Enough expository banter! Now we fight like men! And ladies! And ladies who dress like men! For Gilgamesh...it is morphing time!
Gilgamesh, Final Fantasy V
Gilgamesh is a recurring character in the Final Fantasy series. Initially introduced as an antagonist, he has made a number of appearances in remakes and later titles. To date, Gilgamesh has had more appearances in Final Fantasy media than any other character. Gilgamesh began a tradition of an incompetent, comical, yet persistent recurring boss for the player to face.
Gilgamesh's role has varied greatly from ally, to enemy, to summon, but for most of his appearances he is a traveling sword collector who battles with a variety of rare and powerful weapons. In most, if not all, of his appearances, Gilgamesh is searching for the legendary sword Excalibur, but often ends up with the imitation known as Excalipoor. Another of Gilgamesh's trademarks is Genji equipment, which can be stolen from or dropped by him.
- 1 Profile
- 2 Appearances
- 2.1 Final Fantasy
- 2.2 Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
- 2.3 Final Fantasy V
- 2.4 Final Fantasy VI
- 2.5 Final Fantasy VIII
- 2.6 Final Fantasy IX
- 2.7 Final Fantasy XI
- 2.8 Final Fantasy XII
- 2.9 Final Fantasy XIII
- 2.10 Final Fantasy XIV
- 2.11 Final Fantasy XV
- 2.12 Final Fantasy Type-0
- 2.13 Final Fantasy Dimensions II
- 2.14 Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)
- 2.15 Theatrhythm Final Fantasy
- 2.16 Pictlogica Final Fantasy
- 2.17 Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade
- 2.18 Final Fantasy Artniks
- 2.19 Final Fantasy All the Bravest
- 2.20 Final Fantasy Record Keeper
- 2.21 Final Fantasy Explorers
- 2.22 Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
- 2.23 Final Fantasy World Wide Words
- 2.24 World of Final Fantasy
- 2.25 Mobius Final Fantasy
- 2.26 Chocobo to Mahou no Ehon: Majo to Shoujo to Go-nin no Yuusha
- 2.27 Final Fantasy Trading Card Game
- 2.28 Triple Triad
- 3 Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances
- 4 Musical themes
- 5 Behind the scenes
- 6 Merchandise
- 7 Gallery
- 8 Etymology and allusion
- 9 References
Profile[edit | edit source]
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Gilgamesh's appearance has varied subtly in each game, but he has a gray complexion, red/orange suit of armor, and as many as eight arms in which he holds an arsenal of different weapons. Gilgamesh's trademark weapon is a type of polearm known as a naginata, but he also uses rare and powerful swords collected from around the world. He considers himself a master swordsman (and typically is powerful enough to warrant such a lofty opinion), but usually ends up running away after being defeated.
Usually, Gilgamesh appears with two or four of his arms visible; after he "morphs" he reveals his true form, bearing six or eight arms. Gilgamesh's arm number varies from game to game: in Final Fantasy V, Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy Type-0, he has two arms (eight arms when morphed); in Final Fantasy XII and Final Fantasy XIII-2, he has six arms; in Final Fantasy IX, he has four arms; in Final Fantasy VIII, he may have eight arms, but only four are visible. Humorously, in Final Fantasy VIII the decorations on the right side of Gilgamesh's body appear to be wood or cardboard cutouts with arms drawn on them. In Final Fantasy XV he has but one arm, increased to two when "morphed". Gilgamesh often travels with his partner Enkidu, whose appearance has also varied.
Unlike other recurring characters, like Cid and Biggs and Wedge, Gilgamesh generally retains the same appearance and personality. As implied in Final Fantasy VIII and confirmed in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, this is because the Gilgamesh seen in the series is actually the same person, traveling between worlds via portals in the Rift. When he runs across Zidane, Squall and Vaan in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, Zidane points out Gilgamesh has only two arms and thus doesn't seem familiar, alluding to Gilgamesh's appearance with four arms in Final Fantasy IX.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Though he frequently appears to challenge the party and is first featured as a villain, Gilgamesh is not truly evil. In Final Fantasy V he is saddened when he learns of Galuf's fate, and when he is banished to the Interdimensional Rift he almost offers to join the party, and sacrifices himself so the party can defeat Necrophobe. In Final Fantasy VIII he becomes the party's ally, and again is not hostile in Final Fantasy IX (though he attempts to steal gil from the party several times). He attacks the party in Final Fantasy XII, but later appears to give them a useful item, and in Final Fantasy VI and Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, is available as a summon after being bested in battle.
He is extremely hammy and boisterous, often speaking proudly and highly of his skills, which may or may not be exaggeration. He speaks in great dramatic declarations and has an advanced vocabulary, and enjoys putting on airs of power and showmanship. He is also bumbling, foolish, and clumsy, and often makes oddly-worded jokes or taunts. His ineptitude is also demonstrated in his repeatedly mistaking counterfeit weapons for the genuine thing. He enjoys having great duels with worthy opponents and will be disappointed when denied a proper fight. In several games when fought as a boss, he will feign defeat and beg for mercy when weakened, a ploy to buy time or distract the party while he casts defensive buffs on himself and then renews his attack.
Gilgamesh is a sword collector, and in most games has a wide variety of weapons. His primary target for collection is the holy sword Excalibur, but most of the time Gilgamesh finds what he believes to be the Excalibur is actually the knockoff Excalipoor. The first incident of this occurs in Exdeath's castle in Final Fantasy V, and in many other titles Gilgamesh will attack the party if he believes they possess Excalibur or Excalipoor, or will have Excalibur and Excalipoor himself. In his sprite-based appearances his trademark weapon is a naginata, a bladed polearm.
Out of all characters he has faced, Gilgamesh seems to have a fixation on Bartz Klauser the most. As seen in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, he wanted to challenge Bartz again, where he alludes to being banished to the Rift the last time Bartz saw him, and mentions traveling a great journey and fighting many opponents before making his way back to face Bartz again. Furthermore, Gilgamesh imagined what would be his next encounter with a dramatic entrance followed with an epic battle against his rival, with Gilgamesh victorious and Bartz acknowledging him as the strongest warrior. Unfortunately for Gilgamesh, Bartz didn't recognize him.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Gilgamesh's overall strength is very high. His Dissidia profile describes him as having "strength that once decimated an entire army" (specifically, Galuf's army), and in other games he is notorious for defeating many opponents in battle. In games where he is fought as an enemy he is usually a very challenging opponent fought late in the game or in optional content.
He is skilled with a variety of weapon types, but most of his weaponry in each game consists of swords and katanas, and each may have a different effect beyond having different power levels. He can unleash powerful combo attacks with his swords and send out shockwaves of energy from them. In XIII-2 Gilgamesh briefly tries out various kinds of firearms to fight, but dislikes them and discards them in favor of melee weapons. He can use Jump attacks and has recurring attacks such as Cross Slash and Death Claw.
In Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI he knows several Blue Magic spells, and has minor magical abilities in most other appearances, such as the buffing spells Protect, Shell and Haste, and the offensive attack Wind Slash.
Gilgamesh often has some sort of element of randomness to him, particularly when he is usable as a summon. This is attributed to him attacking with any of the multiple weapons he may have, which often includes the useless Excalipoor. Thus, Gilgamesh's summon is unreliable; he tends to be very powerful when using a proper weapon but is entirely ineffectual if he uses Excalipoor.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
I've finally found it! The object of my search—a weapon without peer! Eh? Who's there? You're after my sword, aren't you!
Let's see how you handle the mighty me! And by me, I mean Gilgamesh!! And by handle, I mean DIE!!!
Gilgamesh, after inspecting a sword that resembles the Excalibur
Gilgamesh appears in the Dawn of Souls and subsequent remakes. He is in the Lifespring Grotto, a bonus dungeon, together with three other Final Fantasy V bosses. After the Warriors of Light talk to some mermaids, they find a mysterious sword. It is most likely the Excalipoor (the Excalibur can be found later in another dungeon). Upon inspecting the sword, Gilgamesh, who is described as a rude man wielding a halberd, attacks the party. If the player does not speak to the mermaids, they can face Gilgamesh in the exit room near the teleport spot and he will speak a different set of words.
Gilgamesh has 8,888 HP (like in the third fight with him in Final Fantasy V) and unleashes physical attacks that can easily KO even a high level character. He drops Genji Gloves upon his defeat. He is somewhat easy to beat should the player's party be at a high level.
Gilgamesh is summoned as a boss by the Creator in the final dungeon. During the battle he will feign defeat and cast Haste, Protect and Shell on himself before continuing the battle. When defeated, he mutters "... Bartz...?" before vanishing. The party wonders what "Bartz" means, and thinks that in spite of his appearance, Gilgamesh did not seem evil. He drops the Excalipoor upon his defeat.
In his debut appearance, Gilgamesh is a major antagonist, acting as Exdeath's right-hand-man. For the bigger part of the game, Gilgamesh has morphed his appearance, but he reveals his true appearance later. The party can steal Genji equipment from him. Gilgamesh's transformation line in the English localization of Final Fantasy V Advance is a reference to the popular series Power Rangers. In this version he also alludes to Team Rocket's original motto from the Pokémon series after Enkidu appears.
Gilgamesh is an esper in the Advance and later versions. If the player bets the rare sword Excalipoor (bought from the Jidoor Auction House) in the Dragon's Neck Colosseum, they face an Onion Dasher. Win or lose, Gilgamesh challenges the entire party to a boss battle for the Excalipoor.
Once defeated in Dragon's Neck Coliseum, Gilgamesh is acquired as a magicite, and teaches Quick (x1) and Valor (x5). His magicite grants +2 Strength at level up. He costs 99 MP to summon, and when summoned, Excalibur (first), Masamune (second) and Excalipoor (last) will drop onto the battlefield, the sword(s) glowing a specific color before Gilgamesh attacks the enemy party. This refers to his appearance as a summon in Final Fantasy VIII.
Gilgamesh is a pseudo-Guardian Force obtainable if the party acquired Odin before entering the Lunatic Pandora and fighting the boss at the top of it. Odin will be replaced by Gilgamesh, who will appear at random during battles to attack enemies with one of four random swords. Unlike Odin, Gilgamesh can appear even during boss battles and any time during battle. Zantetsuken instantly defeats all opponents, Masamune and Excalibur deal heavy damage to all opponents, and Excalipoor deals just one point of damage to all opponents. As with Odin, Gilgamesh's Zantetsuken does not work against opponents invulnerable to instant death attacks.
Gilgamesh in Final Fantasy IX diverges quite a bit from the earlier incarnations, not having much to do with interdimensional travel or collecting weapons, although his artwork depicts him with numerous blades and his brother's message in Memoria suggests Gilgamesh is looking for swords. Gilgamesh is instead an avid card player and a petty thief.
Gilgamesh is a non-player character and a major figure in Norg, the pirate city located on the Elshimo Island. He is involved in a few of the quests related to the Rise of the Zilart expansion, as well as Rhapsodies of Vana'diel, can be summoned as an Alter Ego spell, and is also involved in the Samurai job class story. This Gilgamesh looks entirely different from his other appearances.
Gilgamesh is the name of one of the world servers.
A species of creature that resembles the likeness of Gilgamesh, under the name Naraka, also exists in Vana'diel. These bosses exist as a Notorious Monsters in the Voidwatch line of boss quests, a nod to Gilgamesh's association with the Void.
Gilgamesh is an Elite Mark petitioned by Montblanc at the behest of an unidentified warrior who lost to Gilgamesh and was forced to forfeit his sword to him. Gilgamesh is found in the Lhusu Mines and must be fought twice.
The player can steal a different Genji item from him each battle phase. He uses a variety of swords from previous games, all of them counterfeit, including the Buster Sword, the Revolver, the Orichalcum, and the Brotherhood, as a homage to past installments and main characters in the series, as well as the Zantetsuken, the Tournesol, and the Wyrmhero Blade. He is accompanied by Enkidu.
The greatest swordsman in all of Ivalice... or so he says.
Gilgamesh returns as a Yarhi in the mission Battle on the Big Bridge, wandering around with Enkidu at the Gates of Shattered Time. When he spots the party, he recognizes them as the people who had previously battled him, and vehemently denies that he, in fact, lost.
Deciding that fate had brought them back together to fight, he takes out his swords and attacks Vaan and two other party members. Gilgamesh is defeated and flees for his life, but not before alluding to his position as a summon upon being defeated. Afterward, the party unlocks his sphere on the Ring of Pacts.
Gilgamesh is a Rank III non-elemental melee Esper, sharing the same rank and spot with Odin, although Gilgamesh is the more powerful one and also has a special attack. His normal attack, Slice Thrice, hits the enemy three times, while his special attack, Masamune, deals physical damage to one target ignoring their defense. Slice Thrice was used by Gilgamesh as a boss in Final Fantasy XII, and Masamune was a weapon the player could obtain by fighting Gilgamesh.
While Gilgamesh himself makes no formal appearance, his name is used for one of the Retail Networks, Gilgamesh, Inc., received after clearing mission 46. The company sells weapons that offer the highest strength and magic boosts and belong to powerful and rare synthesis groups, but are offset with disadvantageous special properties, such as Stagger Lock, which prevents the wielder from Staggering enemies, and Paper Tiger, which greatly reduces the character's maximum HP.
Final Fantasy XIII Ultimania Omega further reveals that Gilgamesh was at some point during development planned as a fal'Cie who would have wielded swords in various sizes, some even so large to dwarf large buildings.
He wields guns and rocket launchers though he discards them for swords during his match with Noel and Serah, who can recruit him into the Paradigm Pack as a Commando upon his defeat. After Valfodr is defeated, Gilgamesh is among the remaining monsters who keep Snow company in the Coliseum until he is able to return to his world.
Gilgamesh wields six different swords and uses his Blue Magic skills from Final Fantasy V: Eerie Soundwave and Death Claw. Along with his usual swords—the Excalibur, the Excalipoor, the Masamune, and the Zantetsuken—he adds another classic Final Fantasy sword, the Muramasa, to his collection. His sixth sword, the Bashosen, is new to the series, and the markings on the sword faintly resemble his faithful companion, Enkidu. The sword alludes to the Bashosen weapon from the classic Chinese novel, Journey to the West, where Bashosen is a giant fan-like weapon used by the Demon King Ginkaku, and its name translates as "Banana Palm Fan". When staggered Gilgamesh's swords shatter at the hilts and he resorts to spells. Afterward the swords regenerate.
With the exception of Excalipoor, whose origins are not explained, and Bashosen, which was created in Cocoon, each of his swords are said to come from another Final Fantasy game: Excalibur comes from a hidden room in Alexandria in Final Fantasy IX, Muramasa was recovered from the ruins of Zanarkand in Final Fantasy X, Masamune was fished out of Doma's poisoned river in Final Fantasy VI, and the Zantetsuken is apparently not Odin's sword in this incarnation, but a nail shed by Chaos from Dissidia Final Fantasy. The notes that mention the weapons' origins in Final Fantasy XIII-2 Ultimania Omega refer to it as a list of Gilgamesh's fake weapons, so these origin stories could be false.
During the cut scene in which Gilgamesh is introduced, he breaks the fourth wall by saying "I was starting to worry that you will never download this part of the game, and I'd be stuck in digital limbo!"
Gilgamesh is referred to by being one of the names available for monsters, although spelled as 'Gilgamash'.
But where are my manners? I have yet to properly introduce myself. I am Gilgamesh, and that is my companion, Enkidu! ...Well, not really. It has been many moons since last I saw him, so to ease the burden of loneliness, I tamed a rooster and painted it green.
Gilgamesh, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Gilgamesh made his first appearance in patch 2.1. As revealed in a series of sidequests involving Hildibrand Manderville and Nashu Mhakaracca, the latter is investigating a rash of weapon thefts by a so-called duelist who challenges adventurers and takes their weapons upon defeating them. He features as a recurring antagonist in several battles.
Gilgamesh is fought twice during the 2.0 Hildibrand questline, once on the big bridge and a final time in a confrontation at the big keep. This makes him the final boss of the Hildibrand questline, as the big keep fight is part of the final Hildibrand quest. This is fitting, as it's the first time a joke character has been featured as the final boss of a joke questline in the franchise. He makes another appearance in the 4.0 Hildibrand questline, where it is revealed that he had disguised himself as the samurai-for-hire "Yojimbo" (who can be fought as a boss in the Kugane Castle dungeon).
He is later fought as the final boss of the Stormblood Hildibrand saga at Kugane Ohashi (Or Kugane Big Bridge) disguised as yojimbo. Near the beginning of the fight he abandons the disguise entirely and proceeds to engage the party as himself. At the end of the quest chain, while under the influence of a mind control drug he goes on to Teleport Hildibrand and himself to places unknown.
Gilgamesh appears in the downloadable content Final Fantasy XV: Episode Gladiolus as the main antagonist. Known as the "Blademaster", Gilgamesh fights those who undertake the "Trial of Gilgamesh". Thirty years ago Cor Leonis fought Gilgamesh and managed to claim his arm, but was defeated and had to run. During the time Gladiolus Amicitia leaves Prince Noctis's party in Chapter 7, Gladiolus returns with Cor to take on the challenge and confront Gilgamesh.
Gilgamesh is drastically different to his recurring appearance. He has only a single arm, and lacks his usual comedic traits. Instead, he is a formidable foe with contempt for the weak. While Enkidu appears as a boss, he does not appear to be Gilgamesh's pet. Gilgamesh is fought on a bridge littered with the swords of the warriors he has defeated, and his battle music contains motifs from "Clash on the Big Bridge".
A colossal warrior from Lorica with the power of the Black Tortoise Crystal, Gilgamesh is a l'Cie who has forgotten his Focus and serves as a boss. He is accompanied by Enkidu, a fellow Black Tortoise l'Cie.
This is the second title in the Final Fantasy series where Gilgamesh has a notable role in the game's plot. Lorica is referred to as the place where Gilgamesh spent his childhood. This is the first game where Gilgamesh takes the player's weapons upon emerging victorious. Most of his other appearances merely allude to his weapon-claiming habit. His habit of claiming weapons apparently stems from his resentment of heroes who are too weak to protect that which matters most, much like he had been.
Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)[edit | edit source]
A master swordsman wandering the Dimensional Rift.
Gilgamesh appears as a summon, and as a ghost for the player to fight in the Offline Lobby. The Gilgamesh ghost is a Level 100 Bartz, wearing a full set of Genji equipment and bearing the Dragon Seal item, a reference to Shinryu who was introduced in Final Fantasy V, like Gilgamesh. The message on the card reads "I wanted to fight you one more time... mano-a-mano", which is Gilgamesh's farewell to Bartz when the party finds him in the Rift. Bartz also quotes Gilgamesh, saying "Let's finish this, one-on-one!" when battling Chaos, and "Let's fight like men!" when battling Jecht.
Gilgamesh's Summonstone can be obtained in the second stage of the Distant Glory - Villains storyline. The artwork used for the summon is from Final Fantasy V. When called upon he will either triple the summoner's Bravery or reduce it to 1, as a reference to Excalibur and Excalipoor. When Gilgamesh is summoned and produces the Excalipoor result, the text for the summon effect will read "I feel so betrayed..." This is what Gilgamesh says in Final Fantasy V upon realizing that the "Excalibur" he found is a worthless counterfeit.
Gilgamesh is a secret playable character, marking his first fully playable appearance. Mimicking several of his other appearances, Gilgamesh's appearance is a coincidence, as he stumbles into World B where the wars are taking place while traveling through the Void and the worlds connected to it.
Sensing Bartz, Gilgamesh seeks out his rival for their promised rematch, but Bartz has lost his memories and cannot remember him. Nonetheless, he accepts Gilgamesh's challenge and defeats him. Though he was not summoned by a god Gilgamesh is subject to the war's rules and is sent back to where he entered the world from, a portal to the Void engulfing him.
Despite appearing as a playable character, the summon version of Gilgamesh from the first Dissidia returns, and is even used by him in the story battle against him. Like other summons, it functions identically to how it did in the first game.
Gilgamesh's first alternate outfit is based on his Final Fantasy VIII appearance, giving him lighter armor and a red cloak. His second alternate outfit is based on his battle sprite from Final Fantasy V, giving him heavier full plate armor. As a bonus fourth outfit, Gilgamesh takes on his Final Fantasy Type-0 appearance, a suit of red and black armor. This outfit was made available to those in attendance of a Dissidia 012 tournament in Japan, and was never released in other areas.
Gilgamesh brings a wide variety of weapons with him, each having different effects when drawn in battle: his traditional Excalibur, Excalipoor, Masamune, and Zantetsuken swords, as well as the Genji Blade, the Chicken Knife, the Naginata spear, and the Battle Axe.
Gilgamesh is a playable character representing Final Fantasy V.
A worthy opponent who Bartz faces time and again. Though drawn to battle, upon realizing he cannot win, Gilgamesh flees with no more than a pointed barb. Yet in the end, he gives up his life for his rival...
Gilgamesh is a boss-type and regular enemy in Battle Music Sequences for Final Fantasy V.
Gilgamesh returns as an enemy in Battle Music Sequences for Final Fantasy V and the Dissidia series.
Gilgamesh appears as both a regular and boss-type enemy, and makes his playable debut as the secondary antagonist representing Final Fantasy V. Added via update on 5 July 2017, he is obtained by collecting Dark Crystal Shards.
Gilgamesh from Final Fantasy V appears as an enemy.
Gilgamesh appears as one of the summon enemies as well as a Legend character that uses the Death Claw ability.
- Ability Cards
- Legend Cards
This likable henchman of Exdeath's eventually comes to befriend Bartz and crew.
Gilgamesh is a playable character who could be recruited during the Challenge Event Big Bridge Showdown as the First Time Reward for completing the event's Big Bridge Showdown stage on Classic difficulty. Gilgamesh also appears as a boss in select Final Fantasy V stages.
Gilgamesh appears both as a summonable vision and as an enemy. His first enemy appearance occurred during the event The Big Bridge, based on his iconic battle from Final Fantasy V. His second (and permanent) enemy appearance is at the Chamber of the Fallen, as part of the "Gilgamesh's Offensive" trial and its Chamber of the Indignant version, "Scorn of Gilgamesh". Defeating him in the Chamber of the Fallen yields the Genji Blade plus other additional rewards if the trial's missions are completed. His sprite is based on his appearance in Final Fantasy XIII-2. His third enemy appearance occurred during the event The Clash on Big Bridge, based on his appearance as Gilgamesh Ashur from Final Fantasy Type-0.
As a playable unit, Gilgamesh (from Final Fantasy V) is a 5-7★ Rare Summon. His job is listed as Guard Captain, and his role is Physical Damage. His Trust Master reward is the extremely-valuable Genji Glove accessory, due to it granting the Dual Wield passive ability. His Super Trust Master reward is the Genji Helm (FFV).
- Who's Who
- 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
Gilgamesh is first encountered on the big bridge Alexander when the party is travelling with Bartz. Believing that he has finally found his nemesis again, Gilgamesh challenges Bartz to a "rematch." However, the Grymoire version of Bartz does not share the same experiences as his Final Fantasy V counterpart, and thus is completely bemused as to why Gilgamesh wants to fight him. After a boss battle, Gilgamesh is once again forced to admit defeat, but says that he will be back for another rematch.
Later on in the story, there is an intervention where it is revealed that Gilgamesh was duped into revealing the position of Bartz and Boko, believing that he would finally be able to get his rematch. However, when it is revealed that the Bahamutian solider that sold him out in fact wants to kill Bartz himself, Gilgamesh decides to "sacrifice" himself to fight off the Bahamutian soldier and save the town, in an ending that mirrors the events of Final Fantasy V.
There is also a colosseum battle ("Exdeath's Kooky Kabuki"), in which Gilgamesh can be imprismed.
Gilgamesh reuses his appearance from Final Fantasy XIII-2. He appears before Wol at the battle tower and states he has met many heroes on multiple worlds, and claims that Wol lacks the fire in his soul that they possessed. He offers to train Wol by challenging him to a series of battles. Despite his irritation at Gilgamesh's antics, Wol accepts, and fights his way up the tower. At the top, Gilgamesh commends Wol's performance, and acknowledges him as a Warrior of Light. He promises to return to challenge Wol for his weapons once he has saved his world before departing in his typically comedic fashion.
Gilgamesh is the main antagonist in the first book, who also tries to marry the princess Irma. He also appears as a summon card.
Cards[edit | edit source]
Gilgamesh appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as multiple Forward cards: an Earth-elemental card, portraying his Final Fantasy Type-0 appearance with a CG render and an artwork; a Lightning-elemental card featuring his artwork by Yoshitaka Amano from Final Fantasy V, and a Lightning-elemental promotional card featuring his Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy outfit of his original Final Fantasy V appearance; and two Dark-elemental cards, a first depicting his artwork by Tetsuya Nomura for Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy and a second portraying his appearance in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy; and one of his alternate Final Fantasy V Yoshitaka Amano artwork.
Gilgamesh is listed and as a l'Cie in his Final Fantasy Type-0 card; and as a "Captain of the Guard", for all other cards, alluding to his rank in Exdeath's army.
Gilgamesh from Final Fantasy XIV and World of Final Fantasy appears alongside Enkidu on Triple Triad cards in the version available via the Final Fantasy Portal App.
Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances[edit | edit source]
Itadaki Street[edit | edit source]
Gilgamesh appears in Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Special.
In Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Portable, Gilgamesh appears based on his Final Fantasy VIII appearance. Gilgamesh is a chance card in Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Portable, the card's ability: Group all characters to target point.
He appears as a playable character in Itadaki Street: Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary.
Gilgamesh, alongside other recurring Final Fantasy summons, appears as one of the giants that must be defeated. There is also a stronger version of Gilgamesh that can be fought, called Durga, whose design is much closer to Final Fantasy V depiction of Gilgamesh. A reference to Gilgamesh's fancy of famous weapon replicas can also be found in the description of Dark Sword, a material obtained from the giant.
Banished to the Rift for failure, this warrior renounced his master Exdeath and made the greatest sacrifice of all.
Gilgamesh appeared as part of the Final Fantasy collaboration that happened in the North American version from November 2, 2015 to 15 November 2015. When fought in the Netherworld, he uses the skills "Gilgamesh Resolve", "Took you long enough!", "I was worried you'd gotten lost!", "It's go time!", "Jump", "Normal Attack", "Electrocute", "Goblin Punch", "Aera", Wind Slash", "I suppose I misjudged!", "Fighting all four of you...", "...is just too tough for me...", "...NOT! Ha, I lied! Like a rug! Oh, I kill me!", "Urgh!", "I, uh, have an important appointment!", "We'll meet again!". After defeating him, he drops himself and Bartz's Brave Blade as rewards.
He was obtainable as a 6★ ranked unit named "Gilgamesh" (ギルガメッシュ, Girugamesshu?), with an attacker and physical type and fire and water elements.
As a 6★ ranked unit, Gilgamesh wears his standard outfit and wields his spear while enveloped in an aura of water and fire. His active skills are "My Collection", "Excalibur", "Excalipoor", "Masamune" and "Genji Shield" and his leader skill is "Oh really? Just try it!".
Gilgamesh appeared as part of the Final Fantasy collaboration.
Gilgamesh under the name Weapon Master appears as a Heartless.
Other media[edit | edit source]
Gilgamesh is referred to by Natsuki Takaya in one of her side columns in Fruits Basket, stating her love of the Final Fantasy series.
Musical themes[edit | edit source]
Gilgamesh's leitmotif is called "Battle at the Big Bridge" and originally played during four of the battles against him in Final Fantasy V. Since its original appearance, it has followed Gilgamesh in several of his cameos and had several rearrangements and adaptations, and became one of the most popular themes of the series.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
According to the fifth "Chocobo's FF Laboratory" feature published in the November 1993 edition of V-Jump, the initial design for Gilgamesh was created by Tetsuya Nomura, although Yoshitaka Amano was the one who drew the character's final artwork. The magazine states that Nomura's initial design looked like a cross between Gilgamesh's first and second in-game forms.
In the page quote, Gilgamesh refers to the 1990's series, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
Gilgamesh's Genji equipment refers to him being wandering royalty. In Japanese "genji" is a term used for a wandering noble or prince.
Gilgamesh's signature attack, "Ultimate Illusion", is a synonym for "Final Fantasy".
Gilgamesh is one of few characters in the Final Fantasy franchise to have held his own against entire armies, once during the clash on the big bridge in Final Fantasy Type-0, as well as against Galuf's army. This is a direct parallel to Benkei, who was known for facing down impossible odds on bridges.
Originally voiced in Japan by Daisuke Gōri for the Japanese release of Final Fantasy XII before his death on January 17, 2010, Gilgamesh's voice is provided by Kazuya Nakai as of Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, by Riki Kitazawa in Final Fantasy XIV, by Kazuya Nakai once more in World of Final Fantasy, and by Kazuhiko Inoue in Final Fantasy XV. In the English versions, Gilgamesh is voiced by John DiMaggio in Final Fantasy XII, Keith Szarabajka in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Kurt Wilson in Final Fantasy XIV and Tom Taylorson in Final Fantasy XV.
Merchandise[edit | edit source]
Master Creatures produced a six and a half inch tall figure of Gilgamesh in their third series of Final Fantasy characters. The figure's information describes it as wearing the Genji armor and wielding the Excalipoor, among other weapons.
There are also two figures based on Gilgamesh's appearance in Final Fantasy VIII, one with him standing and the other kneeling, and both with the four swords he uses in the game.
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Etymology and allusion[edit | edit source]
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.
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- V-Jump, ("Chocobo's FF Laboratory", チョコボのＦＦ研究室?), November 1993, p.188-192.