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Bahamut

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.

Profile[edit | edit source]

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.

Obtained[edit | edit source]

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".

Bahamut asks the party a question with a hidden answer.

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.

Obtaining Bahamut in the Steam version earns the achievement Bahamut.

Battle[edit | edit source]

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Bahamut "Mega Flare" from FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered

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:[1]

When summoning Bahamut, he shares similar sound effects with Quezacotl and Shiva.

Compatibility[edit | edit source]

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.

Compatibility Chart
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.

Party member Compatibility
Squall 520
Quistis 510
Zell 500
Selphie 560
Rinoa 580
Irvine 520
Seifer 240
Edea 700

Stats[edit | edit source]

The Final Fantasy VIII Ultimania incorrectly shows Doomtrain's Attack Power as Bahamut's and vice versa. The following table represents the correct figures:

Level HP Attack Power
35 3,274 2,028
40 3,714 2,509
50 4,600 2,990
60 5,494 3,471
70 6,396 3,953
80 7,306 4,434
90 8,224 4,915
100 9,150 5,396

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Abilities learned naturally by Bahamut are listed below:

Ability AP Prerequisite
FFVIII Junction ability icon.png Abilityx4 (Already learned)
FFVIII Command ability icon.png Magic (Already learned)
FFVIII Command ability icon.png GF (Already learned)
FFVIII Command ability icon.png Draw (Already learned)
FFVIII Command ability icon.png Item (Already learned)
FFVIII Character ability icon.png Str+60% (Already learned)
FFVIII Character ability icon.png Mag+60% (Already learned)
FFVIII Character ability icon.png Mug 200 None
FFVIII Character ability icon.png Move-HP Up 200 None
FFVIII Character ability icon.png Auto-Protect 250 None
FFVIII Character ability icon.png Expendx2-1 250 None
Ability AP Prerequisite
FFVIII Party ability icon.png Rare Item 250 None
FFVIII GF ability icon.png SumMag+10% 40 None
FFVIII GF ability icon.png SumMag+20% 70 SumMag+10%
FFVIII GF ability icon.png SumMag+30% 140 SumMag+20%
FFVIII GF ability icon.png SumMag+40% 200 SumMag+30%
FFVIII GF ability icon.png GFHP+10% 40 None
FFVIII GF ability icon.png GFHP+20% 70 GFHP+10%
FFVIII GF ability icon.png GFHP+30% 140 GFHP+20%
FFVIII GF ability icon.png GFHP+40% 200 GFHP+30%
FFVIII GF ability icon.png Boost 10 None
FFVIII Menu ability icon.png Forbid Mag-RF (Already learned)

Boss[edit | edit source]

Bahamut in battle.

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 Darkness.

Triple Triad[edit | edit source]

Bahamut Card
TTBahamut.png Element none
Refine 1 refines into 100 Megalixirs
Drop Bahamut
Card n/a
Level 9 (GF Card) Win n/a

Because the Deep Sea Research Center is available in the 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.

Other appearances[edit | edit source]

Pictlogica Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper[edit | edit source]

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Bahamut from Final Fantasy VIII appears as a boss.

Mobius Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

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Etymology[edit | edit source]

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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