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Strange Apparatus

There are eleven Strange Apparatus, ancient machines, each corresponding to a different color, found behind unique "fake" walls in dungeons around Vana'diel. Trading them an Infinity Core and a special chip corresponding to the specific apparatus's color will yield the creation (via "matter emulation") of various items.


Of the eleven Strange Apparatus, only eight are currently active and accessible. Each of these corresponds to one of the eight Vana'diel elements:

Area Element Chip Code Drops (with Doctor Status)
Dangruf Wadi
Fire Red Chip 00
Gusgen Mines
(J-5), Map 2
Earth Yellow Chip 01
Crawlers' Nest
(K-8), Map 3
Water Blue Chip 02
Ordelle's Caves
(E-12), Map 1
Wind Green Chip 03
The Eldieme Necropolis
(K-13), Map 2
Ice Clear Chip 04
Outer Horutoto Ruins
(E-6), Amaryllis Tower Map 2
Lightning Purple Chip 05
Garlaige Citadel
(K-8), Map 3
Light White Chip 06
Maze of Shakhrami
(L-10), Map 2
Dark Black Chip 07

Two of the remaining three Strange Apparatus can be accessed, but are non-responsive. They are found in King Ranperre's Tomb (E-7 map 2, Carmine) and Fei'Yin (G-6 map 1, Cyan). The final Apparatus, found in Ranguemont Pass (E-4, Unlit), is completely non-functional.

Obtaining Materials

Gaudylox (Northern San d'Oria)
Blabbivix (Port Bastok)
Scavnix (Windurst Walls)
All three merchants keep business hours of 11:00 to 22:00.
  • Each colored chip costs exactly 21,000 gil. This price is not modified by fame or any other factor.

Other Details

  • Trading a chip not matching the color of the apparatus will result in the spawning of an NM Elemental that matches the element of the Strange Apparatus' given color.
    • The level of this elemental is unknown, Information and drops matching elemental clusters and an Infinity Core. Exclamation
  • It is believed that the day that the Strange Apparatus is traded to affects the reward. Trading on a day matching the Apparatus's element is said to yield more of the common rewards (Cermet, Adaman, etc.), while trading on a day opposite to its element yields more Rune equipment (Arrows, Bangles, etc.). Results have yet to be fully confirmed, see talk page. Information

Doctor Status

Checking the Strange Apparatus without trading will result in the apparatus reciting instructions, followed by a request for a password. (This password is entered as if you were typing a message.) Entering the correct password will grant you "Doctor" Status, which removes the most common item (Elemental Clusters) from the list of available rewards. This makes Strange Apparatus use more profitable.

Doctor Status is not necessary to obtain a reward. You may receive a rarer item regardless of status.)
Boisterous Jackal in Lower Jeuno (H-7) will tell you how to calculate the password for a given Strange Apparatus. Once you have listened to his explanation, a dialogue option will appear wherein he will calculate your password for you.

A Doctor Status password is eight numerical digits long, calculated using the first three letters of your character's name and the area in which the Apparatus is found in; as a result, passwords will vary between different players and different Apparatus. A player's password for a specific Apparatus is calculated as follows:

  • Convert the first three letters of your player name into two-digit numbers based on their positions in the alphabet minus one number. (A becomes 00, B becomes 01, C becomes 02 and so on, up to Z at 25.)
Example: "Playername"'s first three letters are P (15), L (11), and A (00).
  • Next, choose the code for the area you are going to be trading to an Apparatus in, listed on the chart above. Add the area code's value to each "digit" of the first three letters. Lined up next to each other, these create the first six digits of the password.
Example: "Playername" will be going to the Apparatus in Ordelle's Caves, which is code 03. 15 + 03 = 18; 11 + 03 = 14; 00 + 03 = 03. Therefore, the first six digits of the password are "181403".
  • Finally, the last two digits of the password are created by adding together the three pairs of numbers above, then adding the area code to the resulting sum a second time.
Example: 18 + 14 + 03 = 35; 35 + 03 = 38. This will make Playername's password for Ordelle's Caves "18140338".

Doctor Status for a given Apparatus will be lost if you trade anything other then a chip/core pair to the Apparatus, or after a period of apparatus inactivity of 48 hours (or possibly at a Conquest Update), Information so be sure to check to confirm that the apparatus has you marked for Doctor Status before you put materials into it. You can have doctor status on Several Strange Apparatus active at the same time perhaps withing a 24 hour period Information.

Administrator Status & Fei'Yin

If you return to Boisterous Jackal at Lower Jeuno (H-7) with Doctor Status active, after your initial conversation about passwords, he will tell you that the Strange Apparatus at Fei'Yin, Map 1 (G-6) that had previously been inactive has now come online. You will now be able to access that Strange Apparatus. Wait one game day after getting doctor status before attempting to get administrator status in Fei'Yin, Map 1 (G-6)

Simply follow the same procedure at Fei'Yin as you would for obtaining Doctor Status in order to obtain Administrator Status. Note that you must have also retained your active Doctor Status in order to be able to attempt it.

Area Element Chip Code Drops
(with Administrator Status)
Fei'Yin, Map 1 (G-6) - Metal Chip 23†† KeyItem♪Omega whistle*

* In order to obtain KeyItem♪Omega whistle, you must have all five Ancient Melody Key Items.
† with thanks to Rajang of Carbuncle.
†† with thanks to Teven of Lakshmi.

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