Lunar Bahamut is an optional boss in the iOS, Android, and Steam versions of Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. It is the last boss fought before the finale in the Bottommost Depths. It is found inside a chest in the Depths of the True Moon, and a warning is given should the player attempt to open it. Beating it earns the Ultima Weapon.
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Battle[edit | edit source]
Lunar Bahamut opens with the traditional countdown from five, with the twist of counting down by one every time he is attacked, as well as counting down every time he takes a turn. Once the timer is up, he will unleash Megaflare on the party, dealing catastrophic damage capable of eliminating the entire team, even at levels as high as 60. He also uses abilities as Stop, Break, Flare, Quake, Protect, Shell, and Haste in between castings of Megaflare, which is used often as a recurring attack. His Black Hole attack removes all status enhancements from the party, and his Mind Blast inflicts paralysis and Sap to a party member. Lunar Bahamut may also use Magic Buster, which greatly reduces the target's MP. After a fatal blow is struck, Lunar Bahamut will cast Meteor on the team before dying.
Strategy[edit | edit source]
The player can also use Protect and Shell, but it is vital to cast Reflect on as many party members as possible to negate the damage inflicted by Megaflare and bounce it back to Lunar Bahamut. Powerful Bands and spells like Flare and Holy deal the best damage against Lunar Bahamut. The player should have at least two White Mages present to keep up the healing effort, and use their abilities to heal not only weakened comrades, but also to dispel any harmful status effects, bolster the team's defense, and to cast Slow on Lunar Bahamut. Before dying, he will use Meteor on the party, which may kill them outright if they aren't at full HP.
An easy way to defeat Lunar Bahamut would be to first slow it down by having a White Mage cast Slow or have the very first party member to use a Spider's Silk. The player can then use Cecil and Ceodore's Vibra Plus Band, and have a White Mage cast Reflect on everyone or use a Light Curtain. The Vibra Plus can hit the damage cap of 99999 regardless of the moon's phase.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Luna means "moon" in Latin, Italian, Romanian, Russian, and Spanish.
Bahamut (Arabic بهموت Bahamūt) originated as an enormous whale in ancient pre-Islamic Arabian mythology. Upon Bahamut's back stands a bull with four thousand eyes, ears, noses, mouths, tongues and feet called Kujuta (also spelled "Kuyutha"). Between each of these is a distance of a 500-year journey. On the back of Kujuta is a mountain of ruby. Atop this mountain is an angel who carries six hells, earth, and seven heavens on its shoulders.
Another version of the Arabic story is that Bahamut is indeed a dragon and he stands on a whale called Liwash.
In modern times, the game Dungeons & Dragons is responsible for re-imagining Bahamut as the king of dragons, a benevolent Platinum Dragon; the opposite of the malevolent Tiamat, the five-headed Chromatic Queen of Dragons.