Press my luck!? Gah - the outrage! The belittlement! Do you have any idea to whom you're speaking? I'm Dr. Lugae! I may not be one of...them, but Golbez made me his chief strategist for a reason!

Dr. Lugae

Dr. Lugae is a character in Final Fantasy IV. He is a servant of Golbez, and does experiments for him and the Archfiends. He works in the Tower of Babil. His prized creation was a robot named Barnabas.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Dr. Lugae is an elderly man who sports disheveled white hair and a beard. He is dressed in a lab coat and wears glasses or goggles. In his Yoshitaka Amano artwork he is gaunt and has a thin hook nose and various accessories attached to beaded chains.

Personality[edit | edit source]

A mad scientist, Dr. Lugae is obsessed in experimenting on others. His experiments to turn people into monsters even disgust Rubicante himself. He seems to revel in having power over others and witnessing their suffering, as even when he is going to lose he still boasts that his cannons will finish off the dwarves.

Story[edit | edit source]

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The doctor encounters the party.

Lugae is responsible for killing the King and Queen of Eblan and turning them into chimerae, although Edge blames this incident on Rubicante. Lugae is also responsible for the construction of the Tower of Babil Cannons, the tower's most potent weapon.

Cecil Harvey, Kain Highwind, Rydia, Rosa Joanna Farrell, and Yang Fang Leiden encounter Dr. Lugae in the sixth-floor basement of the Tower of Babil while he warps Rubicante from the tower to the Overworld. Rydia speaks up after this, which catches Lugae's attention. Lugae summons Barnabas and orders it to attack the party. However, Barnabas is poorly programmed, and attacks Lugae instead.

If the party defeats Barnabas first, Lugae attempts to control the robot himself by jumping inside his ruined creation, but this fails and Barnabas self-destructs. Alternatively, if Lugae falls first, Barnabas self-destructs upon running out of oil.

Following this initial battle, Lugae transforms into a heavily armed skeletal robot and attacks the party with a variety of lasers and status effects, but is defeated again and drops the key to the Tower of Babil Cannons. Before dying, however, he gloats that Rubicante is already at the top of the tower and that the cannons are primed to wipe out the dwarves.

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Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy IV[edit | edit source]

Dr. Lugae is fought inside the Tower of Babil. He has two forms, the Doctor fighting alongside Barnabas, and the skeletal monster form.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years[edit | edit source]

Dr. Lugae is fought again in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. If Golbez is in the party he will think on Lugae's potential if he had taken a different path.

Musical themes[edit | edit source]

Dr. Lugae's theme is called "Dancing Calcabrina" and is shared with Luca's dolls.

Other appearances[edit | edit source]

Pictlogica Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper[edit | edit source]

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Other media[edit | edit source]

In Final Fantasy Tactics, one can acquire a string puppet Artefact called a Lugae, which resembles Lugae's skeleton form on strings.

In Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Nono crafts a "lugaborg" as a gift for Audience Day at Bervenia Palace.

Dr. Lugae is also the name of a character in Final Fantasy Dimensions.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Final Fantasy IV Battle Analysis Book/ファイナルファンタジーIV戦闘解析編
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