Template:FFIV:TAY Enemies Nova Dragon, also known as Lord Dragon, is a boss from Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. Unlike Atomos or Gilgamesh, it is optional to fight it in the Depths of the True Moon.
It is recommended to fight Nova Dragon when the party is at Level 70+ with some of the best equipment, such as Ultima Weapon and the Adamant Armor. A Black Mage must have Rapid Ring v2, while the party's White Mage should equip the Twinstars. Immediately cast Slow or use a Spider Silk on Nova Dragon to lower his speed. Nova Dragon will begin battle with Tidal Wave, which will KO characters with low HP, even at high levels. Quickly revive them with Phoenix Downs, and have a White Mage use Curaja every turn afterward. He does not use Tidal Wave twice in one turn, and always takes time to perform other attacks before using it again. Often he uses Cursed Elegy, which will put the party under the Slow status. This can be remedied with Haste, but it will not impede on the party's performance too much. When they do not have to use healing items, physical fighters should use abilities such as Jump, or attack with the Ultima Weapon. A Black Mage's best spells to use are either Flare, or Meteor, which will do 5,000 - 8,000 damage to Nova Dragon, if not more with a Limit Ring. Other abilities such as the Heal Pill Ninjutsu are useful if any characters are in critical condition. Nova Dragon will sometimes use Embrace, which will petrify a character and also heal all of their HP, which can be stopped with equipment such as the Ribbon. Before dying, he will cast Meteor on the party, so the player must make certain that at least one of their characters will survive. The same strategy works better if the player has Porom with Dualcast and the Twinstars. Dualcast will allow Porom to heal the party more efficiently and use Arise to revive others simultaneously. This is especially useful when someone dies from Nova Dragon's Doom spell.