The first two are fought on Besaid as tutorial battles and it is the island's toughest fiend. Due to its sheer size, Yuna is called on to summonValefor for the aeon's first fight.
The third time it appears is during a story sequence when fiends attack Luca during the blitzball final. The Garuda here is slightly tougher, but Auron will be in the party, and the combination of his Power Break and Wakka's Dark Attack will make the fight quite easy.
[view·edit·purge]Garuda is a large, birdlike creature that appears in both Hinduism and Buddhism. It serves as Lord Vishnu's mount and is the Hindu name for the constellation Aquila. Contemporary representations of Garuda are the brahminy kite and phoenix.