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Garuda is a boss in Final Fantasy XII fought at the entrance to the Tomb of Raithwall. The player can get an item to weaken it from a quest at the Nam-Yensa Sandsea (see below).

Bestiary entry[]

Note: Shares the bestiary entry with Garuda-Egi.

Page 1: Observations[]

Being the legendary foe of the wyrms, as told in 'The Legend of the Dragoons'. Living atop only the highest peaks, they feed primarily on serpents. Natural philosophers have confirmed the existence of two kinds: the garuda, whose glimmering gold wings distinguish it as original stock, and the garuda-egi, whose wings have lost their brilliant luster. Many are the cultures that regard these creatures as gods for their auspicious appearance.

Page 2: On the Extraction of Elements[]

Now, it is generally held that the sun has an affinity for fire. However, according to those natural philosophers who have studied white incense, the sun's allegiance lies not with the flame, but with holy power. This, of course, discredits the theory that the sun is but a large, fiery sphere, and has led wiser men to suggest that the sun is indeed a holy object, to which flame has clung: a base light yearning for a higher power.


AI script[]

EnrageFirst move
LungeAfter Eksir Berries have been used (5%)
TargetingAttacks closest enemy

Sandsea Moogle quest[]

To make the battle easier, the player can enter a sidequest involving the Urutan-Yensa and the Urutan Eater in the Yensan Sandsea. In the Sandscale Bank area, which is a save crystal area, the player can talk to the Sandsea Moogle who tells the party of the Urutan Eater. The player can then find the Urutan Eater in the Withering Shores area and defeat it. Returning to the moogle, the player can follow a Urutan-Yensa and witness a scene and in the end find Eksir Berries. Eksir Berries are useful against the Garuda as it lowers its Attack power and dispels the effects of its Enrage.


Garuda is a flying enemy, meaning it can only be attacked by using long-ranged weapons (Poles/Spears also work in Zodiac versions), magicks, certain technicks or the item Knot of Rust. It tends to focus on the party member closest to it. The player can flee.


The party can unleash their full force by using Fire, Thunder, Water (Water), and Dark magick, which does double damage. Another fast way is to try building a long Quickening chain. Blind renders Garuda's physical attacks useless, although it may take a few casts to inflict the status.

Other appearances[]

Final Fantasy XII manga[]

Ashe is attacked by Garuda and saved by Vossler and Basch while the others defeat the bird.

Pictlogica Final Fantasy[]

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

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Garuda is a large, birdlike creature that appears in both Hinduism and Buddhism. It serves as Lord Vishnu's mount and is the Hindu name for the constellation Aquila. Contemporary representations of Garuda are the brahminy kite and phoenix.

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