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A non-elemental entity capable of unspeakable destruction. Regarded as a symbol of might since the time of the Ancients, this winged king of dragons is often worshipped in times of war.

Bahamut is a summoning materia in Final Fantasy VII Remake. It summons Bahamut, a dragon whose non-elemental magic attacks deal major damage to enemies. It is based on on the summon from the original Final Fantasy VII with the same appearance and special attack. It is a gray dragon with a humanoid body, long neck and tail and large wings. It glows purple under its scales and it has purple pupil-less eyes. It has horns, small tusks and clawed hands and feet.

Obtained[]

Now that was a battle! What an impressive feat to hold your own against one of the most exalted summons known to man. Together with the legendary Bahamut, I have every confidence you can expunge Shinra from existence. Such bravery... incredible!

Bahamut is available to fight in Chadley's VR simulator after the player has completed all 19 Battle Intel reports.

Abilities[]

A.I abilities[]

Ability ATB cost Attack Type Effect Description
Cross Impact 0 Physical - -
Spin Rush 0 Physical - -
Claw Swipe 0 Magic - -
Flare Breath 0 Magic - -

Player abilities[]

Ability ATB cost Attack Type Effect Description
Umbral Inferno 2 Magic Numerous homing lasers deal non-elemental magic damage to one enemy. Fire countless homing lasers at an enemy. Deals increased damage with Umbral Aura active.
Umbral Strikes 2 Magic Bahamut sends out two energy orbs that deal non-elemental magic damage to one enemy. Strike enemy with twin orbs of concentrated energy. Deals increased damage with Umbral Aura active.
Megaflare - Magic Ultimate attack where Bahamut shoots a ball of energy from its mouth that explodes over the enemies, dealing heavy non-elemental magic damage. -

Boss[]

Bahamut is available to fight after completing all 19 Battle Intel reports for Chadley. It is also fought in the "vs. Shinra Secrets" challenge in the Shinra Combat Simulator on hard mode during Chapter 17 - "Deliverance from Chaos" where Bahamut will eventually summon Ifrit to assist him.

Use[]

Invoke Bahamut to aid you in battle.

Description
Role: Deals damage
Element: None
Ultimate attack: Megaflare
Megaflare_-_Bahamut_summon_sequence_-_Final_Fantasy_VII_Remake

Megaflare - Bahamut summon sequence - Final Fantasy VII Remake

After acquiring the Bahamut materia, the player can set it to any playable character's weapon and summon the dragon in battle when the command becomes available. Summoning Bahamut costs 2 ATB segments. Its attacks deal non-elemental magic damage. Because Bahamut is a large summon, it can only be called forth in more open arenas.

When not being commanded by the player, it will attack by shooting three orange energy waves that travel across the floor in a straight line, and by kicking and clawing at the opponent. When its summon time is almost up, it will clad itself in crimson energy and begin to glow with Umbral Aura; in this state, its ATB moves are much stronger, thus the player may want to aim for a full ATB bar for when Bahamut's time is almost up to make most of it.

Bahamut cannot be summoned against itself in VR missions.

If the player summons Bahamut against the Hell House, they get the following commentary:

Kotch: What? Do my eyes deceive me? The king of dragons has graced us with his royal presence!
Scotch: I hope you have insurance, because safety is not guaranteed. None of us may make it out of here alive!

Behind the scenes[]

Artwork.

Bahamut's design went through many iterations before the team settled in the final one.[1]

Among survey respondents, Bahamut was the most popular summon at 40%, followed by Shiva at 20% and Ifrit at 19%.[2]

Gallery[]

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.

References[]

  1. Hamaguchi, Naoki (2020, June 22). "How Square Enix created the Summons in Final Fantasy VII Remake". From PlayStation Blog. Archived from the original on June 22, 2020.
  2. Square Enix (2020, August 14). "Results of the FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Post-Play Survey". From Final Fantasy Portal Site. Archived from the original on August 14, 2020.
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