Strongest of the scions created by the gods, they feared his growth, and so kept him a child. So indomitable is his strength that all things are by him twisted and pressed into oblivion. He alone fashions the laws governing all things, and administers punishment in place of the gods. So is he Keeper of Precepts, and his authority is absolute.
Zodiark, Keeper of Precepts (戒律王ゾディアーク, Kairitsu Ō Zodiāku?, lit. Zodiark, King of Precepts), also called Zodiac, is an Esper from the world of Ivalice. The Esper of Dark, he represents the zodiac sign of Ophiuchus, the Serpent Holder. Zodiark is indeed a serpent, in the form that Ophiuchus is most commonly associated with: a snake. From his power of Dark, his color sign is black. Zodiark is also referred to as the Ashlesha Ascendant, which is the Sanskrit name of its zodiac sign as used in Jyotish (Hindu) astrology.
Zodiark dwells in the Henne Mines, in the Special Charter Dig area. To unlock the Special Dig site the player must collect at least ten Espers, go to Jahara and speak to Geomancer Yugelu. He'll unlock the gate to the Phase 2 Dig, which leads to the Special Charter Dig area.
Keeper of the precepts, before whom the mighty are rendered weak.
Zodiark returns in its second form, along with the other Espers. He is a non-elemental ranged Rank III summon found during the Keeper Of Precepts mission, within the Well of Whispered Oaths. His twelve wings may be a reference to the 12 Espers corresponding to the horoscope signs.
Zodiark's attacks are:
- Graviga: Deal damage based on target's current HP to all foes in range.
- Final Eclipse: Deal massive damage to all foes in range.
Though only mentioned, Zodiark is worshiped by the Ascians who are striving to resurrect what they consider to be the true god of the world. A glyph resembling an outline of Zodiark in Final Fantasy XII even appears over an early Ascian in a cutscene.
An esper that bathes the earth in radiant beams of focused starlight.
Zodiark (called Zodiac in the PlayStation version) makes its debut as the most powerful summon spell. It costs 99 MP and has a speed of 10. Zodiark is summoned by Elidibus at the bottom of the Midlight's Deep. To learn it, player units must currently be a Summoner and get hit by Zodiark's attack and survive. The player is asked if s/he would like to learn Zodiark. It is recommended that at least one ally Summoner learns Zodiark from Elidibus. It has a 90% chance of being learned. Only one person can learn the spell per casting.
When the player challenges the bottom floor of Midlight's Deep again, there is a 25% chance to encounter an enemy Summoner (of random gender) who possesses no Espers and can learn Zodiark from a player unit if s/he survives being hit by the player's Zodiark. The player can then wait for the enemy Summoner to cast Zodiark back on the player's side. The player cannot attempt to Entice that Summoner to join his/her party, because this unit is glitched and does not have the Summoner job in his/her learning ability menu.
In the PlayStation version, upon summoning this Esper the caster may chant, "Attack by the master of commandments! Zodiac!"
Zodiark appears as a Scion. He can be called by anyone equipping the Ring of Precepts when the Smash Gauge is orange. When summoned, Zodiark attempts to inflict 999 damage to all units at a 50% chance.
Zodiark appears on a card.
The creature is known as both Zodiark and Zodiac. Zodiark could be an amalgam of words zodiac and ark.
zodiac is a circle of twelve 30° divisions of celestial longitude that are centered upon the ecliptic: the apparent path of the Sun across the celestial sphere over the course of the year.In both astrology and historical astronomy, the
The term zodiac derives from Latin zōdiacus, which comes from the Greek ζῳδιακὸς κύκλος (zōdiakos kyklos), meaning "circle of animals", as half of the signs of the classical Greek zodiac are represented as animals (besides two mythological hybrids).
Noah carried seven pairs of each clean animal species and one pair of each unclean animal species, each pair a male and female, into a giant ship called the Ark. The Ark was built by God's command to survive the deluge He sent to purge the world from the sins committed by mankind.In the Bible,
Zodiark is also referred to as the Ashlesha Ascendant, which is the Sanskrit name of its zodiac sign as used in Jyotish (Hindu) astrology.
- Zodiark was formerly known as Serpentarius. In Final Fantasy XII the rare gem, which can be stolen from Zodiark, refers to this.
- Zodiark's second form—that of a snake with feathered wings—may be loosely based on the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl, who is represented as a feathered snake. Also, in some legends, Quetzalcoatl is related to the Sun and is tasked with the creation of mankind. This seems to oppose Zodiark, who is adept at destruction.
- Zodiark also resembles archaic depictions of Seraphim in that it is a serpent with many wings, although Seraphim conventionally only have six. Six-winged beings are prevalent throughout the series, including Kefka Palazzo, Garuda, and Siren.