As its name would imply, this dragon uses ice-elemental attacks like N. Cross, Absolute 0, and Surge. Weak vs. fire, so uses Fire 3 and Fire 3.

Final Fantasy VI PlayStation Bestiary entry

Ice Dragon's field sprite.

The Ice Dragon is a boss in Final Fantasy VI. It is one of the eight legendary dragons, and is the dragon of the Ice element. The Ice Dragon is fought on Narshe Cliffs, in the snowfields behind the Narshe Mines. As with the other dragons, it is re-fought in the Dragons' Den bonus dungeon in the Advance and subsequent releases. Both versions of Ice Dragon can be further re-fought in the Soul Shrine, as with most bosses in the game.

Stats[edit | edit source]

Narshe Cliffs

Dragon's Den

Battle[edit | edit source]

First battle[edit | edit source]

The Ice Dragon's location.

The Ice Dragon uses Northern Cross, which inflicts the Frozen status on the party, but has a low hit rate. Its Absolute Zero does major Ice-elemental damage to the entire party.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The player should use Firaga, Flare, and Ultima. Shadow should throw Flametongues. The Ice Dragon is not terribly powerful and should fall easily.

Second battle[edit | edit source]

The Ice Dragon returns in he Dragons' Den, but like the other seven dragons, the battle is made more difficult with special conditions. The Ice Dragon employs the same battle tactic as the Vector Lythos in Kefka's Tower: although only one Ice Dragon is visible, there are actually four with their sprites overlaid. All four must be dispatched to win. To compensate, the Ice Dragons individually have lower HP than the other revived dragons.

The Ice Dragons can use Blizzaga, Freezing Dust, Snowstorm, Avalanche, and their new special attack, Freeze, which inflicts Stop. As the Ice Dragons become fewer in number, the remaining dragons will use Freeze with greater frequency.

Defeating the Ice Dragons destroys the Seal of Ice, and also gives the player Setzer's most powerful weapon, the Final Trump.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Though the player's first instinct may be to use group-attacks to hit all Ice Dragons at once, this is a bad idea, as all four will likely strike the attacking party member in response. It is safer to focus on one dragon at a time. Firaga spells are most useful for this.

Alternatively, the player can kill all four dragons at once with a very specific set-up: a character with high magic power equipped with a Soul of Thamasa who knows Quick and Ultima. The player should cast Vanish on them, then Quick, then dualcast Ultima twice. If the character's magic power is high enough this will do 9,999 damage to all four Ice Dragons, and thus four casts of Ultima will kill them in one round. Even if this fails, the dragons will be weak collectively.

Formations[edit | edit source]

Number Enemies Encounter flags Introduction flag Musical theme Magic AP
Normal Back Surrounded Side
366 Ice Dragon Y N N N Sides, synch. The Decisive Battle 10
489 Ice Dragon, Kefka Y N N N Sides, individual Battle 0
Hide start messages.
553 Ice Dragon x5 Y Y Y Y Sides, individual Battle
636 Ice Dragon x3, Ice Dragon Y N N N Sides, individual The Decisive Battle

AI script[edit | edit source]

First battle[edit | edit source]

Attack Turns:
1st Turn: Attack (33%) or Northern Cross (66%)
2nd Turn: Attack (33%) or Absolute Zero (66%)
3rd Turn: Attack (33%) or Avalanche (33%) or Absolute Zero (33%)

If killed: Avalanche (33%)

If attacked by anything: Attack (33%)

Second battle[edit | edit source]

At beginning of battle:

Display message: Ice Dragon creates 3 mirror images!
Bring in Ice Dragon x3

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

If 3 monsters are left:

1st Turn: Attack (33%) or Snowstorm (33%) or Nothing (33%)
2nd Turn: Blizzaga (33%) or Freeze (33%) or Nothing (33%)
3rd Turn: Freeze (33%) or Freezing Dust (33%) or Nothing (33%)

If 2 monsters are left:

1st Turn: Attack (33%) or Snowstorm (66%)
2nd Turn: Freeze (33%) or Blizzaga (66%)
3rd Turn: Freeze (66%) or Freezing Dust (33%)

If monster is by itself:

1st Turn: Freeze (33%) or Northern Cross (66%)
2nd Turn: Freeze (33%) or Absolute Zero (66%)
3rd Turn: Freeze (33%) or Avalanche (66%)

If killed: Absolute Zero (33%) or Northern Cross (33%) or Avalanche (33%)

If 2 monsters are left:

If attacked by anything: Attack (33%) or Freeze (33%)

If attacked by anything: Attack (66%)

Other appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy Dimensions II[edit | edit source]

The artwork of the Ice Dragon.

Ice Dragon is a water-elemental Eidolon obtained as a signet for Wrieg to equip. It teaches him the Blizzard Breath abilities.

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Etymology[edit | edit source]

A dragon is a legendary creature, typically with serpentine or reptilian traits, which features in the myths of many cultures.

Related enemies[edit | edit source]

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