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Gilgamesh is an esper in the Advance and later versions Final Fantasy VI who can be acquired as a magicite. Gilgamesh is a recurring character in the Final Fantasy series who usually appears as a swordsman obsessed with collecting weapons but ending up with poor quality replicas of the swords of legend he is after.

ProfileEdit

Like his other appearances, Gilgamesh has a gray complexion, red/orange armor, and as many as eight arms in which he holds an arsenal of different weapons.

His sprite is a slightly modified version of his appearance in Final Fantasy V.

ObtainedEdit

Gilgamesh is won in the Dragon's Neck Coliseum. First, the Excalipoor must be bought in the Jidoor Auction House (in the World of Ruin). When betting the sword the Dragon's Neck Coliseum, the player is first put in a battle against an Onion Dasher. Regardless of the outcome, Gilgamesh challenges the entire party to a boss battle for the Excalipoor.

BattleEdit

Gilgamesh costs 99 MP to summon, and has varying effects. Excalibur (first), Masamune (second) and Excalipoor (last) will drop onto the battlefield, the sword(s) will glow a specific color before Gilgamesh attacks the enemy party.

Attack Glow Color Effect Image
Excalibur Red Deals moderate Holy-elemental damage to all enemies, having a Spell Power of 120. FFVI Excalibur
Masamune Yellow Deals heavy damage to all enemies, having a Spell Power of 99 and ignores target's defense. FFVI Android Gilgamesh Magicite - Masamune
Excalipoor Turquoise Deals 1 point of damage to all enemies, having a Spell Power of 1. FFVI Excalipoor
Enkidu All three swords will glow Gilgamesh's demon-like companion deals damage to all enemies, having a Spell Power of 200 and ignores target's defense. FFVI Android Gilgamesh Magicite - Enkidu

The way the Gilgamesh summon works alludes to Final Fantasy VIII whose Gilgamesh summon appeared randomly to strike the player's opponent with a random sword from his collection.

MagiciteEdit

Gilgamesh is equippable as a magicite, and teaches the following spells:

He costs grants a +2 boost to Strength at level up.

BossEdit

Gilgamesh is fought in the Dragon's Neck Coliseum. Unlike other Coliseum battles, the battle against Gilgamesh is a normal boss battle where the player is in control of their full party. His AI script is similar to the second battle with him in Final Fantasy V, involving him casting buffs on himself and using Jump when his HP drops low. Continuing the tradition, the party can steal Genji equipment from him in the battle. If he is defeated, he acknowledges the party's strength and gives himself up as magicite.

EtymologyEdit

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 Benkei, a famous character in the Japanese mythologies and chronicles of the Genpei War. A powerful warrior monk said to have personally defeated 200 men in every battle he engaged in and said to have had the strength of demons, Benkei's introduction sees him set out to collect 1,000 weapons, and situates himself on a bridge, challenging any warrior who comes by. Eventually, he comes into the service and friendship of the charismatic but tragically destined "Ushiwaka" Minamoto no Yoshitsune, who marks his one thousandth duel, and only defeat during this endeavor.