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Gilgamesh (Final Fantasy VI boss)

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Gilgamesh is a boss in the Advance and subsequent versions of Final Fantasy VI. He is fought after the party bets the Excalipoor in the Dragon's Neck Coliseum after purchasing the sword in the auction in Jidoor. The battle, unlike every other fight in the coliseum, is fully controlled by the player, and all four party members are used.

Stats Edit

Final Fantasy VI enemy stats
#346#347 (GBA) #348
☆074☆075 (Mobile/PC) ☆076
Names Location Type Other information
GBA: Gilgamesh
Mobile/PC: Gilgamesh
Dragon's Neck Colosseum ((in SNES)) Humanoid Harder to run from. The party cannot escape.
Level HP MP Attack Magic
97 38,000 3,200 51 8
Defense Magic Defense Magic Evasion Speed Hit Rate
0 212 30 88 180
Evasion EXP Gil
45 0 0
Elemental affinities
Fire-icon-ffvi Ice-icon-ffvi Lightning-icon-ffvi Poison-icon-ffvi Holy-icon-ffvi
100% 100% 100% 200% 100%
Earth-icon-ffvi Wind-icon-ffvi Water-icon-ffvi Restorative Instant Death
100% 100% 100% -100%Absorbs 100%
Statuses and immunities
Blind Zombie Poison Magitek Invisible Imp Petrify Death Doom Critical
Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune
Image Silence Berserk Confuse Sap Sleep Float Regen Slow Haste
Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune - - Immune -
Stop Shell Protect Reflect Meteor Strike Libra Sketch Control Fractional Invincible
Immune - - - Immune - - Immune Immune -
Items (GBA/Mobile/PC)
Steal Item dropped Metamorphose
(Miss rate: 100%)
[87.5%Applies when successful; success based on users' level, doubles with Thief's Bracer.] Genji Glove
[12.5%Applies when successful; success based on users' level, doubles with Thief's Bracer.] Genji Shield
[87.5%] Genji Helm
[12.5%] Genji Armor

[Slot 1 (25%)]Antidote
[Slot 2 (25%)]Green Cherry
[Slot 3 (25%)]Eyedrops
[Slot 4 (25%)]Gold Needle
Morph ID: 0
Abilities (GBA/Mobile/PC)
Attack Abilities Rage Sketch Control(Immune) & Confuse (Immune)
Normal Attack: Rune Blade
Special Attack: Blade Dance (Level 1 = Attack x 1.5)
Aero, Dischord, 1000 Needles, Aqua Breath, Revenge Blast, Quasar, Protect, Shell, Haste, Jump, Lightbringer, Ragnarok, Zantetsuken, Mutsunokami None Attack, Haste Attack

Battle Edit

Gilgamesh can be difficult. He will begin with either his physical strike, Aero, or Dischord. Players will have to watch for Dischord, as it will greatly reduce the victim's stats. Gilgamesh's second turn will either be 1000 Needles or a physical attack. Gilgamesh will use his third turn for either a physical attack or a casting of Stone or Aqua Breath. Upon the fourth round Gilgamesh will either attack, or cast Revenge Blast or Quasar. Revenge Blast can KO a character if Gilgamesh has taken enough damage. This cycle will repeat until his HP drops to 25,600.

When Gilgamesh's HP drops to 25,600, he casts Protect, Shell, and Haste upon himself and shifts to new battle tactics. Gilgamesh begins to use the Jump command, rendering himself invulnerable in-between attacks. Upon striking with Jump, he next uses his special attack, Blade Dance, that deals 1.5x the damage of his physical attack followed by three normal physical attacks.

This can be dangerous, especially if he targets the same person each time. After using his special, Gilgamesh will toss either the Lightbringer or Ragnarok at a character, KOing them. The next turn he will throw either the Zantetsuken or Mutsunokami, after which he will restart this cycle with Jump.

Gilgamesh, as is tradition, has a set of Genji equipment to be stolen and dropped, so bringing Locke to the battle can be fortuitous. To steal from Gilgamesh, as he's level 97, will require a level 48 character for even a 1% chance at stealing.

Bringing Strago will allow him to learn several new Lores.

After the fight, Gilgamesh acknowledges the party's strength and gives himself up as magicite, becoming available to summon as an esper.

Strategy Edit

Flare, Holy, Ultima, and other powerful spells work well. A simple way to beat Gilgamesh is to attack until he jumps, then summon Phantom to grant Invisible status to the party. At this point Gilgamesh uses only physical attacks and thus can no longer damage the party.

Because of the mechanics of the Slot ability, if Gilgamesh uses Dischord at the battle's start, Setzer and/or Gogo is immediately capable of using the 7-7-7 variety of Joker's Death. If either of these two party members are brought along, the battle can end as soon as it begins.

AI script Edit

Attack Turns:

1st Turn: Attack (33%) or Aero (33%) or Dischord (33%)
2nd Turn: Attack (33%) or 1000 Needles (33%) or Attack (33%)
3rd Turn: Attack (33%) or Stone (33%) or Aqua Breath (33%)
4th Turn: Attack (33%) or Revenge Blast (33%) or Quasar (33%)

If HP <= 25600:

Protect (100%)
Shell (100%)
Haste (100%)
Set Var36

If V36 is set:

1st Turn: Jump (100%)
2nd Turn: Blade Dance (100%)
Attack (100%)
Attack (100%)
Attack (100%)
3rd Turn: Throw: Lightbringer or Ragnarok
4th Turn: Throw: Zantetsuken or Mutsunokami

If attacked by anything: Attack (66%)

Gallery Edit

Etymology Edit

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.

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