Have you ever wondered to yourself: why are there these random treasure chest around the world and in dungeons? Who’s putting them there?
Of course treasure chest are just a tradition from D&D games, in order to help the player out. But that’s no fun, so let’s think of a theory!
Gilgamesh (ギルガメッシュ, Girugamesshu?) is a recurring character in the Final Fantasy series. Initially introduced as a antagonist, he has made a number of appearances in remakes and later titles. To date, Gilgamesh has had more appearances in any Final Fantasy media than any other character, and may be the only character to appear in more than one game in the main series (see below). Gilgamesh began a tradition of an incompetent, comical, yet persistent recurring boss for the player to face.
So then he gets around. But how? Through the Void. SPOILERS: Exdeath banishes Gilgamesh to the Void as punishment for his incompetence. The Void, in Final Fantasy V (the game in which Gilgamesh was introduced) is an interdimensional rift. Gilgamesh no longer wishes to serve Exdeath and simply wants to leave the Void, but realizes there is no way to do this…except for when he does.
So what’s his main purpose? Much like the mythology, he’s based on, he’s a sword collector. Gilgamesh gets his name from “the main character of the Epic of Gilgamesh, an Akkadian poem considered the first great work of literature”, but he’s based off the legendary Benkei:
a famous character in the Japanese mythologies and chronicles of the Genpei War. A powerful warrior monk said to have personally defeated 200 men in every battle he engaged in and said to have had the strength of demons, Benkei’s introduction sees him set out to collect 1,000 weapons, and situates himself on a bridge, challenging any warrior who comes by.
And in all the Final Fantasy games, he’s searching treasure chests for the legendary sword Excalibur.
So, why all of the treasure chests? This is where I think Gilgamesh had something to do with it. When fighting enemies, he’ll take the spoils of his battle. Your characters do the same thing. Gilgamesh, the next pretty cool party member for Final Fantasy XVI?
But he’s going through many dungeons, some of them are pretty tough. Gilgamesh isn’t a bad guy. He wants the would-be adventurers to make it through the dungeons as well…so he can challenge them. Makes sense, once he wins he’ll take their weapons anyways, and whatever they might have. And the cycle keeps repeating…
So if a treasure chest is around, he’ll stock it with weapons and items to help out our heroes. He might get two potions from battle, boom! he takes one and puts the other in the chest. He gets a low-level knife from a goblin, he already has a stronger weapon so boom! puts it in the chest. Finds a magic spell that’s not a buff, boom! maybe you get a fire spell. You may need it to get through the dungeon, Gilgamesh may think. Anything that’ll help you the player along.
Of course, sometimes he misses your character completely. Throughout the adventure of Final Fantasy VII, he wasn’t there. Throughout the adventure of Final Fantasy VII Remake, he might be – you’ll just have to wait and see ;).
But with his travels in the interdimensional rift, it’s possible he’ll end up in the same place. He’ll check the treasure chest again, just in case the content changes. This explains why in high-level dungeons, you’ll get a potion.
right after getting higher level armor.
But he’ll also end in a different time state of each world, only to check what’s there. Then, he’ll leave something else. Maybe he’ll leave something in treasure chest T1. Then treasure chest T2. Then T3, come back and raid it for T2, leaving something else in for T3. So essentially, Gilgamesh is raiding the treasure chests he put up in the first place. Why didn’t Gilgamesh restock the treasure chest in the game? Maybe Gilgamesh didn’t get there yet, and was restocking other games during your adventure…
Why doesn’t he remembers? Because his incompetency is probably also due to a bad memory.
At least, this is what I think. What do you think?
“…uh, where’s he getting all of the treasure chests in the first place?”