How to Unlock Bahamut Boss Fight
Beat all of the VR fights and Battle Intel Reports that Chadley sends you on. Most of these you’ll be able to knock out naturally just by playing the game, but a few of them require a bit of grinding.
If you’re struggling with the Stagger Effect Part 3, know that you can increase an opponent’s stagger percentage by hitting them with Tifa’s uppercut attacks.
If you’re having trouble mastering all 12 types of magic materia, well you might not even have all of them. Fortunately, you can buy all of them. 11 of them are in the vending machines, and the last one, Aero, can be bought at Chadley’s.
Tips: Before Fighting Bahamut
Going in unprepared is a surefire way to get whooped. Here’s how to prepare:
- Make sure your party is maxed out at level 50.
- Upgrade your weapons as much as you can.
- Have a handful of maxed out materia. Specifically you’re gonna need Healing, some sort of magic (Fire was our preference) Magnify, and a handful of stat boosting materias, such as HP Up, Magic Up, MP Up, and some Luck Ups wouldn’t hurt either.
- Ideally you should have each of your characters at 7000 or more HP before you attempt to give Bahamut a run for his money, so keep on farming your HP Ups until you’re able to come up with a materia configuration that allows you to do that.
How to Quickly Level Up HP and MP Up Materia
If you’re short on HP or MP Ups, head to a vending machine and buy a couple. They’ll start off at level one, but here’s a little trick to quickly level them up.
- Equip Barret with Big Bertha and spec him out so that he does big damage with his basic attacks.
- Now load him up with all of the materia that you want to level up quick.
- Also load up Cloud with a first strike materia, a maxed out Fire materia, and link it with magnify so he can do a big AOE Firaga spell.
- Next, go to the Shinra Combat Simulator in Chapter 17 and take Cloud and Barret into the “Two Person Team vs High Flyers” Mission.
- If your Cloud is sufficiently strong enough, you should be able to clear the first fight in this mission with a single triple slash, netting you a quick 48AP.
- The remaining fights can be cleared almost as easily with a combination of Firaga’s and Barret’s powerful basic attacks and skills like Maximum Fury.
- The last fight is a tough one against a drake that reflects magic, but you can just give up, try again, and you’ll still retain all of the AP you got up to that point.
- You’ll lose 400 gil each attempt though, so make sure you can spare the extra change if you decide to do this.
For reference, here was our party load out:
Note that this party isn’t as optimized as it could be, but it’s still more than enough to get through this fight. One thing you might want to consider is putting Healing Materia on Cloud and Tifa as well, in case Aerith is caught without ATB and you need immediate heals.
Be careful though, because this fight is largely a DPS (damage per second) race, so you want to make sure you don’t get caught spending a ton of ATB just trying to keep yourself alive.
Tips: How to Beat Bahamut
For the actual fight itself, we went with Cloud, Tifa, and Aerith, with Cloud and Tifa being focused on basic attack damage, and Aerith being our sole magic attacker and healer. As such, the general strategy you want to follow is to always have Cloud and Tifa constantly putting on pressure, while Aerith hangs back and uses basic attacks to fill up her ATB primarily for heals.
The big thing you want to watch out for is when Bahamut starts charging up and counting down from 5. As soon as he does this, you want to put as much damage on him as you can to try and pressure him, interrupting his charge. Hit him with a Firaga as quickly as you can, then switch to Cloud and Tifa and hit him with either a Focused Strike or a Focused Thrust, which will add on a significant amount of stagger damage.
If Bahamut is able to complete his countdown, he will use Megaflare, and it’ll be game over for you.
As for his other attacks, generally you’ll want to block as opposed to trying to evade. They have huge hit boxes and really tight timing windows, so it’s better to just try and mitigate the damage. Note that as the fight goes on, he becomes more and more relentless, so be ready to keep on blocking after he does one attack, because he’ll likely follow it up with two or three more before giving you a chance to get in.
As the fight goes on he’ll also use a move called Umbral Aura, which creates a massive field of energy around Bahamut that will deal significant damage over time. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about this. You have to eat the damage and just continue attacking, which is why its particularly important to go into this fight with a lot of HP.
With any luck, by the time the fight starts getting a little dicey, you should have access to your summons and your limit breaks, which will be extremely helpful in doing that last bit of damage you need to either finish Bahamut off, or at least stagger him. Once he’s staggered, use Tifa’s Unbridled Strength to power up her strong attacks, which will not only deal big damage, but will also increase the boss’ stagger percentage, making subsequent attacks much stronger.
If you get wiped before you can bring him down, don’t worry about it! Before jumping in again, think about what went wrong. Were your characters getting downed too easily? Running out of MP too quickly? Find your problem spots and fill them in by equipping different materia. Or if you need to level up some of your materia, hit the combat sim and use the above described strategy to farm some AP. In any case, keep at it and eventually the Bahamut summon will be yours!