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Final Fantasy X Al Bhed Primers guide: all primer locations for FFX and FFX-2

In the world of Final Fantasy X, you won't always find it easy to understand what everybody is saying - unless you're fluent in the language of Al Bhed. This is a unique collectable for FF10 and its sequel, with your collection of Al Bhed Primers determining exactly how much you understand of the Al Bhed language.

Collecting them all will not only get you some rewards (just chat to Rin abroad the Farenheit to get an extra reward), but will also handily fill in the subtitles whenever characters are speaking in Al Bhed. For that to happen you'll need to collect the primers, however - and that's where we come in.

Now that more people are revisiting FF10 and FF10-2 now it's on many new platforms with Final Fantasy X & X-2 HD Remaster, people are hunting for primers again - so here's a full Al Bhed Primer List for both games, including warnings of missable primers so you don't accidentally end up stuck. Let's get to it:

Al Bhed Primer Locations in Final Fantasy X

Here it is - a full list of where to find every Al Bhed Primer in FF10. There are 26 in total - one for eachn letter of the alphabet, with each corresponding to explain what each letter of the English alphabet is in Al Bhed. You can even use this knowledge to translate and speak Al Bhed yourself in the real world.

  1. Al Bhed Primer Volume I:
    • Found on the deck of the Al Bhed salvage ship early on.
    • Missable. If missed, you can get it in the north-eastern area of the Sanubia Desert Oasis.
  2. Al Bhed Primer Volume II:
    • Available in Besaid Village, inside the Crusader's Lodge.
  3. Al Bhed Primer Volume III:
    • Found aboard the S.S. Liki, inside the Power Room, where the Chocobos are running inside wheels to power the ship.
    • Missable. If you do miss it, find it later in the Sanubia Desert - inside the tent where you find Wakka. 
  4. Al Bhed Primer Volume IV: 
    • Available at Kilika Port, inside the Tavern, on the desk.
  5. Al Bhed Primer Volume V:
    • This is available on the Bridge aboard the S.S. Winno, the same ship where you can unlock the Jecht Shot.
    • Missable. If missed, find it later in the Sanubia Desert, near where Kimhari is discovered.
  6. Al Bhed Primer Volume VI:
    • Find this primer in the 'Basement B' area of Luca Stadium.
  7. Al Bhed Primer Volume VII:
    • Grab this in Luca Theatre, in Luca.
  8. Al Bhed Primer Volume VIII:
    • This primer is found on the Mi'ihen Highroad - but you get it automatically, from Rin.
  9. Al Bhed Primer Volume IX:
    1. Available on the Mi'ihen Highroad's Newroad South area, found on the road as it curves around.
  10. Al Bhed Primer Volume X:
    • Found on Mushroom Rock Road, camouflaged into the dirt on a ledge.
  11. Al Bhed Primer XI:
    • Available on the Djose Highroad, nestled on the floor against rocks, close to the foreground.
  12. Al Bhed Primer XII:
    • At the area of Moonflow's North Wharf where there's the elephant-like creatures waiting to be used for transport, it's found on the floor.
  13. Al Bhed Primer XIII:
    • Find this primer in the middle of the floor in a house in Guadosalam.
  14. Al Bhed Primer XIV:
    • This primer actually has a little order to obtaining it. In the Thunder Plains, speak to Rikku, then Rin inside the Travel Agency building. Then head to Yuna's room, and tell Rin "Okay" when you get the chance.
    • Missable. If you don't get it in the Thunder Plains, you can find this later on inthe Sanubia Desert.
  15. Al Bhed Primer XV:
    • This primer is found in the Macalania Woods, on the Lake Road. Near Oaka, look for a path that leads off to the right, where the primer is hidden away.
  16. Al Bhed Primer XVI:
    • Available in front of the Travel Agency in Lake Macalania - it's to the left of the building.
  17. Al Bhed Primer XVII:
    • Found in the Sanubia Desert, under some ruins. It's well visible in the sand.
  18. Al Bhed Primer XVIII:
    • Available to the North of the Sanubia Desert.
  19. Al Bhed Primer XIX:
    • Found in one area of the Al Bhed Home area, near ruins and a burning machine.
    • This is Missable, and can't be re-gained if missed. Save before you proceed further.
  20. Al Bhed Primer XX:
    • This primer is available in the Al Bhed Home, on the side in the Living Quarters area. 
    • This is Missable, and can't be re-gained if missed. Save before you proceed further.
  21. Al Bhed Primer XXI:
    • Pick up this primer at the end of the main corridor of the Al Bhed Home area.
    • This is Missable, and can't be re-gained if missed. Save before you proceed further.
  22. Al Bhed Primer XXII:
    • Another one-time chance for this primer, this time in Bevelle Temple. It's in plain sight, but you have to get this in the aftermath of the wedding scene.
    • This is Missable, and can't be re-gained if missed. Save before you proceed further.
  23. Al Bhed Primer XXIII:
    • Find this to the north-west of the Calm Lands, right up against the edge of the explorable map.
  24. Al Bhed Primer XXIV:
    • This primer can be picked up in the Remiem Temple area, just sitting around on the floor.
  25. Al Bhed Primer XXV:
    • Available in the Cavern of the Stolen Fayth, at the end of a dead end that's pointing west.
  26. Al Bhed Primer XXVI:
    • In a room full of chests in the Omega Ruins, look to the top of the room, where this primer is hanging out, waiting for you.

FF10 Al Bhed Primer Rankings

Every time you pick up a primer, you're working towards increasing your general Al Bhed Primer ranking. Each time you hit a certain threshold, your rank increases. Here's the ranks:

  • Al Bhed Hujela (Novice): 1 Primer
  • Al Bhed Pakehhan (Beginner): 4 Primers
  • Al Bhed Typpman (Dabbler): 7 Primers
  • Al Bhed Maynhan (Learner): 10 Primers
  • Al Bhed Cbaygan (Speaker): 13 Primers
  • Al Bhed Hydeja (Native): 16 Primers
  • Al Bhed Unydun (Orator): 19 Primers
  • Al Bhed Medanyde (Literati): 22 Primers
  • Al Bhed Sycdan (Master): 26 Primers

Final Fantasy X-2 Al Bhed Primer Locations

Al Bhed Primers return in Final Fantasy X-2, though they're in a much different format than in the first game. In this game, they're not a collectible found out in the overworld - instead, they're automatically obtained when you view certain cutscenes or have certain conversations with characters who speak Al Bhed, who in the story of FFX-2 are much more prolific.

Here's when to find them all, with a few Al Bhed Primers available to pick up in a few of the game's chapters.

  • Chapter 1 Al Bhed Primers
    • After completing the first mission, speak to Brother and Buddy aboard the Celsius.
    • Once you complete the mission 'Behind the Scenes', speak to Rin in Luca.
    • In Djose Temple, sign up for the desert excavation by talking to Gippal. (Also available in Chapter 2)
    • After the 'Follow that O'aka' mission, speak to the Al Bhed woman outside the lakeside shop in Macalania. (Also available in Chapter 2)
    • When you first visit Bikanel, you'll get a free primer.
  • Chapter 2 Al Bhed Primers
    • At the opening of Chapter 2, speak to Shinra aboard the Celsius.
    • In Djose, talk to Gippal.
  • Chapter 3 Al Bhed Primers
    • In Djose, talk to Gippal, and do it before you take on the 'Protect Besaid Temple' mission. 
    • Another primer is available after you start the 'No Way Djose' mission.
    • Before you start the 'Secure the Agency' mission, you'll get a primer in Macalania.
  • Chapter 4 Al Bhed Primers
    • At the start of the chapter, talk to Paine on the deck of the Celsius, then head to the bridge.
    • For another primer, view the new CommSphere events from Djose and Macalania. 
  • Chapter 5 Al Bhed Primers
    • Once you've met with Leblanc aat the Farplane, return to the Celsius and the Deck. Speak to Brother and Buddy.
    • One is obtained in Djose after you defeat The Experiment.
    • A final primer is found in the Thunder Plains, once you complete the mission 'A Fallen Genius'. 

Missed a primer? Keep in mind that you can get Primers you've missed the first time around through digging in Bikanel. You can go digging in Bikanel in almost any chapter in the game, but not in chapter 4. 

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