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Final Fantasy V Walkthrough

Written by  Djibriel

2.20: The Fourth Fight with Gilgamesh

Enemies: Gilgamesh (4)

There's a Save Point here, which you'll want to use. On the eleventh floor, there's a prominent chest in the middle of the room. If you try to open it, you'll be forced to fight Gilgamesh again. If you don't, you can avoid the battle, but you'll also miss out on the three pieces of Genji equipment you haven't obtained yet. I'd definitely open the chest. Not now, though; to the right is a stairway going up to two chests containing a Fuma Shuriken and a SpearPartisan (lame). To continue, pick the chest (or not) and walk up the stairs only to be halted by the general of Exdeath's army (or not).

"Enough expository banter! Now we fight like men! And ladies! And ladies who dress like men!"
Gilgamesh (4)
Gilgamesh (4)
Bestiary #284
Attack Mult.
Magic Atk.
Mag. Def.
Mag. Evade
Stolen Items
Dropped Items
Common: HelmetGenji Helm
Common: Hi-Potion
Command Immunities
Elemental Immunities
Catch, Control, Scan
Elemental Absorb
Elemental Weakness
Blue Magic
Status Immunities
To move the fight along, you need knock off only about 13000 HP from his total. Do it quickly, hasting to help it along while healing from attacks and status ailments. Once he starts talking, the fight is essentially over. Keep yourself alive in the meantime.

That's a lot of HP Gilgamesh has, but know that he'll have written his own death sentence once he starts yappin', which is around the time he reaches 42000 HP. Gilgamesh's strategy relies mostly on setting annoying status ailments and weakening you while attacking with physical attacks. He'll use all attacks more or less randomly, so I won't bother listing his exact AI script.

Summon Golem's Earthen Wall and cast OHastega to push the battle considerably in your favor. Wearing ArmorBone Mail or a HelmetRibbon really helps in this battle, as they'll stop most everything Gilgamesh uses to annoy you. You can't steal the HelmetGenji Helm just yet; this'll come later.

If you're looking for a good way to damage Gilgamesh, boosted Black third-tier elemental spells are by far the best way to go. Dual SpearTwin Lances also get the job done nicely. Your Heavy Armor character(s) will have to sit back and be happy with dealing less damage; Two-Handed SwordIce Brand or Two-Handed SwordGreat Sword with Drain spellblade effects are probably your best options for these characters.

After taking enough damage, Gilgamesh will start talking. You can actually stop dealing damage now; he'll go through his lines every turn now, adding insult to injury every time. In the middle of his speech, he'll transform into his eight-armed ultra-form and attack you with one of the twelve weapons from the Sealed Castle of Kuza, the SwordExcalibur. Now that Gilgamesh is morphed, go for the steal! He's got a common HelmetGenji Helm this time. Keep defending and healing until what turns out to be a common enemy takes care of the fight.

The SwordExcalipoor is an odd weapon. It has 100 Battle Power, yet deals 1 damage? The truth is that the SwordExcalipoor is actually a very weak weapon, dealing 1 damage every hit. However, its power when used with OGoblin Punch or when Thrown is the listed 100, so you could utilize the weapon in either case. A 100 Battle Power OGoblin Punch or even a 200 Battle Power OGoblin Punch (with Two-Handed) isn't that powerful, though. When paired with Barehanded to boost Strength, however, it does become a fair force to be reckoned with; another option would be a Knight with !Blue. The HelmetGenji Helm is just a very good helmet that also protects against the Mini and OConfuse status ailments.

Continue. On the 13th floor, an unlucky number, the dark mage Exdeath will try to destroy yet another world by breaking its foundations. Its goals are unknown, but the effects of its actions are not. It has caused the death and destruction of more things precious than your heart can manage to sum up. It must pay; this must be the end of its conquests; it must be destroyed.

Caves of Narshe: Final Fantasy V
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