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I found out today that this magazine with a goofy name called BOO! Monthly changed its name to Occult Fan. Its articles were always interesting.

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Occult Fan (オカルトファン, Okaruto Fan?) is a magazine in Final Fantasy VIII. There are four issues and they provide information about the UFO? sidequest, as well as the Guardian Force Doomtrain.


Occult Fan IEdit

Occult Fan 1

Mysterious Monster Death!!! Odell Burk (67) of Timber was tending to his field when he found a dead monster after hearing a loud impact sound. Mr. Burk said it occurred while he was making a fence with steel pipes. An extremely strange death!


The magazine is found on a bookshelf in the library in Balamb Garden. It features a story about Odell Burke, who heard a loud noise while making a fence out of steel pipes, only to discover a dead monster as if it was hit by a runaway train. This magazine gives clues for the player on one of three items needed to obtain Doomtrain—the Steel Pipe. The dead monster appears to be a Wendigo, one of the two enemies where Steel Pipes can be dropped or stolen from.

Occult Fan IIEdit

Occult Fan 2

It's an Unidentified Flying Object! On the left is a photo shot in Esthar. Take a look at the unidentified flying object in the center. Have you ever seen any monster or airplane like this!? Some say it may be Esthar's secret weapon, but residents of the area say it appears when there is a major Malboro outbreak.


After winning a game of Triple Triad against the pub owner in Dollet, the magazine is found by repeatedly examining the magazine stacks on the floor in his 'private room'. Contrary to popular belief, it has nothing to do with the UFO which can be spotted a number of times in specific places via random battle. It instead features the GF Doomtrain from a distance, and gives the player another clue as to which items s/he must have 6 of to be able to summon him—this being the Malboro Tentacle.

Occult Fan IIIEdit

Occult Fan 3

Summoning Legend Revealed! Look at this picture. This is a confidential photo of what is assumed to be a ring that summons a legendary GF. Legend goes that it was a ring that belonged to a royal family. Its name and whereabouts are unknown. The legend says you must have 666 items to summon the GF.


The magazine is obtained from the Master Fisherman as soon as the party reaches Fishermans Horizon (down the ladder on the third screen). It features the item used to summon Doomtrain—the Solomon's Ring and describes the quantity of additional items needed to be used with the Solomon's Ring.

Occult Fan IVEdit

Occult Fan 4

Unidentified Flying Object Revealed!? Our research on the deadly flying object revealed that a Devil (left) may be flying and attacking people. Another theory calls it an alien (right). Neither has been proven, but the people that were attacked all owned ST Full Recovery Medicine.


The magazine is obtained from the Presidential Aide in the Presidential Palace in Esthar. The player must leave the Palace, talk to another aide at the Esthar Airstation and come back to find it. Can only be obtained before Lunar Cry. The magazine features two unidentified beings, but also hints on the third item needed to obtain Doomtrain—a Remedy+.

Other appearancesEdit

Dissidia Final FantasyEdit

A legendary magazine, now out of print.


Occult Fan is a special trade accessory that grants +4 Luck when used, and can be acquired through Battlegen with the Laguna Friend Card.

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

The first issue of a legendary magazine, now out of print.


Occult Fan returns as a special trade accessory that grants +4 Luck when equipped, and can only be found in two sections of the Confessions of the Creator.

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World of Final FantasyEdit

Four issues of Occult Fan can be found in treasure chests in Grymoire, alluding the player of secret areas and how to navigate through the Phantom Sands. The reporting for each issue was done by Biggs.


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