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If everyone is equipped with Cherub Down, you can avoid this enemy's Quake, Slide, and 50 Gs attacks. Defend against Honed Tusk with Golem.
Final Fantasy VI PlayStation Bestiary entry
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The Earth Dragon is a boss in Final Fantasy VI. It is one of the eight legendary dragons, and is the dragon of the Earth element. The Earth Dragon can be found in the Opera House in the World of Ruin by pulling the second switch from the right to fall onto the stage where it has roosted. As with the other dragons, Earth Dragon is re-fought in the Dragons' Den bonus dungeon in the Advance and subsequent releases.

Stats Edit

Opera House

Dragon's Den

Battle Edit

First battle Edit

The Earth Dragon attacks using Earth-elemental attacks, such as Quake, Magnitude 8, and Landslide. Its only non-Earth-elemental attack is Honed Tusk, a powerful physical attack which can easily kill a character. The dragon uses 50 Gs to remove Float status from party members. Earth Dragon is weak against the Wind element.

The Earth Dragon is vulnerable to Sleep.

When the Earth Dragon is defeated, it drops the Magus Rod, a powerful weapon that boosts to the holder's Magic power and Evasion.

Strategy Edit

Gaia Gears absorb Earth-elemental damage as HP, or players can equip Angel Wings for automatic Float status, negating Earth-elemental damage. This will prompt Earth Dragon to waste turns casting 50 Gs, as the Angel Wings will automatically re-apply the Float status once it is removed. A simple trick is to enter the battle with the Float status on.

Shadow is useful for this fight, as he can throw Shadow Edges to apply Image status to the party to negate any damage made by Honed Tusk. Summoning Fenrir, Phantom, and Golem can also help to apply Image and Vanish statuses, and block physical attacks outright, respectively, to deal with Honed Tusk, although Earth Dragon's magic removes the Vanish status.

FFVI Party vs Earth Dragon

The Earth Dragon's location.

On the offense, Shadow should throw Sakuras, Tridents, and Water Scrolls, and Mog should equip Dragoon Boots and a Trident, and use Jump. If Mog equips Angel Wings and a Snow Scarf, Earth Dragon cannot harm him when he is in the back row.

Gau can use a Rage that absorbs Earth, or provides automatic Float status. This means that, unlike other party members, he can use a relic slot for an offensive one, such as a Hero's Ring. The Marchosias Rage is excellent as it allows Gau to cast Aero, which the Earth Dragon is weak to, and has automatic Float status to negate Earth-elemental damage. This means the only concern to Gau would be Honed Tusk, which is mitigated by applying Image status or equipping a Snow Scarf. If Strago has learned Aero, he can also use it to exploit Earth Dragon's weakness to Wind.

Second battle Edit

The Earth Dragon uses the same Earth-elemental attacks as before, but has massive attack strength making its normal attacks much stronger. It absorbs Earth this time, healing it for several thousand damage when it uses Quake. As before, the dragon uses 50 Gs to remove Float status, but immediately follows this up with Quake and Magnitude 8, giving the player no chance to heal in-between. When the Earth Dragon is nearly defeated, it will become "enraged" and launch several physical attacks in a row.

Upon victory, the player receives Sabin's ultimate weapon, the Godhand.

Strategy Edit

Earth Dragon can be prevented from being healed by Quake by casting Float on it. It is recommended to summon Fenrir. Summoning Phantom is also a good idea, as the Earth Dragon will cease to use magic-based attacks when enraged.

Formations Edit

Number Enemies Encounter flags Introduction flag Musical theme Magic AP
Norm.Normal Back Surr.Surrounded Side
368 Earth Dragon Y N N N Sides, synch. The Decisive Battle 10
458 Earth Dragon (Gau return) Y N N N Sides, individual Battle 0
Unknown Earth Dragon special event flag. Hide start messages.
518 Earth Dragon Y N N N Sides, individual Battle
555 Earth Dragon Y Y Y Y Sides, individual Battle
634 Earth Dragon Y N N N Sides, individual The Decisive Battle

AI script Edit

First battle Edit

Attack Turns:
1st Turn: Attack (33%) or Quake (66%)
2nd Turn: Attack (33%) or Magnitude 8 (33%) or Landslide (33%)
3rd Turn: Attack (33%) or Magnitude 8 (33%) or Quake (33%)
4th Turn: Attack (66%) or Landslide (33%)

If Timer >= 20:

Set Timer = 0
If Random Character has Float status:
Target: All Characters
50 Gs (100%)

If attacked by anything: Honed Tusk (33%)

Second battle Edit

Attack Turns:
1st Turn: Attack (33%) or Quake (66%)
2nd Turn: Attack (33%) or Magnitude 8 (33%) or Landslide (33%)
3rd Turn: Attack (33%) or Magnitude 8 (33%) or Quake (33%)
4th Turn: Attack (66%) or Landslide (33%)

If HP <= 25600 (only done once per battle):

Display message: Earth Dragon becomes enraged!
Attack (100%)
Attack (100%)
Attack (100%)
Attack (100%)
Set Var36

If Var36 is set:

1st Turn: Attack (100%)
Attack (100%)
Attack (100%)
Attack (100%)
2nd Turn: Attack (100%)
Attack (100%)
Attack (100%)
Attack (33%) or Savage (66%)
3rd Turn: Savage (100%)
Savage (100%)

If any character has Float status:

Target: All Characters
50 Gs (100%)
Magnitude 8 (100%)
Quake (100%)

If HP <= 25600:

If attacked by anything: Attack (66%) or Savage (33%)

If attacked by anything: Attack (33%)

Other appearances Edit

Pictlogica Final Fantasy Edit

PFF

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper Edit

FFRK

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Gallery Edit

Etymology Edit

A dragon is a legendary creature, typically with serpentine or reptilian traits, that features in the myths of many cultures.

Related enemies Edit

Trivia Edit

Bahamut Lagoon - Deboahan
  • The sprite that is shared between Earth Dragon, Weredragon, Chaos Dragon, Hexadragon, and Tyrannosaur was used and modified for some of the Salmando class dragons in Bahamut Lagoon, namely the Deboahan and the Aspidredon.
  • Earth Tyrant's bestiary entry in Final Fantasy XII mentions him as a member of "Eight legendary Wyrms of great Power". Earth Tyrant may be a reference to the Earth Dragon from Final Fantasy VI, as they both have the appearance of a T-Rex.