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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 grey/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[]

Bahamut costs 86 MP to summon and casts Mega Flare (Sun Flare in the Super NES and Playstation 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 in the game 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 very great 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 stats of their characters, the Diabolos magicite offers a superior +100% HP boost.

Spells[]

Bahamut teaches the Flare spell, the only way to learn it in the game (though Celes learns it naturally at a very high level). If the player is able to 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. It is only once the party begins to learn Ultima that Flare wanes in utility, but Ultima is much later in the game 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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