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Boss Guide

by Lassarina Aoibhell

This guide is something new I'm trying to do. It's neither a walkthrough nor a bestiary, but more like a combination of the two. What you'll find here is a list, in order, of all the bosses in the game, including a table of contents so you can skip straight to the relevant one. This guide includes a boss's HP and MP, the items you can steal, what it will drop, and preparations and in-battle strategies. Please be aware that boss names can be spoilers! It doesn't cover anything else in the game, so if you're looking for that, check the Walkthroughs Page. I've tried to make this guide as complete and accurate as I can. Steal my work and I promise you will die a slow and painful death.


Steiner (First Fight)
Steiner (Second Fight)
Steiner (Third Fight)
Prison Cage
Baku
Black Waltz #1/Sealion
Black Waltz #2
Black Waltz #3 (First Fight)
Gizamaluke
General Beatrix (First Fight)


Black Waltz #3 (Second Fight)
Ralvurahva
Antlion
General Beatrix (Second Fight)
Zorn and Thorn
General Beatrix (Third Fight)
Ralvuimago
Lani
Hilgigars
Soulcage
Scarlet Hair


Tantarian
Ark
Valia Pira
Meltigemini
Taharka
Earth Guardian
Silver Dragon
Garland
Kuja


Nova Dragon
Maliris
Tiamat
Kraken
Lich
Deathguise
Trance Kuja
Necron

Other

Hades
Ozma

Disc One

Steiner (First Fight)
Level 1
HP 169
MP 523
Weakness None
AP 0
Steal Leather Hat, Silk Shirt
Drop None

Preparations: None

Tactics: Have Cinna steal while Zidane and Blank attack.

Steiner (Second Fight)
Level 1
HP 162
MP 620
Weakness None
AP 0
Steal None
Drop None

Preparations: None

Tactics: Use Vivi's magic while Zidane and Marcus attack. Garnet should heal the party.

Steiner (Third Fight)
Level 1
HP 167
MP 770
Weakness None
AP 0
Steal None
Drop None

Preparations: None

Tactics: Have Zidane and Marcus attack while Garnet heals the party and Vivi uses magic.

Prison Cage (First Fight)
Level 2
HP 513 (first part), 533 (second part)
MP 1186
Weakness Fire
AP 3
Steal Broadsword, Leather Wrist
Drop Phoenix Down, Eye Drops, Goblin Card

Preparations: Make sure you have plenty of Potions!

Tactics: During the first half of this battle, Garnet is held captive by the Prison Cage, which will drain her HP. Hit it hard and fast and use Potions to heal her. Vivi should repeatedly cast Fire while Zidane and Steiner use physical attacks. Zidane will Trance, so make sure you take advantage of the added power this gives you.

During the second part of the fight, Prison Cage captures Vivi. Vivi will continually cast Fire, so have Steiner attack and Zidane steal. Use Potions to heal yourself.

Baku
Level 2
HP 202
MP 1285
Weakness None
AP 0
Steal Hi-Potion, Iron Sword
Drop None

Preparations: None

Tactics: Steal Baku's items and attack. Use Potions if your HP is depleted.

Plant Brain
Level 7
HP 916
MP 1431
Weakness Fire
AP 2
Steal Iron Helm, Eye Drops
Drop Phoenix Down

Preparations: If you have it in your inventory, equip Steiner with the Iron Sword. Give Vivi the Leather Wrist and Silk Shirt.

Tactics: Have Vivi cast Fire constantly and use Steiner's Magic Sword. Zidane should steal. Don't forget to keep your party's HP high. Use Eye Drops when the boss uses Pollen. Blank will join you partway through, so have him help Vivi and Steiner whittle away the boss's HP.

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Black Waltz #1 and Sealion
Level Black Waltz: 2, Sealion: 3
HP Black Waltz: 229, Sealion: 472
MP Black Waltz: 9999, Sealion: 9999
Weakness Fire
AP 5
Steal Black Waltz: Silk Shirt, Remedy; Sealion: Mythril Dagger, Ether
Drop Hi-Potion, Phoenix Down, Fang Card

Preparations: Make sure Zidane has his best armour and weapon equipped. The Mage Masher is your best choice.

Tactics: Keep Zidane's HP high with Potions. It is worthwhile to put off attacking until you've stolen all the available items, because they're really nice. When Zidane Trances, unleash Tidal Flame on them both.

Black Waltz #2
Level 6
HP 1030
MP 3017
Weakness Fire
AP 5
Steal Steepled Hat, Leather Plate
Drop Ether, Zaghnol Card

Preparations: Make sure Vivi has the Leather Wrist equipped. Buy Bronze Armor for Steiner and make sure he has Bird Killer equipped.

Tactics: Have Dagger use Protect and Cure on the party. This enemy's weakness is Fire, but he retaliates if you attack him with anything other than Blizzard. Therefore, Vivi should cast Blizzard and Steiner should either attack or use Blizzard Sword. Zidane should steal and attack.

Black Waltz #3 (First Fight)
Level 7
HP 1128
MP 2080
Weakness Thunder
AP 0
Steal Steepled Hat, Linen Cuirass, Silver Gloves
Drop None

Preparations: See the list for Black Waltz #2 above.

Tactics: Zidane should steal everything this boss has, because he's carrying great items. Dagger should cure everyone, while Vivi and Steiner use Thunder attacks. Make sure that you stop attacking and only steal or cure when it lifts into the air.

Gizamaluke
Level 16
HP 3175
MP 502
Weakness Thunder
AP 5
Steal Ice Staff, Magus Hat, Elixir
Drop Tent

Preparations: Equip Zidane with The Ogre.

Tactics: Have Zidane use Soul Blade to blind Gizamaluke, and then steal every turn thereafter until you get all the goodies this boss has. Quina should heal the party, and cast Mighty Guard if possible. Have Freya jump while Vivi casts Thunder.

General Beatrix (First Fight)
Level 14
HP 3630
MP 3467
Weakness None
AP 0
Steal Chain Plate, Mythril Sword, Phoenix Down
Drop None

Preparations: Equip Vivi with the Lightning Staff and Magus Hat. Give Zidane the Bandit ability. Freya should equip the Mythril Spear.

Tactics: Have Freya cast Reis's Wind first thing, and recast as necessary. Then have her and Quina focus on healing Vivi, as Beatrix will focus her attacks solely on him until he is wiped out. In the meantime, have Zidane steal every turn. Once you've gotten all of the lovely general's lovely items, pound her into the ground with Thundara and Blizzara. Mighty Guard is a help if you have it. Once you've depleted half her HP she will use Shock on your party.

Disc Two

Black Waltz #3 (Second Fight)
Level 9
HP 1272
MP 344
Weakness None
AP 5
Steal Lightning Staff, Steepled Hat
Drop None

Preparations: None

Tactics: Marcus should steal, while Steiner attacks and Dagger cures and uses Protect.

Ralvurahva
Level 13
HP 2296
MP 3649
Weakness None
AP 0
Steal Bone Wrist, Mythril Fork
Drop None

Preparations: Make sure both Dagger and Steiner have Antibody equipped.

Tactics: Dagger should cast Protect and Cure as needed. Marcus should steal while Steiner attacks.

Antlion
Level 16
HP 3938
MP 3950
Weakness Wind
AP 5
Steal Gold Helm, Mythril Vest, Annoyntment
Drop Ether, Annoyntment

Preparations: Equip Desert Boots on as many characters as possible.

Tactics: Have Freya cast Reis's Wind immediately. The Antlion will retaliate against physical attacks, so use skills and magic. Vivi should use Blizzara. Have Quina either cast Mighty Guard or Aqua Breath, while Zidane steals and uses his Thief's skills.

General Beatrix (Second Fight)
Level 17
HP 4736
MP 3964
Weakness Ice
AP 0
Steal Ice Brand, Thunder Gloves, Phoenix Down
Drop None

Preparations: Equip Mythril Gloves to Freya and a Bandana to Zidane. This will allow you to equip them with the Man Eater ability. Make sure Vivi can cast Slow.

Tactics: Start the fight by casting Slow, Mighty Guard, and Reis's Wind. Then have Zidane steal, Vivi cast Blizzara and Quina and Freya attack. Again, when you've cut down half her HP, she will take your party out.

Zorn and Thorn
Level Zorn: 16, Thorn: 16
HP Zorn: 4896, Thorn: 2984
MP Zorn: 9999, Thorn: 9999
Weakness Ice
AP 0
Steal Zorn: Stardust Rod, Partisan; Thorn: Mythril Armlet, Mythril Armor
Drop

Preparations: None

Tactics: Zidane should steal. Use a physical attack on the appropriate twin to negate Flare Power or Meteor Power. Freya should use Reis's wind. Have Vivi cast Slow and then use Blizzara, while Steiner uses the Blizzara Sword.

General Beatrix (Third Battle)
Level 19
HP 5703
MP 4203
Weakness Ice
AP 0
Steal Survival Vest, Ice Brand, Phoenix Down
Drop None

Preparations: Equip Man Eater on anyone who can.

Tactics: Vivi should use Slow and Blizzara, while Freya uses Reis's Wind and her jump ability. Have Steiner either attack or use Blizzara Sword while Zidane makes off with the lovely lady's goodies.

Ralvuimago
Level 18
HP 3352
MP 584
Weakness Ice
AP 7
Steal Oak Staff, Adaman Vest, Phoenix Down
Drop Ether

Preparations: None

Tactics: Have Dagger cast Shell and Protect on everyone. Vivi should cast Ice spells while Zidane steals. When the boss coils up, stop attacking, and heal and keep trying to steal its items. You can continue to cast Blizzara during this time.

Lani
Level 19
HP 5708
MP 4802
Weakness None
AP 0
Steal Coral Sword, Gladius, Ether
Drop None

Preparations: Equip Man Eater on Zidane and make sure Dagger can summon Ramuh

Tactics: Have Dagger cast Protect and Shell on herself. Lani will focus her attacks on the Princess, so just have Dagger keep herself alive. Vivi should cast Fira, Blizzara, or Thundara. Have Quina attack, while Zidane steals the busty bounty hunter's treasures.

Hilgigars
Level 28
HP 8106
MP 908
Weakness Thunder
AP 9
Steal Fairy Flute, Mythril Fork, Phoenix Down
Drop Elixir, Tent

Preparations: Equip Man Eater on Zidane.

Tactics: Have Dagger or Eiko cast Float on the party. Vivi should cast Bio or Thundara, and Dagger should summon Ramuh. Have Eiko heal and recast Float as necesary while Zidane steals. This boss has a very nice item--the Fairy Flute--but it's damn near impossible to get, so be aware of that.

Soulcage
Level 26
HP 9765
MP 862
Weakness None
AP 9
Steal Brigandine, Magician Cloak, Oak Staff
Drop Elixir, Phoenix Pinion

Preparations: Equip Auto-Potion and Undead Killer. Make sure Eiko can summon Phoenix.

Tactics: Have Dagger cure the party. Eiko should summon Phoenix whenever a party member is KO'd. Use Zidane's Trance if he Trances, and have him keep stealing otherwise. Vivi should stick to status spells like Slow, as Fire magic will cause a nasty retaliation.

Scarlet Hair
Level 22
HP 8985
MP 5865
Weakness None
AP 9
Steal Poison Knuckles, Ether
Drop Tent

Preparations: Equip Zidane with Man Eater, Auto-Potion and High Tide

Tactics: Only attack the boss when he's in the center of the battle area. When Zidane Trances, you don't need a high powered Dyne attack to take this boss out.

Disc Three

Tantarian
Level 41
HP 21,997
MP 1456
Weakness None
AP 30
Steal Demon's Mail, Silver Fork, Elixir, Ether
Drop Running Shoes

Preparations: This is an optional boss. Equip Demon Killer if available, and give everyone Antibody and either Auto-Regen or Auto-Potion. Give Amarant the Poison Knuckles and equip Bandit on Zidane.

Tactics: Cause the book form 150 to 200 points of damage. This causes it to reveal its true form. Stop attacking when it reveals its demon form! Use only skills or magic. Cast Freya's Reis's Wind to help heal your party.

Ark
Level 38
HP 20,008
MP 1374
Weakness Shadow
AP 11
Steal Holy Lance, Power Vest, Elixir
Drop Pumice Piece

Preparations: Equip everyone with Clear Headed. Equip Chemist on Freya if possible.

Tactics: Have Freya cast Reis's Wind and either jump (if she cannot equip Chemist) or use Potions and Hi-Potions to heal the rest of the party if she can use Chemist. Use Steiner's Power Break and Armor Break skills if he is in your party. Have Zidane steal and Amarant attack. Quina should attack. Hopefully you left the mages in the Desert Palace.

Valia Pira
Level 36
HP 12,119
MP 9999
Weakness Water
AP 11
Steal None
Drop Ether, Elixir

Preparations: Make sure you equip the N-Kai Armlet to Vivi and make sure Dagger can summon Leviathan.

Tactics: Have Vivi and Steiner use Water-elemental attacks. If you left any of your other heavy hitters behind, have them pound on Valia Pira. Dagger should summon Leviathan and she or Eiko must cure the party.

Meltigemini
Level 42
HP 24,348
MP 1570
Weakness Mini
AP 11
Steal Demon's Vest, Golden Hairpin, Vaccine
Drop Vaccine x2

Preparations: Equip everyone with Antibody and Demon Killer if possible.

Tactics: Cast Mini against Meltigemini and use Vaccines when they infect you with Virus. Other than that, steal and pound them into the ground.

Taharka
Level 46
HP 29,186
MP 1776
Weakness Flare
AP 11
Steal Orichalcon, Mythril Claws, Elixir
Drop None

Preparations: Equip everyone with Auto-Potion or Auto-Regen. Make sure Dagger can summon Bahamut and Vivi can cast Flare.

Tactics: Have Freya use Reis's Wind. Have Vivi and Steiner use Flare attacks while Dagger summons Bahamut. When the boss curls up, use skills like Zidane's Thievery.

Earth Guardian
Level 54
HP 20,756
MP 2234
Weakness Wind
AP 11
Steal Rubber Suit, Avenger
Drop Phoenix Pinion

Preparations: Equip Demon Killer and Bandit.

Tactics: Have Quina use Mighty Guard and Bad Breath. Zidane should steal, and use his Dyne attacks if he Trances.

Silver Dragon
Level 58
HP 24,055
MP 9999
Weakness None
AP 13
Steal Kaiser Knuckles, Dragon Mail, Elixir, Ether
Drop Wing Edge

Preparations: Equip abilities that protect against status ailments, especially Locomotion, and try to equip Man Eater on as many people as possible.

Tactics: Have Eiko summon Madeen and Dagger summon Bahamut. Make sure you save some MP though, as there are two more boss fights right after this one. Also, make sure you steal. The Dragon Mail is a great item. Make use of powerful physical attacks and Zidane's Thievery or Freya's Dragon Crest.

Garland
Level 62
HP 40,728
MP 9999
Weakness None
AP 0
Steal Dark Gear, Ninja Gear, Battle Boots
Drop None

Preparations: See the Silver Dragon above. Equip Boost on Dagger and Eiko if you have the ability stones to spare.

Tactics: Use skills like Zidane's Thievery and Freya's Dragon Crest on this boss. Have Steiner perform his most powerful attack skills, while Vivi casts Flare and Dagger summons Bahamut or heals. Eiko should heal or summon Madeen. And of course, steal steal steal!

Kuja
Level 64
HP 42,382
MP 9999
Weakness None
AP 0
Steal Light Robe, Carabini Mail, Ether
Drop None

Preparations: None

Tactics: Have Quina cast Lv4 Holy if s/he knows it. Eiko should summon Madeen and Dagger should summon Bahamut; both should heal as necessary. Have Freya cast Reis's Wind and then cast Dragon Crest every turn, while Zidane uses Thievery and steals. Steiner should use his most powerful attack skills, while Vivi casts his best magic.

Disc Four

Nova Dragon
Level 67
HP 54,940
MP 9999
Weakness None
AP 13
Steal Grand Armor, Dragon Wrist, Remedy
Drop Wing Edge

Preparations: Use Freya, Steiner, Zidane, and Dagger. Equip Zidane with Bandit and Freya with the Dragon Killer ability. Equip Steiner, Zidane, and Freya with Bird Killer.

Tactics: Zidane should steal this boss's excellent items. Have Freya cast Reis's Wind and then repeatedly use Dragon Crest. Steiner should use Shock and his "Break" skills. Dagger should heal the party and summon Bahamut or Ark (if you've already beaten Ozma and won the Pumice from him).

Maliris
Level 72
HP 59,497
MP 3381
Weakness Ice, Water
AP 10
Steal Masamune, Ultima Sword, Genji Armor
Drop Phoenix Pinion

Preparations: Equip Body Temp on everyone.

Tactics: Have Vivi cast Blizzaga and Dagger summon Shiva, while Zidane steals and Steiner, Freya, or Amarant attacks.

Tiamat
Level 72
HP 59,494
MP 3381
Weakness Earth
AP 10
Steal Grand Helm, Feather Boots, Blood Sword
Drop Wing Edge

Preparations: Equip everyone with items that absorb or negate Wind damage, and make sure everyone has Clear Headed equipped.

Tactics: Have Eiko summon Fenrir and Vivi cast Meteor. Steiner should use Shock, Freya should use Six Dragons, and Amarant should use No Mercy, while Zidane steals.

Kraken
Level 72
HP 59,496
MP 3380
Weakness Fire
AP 10
Steal Gluttons' Robe, Wizard Rod, Genji Helmet
Drop Ether, Phoenix Pinion

Preparations: Use armor that nullifies or absorbs water, and the Body Temp ability.

Tactics: Steal. Use Thievery, Dragon's Crest, Shock, Firaga, Ifrit, and No Mercy. Take out the tentacles first, as these can cause nasty damage to your party.

Lich
Level 71
HP 58,544
MP 9999
Weakness Thunder, Wind
AP 10
Steal Black Robe, Siren's Flute, Genji Gloves
Drop Phoenix Down, Phoenix Pinion

Preparations: Equip Locomotion. Have Eiko equip a Moonstone.

Tactics: Have Eiko summon Madeen or Fenrir (if equipped with a Moonstone.) Use Shock, Thievery, Dragon Crest, or No Mercy depending on who's in your party. Dagger should summon Bahamut or Ark, or heal the party. Use Quina's Twister spell if you can.

Deathguise
Level 74
HP 55,535
MP 9999
Weakness None
AP 0
Steal Duel Claws, Black Belt, Elixir
Drop Wing Edge

Preparations: Equip Bug Killer and Bird Killer and Demon Killer.

Tactics: Pound this boss with your most powerful attacks, physical and magical. Make sure you leave the room and save afterward!

Trance Kuja
Level 76
HP 55,535
MP 9999
Weakness None
AP 0
Steal Rebirth Ring, White Robe, Ether
Drop None

Preparations: Equip Freya with High Jump. Use Auto-Life, Auto-Reflect, Counter, and High Tide.

Tactics: Have Eiko use Carbuncle to cast either Reflect or Shell on your party, and keep both her and Dagger in the party to heal. Use powerful physical attacks rather than magic. Unleash Grand Lethal as soon as Zidane Trances.

Necron
Level 69
HP 54,100
MP 9999
Weakness Wind, Holy
AP 0
Steal Elixir
Drop None

Preparations: Equip Jelly, Antibody, Clear Headed, Loudmouth, High Tide, Auto-Regen and Auto-Life. Add Boost if you have the ability stones for it. Equip people with Pumice Pieces or Demon's Mail/Demon's Vest to protect against Shadow damage.

Tactics: Go all-out. Summon Madeen and cast Holy. Use Shock, Thievery, Dragon Crest, No Mercy, and Flare. Do not cast Doomsday, as it will heal Necron. Summon Bahamut and keep your HP high! Simply unload on this boss with every attack your party has, because this is it.

Hades
Level 92
HP 55,535
MP 9999
Weakness None
AP 30
Steal Robe of Lords, Battle Boots, Running Shoes, Reflect Ring
Drop Elixir, Wing Edge

Preparations: Equip Bright Eyes, Auto-Life, Antibody, Clear Headed, Loudmouth, Body Temp and Auto-Regen.

Tactics: DO NOT have Dagger summon Ark, as it will heal Hades. Use Shock, Thievery, Dragon Crest, No Mercy, and cast Flare and summon Bahamut or Madeen. Holy is also a good choice. Have Quina use Lv4 Holy.

Ozma
Level 99
HP 55,535
MP 9999
Weakness Wind, Holy
AP 100
Steal Elixir, Robe of Lords, Dark Matter, Pumice Piece
Drop Pumice Piece (or Pumice if you already have two Pumice Pieces), Dark Matter (if you don't already have it)

Preparations: Equip Antibody, Clear Headed, and armor or accessories that absorb Shadow damage. Use a party of Eiko, Freya, Steiner, and Zidane, especially if you have completed the Friendly Monsters quest.

Tactics: Cast Holy and summon Madeen. Use Gysahl Greens to undo Berserk. Use Shock, Dragon Crest and Thievery to pound Ozma, and remember that when he casts Doomsday it will heal him for 9999. Ozma is also capable of casting Curaga on itself, so you have to hit hard and fast and make sure you take him down quickly. USE YOUR TRANCES.

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