Desmond is a unique enemy in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII fought during the "Tanbam's Taboo" side quest in Yusnaan. The quest also rewards its monster notes.

Story[edit | edit source]

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Desmond was originally alchemist Tanbam's late brother. Tanbam, filled with remorse, broke the alchemist rules and created an ensorcelled machine infused with the soul of his lost brother and powered by Chaos. The machine grew hostile and started to kill people, and by the time Lightning involves herself many brave warriors are already slain by it. After the savior defeats Desmond, Tanbam is left without a choice and decides to bear the guilt for his crime, an action which saves his soul.

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Stats[edit | edit source]

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Battle[edit | edit source]

Desmond is a stronger version of Desdemona with immunities to most of the status ailments until it is Staggered.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

If the player has become well-practiced in guarding against Rush, Desmond can be defeated easily. Having the Bravery status effect will also make the battle easier.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Desmond is a given name and surname of, derived from the Irish place-name Kingdom of Desmond, an anglicization of Gaelic Deas-Mhumhna "South Munster".

Related enemies[edit | edit source]

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