Vinuskar is a boss in Final Fantasy XII found in the Stilshrine of Miriam. Vinuskar is a metal dragon supposedly built during the Galtean Alliance by followers of the ancient goddess Miriam, but elsewhere in the game Miriam is referred to as an ancient god. The battle is fought under the magnetic field handicap where wearing metallic equipment slows the character down.
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- Being a manufacted dragon of iron, set as guardian to a shrine where the followers of the ancient goddess Miriam once came to worship.
Though an eerie iron mask covers the three portions of its head, none alive know its meaning or purpose.
Nor is it known who created it, and in what age. The one thing we do know is that we no longer possess the knowledge necessary to manufact such a creature.
The Original Japanese Guidebook cites Vinuskar's MP as being 1320, but subsequent guides list it as 999.
|Slow||Use all battle (5%)|
|Break||Use all battle (5%)|
|Gnaw||Use all battle (25%)|
|Crown||HP <80% (100%)|
80% > HP > 50% repeat after next 6 commands (100%)
HP <50% repeat after next 10 commands (100%)
|Sword Dance||HP <50% (100%)|
Repeat after next 10 commands (100%)
|Lunge||Use all battle (25%)|
|Ignore Evade||When HP <50%|
|Counter||When HP <50%|
|Targeting||Attacks nearest enemy.|
Vinuskar is found in the Ward of Steel. There are three pits from which fire is spewed; Vinuskar will clamber up from the farthest pit. An immense gravitational field surrounds it; all metal weaponry and equipment is hideously slowed, and even spells take longer to cast. If the party equips any swords, hammers, axes, and the like, they could take three times as long to dish out a single attack. Guns and bows are unaffected.
Vinuskar is easy to defeat, although its attacks, Crown and Sword Dance, will deal considerable damage, and the former than inflict Confuse. Sword Dance is the shortest cinematic attack in the game, lasting just over 2 seconds.
It is useful to have a Sash available for each party member. The best way to defeat Vinuskar is by chaining Quickenings, as Quickenings have no charge time, deal large amounts of damage, and are unaffected by the magnetic field.
The name may be composed of "venus" and "skull". Venus is a Roman goddess, whose functions encompassed love, beauty, desire, sex, fertility, prosperity and victory. The name is also close to Vine, which is a demon listed in demonological grimoires described as a lion riding a black horse and carrying a viper.