Astaroth, also known as Asteroth, is one of four bosses in Pandaemonium in Final Fantasy II guarding a treasure chest containing a Ribbon. A top-ranking demon from Pandaemonium, they are one of Satan's generals.
Astaroth is a dangerous foe, second only to the Emperor. They wield a potent drain effect on every physical blow, and also utilize high-level spells, such as Scourge XVI, Fire XVI, and Drain XVI.
The best bet is to equip a melee character with a Blood Sword, use Berserk and Haste on them, then cast Blink and Shield on all the characters to minimize Astaroth's regeneration from Drain. The demon may score a few solid hits while the party is casting these preparatory spells, so it may be useful to employ a second mage in casting Cure on the whole party during this time.
Astaroth resists most elemental Black Magic, so once the protective spells are cast, one should start pounding them with the highest-level Ultima, Flare, Poison, and Holy spells. Drain is also worth a shot to steal back any HP the fiend may have siphoned from the party. As always, the player should make sure at least one character is devoted to watching over the party's health.
Additionally, the Blood Sword will cause extreme damage to Astaroth, making this battle easy. An alternate method of winning is to simply cast a level 8 or higher Teleport.
Astaroth in demonology is a prince of Hell. In art, specifically in the Dictionnaire Infernal, Astaroth is depicted as a nude man with dragon-like wings, hands, and feet, a second pair of feathered wings after the main, wearing a crown, holding a serpent in one hand, and riding a wolf or dog.
- In their appearance for Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, dialogue after defeating Astaroth implies that the demon is female, while both Final Fantasy II Muma no Meikyū and earlier releases of Final Fantasy II itself portray Astaroth as male.