I made such a huge mistake. It was poor preparation honestly. 

I beat FFXII last night finally, and I wanted to try new game plus so I did. Everything was going as well as could be. 

(You start at level 90 so, you’re strong.)

As a result of this newfound strength my confidence soared into vertigo-inducing heights. That is… until HE came.

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Now you’re asking me with bated breath: “God damn it, just get to the point what happened?!”

WELL I’M GETTING THERE. 

So, for those who have played FFXII… you know the Flowering Cactoid is an early game hunt. It’s supposed to be easy. Knowing this, I was screwing around with it taking vid for gifs. And I’m level 90, what’s the worst that could happen? My lack of respect for my opponent would be my downfall. 

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Did you know… that the Flowering Cactoid has the potential to blind you via melee attacks? Because I went to school that day, and the lesson was: 

“Excruciatingly Slow Beating by Tiny Bi-Pedal Succulent.”

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I couldn’t hit him. At all. I’m level 90 and this vertically challenged son of a bitch cactus is dodging my every swing. I’ve never seen anything like it. 

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THE FACE OF A KILLER DESERT PLANT HE’S FLOWERED AND READY TO PHOTOSYNTHESIZE YOUR ASS.

I’m screaming, I’m guzzling potions, I’m swinging in absolute desperation. Trying to delay my inevitable fate, but it was all for vain.

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So to close: Yes, the Flowering Cactoid went through 4559 of my new game plus HP with nothing more than hits for 15-18 damage. And I couldn’t land a SINGLE attack while blind. NOT ONCE.

I have a newfound fear and respect for this unstoppable force of desert foliage.

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Final Fantasy XII character art by Akihiko Yoshida. Those artworks can be seen during the credits.

I finished the game yesterday and I was dying to know if HQ textless versions of them existed somewhere on the internet since the game has been out for a long time. Sadly my search wasn’t satisfying… But you know what they say “If it doesn’t exist then do it yourself.” Editing the text out of these pictures took a huge amount of screenshots and a huge amount of hours but now I’m happy to share the credit artworks of FFXII, restored as best as I could.