Neo Bahamut (バハムート改, Bahamūto Kai?, lit. Revised Bahamut) is a recurring summon in the series. It is a stronger version of Bahamut that originally appeared in Final Fantasy VII. It is a red dragon whose attack is Gigaflare.
Neo Bahamut lifts the enemy party on a piece of earth into the sky, before firing a beam that shatters the earth sending the enemy party plummeting to the ground.
This attack is called Giga Flare and deals piercing non-elemental damage to the enemy party. The Neo Bahamut Summon Materia is found in the party's trip to Whirlwind Maze, lying on the ground. If the player fails to pick it up, it will be lost forever because the place is unrevisitable.
It costs 140 MP to summon. Neo Bahamut's spell power is equal to 5x the base magic damage.
This Eidolon surpasses Bahamut in strength, sturdiness, and speed. In addition, Neo Bahamut's Giga Flare is exponentially more powerfull than the Mega Flare of its predecessor. Even its relatively short summoning period can be overlooked in light of its outstanding performance in the field. Neo Bahamut's only true flaw is the extremely limited number of covenants. With fewer than ten of these Eidolons at their behest, Sorcery keeps their Neo Bahamut fleet under lock and key, temporarily lending them out to the dominion legions only on very rare occasions.
A more powerful form of Bahamut, Neo Bahamut, is an Eidolon available by completing the Expert Trial Colonel Faith's Revolt on Agito difficulty. It uses Rush, Giga Flare and Shock Wave. Its summoning radius is 3,0m and its summon time is 35s-50s.
In the English localization, the final boss is named Neo Chaos Bahamut, serving as a reference to the Neo Bahamut summon. In the Japanese version of the game, the boss is named True Chaos Bahamut (真・カオスバハムート, Shin Kaosu Bahamūto?).
In the original free-to-play versions of the game, Nightmare Neo Bahamut appeared as the main raid boss as part of the "Bahamut in the Abyss" collaboration event with Final Fantasy Record Keeper. Like other raid events, the encounter with Nightmare Neo Bahamut had a twelve turn limit to be defeated. Nightmare Neo Bahamut was removed in the premium versions of the game.
Neo Bahamut does not appear as a usable Esper, but the summon does appear during Cloud's Giga Flare UR Legend summon.
Neo Bahamut is the Nightmare boss of the dungeon that must be completed to acquire the Neo Bahamut Record Crystal. The player is penalized for striking Neo Bahamut with Black Magic or physical blows, and it counters damaging Soul Breaks. The fight is designed for the player to defeat Neo Bahamut with Summoning abilities.
The Neo Bahamut summon acts as the Rank 6 Summoning ability obtained by defeating the Nightmare Neo Bahamut boss. It deals four non-elemental summon magic hits to all enemies. The player can only acquire one copy of Neo Bahamut, as the Record Crystal needed to craft it is a unique item won from the Nightmare Dungeon and used up in the crafting.
|Rank||Uses||Material 1||Material 2||Material 3|
|1||2||Summoning Crystal x10||Non-Elemental Crystal x6||Dark Crystal x6|
|2||3||Summoning Crystal x20||Non-Elemental Crystal x12||Dark Crystal x12|
|3||4||Summoning Crystal x30||Non-Elemental Crystal x18||Dark Crystal x18|
|4||5||Summoning Crystal x50||Non-Elemental Crystal x30||Dark Crystal x30|
|5||6||Summoning Crystal x100||Non-Elemental Crystal x50||Dark Crystal x50|
Neo Bahamut has been released as small trade figurines in Japan as part of Final Fantasy Creatures collections.
Neo is a prefix from the ancient Greek word for "new" or "young".
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.