I beat Garuda!!!
by, 13th August 2013 at 09:44 PM (180 Views)
Final Fantasy III is Nintendo Hard. There is no denying that. The remake that got onto the PSP and the DS (they're the same thing; which is a pity, because FFIII with PSP-sprite graphics sounds pretty cool to me, plus people can experience the original Nintendo Entertainment System version outside of Japan/an emulator) is arguably harder, as bosses attack twice in one combat round and have significantly more HP. And they also nerfed Ninja and Sage, the best jobs in the game, and didn't bother to add any Save Points ever. Not even before the final boss, which is after a long-ass dungeon with four bosses.
Perhaps the hardest boss (certainly among the hardest) is a winged fiend Garuda, who was a demonic bird thing disguised as a evil chancellor named Gigameth (not to be confused with the awesome, hammy swordsman Gilgamesh). That's right, FFIII had an evil chancellor before it was cool. Suck it. Anyway, Garuda is the hardest boss in the game simply because beating him comes down to pure luck. You're going to need a full party of Dragoons and constantly Jump on him each turn or a scholar and an item that deals wind damage that can only be obtained from random drops (before this boss, anyway...or maybe I missed a chest it was in). The former is needed because Garuda has a deadly skill: Lightning. It deals pretty fucking heavy lightning damage to your party. All of them. This was bad, but not as horrible in the NES version, because he could only move once. Now? Unless you get lucky, someone will die. Monsters throughout the series share his name (including a boss in XII, who is aerial, meaning only long-ranged weapons and spells can hit him), but none of them were as bad as his one. (That I fought, anyway; and it seems hard to top this.)
However, this night, Lady Luck was with me. Garuda's AI seemed to forget he had a win button, and instead only did physical attacks. (I was, of course, using the Dragoon stratathing, because I lacked the wind item. He might've unleashed it when I was in the air, but who knows?). Everyone (except one) was doing well over 1000 damage, and either Arc or Luneth, I can't remember now, dealt over 2000. (The remixed Garuda, by the by, has 10,000 HP. I remember this as it's one point over the physical damage limit.) Garuda managed to get Luneth to critical in between jumps, but his fate was sealed. He's dead.
I think it shows how difficult I think Garuda was if I'm making a blog post specifically telling you how hard he is and that I beat him.
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