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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.
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 weak against Ice.
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.
Location: Black Mage Village
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