Many ancient monsters that had long been sealed away were released when the world ripped apart... Humbaba, Deathgaze...even the eight legendary dragons.
- —Old man in Albrook in the World of Ruin
The Eight Legendary Dragons (伝説の八竜, Densetsu no Hachi Ryū?, lit. Legendary Eight Dragons), also known as Eight Dragons, are a series of bosses and part of two major sidequests in Final Fantasy VI. Each one of them corresponds to one of the eight types of elemental damage in the game.
The Eight Legendary Dragons are enemies released during the end of the world, though there is very little known about their history before it. In the World of Ruin, the Dragons have spread across the world and appear in various locations, though with the exception of the Opera House, they are not necessarily hostile towards anyone and mostly keep to their own devices. The Returners inevitably run into the Eight Legendary Dragons along their journey to defeat Kefka Palazzo.
List of DragonsEdit
The Eight Legendary Dragons need to all be defeated in order to gain an additional magicite. Defeating them all breaks the seal they had placed on the esper Crusader a thousand years ago, giving Crusader's magicite to the party. The Eight Legendary Dragons are optional bosses and can be killed in any order, although it may be simpler to defeat them all before visiting Kefka's Tower as it avoids additional trips to the final dungeon.
They are fought in the following locations:
In the Final Fantasy VI Advance release and later remakes, once the Eight Legendary Dragons have been defeated the player gains access to the Dragons' Den, a bonus dungeon. There, improved versions of the dragons can be found, each using a unique gimmick to make them more difficult to defeat. Defeating each dragon unlocks a seal in the den, and once all the seals are broken, the player can fight the superboss Kaiser Dragon in the dungeon's deepest layer. Defeating Kaiser Dragon earns the player the ultimate magicite, Diabolos.
Originally it had been planned that after defeating the final dragon, all eight would merge into a superboss, the Kaiser Dragon. This was scrapped, but data for the original Kaiser Dragon remains within the game.
Examining code found in the enemy formations data in the SNES release of Final Fantasy VI will reveal that rematches with the dragons as what occurred in the Advance release were planned for. Unused pieces of battle dialogue exist in which the Eight Legendary Dragons call each other into battle in sequence. Text also exists that say "Storm Drgn undergoing changes!", "Dirt Dragon got mad!", and "Skull Dragon lives on magic pwr!" These indicate the dragons may have had gimmicks as they got in the Advance release, where Storm Dragon has improved speed and evasion, Earth Dragon is "enraged" and has higher attack power, and Skull Dragon can only be killed by bringing its MP to zero. There also exist a dummied Kaiser Dragon that is a palette swap of the Blue Dragon and Fiend Dragon. This one appears to be a sort of prototype Kaiser Dragon, as the newer Kaiser Dragon's sprite is a more elaborate modification of the Kaiser Dragon's dummied sprite.
Some of the eight legendary dragons appear as enemies in Final Fantasy Record Keeper.
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- Of the Eight Legendary Dragons, the Holy Dragon is the only one to appear on the Veldt and have a Rage associated with it.
- Final Fantasy XII pays homage to the Eight Legendary Dragons with the Earth Tyrant boss, which looks similar to the Earth Dragon in Final Fantasy VI. Earth Tyrant's bestiary entry mentions him as a member of "Eight legendary Wyrms of great Power".