
|Buy||Canaan and beyond (Village of the Ancients and beyond in Famicom release).|
|Find||Canaan, Dragon's Peak, Subterranean Lake (x3)|
|Steal||Helldiver, Petit, Petit Mage, Manticore, Stalagmite, Myrmecoleon, Cockatrice, Gold Warrior, Gold Bear, Gold Eagle, Lost Gold, Nightmare, Gold Knight, Catoblepas, Chimera, Ouroboros, Chimera Mage, Greater Boros, Humbaba|
|Drop||Helldiver, Petit, Petit Mage, Manticore, Stalagmite, Myrmecoleon, Cockatrice, Lost Gold, Gold Warrior, Gold Bear, Gold Eagle, Nightmare, Gold Knight, Catoblepas, Chimera, Ouroboros, Chimera Mage, Greater Boros, Humbaba|
|Buy||All item shops|
|Find||Mt. Hobs, Eblan, Cave of Eblan|
|Steal||Basilisk (3D only), Black Lizard (3D only), Cockatrice (3D only), Needlehog (3D only), Sword Rat (2D only), Medusa (3D only), Gorgon (3D only)|
|Drop||Basilisk (2D and 3D), Black Lizard (3D only), Cockatrice (2D and 3D), Helldiver (2D and 3D), Fledgling Rukh (2D and 3D), Floating Eye (2D and 3D), Blood Eye (2D and 3D), Gatlinghog (2D only), Needlehog (2D and 3D), Sword Rat (2D and 3D), Hellflapper (2D and 3D), Eyewing Moth (2D and Eyewing Moth, Gorgon (3D only), Medusa (3D only)|
|Buy||All item shops|
|Find||Baron (Kain), Sealed Cave x2 (Rydia), Troia Castle (Palom), Tower of Trials (Palom), Palom's Challenge Dungeon, Porom's Challenge Dungeon, Antlion's Den (Edward)|
|Drop||Sword Rat, Floating Eye, Helldiver, Eyewing Moth, Cockatrice, Gatlinghog, Black Lizard, Needlehog, Hellflapper, Blood Eye, Basilisk, Gil Bird, Cliff Eagle, Sky Pupil, Navy Moth|
Removes petrification status.
|Buy||Carwen and beyond.|
|Steal||Cactus, Cockataur, Cybis, Gatlings, Golem, Hypnot, Oculus, Skelasuar, Stoned Mask, Stone Golem, Triton, Nergade, Phobos|
|Drop||Adamngolem (Zefa Zone summon), Cybis, Death Claw, Gatlings, Hedgehog, Rock Statue, Silent Bee, Catastroph|
Gold Needles are an effective way of gaining ABP because they instantly kill the enemies in the basement of Bal Castle. This method also works on all stone based enemies, making it a somewhat limited, but still fairly useful trick to remember.
In the Game Boy Advance version, Cannoneers can use Gold Needles with the Combine ability to create Needle Shot, Needle Burst, and Needle Cannon, respectively, each of which are based on 1000 Needles. Shot deals 1000 guaranteed damage, Burst deals 2000, and Cannon deals 3000.
|Buy||All item shops|
|Find||[WoB] Figaro Castle - Chest,[WoB] South Figaro - Box, [WoB] Thamasa - Box|
|Steal||Cactrot, Mind Candy, Bug|
|Drop||Whisper, Lizard, Cactrot, Tusker, Mind Candy|
|Morph||Guard, Soldier, Hazer, Rain Man, Dark Wind, Brawler, Whisper, Commander, Mesosaur, Beakor, Pterodon, HermitCrab, Hornet, CrassHoppr, Delta Bug, Trilobiter, Nautiloid, Exocite, Reach Frog, Lizard, ChickenLip, Vaporite, Flan, Humpty, Repo Man, Harvester, Figaliz, Aspik, Ghost, Crawler, Sand Ray, Areneid, Actaneon, Dark Side, Crawly, Bleary, Joker, Marshal, Trooper, Warlock, Iron Fist, Apparite, Vectaur, Wyvern, Cirpius, Sprinter, GloomShell, Mind Candy, WeedFeeder, Luridan, Primordite, Cephaler, Maliga, Gigan Toad, Geckorex, Cluck, Poplium, Eland, Deep Eye, GreaseMonk, NeckHunter, Parasite, Anemone,EarthGuard, Coelecite, Hipocampus, Spectre, Slurm, StillGoing, Parasoul, Pm Stalker, Wizard, Scrapper,Commando, Vindr, Kiwok, Rinn, Insecare, Psychot, Muus, Punisher, Gabbledegak, Scorpion, Lich, Bug, Sea Flower, Abolisher, 1st Class, Necromancr|
|Buy||North Corel, Costa del Sol, Gold Saucer, Cosmo Canyon, Gongaga, Nibelheim, Mideel, Bone Village, Corel Prison|
|Steal||Cocatolis, Gagihandi, Bagyrisk, Bloatfloat, Needle Kiss|
|Drop||Cocatolis, Gagihandi, Bagyrisk|
|Buy||All item shops.|
|Find||Dollet (complete dog sidequest before disc 3)|
|Refine||Cockatrice Pinion x1 - Soft x3 (ST Med-RF)|
Cures Petrify and Gradual Petrify.
|Buy||Lindblum and onwards.|
|Steal||Agares, Amarant (Mirror), Basilisk, Catoblepas, Dagger (Mirror), Eiko (Mirror), Epitaph, Freya (Mirror), Ironite, Quina (Mirror), Steiner (Mirror), Stroper, Vivi (Mirror), Zidane (Mirror)|
|Drop||Armstrong, Basilisk, Catoblepas, Ironite, Zombie|
Princess Garnet and Steiner have to help Marcus and Baku retrieve a rare key item called Supersoft from Doctor Tot in Treno. They need this item to rescue their petrified "brother", Blank, who is trapped in Evil Forest.
All "Stone" type enemies can be killed instantly by using a Soft on them, displaying the message "became too soft to live" before vanishing. No EXP will be awarded for an enemy killed in this manner, but AP will still be given.
|Buy||Djose Temple and beyond|
|Find||Mushroom Rock Road (after Djose Temple (x4)), Home (Living Quarters; pick second option on second row)|
|Steal||Cave Iguion, Dinonix, Iguion, Ipiria, Melusine, Raptor, Yowie|
|Other||Prize: Blitzball - Tournament (2nd Place (x4))|
Gift: Mi'ihen Highroad (South - "Don't kick the blitzball" (x3))
|Cost||Varies, starting at 50 gil|
|Find||Mi'ihen Highroad (chapter 1/2/3/5)|
|Buy||Rabanastre, Lowtown Merchants, Nalbina, Bhujerba, Jahara, Eruyt, Mt Bur-Omisace, Mosphoran Highwaste, Old Archades, Archades, Nam-Yensa Sandsea, Leviathan, Balfonheim, Phon Coast|
A medical instrument that increases blood circulation and disples tension from the body. Cures petrification.
Gold Needle cures Stone status from a party member. It can be bought from shops and found in outpost areas. Stone wears off quickly and makes one invulnerable for its duration, and thus players can simply wait out the status rather than use items to cure it. The Melusine battle is on a timer, however, and thus a stock of Gold Needles can come handy for that battle.
Use a gold needle to change a petrified unit back to normal. Breaks after one use.
|Also called||Soft (PS)|
|Buy||All shops, (after battle at Mandalia Plains (visit Eagrose Castle after).|
|Find||Use Treasure Hunter in Araguay Woods, Golgollada Gallows and Mining Town of Gollund.|
The ability required to use it can be learned from the Chemist job for 250 JP.
Drink this potion to soften stony skin.
A Ranger can use a Gold Needle with Mirror Item to turn targets to stone.
|Effect||Cures Stone status.|
Soft can be bought for 90 GP and remove the Ston status, it has 3 uses.
Needle can be bought for 500 GP. It removes the condition of Stone from a party member and it has 3 uses.
Soft has a potion icon before its name. It can be bought in numerous towns across the various worlds for 1000 GP. It has 4 uses, and also increases a Robot's HP by 9 when equipped on them. The item heals Ston from one target.
A curious needle of gold with the power to restore life to those turned to stone. Purified by white mages, the holy essence enters the body through the skin, dissolving the curse of petrification from within. While many speak of the glorious feeling of joints and muscles loosening, it has proven ineffective against common shoulder tightness and back pain.
Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances[edit | edit source]
After Matoya stoned Lana, Pit helps her remember them, and she materializes a Soft potion to remove the petrification on Lana. The Gold Needle was called SOFT with a potion icon after its name (Soft Potion) in the original Nintendo translation.
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Etymology[edit | edit source]
The concept for this item could originate from acupuncture (needle therapy). However, the original intent as shown by the early artwork is clearly a sewing needle, rather than an acupuncture needle. Gold-plated needles intended for cloth are reputed to have a smooth glide both through the cloth and when threading, which may be intended as a means of piercing the stone.