- For the enemy see Cur Nakk
Karnak (originally romanized Karnac) is a town in Final Fantasy V. It is accessible on both Bartz's world and merged world. It is located north of the Library of the Ancients, although any land access to it has been blocked by the huge wall that Queen Karnak ordered her people to build. The town enjoys prosperity granted by an amplification device hooked up to the fire crystal in Karnak Castle. Karnak is filled with many freestanding fires; attempting to interact with one will cause the lead character to jump back in pain.
The fire crystal's amplification device, built by Cid Previa, granted prosperity to the town of Karnak, making it incredibly cheap for smiths to build weapons and armor. Many scholars from the Library of the Ancients protested this, warning of dangerous consequences for using the amplification device, causing Queen Karnak to build a wall to keep them out. This blocked off passage south to the Library of the Ancients, which also meant travelers from Jachol could not return home. Cracks in the fire crystal also caused flames to shoot out, many appearing in the town.
The Karnak meteorite fell, out of which a werewolf—later identified as Tsuze—appeared, having came to protect the fire crystal. Bartz Klauser and the party later used the teleporter from Walse Meteorite to travel to Karnak, also in search of the fire crystal, but were arrested after being spotted in Karnak and accused of guilt by association.
Karnak is located on the northern-most continent of the world, directly adjacent to Karnak Castle. To its northwest is Istory, with a waterfall, and to its west is a path south towards the Library of the Ancients, and Jachol. The wall built by Queen Karnak, however, cuts Karnak off from this part of the world.
The town is built mostly from stone, surrounded by a large wall with a moat made of flame at its entrance (likely a consequence of the town's suspicious attitude towards outsiders). As with other towns, it is home to a pub, inn, and several shops, wherein the shops sell wares at a discount due to the fire crystal allowing smiths to make equipment for cheap. Notable about the town is the many flames dotted around, which were shot out from cracks in the fire crystal.
Weapon and armor prices are reduced to 25% of their actual price, before the player is arrested; however, they are only able to access a shop once before this happens. This can be exploited to gain easy gil by buying multiple amounts of the same item for a reduced price and then selling them back after leaving jail in Karnak Castle.
- Armor shop
|Mythril Shield||590 gil|
|Mythril Helm||550 gil|
|Plumed Hat||350 gil|
|Mythril Armor||700 gil|
|Silver Plate||600 gil|
|Silk Robe||500 gil|
|Mythril Gloves||600 gil|
|Silver Armlet||500 gil|
- Weapon shop
|Mythril Knife||450 gil|
|Mythril Sword||880 gil|
|Mythril Hammer||1,050 gil|
|Flame Rod||750 gil|
|Frost Rod||750 gil|
|Thunder Rod||750 gil|
- Weapon shop (After Karnak Castle)
|Mythril Spear||790 gil|
|Diamond Bell||500 gil|
- Item shop
|Eye Drops||20 gil|
|Maiden's Kiss||60 gil|
|Gold Needle||150 gil|
|Phoenix Down||1,000 gil|
- Magic shop (White Magic)
- Magic shop (Black Magic)
|Flame Rod||Barrel on the Wall.|
- Outside (Bartz's world)
- Outside (merged world)
The first main quest in Karnak is to attempt to purchase an item from the weapon or armor shop. After this, the party is then thrown into the dungeon of Karnak Castle, leading them to the next quest. The player will likely wish to purchase magic from the shop before the Fire-Powered Ship dungeon. Finding the Flame Rod in Karnak provides an easy way to defeat Shiva in Walse, as breaking it casts powerful fire magic on all opponents.
Another main quest involves the party finding Cid Previa in the pub, after first finding Mid Previa in the Library of the Ancients. This is a brief quest that only involves dialogue, though the party can find Cid there before finding Mid first if they arrive after completing the Fire-Powered Ship dungeon.
The party leader can play a piano at the pub. Playing all the pianos in the world acquires the last song, Hero's Rime. This is the third piano the player is likely to encounter, and thus results in the early lessons of finger exercises rather than playing a full song.
Unlike most towns, "Cursed Lands" (呪いの地, Noroi no Chi?), also known as "Cursed Earth," is the background theme that plays at Karnak.
One of the servers of Final Fantasy XIV is named Karnak.
Karnak, comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings near Luxor, in Egypt. Building at the complex began during the reign of Senusret I in the Middle Kingdom and continued into the Ptolemaic period, although most of the extant buildings date from the New Kingdom. The area around Karnak was the ancient Egyptian Ipet-isut ("The Most Selected of Places") and the main place of worship of the eighteenth dynasty Theban Triad with the god Amun as its head. It is part of the monumental city of Thebes.The Karnak Temple Complex, commonly known as