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Plains of lightning, plains of thunder, those who cross are torn asunder.


The Thunder Plains, also known as the Gandof Thunder Plains, is an open, barren landscape connecting Guadosalam to Macalania Woods in Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2. It is constantly bombarded by lightning and thunder.

Long ago, crossing the plains was dangerous due to the never-ending storm, until an Al Bhed named Bilghen set up several towering lightning rods. Ironically, he was in the process of setting up the final tower when he was struck by lightning and killed. In Final Fantasy X, the plains are still treacherous, but the towers draw most of the lightning away.

The plains are named after High Summoner Gandof who removed the threat of Qactuars from the Djose continent by driving them to the Thunder Plains and sealing them into Qactuar Stones.


Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow. (Skip section)

Final Fantasy X

Rikku's fear of lightning.

The party crosses the plains on Yuna's pilgrimage to Zanarkand. Rikku is reluctant to pass the plains due to a severe case of astraphobia, eventually becoming so terrified she collapses on the ground and seizes Tidus by the leg. They decide to camp at the travel agency where Yuna books a room to herself. Hearing voices emanating from her room Tidus becomes curious, but when he tries to eavesdrop he falls into Yuna's room as the door was not closed. Yuna was watching the sphere given to her by Jyscal Guado's unsent form, and makes up her mind to marry Seymour.

Final Fantasy X-2

Following the start of the Eternal Calm, the Al Bhed have repaired the lightning towers to make the area safe for travelers, although the repairs have not completely stabilized them. Cid comes to the Thunder Plains after being admonished by Yuna, Rikku and Paine at the Zanarkand Ruins, and spends his time in a silent reverie. He wanders into one of the newly discovered caves on the Thunder Plains and is injured, but the Gullwings save him and bring him on board their airship. The girls may also run into Lian and Ayde on the Thunder Plains in the southern section.

The clouds parting.

After Spira falls into turmoil the leaders of the three leading factions of the world go missing causing further conflict. The Gullwings want to do something to pacify the citizens of Spira and organize the "1000 Words" concert where Yuna is to sing on the deck of the Celsius on the Thunder Plains. They get Tobli from the Moonflow to promote the event and gather a crowd.

The only recorded moment of the endless storm across the Thunder Plains ceasing is when Yuna performs her song. Shortly after the song starts the rain stops, and by the end, the clouds have parted and the sun shines down on the barren plains. Yuna's Songstress dressphere interacts with the sphere display Shinra had made for the concert, displaying Lenne's final memories with Shuyin for everyone to see. Lenne's spirit appears by Yuna's side and joins in a duet with her, before disappearing. Yuna is emotionally drained after the experience and retreats to the Celsius cabin, and by the time she awakes, the storm has resumed. Now knowing of Lenne's true feelings, Yuna decides to descend to the Farplane and find Shuyin to tell him how much Lenne had loved him, in hopes of bringing a peaceful end to the Vegnagun conflict.

Spoilers end here.


Thunder Plains.

Thunder Plains - South

The journey from Guadosalam in the South can begin with some difficulty. The area is a barren wasteland with many water-filled craters made from the relentless thunder that strikes the plains.

All enemies aside from the Melusine and Buer in the South area use Thunder-elemental attacks almost exclusively, which hit hard. Lightning Ward is useful, but comes at a high price; eight Lightning Marbles can be obtained near the Farplane and can be used to create a Lightningproof armor to make a character virtually invincible in this area. NulShock and Ixion can also be used to afford the party easy travel through this first area.

Thunder Plains travel agency

Travelers can find respite from the storm here. The agency has rooms to stay and recover, as well as a shop that sells both items and weapons. The shop clerk Mifurey can be contracted into the Besaid Aurochs.

Thunder Plains - North

The north plains have a similar landscape to the south; barren, dark and no particular landmarks aside from the lightning rod towers. The enemies encountered here use fewer elemental abilities that can be easily negated. The party can expect to encounter a new enemy as well: the Iron Giant. It hits hard but is susceptible to Power Break and Sleep. It is here Yuna announces to the party her answer to Seymour's proposal.

Secret areas

These are only available in Final Fantasy X-2.


Final Fantasy X

From Rin's Travel Agency.*(Items before the airship can also be bought from Rin. Available only if the player speaks to Rikku, then Rin three times inside the travel agency before meeting Yuna in her room. They will no longer be available after meeting Yuna in her room.)

Before airship
Item Price
Potion 50 gil
Phoenix Down 100 gil
Antidote 50 gil
Eye Drops 50 gil
Echo Screen 50 gil
Soft 50 gil
Grenade 300 gil
Map 50 gil
Equipment User Price
Baroque Sword Tidus 825 gil
Ductile Rod Yuna 825 gil
Switch Hitter Wakka 825 gil
Variable Mog Lulu 825 gil
Halberd Kimahri 1,650 gil
Shimmering Blade Auron 1,650 gil
Devastator Rikku 825 gil
Yellow Shield Tidus 2,475 gil
Yellow Ring Yuna 2,475 gil
Yellow Armguard Wakka 2,475 gil
Yellow Bangle Lulu 2,475 gil
Yellow Armlet Kimahri 2,475 gil
Yellow Bracer Auron 2,475 gil
Yellow Targe Rikku 2,475 gil
After airship
Item Price
Potion 50 gil
Hi-Potion 500 gil
Phoenix Down 100 gil
Antidote 50 gil
Eye Drops 50 gil
Echo Screen 50 gil
Soft 50 gil
Power Distiller 100 gil
Mana Distiller 100 gil
Speed Distiller 100 gil
Ability Distiller 100 gil
Grenade 300 gil
Map 50 gil
Item User Price
Variable Steel Tidus 41,625 gil
Malleable Staff Yuna 41,625 gil
All-Rounder Wakka 41,625 gil
Morphing Mog Lulu 41,625 gil
Shapeshifter Kimahri 41,625 gil
Shiranui Auron 41,625 gil
Flexible Arm Rikku 41,625 gil
Protect Shield Tidus 21,150 gil
Protect Ring Yuna 21,150 gil
Protect Armguard Wakka 21,150 gil
Protect Bangle Lulu 21,150 gil
Protect Armlet Kimahri 21,150 gil
Protect Bracer Auron 21,150 gil
Protect Targe Rikku 21,150 gil

Final Fantasy X-2

Item Cost Chapters Available
Potion 50 gil All
Hi-Potion 500 gil 3+
Phoenix Down 100 gil All
Antidote 50 gil All
Eye Drops 50 gil All
Echo Screen 50 gil All
Soft 50 gil All
Holy Water 300 gil All
Lightning Gleam 3,000 gil All
Yellow Ring 3,000 gil All
NulShock Ring 8,000 gil All


Final Fantasy X

Affection mechanics

  • Outside the agency, if Tidus enters before Auron concedes to Rikku, Rikku's affection value increases by eight.
  • Speaking to Rikku inside the travel agency before meeting Yuna in her room increases Rikku's affection value by eight.
  • After speaking to Rikku inside the agency, Rin enters the foyer. If Tidus speaks with him, Rin will ask "Would that be Sir Auron by any chance?" Replying "Nope, wrong guy" will increase Auron's affection value by eight.
  • As in every other location, when the party is spread out, the one Tidus talks to first gains affection points.

Lightning dodge

While on the Thunder Plains lightning can strike Tidus at any time, although the threat is increased when no towers are nearby. When the screen flashes white, if the player quickly presses X, Tidus will jump out of the way of the impending lightning strike. If the player presses X when there is no flash, Tidus will get struck by the next lightning strike. Getting struck by lightning incurs no loss of HP.

If Tidus dodges a certain number of lightning strikes in a row, a treasure chest will appear outside the travel agency. The player may only receive each prize once, but if they dodge a high number of lightning strikes, they will receive all the prizes up to and including the prize for the number of strikes they dodge. The counter will reset if the player gets struck by lightning, visits the screen in front of the travel agency, exits the Thunder Plains from either end, loads a save game, or selects the options "Play blitzball" or "Board airship" when examining a save sphere.

The player can keep track of their record by examining a book in the travel agency titled "All About Lightning". The book tracks how many lightning bolts struck towards Tidus, how many he dodged, and the most bolts he has dodged in a row.

Dodging 200 lightning strikes in the Final Fantasy X HD Remaster version earns the trophy Lightning Dancer.

If the player fled or defeated Dark Ixion in the first fight, there will be no lightning flashes in the Northern Plains until they have defeated Dark Ixion in the second fight. This also means that the Qactuar stones will not glow, and thus cannot be prayed at. This can only happen in the International, PAL, and HD Remaster versions.

The player can use the "crater trick" to facilitate the process. In the Thunder Plains - South, there is a crater that forces a lightning strike. This crater is just south of the agency next to a lightning tower between the two crevices on either side of the map. Every time Tidus steps into this crater after the first time, a bolt is guaranteed to come down. Knowing when the bolts will strike and how the game allows it to slightly preempt the flash by half a second or so, makes this minigame a lot easier. The player needs to move a short distance away for it to trigger again, but it's still only a few seconds between each dodge. One may not need to move away at all, but simply stand in the crater and be ready. It appears to take no more than a couple of seconds for a strike to hit. Additionally, if one stands on the "north" edge of the crater, dodges the first bolt, and lands still in the crater a second bolt will strike instantly, meaning one can do two at once. This makes for a very quick 200 dodges. It is advisable to have the No Encounters ability.

Dodges Prize
5 X-Potion x2
10 Mega-Potion x2
20 MP Sphere x2
50 Strength Sphere x3
100 HP Sphere x3
150 Megalixir x4
200 Venus Sigil

Additional rewards:

  • 30 combined bolts dodged or struck by: Ether
  • 80 combined bolts dodged or struck by: Elixir

Qactuar stones

There are numerous stones dotted around the south and north areas of the Thunder Plains, that when prayed at, summon Qactuars to roam about the plains. In total there are two Qactuar stones in south area, and six Qactuar stones in north area. A stone is prayed at by pressing Square in front of it while it is glowing. If one prays at three different stones, a Qactuar Ghost will appear near the center of the southern Thunder Plains area. The player must pray at a broken tower in the southern section of the plains. This will reveal a treasure chest containing Kimahri's Celestial Weapon, the Spirit Lance. The chest can only be unlocked if the party has the Celestial Mirror.

Dark Ixion

In the International, PAL, and HD Remaster versions, Dark Ixion can be fought on the plains. He is available after viewing the arrival cutscene in the Calm Lands. He is encountered twice, the first by talking to a Yevon soldier and after that, by finding him after a lightning strike, both occur in the northern section.

Final Fantasy X-2

Tower re-calibration

Tower calibration minigame (Rikku).

The lightning tower calibration minigame can be played in Chapter 2 and 3. To start, the player must talk to the Al Bhed Technician by the first tower twice. The player receives prizes in Chapter 5 depending on how many times they calibrated a tower (maximum is 30). Finishing this minigame gives no story completion %, nor is playing it required for an Episode Complete.

The player has to enter a series of 30 randomly generated commands. The player has three chances per calibration to complete the tower, and if they miss more than three they will have to re-calibrate the tower from the beginning. The number of misses affects nothing as far as prizes are concerned. Once the player has successfully calibrated the whole tower the player can redo it, but if the player already finished all 30 sequences once, there is no need to do it again. The number of failed calibrations does not affect the player's calibration or prizes.

There are ten towers on the Thunder Plains. The first towers are easier and then it gets gradually harder.

How to play

Rikku plays the "Appear and Disappear Calibration" where buttons briefly appear on the screen and the player must press the combination to complete the sequence. If the player isn't fast enough they will miss. Rikku's towers are Towers #1, #4 and #7. In the first tower the button sequence appears in the middle of the player's screen, but in the others they appear in random locations around the player's field of vision. In the first tower the only buttons are the X, Circle, Square and Triangle, but Tower #4 adds D-pad and Tower #7 adds R1 and R2 and the player must press two buttons simultaneously. The button sequences start slow but get faster toward the end. For Tower #7, after the 25th sequence, the commands appear onscreen for only 1.5 seconds.

Tower calibration minigame (Paine).

Paine plays the "Avalanche Calibration" where the commands fall down in three rows from top to bottom. There is a halfway mark where a command will flash and the player must press the button that flashed before the rows fall to the bottom. If the commands hit the bottom, or the player pressed the wrong button, it will be a miss. The speed will increase further into the calibration. Paine's towers are #2, #5 and #8. Tower #2 uses the X, Circle, Square and Triangle and D-pad, and Tower #5 and #8 add R1 and R2.

Tower calibration minigame (Yuna).

Yuna plays the "Forgotten Memories Calibration" where the player must remember the button sequences shown onscreen consisting of two phases: a Memory Phase, and an Input Phase. In the Memory Phase the commands appear once before disappearing while the new command appears. The player must remember the commands listed in the sequence. The speed and number of commands will increase. In the Input phase, the player has to input the commands that appeared in the Memory Phase. There is a time limit. If the player inputs the wrong command, or takes too long, it will be a miss. Yuna's towers are #3, #6, #9 and #10. For Towers #3 and #6 the number of commands in Memory Phase starts at two and increases into three and then four for the latter stages of calibration.

For Tower #9 the number increases to five in the latter stages, and Tower #10 to six. Tower #3 uses the X, Circle, Square and Triangle buttons, Tower #6 adds D-pad, Tower #9 adds R1 and R2 and Tower #10 adds R2 and L2.

For a tip, the player can place their fingers on the buttons as they appear in the Memory Phase to better remember them for the Input Phase. Tower #10 is different because it is played in reverse. The easiest way to complete this tower is to use someone else to assist in memory and write down the commands that appear. The player can also write down the commands themselves if they're quick enough to pick the controller back up, or can hold the controller in one hand while using the other hand to write the commands down. Another way is to repeat the sequences out loud as they appear to help remember them better.

If playing on PC, the player can use the built-in feature to hit the Esc button on the keyboard for a "master menu" at any time to pause the game, even at places where the developers disabled the regular pausing with the pause button to prevent players from "cheating" the timed challenges.

The prizes

The player receives the Samurai's Honor Garment Grid for completing all the towers. At least five of them must be calibrated to completion, or 30 successful inputs. Misses do not affect anything.

For the individual towers the player can find a prize in a treasure chest that appears after defeating a fiend at each tower in Chapter 5. Each prize varies on the tower and the number of times they calibrated it.

Tower 0 - 5 6 - 14 15 - 24 25 - 29 30
Tower #1 Ether Ether x2 Turbo Ether Turbo Ether x2 Elixir
Tower #2 X-Potion Mega-Potion x2 Elixir Elixir Megalixir
Tower #3 Mega Phoenix Mega Phoenix Elixir Elixir Megalixir
Tower #4 Power Wrist Black Belt Hyper Wrist Power Gloves Champion Belt
Tower #5 Silver Bracer Hypno Crown Gold Bracer Pixie Dust Regal Crown
Tower #6 Yellow Ring Lightning Gleam NulShock Ring Ochre Ring Electrocutioner
Tower #7 Blue Ring Watery Gleam NulTide Ring Cerulean Ring Short Circuit
Tower #8 Red Ring Fiery Gleam NulBlaze Ring Crimson Ring Freezerburn
Tower #9 White Ring Icy Gleam NulFrost Ring Snow Ring Sublimator
Tower #10 Tetra Band Tetra Gloves Tetra Guard Tetra Bracelet Ribbon

Chocobo treasures

Sending a chocobo to Thunder Plains to look for treasures finds the following items (depending on the chocobo's level):

Level Treasure
1 Electro Marble, Electro Marble x2, Electro Marble x3, Electro Marble x4
2 Lightning Marble, Lightning Gem, Yellow Ring, Ochre Ring
3 Lightning Marble x2, Lightning Gem x2, Lightning Gleam, Short Circuit
4 Lightning Marble x3, Lightning Gem x3, NulShock Ring, Electrocutioner
5 Lightning Marble x4, Lightning Gem x4, Black Choker, Chaos Shock


Concert Clean-Up
Note: This is a compulsory mission which is required to complete the game.

A fiend has crawled out from beneath the earth. Exterminate it so concertgoers can listen to your song without any distractions!

  • Objective: Defeat the boss fiend.
  • Unlock: Becomes available after "Where's Tobli" mission.
  • Reward: Black Ring accessory.

The mission is part of Chapter 4.

A Fallen Genius?
Note: This is not a compulsory mission, thus is not required to complete the game.

Frenzied fiends are feeding off the energy stored in the lightning rod towers. Destroy every last one of the fiends clinging to the towers.

  • Objective: Defeat the fiends at each tower.
  • Unlock: Becomes available at the beginning of Chapter Five.
  • Reward: Valiant Lustre Garment Grid, an Al Bhed Primer.

The mission becomes available in Chapter 5.

Episode Complete

To get Episode Complete for the Thunder Plains the player must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Chapter 1 - Yuna must tell Cid she doesn't agree with him having made Zanarkand into a tourist attraction at the Chamber of the Fayth in Zanarkand.
  • Chapter 2, 3 – The player must find and speak with Cid on the Thunder Plains.
  • Chapter 4 – The player must complete the concert events.
  • Chapter 5 - The player must rescue Cid from the New Cave.

The lightning calibration minigame isn't required for either Episode Complete, nor 100% game completion.


Final Fantasy X

Final Fantasy X-2


Final Fantasy X

During the first fight against Dark Ixion, if the player flees or defeats it, then all random encounters are suspended until they leave the area and return. During the second fight against Dark Ixion, all random encounters are suspended until it is defeated.

Final Fantasy X-2

Chapter 5

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Musical themes


In Final Fantasy X, the eponymous "Thunder Plains" plays on the Plains. "Thunder Plains" was one of sixteen tracks chosen from the original soundtrack to be rearranged by Masashi Hamauzu on the Piano Collections: Final Fantasy X album.

In Final Fantasy X-2, the theme is again called "Thunder Plains", but is a different theme.



Thunder is the sound caused by lightning. Depending on the distance and nature of the lightning, thunder can range from a sharp, loud crack to a long, low rumble (brontide).


  • The travel agency has a chocobo rental sign outside even if this service is not available from this location.
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