Family: Adamantoise
Crystal: Earth
Weak to: Ice

Notorious Monster
Title Obtained: Tortoise Torturer (Valley of Sorrows)

Zone Level Drops Steal Spawns Notes
Valley of Sorrows 72-74 1 A,T(H)
Nyzul Isle Investigation (Floor 20) Qmark 1 A, T(H)
Nyzul Isle Investigation (Floor 40) Qmark 1 A, T(H)
A = Aggressive; NA = Non-Aggresive; L = Links; S = Detects by Sight; H = Detects by Sound;
HP = Detects Low HP; M = Detects Magic; Sc = Follows by Scent; T(S) = True-sight; T(H) = True-hearing
JA = Detects job abilities; WS = Detects weaponskills; Z(D) = Asleep in Daytime; Z(N) = Asleep at Nighttime; A(R) = Aggressive to Reive participants


  • Valley of Sorrows: Spawns every 21-24 hours; Aspidochelone is a lottery pop with Adamantoise.
  • Has Draw In ability.
  • Has Auto Regen when in its shell.
  • Adamantoise will rage after 30 minutes as of Oct 13th, 2007.
  • Adamantoise Egg is about ~10% drop.
  • Usually taken down by groups of 6-12. Can be trioed by skillful NIN/WAR, PLD/NIN, and RDM/WHM. The PLD soloing the aggros while the NIN EVA tanks it. (Took about 15-20 minutes)
  • Can also be duoed with NIN/RDM and MNK/NIN. MNK soloing the aggros. (Both MNK and NIN had "Healer" NPCs out at level 50.)
  • MNK/DNC geared heavily on evasion with Healer NPC can hold Adamantoise for 50% of its HP. 2 MNK/DNC can kill it with very little trouble. 3 MNK/DNC should have no problem with killing this NM.
  • Nyzul Isle: Possible boss of the 20th and 40th floors. One random Nyzul weapon will always drop. Uses an enhanced version of Tortoise Song that dispels up to any 3 buffs from players (not just songs/rolls).

Historical Background

Adamantoise has no mythological background and is a Final Fantasy-series creation, first appearing in Final Fantasy II (1988). Its name is fused from the words "adamant" + "tortoise". Adamant, though, derives from Medieval legend and has roots in Greek and Norse mythology. Adamant refers to any extremely hard mineral and in mythology was so strong, it could harm gods or bind gods. In Greek mythology, Cronos used an adamantine sickle to castrate his father, Ouranos (Uranus) and take power from him. The Greek pit, Tartarus was sealed with columns of adamant. In Norse mythology, Loki was shackled with adamantine chains. Late Medieval and Early Modern European writers used adamant as well. In Paradise Lost by John Milton (1667), Satan was bound by adamantine chains. In Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift (1726), the floating island of Laputa was lined with adamant along its bottom. In The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser (1590; 1596), the golden sword Chrysaor, wielded by Sir Artegal, was tempered with adamant. Adamant is derived from the Greek word "adamas" meaning "untameable".

This turtle, by the name Adamantoise or Adamantaimai has appeared in Final Fantasy II, III, IV, V, VII, VIII, IX, X. In most, but not all cases it had very high defense (the exceptions: FFIII, IV). It has not always been the most important turtle in the games it appeared in, with the Land Turtle being a more important turtle (a boss) in FFII and FFIII, and Gilgame being a special enemy in FFV.

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