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Pandemona (パンデモニウム, Pandemoniumu?) is a Wind-based Guardian Force appearing only in Final Fantasy VIII. Pandemona can be drawn from Fujin during the fight in the Balamb Hotel in disc 2. In the game's western versions, Pandemona can also be drawn from the boss in Ultimecia Castle, Red Giant, if the player failed to draw the GF from Fujin earlier in the game. Obtaining Pandemona in the Steam version earns the player the achievement Pandemona.

Tornado ZoneEdit

Tornado Zone

Pandemona's attack, "Tornado Zone" (暴風圏突入, Bōfūken Totsunyū?), is a Wind-elemental attack against all opponents. It is considered a welcome addition, as the majority of enemies in Final Fantasy VIII have a weakness against Wind attacks. Pandemona's summon time is 22.8s, which, according to the Final Fantasy VIII Ultimania, allows the player to boost its damage to around 240% of normal damage using a regular PlayStation controller.

Its damage is calculated as follows:[1]

Damage = 65 * Level / 10 + 46 + 14
Damage = Damage * (265 - TargetSpr) / 8
Damage = Damage * 46 / 256
Damage = Damage * Boost / 100
Damage = Damage * (100 + SummonMagBonus) / 100
Damage = Damage * (900 - ElemDef) / 100:

Elemental Defense starts at 800 (0%), 900 nullifies damage and 1000 absorbs it. If an enemy is shown to be weak against an element, its Elemental Defense is below 800. If damage becomes negative (due to high Elemental Defense), the target is healed by that amount.

CompatibilityEdit

A Guardian Force's compatibility determines how fast the summon attack can be executed. Compatibility is raised by summoning Pandemona, casting magic that has affinity with Pandemona and by using its compatibility items. The compatibility is lowered by summoning other GFs and using other GFs' compatibility items.

Compatibility Chart
Summon Effect Pandemona +20, Brothers -10, Every other GF -1.6
Compatibility Items Shear Feather +1.6, Windmill +3.2, LuvLuv G +20.2
Casting Magic Tornado +1, Aero +0.6, Apocalypse +0.2, Ultima +0.2, Water -0.8

AbilitiesEdit

Abilities learned naturally by Pandemona are listed below:

Ability AP Prerequisite Ability AP Prerequisite
FFVIII Junction ability icon Str-J (Already learned) FFVIII Character ability icon Str+40% 120 Str+20%
FFVIII Junction ability icon Spd-J 120None FFVIII Character ability icon Spd+20% 150 Spd-J
FFVIII Junction ability icon Elem-Atk-J (Already learned) FFVIII Character ability icon Spd+40% 200 Spd+20%
FFVIII Junction ability icon Elem-Def-J (Already learned) FFVIII Character ability icon Initiative 160 None
FFVIII Junction ability icon Elem-Def-Jx2 130 None FFVIII GF ability icon SumMag+10% 40 None
FFVIII Command ability icon Magic (Already learned) FFVIII GF ability icon SumMag+20% 70 SumMag+10%
FFVIII Command ability icon GF (Already learned) FFVIII GF ability icon SumMag+30% 140 SumMag+20%
FFVIII Command ability icon Draw (Already learned) FFVIII GF ability icon GFHP+10% 40 None
FFVIII Command ability icon Item (Already learned) FFVIII GF ability icon GFHP+20% 70 GFHP+10%
FFVIII Command ability icon Absorb 80 None FFVIII GF ability icon GFHP+30% 140 GFHP+20%
FFVIII Character ability icon Str+20% 60 None FFVIII GF ability icon Boost 10 None

Triple TriadEdit

Pandemona
TTPandemona Element Wind
Refine 1 refines into 100 Windmills
Drop N/A
Card N/A
Level 9 (GF Card) Win Balamb Hotel Owner after Balamb Garden has become mobile.


Other AppearancesEdit

Final Fantasy Type-0Edit

Pandemona, along with Typhon and Phoenix, was apparently considered to be a summon in Final Fantasy Type-0 but it was discarded.

GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

Pandemona comes from the word "Pandemonium", the GF's name in the original Japanese release. Pandemonium is the capital of Hell in Paradise Lost, an epic poem by John Milton, also used as the name of the final dungeon in Final Fantasy II. The word was coined from the Greek words pan and daemonium, meaning "place of all demons", but has come to mean any loud, chaotic thing, similar to the characteristics of a tornado. His use of a bag to unleash his wind powers is more in reference to Fūjin, the Japanese kami of wind who also used a bag filled with wind; gaining the summon from the character of the same name is a subtle hint to this reference.

The game's debug menu, only accessible via cheating device, calls Pandemona "Pandemonium", but the name is over the character limit, resulting in the shortened version in the English release.

Pandemona is called Zephyr in the French version, Eolo in the Spanish version, and Pandemon in the Italian version.

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