Attacks with Fire 3 and Flare Star. Also uses Flare and L.4 Flare. You can win relatively easily with cold elemental attacks.

Final Fantasy VI PlayStation Bestiary entry

Red Dragon's field sprite.

The Red Dragon is a boss in Final Fantasy VI. It is one of the eight legendary dragons, and is the dragon of the Fire element. The Red Dragon is found in the Phoenix Cave, near the end of the dungeon. As with the other dragons, it is re-fought in the Dragons' Den bonus dungeon in the Advance, mobile and Steam releases. Both versions of Red Dragon can be further re-fought in the Soul Shrine, as with most bosses in the game.

Stats[edit | edit source]

Phoenix Cave

Dragon's Den

Battle[edit | edit source]

First battle[edit | edit source]

The Red Dragon uses Fire-elemental spells, casting Fira and Fireball for much of the battle. When its HP drops to 10,240, the Red Dragon casts Flare and Firaga. It has an equal chance of using Southern Cross, Flare Star, or Level 4 Flare on regular intervals, the latter of which can be avoided at the correct levels. If the player attempts to use Reflect, the Red Dragon will use Eraser to remove it from the entire party.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Blizzaga and Flare spells are effective, as is having Shadow throw Tridents. Poisoning it early in the fight is also a viable option; it will eventually kill the dragon even if the party is forced into recovery-based tactics.

Second battle[edit | edit source]

Red Dragon uses its life force to power itself up, and cannot be harmed by the player's attacks. Instead, the Red Dragon dies if the party survives long enough for its life force to be completely drained. The dragon will constantly use powerful spells, such as Flare, Flare Star, and Meltdown, and its physical attack inflicts high damage and can be used several times in a row. It uses a new special attack, called Red Fang, which inflicts Death. Before it dies, it casts Ultima followed by Flare in a final attack.

When the player wins, the Seal of Fire shatters, and the player receives Terra's ultimate weapon, the Apocalypse.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Shell, Protect, Reflect, and Celes's Runic are vital, as is regular healing with Curaga. Equipping Flame Shield allows the wielder to absorb fire-based damage. Casting Reraise on all party members is a good idea. It is also possible to use Quick and wait until the Red Dragon's timer is up.

Formations[edit | edit source]

Number Enemies Encounter flags Introduction flag Musical theme Magic AP
Normal Back Surrounded Side
372 Red Dragon Y N N N Sides, individual The Decisive Battle 10
522 Red Dragon Y N N N Sides, individual Battle
559 Red Dragon Y Y Y Y Sides, individual Battle
629 Red Dragon Y N N N Sides, individual The Decisive Battle

AI script[edit | edit source]

First battle[edit | edit source]

Attack Turns:
1st Turn: Fira (66%) or Fireball (33%)
2nd Turn: Fira (66%) or Fireball (33%)

Unset Var36

If HP <= 10240:

1st Turn: Flare (66%) or Firaga (33%)
2nd Turn: Flare (66%) or Firaga (33%)
Unset Var36

If Timer >= 40:

Set Timer = 0
Southern Cross (33%) or Lv. 4 Flare (33%) or Flare Star (33%)

If Var36 is not set:

If Character #1 has Reflect status:
Target: Character #1
Eraser (100%)
Display message: Reflect removed.
Set Var36
If Character #2 has Reflect status:
Target: Character #2
Eraser (100%)
Display message: Reflect removed.
Set Var36
If Character #3 has Reflect status:
Target: Character #3
Eraser (100%)
Display message: Reflect removed.
Set Var36
If Character #4 has Reflect status:
Target: Character #4
Eraser (100%)
Display message: Reflect removed.
Set Var36

If attacked by anything: Attack (33%)

Second battle[edit | edit source]

At beginning of battle:

Red Dragon becomes invincible
Set Timer = 0
Display message: Red Dragon is sacrificing life force to make itself stronger!

Attack Turns:
1st Turn: Attack (33%) or Red Fang (33%) or Firaga (33%)

Attack (33%) or Red Fang (33%) or Meltdown (33%)
Attack (33%) or Red Fang (33%) or Flare (33%)

2nd Turn: Attack (100%)

Attack (100%)
Attack (100%)
Attack (100%)
Attack (100%)
Attack (100%)
Attack (100%)
Attack (100%)

3rd Turn: Blaze (100%)

Flare Star (100%)

If Timer >= 100:

Ultima (100%)
Flare (100%)
Display message: Red Dragon's life force has expired...
Red Dragon dies, Battle Over

Other appearances[edit | edit source]

Pictlogica Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper[edit | edit source]

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Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

General in Bahamut Lagoon.

The sprite that is shared between Red Dragon, Great Dragon, Holy Dragon, and Dragon is virtually identical to the sprite found in some of the Thunderh class dragons in Bahamut Lagoon. Namely the Pontilac and General.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

A dragon is a legendary creature, typically with serpentine or reptilian traits, that features in the myths of many cultures.

Chromatic dragon is a classification of dragon in the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons who are typically of evil alignment, in contrast to the metallic dragons, and their queen is Tiamat. White, black, green, blue and red dragons are the classic chromatic dragons. Final Fantasy has derived a lot of influence from D&D, especially the early series. Red dragons are the largest and most powerful of the classic chromatic dragons who regard other chromatic dragons as inferior and make home inside active volcanoes or mountains. Red dragons use their powerful breath first, followed by physical strikes, then magical attacks.

Related enemies[edit | edit source]

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