Celes should use Runic. Put Locke in charge of direct attacks and equip him with Genji Glove, if you have it. The TunnelArmr's primary attack is Drill.
Final Fantasy VI PlayStation Bestiary entry

The Tunnel Armor is a boss in Final Fantasy VI. It is encountered by Locke and Celes on their way through the South Figaro Cave.

Stats Edit

Final Fantasy VI enemy stats
#282#283 (GBA) #284
☆037☆038 (Mobile/PC) ☆039
Names Location Type Other information
SNES: TunnelArmr
PS: TunnelArmr
GBA: Tunnel Armor
Mobile/PC: Tunnel Armor
South Figaro Cave (Figaro Cave(in SNES)) None First Strike. Harder to run from. The party cannot escape.
Level HP MP Attack Magic
16 1,300 900 10 15
Defense Magic Defense Magic Evasion Speed Hit Rate
29 145 0 30 100
Evasion EXP Gil
0 0 250
Elemental affinities
Fire-icon-ffvi Ice-icon-ffvi Lightning-icon-ffvi Poison-icon-ffvi Holy-icon-ffvi
100% 100% 200% 100% 100%
Earth-icon-ffvi Wind-icon-ffvi Water-icon-ffvi Restorative Instant Death
100% 100% 200% -100%Absorbs 100%
Statuses and immunities
Blind Zombie Poison Magitek Invisible Imp Petrify Death Doom Critical
Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune
Image Silence Berserk Confuse Sap Sleep Float Regen Slow Haste
Immune Immune Immune Immune - Immune - - Immune -
Stop Shell Protect Reflect Meteor Strike Libra Sketch Control Fractional Invincible
Immune - - - Immune - - Immune Immune -
Items (GBA/Mobile/PC)
Steal Item dropped Metamorphose
(Miss rate: 100%)
[87.5%Applies when successful; success based on users' level, doubles with Thief's Bracer.] Bioblaster
[12.5%Applies when successful; success based on users' level, doubles with Thief's Bracer.] Air Knife
[100%In both item drop slots, leading to 100%.] Elixir [Slot 1 (25%)]Antidote
[Slot 2 (25%)]Green Cherry
[Slot 3 (25%)]Eyedrops
[Slot 4 (25%)]Gold Needle
Morph ID: 0
Abilities (GBA/Mobile/PC)
Attack Abilities Rage Sketch Control(Immune) & Confuse (Immune)
Normal Attack: Unarmed
Special Attack: Drill (Level 2 = Attack x 2)
Fire, Thunder, Poison, Magitek Laser None Attack, Drill Attack, Drill

Battle Edit

The Tunnel Armor attacks using almost entirely magical attacks, casting Thunder, Fire and occasionally Poison and Magitek Laser. Its only non-magic attack besides its normal attack is its special attack Drill, which does high physical damage to a single target. When the fight begins, Celes warns Locke the Tunnel Armor uses a lot of magic, and says she can absorb its spells with Runic.

Strategy Edit

The player is advised to use Runic with Celes every turn, negating the Tunnel Armor's magical attacks while Locke attacks it. As long as Celes keeps absorbing the boss's magic and Locke uses Potions to heal when needed, the battle will be long but not overly difficult.

A chest in the upper-left portion of the cave contains a Thunder Rod. When used as an item it casts Thundara on all enemies, which against the Tunnel Armor will kill it in a single hit. However, if the player leaves the chest alone, it later contains a rare Hero's Ring, so they must consider if forfeiting the ring is worth the easy victory.

Unless the player has saved Locke's scenario for last, it is advised to de-equip him and Celes of any powerful relics and armor pieces the player has found, allowing them to pass these items on to their party in the next scenario. Celes's Runic allows her to be placed in the back row without detriment to her and thus the player does not need high-level armor to be safe, so this will not hinder them greatly.

Formations Edit

Number Enemies Encounter flags Introduction flag Musical theme Magic AP
Norm.Normal Back Surr.Surrounded Side
436 Tunnel Armor Y N N N Sides, individual The Decisive Battle 1
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AI script Edit

Attack Turns:
1st Turn: Attack (33%) or Thunder (33%) or Fire (33%)
2nd Turn: Poison (33%) or Drill (33%) or Fire (33%)

If HP<384:

1st Turn: Attack (66%) or Fire (33%)
2nd Turn: Magitek Laser (33%) or Drill (33%) or Thunder (33%)

If attacked by anything: Attack (33%)

Other appearances Edit

Pictlogica Final Fantasy Edit


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Final Fantasy Record Keeper Edit


Tunnel Armor may look like a mechanical brute, but watch out, kupo, lest its magic catches you unaware! Have Magic Break and Shell at the ready, and exploit its weaknesses to lightning and water!
—Dr. Mog's Advice
FFRK Tunnel Armor FFVI

Tunnel Armor appears in Final Fantasy Record Keeper as the final boss of the Record of South Figaro Cave.

Target Scores
  • Exploit weakness to Lightning
  • Exploit weakness to Water

If the Magitek Armor was a training exercise, then this is the party's first real field test against machines. Good thing this game recharges parties between Records, because when the player first meets up with Tunnel Armor, it hits like a truck and will fry unsuspecting party members with its magic attacks. But this time, neither Locke nor Celes is available to help unless the player took time to pick them up in their events. Instead, pick a party with strong Black Magic ability, be it by spells or spellblades, to short-circuit it. Have Black Mages on hand and casting Thundara and Watera if held; otherwise, warrior types with spellblades will more than suffice. Have White Mages protect and heal the party; the rest should attack until given orders to the contrary. In time, it will fall, completing the opening game and allowing the player to dive further into the adventure.

Celes could join after this battle provided the acceptance of a Bonus Quest that ran through Forgotten Bond, and the completion of this dungeon on the Classic track. She does her best work as a Spellblade.

Gallery Edit

Related enemies Edit

Trivia Edit

  • As the Tunnel Armor emerges from the rear part of the cave, where in the World of Ruin a passage leads to the submerged Figaro Castle, the Gestahlian Empire was likely using the machine to try and dig to the castle before it was ordered to prevent Locke and Celes from escaping.