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Kana ギルガメッシュ
Rōmaji Girugamesshu
Japanese Name Gilgamesh
Original Game Final Fantasy V
Story Difficulty
EX Mode Gilgamesh Morphing Time
EX Burst Strongest Sword
Japanese Voice Actor Kazuya Nakai [1]
English Voice Actor Keith Szarabajka
Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy Character
The weapon collecting, dimension hopping, self-proclaimed "legendary swordsman". Although possessing the body of a fiend, he holds a strong sense of loyalty and compassion.

Gilgamesh is a secret playable character in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, representing Final Fantasy V. Introduced as Exdeath's most prominent lieutenant, he was ultimately banished to the Interdimensional Rift after repeatedly failing his assignments. Since then, he began traveling between worlds collecting rare weapons and challenging worthy enemies to battle.

In Dissidia 012 Gilgamesh is seeking Bartz, wishing to challenge his old rival to their promised rematch. Though he is treated as a villain, Gilgamesh is an outsider to the cycles of war, and it is left ambiguous as to if he was summoned by Chaos to fight, or just happened upon World B and the cycles of war by chance while travelling between worlds.

In order to unlock him as a playable character, the player is first required to beat the entirety of the Dissidia 012 storyline, then complete the first chapter of the 013 story. The player will need to go to the Reports section and beat the sixth scenario in Report 8 with Bartz. It will unlock Gilgamesh in the PP Catalog as a purchasable character, which costs 300 PP.


Gilgamesh Alt Images

Gilgamesh's appearance in Dissidia 012 is directly based on his original artwork by Yoshitaka Amano for Final Fantasy V, which, in turn, is based on a design by Tetsuya Nomura. He wears primarily red and gray armor with yellow accents, gray shorts with red polka-dots, and a horned hood.

Gilgamesh's first alternate outfit, "Special Red Cloak," is based on his Final Fantasy VIII appearance, where he has lighter armor and a red cloak that obscures most of his head and face. During EX Mode, his appearance is stated to be based on his Final Fantasy XII design, though it more so resembles his Master Creatures figure.

Gilgamesh's second alternate outfit, "Special Steel Armor", is based on his recurring sprite appearance. Gilgamesh wears heavier full-plate armor on his torso and arms with a hornless helmet. The lower half of his head is partially covered by a golden neck guard. His EX Mode is recolored to match his morphed appearance in Final Fantasy V while in the Interdimensional Rift, giving him darker skin, purple wrist guards, and black and red armor with purple jewels.

Gilgamesh's DLC costume "Great Genbu Armor" is taken directly from his appearance in Final Fantasy Type-0. He wears black and red turtle-themed armor, with a black tunic flaring down from his waist. His helmet obscures most of his face, and lacks horns. His armor has a zipper on its back, which didn't appear in his Type-0 appearance. Gilgamesh's EX Mode is modeled after his True Gilgamesh form from Type-0.

Gilgamesh's manikin, the Fallacious Giant, is turquoise.


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Gilgamesh appears to Squall, Vaan and Zidane.

Unlike the other characters, Gilgamesh was not summoned to the world the wars take place in, but instead stumbles upon it by chance and, in contrast with everyone else, retains his memories because of it. Wandering the depths of the Rift, Gilgamesh finds himself at Pandaemonium. Sensing the presence of his old rival, Bartz, Gilgamesh suddenly hears someone coming up behind him. He turns around, announcing his return to Bartz, only for Squall, Zidane and Vaan to appear instead. Much to his confusion, not one of them remembers him from his visits to their respective original worlds, due to the memory loss caused by being summoned to the cycles of war.

Realizing Bartz is not among them, Gilgamesh walks off, leaving the three thoroughly confused. Just after he disappears, however, Bartz arrives, asking if he missed anything. Zidane asks him if he knows Gilgamesh, describing the swordsman's appearance. Suffering from the same memory loss as the others, Bartz doesn't recall Gilgamesh, and denies knowing such a person.

Gilgamesh Kabuki Pose

Gilgamesh's battle stance against Bartz in FMV.

Some time later, Gilgamesh, wandering the Rift once again, has a short fantasy of how his rematch will play out with Bartz once he finds him. In this fantasy, the rematch ends in his favor, resulting in praise from Bartz while Gilgamesh enjoys his victory. Sensing Bartz shortly after this, coming to at the Rift and confused how he got there, Gilgamesh emerges from a portal high above, landing on the ground in front of Bartz. He assumes a kabuki pose as Bartz seems to begin remembering him. Deciding he doesn't recognize Gilgamesh after all, Bartz simply walks away, noting Gilgamesh as being "weird".

Crushed by his rival's nonchalance, Gilgamesh reintroduces himself, trying to figure out why Bartz doesn't remember him. Repeating the speech he had fantasized shortly before, he explains how he had traveled to many worlds, and finally came back from the Rift to get his promised rematch with Bartz. Still confused, Bartz ends up being persuaded into fighting Gilgamesh, in a battle he ultimately wins.

Surprised Bartz has also been honing his skills since their last meeting, Gilgamesh declares the battle is only beginning, only for Bartz to point out he's fading. Much to Gilgamesh's surprise, he has been affected by the rules of the war, and, now defeated, must return to his original world (or rather, lack thereof). To his dismay, a portal opens beneath his feet and, despite his best attempts to resist, Gilgamesh is sucked back into the Rift, swearing to return for a true rematch against Bartz someday. Bartz notes something seemed familiar about Gilgamesh, and simply muses that he and Gilgamesh will probably meet again some day.

Official QuestsEdit

In two Official Quests, Gilgamesh finds his way back to World B to seek out Bartz again. In one quest he finds Exdeath and mistakes him for Enkidu, much to Exdeath's irritation. Gilgamesh rejoices in being reunited with his "friend" and challenges him to a sparring match, but through the fighting regains his memories and realizes who Exdeath is. Shortly after, a portal to the Rift opens and consumes him.

In the second quest, Gilgamesh comes across Prishe on patrol. Prishe asks Gilgamesh if he is a Warrior for Chaos or Cosmos, and Gilgamesh, unaware of what she means, declares himself a "chaos warrior" as a veteran of battle. Gilgamesh tells Prishe he is looking for his archrival, and Prishe assumes, as he is a Warrior of Chaos, that he means her. The two battle, and afterwards Gilgamesh is again pulled into the Rift. Prishe would report the sighting to Shantotto, which would inspire her to seek a way to enter the Rift to escape the cycles of war.


See also: Gilgamesh/Dissidia/Quotes
Dissidia 012 Gilgamesh Weapons

Gilgamesh is described as a Frenzied Swordsman, where he picks a weapon at random when attacking. This makes the strength and effects of his attacks unpredictable. Whenever he attacks, there is a 15% chance of Gilgamesh using the Excalibur, Excalipoor, Zantetsuken or Genji Blade, and a 10% chance of him using the Masamune, Naginata, Chicken Knife and Battle Axe.

Gilgamesh is mostly a mid to melee-range fighter, with quick close-range attacks and slower charging mid-range attacks. He does however have access to a handful of magic attacks that have decent range. His HP attacks are versatile across range as well. However, he moves a bit slowly, and the unreliable nature of his fighting style means his attacks have inconsistent power and range.

The weapons and their special abilities are as follows:

  • Excalibur - All Bravery damage dealt is doubled.
  • Excalipoor - All Bravery damage is reduced to 1.
  • Naginata - Attack has greater range.
  • Masamune - Long range but shorter than Naginata, generates more EX Force on hit, 75% normal damage.
  • Genji Blade - Depletes the opponent's EX Gauge with each hit. 75% normal damage.
  • Zantetsuken - Has a chance of inflicting Bravery Break instantly when attacking.
  • Battle Axe - Attack does random damage, from 25% to 175% normal damage.
  • Chicken Knife - The lower Gilgamesh's HP, the higher the Bravery damage done, from normal damage at full HP to 220% damage at 1 HP.


Gilgamesh is fought as a boss in Report 8, Side Story: The Roving Swordsman. He must be fought using Bartz, and defeating him unlocks him as a playable character that can be purchased at the PP catalog.


Bravery attacksEdit

Move Type CP (Mastered) AP Priority Effect Damage type Obtained Image
Cross Slash Ground 30 (15) 100 Melee Low Wall Rush Physical Initial Gilgamesh CrossSlash
Charge forward slashing, then swing twice more and knock the opponent away. In EX Mode, deals more hits.
Wind Slash Ground 30 (15) 100 Ranged Low None Magical Initial Gilgamesh WindSlash
Fire a blast of slicing wind at the opponent.
Dual Thrust Ground 30 (15) 120 Melee Low Chase Physical Level 4 Gilgamesh DualThrust
Lunge forward and stab the opponent, then swing up to send them into the air. Short reach, but quick strike. In EX Mode, deals more hits.
Whirlwind Slash
Ground 30 (15) 120 Melee Low Chase Physical Level 24 Gilgamesh WhirlwindSlash
Leap up and charge at the opponent spinning weapons, then turn and send them flying. Slow start-up but decent range. In EX Mode, deals more hits and has increased area of effect while charging.
Tsubamegaeshi Aerial 30 (15) 100 Melee Low Wall Rush Physical Initial Gilgamesh Tsubamegaeshi
Dive down slightly while slashing, then use a chain of attacks that slams the opponent to the ground. In EX Mode deals more hits.
Electrocute Aerial 30 (15) 120 Ranged Low None Magical Initial Gilgamesh Electrocute
Bring down a lightning strike on the opponent that creates a ring of electricity.
Double Trouble Aerial 30 (15) 120 Melee Low Wall Rush Physical Level 16 Gilgamesh DoubleTrouble
Slash in a wide sweep, then slam the opponent away. Short reach, but a quick strike. In EX Mode, deals more hits.
Whirlwind Slash
Aerial 30 (15) 120 Melee Low Chase Physical Level 32 Gilgamesh WhirlwindSlash
Leap up and charge at the opponent spinning weapons, then turn and send them flying. Slow start-up but decent range. In EX Mode, deals more hits and has increased area of effect while charging.

HP attacksEdit

Move Type CP (Mastered) AP Priority Effect Damage type Obtained Image
Death Claw Ground 30 (15) 130 Melee High Wall Rush Physical Initial Gilgamesh DeathClaw
Slashes twice in a cross motion while moving forward. In EX Mode has larger area of effect.
Jump Ground 30 (15) 130 Melee High Dodge Physical Level 9 Gilgamesh JumpUp
Gilgamesh JumpDown
Gilgamesh JumpImpact
Launch into the air and descend to headbutt opponent. Can control landing point with analog stick. In EX Mode has larger area of impact.
Rocket Punch Ground 30 (15) 130 Ranged High Wall Rush N/A Level 28 Gilgamesh RocketPunch
Launches fists at his opponent. In EX Mode fires multiple fists over a large area. Can fire on a slight angle up or down.
Sword Dance Aerial 30 (15) 130 Melee High Wall Rush Physical Initial Gilgamesh SwordDance
Pause, then sweep towards opponent while slashing. If it connects, perform a sequence of twirling hits and knock them away.
Hurricane Aerial 30 (15) 130 Melee High None Physical Level 20 Gilgamesh Hurricane
Spin and creates a whirlwind. Fast execution but low range.
Missile Aerial 30 (15) 130 Ranged High Wall Rush N/A Level 36 Gilgamesh Missile
Launch a missile at opponent. Moves slowly but explodes over a large radius and has strong tracking. In EX Mode fires two missiles in sequence.

EX ModeEdit

Gilgamesh EX Mode
Strongest Sword

Gilgamesh's EX Mode is Gilgamesh Morphing Time, in which he transforms into his true form as seen in Final Fantasy V, giving him eight arms, different armor and a monstrous-looking helmet. While in EX Mode, Gilgamesh gains the ability "Octo-Break", which causes each arm to wield any of the eight weapons used by him in battle - he has a 45% chance of wielding eight of the same weapon, a 45% chance of using four weapons twice each, and a 10% chance of a random alternate combination.

Whatever weapon(s) Gilgamesh is holding, their relevant bonuses are applied to all his attacks, while weapons that affect his attack power alternatively activate their effects. Thus the benefits of Gilgamesh's EX Mode are impossible to predict, but his attacks are much more reliable. Gilgamesh's melee Bravery attacks do more hits, and some of his HP attacks hit over larger areas.

Gilgamesh's EX Burst is Strongest Sword, where eight swords spin in front of Gilgamesh. The player has to select Excalibur, which is the red sword. If the player selects correctly Gilgamesh attacks the opponent five times, then ends the EX Burst with Ultimate Illusion, where he leaps into the air and slams his sword down, creating a shockwave that deals HP damage. If the player selects Excalipoor, it will only deal bravery damage of 1, then Gilgamesh looks at the sword realizing it is not Excalibur and throws away the sword which lands onto the opponent, dealing HP damage.


Gilgamesh can equip Swords, Daggers, Greatswords, Katanas, Spears, Axes, Thrown Weapons, Parrying Weapons, Shields, Gauntlets, Large Shields, Helms, Light Armor, Heavy Armor, and Chestplates.

Exclusive WeaponsEdit

Name Level Stats Effects Obtained
Osafune 30 BRV +41
ATK +40
DEF -2
EX Force Absorption +3% Trade: 61000 gil, Uchigatana, Scarletite x1, Giant's Desire x5
Kotetsu 90 BRV +34
ATK +63
DEF -1
EX Force Absorption +5% Trade: 158,000 gil, Osafune, Electrum x1, Giant's Dream x5
Yoshiyuki 100 BRV +39
ATK +68
DEF -1
EX Force Absorption +10%
Riposte effect
Trade: 182,800 gil, Kotetsu, Enkidu Feather x1, Giant's Hopes x5



  • Gilgamesh's exclusive weapons are katana of varying strength. They are obtained in their respective order of strength, with the Osafune being low-ranked, the Kotetsu being mid-ranked, while the Yoshiyuki (also known as the Mutsunokami) surpasses them both.
  • Gilgamesh's HP attacks are based on those he used in several battles during Final Fantasy V.
  • Gilgamesh's weapon arsenal references his weapons throughout the series, and have effects that also draw back to famous weapons:
    • Masamune, Excalibur and Excalipoor are recurring abilities he may perform when summoned.
      • Excalibur, in particular, is the legendary blade Gilgamesh is searching for in several games.
      • One of Gilgamesh's trademark weapons is Excalipoor, a false Excalibur Gilgamesh mistook for the real one in Final Fantasy V. Both Excalibur and Excalipoor resemble the fake Tournesol he wields in Final Fantasy XII.
      • The Masamune is Sephiroth's variation, albeit with a shorter blade.
    • The Genji Blade alludes to the Genji equipment Gilgamesh carries in his appearances, which can be stolen or dropped from him. In Dissidia 012, the Genji Blade appears as a fake of Auron's version of the sword from Final Fantasy X, much like the counterfeits Gilgamesh wields in Final Fantasy XII. It bears a Japanese character denoting it as fake, which echoes Gilgamesh's false Buster Sword.
    • Zantetsuken is Odin's weapon, which Gilgamesh is in possession of in Final Fantasy VIII and Final Fantasy XII. In Dissidia 012, its design is based on its appearance in Odin's Final Fantasy IV artwork.
    • The Naginata and the Battle Axe are present on sprites in Final Fantasy V, with the Battle Axe only appearing in his morphed form in Final Fantasy V. The Battle Axe's effect of dealing random damage is similar to how axes and hammers function in Final Fantasy XII.
    • The Chicken Knife in Final Fantasy V increases in power when the party escapes battles, and is potentially the strongest weapon in the game. Although Gilgamesh never wielded it, he has a penchant for running from battles he loses. Additionally, Bartz wields the Chicken Knife's counterpart, the Brave Blade, during his EX Burst. Contrarily, the Chicken Knife in Dissidia becomes stronger as Gilgamesh's HP drops, reflecting the Valiant Knife's function from Final Fantasy VI. Penelo alludes to this when describing it.
  • During his introductions before a fight, Gilgamesh emerges from a interdimensional portal on the ground, an allusion to his travels through different dimensions following his banishment to the Rift by Exdeath. The portal resembles the Banish spell from Final Fantasy V, which Exdeath used to cast Gilgamesh into the Rift. After losing to Bartz in Dissidia 012, Gilgamesh also utters the same set of pleas in his attempt to escape the Rift.
  • The name of Gilgamesh's EX Mode is a reference to his quotation prior to assuming his multi-armed boss form in Final Fantasy V. The quote itself was a reference to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
  • Gilgamesh's perfect EX Burst, Ultimate Illusion, is an attack he uses during his first battle in Final Fantasy XII, performed after he draws all of his fake weapons. It is a synonym of "Final Fantasy", and a line of dialogue spoken by Exdeath after his defeat in Final Fantasy V ('Is this my final fantasy?'). His cry of disappointment after failing his EX Burst, "This is far from the strongest of swords!", mirrors what he says in Final Fantasy V after attacking the party with Excalipoor.
  • In Final Fantasy VI Advance, Blade Dance is an attack exclusive to Gilgamesh.
  • When Gilgamesh throws Excalipoor, a speech bubble pops up with the Japanese equivalent of "Doink!", a sound associated with Tonberries stabbing a target. The English version's speech bubble instead features an exclamation point.
  • When using Jump, he shouts "Fell for it!" In several games, Gilgamesh feigns defeat, only to cast Shell, Haste, and Protect on himself and renew his assault with Jump, while mocking the party for being misled.
  • When Gilgamesh searches for Bartz, he runs into Vaan, Zidane, and Squall, who do not remember him, despite that he was in each of their games with a different appearance.
  • Before fighting Yuna, Gilgamesh says "Huh, I wouldn't mind being summoned by you." This is a reference to him being a summon in several games, including Dissidia and Dissidia 012.
  • When facing either Zidane or Vaan, he alludes to them being thieves, and the fact that weapons and Genji equipment can be stolen from him during boss encounters.
  • Gabranth's dialogue when encountering Gilgamesh alludes to Gilgamesh being an Elite Mark in Ivalice.
  • In Report 19 in the description of the scene in which Gilgamesh imagines his fight with Bartz reads "Not quite blue, blue skies and rolling seas, but a good day for fighting nonetheless". This refers to what Gilgamesh said before being fought on Xezat's fleet, "Ahhh... blue, blue skies and the rolling sea!"
  • In Gilgamesh's EX Burst, there are seven spinning Excalipoors and one Excalibur, making one sword for each of his appearances in the series at the time of Dissidia 012's release.
  • An item needed to create the Yoshiyuki is the Enkidu Feather, an allusion to his companion.
    • Although he isn't mentioned in the game, he is hinted at in the Japanese version official quest where Gilgamesh had no memories of who Exdeath really is and believe that he was in fact his companion. This is shown when Gilgamesh is trying to identify who Exdeath is by trying to say his name, however the name he speaks is 'E...En...Enn' instead of 'Ekusu' in Japanese romaji before discarding it. He even reminisces over memories of the time he spent together with Enkidu from Final Fantasy V.
  • Gilgamesh's Bravery attack, Tsubamegaeshi, is Cyan's Desperation Attack in Final Fantasy VI.
  • Bartz's line when encountering Gilgamesh is "Don't go running off!", referencing how Gilgamesh escapes any battle he loses in Final Fantasy V.
  • When seen from the side during fights, Gilgamesh has the same pose he assumes in his battle sprites.
  • When Gilgamesh fights Prishe, he will say, "Ladies must act elegantly." This may be a reference to his advice to the tomboyish Faris Scherwiz before he sacrifices himself to defeat the Necrophobe in Final Fantasy V. In that battle, he tells her to "act like a lady every now and again".
  • Oddly, Cecil's opening quote when facing Gilgamesh is "Malice? No, this feeling is..." in reference to Galuf's line in his final battle with Exdeath.


  • Gilgamesh, along with Vaan and Firion, are the only characters to not have their original Japanese voice actors reprise their role, due to Gilgamesh's Final Fantasy XII voice actor, Daisuke Gori, passing away.
    • With Keith Szarabajka taking over the role in Dissidia 012 from John DiMaggio in Final Fantasy XII, Gilgamesh is the only character to have neither of his original voice actors reprise their role.
  • Gilgamesh and Jecht share a final blow quote.
  • When Gilgamesh attacks, there are various sound and/or visual effects that occur depending on his weapon. For example, the Chicken Knife creates clucking sounds, the Excalipoor has a "plink" sound, Zantetsuken creates lightning when it hits, and Excalibur creates a shockwave.
  • When Gilgamesh begins his EX Burst, he spins forward and crashes into the "screen", leaving a crack that breaks away to reveal the EX Burst background. This is a play on the drama concept of "breaking the fourth wall", referring to when one acknowledges they are a character in a form of media.
  • If Gilgamesh wins through an HP attack in EX Mode, his extra arms will be holding the weapons he wielded while in his EX Mode during his Victory Pose. If he wins a fight through a properly executed EX Burst, he can be seen holding the Excalibur during the fight's slow-motion ending, but dismisses the sword at the start of his victory pose. If he wins through a failed EX Burst, he holds no weapon at all.
  • Due to the random nature of his EX Mode, there are 6,435 different combinations for Gilgamesh's benefits while in EX Mode.
  • When using Excalipoor, Gilgamesh is the only character with attacks that can deal a set amount of damage regardless of Attack or Defense values.
  • When used as an Assist, Gilgamesh will always attack with either Excalibur or Excalipoor. This also has the effect of making him do the most damage of any Assist when using Excalibur, and the weakest Assist with Excalipoor.
  • Gilgamesh's perfect EX Burst has the highest base damage of any EX Burst.


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