Stellazzio (ステラツィオ, Suteratsio?) are thirteen rare coins by the artist of the same name in Final Fantasy IX. Found at specific locations in Gaia, each Stellazzio is named after one of the twelve signs of the zodiac. The thirteenth Stellazzio is an ancient sign called Ophiuchus.
List of Stellazzio coins[edit | edit source]
Aries[edit | edit source]
The Story of 12 Zodiacs. The 11 Zodiacs pondered. How best to catch Virgo's heart? Aries headed east.
The Aries is found in the Dali windmill. It is behind the shaft of the windmill at the bottom floor.
Taurus had an idea. He would give Virgo a gift. Through the forest and over the mountain, he found a star.
The Taurus is found behind the item shop in the slums of Treno.
Gemini thought by the river: 'I will sing her a song.' He didn't know where she was, but he hoped his song would reach her.
The Gemini is found by throwing ten gil into the fountain at the entrance of Treno thirteen consecutive times.
Cancer headed to the cape where Virgo waited. The sun was setting into the ocean. Would he finally see her?
The Cancer is found behind the overturned cart in the suburbs of Burmecia. The player must check the area around the cart on the left side for the coin.
Leo[edit | edit source]
Leo was waiting for the sun to set into the ocean. Then Cancer showed up, and they began to fight. Into the ocean they fell...
The Leo is found in Alexandria Castle's Neptune statue room, in the corner of the right wall. The player must get there by going through the west tower's side door.
Virgo[edit | edit source]
Watching the sunset from the cape, Virgo whispered, "My only wish is to be with you now..."
The Virgo is found in the inn of the Black Mage Village, next to the chest.
Libra[edit | edit source]
Libra was a perverse fellow. He would always walk in the opposite direction of the sun. Would he ever see Virgo?
The Libra is found next to the fountain in Madain Sari, toward the rear.
Scorpio was very timid. He always looked at his shadow until one day he decided to look away. He walked up a hill.
The Scorpio is found in the Cave area of Quan's Dwelling, at the bottom of the screen, near where the hot spring can be accessed to restore HP and MP.
Sagittarius dashed through the night, defying the chilly northern wind that was stinging his right cheek.
The Sagittarius is found in Lindblum's Business District, during its reconstruction. The player must search the corner of the dirt path on the left side of the screen.
Impatient Capricorn ran up a hill toward the sun and fell asleep from exhaustion.
The Capricorn is found submerged to the right of Daguerreo's entrance.
Aquarius arrived late. He asked everyone, "Who kissed Virgo?"
The Aquarius is found behind the right pillar in a chest at Ipsen's Castle.
Pisces said to Aquarius, 'Virgo made her choice. Go see him and he'll tell you the rest.'
The Pisces is found in a chest at the Core area of the Invincible.
Their future was uncertain, but Scorpio and Virgo kissed in the light of dusk. That moment meant everything.
After all the other twelve are discovered and given to Queen Stella in Treno, she suspects that there may be a thirteenth Stellazzio. She will then give the player back all twelve coins to figure out the location of the thirteenth coin.
Finding Ophiuchus[edit | edit source]
The Ophiuchus is found in the same spot as the Scorpio. It can be worked out from the clues on the back of each of the coins in order (when looking at them in the Key Item menu), and deducing the following:
- "...headed east."
- "...Through the forest and over the mountain..."
- "...by the river..."
- "...the cape...the sun was setting into the ocean..."
- "...waiting for the sun to set in the ocean..."
- "...watching the sunset from the cape..."
- "...opposite the direction of the sun..."
- "...always looked at his shadow, until one day, he decided to look away. He walked up a hill..."
- "...dashed through the night, defying the chilly northern wind that was stinging his right cheek...", and
- "...ran up a hill toward the sun and fell asleep...".
The clues on the last two Stellazzio coins, Aquarius and Pisces, serve only to wrap up the story.
Assembling the clues, the player can determine that the thirteenth Stellazzio is up a hill above a river, beyond darkness where the sun seems to be setting, somewhere to the northeast. Thus, if the player leaves Treno, and head northeast to Quan's Dwelling, they will find the Ophiuchus in the spot where they previously found the Scorpio Stellazzio.
After finding Ophiuchus, Zidane notices Scorpio and Virgo both sparkle in his hands. The back of the thirteenth Stellazzio provides the conclusion to the story inscribed on the backs of the other twelve Stellazzio.
Summary[edit | edit source]
Locations[edit | edit source]
|Taurus||Treno Item Shop|
|Leo||Alexandria Castle Harbor|
|Virgo||Black Mage Village Inn|
|Libra||Madain Sari Fountain|
|Scorpio||Quan's Dwelling Hot Spring|
|Sagittarius||Lindblum Business District|
|Aquarius||Ipsen's Castle Entrance|
|Pisces||Invincible (airship) Core|
|Ophiuchus||Same as Scorpio|
Rewards[edit | edit source]
|1st Stellazzio||1,000 gil|
|2nd Stellazzio||Phoenix Pinion|
|3rd Stellazzio||2,000 gil|
|4th Stellazzio||Blood Sword|
|5th Stellazzio||5,000 gil|
|7th Stellazzio||10,000 gil|
|8th Stellazzio||Black Belt|
|9th Stellazzio||20,000 gil|
|10th Stellazzio||Rosetta Ring|
|11th Stellazzio||30,000 gil|
|12th Stellazzio||Robe of Lords|
The Hammer is an item that will allow the player to witness an extra scene of the ending. Alternatively, it can be synthesized with an Ore to create Tin Armor (Steiner's best armor) in Hades's synthesis shop in Memoria.
Etymology and symbolism[edit | edit source]
Stella is Latin and Italian for "star". This refers to the zodiac star signs.
The thirteenth zodiac, named "Ophiuchus" (sometimes referred to as Serpentarius), is not thought of as an astrological sign, but is a zodiac sign, as its constellation (and, inadvertently, Serpens, the constellation representing the snake Ophiuchus wields) is in the ecliptic, a set of constellations that pass through the sun during intervals of the year. Ophiuchus follows Scorpio in the ecliptic, which may be the reason the Ophiuchus coin is found at the same place as the Scorpio coin.