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The Lamia is an enemy from Final Fantasy IX, found exclusively in the Bell Room in Gizamaluke's Grotto. Unlike the its counterparts from the other games, this one has a grotesque appearance.

BattleEdit

Its Entice ability will confuse male members of the party (also affecting Quina) unless Clear Headed is equipped. Lamia is quick and will usually take a turn immediately after any of the party members acts. It repeatedly casts Might on itself to boost its physical attack power. It will sometimes use Cure on itself after being attacked. Lamia can be eaten by Quina to learn LV3 Def-Less.

StrategyEdit

It is best to take the Lamia out quickly before it casts Might on itself too many times, as even high-level characters can succumb to a single blow. Equipping Zidane with the Butterfly Sword and using Soul Blade on the Lamia will prevent it from using Cure and Might (but not Entice). Lamia is possibly the most troublesome enemy in the game's first disc.

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EtymologyEdit

In Greek mythology, Lamia was a beautiful Libyan queen who turned into a child-eating demon. She is often referred to as having the lower half of a snake and sometimes a large mouth (lamia in Greek means "large shark", while laimos means gullet).

Later characteristics attributed to her are similar to that of succubi, in that the lamia seduces men, enticing them in order to feed on their blood. It is also said they reside in towers or secluded areas and have magical abilities.

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