Taharka is a boss from Final Fantasy IX fought in Ipsen's Castle. The party comes to the castle to find a way to break the seal to get to Terra. Taharka guards the four elemental mirrors, and fights the party to return them.
Taharka will compact into a ball, greatly increasing its defense against physical attacks. It uses Blizzaga. Taharka is weak against Silence, Heat and Sleep, all of which can be used against it to great effect.
As Taharka's defense goes up when it curls, magic is useful, so either Vivi or Quina makes for a good party member. For an easy win, the player can inflict Heat on Taharka using Quina's Mustard Bomb, or equip the Add Status ability with Steiner's Flame Saber for a 10% chance to inflict the status when he attacks. With the Heat status, Taharka will kill itself on its next turn.
It's vulnerable to Sleep and Silence. Silence stops it from casting Blizzaga, and it can be put to sleep with Quina's Night spell (party members should be equipped with Insomniac) while the others attack with magic and summons, and other magical attacks that won't wake up the Taharka. Zidane can poison Taharka using his Soul Blade if the Rune Tooth is equipped.
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- Taharka shares its Japanese name with Dahaka, a boss from Final Fantasy XIII.
- In Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, there is a trade material called "Taharka Husk".
- In the same manner as the guardians of the shrines are weaker versions of the Chaos Guardians fought in Memoria, Taharka could be considered a weaker incarnation of Deathguise, who is also fought in Memoria. The two look similar and share the gimmick of curling up and opening to change their attack patterns.