This battle is fought with Galuf alone. It is special in that it is scripted, so Galuf cannot die during the battle, even if his HP goes down to 0. It is impossible to lose unless the player intentionally makes Galuf zombify or Petrify himself. The Blue Magic spell Self Destruct will also work to end the battle.
In the SNES version, if the player uses the Kiss of Blessing mix on Exdeath during the battle, the game will be bugged and the battle can never end.
This battle is fairly tough, as he occasionally inflicts Condemn on one of the party members, giving them 30 seconds before death. Fallen characters should be revived immediately, and in the meantime the party should use strong attacks and summon Golem. Also, if the player has it, they can Throw the Excalipoor at Exdeath, which will deal about 3,500 HP of damage to him. Exdeath's Dynamo rearranges the party's row positions; if this happens, it is best to immediately switch back to the original rows. The strategy should also include Staves of Light so the party can cast Holy for over 2,000 damage for every staff the party has. If the player has not already obtained these staves, it is highly recommended to go back to Ghido's Cave and steal a few from the Metamorphs; a tactic good especially for an underleveled party. It is good to have at least one Knight and have them use Rapid Fire if they have learned it, and equip them with the Blood Sword, and also have them equip the Ice Shield, although if obtained, the Aegis Shield will do the trick as well. Exdeath will use Firaga and Blizzaga in succession, this means that his Firaga attack will be useless as the character will have absorbed the Blizzaga attack. This means as much as 1,600 HP can be absorbed from Exdeath each round.