Uses mainly wind attacks, like Wind Slash, Rage, and Aero. His Wing attack can kill on the spot, so defend with Golem. Thunder Shield also makes a good defense.Final Fantasy VI PlayStation Bestiary entry
It is located in Mt. Zozo, near the mountain's save point. Not far from the save point is a switch that opens a treasure chest, releasing the Storm Dragon to fly around the cavern, attacking the player when it comes in contact. This makes the Storm Dragon the only enemy that can be fought when standing on a save point. Despite likely being one of the first of the eight legendary dragons the player faces, it is arguably one of the most difficult to defeat, possessing the most HP and a variety of group-hitting attacks.
The Storm Dragon is re-fought in the Earth Labyrinth area of the Dragons' Den bonus dungeon in the Advance, mobile and Steam releases. Both versions of the Storm Dragon can be further re-fought in the Soul Shrine, as with most bosses in the game.
In the original Super NES release, Storm Dragon's field sprite is black. In the Advance release the dragon's field sprite is blue. This is because the Advance release uses lighter palettes than the Super NES release, and thus the formerly black Storm Dragon appears blue.
The Storm Dragon attacks with Rage, Wind Slash, Aero, and Cyclonic, the latter of which is especially dangerous since it puts the party in critical status leaving it vulnerable to being wiped out if Storm Dragon uses Aero on its next turn. Its special attack, Wing Sabre, deals high damage to a single target, and it counterattacks often. The Storm Dragon is weak to Lightning.
Thundaga, Flare, and Ultima spells are most effective as well as abilities that ignore defense such as Tools, Bushido, Blitzes, and Throw. If the player faces the Storm Dragon immediately after acquiring the Falcon, Edgar should attack with his Chainsaw, Sabin should attack with Phantom Rush if he has visited Duncan, while Celes and Setzer should use magic and heal when necessary.
If the player is unable to defeat the Storm Dragon, they should return after recruiting Terra and exploring the Zone Eater's Belly for a second Thunder Shield. With a party of Celes, Terra, and two other characters, the player can divide two Minerva Bustiers and two Thunder Shields among the party and thus negate much of the Storm Dragon's offense. Additionally, Rasp can deplete all of its relatively small MP so that it cannot use Aero or Cyclonic.
In the Dragons' Den, the Storm Dragon's Evasion and Magic Evasion are high. It still uses Cyclonic, Wind Slash, Aero, and Leaf Swirl, but relies less on them and more on its new special attack, Icarus Wing, which does heavy physical damage. Once its HP is decreased to 25,600, Storm Dragon will attempt to give itself Image and Haste statuses, accompanied by the text "Storm Dragon cloaks itself in wind! Speed and evasion increased!" Storm Dragon is immune to Image and so it only gains Haste status.
Due to the Storm Dragon's high evasion and magic evasion, the player should use spells and attacks that cannot miss. Spells such as Ultima and Grand Delta are good options. Tools, Bushido, Blitzes, and Throw also fit the bill.
|Number||Enemies||Encounter flags||Introduction flag||Musical theme||Magic AP|
|367||Storm Dragon||Sides, individual||The Decisive Battle||10|
|554||Storm Dragon||Sides, individual||Battle||—|
|633||Storm Dragon||Sides, individual||The Decisive Battle||—|
1st Turn: Attack (33%) or Wind Slash (33%) or Leaf Swirl (33%)
2nd Turn: Attack (66%) or Wind Slash (33%)
If HP <= 15360:
- 1st Turn: Attack (66%) or Aero (33%)
- 2nd Turn: Attack (33%) or Wing Sabre (33%) or Cyclonic (33%)
If attacked by anything: Attack (33%)
1st Turn: Attack (66%) or Cyclonic (33%)
2nd Turn: Attack (66%) or Icarus Wing (33%)
- Attack (66%) or Icarus Wing (33%)
3rd Turn: Attack (100%)
- Attack (33%) or Wind Slash (33%) or Leaf Swirl (33%)
If HP <= 25600:
- Gains Image and Haste status
- Display message: Storm Dragon cloaks itself in wind! Speed and evasion increased!
- Set Var36
If Var36 is set:
- 1st Turn: Attack (66%) or Aero (33%)
- Attack (66%) or Cyclonic (33%)
- 2nd Turn: Attack (66%) or Icarus Wing (33%)
- Attack (66%) or Tornado (33%)
- 3rd Turn: Icarus Wing (100%)
- Icarus Wing (100%)
If attacked by anything: Attack (33%) or Nothing (66%)
- Attack (33%) or Nothing (66%)