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Mainly uses status-affecting attacks like Condemned, Disaster, Specter, and Elf Fire. You can also win by reducing his MP to 0, so try using Rasp and Osmose.

Final Fantasy VI PlayStation Bestiary entry

The Skull Dragon, formerly called Skull Drgn and SkulDrgn, is a boss in Final Fantasy VI. It is one of the eight legendary dragons, and is the dragon of the Poison element. The fiend is found in the final dungeon, along the path taken by the third party. Despite what its appearance might suggest, the Skull Dragon is not an undead enemy.

The Skull Dragon is re-fought in the Grand Cavern area of the Dragons' Den bonus dungeon in the Advance and subsequent releases. Both versions of Skull Dragon can be further re-fought in the Soul Shrine, as with most bosses in the game.


Kefka's Tower

Dragon's Den


First battle[]

Almost all of the Skull Dragon's attacks are status-inflicting moves. During its first three turns it either uses a normal attack, Doom, or Will o' the Wisp. On its fourth turn the Skull Dragon targets a random party member and uses Disaster on them, inflicting Darkness, Imp, Doom, Silence, Confuse, and Float.


Ribbons will nullify much of the threat it poses, and Safety Bits and Memento Rings will negate Doom.

There are two options to kill the Skull Dragon. The first is to use normal attack spells—like Firaga, Holy, and Ultima—to deplete its HP. The second is to use Rasp or Osmose to damage its MP as, compared to the other eight legendary dragons, Skull Dragon's MP is low. If the player comes in with their party members already low on MP and uses Osmose, it is possible to sap most of Skull Dragon's MP in the first turn.

Second battle[]

As with the other dragons, the Skull Dragon has been upgraded when faced in Dragons' Den. This time the player must deplete all of its MP to kill it, as depleting its HP will only cause it to regenerate. Since it has 14,000 MP, the battle is sure to protract. Just like before, most of its attacks are status-inflicting abilities.

Its new attack, Fear, inflicts Zombie. It uses Lv5 Death.

When defeated, the Seal of Darkness is broken and the player receives Gogo's ultimate weapon, the Scorpion Tail. It is not possible to kill Skull Dragon with Joker's Death; if one rolls 7-7-7 on Setzer's Slot, the dragon will regenerate.


Ribbons, as well as the that were handy in the last battle, are useful in this one as well; also, the player should ensure the party members are immune to LV5 Death. The party needs to repeatedly cast Rasp, then drain its MP with Osmose when a party member's MP runs low. If Terra is in a Trance, her Rasp will drain even more MP.


Number Enemies Encounter flags Introduction flag Musical theme Magic AP
Normal Back Surrounded Side
370 Skull Dragon Y N N N Out of sand The Decisive Battle 10
520 Skull Dragon Y N N N Out of sand Battle
557 Skull Dragon Y Y Y Y Sides, individual Battle
632 Skull Dragon Y N N N Sides, individual The Decisive Battle

AI script[]

First battle[]

Attack Turns:
1st Turn: Attack (33%) or Doom (33%) or Will o' the Wisp (33%)
2nd Turn: Attack (33%) or Doom (33%) or Apparition (33%)
3rd Turn: Attack (33%) or Doom (33%) or Will o' the Wisp (33%)
4th Turn: Target: Random Player

Disaster (100%)

If attacked by anything: Attack (33%)

Second battle[]

Attack Turns:
1st Turn: Attack (33%) or Fear (33%) or Lv. 5 Death (33%)
2nd Turn: Attack (33%) or Fear (33%) or Will o' the Wisp (33%)
3rd Turn: Fear (33%) or Bio (33%) or Disaster (33%)
4th Turn: Target: Terra

Disaster (100%)

If MP = 0: Skull Dragon dies

If killed (by bringing HP to 0):

Display message: Skull Dragon reanimates! It cannot die while it still has magic!
Revive Skull Dragon

If attacked by anything: Attack (33%) or Fear (33%)

Other appearances[]

Pictlogica Final Fantasy[]

PFF Skull Dragon.png

Skull Dragon from Final Fantasy VI appears as an enemy in Pictlogica Final Fantasy.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

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

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