Neo Bahamut (バハムート改, Bahamūto Kai?, lit. Revised Bahamut) is a recurring summon in the series. It is a stronger version of Bahamut that originally appeared in Final Fantasy VII. It is a red dragon whose attack is Gigaflare.
Neo Bahamut lifts the enemy party on a piece of earth into the sky, before firing a beam that shatters the earth sending the enemy party plummeting to the ground.
It costs 140 MP to summon. Neo Bahamut's spell power is equal to 5x the base magic damage.
|Stats||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Master|
|AP for level||30000||80000||140000||200000|
|Stat changes||Magic +1, Magic Def. +1, Max HP-5%, Max MP+5%|
This Eidolon surpasses Bahamut in strength, sturdiness, and speed. In addition, Neo Bahamut's Giga Flare is exponentially more powerfull than the Mega Flare of its predecessor. Even its relatively short summoning period can be overlooked in light of its outstanding performance in the field. Neo Bahamut's only true flaw is the extremely limited number of covenants. With fewer than ten of these Eidolons at their behest, Sorcery keeps their Neo Bahamut fleet under lock and key, temporarily lending them out to the dominion legions only on very rare occasions.
A more powerful form of Bahamut, Neo Bahamut, is an Eidolon available by completing the Expert Trial Colonel Faith's Revolt on Agito difficulty. It uses Rush, Giga Flare and Shock Wave. Its summoning radius is 3,0m and its summon time is 35s-50s.
Neo Bahamut does not appear as a usable Esper, but the summon does appear during Cloud's Giga Flare UR Legend summon.
Neo Bahamut is a Rank 6 Summoning ability, obtained from the Neo Bahamut Nightmare Dungeon. It deals four non-elemental summon magic hits to all enemies. The player can only acquire one copy of Neo Bahamut, as the Record Crystal needed to craft it is a unique item won from the Nightmare Dungeon and used up in the crafting.
|Rank||Uses||Material 1||Material 2||Material 3|
|1||2||Summoning Crystal x10||Non-Elemental Crystal x6||Dark Crystal x6|
|2||3||Summoning Crystal x20||Non-Elemental Crystal x12||Dark Crystal x12|
|3||4||Summoning Crystal x30||Non-Elemental Crystal x18||Dark Crystal x18|
|4||5||Summoning Crystal x50||Non-Elemental Crystal x30||Dark Crystal x30|
|5||6||Summoning Crystal x100||Non-Elemental Crystal x50||Dark Crystal x50|
Neo Bahamut is also the Nightmare boss of the dungeon that must be completed to acquire the Neo Bahamut Record Crystal. The player is penalized for striking Neo Bahamut with Black Magic or physical blows, and it counters damaging Soul Breaks. While there are other ways to damage it, the fight is designed for the player to defeat Neo Bahamut with Summon abilities.
When Neo Bahamut falls to 80% health, it will give itself permanent Reflect status and begin cycling the stage background through Fire, Ice, and Lightning-elemental stages. Striking Neo Bahamut with the corresponding element will cause it to resist the damage, and it will spawn an Energy Orb that can attack the party alongside it. Conversely, the opposing element of the current stage (Ice, Fire, Water) is Neo Bahamut's weakness. Summons of other elements deal normal damage and will not prompt any reaction.
Neo Bahamut will cycle through the three stages until it falls to 50% HP, when the stage returns to normal. At this time any Energy Orbs spawned will become vulnerable to damage, and Neo Bahamut will prepare to absorb them to use Nightmare Gigaflare, dealing a fixed amount of damage to the entire party that increases the more Orbs it absorbs. Killing all the Orbs at once with a Summoning attack will cause them to explode and deal heavy damage to Neo Bahamut. Regardless of the fate of the Orbs, Neo Bahamut will liberally use its normal Megaflare and Gigaflare attacks in this final phase of the fight, so the player must go all-out to bring it down.
Neo Bahamut has been released as small trade figurines in Japan as part of Final Fantasy Creatures collections.
Neo is a prefix from the ancient Greek word for "new" or "young".
Bahamut (Arabic بهموت Bahamūt) originated as an enormous whale in ancient pre-Islamic Arabian mythology. Upon Bahamut's back stands a bull with four thousand eyes, ears, noses, mouths, tongues and feet called Kujuta (also spelled "Kuyutha"). Between each of these is a distance of a 500-year journey. On the back of Kujuta is a mountain of ruby. Atop this mountain is an angel who carries six hells, earth, and seven heavens on its shoulders.
Another version of the Arabic story is that Bahamut is indeed a dragon and he stands on a whale called Liwash.
In modern times, the game Dungeons & Dragons is responsible for re-imagining Bahamut as the king of dragons, a benevolent Platinum Dragon; the opposite of the malevolent Tiamat, the five-headed Chromatic Queen of Dragons.