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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 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.