Bahamut ZERO is a Summon Materia in Final Fantasy VII. It summons Bahamut ZERO, the strongest of the Bahamut strains, above Bahamut and Neo Bahamut. Bahamut ZERO performs Tera Flare, a non-elemental attack that deals immense damage to all opponents and ignores their Magic def.
The Bahamut ZERO Materia is found in the Cosmo Canyon planetarium. It is obtained when the player interacts with the Blue Huge Materia, after having obtained the Bahamut and Neo Bahamut Materia. Bahamut ZERO is the last Summon Materia that becomes available, as the player must have completed all Huge Materia sidequests, during which time the player can reach other Summon Materia with the Shinra Sub and breed Chocobos.
If the player fails to secure all of the Huge Materia, the Bahamut ZERO Materia can be dug up from Bone Village after the Raid on Midgar. If the player did not obtain one of the other Bahamuts but did obtain all four Huge Materia, the Bahamut ZERO Materia will not appear at Bone Village and it will have been permanently missed.
|Tera Flare||180||120||Major non-elemental damage to all enemies. Ignores Magic def.|
Summoning Bahamut ZERO costs 140 MP, and performs Tera Flare. This attack has Bahamut ZERO fly through space and launch a beam of energy through the atmosphere. The attack is stronger than Neo Bahamut's Giga Flare and Bahamut's Mega Flare, dealing immense non-elemental damage on all enemies, which cannot be reflected and ignores the magic defense of enemies, at 7.5x the base magic damage.
Bahamut ZERO is among the most powerful summons, outclassed only by Knights of the Round in terms of pure non-elemental damage. Since it ignores the magic defense of enemies, and its damage is not elemental, enemies cannot resist its damage.
As a universally useful summon, Bahamut ZERO is a good choice for spellcasters to link with Support Materia. HP Absorb will heal the summoner after Tera Flare deals damage, while MP Absorb can mitigate Bahamut ZERO's huge MP cost. Bahamut ZERO can also be combined with MP Turbo or Quadra Magic to deal even greater damage.
Equipping the Bahamut ZERO Materia comes with significant stat changes. It brings -10% HP, but +15% MP, +4 Magic, and +4 Magic def. Though the HP change is a considerable drawback, it provides no penalties to other stats, and the boosts to Magic, Magic def, and MP are great boosts to any character. These stats are most beneficial to characters with an existing high Magic stat to further benefit, including Cloud, Red XIII, Yuffie, Cait Sith, and Vincent. Said characters can also deal more damage when casting Bahamut ZERO. Additionally, Barret is also a great choice for the Materia, as it can hold a large amount of AP, which his Missing Score ultimate weapon benefits greatly 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.