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Ishteen is a Trophy Rare Game enemy found in the Barheim Passage in Final Fantasy XII. If the player wants the Tournesol, or is trying to make High Arcana, they could use Ishteen for farming. The only other way to obtain Soul of Thamasa is from a rare drop (6%) from an Oversoul.

Bestiary entry[]

Derivation: Reaper
Reaper transformed by a powerful infusion of Mist. Hunted in the Barheim Passage.


How to find[]

The player must have spoken to the "Huntmaster" in Phon Coast and defeated Thalassinon to start of the Rare Game quest. Ishteen then spawns within the Barheim Passage in the Zeviah Span and East-West Bypass areas. Its odds of appearing increase by 2% every ten seconds the party spends in these areas. The odds hit 100% after roughly eight and a half minutes. It will appear right next to the party.

Like all Trophy Game, it will never respawn once killed. It is actually possible to zone back and forth between the two areas and make it appear in both, stealing one Soul of Thamasa from each.


Ishteen is not particularly a tough enemy to defeat. It knows many high level spells and can use Death to instantly kill a party member. It can also use Doom.

Like the Rare Game Negalmuur, Ishteen knows Necromancy, summoning the undead (in this case, Dead Bones). Unlike Negalmuur, Ishteen does not use Necromancy frequently, so the auto-leveling trick is not good to use on this enemy.

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Ishteen is "one" in Ancient Assyro-Babylonian language. This makes sense since Ishteen, being a Trophy Rare Game enemy, only spawns once. The name can be a reference to Inanna, an ancient Mesopotamian goddess associated with love, beauty, sex, war, justice and political power, also known and worshipped as Ishtar by the Akkadians, Babylonians, and Assyrians.

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