Some Cactuars live long lives and grow huge. This Jumbo Cactuar is one of those.
Gigantuar (ジャボテンダー, Jabotendā?), also known as Jumbo Cactuar, is a recurring boss in the Final Fantasy series ever since its debut in Final Fantasy VIII. It is an enlarged Cactuar, usually towering over the party, and as a trademark often sports a curled mustache. As the Cactuar's trademark attack is 1000 Needles, the Gigantuar uses "10000 Needles", and in games where the HP limit exceeds 9,999, it may even have "99999 Needles".
The Gigantuar is a boss exclusive to the Advance and mobile versions, found in the desert south of Maranda in the World of Ruin after the player has slain 10 Cactuars. When defeated it transforms into the Cactuar magicite.
The Jumbo Cactuar appears on Cactuar Island—reached via Ragnarok—visible on the overworld map and engaging the party when approached. It grants the party access to the Cactuar Guardian Force when defeated. It has a unique Renzokuken sequence for Squall's Limit Break and can flee at low health. If it flees, the party must find it again and start over.
The Gigantuar is the target of Mission 54.
The Gigantuar appears as an optional post-game superboss fought in the Gladiators' Hall. Each time it is defeated, the party gets between 1 to 3 Moogle Coins. Gigantuar levels up every three times it is defeated, up to a maximum level of 6 after being defeated 15 times.
It is the only enemy in the game to be sprited in the 16-bit style in the remakes.
Depending on Gigantuar's type and rank, they can teach the user abilities that support the party and deal damage in battle. The summon can allow the wielder to use the following abilities:
- Upgrading stats
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Despite being as tall as a building, this incredibly rare specimen boasts all of the speed of its smaller brethren, and will flee when pressed - but only after first gifting you with a face full of its needles.
The Gigantuar appears as an enemy during Battle Music Sequences.
Gigantuar is a rare enemy encountered during certain special event challenges. When slain, it will drop an item, either an orb or upgrade material of 4* rarity, or occasionally, an orb or upgrade material of 5* rarity. It is weak to ice and holy elemental attacks.
Gigantuar is a mini-boss that spawns in Mirah Dunes after defeating a few Cactuars. After doing so, the player can use Summon Gigantuar as a Crystal Surge, which spawns a Gigantuar somewhere in the area.
Gigantuar is a portmanteau of "gigantic" and "cactuar."