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Petrifies with Dread. Gradually wears down HP with Slip Hit, and changes the party's row order with R. Polarity. Also uses Magnitude 8, so watch out!
—PlayStation bestiary

Visage, also known as Face, is a boss in Final Fantasy VI. It is fought in the first tier of the final battle along with Short Arm and Long Arm. According to the Final Fantasy III Nintendo Player's Guide, the first tier which includes Visage, Long Arm, and Short Arm is supposed to be a rematch of Demon from the Warring Triad.[1] No official material support this; the idea was created by Nintendo of America.

BattleEdit

Visage is the most powerful enemy on the first tier, but it still is not very dangerous. It uses Sapping Strike, which inflicts Sap, and Reverse Polarity to shift the party's rows. After its HP falls to 10,240, Visage begins to use Dread Gaze, inflicting Petrify. If both of Visage's allies are dead when it is killed it uses Quake, which is somewhat dangerous, though avoidable with Float. It can also be bypassed if Visage is not killed last. Casting Firaga or throwing Flametongues works well to hit his weakness to Fire attacks.

AI scriptEdit

Attack Turns:

1st Turn: Reverse Polarity (33%) or Nothing (66%)
2nd Turn: Sapping Strike (33%) or Nothing (66%)
3rd Turn: Reverse Polarity (33%) or Nothing (66%)
4th Turn: Sapping Strike (33%) or Nothing (66%)
5th Turn: Target: Random ally
Protect (66%) or Haste (33%)
6th Turn: Sapping Strike (33%) or Nothing (66%)

If HP <= 10240:

1st Turn: Sapping Strike (66%) or Dread Gaze (33%)
2nd Turn: Sapping Strike (66%) or Dread Gaze (33%)
3rd Turn: Sapping Strike (66%) or Dread Gaze (33%)
Sapping Strike (66%) or Dread Gaze (33%)
4th Turn: Dread Gaze (33%) or Magnitude 8 (33%) or Reverse Polarity (33%)

If monster is by itself:

If killed: Quake (100%)

GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

Visage is French for "face".

TriviaEdit

  • Visage's weakness to Fire attacks may further reinforce the possibility that he, like the other tiers of the final boss battle, was inspired by Dante Aligheri's Divine Comedy. Specifically, Visage resembles Satan in appearance; in the ninth circle of hell, Satan was depicted as a demon entrapped up to the waist in ice, which may explain Visage's weakness.

Related enemiesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Final Fantasy III Nintendo Player's Guide, p.129

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