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Attacks with Bolt 2 and Solar Plex. Poison attacks are effective, so use Poison and Bio. You'll pick up the Magicite Fenrir if you win.

Bestiary entry (PS)

This battle is much like the one before. After a while Terra will jump into the fray when Phunbaba knocks a character out of battle with BabaBreath.

Bestiary entry for final battle (PS)

Humbaba, otherwise known as Phunbaba, is a boss in Final Fantasy VI battled in the World of Ruin. It is one of several monsters released when Kefka caused the cataclysm, along with the eight legendary dragons and Deathgaze. The player battles Humbaba four times, though only two of these fights can be won. Each time Humbaba uses a different AI script. He is fought in and tries to rampage Mobliz. After fleeing in defeat for the first time, the magicite of Fenrir falls from its necklace.

Stats[]

Humbaba can be fought four times in total. The final fight (stats below) is the proper boss battle where it can be defeated.

Battle[]

Humbaba Breath.

Humbaba is first fought alone by Terra when the player visits Mobliz in the World of Ruin. Humbaba is invincible and cannot be killed. As Terra is unequipped, the player must let her be knocked out. Even if the player uses the Vanish-Doom bug on Humbaba, it will be treated as a loss. After Terra falls, the player's party battles Humbaba in a normal battle. Humbaba flees upon being defeated, leaving the Fenrir magicite. Though many players choose to travel to Mobliz after recruiting Sabin, they may leave the visit for later.

When the player returns to Mobliz after acquiring the Falcon and locates Terra, Humbaba will arrive for a third battle. When his HP is depleted he uses Humbaba Breath to remove two random party members and the battle ends. Terra arrives and assists the party in the fourth and final clash with Humbaba while in Trance, dealing great damage. Once Humbaba is defeated Terra rejoins the party.

Thundaga.

Though he has four different AI scripts, Humbaba is offensively the same enemy every battle—it is only his AI script for the end of the battle that changes, his attack script and stats remaining identical. The sole exception is during the second battle where Humbaba's HP increases to 28,000. He attacks with Thundara, Thundaga, his special attack Solar Plex, and 1000 Needles.

Strategy[]

Humbaba is weak to Poison, so Bio is highly effective. If Terra knows it, she can easily do several thousands of damage to Humbaba in the final battle. Having Sabin equipped with Venom Claws works well, as does his Meteor Strike Blitz or having Shadow throw Poison Rods.

Formations[]

Number Enemies Encounter flags Introduction flag Musical theme Magic AP
Normal Back Surrounded Side
420 Humbaba (1st) Y N N N Sides, individual The Decisive Battle 0
No victory pose upon winning. Prevent triple 7 for Joker's Death.
421 Humbaba (2nd) Y N N N Sides, individual The Decisive Battle 0
No victory pose upon winning. Prevent triple 7 for Joker's Death.
422 Humbaba (3rd) Y N N N Sides, individual The Decisive Battle 0
No victory pose upon winning. Prevent triple 7 for Joker's Death.
423 Humbaba (4th) Y N N N Sides, individual The Decisive Battle 0
No victory pose upon winning. Prevent triple 7 for Joker's Death.

AI script[]

First battle[]

At beginning of battle (only once per battle):

Humbaba becomes invincible

Attack Turns:

1st Turn: Attack (66%) or Solar Plexus (33%)
2nd Turn: Thundara (66%) or Thundaga (33%)
3rd Turn: Thundara (33%) or 1000 Needles (33%) or Solar Plexus (33%)

Second battle[]

Attack Turns:

1st Turn: Attack (66%) or Solar Plexus (33%)
2nd Turn: Thundara (66%) or Thundaga (33%)
3rd Turn: Thundara (33%) or 1000 Needles (33%) or Solar Plexus (33%)

If attacked by anything:

If hp <= 20480: Target: Self
Flee (100%)

Third battle[]

Attack Turns:

1st Turn: Attack (66%) or Solar Plexus (33%)
2nd Turn: Thundara (66%) or Thundaga (33%)
3rd Turn: Thundara (33%) or 1000 Needles (33%) or Solar Plexus (33%)

If killed:

Target: Random Player
Humbaba Breath

If attacked by anything:

If hp <= 15360:
Target: Random Player
Humbaba Breath
Target: Random Player
Humbaba Breath

Fourth battle[]

Attack Turns:

1st Turn: Attack (66%) or Solar Plexus (33%)
2nd Turn: Thundara (66%) or Thundaga (33%)
3rd Turn: Thundara (33%) or 1000 Needles (33%) or Solar Plexus (33%)

If attacked by anything: Thundara (33%)

Other appearances[]

Pictlogica Final Fantasy[]

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Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade[]

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

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Humbaba appears as a boss in the Mobliz Classic and Elite dungeons in the VI Realm, and has also appeared in several of Record Keeper's time-limited events. He fights similarly to the way he does in Final Fantasy VI, and his 1000 Needles attack does the same amount of damage in both the Classic and more difficult Elite version of the battle. He is vulnerable to Bio spells and Poison-elemental spellblades, but he cannot be afflicted with Poison. His battle is one of only a handful of one-round battles in the core game.

Etymology[]

In Akkadian mythology, Humbaba (Assyrian spelling) or Huwawa (Babylonian) was a monstrous giant of immemorial age raised by Utu, the Sun. Humbaba/Huwawa was also the guardian of the Cedar Forest where the gods lived. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh slays Humbaba for fame and glory.

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