Family: Funguars
Crystal: Dark
Weak against: Light
Resistant to: Dark, Water
Notorious Monster

Noble Mold

Zone Level Drops Steal Spawns Notes
The Sanctuary of Zi'Tah 50 1 A, L
~4,400 HP, ??? MP
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

Spawns at the south end of (E-9).


  • Morphs from one the two Myxomycetes at the south end of (E-9). It may morph only during rainy weather. It will only morph after the monster has been left alone for a minimum of 12-16 hours.
  • The rainy season in this area occurs mostly from the 4th Vana'diel month through the 6th month. The Weather Reporters in Jeuno and Mhaura will predict "Rain" during this period. This period lasts around three earth days, and rain will usually occur on each day. It is possible for Noble Mold to spawn multiple times during this window.
  • Noble Mold may also morph outside of this window, although it is extremely rare.
  • Unlike Lottery Spawn monsters, the placeholder for Noble Mold must remain alive in order for Noble Mold to spawn. Killing the placeholder resets the spawn timer the same way killing Noble Mold does.
  • Maintenance will also reset the spawn timer.
  • Killing the nearby Rot Prowler also resets the spawn timer, killing the Lost Soul does not.
  • Noble Mold can spawn any day of the Vana'diel week.
  • The true placeholder appears as the last Myxomycete on Wide Scan.
  • Once spawned, it will not despawn if the weather changes.

Historical Background

Noble Rot (also called Botrytis Bunch Rot, Pourriture noble, Edelfäule) is the common name of the mold Botrytis cinerea. It is a gray fungus which is known for its infections of grapes, which in some circumstances can produce a more flavorful wine... or destroy much of a season's crop. The right conditions for it to appear tend to be rare and it is a very valued fungus in viticulture. It produces 2 different infections: the gray rot (occurs in continual humid or wet conditions, causes afflicted grape bunches to decay) and the noble rot (occurs when wet conditions are followed by dry conditions, causes afflicted grapes to develop a very distinct sweet taste). The noble rot requires specific conditions in a specific sequence to form: a short period of humidity or rain mid to late in the growing season when grapes are more ripe followed by sustained cool, dry weather with daytime temperatures ~60°F. The change in taste occurs because the fungus siphons water from the grapes, resulting in a higher percentage of solids inside the grape, producing a more concentrated taste inside the grapes. This works primarily for the white grape varieties (Sauternes, Tokaji, Semillion, Sauvignon, Amarone, Cotnari, Riesling, Furmint). The mold inhibits fermentation inside the grapes by producing yeasticides. The afflicted grapes must undergo additional fermentation in vats spanning months and processing the grapes into wine is more labored and involved with the afflicted grapes due to the low amount of juices inside them. The end result is exquisite wine, but only a small quantity of it and which needed extensive processing to produce (thus it tends to be expensive). Wine resulting from the noble mold infection is said to "have an aroma of honeysuckle and a bitter finish on the palate". It is the lengthy fermentation which produces the exceptional fragrance of the wine. It can also infect strawberries, but has no resulting improvements in flavor. Infected strawberries must be destroyed.

The unusual spawn conditions of Noble Mold were probably inspired by the Noble Rot's rare sequence of weather conditions required to produce the desired infection of grapes.