Dahaka (ダハーカ, Dahāka?) is a Gran Pulse fal'Cie from Final Fantasy XIII, a masked flying serpent that is given the task to search for Etro's Gate from the sky. However, territorial in nature, Dahaka attacks anything that invades his abode in Taejin's Tower. After having his tail chopped off by the Menhirrim when Lightning's group enters the tower, Dahaka confronts them at the top of the tower and unfolds its true form, a demon resting on a throne, before being destroyed.
- See also: Datalog/The Fal'Cie
Residing within Taejin's Tower, this Gran Pulse fal'Cie soars through the sky with an ease that seems almost uncanny given the bulk of its form.
Although the majority of fal'Cie on Gran Pulse dedicate themselves to terraforming or other tasks of environmental modification, Dahaka does nothing of the sort. Plausible conjectures as the nature of the flying fal'Cie’s duty include some manner of aerial monitoring or the search for something the heavens conceal.
- Main article: Dahaka (Boss)
Dahaka is fought at the top of Taejin's Tower.
Dahaka and his central role in the story derive from Persian and Arabic myth, where he is represented as a serpentine God-King that resided in an impregnable fortress, instigating terror over his populace and eating men, and is ultimately opposed and overthrown by his followers, led by the hero Fereyedun.
- Dahaka shares its Japanese name with Taharka, a boss from Final Fantasy IX.
- Dahaka can be found flying through the first area of Vallis Media if the player has not yet defeated him.
- The music piece that plays during the battle against him is "Test of the l'Cie".