The Four Fiends are the primary bosses in the original Final Fantasy, consisting of Lich of Earth, Marilith of Fire (Kary in the NES version), Kraken of Water, and Tiamat of Wind. The theme of four elemental demonic guardians carried over to some future installments in the series, hearkening back to the original four.
The Fiends are manifestations of Garland's immense hatred. The Fiends sent Garland 2000 years into the past with the power of the Dark Crystal to create a time loop that would revive him every time he is defeated by the Warriors of Light. In turn, Garland released his creations into the future to wreak as much havoc as possible.
Four hundred years before the Warriors of Light appear in Cornelia, Tiamat destroyed the Lufenian civilization and made their Flying Fortress, home of the Wind Crystal, her roost. Two hundred years later, Kraken invaded the Sunken Shrine, home of the Mermaids and the Water Crystal.
Lich had begun to rot the land near Melmond from the Cavern of Earth where the Earth Crystal awaits restoration, and after Lich's defeat, Marilith awakes two hundred years early and taakes up residence in Mount Gulg alongside the Fire Crystal.
Kraken is the Fiend of Water who appears in the Sunken Shrine in a squid-like form, though his cape and stance give him a somewhat regal appearance. Kraken relies on heavy physical attacks as he can hit up to 8 times. He supports with Ink (25% chance to use) to inflict Blind status on the party.
Lich appears at the bottom of the Cavern of Earth. He is undead with the appearance of a skeleton, and often considered the hardest boss faced yet at that point in the game. Due to a bug in the Final Fantasy 20th Anniversary version, if the game crashes while in the Lich fight, more Liches may spawn. This may also happen if the game is closed during the Lich fight. This can cause problems with leaving the cave.
Marilith, the Fiend of Fire, appears in Mount Gulg as a woman with the lower body of a snake and has six arms, each wielding a sword. She relies on powerful physical strikes, as she ordinarily hits 6 times per attack. She also uses fire magic and other debilitating spells.
The Four Fiends appear as summons.
Some of the fiends appear as enemies.
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