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Grendel is an enemy in Final Fantasy VIII. It is fought during the Balamb Garden Revolt, in the forests near Timber (including the forest where the party experiences the second Laguna episode) and on the Island Closest to Hell.

The first place to find Grendels easily is in the forest near Galbadia Garden, sandwiched between two cliffs, but only when hugging the mountainside wall so that the location in the menu says "Monterosa Plateau". Grendels will be the only encounter doing this. This is because Grendels are programmed to appear in Galbadia region forests, but none exist in that region besides this tiny portion.

Fighting low level Grendels without mugging them is useful, as they drop Dragon Fangs needed to remodel Squall's ultimate weapon: Lion Heart.



Grendel's Breath attack is Thunder-elemental. Its Tail Blade attack hits one character for high damage, so the player should have a good Vit stat when fighting it.

The player can junction lightning magic to Elem-Def-J to protect against the dragon's breath attack. Using Protect halves physical damage taken.

Triple Triad[]


Grendel is a lightning-elemental Level 2 Monster Card used for playing Triple Triad and for turning into Dragon Fin with Quezacotl's Card Mod, which can further be made into Doubles.



Grendel is one of the three antagonists in the epic poem Beowulf. He terrorizes the mead hall, Heorot, until Beowulf comes to slay him. Said to be the decedent of Cain, he is usually depicted as a foul monster or beast.