Artwork by Yoshitaka Amano.

Hellhound (ヘルハウンド, Herūhaundo?), also known as the Cerebus, is a recurring enemy in the Final Fantasy series. It is often portrayed as a wolf aligned with the Fire element, and is usually correspondingly weak against Ice.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

The Hellhound in the original Final Fantasy.

The Hellhound (Cerebus in the NES version) is a Fire elemental enemy often appearing with the Gigas type enemy. They are the most common enemy on Mount Gulg.

Final Fantasy VII Remake[edit | edit source]

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Hellhound is an enemy fought in the Corneo Colosseum during the "Tomboy Bandit" sidequest in Chapter 14 - "In Search of Hope", where it is accompanied by Beastmaster. Hellhound can also be fought in the Shinra Combat Simulator as part of the "vs. Dynamic Duos" challenge.

Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-[edit | edit source]

The Hellhound in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-.

Hellhounds are easy to defeat, due to their low Vitality and Spirit, but can dish out quite a bit of damage. They can be found in Mission 1-5-4 and Mission 3-4-5.

Final Fantasy VII Remake[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy XI[edit | edit source]

The Hound in Final Fantasy XI.

Hounds are wolf-like monsters that come out during the night. There are many different species, one of which is the Hellhound. Usually associated with black magic, they are found in tombs and forests. Because they are classified as undead, they will attack targets with low HP from far distances, but they also take damage from curative magic.

Final Fantasy XII[edit | edit source]

The Hellhound in Final Fantasy XII.

The Hellhound is a beast/wolf-type enemy found in Golmore Jungle. They tend to fight in packs, and are stronger than other enemies in the area, so it is not recommended to fight them during the first visit to the Jungle.

Final Fantasy XIV[edit | edit source]

An alliance battles against a pair of hellhounds in the Void Ark.

Hellhounds are a rare family of voidsent that first appeared in the Void Ark.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift[edit | edit source]

The Hellhound in Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift.

Fell power emanates from this twisted mockery of a wolf.

Description

The Hellhound is a dangerous enemy, and is of the Dark element. When in Critical status, they will call reinforcements, so be sure to finish them off quickly.

Final Fantasy Dimensions[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light[edit | edit source]

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Hellhound is an enemy that appears in the Urbeth Area and the Hunting Caves during Part I, and in the Moonsand Ruins and the Trial Tower during Part II.

Bravely Default[edit | edit source]

The Hellhound is a beast-type enemy that appears in Starkfort. It is not difficult to defeat as it is weak to water spells.

Bravely Archive[edit | edit source]

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Bravely Second: End Layer[edit | edit source]

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Crystal Defenders[edit | edit source]

The Hellhound in Crystal Defenders.

It is the first enemy of the final ten waves in W1, and its speed and HP makes it a troublesome foe even after being fought after a very strong wave.

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Vagrant Story[edit | edit source]

The Hellhound in Vagrant Story.

The Hellhound is a powerful enemy, appearing in the Catacombs, Sanctum, and Abandoned Mines. They are similar to Silver Wolves, but possess a Fire Breath Special attack, which hits the whole of Ashley's body for fair damage.

Pictlogica Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper[edit | edit source]

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Etymology[edit | edit source]

A hellhound is a supernatural dog found in folklore. A wide variety of ominous or hellish supernatural dogs occur in mythologies around the world, similar to the ubiquitous dragon. Features that have been attributed to hellhounds include black fur, glowing red or sometimes glowing yellow eyes, super strength or speed, ghostly or phantom characteristics, and foul odor.

In cultures that associate the afterlife with fire, hellhounds may have fire-based abilities and appearance. They are often assigned to guard the entrances to the world of the dead, such as graveyards and burial grounds, or undertake other duties related to the afterlife or the supernatural, such as hunting lost souls or guarding a supernatural treasure. In European legends, seeing a hellhound or hearing it howl may be either an omen of death or even a cause of death.

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