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Bahamut is Fang's Eidolon in Final Fantasy XIII and one of Lightning's Eidolons in Final Fantasy XIII-2. A dark version of Bahamut is Caius Ballad's Eidolon in Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, known as "Chaos Bahamut". Bahamut uses powerful non-elemental attacks, and his high attacking stats and speed make him the Eidolon with the best damage-dealing potential.

Profile Edit

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Bahamut is a deep purple mechanical humanoid with draconic features, such as his red claws. In Gestalt mode, he transforms into a flying mechanical wyvern, which Fang can ride. His dragon appearance complements Fang's role as a Dragoon.

The text in Bahamut's summon animation reads (in Latin written in Etro script):

By the grace of Etro emerge from the midnight void. Come forth, master of the rift.
A name in blood, a pact of ruin. Bahamut shall rise, his bond eternal and unyielding.
Shoulder the sky. Enfold the earth.

Story Edit

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow. (Skip section)

Final Fantasy XIII Edit

Bahamut Fifth Ark

Bahamut attacks in the Fifth Ark.

Eidolons reside in Valhalla, the middle realm between the mortal realm and the unseen realm of the dead. They respond to Goddess Etro, who reigns this realm and sends the Eidolons out to l'Cie who struggle with their Focus.

Bahamut is fought by Fang, Lightning and Vanille in the Fifth Ark's final area called The Apse, where Fang turns against the party when they plan to defy their Focus. She inadvertently summons Bahamut, and after her friends help subdue the dragon, Fang relents and agrees to look for a way remove their l'Cie brands rather than seek to fulfill their Focus. Fang's eidolith manifests as a pink fang-shaped petal that emerges from her brand when she calls forth Bahamut to aid her in battle.

They find an old Pulsian airship and fly it through a portal, emerging in Gran Pulse's atmosphere. The airship is destroyed by a wild wyvern, but Fang summons Bahamut midair and they ride its Gestalt Mode form to the surface. Bahamut is again summoned by Fang when the party returns to Cocoon from heir excursion on Gran Pulse. They crash a grand prix event in Eden and ride through the racetrack with their Eidolons in Gestalt Mode. After Cocoon is destroyed and crystallized, Fang and Vanille stay in perpetual crystal stasis in the crystal pillar's core.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Fragments AfterEdit

Other Eidolons besides Bahamut are forbidden from entering Etro's temple. After Lightning was erased from history and brought to Valhalla, she defeats Odin to make a new pact with him (as she is no longer a l'Cie), and rides him to Etro's temple where she is challenged by Bahamut. During the fight Lightning loses her weapon, but her moogle companion Mog transforms into a bowsword for her to use to overcome the Eidolon, and Bahamut comes to serve Lightning. Standing before the goddess's throne, a brief oneness with Etro enables Lightning to understand the goddess's isolation and her love towards mankind, and she agrees to become her champion and defend her.

Final Fantasy XIII-2Edit

XIII-2 Caius Ballad is an immortal Guardian to the seeress Paddra Nsu-Yeul who has come to Valhalla to kill Etro to bring about the end of the world. He has the power to incarnate summon Bahamut, his version being known as Chaos Bahamut, from his time as a l'Cie before gaining immortality. Lightning defends Etro's temple from him and his Rift Beasts with her army of Eidolons. When she spots Noel Kreiss fall from Etro's gate in the sky, she summons Bahamut to catch him.

Caius keeps incarnate summoning Chaos Bahamut during his various encounters against Lightning, and her sister Serah Farron whom Noel teams up to foil Caius's plans. When the two finally confront him in Valhalla, he splits his being into three, calling forth Jet Bahamut, Amber Bahamut and Garnet Bahamut. Defeated, Caius fades away.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Edit

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Bahamut in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

After Fang awoke from her crystal stasis, she no longer has her l'Cie brand and isn't known to have summoned Bahamut. In the dying world of Nova Chrysalia no one ages or can have children, and Caius, despite being killed by Noel, has returned due to his soul having become part of the Chaos itself that erodes the world. When Lightning seeks to save his soul as the savior, Caius retaliates and summons Chaos Bahamut to his side to fight Lightning and prove he cannot die even if he wants to.

The Eidolons aid their former allies in the final assault on the god Bhunivelze. After the end of time and the beginning of a new, god-free universe, the Eidolons disappear to reincarnate, bidding farewell to their former masters.

Spoilers end here.

Gameplay Edit

Boss Edit

Bahamut appears before the group in the Fifth Ark, where he is fought by Fang, Lightning and Vanille.

Bahamut yields to those who amass chain bonuses, to those who defend against and endure attacks, and to those who weaken and debilitate their enemies. He inflicts Doom on Fang at the beginning of the battle.

Chaos Bahamut appears as a boss in Final Fantasy XIII-2, as summoned by Caius Ballad.

Summon Edit

Final Fantasy XIII - Summoning Bahamut

Final Fantasy XIII - Summoning Bahamut

Gestalt Mode & Mega Flare

Bahamut uses powerful non-elemental attacks, making him the Eidolon with the highest damage-dealing potential. As Bahamut's SP is rather low, it may be a good idea for Fang to assume the role of Sentinel to increase the summoning time, as well as to boost Bahamut's Gestalt Gauge whenever Fang is attacked while blocking. The more Gestalt Gauge the player can build before going into Gestalt Mode, the more attacks they can get while in Gestalt, and the more powerful Megaflare will be.

Fang's Gestalt Gauge increases by driving up enemy chain gauges, defending against attacks and inflicting status ailments upon enemies. In Gestalt mode, Bahamut allows Fang to ride him. His concept is Aerial Raver.

Stats Edit

Bahamut has 5 ATB slots.

Rank SP PA MA
8 13702 708 601
9 23112 2491 2117
10 28044 2918 2480
11 30848 3210 2728
12 33933 3531 3001
13 37326 3884 3301
14 41058 4273 3632
15 47217 4917 4176
16 56661 5896 5011

Abilities Edit

Ability ATB Cost Description
Dragon Claws 1 Inflicts physical damage on one opponent.
Whirlwind 1 Inflicts physical damage to opponents within a small radius and launches them in the air when staggered.
Umbral Vise 1 Inflicts major physical damage on one opponent.
Inferno 1 Inflicts major magic damage on one opponent.
Ignis 3 Inflicts magic damage on opponents within a wide radius.
Curaga 1 Restores major HP to one ally.
Arise Auto Revive ally from KO with full HP. Instantly dismisses Eidolon.

Bahamut targets the same enemy as Fang and uses Dragon Claws three times followed by Whirlwind and finishes with Inferno. Bahamut retreats from the enemy while waiting for its ATB gauge to fill. If the enemy is already far Bahamut will do nothing while charging its ATB gauge.

Gestalt mode Edit

Ability ATB Cost Move PS3/360 Description
Hunting Dive 2 Up X/Up A Swoop down and strike targets, launching them into the air if staggered.
Aerial Loop 2 Down X/Down A Strike target with a somersault spin, catapulting it upward.
Obliterating Breath 3 Left or right X/Left or right A Charge forward and blast target repeatedly.
Pulsar Burst 3 Circle/B Soar upward, blasting targets within a wide radius of intense light.
Megaflare All Triangle/Y Deal massive damage to all enemies while charging their chain gauge. Power depends on the attack's level.

Megaflare's power depends on the attack's level and will raise the chain bonus by an amount based on the level:

Level 1: 33.00 * 1 + 29.00 * 2 = 91.00[1]
Level 1: 33.00 * 2 + 29.00 * 3 = 153.00
Level 1: 33.00 * 3 + 29.00 * 4 = 215.00

Other appearances Edit

Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit

FFAB

Ability Cards
Legend Cards

Final Fantasy Record KeeperEdit

FFRK

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Bahamut is an enemy whose abilities may be imparted to the delegation's units as Soul Break skills.

Mobius Final FantasyEdit

Mobius

Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

TCG Bahamut appears as card, representing the Fire set.

Triple TriadEdit

269a Bahamut

Bahamut appears on Triple Triad cards in the version available via Final Fantasy Portal App.

Merchandise Edit

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Creatures Kai Vol. 3.

Bahamut, along with the other Eidolons, has been made into action figures in the Final Fantasy Creatures Kai Vol. 3 series. These figures cost ¥6,240 a piece.

Gallery Edit

Concept art
Screenshots

Etymology Edit

Bahamut (Arabic بهموت Bahamūt) originated as an enormous whale in ancient pre-Islamic Arabian mythology. Upon Bahamut's back stands a bull with four thousand eyes, ears, noses, mouths, tongues and feet called Kujuta (also spelled "Kuyutha"). Between each of these is a distance of a 500-year journey. On the back of Kujuta is a mountain of ruby. Atop this mountain is an angel who carries six hells, earth, and seven heavens on its shoulders.

Another version of the Arabic story is that Bahamut is indeed a dragon and he stands on a whale called Liwash.

In modern times, the game Dungeons & Dragons is responsible for re-imagining Bahamut as the king of dragons, a benevolent Platinum Dragon; the opposite of the malevolent Tiamat, the five-headed Chromatic Queen of Dragons.

TriviaEdit

  • Odin and Bahamut are the only Eidolons whose transformations are bestial, the others being machines.

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