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Combat King (格闘王, Kakutō-Ō?) is a magazine in Final Fantasy VIII that teaches Zell new Duel skills. The abilities can be used before being unlocked by inputting the correct button combination, but they will not appear as an option.

List of issuesEdit

Issue Limit Break Location
Combat King 001 Dolphin Blow The bottom floor of the D-District Prison; must be acquired before rescuing Squall from the Interrogation Room.
Combat King 002 Meteor Strike Battle against Fujin and Raijin at Balamb Hotel on disc 2.
Combat King 003 Meteor Barret Zell's Love Quest (see below).
Combat King 004 Different Beat The player must speak to a lone Esthar soldier on a bridge near the Airstation before heading to Lunar Gate, then again during Lunatic Pandora's attack on Esthar City, while controlling Zell.
Combat King 005 Final Heaven Inside Lunatic Pandora, on the path leading left from Elevator 03's basement. Can only be found if the player chose to trigger the red detonator during Laguna's second dream sequence.
  • The player can also buy the magazines from Esthar's Book Store once GF Tonberry has learned the shop ability Familiar.

Combat King 003 sidequestEdit

The player can witness numerous optional scenes between Zell and the Library Girl, who works in the Library Committee in Balamb Garden. None of the scenes are required to get the Combat King 003 magazine, but the more scenes the player witnesses, the more complete the dialogue will be at the end; to display all of the dialogue at the end of the quest with no "..." replacing parts of it, the player needs to trigger all event scenes. Zell can also gain a spell from the "Love Compatibility Survey."

  1. At the start of the game, the player can visit the library to learn about its rules from the Library Girl. After this, visiting the library can trigger a repeatable scene with a "Conceited SeeD" who talks to a Library Committee member at the desk (though talking to him does not matter for the quest).
    Zell looking for book from FFVIII Remastered

    Zell asks about Pururun.

  2. After hearing the briefing for the Timber mission, the party can return to Balamb Garden and enter the library, where Zell will ask the Pigtail Girl about a book he is looking for.
  3. If the player takes Zell back to Garden to warn Headmaster Cid of the missiles, and visits the library, the Pigtail Girl will give Zell a Mega Phoenix. If Zell's not in the party, she gives a Remedy (this does not affect the completeness of the final scene dialogue, however).
  4. When Zell is not in the player's current party, visiting the library can trigger a scene of the Library Committee members talking about guys they like.
  5. When Irvine has to choose instruments for the characters to play during the concert, he can leave the scene and visit the library, where the Library Girl (found near the draw point) asks questions about Zell.
  6. After liberating Balamb Town from Galbadia, the player can enter the library with Zell in the party and the Library Girl's friends hold a questionnaire for him, asking him for his favorite food and color. After answering the questions, it is now not enough to simply progress the story to trigger the next scene: the player must first visit the library one more time (return to the library right after the survey-answering scene), then move the story forward (go to Trabia Garden), and only then will the girls deliver the results of the questionnaire.
  7. Now after visiting Trabia Garden, the player can take Zell to the library (to the screen with the Esuna draw point) and overhear the girls talking about Zell and deliver the results of the previous "survey" and he can gain a spell if he has room in his Magic stock.
      • The love meter is affected by the number of visits to the library rather than by the answers chosen; the player needs 50 visits for the highest score[1]. The score does not count toward the spell reward (see next point) or the completeness of the dialogue at the end of the quest.
      • The Love Compatibility comments at the bottom of the results screen have 9 different variations; this likely depends on the answers Zell gave during the survey, since he can give 9 different combinations of answers.[2]
      • During the results scene, when the girls say: "You began to understand her 'feelings'!", a "drawing a spell" sound effect will play[3] and Zell gains one of the following spells[2] depending on the answers he had given in the survey, and whether he has space in his Magic inventory to receive it.
  8. After the Battle of the Gardens event, the girls on the Library Committee will tell Zell the Pigtail Girl is looking for him. A girl either at the Balamb Town gas station or train station (depending on whether the player entered the town on foot or via train) tells about a girl looking for Zell. Ma Dincht also mentions this. Spending the night at Balamb Hotel triggers the scene with Zell and the Library Girl.
Zell and pigtailedgirl

Zell receives Combat King 003 from the Pigtail Girl.

Combat King 003 can be obtained at any time after having liberated Balamb from Galbadian soldiers, but to get all the scenes involved in the quest, the player would need to wait until after the Battle of the Gardens. After talking to one of the girls of the Library Committee, the player can head to Balamb and a girl in a red skirt will tell Zell that a girl with a pig-tail stopped by his house.

At Zell's house he will ask about the girl. The player must have Zell in the party and sleep in the Balamb Hotel. Upon waking the party notices Zell is gone, and finds him downstairs where he's having a conversation with the Pigtail Girl, who hands over the Combat King 003.

Other appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit

Combat King makes an appearance.

Final Fantasy Record KeeperEdit

Combat King does not appear as an item (Relic), but as a Super Soul Break for Zell. Drawn from the fist weapon Crystal Glove (VIII), Zell hits random enemies eight times, raising his own Defense and Resistance after finishing the combo attack.


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