Great people here! You can trust everything they say!

Lying citizen

Zozo is a town in Final Fantasy VI. It is a den of thieves and criminals constantly caught in a downpour of rain. Unlike most other towns in the game, while traveling Zozo the player can be attacked by randomly-encountered enemies, the greedy and violent denizens of the town.

Story[edit | edit source]

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Terra found in Zozo.

Zozo was founded by the lower-class citizens of Jidoor to the south, who left town and built their own. Zozo and its residents have a poor reputation among the citizens of Jidoor, as the people regularly drift back into Zozo looking for work and marks to steal from.

The party arrives at Zozo searching for Terra and find her atop the tallest tower where she is being cared for by Ramuh, who tells them the history of the relationship between espers and humans. Ramuh asks the party to rescue the espers being experimented on within the Magitek Research Facility, and believes one of them could help Terra accept her nature and learn to control her power. Celes volunteers to go since she is familiar with the Empire, and Locke volunteers to accompany her.

When the party returns from the Magitek Research Facility, one of the magicites they retrieved glows and reacts to Terra, and Terra recognizes it as her father, Maduin. Through a flashback, it is shown how Terra's mother Madeline met Maduin and gave birth to Terra. When the Empire invaded the Esper world, Maduin and Madeline were blown out along with Emperor Gestahl and his soldiers, and Gestahl struck down Madeline and took the Espers captures to experiment on them. With Terra's past known to her, she becomes able to control her transformation and rejoins the party.

In the World of Ruin, during his travels Cyan meets a young woman named Lola in Maranda, who wonders about her boyfriend, a wounded soldier being cared for in Mobliz. Stirred by her story, Cyan began writing letters to her, pretending he was her boyfriend and rebuilding Mobliz. Cyan came to reside in Mt. Zozo and send his letters by carrier pigeon. After the party raised the Falcon, one of his pigeons flies by the airship and Celes feels an urge to follow it.

After learning from Lola about the letters from her "boyfriend" and suspicious of who is sending them, the party attaches Lola's reply to a pigeon and follow it to Zozo. The man wandering outside the "Inn" building sells them Rust-Rid for 1000 gil, allowing them to dissolve the rust on the door above the "Cafe" sign, revealing a path to Mt. Zozo.

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Layout[edit | edit source]

Zozo is surrounded by mountains on all sides, with a narrow passage to the east providing entry. Likely due to this small area to build in, Zozo's residents have built up instead, creating structures more like modern skyscrapers than the modest houses seen in the rest of the world. The buildings are traversed by a mixture of interior and exterior stairwells, and some houses built into the mountains are supported by steel girders.

Signs indicating typical town businesses, like an inn, pub, and shops, are on the exteriors of various buildings, but no one in town actually offers these services, and the purported "Inn" is merely a single room with a clock on a central pillar, with no beds or counter to do business from. As some buildings do contain NPCs behind counters, it is plausible that Zozo does have shops, but their owners quietly refuse to do business with the party.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Encounters[edit | edit source]

The party battling a Hill Gigas and a Havester.

Outside
Inside buildings

Treasures[edit | edit source]

At the top of the "Cafe" is a room with a chest containing an Ether, and in the far north-west corner of town inside the "Armor" shop is a Potion.

Climbing the central tower, past where the party must leap between buildings is a small room containing a Brigand's Glove. In the adjacent building that is leapt to, the pots in the back contain a Hi-Potion and an Ether. A room below where Dadalume is fought contains a Burning Fist, and finally, the room atop the tower where the party finds Terra contains an X-Potion and Hermes Sandals.

By setting the clock to the proper time in the "Inn" building, the player can find a rare Tool, the Chainsaw

After finding Terra, the player can find the magicites Ramuh, Kirin, Siren, and Cait Sith in the room. Ramuh must be taken for the story to advance, but the other three can be avoided if the player wishes.

In the World of Ruin, the man wandering out the "Inn" building, the only citizen in town who is truthful and helpful, will sell the party the key item Rust-Rid for 1,000 gil. Rust-Rid is needed to open the door leading to Mt. Zozo.

Quests[edit | edit source]

Finding Terra[edit | edit source]

The party first comes to Zozo seeking to find Terra after she transforms into an esper-like form at Narshe. The NPC at the counter at the base of the "Relic" shop clues them in that Terra is at the top of the building.

The path up the tower is linear until the player comes to an apparent dead end where the outside passage is blocked and the last room only contains a treasure chest. To progress, the party must enter the empty doorway here and walk to the left, and they will climb onto the balcony and leap across to the adjacent building. Here they can climb up a few more stories and then cross back to the main building to continue up. At the top, Dadaluma will block the way and must be defeated to progress.

In the room at the top of the tower, speaking to Terra initiates a cutscene and gives the party a new objective.

The Chainsaw[edit | edit source]

Setting the clock hands.

The door marked with the "Inn" sign contains a stopped clock and the player is prompted to set the hands to the proper time. The player can discover the correct time by speaking to everyone in town. Since everyone in Zozo lies except for the man just outside the Inn, they will tell the player what time it is not, and by process of elimination the player can figure out the correct time: 6:10:50. Setting the hands to the right time reveals a secret staircase atop which lies the Chainsaw, one of Edgar's strongest Tools.

The player does not need to actually speak to every NPC in town to input the correct time, so the Chainsaw can be acquired as soon as the player enters Zozo.

Recruiting Cyan[edit | edit source]

After the player has been to Maranda and watched the carrier pigeon from Lola come to Zozo, the man outside the "Inn" will sell the player Rust-Rid for 1,000 gil. With this item in hand, the rusted door atop the "Cafe" can be opened and the party can enter Mt. Zozo, where Cyan can be re-recruited.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Zozo Map.png

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Musical themes[edit | edit source]

"Slam Shuffle" from Final Fantasy VI
Music

The theme that plays while in Zozo is "Slam Shuffle."

It bears similarity to Henry Mancini's "Pink Panther" theme

Other appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper[edit | edit source]

Zozo appears as the setting for a regular dungeon and is also featured in the Challenge Events Legendary Plunder and Touched by Magic.

Zozo[edit | edit source]

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Following word that Terra has been seen, the party goes from village to village looking for her. They eventually reach the town of Zozo, an impoverished hotbed of scum and villainy.

Zozo (Classic)
Difficulty
  • Lv. 17
Completion Reward
  • Gil x1,500
Mastery Reward
  • Lesser Black Orb x5
  • Stamina Shard x2
First Time Reward
Enemies
  • Gobbledygook
  • Hill Gigas
  • Iron Fist
  • Veil Dancer
  • Dadaluma (Boss)
Target Score
  • Exploit Dadaluma's weakness to poison attacks.
Zozo (Elite)
Difficulty
  • Lv. 26
Completion Reward
  • Gil x10,000
Mastery Reward
  • Greater Power Orb x3
  • Stamina Shard x1
First Time Reward
  • Mythril x1
  • Stamina Shard x1
Enemies
  • Gobbledygook
  • Hill Gigas
  • Iron Fist
  • Veil Dancer
  • Dadaluma (Boss)
Target Score
  • Exploit Dadaluma's weakness to poison attacks.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The unreachable man that jumps between buildings, his line is: "The seconds? They're divisible by 20!" on all versions. This very same line is also used by the man standing on the western most building.

When speaking to Ramuh, different party members may have unique dialogue depending on the player's active party and the point of the conversation. Even Shadow has a line reacting to Ramuh's sacrifice. However, only one such unique dialogue can be triggered each time, so the player cannot view all the lines on the same playthrough.

Unused dialogue exists for an NPC directly mentioning Terra's presence and the party reacting. As only the man outside the "Inn" tells the truth, it is unknown if this dialogue was meant for him, or for another NPC that was removed.

Condition/Moment/Etc. SNES/PSX GBA
Dialogue appearing in Zozo's search for Terra. "Some woman flew up to the top floor!"
"Did you say..."flew..."?
That must be Terra!!!!"
Creepy monster's live up there. Look out fer 'em!
A girl flew up to the top floor, right in front of my eyes!
"Did you say...flew? That must've been Terra!"
Well, I'd stay away from the top floor if I were you. ...Not that there's a monster living up there or anything.

The description of Zozo in Final Fantasy Record Keeper is very similar to how Mos Eisley is described by Ben Kenobi in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The term "scum and villainy" is even used in both descriptions.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Zozo is the Ouija demonic entity who has been documented since the early 1800s. This alleged demon is said to attach itself to certain unlucky individuals who venture into its domain. Some claim Zozo will go to any length to trick its naive callers.

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