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Ifrit is the first boss in Final Fantasy VIII, fought at the end of the Fire Cavern. After defeating Ifrit in a timed battle, he will join the party as a Guardian Force. The timed battle is part of the SeeD exam and determines the Judgment score. The less time left in the clock when Ifrit is defeated, the better the score.

To get full marks, one must defeat Ifrit with 10 seconds or less in the clock. The easiest way to attain this prior to the Steam release is to defeat Ifrit and then wait for the time to expire before choosing a name for it, as the timer does not stop until only after Ifrit has been named. The Steam version has been modified so that the timer must not hit 0:00 at the naming screen. The player will still win, but will receive a score of 0. Thus, Ifrit's name must be confirmed by 00:01 for a perfect score. In Final Fantasy VIII Remastered, the player can still get 100 points by letting the time run out while on the naming screen.



The first character to use a fire-elemental magic attack on Ifrit:

Squall: "Fire magic ineffective?"
Quistis: "Fire won't work."

The party summons Shiva:

"They have Shiva!?"

Ifrit does his first physical attack:

"Impudent humans!"

Ifrit has lost less than 530 HP:

"Hm! Not bad for a human."

Defeated Ifrit:

"For me to lose to a human... Very well, I will join you."

Shiva defeated Ifrit:

"Ugh, I underestimated Shiva. Very well, I will join you."


Jump Punch.

Ifrit is weak against Ice. Ifrit casts Fire; and uses his Jump Punch ability every five attacks in different turns in which Ifrit is the target of an attack such as Fire, Scan, a physical attack, etc.


Ifrit can be tough if the player has not obtained sufficient junctions before the battle. Summoning Shiva and casting Blizzard work well. If Shiva has learned I Mag-RF, the player can battle Fastitocalon-Fs on the beach to gather Fish Fins and refine them into Water magic.

It is good to keep HP over 100, as if one is not prepared for Jump Punch, a party member can be KO'd.



In Arabian mythology, Ifrit (also spelled Efreet or Afreet, from Arabic عفريت Ifrīt), is the name given to a class of Jinn (Demons also known as Djinn, Djinni, and Genie) that embody fire. Though they could live for thousands of years, they were not immortal, and if cut, they would "bleed" the fire running through their veins until it consumed their bodies.