Have you seen the light...?
Bahamut is a non-elemental optional Guardian Force in Final Fantasy VIII. He is a blue dragon who shoots energy from its mouth. A late-game GF, he doesn't learn any junction abilities naturally, and is the first GF to learn Stat+60% support abilities. He is the first GF in the roster to learn an ability that has the junctioner gain HP by walking on the field, and the only GF to learn Auto-Protect naturally. His unique abilities include the ability to get rare drops from enemies more frequently (although because of the way item drop mechanics work in Final Fantasy VIII the ability can be detrimental), and the ability to create the highest level magic spells in the game.
Bahamut is a steel blue dragon, though the underside of his wings is dark red. He has spikes at the tips of his wings, a long tail, and sharp claws and horns. He is one of the few Guardian Forces to speak to the party.
Bahamut is fought as a boss in the Deep Sea Research Center, the party acquiring him as a Guardian Force after the battle. Deep Sea Research Center is a hidden dungeon located in the upper left corner of the world map. The player must land the Ragnarok on it to enter.
There is a flashing blue pillar in the middle of the first room. If the core is in the middle of a pulse and the party moves, they enter a fixed encounter against a random enemy formation. When the party approaches the core, a voice asks a question (So you wish to challenge me?). If answered correctly (It's not our will to fight), the party will fight a Ruby Dragon, and if the party wins, the next question (Begging me for mercy?) has the correct answer "Never".
If the party answers correctly they will fight another Ruby Dragon (this battle is an unavoidable back attack), but if any questions are answered incorrectly the party will be warped back to the entrance and they will have to start over again. The player can bring a low health Quistis and use her Degenerator Limit Break to defeat the Ruby Dragons easily.
The trick is that the final question (Damned imbeciles. Why do you wish to fight?) has a hidden answer, below the main two (revealed to be "It's our nature"). Taking the hidden option initiates a battle against Bahamut.
Bahamut's Mega Flare summon is a non-elemental attack that damages all enemies and ignores the targets' Spirit stat. Bahamut's summon time is 22.1s, which, according to the Final Fantasy VIII Ultimania, allows the player to boost its damage to around 230% of normal damage using a regular PlayStation controller.
Its damage is calculated as follows:
- $ Damage = 70 * Level / 10 + 55 + 30 $
- $ Damage = Damage * (265) / 8 $
- $ Damage = Damage * 55 / 256 $
- $ Damage = Damage * Boost / 100 $
- $ Damage = Damage * (100 + SummonMagBonus) / 100 $
The charge time for summoning depends on the compatibility between the summoner and the GF as well as the Battle Speed. The greater the compatibility, the less time it takes to summon. Compatibility can be boosted with compatibility boosting items, by casting magic of the same element as the Guardian Force (or "forbidden magic" in Bahamut's case) and by summoning the GF during battle. Compatibility is usually reduced by using "opposing" magic to the GF's element and other summons, but Bahamut doesn't have an opposite GF or magic; his compatibility value only drops by a small amount if the junctioner summons another GF or uses other GF compatibility items than Bahamut's. Uniquely, Bahamut's compatibility item is a very rare item, which is thus best used for refining rather than for boosting his compatibility.
|Summon Effect||Bahamut +20, Every other GF -1.6|
|Compatibility Items||Shaman Stone +3.2 (-1.6 for others), LuvLuvG +20.2|
|Casting Magic||Apocalypse +0.2, Flare +0.2, Holy +0.2, Meteor +0.2, Quake +0.2, Tornado +0.2, Ultima +0.2|
The below values are the base compatibility values with all playable characters at the start of the game. Although Seifer and Edea cannot junction Bahamut in a normal playthrough, a compatibility values still exist for them.
|Seifer* Though the player can't junction Bahamut to Seifer in a normal playthrough, he still has a default compatibility with him.||240|
|Edea* Though the player can't junction Bahamut to Edea in a normal playthrough, she still has a default compatibility with him.||700|
The Final Fantasy VIII Ultimania incorrectly shows Doomtrain's Attack Power as Bahamut's and vice versa. The following table represents the correct figures:
Abilities learned naturally by Bahamut are listed below:
- Bahamut: I am... Bahamut
- Squall: The Great GF... Bahamut
- Bahamut: GF? I...
- Bahamut: Using my powers... it is you humans I fear
Bahamut's physical attack is Claw Swipe and he uses Stop, Thundaga and Tornado. His special attack is Mega Flare, a non-elemental attack that ignores the party's Spirit stat that Bahamut can cast twice in a row. Bahamut is susceptible to Blind.
|Refine||1 refines into 100 Megalixirs|
|Level 9 (GF Card)||Win||n/a|
Because the Deep Sea Research Center is available in endgame, the player could forgo fighting Bahamut until they can play cards against the Card Club onboard the Ragnarok and win Bahamut's card this way. The player can't have two Bahamut cards if they already got one before fighting him as a boss, however, the card drop from the boss is just never added to the inventory.
Bahamut from Final Fantasy VIII appears as a boss.
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.