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Gau is a playable character in Final Fantasy VI whose unique ability is Rage, which lets Gau use enemies' attack scripts. He can learn new Rages by leaping on the Veldt. While he is "leaped" on the Veldt, Gau is treated as not being in the party, so the player will be unable to select him when forming a party aboard their airship or in Narshe, and when a new party member joins Gau's level will not factor into the calculations for the new member's initial level. Gau is unique in that when he is re-recruited in the World of Ruin, he is treated as though he leaped and is rejoining, and thus will rejoin at whatever level he was in at the end of the World of Balance.

RecruitmentEdit

In the World of Balance, Gau is found on the Veldt, and can appear at the end of a random fight. If given a Dried Meat, he will join the party and progress the story. Afterwards, he is then available throughout points in the story.

In the World of Ruin, Gau is recruited in the Veldt, which is now located on a separate continent. Like any normal Gau rejoining, when fighting in the Veldt with three party members, he may appear in a battle, and if not attacked, will rejoin the party.

AbilitiesEdit

Gau's special ability, Rage lets him mimic monsters' attacks, elemental affinities, status resistances, and even inherent status effects, such as Protect, Haste, and even Float. If the monster has an inherent status ailment—like Sap, Blind, or Undead—Gau will mimic those as well.

FFVI GBA Gau Using a Rage

Gau using a Rage.

While in Rage status, Gau becomes uncontrollable and all he will do is perform a physical attack using the monster's weapon of choice, or use a special attack/spell/enemy spell used by the enemy whose Rage he is using. While Gau is using a Rage, he is temporarily "equipped" with a predesignated attack graphic that simulates the weapon or physical attack of the mimicked enemy. This does not affect Gau's attack power, however, and is merely a visual effect. On the Veldt Gau has the ability Leap, which lets him learn new Rage techniques. Gau has no Desperation Attack.

In the SNES release, if Gau is equipped with a Genji Glove, Gau will attack twice with the selected Rage's physical attack or the special attack, depending on what Gau decides to attack with. In all versions of the game, if Gau is equipped with the Master's Scroll, he will not only attack four times, but if the Rage uses the monster's special attack, he will perform that four times as well. This is especially lethal with Rages such as the Stray Cat's Cat Scratch and the Gold Bear's Gouge. Magic spells and enemy spells, such as Blaster or Flare Star, are unaffected by the Master's Scroll.

Gau is able to equip the Merit Award on the SNES version to improve his Rage abilities when equipped with specific weaponry. Such weaponry like the Kazekiri (Wind Slash), Kagenui (Stop), Boomerang (Long Range), and Assassin's Dagger (Death) among many other weapons that have extra effects when attacking. Not only did this work when Gau used the Rage's attack (weapon strike), but also for when he used the Rage's special ability, such as Stray Cat's Cat Scratch and Guard's Critical. The only exception are weapons that deal an automatic critical hit by consuming MP, which doesn't work when using a special attack. Due to the stacked advantages, the later releases of Final Fantasy VI starting with the PS version prohibited Gau from equipping the Merit Award and in turn, Gogo with the GBA version, having lower stats than Gau, but able to use the same combination.

The most popular setup for Gau was to equip him with the Merit Award, the Offering, and a Kazekiri, which randomly casts Wind Slash upon hit, and then use the Stray Cat Rage. The result was Gau attacking four times, randomly using Wind Slash, which would be augmented by the effects of the Stray Cat's "Catscratch" attack. This is known as "Wind God Gau". This combo proved so powerful that in all subsequent releases Gau is prohibited from equipping the Merit Award.

StatsEdit

Gau's stats are all around high, with the exception of his defense, but this can be attributed to the variety of attacks and abilities he uses via his Rages. To compensate for his lack of ability to equip a weapon, his natural attack power is higher than any other character.

Name Initial Stats
Strength 44
Speed 38
Stamina 36
Magic 34
Attack 99
Defense 44
Evasion 21%
Magic Defense 34
Magic Evasion 18%
Escape Success 5
HP Gain 45
MP Gain 10
Level Averaging +2
Level HP MP EXP +
2 56 14 32
3 68 18 96
4 82 23 208
5 99 28 400
6 119 34 672
7 141 40 1056
8 165 47 1552
9 191 55 2184
11 246 72 3936
12 276 81 5080
13 311 91 6432
14 350 101 7992
15 394 111 9784
16 444 121 11840
17 498 131 14152
18 555 142 16736
19 616 153 19616
21 748 175 26360
22 817 186 30232
23 889 198 34456
24 965 210 39056
25 1044 222 44072
26 1126 234 49464
27 1212 246 55288
28 1302 259 61568
29 1397 272 68304
31 1596 298 83184
32 1697 311 91384
33 1799 325 100088
34 1901 339 109344
35 2004 353 119136
36 2108 367 129504
37 2214 381 140464
38 2321 396 152008
39 2429 411 164184
41 2650 441 190416
42 2763 456 204520
43 2877 472 219320
44 2993 488 234808
45 3110 504 251000
46 3229 520 267936
47 3349 536 285600
48 3471 553 304040
49 3596 570 323248
51 3854 603 364064
52 3985 618 385696
53 4118 632 408160
54 4252 645 431488
55 4388 657 455680
56 4525 668 480776
57 4664 678 506760
58 4806 687 533680
59 4950 695 561528
61 5242 708 620096
62 5390 713 650840
63 5540 718 682600
64 5692 724 715368
65 5845 730 749160
66 6000 737 784016
67 6156 744 819920
68 6314 751 856920
69 6474 759 895016
71 6796 775 974536
72 6951 783 1016000
73 7102 791 1058640
74 7247 798 1102456
75 7387 805 1147456
76 7523 812 1193648
77 7655 818 1241080
78 7781 824 1289744
79 7901 830 1339672
81 8131 841 1443368
82 8241 846 1497160
83 8349 851 1552264
84 8454 856 1608712
85 8556 861 1666512
86 8656 866 1725688
87 8754 871 1786240
88 8849 877 1848184
89 8941 883 1911552
91 9119 895 2042608
92 9206 901 2110320
93 9291 908 2179504
94 9374 916 2250192
95 9456 925 2322392
96 9536 935 2396128
97 9619 946 2471400
98 9705 958 2548224
99 9793 971 2637112

EquipmentEdit

Gau can equip lightweight vests and hats, universal shields, and a few helmets. Gau cannot equip weapons without using the Merit Award (SNES only), except for the universal Impartisan. Equipping it will make him physically weaker unless he's under the Imp status.

WeaponsEdit

Unarmed Spear

ArmorEdit

Shields Helmets Body Armor

As an "enemy"Edit

Gau can be encountered as an enemy on the Veldt if he has leaped previously and not returned yet and the party has fewer than four members. As long as the battle is not a back attack, side attack, or pincer attack, there is a chance Gau will appear after the monsters are defeated. He can be attacked and even killed during this time, but if the player does not attack him, he will speak up and rejoin the group with the Rages of any monsters present in the battle he leaped and the battle he returned in.

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