Silicon Tortoise is an enemy in Final Fantasy XII. It appears on the Giza Plains in the Tracks of the Beast area, which is accessible during the wet season, and also in the Drybeam Cavern and Halls of Ardent Darkness sections of the Zertinan Caverns, accessible from the Ozmone Plain. It commonly drops Aged Turtle Shells, which are worth over 1,000 gil a piece. They also rarely yield the Officer's Hat.

Bestiary entry[edit | edit source]

Page 1: Observations[edit | edit source]

Being a variety of giant tortoise spending its infant stage quietly beneath soil, only to emerge upon maturity. It is a quality of the giant tortoises that, depending on how deep down in the earth their youth was spent, the composition of their shell, and thus the particular species to which they belong, comes to differ. Of their ilk, the silicon tortoise has spent its youth in the deepest of tenable places, being born with a thick layer of fat inside its shell so as to sustain its growth without the need to eat.

Page 2: Talk About Town[edit | edit source]

Armor, once sundered, requires Repair, and that costing more dearly when such is of High Quality. Why? Fool! You must use Materials of like Strength lest all Assays at Repair be entered into vainly. Nor is the Procurement of such a mean Task. Stories abound of hale Warriors venturing forth to obtain Shells tough as Iron and ne'er returning, having run afoul of said Shell's Occupant.
Kana, White Mage

Stats[edit | edit source]

The Original Japanese Guidebook cites the Silicon Tortoises' MP as being 3075 - 3105, but subsequent guides list it as 999.

Giza Plains

Zertinan Caverns

AI script[edit | edit source]

FiraAny time (5%).
ThundaraAny time (5%).
BlizzaraAny time (5%).
Watera (Aquara in zodiac versions)When the enemy is close by (5%).
When the enemy is far away (50%).
FlattenAny time (25%).
PurifyWhen inflicted with a negative status and the enemy is far away (100%).
FlashWhen the enemy is close by (25%).
MeditateWhen MP < 20% and the enemy is far away (100%).
TargetingAttacks enemy with highest enmity.
LinkingDoes not link.
PursuitOnly pursues within its patrol area.

Battle[edit | edit source]

Silicon Tortoise is slow and is more likely to use magick when the party is further away, but uses Flash to blind them when close. It uses Flatten, a physical attack, to deal area damage in its vicinity. If afflicted with ailments, it will heal itself. Silicon Tortoise uses Meditate when low on MP and when its target is so far away it can't attack them. It attacks the party member with the highest enmity, and thus may target healers unless there is someone else with Lure in the party. It does not leave its patrol area.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

An easy way to defeat the Silicon Tortoise at lower levels is to obtain a gun with an attack power of 30 or higher, and some Wyrmfire Shot. The player should inflict the Oil status on the tortoise and then deal ~6,000+ hit points per shot. If this person is berserked, they can reach the damage cap per shot (original version) if they are around level 20.

Other appearances[edit | edit source]

Pictlogica Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

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