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Odin is an optional boss in Final Fantasy VIII. He will not attack, but the player must deplete his HP within the given time limit. Defeating Odin recruits him as a pseudo Guardian Force that will appear randomly at the beginning of a random encounter to dispatch the enemies.

The battle against Odin being fought within a time limit alludes to Final Fantasy V, where the battle against Odin is similar.



Upon entering the Centra Ruins, a voice says:

"I am Odin..."
"To him who doth vanquish me, I grant my august powers."

Proceeding up into the ruins, there are two gargoyles: one at the entrance leading to Odin, and one on top of the ruins. The entrance to Odin is opened by entering a five-digit code. The player must climb to the second gargoyle and retrieve the code and two gems to be placed on the first gargoyle. The player then enters the code once the gems have been placed on the first gargoyle, and the entrance opens.

If there is not much time left on the clock, the player may opt to leave the ruins and the time limit is reset, granting the player more time for the battle. Staying within the time limit is made easier by equipping Enc-None from Diablos.

When the player speaks to Odin, who is waiting inside, he says:

"Excellent. Prepare thyself."
"The weak shall perish. The strong shall triumph."
"Prevail over my sword, and I shall grant it to thee."
"For honor... let us fight!"


The time limit for 20:00 minutes starts once the player enters Centra Ruins. If the timer reaches 0:00 during the battle, Odin will launch Zantetsuken, sending the player to the Game Over screen.

Odin will not attack before the timer expires, which makes him an optional Draw target. Odin has the rare spell Triple that is especially potent junctioning spell, but the party must have a high Magic stat to be able to successfully draw it. Odin can also be mugged for a Luck-J Scroll.

If the player is victorious within the time limit, Odin will say:

"Thou art strong, mortals! I shall grant thee my powers."
"Call upon me in times of trouble..."

The timer does not stop as soon as Odin hits zero HP, so if the time runs out during his final battle scripts precisely as the battle is to end, the player can get the battle spoils, but after returning to the field still be ejected to the world map with a message of failure. The player must then battle Odin again, who is still found in his room, and the battle spoils can be obtained for a second time, including Odin's card; however, as it is Level 9 card the player can have only one in the inventory at any one time, so the second card will never be added to the card list.

In all versions of the game, it is possible to take a shortcut to Odin from the ruins' entrance by entering the Centra Ruins while holding the button to challenge others to card games (Square in the PS). The player is teleported to Odin's chamber with 1:30 left on the timer. However, if the player has not opened the stairs in the previous area, they cannot leave the ruins and will be stuck.

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In Germanic mythology, Odin (from Old Norse Óðinn) is a widely revered god. In Norse mythology, from which stems most of our information about the god, Odin is associated with healing, death, royalty, the gallows, knowledge, battle, sorcery, poetry, frenzy, and the runic alphabet, and is the husband of the goddess Frigg.

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