Ru'Aun Gardens  

Type: Outdoor
Region: Tu'Lia
Min Level: 60
Max Level: 75
This Area requires Zilart
Connected Areas:Hall of the Gods
La'Loff Amphitheater
The Shrine of Ru'Avitau
Ve'Lugannon Palace
Quests for Ru'Aun Gardens
Mobs found in Ru'Aun Gardens
Items found in Ru'Aun Gardens

Zone TypeOutdoor
ExpansionRise of the Zilart
Level Range60 to 75
Entry RequirementZM13 - The Gate of the Gods
Escapeno escape
Fellowship NPCNo
Final Fantasy XI


Constructed ten thousand years ago by the Zilart, as the "Gate of the Gods", this is said to be the very entrance to paradise itself. The Ru'Aun Gardens are an array of floating islands, worn by time and overgrown with moss, that surround The Shrine of Ru'Avitau and form a border between it and Ve'Lugannon Palace.

Points of Interest

  • Despot, Byakko, Seiryu, Genbu and Suzaku can be found here.
  • ZM14 - Ark Angels and ZM15 - The Sealed Shrine utilize this zone.
  • Green portals are used to warp from the Crag Halls of Transference directly to "Sky", on either side of the area where Despot is traditionally fought. Blue portals are activated by Pincerstones and provide access between the "elemental" islands. Yellow portals provide access to "Guardian" islands, where the "Shijin" are spawned, and cannot be used while the respective god is being fought. Red portals provide access to the "Ark Angel" islands.


The Map of the Ru'Aun Gardens may be obtained via Ru'Aun Coffer.

Treasure Coffer

Screenshots from Ru'Aun Gardens:

This page last modified 2009-12-19 20:30:01.

Updated: Sun Dec 20 02:23:23 2009

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Transportation to Tu’Lia
# Jan 14 2007 at 11:05 AM Rating: Decent
97 posts
Anyone know what you have to do to be able to teleport to Tu’Lia from the Hall of Transference in the Holla, Dem, and Mea spires?
Where are the coffers?
# Mar 15 2009 at 8:43 PM Rating: Good
467 posts
So I have my Coffer Key but where do you find the coffers? I found a map online that shows them on the lowest map...how do you get there?
What is this thing for?
# Apr 17 2006 at 5:26 PM Rating: Default
Ok can someone tell me what the little blank icon behind the fallen pillar at Byakko's first set of stair cases is for? The <pos> on the map is F-6 or G-6 (hard to tell on that small of a map). I've asked people what its for and no one seems to know. I thought it was for ZM17 or something but it turns out that it's not seeing as I have already completed all the ZM missions now.
How do i get here?
# Feb 13 2006 at 12:37 AM Rating: Default
I know where the positions of the four gods are in this area, but I don't know how to get to them. Do I have to go through another area and zone back into their spawn locations like Simurgh? ( Where you have to go through Crawler's and then back out to spawn point.) Or do I have to use the teleporting devices or something of the sort in this area to get to the these god's location? I have been told I have to go through Ve'Lugannon Palace, but I'm not sure if that's true and I don't want to risk it if it's not. Thank you ^^
RE: How do i get here?
# Mar 24 2006 at 5:44 PM Rating: Decent
354 posts
Genbu, Sukaku and Sieryu you just use the yellow teleporter to get there.

Byakko is a little more complecated, you have to enter Shrine of Ru'Avitau then zone back out before you can get to the teleporter.
Sky gods
# Feb 10 2006 at 1:21 PM Rating: Excellent
Sky gods abjurations, equipment and items dropped.

Byakko (Gem of the West from Despot and Autumnstone from Ullikummi)
A.head - Zenith Crown (HQ-Zenith Crown +1)
D.feet- Shura Sune-ate (HQ-Shura Sune-ate +1)
D.legs- Shura Haidate (HQ-Shura Haidate +1)
E.feet- Adaman Sollerets (HQ-Armada Sollerets)
N.hands- Hecatomb Mittens (HQ-Hecatomb Mittens +1)

Byakko's Axe
Byakko's Haidate
Zephyr > Dispels Seiryu

Behemoth Hide
Behemoth Mantle
Damascus Ingot
Divine Log
Seal of Byakko

Genbu (Gem of the North from Zipacna and Winterstone from Olla Grande)
A.hands- Zenith Mitts (HQ-Zenith Mitts +1)
A.head- Zenith Crown (HQ-Zenith Crown +1)
M.hands- Koenig Handschuhs (HQ-Kaiser Handschuhs)
W.feet- Crimson Greaves (HQ-Blood Greaves)

Genbu's Kabuto
Genbu's Shield
Arctic Wind > Dispels Suzaku

Adaman Ingot
Adaman Ore
Adamantoise Shell
Divine Log
Shining Cloth
Venemous Claw
Seal of Genbu

Seiryu (Gem of the East from Steam Cleaner and Springstone from Mother Globe)
A.legs- Zenith Slacks (HQ-Zenith Slacks +1)
D.head- Shura Zunari Kabuto (HQ-Shura Zunari Kabuto +1)
M.head- Koenig Schaller (HQ-Kaiser Schaller)
W.hands- Crimson Finger Gauntlets (HQ-Blood Finger Gauntlets)

Seiryu's Kote
Seiryu's Sword
East Wind > Dispels Byakko

Angel Skin
Damascene Cloth
Divine Log
Dragon Heart
Dragon Claw
Siren's Hair
Seal of Seiryu

Suzaku (Gem of the South from Brigandish Blade and Summerstone from Faust)
A.legs- Zenith Slacks (HQ-Zenith Slacks +1)
D.hands- Shura Kote (HQ-Shura Kote +1)
E.head- Adaman Celata (HQ-Armada Celata)
N.feet- Hecatomb Leggings (HQ-Hecatomb Leggings +1)

Suzaku's Scythe
Suzaku's Sune-ate
Antarctic Wind > Dispels Genbu

Damascene Cloth
Divine Log
Shining Cloth
Siren's Hair
Venemous Claw
Seal of Suzaku

Kirin (Seal of Byakko, Seal of Genbu, Seal of Seiryu and Seal of Suzaku)
D.body- Shura Togi (HQ-Shura Togi +1)
N.body- Hecatomb Harness (HQ-Hecatomb Harness +1)
W.legs- Crimson Cuisses (HQ-Blood Cuisses)

Kirin's Osode
Kirin's Pole

Adaman Ingot
Damascus Ingot
Orichalcum Ingot
Orichalcum Ore
Scroll: Quake
Scroll: Raise III
Shining Cloth

EDIT: Added pop items next to name.
EDIT: All items are linked for reference.

Edited, Tue Mar 7 12:13:22 2006
WHY !!!
# Feb 05 2006 at 1:43 PM Rating: Decent
So I just did zm 12 and wanted to go to the sky and when I zoned in here all I got was a butt load of lagg..... So bad that u can think of lower Jeuno x 100 I would get a frame every 3 sacs. And when I zoned out to the hall of gods there was no lag at all. I have an ATI radian x600+ graphics card 72 GB of free memory and 1 GB of ram with a CPU speed at 2.6 GHz of speed and windows home addition 2003 so I don’t think that I have a problem with my comp
RE: WHY !!!
# Feb 27 2006 at 12:51 AM Rating: Decent
Got this from Killing Ifrit Forum.
Step 1) Go to my computer >> C >> program files >> Playonline >> Square Enix >> final fantasy XI >> sound2 >> win >> music >> data.

Step 2) find the file "music190.bwg" copy it

Step 3) rename "music190.bwg" to "music210.bwg"

Step 4) paste the copied file of "music190.bwg"

Step 5) right click and refresh

Worked like a dream. Thank Goodness!
RE: WHY !!!
# May 25 2006 at 2:01 PM Rating: Default
Thanks a lot, i just reached sky yesterday and the game freezed everytime in Ru'aun gardens. It only worked with the music disabled.
Changed the name of the file and now i hear the music of the Sanctuary of Zi'tah but works perfectly ^^.

Edit: Now i found a solution to hear the real Ru'Aun Gardens music in a FF forum, you just need to get a mp3 file of Ru'Aun Gardens (got one named Tu'lia) and convert it to wav then convert the wav to bwg and name it music210.bwg, then place it in the folder posted above (thanks again Blackweed:).

You can use any mp3 converter but i found this one:
To convert to bwg format there's a program named XiMC (it's in japanese but easy to handle).You can find it here:

I hope it helps anyone that had this problem (and went depressed when visited sky for the first time ^^)

Edited, Wed Jun 14 12:32:45 2006

Edited, Aug 21st 2006 at 10:11am EDT by Souf
RE: WHY !!!
# Feb 27 2006 at 12:09 AM Rating: Decent
Same thing just happened to me. I have run full 1600x1280 resolution with all effects on in every other area. But in sky, I zone in from Hall of Gods and I immediately begin lagging out, I have to hold backward just to get back to the zone. My video card is a Radeon 9800 pro with 1.5 gigs of Ram and a 3.2 AMD chip. I went as far as deleting and reinstalling FFXI and it still freezes up, even at low resolution. I'm going to contact tech support and will post my resolution if and when I get one. =(
help me
# Nov 24 2005 at 12:04 AM Rating: Decent
i just got into sky today and explored but i cant get out! one of the posts said use the red teleporter but i sit on it nothing happens and i cant click on it. also ive found 2 green teleporters that have 2 circle things that change when u get near them, how do i use these?

Edited, Thu Nov 24 00:17:20 2005
Curiosity killed the redmage
# Sep 21 2005 at 1:02 PM Rating: Decent
This Area is sick i just unlocked it on saturday
and ZM8 was a b**ch to but it was worth it although when i went in to explore i was told nothing agroed in this area(lie) i later figured out that gatekeepers or whatever agroe presence cuz i ran by and started chaining lvl 72 mobs on accident they were hitting me (64 Redmage) for 400 per attack i had just enough time to get off a chainspell Warp and end up wasted in front of mog in port got an R3 though and didnt lose hardly any exp...lesson dont explore without being rdy to pay the price lol ...@Shortbuscrew fo life@... Status: searching for HNMLS and DYNAMIS LS
64 redmage (main) Subs: BLK(fully lvled) NIN(30)
WHM(17) DRK(17) SMN(6)
RE: Curiosity killed the redmage
# Oct 13 2005 at 5:03 PM Rating: Decent
161 posts
That is because you were walking by Groundskeepers near blue-glowing walls. THOSE aggro. As long as you stay as far away from those as you can, you won't get aggro by ANYTHING in Ru'Aun Gardens as long as you avoid casting spells. If you cast anything near pots and those dolls, it will get you dead, fast.

Edited, Thu Oct 13 18:11:24 2005
# Apr 30 2005 at 6:49 PM Rating: Decent
Ok, just some questions about this area, I know nothing about it except some weird stuff I don't understand.
A) How do you get here? Do you need to do a bunch of questy stuff?
B) WHAT is this place? Whenever I ask where or what, they just reply [sky]. What's that mean? I mean obviously its in the sky... but, how?
C) Does this thing have any connection to Ru'Lude Gardens?
RE: Wha??
# May 02 2005 at 7:13 PM Rating: Decent
20 posts
double post ><

Edited, Mon May 2 20:14:59 2005
RE: Wha??
# May 02 2005 at 7:06 PM Rating: Excellent
20 posts
A) You have to complete Zilart Missions (need rank 6, then zone into norg for Z-1) 1-12 to get Sky access. Z-13 is the last cs before u can run around in Ru'Aun.
B) This place is where all or most of the HNMLS go kill Gods like Kirin, Genbu..etc Or you can exp here, other then that i didnt really read the cut scene.
C) No connection to Ru'Lude.

p.s. to get here you go Sauromugue Champaign ->
Meriphataud Mountains -> Sanctuary of Zi'tah -> Ro'Maeve -> Hall of the Gods -> Ru'Aun Gardens.

edit for additional info and a spelling mistake >.>

Edited, Mon May 2 20:32:29 2005
RE: Wha??
# Jul 07 2005 at 12:48 AM Rating: Default
Kirin is not in Ru Aun Gardens
RE: Wha??
# May 10 2005 at 11:23 PM Rating: Decent
Ah. Thanks alot for the info ^^
Well I have a long way to go before I can get here... it better be worth it o_o
How to leave Ru'Ann?
# Apr 13 2005 at 7:34 AM Rating: Decent
127 posts
So it seems like when you enter Ru'Ann gardens, you can't exit the same way you came from. What gives?

This really sucks when you go on your own without a warp scroll. Does anyone have any ideas how to get out without having a friend to come fetch you that could either warp you or tele you out?

(I'm asking this on behalf of my friend who happens to be stuck there right now...)
RE: How to leave Ru'Ann?
# May 31 2005 at 1:21 PM Rating: Excellent
901 posts
You CAN exit the same way you come in, through Hall of the Gods. You just have to take one of the purple teleporters back to the entrance island (where the nation flag is). Then just zone back into Hall of the Gods at the same spot you came into Ru'Aun Gardens.

Edited, Tue May 31 14:24:01 2005
# Feb 25 2005 at 1:00 AM Rating: Default
Hey, i could really use this map, even tho the place isnt to complex, would still be nice. Is the map in coffer chest? If so, what drops coffer keys? thx for the help.
RE: map?
# Apr 29 2005 at 6:10 AM Rating: Decent
42 posts
Map is in coffer chest. Coffer keys drop fairly freely from flamingo's at the entrance of the gradens, usually kill a few whilst waiting for ls to arrive, EM mobs to a 74, get maybe 1 key in 6-7 fights without a THF.

Edit: Map list FYI.

I'll add the link to the coffer spawns when I get home - slacking off at work at the mo :D. There are two each god island, with two either side of the zone after the corridor bit where Despot spawns (bad explanation I know >.<)

Edited, Fri Apr 29 07:15:50 2005
RE: map?
# Apr 25 2005 at 7:47 PM Rating: Default
544 posts
buy the map in Windurst or Mhaura
can't remember wich place
# Feb 18 2005 at 4:37 PM Rating: Default
829 posts
Can someone tell me how to get into sky? Like what you have to do to get access
# Jan 27 2005 at 5:24 AM Rating: Decent
ok i recently got sky access. i have to say that zm4 was the hardest only because it was hard to get to. the group i had for zm8 was, as a fellow LS member put it, stacked. TO be honest i was worried at the start simply because we had no whm. it was 73 rdm(taru) 72 pld 74 blm 74 mnk 74 blm and me(66drk)
it was actually a pretty easy fight, 5 minutes, only one death, and that was rdm
convert, cure 4, pld covers, doesnt last, kalnut fires off light blade KOs rdm, kalnut dies. Overall everyone in teh group did a remarkable job and they were nice enough to let me come along at 66(they just wanted to see me get my spin on with my GS =) )
wind price
# Oct 31 2004 at 12:50 AM Rating: Decent
ok, how much do these crazt winds cost? I have arctic, antarctic, and east wind and someone told me their price is near like a million. Can anyone confirm or help plz?
thank you.
RE: wind price
# Nov 16 2004 at 4:29 PM Rating: Good
91 posts
You can pick up all three for around 5k-20k. I believe the East Wind is a little more rare than the others. Anyway they're not worth much. Good only for two things: Debuffing gods, and Rangers with Unlimited Shot for instant damage.
# Oct 06 2004 at 10:49 PM Rating: Decent
484 posts
Ok question... how do I leave the island once you TP over.
# Aug 11 2004 at 11:33 PM Rating: Decent
i think doin up to zm13 just to get Tulia access is worth it, im still on zm4 and it suxs but i luv the hall!(Tulias entrance) i like goin there just to chill, i think its awesome with the bgm and all, every1 should go! and i know ill like Tulia more, i heard it has cool bgm!! i wanna go!! i luv explorin!! ^^;

# Jun 17 2004 at 7:09 PM Rating: Default
if i realy need to finish ZM13 t oenter this place it sux a lot. >< i made rank6 just to enter this place..and now i must read that i have to do a lot more? grrr ><
RE: sux
# Jun 17 2004 at 7:58 PM Rating: Good
1,453 posts
The good news is that the majority of the Zilart 'Missions' are cutscenes. The first three are Enter Norg, Talk to Gilgamesh and Travel to Kazham. ^^;

There are only 6 quests that involve any significant amount of fighting (the remainder are sneaking around areas like Hall of The Gods and the like). You need to complete the first 5 for access to Tu'Lia, but even then nobody goes there for XP gain until at least 65-66. You have time before then. ^^;
#REDACTED, Posted: Jul 29 2004 at 2:54 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) the bad news is, you wont get invites for zilart missions until level 70+, at least some of the later ones, and you wont go there for XP 'til late 70's.
RE: sux
# Sep 19 2004 at 3:11 AM Rating: Decent
You can fine complete Zilart missions 1-13 at 60+.
Im 68 and have Tu'lia access.

For exp you can go there at 67.
RE: sux
# Aug 20 2004 at 7:08 AM Rating: Decent
If you sit around waiting for invites all day instead of making your own parties I feel really sorry for you. Of course you'll never get anything done if you just sit there and wait for others to do it for you!

Edited, Fri Aug 20 08:09:00 2004
# Jun 14 2004 at 6:56 AM Rating: Decent
i havent saw the post of FF XI kayned....well i guess his information was better then mine ^^;;;;
# Jun 14 2004 at 6:53 AM Rating: Decent
a friend of me that killed Kirin already, told me that it needs 36 lv 75 people to take it down. although, jobs like DRG, DRK or SAM can`t really do any damage to it because its so ****** hard to hit. the 3 Jobs that deal awesome damage in that fight are of course BLMs, RNGs (because they have the accuracy to hit it) and MNKs. MNKs dont really attack kirin, they just get themself the best +MND equipment they can get (which makes Chi blast stronger) and boost they attack to maximum, only to unleash one hell of a chi blast to deal massive dmg to kirin. I guess you need 36 people to replace a mage thats out of MP or a dead melee fighter. Maybe i fight it someday as well lol.
Not too hard to get here
# Jun 03 2004 at 9:43 PM Rating: Good
The ZMs are pretty tough if not everyone is max level and it's your first time going through. It was a hell of a journey for my linkshell (all US players, started on US retail release) pre-75 and we finally got to Tu'Lia around the middle of March 2004 and completed the rest of the ZMs at the end of April.

The sad thing is that the ZMs become easy once you know what you're going up against and you're completing them for other people. All I can suggest is that you get a PT of friends together who haven't done the missions yet and start fresh for a more challenging experience and to feel like you've accomplished something :P

Anyway, here's a little information that I haven't seen posted here yet:

- If you see Light weather in Tu'Lia, don't go anywhere near the groundskeepers inside the alcoves unless you're invisible, because during this type of weather their sight range is drastically increased. Don't worry too much though, as I've only seen light weather once in all the time I've spent up in the sky.

- Kirin took around 2 alliances for us to beat, with the fight lasting 5+ hours total. At the start of the fight, one alliance kited Kirin around and didn't try to do any damage to him until he was finished summoning all the gods (he summons one about every 5 minutes). These gods are a much weaker version of the ones you can pop in Ru'Aun Gardens, and taking these summoned gods out was what the other alliance was for.

Once Kirin summoned all four gods, he doesn't summon again so this is when the real fight began. Once mages ran out of mana, and monks used their chi blast, those mages and monks would be switched out with other mages and monks. Also, anyone (meaning people not kiting Kirin) with a sam sub would be kicked out until they got 300% TP, then they would be re-added to do a Spirits Within, then kicked back out until they regained 300% TP with meditate.

The fight was long... too long... but when it was over Kirin dropped a shining cloth and a mnk/sam/nin body abjuration (dryadic abjuration: body). Was hoping the Osode would drop... but I probably would have lost on it anyway :P
# May 29 2004 at 10:58 AM Rating: Excellent
Another common question:

What maps connect to what?
Ru'Ann Gardens I can CONFIRM connects to La'Hoff Amphitheater, on top of Ve'Lugganon and Ru'Avitu.

How do you aquire map?
Coffer.Only. x.x;;

How hard are the mobs there?
Not bad. Few of my friends 66-70 took some pots and golems down easy, even with a gimped PT (most of us subbed BLM for warp)

Is there an outpost there?
No. Only a flag to represent the country in control. You will understand why if you follow the story (which OWNZ)

Is there ANY way to reach Tu'Lia besides completing Zilart mission 13:
No. Hell No. Dont waste your time traveling through Ro'Meave.

Have you seen the NM's for Kirin yet, or Kirin himself for that matter? o.0
No. But later on I sure as hell intend to ^^

Any other questions you may want answered just ask or email me @Silvernightmarex7@yahoo.com

Edited, Sat May 29 12:02:20 2004
What is in Tu'Lia
# May 29 2004 at 10:52 AM Rating: Excellent
First off, it is beautiful. Best zone you will have seen since Zi'tah. Now to answer some common questions.

Do Mobs aggro in Ru'Ann Gardens?

Yes. But will you need stealth spells, no. Normal Groundskeepers do not aggro. However you will notice some that are implanted into the walls (with a blue aura) THESE AGGRO. However, you can stay out of range by simply by keeping or the far side from them (or walking right in the middle when they are facing eachother in hallways)
How to access Tu'Lia
# May 29 2004 at 10:47 AM Rating: Excellent
I have accessed this zone, and I will answer as many questions as possible.

How to access Tu'Lia:
Accessing Tu'Lia (Ru'Ann Gardens) requires completing the first 13 missions of the JPN expansion 'Rise of the Zilart'. You can only begin these quests when your Country Rank is 6 or better. My party was all 70 with a 66 RDM and I will say it was a HELL OF A HARD fight to get past one certain mission. A lot of Zilart Mission 8 is pure luck. No REAL guide is written for it (although I plan to), and it is not something to be done easily. These missions, for the most part, are NOT your wimpy regular missions for your country. Once you hit ZM8 you need to have Raise 3 ready and be ready to raise mid fight cause most of the times someone WILL die.
# Apr 02 2004 at 1:37 PM Rating: Decent
From what I have heard, it takes about 50-75, level 75 players to take on Kirin (I'd assume it's a little less than that for the other beasts). He is capable of summoning the four other God beasts to fight with him (and will do it too). I've never heard people needing that much for anyone else. But what do you expect? The equipment he drops is, hands down, the best in the game. For the classes that can qeuip it at least.
note on the 4 NMs
# Mar 11 2004 at 4:58 AM Rating: Decent
1,309 posts
In Japanese mythology, Byakko, Genbu, Suzaku, and Seiryu are the 4 gods controlling the seasons and the weather. They're referenced in lots of anime(most notably Yu Yu Hakusho). They're also used I think for good luck(see another anime, Mahou Shoutengai Abenobashi(magical shopping district abenobashi) for details -- they have a mini statue of each God in the 4 corners of the shoutengai -- not surprisingly at all, these directions match with the directions here).

So maybe this was a bit rambling, but it's 4:00 am. ^^;
RE: note on the 4 NMs
# Jan 28 2005 at 1:03 AM Rating: Decent
1,983 posts
The mythology for the 4 NM's actually owes its routes to Chinese mythology.
RE: note on the 4 NMs
# Mar 01 2007 at 2:13 AM Rating: Good
2,793 posts
Shamaya wrote:
The mythology for the 4 NM's actually owes its routes to Chinese mythology.

Prunedogg wrote:
lol, all of japanese culture is stolen from chinese culture. i challenge you to find something japanese that wasn't chinese first :P

Japanese name (chinese name)
Reprisentation as best translated (other possable translation from the chinese)

Genbu (Xuanwu)
Black Tortoise, north, water

Byakko (Baihu)
White tiger, west, wind

Seiryu (Qinglong)
Blue (Azure) Dragon, east, earth

Suzaku (Zhu Que)
red (vermilion) phoenix, south, fire

It is no more "stolen" from the chinese than the roman pantheon is "stolen" from greece (jupiter = zeus).

RE: note on the 4 NMs
# Dec 07 2005 at 9:36 AM Rating: Decent
lol, all of japanese culture is stolen from chinese culture. i challenge you to find something japanese that wasn't chinese first :P
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