A giant roaming the town of Zozo. He puts all of his strength into a mean HeadButt. Sometimes he'll also send a Magnitude 8 quake at you.

Final Fantasy VI PlayStation Bestiary entry

The Hill Gigas, also known as HadesGigas, is an enemy in Final Fantasy VI. It is one of the most dangerous enemies in Zozo, and has the second most HP of any normal enemy in the game met to this point.

Stats[edit | edit source]

Battle[edit | edit source]

Hill Gigas's special attack, Headbutt, deals high damage to the target, and when defeated, it has a 33% chance of casting Magnitude 8 as a final attack, which deals moderate Earth-elemental damage to the entire party.

Locke can steal a Gigas Glove from Hill Gigas, boosting the damage done by the wearer's physical attacks.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

There are two ways to get around Hill Gigas's Magnitude 8 final attack: have Celes cast Imp on it, preventing it from using magic, or have Gau use the Mu Rage, which casts Snare; this kills the Gigas instantly and prevents it from using its final attack.

One of the safest ways to steal from Hill Gigas is to utilize Edgar's Tools. When battling Gobbledygook, also found in Zozo, the player can use Noiseblaster to Confuse it, which prompts it to cast Invisible on the party, making them immune to physical attacks. Afterward, the player can fight Hill Gigas and have Edgar use Noiseblaster on him. He only has enough MP to cast Magnitude 8 three times, which he will do fairly quickly against himself while confused. The player can take their time with stealing, as Hill Gigas cannot hit the party physically if they are invisible, and Magnitude 8 will soon be rendered useless.

Formations[edit | edit source]

Number Enemies Encounter flags Introduction flag Musical theme Magic AP
Normal Back Surrounded Side
102 Hill Gigas Y Y N Y Sides, individual Battle 1
110 Hill Gigas, Harvester Y Y Y Y Sides, individual Battle 2

AI script[edit | edit source]

Attack Turns:
1st Turn: Attack (66%) or Headbutt (33%)
2nd Turn: Attack (66%) or Nothing (33%)
3rd Turn: Attack (66%) or Nothing (33%)

If killed:

Target: All Characters
Magnitude 8 (33%)

Other appearances[edit | edit source]

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

Theatrhythm Gigas.png

The Hill Gigas appears as an enemy under the name "Hilgigars."

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[edit | edit source]

FFRK Hill Gigas FFVI.png

Hill Gigas from Final Fantasy VI appears as an enemy in Final Fantasy Record Keeper.

Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy Trading Card Game card.

Hill Gigas appears with an Earth-elemental card.

Triple Triad[edit | edit source]

116a Hill Gigas.png

Hill Gigas appears on a Triple Triad card in Final Fantasy Portal App.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Gigas is a popular term for races of giants in fantasy games. Gigas is a Greek word meaning "giant", originally used to describe the race of Gigantes in Greek mythology and is used in the scientific name, as the specific epithet, of hundreds of species of animals and dozens of plant species to denote their size.

Hades is the Greek god of the Underworld, as well as the name of the Underworld itself. Despite many modern portrayals, in Ancient Greek mythology, Hades was not represented as evil. Later Christians used the name as being synonymous with the Devil, which seems to be the inspiration for the forms that the monsters with this name take.

Related enemies[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Taros in Bahamut Lagoon.

  • The sprite shared between Hill Gigas, Gargantua, Giant, Gigantos, and Glasya Labolas was used and modified for the Colossus and Taros enemies in Bahamut Lagoon.

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