Eden is a Guardian Force in Final Fantasy VIII. It is the game's ultimate summon, drawn from an optional boss at a bonus dungeon. It is the most powerful summon, able to break the damage limit. It has the rare Speed, Evasion and Hit junctions. Its unique abilities let the junctioner devour opponents for various effects, some of the most beneficial being permanent stat boosts, and to create items that teach abilities to Guardian Forces. Eden takes 1000 EXP to level up, most of any GF, and the same amount it takes for a playable character to level up.
Although it is debated what the exact nature of Eden is, the name and design indicate a link to the "Gardens," a theme in the game. The word "Eden" often refers to the Garden of Eden in the Bible. Gardens in the world of Final Fantasy VIII are para-military institutions, but the Garden buildings themselves can fly due to ancient technology, and have oval discs similar to the summon Eden. Eden invokes both heavenly and sci-fi imagery by appearing mechanical but being adorned with angelic feathers. Eden has a long needle on the bottom with a violet oval on the front. Aside from the female angel motifs on either side of it, within the oval one can make out a woman.
Eden is found at the bottom of the Deep Sea Research Center, itself an unmarked island at the corner of the world map. The player can land upon in with the Ragnarok. After defeating Bahamut in the first area, the player must leave the place and re-enter to become able to descend underwater by climbing down the vine to a hole in the floor.
A series of floors leads down to the excavation site. The player must open up a door in each floor using units of pressure, but must conserve enough units (10) for the final lock at the bottom of the excavation site to fight Ultima Weapon, from whom the party can draw Eden. There is a point where the party can gain more units. If the party uses the pressure units to access the excavation site, the Enc-None ability can be used to traverse the site. If the party uses Zell to force open the jammed door leading into the excavation site without using up units, the party encounters a number of fixed battles, which cannot be avoided using Enc-None.
When the party reaches the bottom, Squall will use the last of his pressure units and the party is thrust into a battle against Ultima Weapon who carries Eden, which can be drawn from it.
Each level is divided into three sectors. The sector the player is in is determined by how many units they spend to open the door leading from level 2 to 3. Once in a sector, the player cannot switch to a higher cost sector, but can switch to a lower cost sector. For simplicity, the sectors are A (highest cost, 4 units), B (mid cost, 2 units) and C (lowest cost, 1 unit).
E.g. If one were to spend 4 units on level 2→3, they would be in sector A (highest cost) and on level 3 they would be access Sectors A, B and C on level 4. But if one were to spend 2 units on level 2→3, one would be in sector B (mid cost) and would only be able to access sectors B and C on level 4.
The only difference of the sectors is that the player needs to spend 2 units on level 2 to access the steam room on level 3, Sector B. Other than that, the player can use 1 unit to proceed all the way to the bottom. One can skip the steam room if one lets Zell open the final door, but doing so will trigger several unavoidable encounters on the way to the excavation site.
The player only gets one chance to have Zell open the door on the last floor. If the player chooses to not let him open it, he will never offer to open it again even if the player resets the steam levels.
There is a terminal buried underneath the rubble in level 1. Examining it gives the player 20 energy units. Four units are spent opening the door to level 2. On level 2, the player should expend 2 units to access sector 2. On level 3, they should expend 4 units to access the steam room and use the terminal to gain 7 extra units, then return to sector 2 and expend 1 unit to access sector 6.
From then on the player should expend no more than 1 unit each floor until reaching level 6, where they can expend 4 units to access the excavation site and still have 10 units left over to use at the bottom. Alternatively, the player can ask Zell to open the last door without expending any units, but it will wake up the monsters and the way down will be plagued by encounters against strong opponents that can't be avoided with Enc-None.
At the ocean floor players will encounter Ultima Weapon if they have enough steam power left to reactivate the excavation site. There is a hidden save point in the final floor.
Eden's Eternal Breath deals non-elemental damage to all opponents and can break the damage limit even without the Boost ability. With all GF abilities learned, the player can easily boost the attack to the full 250, considering it also has the game's longest summon animation, at 72.6s. At the maximum of its power, Eden can deal 60,000 damage to all enemies. Eternal Breath ignores enemy Spr.
Its damage is calculated as follows:
- $ Damage = 100 * Level / 10 + 70 + 250 $
- $ Damage = Damage * 265 / 8 $
- $ Damage = Damage * 70 / 256 $
- $ Damage = Damage * Boost / 100 $
- $ Damage = Damage * (100 + SummonMagBonus) / 100 $
The way Eden's compatibility works is unique. Summoning it only raises compatibility slightly, and it also slightly boosts compatibility with every other GF the junctioner has equipped. It also doesn't have a unique compatibility item. Thus, the only effective way to boost compatibility with Eden is via the LuvLuv G item.
|Summon Effect||Eden +2, Every other GF +1|
|Compatibility Items||LuvLuv G +20|
|Casting Magic||Apocalypse +0.4, Flare +0.4, Holy +0.4, Meteor +0.4, Quake +0.4, Tornado +0.4, Ultima +0.4, Aura -0.2, Blizzard -0.2, Blizzara -0.2, Cure -0.2, Cura -0.2, Curaga -0.2, Dispel -0.2, Double -0.2, Esuna -0.2, Fire -0.2, Fira -0.2, Full-Life -0.2, Haste -0.2, Life -0.2, Protect -0.2, Reflect -0.2, Regen -0.2, Shell -0.2, Slow -0.2, Thunder -0.2, Thundara -0.2, Triple -0.2|
The following table represents the base stats:
The below values are the base compatibility values with all playable characters at the start of the game. Although Seifer cannot junction Eden in a normal playthrough, a default value still exists for his compatibility.
Abilities learned naturally by Eden are listed below:
|Refine||1 refines into 3 Monk's Codes|
|Level 9 (GF Card)||Win||N/A|
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