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King of Dragons. Elements in his body combine to generate a nuclear fusion blast.

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Bahamut is an esper in Final Fantasy VI who can be acquired as a magicite.

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Bahamut is similar in appearance to the Bahamut from Final Fantasy V. It is a dark gray/silver dragon with a bronze chest and blue wings. Its PlayStation description calls it the King of Dragons, a title Bahamut has had since the original Final Fantasy.

Story[]

Bahamut's magicite was in possession of Deathgaze, a boss that randomly attacked the party in the World of Ruin when they were flying on the Falcon. After repeated battles, Deathgaze was defeated and Bahamut's magicite fell from its mouth onto the Falcon, where the party acquired it.

Gameplay[]

Megaflare in the Pixel Remaster version.

Bahamut costs 86 MP to summon and casts Mega Flare (Sun Flare in the Super NES versions). Mega Flare deals unblockable non-elemental damage to all enemies, ignoring defense. It has a spell power of 92. Aside from its magicite, Bahamut can also be summoned using the Slot ability by aligning three dragon symbols. Bahamut is the strongest summon for attacking, able to easily hit the damage cap against all enemies.

Bahamut's level up bonus provides a +50% boost to the HP the character normally gains when leveling up. The bonus is of little practical use—the HP boost gained at each level is not notable until the party hits Level 50, where they gain 120 HP, and peaking at 162 at Level 70. This means characters will get only around 50-70 extra HP and would need several levels to gain a noticeable benefit.

If the player wishes to max out the party's stats in terms of HP, Bahamut is the best option in most versions of the game, only being trumped by the Diabolos magicite's superior +100% HP boost in the Game Boy Advance and discontinued mobile/Steam versions.

Spells[]

Bahamut teaches the Flare spell, the only way to learn it outside of Celes at a very high level. If the player can defeat Deathgaze and acquire Bahamut early in the World of Ruin, Flare will prove extremely useful for most of the rest of the game due to dealing non-elemental damage and piercing defenses. Once the party begins to learn Ultima, Flare wanes in utility, but Ultima is available much later and takes twice as long to learn.

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Etymology[]

Bahamut (Arabic بهموت Bahamūt) originated as an enormous whale in ancient pre-Islamic Arabian mythology. Upon Bahamut's back stands a bull with four thousand eyes, ears, noses, mouths, tongues and feet called Kujuta (also spelled "Kuyutha"). Between each of these is a distance of a 500-year journey. On the back of Kujuta is a mountain of ruby. Atop this mountain is an angel who carries six hells, earth, and seven heavens on its shoulders.

Another version of the Arabic story is that Bahamut is indeed a dragon and he stands on a whale called Liwash.

In modern times, the game Dungeons & Dragons is responsible for re-imagining Bahamut as the king of dragons, a benevolent Platinum Dragon; the opposite of the malevolent Tiamat, the five-headed Chromatic Queen of Dragons.

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