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.
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:
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.
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.
|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|
Abilities learned naturally by Pandemona are listed below:
|Refine||1 refines into 100 Windmills|
|Level 9 (GF Card)||Win||Balamb Hotel Owner after Balamb Garden has become mobile.|
Pandemona comes from the word "Pandemonium", the GF's name in the original Japanese release.
Pandæmonium comprises the Greek words pan, "all", and daimonion, "demon"; it can roughly be translated as "all demons". Pandæmonium is the castle of Lucifer and the capital of Hell in John Milton's Paradise Lost, and the word was invented by him. The word has also come to mean any wild disorder or chaos in English.
The word's meaning of any loud, chaotic thing, refers to Pandemona's use 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 hints 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.