- See also: Griever (Final Fantasy VIII)
Griever is a boss in Final Fantasy VIII. It is battled in one of the phases of the final battle, summoned by Ultimecia as her Guardian Force. Griever will be called whatever the player named Squall's ring when he describes him to Rinoa, to reflect that he is part of Squall's mind. Griever's true nature is made more explicit in the Japanese version of the game where Ultimecia claims to summon the one entity Squall views as the most powerful whose power would only increase the stronger Squall envisions it. This means that this manifestation of Griever is powerful purely because of his importance as a symbol in Squall's mind, and could even be seen as Squall needing to overcome a part of himself to win the battle.
Griever resembles a giant anthropomorphic leonine creature with a pair of wings, crimson blade-like protrusions on his arms and horns on his head. His skin is deep purple with crimson patterns. He has white hair or fur on his head and parts of his body, and his wings are bat-like, yet have white feathers instead of leathery membrane.
Griever is fought during the second phase of the final boss battle, and later merges with Ultimecia in the third phase creating a hybrid. His main attack in his original form is Shockwave Pulsar, which is Quistis's ultimate Blue Magic. During the battle Griever is capable of blowing away the party's magic reserves. The party can defend against Shockwave Pulsar by casting Shell. The player can tell when Griever is about to use it, as the battle background will be swirling and shaking more than normal, so they can heal to full health before.
As with all stages of the final battle, knocked out party members may be absorbed into time if not revived fast enough. Before the final battle it is useful to fill everyone's magic reserves so all spaces are used, even with spells like Fires and Blizzards that are not used for junctioning, as the final bosses are capable of destroying the player's magic stocks, but which spell is chosen is random.
The music that plays during the battle with Griever is titled "The Legendary Beast".
"Griever" comes from the word "to grieve" which means "to feel great sorrow".