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Deathgaze (Final Fantasy VI)

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You'll meet this foe while flying in the airship. Uses Doom and Aero, then escapes. However, damage dealt remains, so you will eventually kill it.
Final Fantasy VI PlayStation Bestiary entry

Deathgaze, also known as Doom Gaze, is a boss in Final Fantasy VI. It is difficult to find, as it hides in a random location on the world map of the World of Ruin and can only be fought by directly flying into it with the Falcon. Although the player can find it by randomly flying about, the most effective method is to land the airship and board it again so that the airship faces north. The player must then incline it a bit to the west or east and accelerate. This will take the player across every tile of the map, and while it will take some time, eventually Deathgaze will appear. The party will receive the Bahamut magicite when Deathgaze is defeated.


Final Fantasy VI enemy stats
#330#331 (GBA) #332
☆065☆066 (iOS) ☆067
Names Location Type Other information
SNES: Doom Gaze
PS: DethGaze
GBA: Deathgaze
iOS: Deathgaze
World of Ruin, randomly encountered on the Falcon (GBA)
World of Ruin, randomly encountered while riding the Falcon (SNES)
None Falls into Death status when has 0 MP.
Level HP MP Attack Magic
68 55,555 38,000 35 8
Defense Magic Defense Magic Evasion Speed Hit Rate
0 170 30 95 150
Evasion EXP Gil
30 0 0
Elemental affinities
Fire-icon-ffvi Ice-icon-ffvi Lightning-icon-ffvi Poison-icon-ffvi Holy-icon-ffvi
200% -100%Absorbs 100% -100%Absorbs 200%
Earth-icon-ffvi Wind-icon-ffvi Water-icon-ffvi Restorative Instant Death
100% 100% 100% -100%Absorbs 100%
Statuses and immunities
Blind Zombie Poison Magitek Invisible Imp Petrify Death Doom Critical
Immune Immune Immune - - Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune
Image Silence Berserk Confuse Sap Sleep Float Regen Slow Haste
- Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune - - Immune -
Stop Shell Protect Reflect Meteor Strike Libra Sketch Control Fractional Invincible
Immune Auto Auto - Immune - - Immune Immune -
Steal Item dropped Metamorphose
(Miss rate: 100%)
None None [Slot 1 (25%)]Antidote
[Slot 2 (25%)]Green Cherry
[Slot 3 (25%)]Eyedrops
[Slot 4 (25%)]Gold Needle
Morph ID: 0
Attack Abilities Rage Sketch Control(Immune) & Confuse (Immune)
Normal Attack: Dragon Claws
Special Attack: Venom Claw (Inflicts Poison)
Lv. 5 Death, Death, Blizzaga, Aero, Flee None Attack, Venom Claw Attack, Venom Claw


Deathgaze has high HP, and depending on when the player fights him, the level of difficulty varies. It has Auto-Shell. Deathgaze opens every battle by casting Lv.5 Death, instantly killing any party members with a level a multiple of five. It then uses Death, Blizzaga or a normal attack, and on its second turn Aero or Death. On the third turn of the battle Deathgaze has a two in three chance to flee.

The trick to defeating it is that Deathgaze does not recover its lost health when it flees, so the party can defeat it by chasing it around and weakening it over time. Until the player defeats Deathgaze it is recommended they save before flying the Falcon anywhere in case they encounter Deathgaze.


Casting Fira, Firaga, and Holy spells work well against it; so does Gau's Io Rage, which has Flare Star and will always deal 9,999 HP damage to Deathgaze. The Meteor spell is much less effective, because of the high physical defense. Another useful strategy is to throw Flame Rods or Holy Rods on Deathgaze since these will ignore its high defenses and Auto-Shell.

In the SNES version, Deathgaze is easily defeated with the Vanish-Doom tactic, but using X-Zone on it with Vanish would prevent the game from recognizing him as beaten. Contrary to popular belief, this does not cause the player to permanently miss the Bahamut magicite; while they won't get it for that battle, Deathgaze's death script never running also means Deathgaze is not flagged as defeated, and continues to appear at random, so he will still give the magicite whenever he is beaten properly.

AI scriptEdit

At beginning of battle: Lv. 5 Death (100%)

Attack Turns:
1st Turn: Attack (33%) or Death (33%) or Blizzaga (33%)
2nd Turn: Death (33%) or Aero (66%)
3rd Turn: Target: Self

Flee (66%)

If attacked by anything: Attack (33%)

Other appearancesEdit

Pictlogica Final FantasyEdit

PFF Death Gaze

Deathgaze from Final Fantasy VI appears as an enemy in Pictlogica Final Fantasy.

Final Fantasy Record KeeperEdit

FFRK Deathgaze FFVI

Deathgaze from Final Fantasy VI appears as an enemy in Final Fantasy Record Keeper.

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Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

Deathgaze2 TCG

Deathgaze from Final Fantasy VI appears with a wind-elemental card.



  • Deathgaze appears in the U.S. commercial for the Super Nintendo version of Final Fantasy VI, along with other monsters that resemble the Magna Roader.
  • Deathgaze was originally planned to have changes in his attacks depending on his status, but the changes were removed before the release of the game, with texts in the game data being the only thing left. When Silenced, Deathgaze would be unable to use Blizzaga; when Blind, he would be unable to use Death; and an unknown situation would cut his claws, making him unable to use Venom Claw.

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