Final Fantasy Tactics

A Knightblade's Guide to Poaching


One of the most useful abilities to develop in Final Fantasy Tactics is the Secret Hunt skill, a support ability of the Thief. When a monster is slain by a character with Secret Hunt, the character skins it and keeps its hide for trading purposes in Fur Shops.

Fur Shops can only be found in the Trade cities, namely Dorter, Warjilis, and Zarghidas. There, a fur trader will judge the quality of your hides, and offer special items at discounted rates in exchange. There is a 'going rate' for each kind of hide-- an item that will commonly be on offer when you bring one in. However, there is also a 'rare' item that will be offered in exchange for particularly high-quality hides. Some of these items cannot be acquired any other way.

Fur Shops do not appear in the Trade Cities until Chapter 3, though that shouldn't stop you from poaching monsters in Chapter 1. The hides will remain with you until you exchange them for items. Note that you'll be kicked out of the store, no matter how many hides you've collected, if you don't have a character with Secret Hunt active when you walk into the Fur Shop.

Farming is a common practice while trying to collect items. You simply invite a monster into your party, allow it to breed, and poach its offspring. This is an efficient way to find the items you need, particularly in the case of rare monster types like Wild Boars. In fact, the Wildbow can only be bred- you'll never meet one in the wild.

Owing to the importance of zodiac signs in this game, it should be noted that they may have an effect on whether or not you receive the rare item or the common one when you poach. I have not been able to disprove this. It could be that the relative signs of the poacher and monster have an effect, or the 'month' that the monster is poached in, etc. Note that the game correctly assigns astrological signs to monsters 'born' into your party, based on the date of their hatching.

It is important to note that only a fatal 'attack' (that is, any use of the Attack command that results in the death of the monster) will trigger a Poach. Dedicated hunters should avoid counter abilities such as Counter Tackle, Damage Split, or Hamedo. Magic attacks and special attacks such as Agrias' Holy Sword will not trigger a Poach.

Monster Common Item Rare Item Where to Find One

Chocobo

Phoenix Down

Hi-Potion

Mandalia Plains, Zirikile Falls, Lenalia Plateau, Bariaus Hill, Bariaus Valley

Black Chocobo

Eye Drop

X-Potion

Bariaus Hill, Bariaus Valley

Red Chocobo

Remedy

Barette

Bariaus Hill, Bariaus Valley, Finath River

Goblin

Potion

Hi-Potion

Sweegy Woods, Mandalia Plains

Black Goblin

Hi-Potion

Antidote

Sweegy Woods, Araguay Woods

Gobbledeguck

Mage Masher

Ancient Sword

Bariaus Valley, Doldobar Swamp

Red Panther

Antidote

Battle Boots

Mandalia Plains, Lenalia Plateau

Cuar

Soft

Germinas Boots

Germinas Peak, Lenalia Plateau, Zirikile Falls

Vampire

Holy Water

C Bag

Germinas Peak, Bariaus Valley

Bomb

Fire Ball

Flame Rod

Sweegy Woods, Zeklaus Desert, Bariaus Hill

Grenade

Water Ball

Flame Whip

Zeklaus Desert, Bed Desert, Bariaus Hill

Explosive

Lightning Ball

Flame Shield

Bariaus Hill, Bed Desert

Ghoul

Ether

Ninja Knife

Araguay Woods, Yuguo Woods, Zigolis Swamp

Gust

Hi-Potion

Main Gauche

Araguay Woods, Yuguo Woods, Zigolis Swamp

Revnant

Hi-Ether

Mythril Gun

Germinas Peak, Yuguo Woods

Flotiball

Shuriken

Platina Dagger

Fovoham Plains, Bervenia Volcano

Ahriman

Magic Shuriken

Air Knife

Fovoham Plains, Bervenia Volcano

Plague

Yagyu Darkness

Zorlin Shape

Bervenia Volcano, Bed Desert

Skeleton

Holy Water

Ether

Sweegy Woods, Zigolis Swamp, Doldobar Swamp, Zeklaus Desert

Bone Snatch

Hi-Potion

Partisan

Sweegy Woods, Zigolis Swamp, Doldobar Swamp, Zeklaus Desert

Living Bone

Wizard Mantle

Elf Mantle

Bervenia Volcano, Zeklaus Desert

Bull Demon

Battle Axe

Giant Axe

Sweegy Woods, Zeklaus Desert, Bariaus Hill, Fovoham Plains

Minitaurus

Coral Sword

X-Potion

Bariaus Hill, Zeklaus Desert, Fovoham Plains

Sacred

Holy Lance

Ivory Rod

Fovoham Plains, Deep Dungeon: VALKYRIES

Pisco Demon

Echo Grass

Hi-Potion

Zirikile Falls, Bariaus Valley, Lenalia Plateau, Fovoham Plains

Squidlarkin

Coral Sword

X-Potion

Zirikile Falls, Bariaus Valley, Lenalia Plateau, Fovoham Plains

Mind Flare

Hi-Ether

Dracula Mantle

Zirikile Falls, Doldobar Swamp

Juravis

Potion

Rubber Shoes

Zeklaus Desert, Fovoham Plains

Steel Hawk

Phoenix Down

Hunting Bow

Fovoham Plains, Zeklaus Desert, Germinas Peak

Cocatoris

Soft

Feather Mantle

Fovoham Plains, Bervenia Volcano, Deep Dungeon: VALKYRIES

Morbol

Platina Dagger

Ice Shield

Araguay Woods, Finath River, Doldobar Swamp, Deep Dungeon: VALKYRIES

Ochu

N-Kai Armlet

Chameleon Robe

Finath River, Doldobar Swamp, Deep Dungeon: VALKYRIES

Great Morbol

Elixir

Madlemgen

Finath River, Deep Dungeon: VALKYRIES

Woodman

Eyedrop

Healing Staff

Araguay Woods, Yuguo Woods

Trent

Gold Staff

Fairy Harp

Araguay Woods, Yuguo Woods

Taiju

Defense Ring

Defender

Deep Dungeon: MLAPAN

Uribo

Maiden's Kiss

Cachusha

Zigolis Swamp, Finath River, Deep Dungeon: END

Porky

Chantage

Nagra Rock

Finath River, Deep Dungeon: END

Wildbow

Ribbon

FS Bag

Breeding only

Behemoth

Defense Ring

P Bag

Poeskas Lake, Bervenia Volcano, Bariaus Hill

King Behemoth

Cherche

Ultimus Bow

Poeskas Lake, Bariaus Hill

Dark Behemoth

Wizard Rod

Stone Gun

Bariaus Hill

Dragon

Jade Armlet

H Bag

Lenalia Plateau, Bed Desert

Blue Dragon

Cashmere

Dragon Rod

Bariaus Hill, Doldobar Swamp

Red Dragon

Salty Rage

Dragon Whisker

Bed Desert, Finath River, Bariaus Hill

Hyudra

Blood Sword

Scorpion Tail

Nelveska Temple, Bariaus Hill, Deep Dungeon: END

Hydra

Setiemson

Rubber Costume

Bariaus Hill, Deep Dungeon: END

Tiamat

Ryozan Silk

Whale Whisker

Bariaus Hill, Deep Dungeon: END