Bahamut is a Summon Materia in Final Fantasy VII. It summons Bahamut, a dragon that performs Mega Flare, a non-elemental attack that deals major damage to all opponents and ignores their Magic def. Bahamut has two more powerful "strains": Neo Bahamut and Bahamut ZERO.
Obtaining Bahamut in the PlayStation 4 version earns the Waiting in the Wings trophy.
Bahamut is one of the summons available in the "Mt. Corel" PC version demo.
The Bahamut Materia is found in the Temple of the Ancients after defeating the Red Dragon. If the player does not pick it up here, it is permanently missed. If the player misses Bahamut, then collects all four Huge Materia, the Bahamut ZERO Materia will not become available later.
- See the Summon sequence here.
|Mega Flare||100||65||High non-elemental damage to all enemies. Ignores Magic def.|
Summoning Bahamut costs 100 MP, and performs Mega Flare, which deals great non-elemental damage equal to 4.0625x the base magic damage on all enemies, which cannot be reflected and ignores the magic defense of enemies. This makes it one of the more powerful summons, but is also costly to summon.
Since Bahamut ignores the magic defense of enemies and its damage is not elemental, it is a universally powerful summon. Though Bahamut is outclassed by Neo Bahamut, Bahamut ZERO, and some other more powerful summons, it is extremely powerful at the time it is obtained.
Bahamut is a good choice to benefit from Support Materia. HP Absorb will heal the summoner after Mega Flare is done, while MP Absorb can mitigate Bahamut's huge MP cost. Bahamut can also be combined with MP Turbo or Quadra Magic to deal even greater damage.
The Bahamut Materia comes with some considerable stat changes. It brings -5% HP, but +5% MP, +1 Magic, and +1 Magic def. Though the HP change is a drawback, it has no penalty to other stats, meaning that it can be used by any character. Nonetheless, Bahamut is best given to characters with a high Magic stat to maximize its damage, including Cloud, Red XIII, Yuffie, Cait Sith, and Vincent. Barret is also a great choice for the Bahamut Materia, as it can hold a large amount of AP, which his Missing Score ultimate weapon benefits from.
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.