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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 can be encountered in Galbadia Garden's atrium during the Battle of the Gardens. 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.


Battle Edit

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.

Strategy Edit


Float triple-cast.

Junctioning thunder- and air-type spells to Elem-Def-J and using Float to give immunity to Quake gives a defensive posture that may aid 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. If the player doesn't have enough wind spells for Elem-Def-J, however, it could be detrimental, as Float makes one weak to Wind. The player can also use Shell to reduce magical damage and focus on boosting Spirit via junctions.

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

Triple Triad Edit

Cerberus Card
TTCerberus Element None
Refine 1 refines into 100 Lightweights
Drop Cerberus
Card N/A
Level 9 (GF Card) Win N/A

Other appearances Edit

Final Fantasy Record Keeper Edit


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.

Trivia Edit

  • The party will express their surprise at discovering that Galbadia Garden has Guardian Forces at its command.
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