|Final Fantasy Enemy|
At long last! The ultimate sword... is... MINE! Now I can finally go home! Hey, where did YOU come from? Oh, you mean you were looking for the Excalibur, too? How rude of me. I mean, the four of you come all this way... Of course I'll let you have the sword. ...
I'd say you've been hitting the oxyale a bit hard if you believed THAT!
Gilgamesh is an optional boss in the Dawn of Souls and succeeding versions of the original Final Fantasy, fought on Floor B5 of the Lifespring Grotto. He appears randomly at several locations on the floor, and must be found and beaten before the party can progress further into the dungeon. Talking to the mermaids will give the player clues as to where he can be found.
Gilgamesh's Strength stat is very high, and can easily wipe out party members in a single hit. Luckily, he tends to use Excalipoor as often as his physical attack, and this always does 1 HP of damage to a single character. His Magical Defense is also high, so magic is not very effective against him. Protect is a good spell to use for this fight, in order to reduce the damage from his physical strikes.
Also, using Haste and Temper on the party's physical attackers is always a good idea. Gilgamesh may occasionally use Wind Slash on the entire party for about 100 damage, but it is not as much of a threat as his strong regular attacks. Heal when necessary, and repeat the formula until he is defeated. Casting Invis, Invisira, or using the White Robe as an item to raise the Evasion of weaker party members may help if his physical attacks prove to be too overwhelming.
Gilgamesh is the main character of the Epic of Gilgamesh, an Akkadian poem considered the first great work of literature. He is a demigod with superhuman strength who builds the walls of Uruk to defend his people and travels to meet the sage Utnapishtim, a survivor of the Great Flood.
Gilgamesh is believed to have actually existed by many scholars. It is estimated he lived sometime between 2800 and 2500 BC. The Sumerian King List claims Gilgamesh ruled the city of Uruk for 126 years.
Gilgamesh in Final Fantasy is also based on Benki, a character in Japanese mythology who sets out to collect 100 swords, and protect his companion Ushiwaka.