Ruby Dragon is an enemy and a mini-boss in Final Fantasy VIII. Squall and the party must fight two Ruby Dragons to confront Bahamut in the Deep Sea Research Center. Ruby Dragons are also fought as rare random encounters in Centra forests near Edea's Orphanage, and as common random encounters on Island Closest to Hell and Ultimecia Castle.

A Ruby Dragon is fought during a particular Laguna dream sequence. While shooting a movie at Vienne Mountains (with Laguna as the protagonist), a Ruby Dragon wanders onto the set in place of Kiros in a dragon suit. Both Laguna and the director mistake the dragon for Kiros, remarking how realistic the "costume" is. Upon realizing the dragon is real the director flees, leaving Laguna to fend it off with a gunblade before fleeing himself, only to encounter, battle and defeat it alongside Kiros a minute later.

The player can have Ward Zabac in this scene if they don't read the Timber Maniacs magazine in Shumi Village in Squall's time before the dream takes place.

Stats[edit | edit source]

Battle[edit | edit source]

Devouring a Ruby Dragon permanently raises the character's HP by 10.

Ruby Dragons are easier with only two party members, as then they don't use their devastating Breath attack, a non-elemental physical-based attack whose damage can be halved with Protect and defended against by junctioning a high-level spell in Vitality, such as Meltdown. Ruby Dragon will only use Breath if all three party members are alive. This also applies to Meteor and Firaga. So if there is at least one KO'd character, the dragon will only cast Fira and Aero.

It will cast Reflect on itself if one of the party members is also reflected.

High-level Ruby Dragons are valuable for as two potent spells can be drawn from them: Flare and Meteor.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Ruby Dragon is susceptible to Sleep, which can be exploited. Having Sleep junctioned to Status Attack is useful. Irvine is handy to have around against a sleeping Ruby Dragon, as his Limit Break, Shot, doesn't count as a physical attack, and thus will not wake it up. Demi is another good move to use while it's sleeping.

Ruby Dragon can also be defeated instantly with Quistis's Degenerator or Selphie's Rapture and The End Slot spells. A leveled up Diablos is also effective.

After acquiring the Tonberry GF in Centra Ruins its LV UP ability can augment Ruby Dragon enough for it to have Flare and Meteor in the draw list. It is advised to have high Magic (above 100) to successfully draw 9x Flare and Meteor per command.

Triple Triad[edit | edit source]

Ruby Dragon Card
TTRubyDragon.png Element Fire
Refine 10 refine into 1 Inferno Fang
Drop Ruby Dragon
Card Ruby Dragon
Level 5 (Monster Card) Win N/A

Other appearances[edit | edit source]

Pictlogica Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

PFF Ruby Dragon.png

Ruby Dragon from Final Fantasy VIII appears as an enemy in Pictlogica Final Fantasy.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[edit | edit source]

FFRK Ruby Dragon FFVIII.png

Ruby Dragon from Final Fantasy VIII appears as an enemy in Final Fantasy Record Keeper.

Triple Triad[edit | edit source]

170a Ruby Dragon.png

Ruby Dragon appears on a Triple Triad card in the version available via Final Fantasy Portal App with different values than in its Final Fantasy VIII card.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

A ruby is a pink to blood-red colored gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum (aluminium oxide). It is the birthstone for July. In this instance, the word ruby refers to the dragon's color.

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

Its Japanese name translates to Rubrum Dragon. Rubrum is Latin for "(the) red".

The colored dragons in Final Fantasy derive from Dungeons & Dragons, where red dragon is one of the chromatic evil-aligned dragons, and gem dragons are neutral, Sardior the Ruby Dragon being their deity.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Ruby Dragons are not usually fought at Vienne Mountain area, yet Laguna runs into one when filming a movie. Ruby Dragons suddenly appearing at the mountains may be because of the implied Lunar Cry near the area that left behind the Trabia Crater, induced by the Lunatic Pandora Laguna spots in the dream.
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