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ティアマト (Tiamato?)
FF8 Tiamat
Elemental affinities
Tripletriad-fire Tripletriad-thunder Tripletriad-ice Tripletriad-water
50% 50% 100% 100%
Tripletriad-wind Tripletriad-earth Tripletriad-poison Tripletriad-holy
0% 100% 100% 100%
Damage Restorative Ground Gravity
100% Absorb Damage Miss
Status resistance
Death Poison Petrify Darkness Silence
Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune
Berserk Zombie Sleep Haste Slow
Immune Immune Immune Immune 80%
Stop Regen Reflect Doom Petrifying
Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune
Float Drain Confuse Eject Card
Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune
Devour LV Up LV Down The End
Immune Immune Immune 0%
Location Ultimecia Castle (Clock Tower)
Scan Used to be a GF. Became a monster under Ultimecia's power. Its Dark Flare destroys all enemies.
Class None
Card Can't turn into a card!
Mug (0%) Nothing (100%)
Item drop (99%)
Card Drop (0%) Nothing
Draw Flare
Devour Couldn't Devour!
Abilities Dark Flare
Other information Flying enemy.
See also: Tiamat

Tiamat is an optional boss in Final Fantasy VIII, encountered in the Clocktower of Ultimecia Castle. It is arguably the strongest of Ultimecia's eight minions. Tiamat resembles Bahamut and uses a similar move. The Scan description indicates Tiamat was once a Guardian Force but was turned evil under Ultimecia's power.



Tiamat will elevate higher into the air and begin counting down to its signature move, D-A-R-KF-LA-RE, an upgraded version of Bahamut's Mega Flare which deals heavy damage regardless of the characters' Spirit stat. It is a Fire elemental attack.

In the game's American and European versions Eden can be drawn from Tiamat if the player did not draw it from Ultima Weapon earlier.


Characters can increase their elemental defense against Fire (such as by junctioning Fire or Flare to Elem-Def) to reduce, nullify or absorb damage from Dark Flare. The battle can be made extremely easy by junctioning the characters to absorb Dark Flare, as Tiamat will be unable to kill the party, Dark Flare being its only attack.

Triple TriadEdit

Tiamat Card
TTTiamat Element None
Refine 1 refines into 10 Flare Stones
Drop N/A
Card Grendel, Hexadragon
Level 7 (Boss Card) Win N/A



[view  · edit  · purge]In Babylonian myths, Tiamat is a sea goddess and the embodiment of primordial chaos. She created all the Babylonian gods, then attacked them and was split in two by the god Marduk, who used her remains to create heaven and earth. In modern times, the game Dungeons & Dragons has Tiamat as a chromatic dragon, the Queen of the Evil Dragons and as such the opposing deity to Bahamut, who is a platinum dragon and the King of Benevolent Dragons.

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