In addition to its main plot, Square Enix's JRPG Bravely Default 2 is filled with a number of exciting side quests. One such side quest, "Rich Pickings," features an entirely new area to explore and a boss to challenge in order to earn some treasure.
This guide will help you through every step of the Rich Pickings side quest including exploring the Abandoned Mansion dungeon and fighting the Amphora boss.
Bravely Default 2 Abandoned Mansion: Where to Find Rich Pickings Side Quest
The side quest "Rich Pickings" is available once you have completed the main plot in Savalon and acquired the Water Crystal.
Start the quest by talking to a man inside the Gaming Hall marked with a blue dialogue icon. He will tell you that he can't afford medicine for his sick son, and will ask you to explore the Abandoned Mansion which is reportedly filled with treasure.
A cutscene will play which reveals that he also hired Dag and Selene, the mercenaries which you challenged for their Asterisks in the very first boss fight of the game. However, you don't have to worry about fighting them again. Dag and Selene only appear in cut scenes and are not encountered as a boss in this quest.
Exploring the Abandoned Mansion
The entrance to the Abandoned Mansion is found in the northeastern corner of the desert map.
Make sure to have a side quest marker active for "Rich Pickings." The Abandoned Mansion is full of twists and turns, and having a marker pointing to your goal is extremely useful.
Additionally, have the passive skill "Divining Rod" equipped on one member of your party. Many of the chests in the Abandoned Mansion are fakes which have already been opened, so it is useful to know how many real chests are in each area.
The gimmick of the Abandoned Mansion is that most of the chests are trapped. You will have to fight a monster battle to claim most of the loot in this dungeon. The monsters in this dungeon have a mix of elemental weaknesses, so having at least one Black Mage in your party is a great option. A Beastmaster with elemental monsters is also recommended.
However, there is still plenty of great loot to grab. In particular, head left as soon as you enter the Mansion to find a large room with a chest in the center. This chest features a battle against an Electrica Elemental, but contains a new weapon called "Lu Bu's Spear".
Fighting the Bravely Default 2 Amphora Boss
Once you've finished looting the dungeon, follow the quest marker until you reach a save point. Save and choose jobs for an upcoming boss battle against Amphora, a genie-like spirit who is NOT happy about having been released from his vase.
Amphora is a Spirit-type creature with 19448 HP. He is weak to Axes, immune to Water, Earth, and Wind, and absorbs Lightning.
He uses four moves in battle:
- Big Blow - heavy physical damage to one party member
- Earthpound - heavy Earth damage to one party member
- Thundara - Lightning damage to all party members
- Supercharge - boosts its own Magic Attack for the next several turns
When Amphora uses the Default command, he will hide inside his lamp and become almost entirely immune to damage. Your party should Default in response, because this means he is going to unleash a flurry of powerful attacks once he leaves the lamp.
Having a Vanguard to use Aggravate / Enrage to soak up his heavy hits is a great idea. Make sure all of your physical fighters are equipped with Axes, since that is the only weapon he is weak to.
Amphora is able to be Poisoned, so take a Black Mage to cast Poison.
The Freelancer's "Square One" skill can be useful to remove the buffs to his Magic Attack that he will cast on himself.
If you want to field a Beastmaster, it is recommended that you capture some of the monsters in the Abandoned Mansion to use in this battle. The Vishno is particularly useful, because it performs a powerful physical attack when released. The Beastmaster's "Muzzle" skill is also useful to attempt to Silence Amphora and prevent his magic Thundara attacks.
Finally, a White Mage is an absolute necessity, as this boss hits hard.
Once you've defeated Amphora, his valuable vase will unfortunately break. Head back to Savalon to tell the man the bad news. However, it turns out Dag and Selene decided to give him some of their treasure! The man will reward you with 5 Small JP Orbs.
Bravely Default 2 is available on the Nintendo Switch. If you're looking for some advice, check out our Beginner's Guide.