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The Grand Dragon is a dragon-type enemy from Final Fantasy IX. It can be found at Popos Heights on the Mist Continent (can be entered via Gizamaluke's Grotto), Cazedil Plains on the Outer Continent, Lanar Island—which is near the Qu's Marsh on the south end of the Forgotten Continent—and Sacrobless Island on the Salvage Archipelago.

StatsEdit

Final Fantasy IX enemy stats
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Location Class Eat Other information
Popos Heights, Cazedil Plains, Sacrobless Island, Lanar Island Dragon LV3 Def-less None
Stats
Level HP MP Strength Defense
60 13,206 2,550 22 10
Evade Magic Magic Def Magic Eva Attack
6 22 10 8 87
Spirit Speed EXP Gil AP
39 50 35,208 2,604 3
Elemental affinities
Fire Ice Thunder Water
100% 150% Half 100%
Wind Earth Holy Shadow Healing
100% 100% 100% 100% -100%Absorbs
Statuses and immunities
Petrify Venom Virus Silence Darkness Trouble Zombie Death Confuse Berserk
- - Immune Immune Immune - - - Immune -
Stop Auto-Life Poison Sleep Regen Haste Slow Float Shell Protect
- Immune - - - - - - - -
Heat Freeze Vanish Doom Mini Reflect Gradual Petrify Eat Scan Gravity
- - Immune - - - - - Immune Immune
Items
Steal Item dropped Card dropped [12.5%]
[100%] Tent
[25%] Ether
[6.25%] Nothing
[0.39%] Rising Sun
[100%] Nothing
[37.5%] Phoenix Down
[12.5%] Ether
[0.39%] Ether
Grand Dragon
Abilities
Abilities Eat
Poison Claw, Thundaga, Venom Breath, Thundaga LV3 Def-less

Battle Edit

Grand Dragon's high stats make it one of the most difficult regular enemies in the game. Its Thundaga spell can instantly KO the entire party if their levels are not high enough. It can also inflict Venom with its Venom Breath.

Grand Dragons are susceptible to instant death, the Blue Magic spell LV3 Def-Less (which lowers their Defense), and Sleep.

Grand Dragons are weak against Ice.

Strategy Edit

To counter Thundaga, the party can either equip Coral Rings or use the Auto-Reflect ability. When cast on the entire party and reflected, Thundaga can do around 5,000 Hit Points worth of damage. To nullify the effect of Venom Breath, the party can equip the Antibody ability. Distract will help Zidane, Steiner and Freya evade Poison Claw.

Quina's Level 5 Death (learned from Whale Zombies, Stropers, and Dracozombies) is a quick way to defeat it. The Blue Magic Aqua Breath also works well, but only has 50% accuracy. Another good strategy is to inflict Sleep, by either equipping everyone with the Insomniac ability and using Night, or using Zidane's Soul Blade with Ultima Weapon equipped. This will give the party enough time to get ready to attack and prepare for casualties.

Grand Dragons can be encountered as early as on Disc 1 when the party goes through Gizamaluke's Grotto which has a route that leads to the upper plateaus of the Mist Continent. The player's best chance of felling a Grand Dragon so early would be to use Quina's Limit Glove technique, learned from a Mandragora near a forest close to Chocobo Forest. This deals full 9999 damage when Quina is at 1 HP. Then, Quina can either eat it, or perform Limit Glove again to finish it off. The same party can return here on Disc 2 after the Treno events where Dagger's party can purchase a Reflect Ring from the Auction House. With everyone equipped with Auto-Reflect and Antibody, only Poison Claw can damage the party, and only a single one.

At this time, it can give a lot of exp making it a useful grinding spot early on.

Tetra Master Edit

Tetra Master
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Location: Black Mage Village


Gallery Edit

Etymology Edit

A dragon is a legendary creature, typically with serpentine or reptilian traits, that features in the myths of many cultures.

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