Sacred is an optional boss in Final Fantasy VIII found in Tomb of the Unknown King. He is Minotaur's brother. After their defeat, the two join the party as the Brothers Guardian Force team of the Earth element. Sacred is fought twice, once alone, and again alongside his elder brother.
Stats[edit | edit source]
- Only used in second encounter while Minotaur is still alive
Battle[edit | edit source]
At the first battle against Sacred, he has only one attack: Smash. Once defeated, Sacred will escape, declaring that "THEY'RE PRETTY STRONG..."
In the second battle, Sacred joins forces with Minotaur. Together they can perform a special attack called Mad Cow Special, an Earth-elemental attack. They stop performing it once one of them is defeated.
The brothers will continuously heal themselves with Earth Regeneration as long as their feet are touching the ground.
Strategy[edit | edit source]
The player can block the brothers' Earth Regeneration by casting Float on the pair. A draw point containing Float can be found within the tomb for this purpose. Float can also be cast on the party to avoid the Mad Cow Special. The player can absorb the Mad Cow Special by junctioning Quake into Elem-Def-J.
The player can draw Life magic from the pair, which presents a good opportunity to use Limit Breaks; one can choose a character whose Limit Break they want to unleash, and let them get to HP Critical. If the character dies, they can be revived by draw-casting Life. It's advisable to concentrate the team's attacks in one of the pair, as they can no longer perform Mad Cow when one of them is defeated.
Sacred is weak to Wind and Poison, however, Elem-Atk-J junctions only affect normal physical attacks, not Limit Break damage. The player can junction Tornado on Elem-Atk-J (the player can play Triple Triad for Abyss Worm cards and then modify them into Windmills and refine them into Tornado spells). The weaker wind spell, Aero, also works and is more readily available. The player can junction Bios in Elem-Atk-J. Bios can be refined from Antidotes, which are available in shops.
Triple Triad[edit | edit source]
Sacred is a Triple Triad card used for playing the minigame and for turning into 100 Dino Bones with Quezacotl's Card Mod. It drops from Minotaur when the two Brothers are fought as bosses. The Sacred card is needed for the Queen of Cards sidequest.
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Etymology[edit | edit source]
The Japanese name is likely based on the Latin word secreto, while being deliberately similar to Sekhmet (セクメト, Sekumeto?) who is the brother of Minotaur in Final Fantasy V. In Egyptian mythology, Sekhmet was a blood-thirsty goddess with the head of a lion and the body of a woman in Upper Egypt.