The Fiend of Wind, who dominates the heavens from her lofty perch.Description
Four hundred years ago Tiamat tossed the Lufenian civilization into ruin with only a village, a single airship, and her personal haunt left standing. With the Wind Crystal under her control, the wind itself began to die down.
As the first fiend to awaken, she is the most powerful of the Four Fiends, and uses several powerful attacks. A younger version of her appears on the fourth basement of the Chaos Shrine 2000 years in the past, where she is slightly stronger. Once she is defeated she dies again, preventing her from ever journeying to the future and wreaking havoc.
Tiamat uses elemental skills and physical prowess. Her skill cycle (50% chance to use) is:
Non-elemental magic, such as Flare and Holy, work given her resistances. The Nul- line of spells and Curtains shield against her party-wide elemental attacks. If a party member is poisoned, the party's White Wizard should keep using Healara to cure the physical damage instead of wasting turns using Poisona.
Tiamat's weaknesses mean that she can be instantly killed either by petrifying or poisoning her. Possible spells include Scourge (can be cast with Razer) or Break. In the Dawn of Souls and later remakes, a Cockatrice Claw can be used in place of the Break spell.
Tiamat is fought in the Chaos Shrine of the past along with the other fiends. She loses her weaknesses, but is powerful. She now uses magic 50% of the time. Her skills and skill cycle remain the same as before but are used less frequently (25% of the time). Her spell cycle is:
Behind the scenes
Even though Tiamat has six heads on her artwork, only four are visible in her NES/MSX sprites. Later versions are more accurate to the artwork.
In Dissidia Final Fantasy, Tiamat's summon file says she is called the "demonic dragon" and one of the rulers of hell, referring to Tiamat being one of the bosses of Pandaemonium in Final Fantasy II. The same description holds true to Tiamat's counterpart in Dungeons & Dragons, where she is encountered in the first of the nine planes of Hell.
Tiamat is a primordial goddess of the ocean in Mesopotamian religion. The game Dungeons & Dragons has Tiamat as a chromatic dragon, the Queen of the Evil Dragons, and as such the opposing deity to Bahamut, who is a platinum dragon and the King of Benevolent Dragons.
Tiamat in Final Fantasy refers to the deity of the same name from Dungeons & Dragons, who is depicted as a villainous, five-headed dragon. Both are named after the monster from Ancient Mesopotamian religion, who is often said to be the mother of dragons. Many elements in the original Final Fantasy are lifted from the Dungeons & Dragons.