Gilgamesh is an esper in the Advance and later versions Final Fantasy VI who can be acquired as a magicite. Gilgamesh is a recurring character in the Final Fantasy series who usually appears as a swordsman obsessed with collecting weapons but ending up with poor quality replicas of the swords of legend he is after.
Like his other appearances, Gilgamesh has a gray complexion, red/orange armor, and as many as eight arms in which he holds an arsenal of different weapons.
Gilgamesh is won in the Dragon's Neck Coliseum. First, the Excalipoor must be bought in the Jidoor Auction House (in the World of Ruin). When betting the sword the Dragon's Neck Coliseum, the player is first put in a battle against an Onion Dasher. Regardless of the outcome, Gilgamesh challenges the entire party to a boss battle for the Excalipoor.
Gilgamesh costs 99 MP to summon, and has varying effects. Excalibur (first), Masamune (second) and Excalipoor (last) will drop onto the battlefield, the sword(s) will glow a specific color before Gilgamesh attacks the enemy party.
|Excalibur||Red||Deals moderate Holy-elemental damage to all enemies, having a Spell Power of 120.|
|Masamune||Yellow||Deals heavy damage to all enemies, having a Spell Power of 99 and ignores target's defense.|
|Excalipoor||Turquoise||Deals 1 point of damage to all enemies, having a Spell Power of 1.|
|Enkidu||All three swords will glow||Gilgamesh's demon-like companion deals damage to all enemies, having a Spell Power of 200 and ignores target's defense.|
Gilgamesh is equippable as a magicite, and teaches the following spells:
Gilgamesh is fought in the Dragon's Neck Coliseum. Unlike other Coliseum battles, the battle against Gilgamesh is a normal boss battle where the player is in control of their full party. His AI script is similar to the second battle with him in Final Fantasy V, involving him casting buffs on himself and using Jump when his HP drops low. Continuing the tradition, the party can steal Genji equipment from him in the battle. If he is defeated, he acknowledges the party's strength and gives himself up as magicite.
Gilgamesh is the main character of the Epic of Gilgamesh, an Akkadian poem considered the first great work of literature. He is a demigod with superhuman strength who builds the walls of Uruk to defend his people and travels to meet the sage Utnapishtim, a survivor of the Great Flood.
Gilgamesh is believed to have actually existed by many scholars. It is estimated he lived sometime between 2800 and 2500 BC. The Sumerian King List claims Gilgamesh ruled the city of Uruk for 126 years.
Gilgamesh in Final Fantasy is also based on Benkei, a famous character in the Japanese mythologies and chronicles of the Genpei War. A powerful warrior monk said to have personally defeated 200 men in every battle he engaged in and said to have had the strength of demons, Benkei's introduction sees him set out to collect 1,000 weapons, and to this end he posted himself at Gōjō Bridge in Kyoto and challenged every warrior who attempted to cross. On his 1000th duel Benkei was defeated by Minamoto no Yoshitsune, the only defeat he had ever known, and became his faithful retainer throughout the rest of his life.
From the story of Benkei, Gilgamesh takes his preference for the naginata (Benkei's traditional weapon as a monk), his penchant for fighting on bridges, his collecting of weapons from enemies he defeats, and his friendship with the player's characters who defeat him. Benkei's devotion to Yoshitsune is the basis for Gilgamesh's association with Genji equipment—the Minamoto Clan is also called the Genji Clan, using the alternate pronunciation for the Chinese characters for mina and moto, gen and uji, respectively. Gilgamesh's face paint is based on traditional kabuki actors, for which Benkei is a popular character to portray.