Desmond is a unique enemy that appears in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. It is only fought during the "Tanbam's Taboo" side quest in Yusnaan.

Story Edit

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Desmond was originally alchemist Tanbam's brother but died some time ago. Tanbam, filled with remorse, broke the alchemist rules and created an ensorcelled machine infused with the soul of his lost brother and powered by the power of Chaos. The machine grew hostile and started to kill people, and by the time Lightning involved herself many brave warriors were already slain by it. After the savior defeats Desmond, Tanbam is left without a choice and decides to bear the guilt for his crime, an action which strangely saves his soul.

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Stats Edit



Battle Edit

Desmond is simply a stronger version of Desdemona with immunities to most of the status ailments until it is staggered.

Strategy Edit

If the player has become well-practiced in guarding against Rush, Desmond can be defeated easily. Having the Bravery status effect will also make the battle easier.

Etymology Edit

Desmond is a given name and surname of, derived from the Irish place-name Kingdom of Desmond, an anglicization of Gaelic Deas-Mhumhna "South Munster".

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