|Final Fantasy Boss|
- “All living things are born to die. No one can defeat me, the Vampire!!”
The Vampire (Named VAMPIRE in the NES version) is a boss from the original Final Fantasy, fought on the third floor of the Cavern of Earth. When the Light Warriors arrive to Melmond, they find the earth rotting and the people suffering. As the Vampire had attacked the town earlier and destroyed the church, the townsfolk believed he was also responsible for the earth rotting. The Light Warriors travel to the Cavern of Earth to confront him.
Other Vampires are fought as random encounters in numerous areas of the game. They can be fought in the Mirage Tower in groups, and they can be fought alongside other enemies in parts of the Chaos Shrine. In the Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls and future releases the Vampire of Melmond can be found and battled again in the room of spirits in the Whisperwind Cove.
At this point of the game, 280 HP is weak; it even has less HP than the Earth Elemental, which appears as a random encounter in the same cave. (The original version is even worse, at a piddling 150 HP, which is barely more than Garland.) Vampire's regenerating and Gaze attack can be tricky, and catch a player off-guard, but it is not a challenge. Using Fire-based attacks or casting Dia can help end the battle fairly quickly; a lucky shot with Fire 3 or Dia 3, particularly in the NES version, can end the fight in a single spell.
Whisperwind Cove encounterEdit
- “Forgive me, Lich...”
Whisperwind Cove has a room which contains restless souls of various monsters who had died. The player can find the Vampire of Melmond's soul, as well as that of Astos. The Vampire recognizes the Light Warriors and attacks them, but as he retains the same level of power as before, he is no match for the stronger Light Warriors and is defeated easily. After the second defeat, Vampire begs Lich for forgiveness before disappearing for good.
Vampires are mythological or folkloric beings who subsist by feeding on the life essence, generally in the form of blood, of living creatures. Although vampiric entities have been recorded in many cultures, and may go back to "prehistoric times", the term vampire was not popularized until the early 18th century.
- Before the battle with him, the Vampire says that "all living things are born to die." This is the phrase Minwu uses before the king dies in Final Fantasy II.