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Cerberus is an optional boss in Final Fantasy VIII. Upon its defeat, Cerberus joins the party as a Guardian Force. Cerberus is encountered in Galbadia Garden's atrium during the Battle of the Gardens. The party will express their surprise at discovering that Galbadia Garden has Guardian Forces at its command. If the player moves on without fighting him, they miss the chance to battle him, though Cerberus can still be drawn from a boss in the final dungeon.



As the Scan description says, Cerberus uses Triple, combined with strong elemental spells: Thundaga, Quake and Tornado. Of these, only Thundaga can be reflected as Tornado and Quake target the entire party. However, though reflecting the Thundaga avoids damage to the party, Cerberus is healed by it. Triple, and the Haste that Cerberus will cast on himself when his HP falls low, can be removed with Dispel.


Float triple-cast.

Junctioning thunder- and air-type spells to Elem-Def-J and using Float to give immunity to Quake aids in drawing the valuable Triple from Cerberus before defeating him. The player can also draw-cast the spell on their own party, which makes it easy to cast Float on all of the party in one go. It also lets the player use magic to heal all of the party at once, or both revive and heal in one turn. The player can also use Shell to reduce magical damage and focus on boosting Spirit via junctions. The Defend command from Brothers also halves all magical damage, but the character can't do any other action while Defend is in place. If Cerberus's triple-casting is decimating the party, the player can use Dispel magic. One party member can be dedicated to buffing and healing and defending while the other two first draw Triple from Cerberus and then attack it.

It is worth mugging Cerberus for a Spd-J Scroll, which is much better than its drop item of eight G-Returners.

Other appearances[]

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

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Cerberus from Final Fantasy VIII appears as an enemy in Final Fantasy Record Keeper.



Cerberus is a three-headed dog that guards the underworld's gates in Greek mythology.