A kooky kabuki with an unnatural obsession with Bartz. He's a total oddball, but his skill with a blade should not be underestimated. (Nor his skill at running away.) Somehow, he's been awaiting his showdown with Bartz for longer than either of them has been alive.Mirage Manual entry
Gilgamesh is a minor character in World of Final Fantasy, and is a Grymoirian incarnation of Gilgamesh originating from Final Fantasy V. He is one of the six character representatives of that game, the other five being Bartz, Boko, Faris, Syldra, and Enkidu.
- CV: Keith Szarabajka / Kazuya Nakai
- Age in Grymoire: Immeasurable
- Notes: Big Bridge's classic clasher / Not that weird / Actually...yeah, that weird
- Batty for Bartz
- Gilgamesh has a very special soul. Although he was born in the same world as Bartz, he spent a long, long time wandering the space between dimensions. As such, his memories and his obsession with Bartz have been imprinted upon his soul itself.
- So even though his Grymoirian self is just a copy, Gilgamesh still retains some of the emotions his original had. He's similar to the Warrior of Light in this regard.
- Batty for Bartz: Continued
- When Gilgamesh has a chance encounter with Snow, he shouts "Bartz!" and ends up picking a fight with what he believes must be his nemesis.
- There is a logic to these seemingly random actions:
- Gilgamesh is destined to fight Bartz (but he doesn't know why).
- Bartz must be destined to fight Gilgamesh. (Obviously.)
- Therefore, the only person who would dare fight him is Bartz! (Because...right?)
- With this ironclad reasoning behind him, Gilgamesh assumes Snow must be a shape-shifted Bartz, and the rest is history. Or insanity.
- Snow and Gilgamesh are both excellent conversationalists—that is, if carrying on simultaneous monologues still counts. You have to feel bad for poor Celes...
- First World of Origin:
- FINAL FANTASY V
Once the player imprisms Gilgamesh, he remains in the player's party and is one of the few unique imprismable Mirages (the other being Mel) to carry over in a New Game+ file in the Maxima edition. Therefore, a Gilgamesh Prism does not appear in the player's Prism inventory unless the player dismisses Gilgamesh from their Prism Case (at which point, should the player reacquire Gilgamesh, his level reverts back to 1 and his Mirage Board is reset).
Mirage Board spaces
|Active Ability||SP Required|
|Mightiest of Swords||5|
|Blank Space||SP Required|
|Mirage Board Mastery||52|
|Big Bridge - Segment 4||Gilgamesh|
|Intervention Quest - Two Different Conversations||Gilgamesh|
|The Coliseum - Exdeath's Kooky Kabuki||Gilgamesh|
|The Coliseum - Consecutive Boss Battles 2 * Maxima only||Gilgamesh * Battle 3|
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.