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Your Majesty does not disappoint. Ever quick to spurn an honorable surrender, as was your father!
—Judge Ghis

Judge Ghis is a storyline boss in Final Fantasy XII. The party engages him on board the Dreadnought Leviathan. Three Imperial Swordsmen fight alongside him.

Ghis is fought alongside the other Archadian Judges on Stage 100 of the Trial Mode in the Zodiac versions, where the Circlet can be stolen from him.

Bestiary entryEdit

Page 1: ObservationsEdit

Being one of the Judge Magisters of the Archadian Empire.
Officiant of the 13th Bureau and commander of the Leviathan, the flagship of the 8th Fleet of the Western Armada, led by Lord Vayne.
In addition to official duties, he also works in secret, carrying out tasks assigned him by Vayne personally.



Trial Mode


Fighting Ghis

Battle with Judge Ghis.

Ghis starts with Greater Barrier which gives him Protect and Shell. His attacks do significant damage, possibly killing weak characters. Ghis is slow, as he never runs.

The battle ends once Judge Ghis's HP falls below 25% (1,030).


The player should use Protect to lessen the damage and it would be optimal to have the party at level 14 or higher, as well as with full Quickening gauges. The party should concentrate on taking down the Imperial Swordsmen before attacking Ghis.

A tactic is to have an ally run as soon as they are targeted in circles around the length of the room (after the other soldiers are dealt with). As Ghis will only walk, not run, the player can stay out of his reach and have the other allies attack him with ranged weapons or magick as he is distracted.

Another tactic is to use a Quickening as soon as the battle starts, as three Rank I Quickenings and the resulting Inferno Concurrence will almost certainly finish Ghis off.

Trial ModeEdit

Ghis is fought in Stage 100 alongside the other four Judge Magisters: Drace, Zargabaath, Bergan and Gabranth.

While having the lowest HP, Ghis is arguably the most dangerous as he focuses on dispelling and crippling the party with status effects, as his Curse inflicts incapacitating ailments on the party. He can cast Dispelga which can be fatal if all the Judges are still alive and can use strong magick like Scourge, which deals a lot of damage. In the PlayStation 2 version this also delays the party's magicks due to effect capacity limitations.

If any party members are in Reverse, Ghis will use an Elixir on them, reducing their HP and MP to 1 and leaving them wide open to a KO by a Potion thrown by one of the other Judges. Ghis is the only Judge to heal himself with Elixirs, and is vulnerable to the Disease status.


Ghis should be the first Judge to be taken out; his low HP makes him an easier target, and he'll keep inflicting status ailments on the party while removing their buffs with Dispelga, forcing them on a defensive. Equipping Ribbons nullifies Ghis's status attacks. (A Ribbon is found in a treasure in the stage with the Diamond Armlet equipped.) The Nihopalaoa+Remedy trick can be used to put several of the other Judges to Sleep, letting the player focus on Ghis more freely. The same trick is effective on Ghis himself, inflicting him with Disease to prevent him from being healed.

Zodiark's Final Eclipse is a quick and effective way to bring down Ghis. The player should summon Zodiark and immediately use Final Eclipse to deal 60,000 damage, then use an Elixir on the summoner to restore their Mist Charges and do it again. The weakened Ghis can then be finished off with a Quickening chain from the other party members.


Related enemiesEdit