Ultimecia - The Final Battle (Disc 4)

Unfortunately Ultimecia will randomly choose which characters start the battle off. If one of the characters you did not plan on using shows up just wait until they die and they will be sucked out of the battle (or “absorbed in time” as the game puts it) if you do not revive them in time. So the easy answer to this problem is do not revive the characters that you would prefer not to fight with. Let them get absorbed.


Boss Battle: Ultimecia
Final boss battle against Ultimecia

Ultimecia’s first form is fairly straightforward. She does have a particularly painful attack called Maelstrom that will reduce each character’s HP down to 62.5%. It also has a potential to cause the Curse status effect. Ultimecia will also cast Meltdown on your party members so be sure to use Esuna on any characters that are affected by either of these status effects.


Boss Battle: Griever
Final boss battle against Griever
Final boss battle against Griever

Your second battle will be against Griever. Griever, as its described by the game, is the most powerful Guardian Force, and you may recognize the name as being the same lion found on the ring that Squall gave to Rinoa.

It is important to note that Griever can use an ability that destroy entire stocks of magic from a characters inventory so destroying Griever as quickly as possible is a necessity (you will see a message similar to “Squall’s Triple was blown away”). Cast Meltdown on Griever and then cast Aura on Squall and destroy Griever with a flurry of Limit Breaks.

If you manage to destroy Griever before it gets a chance to use Shockwave Pulsar it will use this as its last move. Prepare to heal up prior to the next battle as Shockwave Pulsar hits for a significant amount.


Boss Battle: Ultimecia (Junctioned to Griever)
Final boss battle against Ultimecia junctioned to Griever
Final boss battle against Ultimecia junctioned to Griever

Ultimecia’s second form, junctioned to Griever, and the third boss of this fight, combines the abilities that Ultimecia and Griever had, as well as a few other surprises.

Ultimecia will now summon Helixes that greatly increase her strength. If she summons both Helixes she will be able to use a move called Great Attractor that hits for a significant amount of damage (by ignoring vitality and spirit).

This fight is all about speed. Use Aura magic to utilize some Limit Breaks and take her down as quickly as you can.

Final cinematic at the end of the fight against Ultimecia
Final cinematic at the end of the fight against Ultimecia

Boss Battle: Ultimecia
Final boss battle against Ultimecia
Final boss battle against Ultimecia

This is the fourth boss of the fight and Ultimecia’s third form.

The only added difference for this next form is Ultimecia’s ability to use one more attack called Hell’s Judgment. It will automatically reduce everyone’s HP to 1 – so it would be a really good idea to use a Megalixir as soon as this move is cast.

Continue with the Meltdown and Aura assault as quickly as you can as Ultimecia still has the ability to wipe entire magic types from your inventory.


Final cinematic before the last fight against Ultimecia

I Am Ultimecia

Boss Battle: Ultimecia
Final boss battle against Ultimecia
Final boss battle against Ultimecia

This is Ultimecia’s final form.

Ultimecia will start the battle off using Hell’s Judgement so be prepared to recover from the massive HP hit. It can also use a move called Apocalypse (which it obtains by drawing from its lower half) that will absolutely devastate your team. When you see Ultimecia Draw Apocalypse you should start healing up your party immediately!

The end of this battle is pretty odd – when Ultimecia starts talking it means she has completely run out of HP. You just have to hit her in order to get her to keep talking, so don’t worry about hitting her with big moves. Just tap her to get her to move forward with what she is saying.

Good luck!

Congratulations – you have completed Final Fantasy 8!