Leviathan is a boss in Final Fantasy III. The dungeon in which it resides can be entered by passing over Lake Dohr with the canoe and coming into contact with its large shadow. The party must traverse a short series of cavern rooms before facing Leviathan. Once the Lord of the Seas is defeated, the party can use the Leviath spell to summon Leviathan.
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Black Mages or Magi are ideal jobs to use against Leviathan to exploit his weakness to lightning with Thundaga. Leviathan's physical attacks occasionally inflict petrification, which can be prevented by having a character equipped with the Aegis Shield, having a White Mage use Stona, or simply using Gold Needles.
Leviathan can cast Protect and Haste, so using Erase is a must. Its Blizzaga can cause huge damage and Tsunami is powerful enough to wipe out an under-leveled party in a single hit. Powerful physical attacks, preferably with lightning-elemental weapons, and using Thundaga, will deal heavy damage to Leviathan. Use of a Viking and Provoke may help to divert Leviathan's attacks away from the rest of the party.
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Leviathan (Biblical Hebrew לִוְיָתָן or לווייתן Liwyāthān) is a violent sea creature referred to in the Hebrew Bible as well as the Talmud and some other ancient Jewish texts. During the golden age of seafaring, the term Leviathan became synonymous with any large sea creature, sometimes describing whales. Bible scholars interpreted Leviathan to be either a demonic sea creature and an enemy of God.
The Talmud and other ancient Jewish sources refer to Leviathan more specifically as a sea serpent, sometimes with multiple heads capable of breathing fire, that was made on the fifth day of Creation. It is said that during the end of days, God will make tents, or sukkah, out of the skin of Leviathan for the righteous to live in. Some have speculated that Leviathan was based on a real animal, the most popular theory being the Kronosaurus and the Nile crocodile.
In the Final Fantasy series Leviathan is sometimes referred to as the King of the Seas. Its incarnation in the series appears to derive from the legends of the Shinto god Ryūjin or Owatatsumi, said to be the dragon god that reigns over the seas. It also resembles the Chinese dragon, mystical beings seen as the rulers of moving bodies of water, and the Dragon God as the dispenser of rain.