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Render from Final Fantasy VIII.

The Brothers (ブラザーズ, Burazāzu?) is a pair of minotaurs from Final Fantasy VIII, named Minotaur and Sacred, that the party can obtain as a Guardian Force. They reside in the Tomb of the Unknown King and must be defeated to join the party. After their defeat, the player receives their cards for Triple Triad. Obtaining Brothers in the Steam version earns the player the achievement Brothers.

The kanji on their shields means "older brother" (, [missing rōmaji]?) for Minotaur and "younger brother" (, [missing rōmaji]?) for Sacred. Combining both kanji (兄弟) spells the Japanese word for "brother". During dialogue sequences, Sacred speaks in capitals, while Minotaur speaks in lower-case letters. While Sacred is the younger brother and Minotaur is the older brother, Sacred is bigger than Minotaur.



The duo is fought in the Tomb of the Unknown King. The pair is constantly healed by Earth Regeneration as long as their feet are touching the ground. The duo's special hit, Mad Cow Special, is an Earth-elemental attack against all party members used when both are alive.


Brotherly Love

The Brothers use an Earth-elemental attack called Brotherly Love (兄弟仁義, Kyōdai Jingi?) when summoned. Brothers' summon time is 19.3s, which, according to the Final Fantasy VIII Ultimania, allows the player to boost the damage to around 220% of normal damage using a regular PlayStation controller.

Its damage is calculated as follows:[1]

Damage = 60 * Level / 10 + 46 + 4
Damage = Damage * (265 - TargetSpr) / 8
Damage = Damage * 46 / 256
Damage = Damage * Boost / 100
Damage = Damage * (100 + SummonMagBonus) / 100
Damage = Damage * (900 - ElemDef) / 100:

Elemental Defense starts at 800 (0%), 900 nullifies damage and 1000 absorbs it. If an enemy is shown to be weak against an element, its Elemental Defense is below 800. If damage becomes negative (due to high Elemental Defense), the target is healed by that amount.

Compatibility Chart
Summon Effect Brothers +20, Pandemona -10, Every other GF -1.6
Compatibility Items Dino Bone +3.2, [[List of Final Fantasy VIII items#LuvLuvG|]] +20.2
Casting Magic Quake +2, Apocalypse +0.2, Flare +0.2, Meteor +0.2, Ultima +0.2, Aero -0.2, Float -0.4, Tornado -0.8


The following table represents the base stats.

Level HP Attack Power
7 670 529
10 824 632
20 1,406 977
30 1,996 1,322
40 2,594 1,667
50 3,200 2,012
60 3,814 2,357
70 4,436 2,702
80 5,066 3,047
90 5,704 3,392
100 6,350 3,737


Abilities learned naturally by Brothers are listed below:

Ability AP Prerequisite Ability AP Prerequisite
FFVIII Junction ability icon HP-J (Already learned) FFVIII Character ability icon HP+40% 120HP+20%
FFVIII Junction ability icon Str-J 50None FFVIII Character ability icon HP+80% 240HP+40%
FFVIII Junction ability icon Spr-J 50None FFVIII Character ability icon Cover 100None
FFVIII Junction ability icon Elem-Atk-J 160Str-J FFVIII Character ability icon HP Bonus 100HP+80%
FFVIII Junction ability icon Elem-Def-J 100Spr-J FFVIII GF ability icon SumMag+10% 40None
FFVIII Command ability icon Magic (Already learned) FFVIII GF ability icon SumMag+20% 70SumMag+10%
FFVIII Command ability icon GF (Already learned) FFVIII GF ability icon SumMag+30% 140SumMag+20%
FFVIII Command ability icon Draw (Already learned) FFVIII GF ability icon GFHP+10% 40None
FFVIII Command ability icon Item (Already learned) FFVIII GF ability icon GFHP+20% 70GFHP+10%
FFVIII Command ability icon Defend 100None FFVIII GF ability icon GFHP+30% 140GFHP+20%
FFVIII Character ability icon HP+20% 60None FFVIII GF ability icon Boost 10None

Triple Triad Edit

Minotaur Card
TTMinotaur Element Earth
Refine 1 refines into 10 Adamantines
Drop Minotaur
Card N/A
Level 8 (GF Card) Win N/A

Sacred Card
TTSacred Element Earth
Refine 1 refines into 100 Dino Bones
Drop Sacred
Card N/A
Level 8 (GF Card) Win N/A

Other appearances Edit

Final Fantasy Record Keeper Edit

FFRK The Brothers appear as bosses in the Record of the Tomb of the Unknown King, although Sacred is known as Sekhret.

The player can prepare by attaching Wind and Poison-based abilities, as the Brothers are vulnerable to both elements. The strategy is nearly identical to the source game: the player should focus on one of them while buffing the party with Protect and Shell to curb damage and halt their hit-all Mad Cow Special. To earn the Target Scores, the player should direct the Wind attacks at Minotaur and the Poison attacks at Sekhret.

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Mobius Final Fantasy Edit

Mobius The Brothers appear as an ability card in Mobius Final Fantasy.

Gallery Edit

Etymology Edit

The Brothers appeared in Final Fantasy V, named Minotaur and Sekhmet.

The Minotaur was a creature from Greek mythology with the head of a bull and the body of a man. He is descended from the union of the Queen of Crete and a white bull. He roamed the Labyrinth, where he hunted and killed a tribute of young men and women until he was slain by Theseus.

In Egyptian mythology, Sekhmet was a blood-thirsty goddess with the head of a lion and the body of a woman in Upper Egypt.

They are called Taurus in the French version. Taurus is one of the constellations of the zodiac, and its also a zodiac sign used in astrology.

Trivia Edit

  • The Brothers are alluded to in Final Fantasy XI, in an Empty Battlefield titled "Brothers". The battle is against a pair of Tauri, Eldertaur and Mindertaur, and true to their origins, Eldertaur is the smaller of the two.

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