With all the creatures, characters, and places that are synonymous with Final Fantasy, one that stands out is the draconic summon Bahamut. A staple of the series, Bahamut can be found in almost every entry in the series, mainline, or side game.
But while he’s labelled one of the more, if not most, powerful summons in the games, which version of Bahamut is the most powerful? Looking back at all of the draconic summon’s appearances, let’s see how they stack up against each other.
Bahamut sure does love its mountainous regions, as it sits atop the North Mountain after the player obtains a dungeon item from the Pyramid of Moore. When defeated, the party receives it as a Level Five summon that costs 66 MP and can deal non-elemental group damage to enemies with the now iconic Mega Flare. Bahamut’s location is in one of the final worlds of the game, cementing its tendency to appear mostly in the latter half of Final Fantasy games.
Interestingly, Bahamut is earned not through battling the summon itself, but from fighting Deathgaze, another boss encountered on the Falcon, one of the airships the party obtains. Bahamut totes Mega Flare, costing 86 MP at a comparable spell power, which penetrates defense. It can also teach Flare (x2) and provides a 50 percent increase to HP as a Level Up Bonus.
If players can land three dragons in a row, they can attempt to summon Bahamut using Setzer’s slots ability.
Bahamut is one of the latter Guardian Forces the party obtains, encountered in the Deep Sea Research Center. It still has Mega Flare, but now has more defensive abilities like Auto-Protect, which it learns naturally, coupled with learning Stat+60 percent abilities. It can also create the highest tier of magic spells to use in combat.
Bahamut is encountered on the aptly named Dragon’s Peak. Later in the game, the party has the option to encounter it again in the even more aptly named Bahamut’s Lair, reaching it with the airship Invincible. Defeating it grants the party the Level Eight summon spell, Bahamur.
Bahamut also provides different attacks based upon who has summoned it. White Summons cast Haste, Black Summons cast Rend, and a High Summon casts Mega Flare, a devastating group attack that deals non-elemental damage to all opposition.
One of Dagger’s Eidolons, Bahamut can be summoned for 80 AP. He attacks with Mega Flare at 88 spell power, as well as an additional bonus to the number of Garnets a player has in their inventory. Initially, Bahamut costs 224 MP to summon, but when regaining summoning abilities, it is reduced to 56 MP.
Bahamut becomes the Eidolon of party member Fang as the highest damage-dealing summon with its non-elemental attacks. This iteration also has a Gestalt gauge, which transforms it into a mechanical wyvern when filled, allowing Fang to ride upon it.
In XIII-2, several different versions of Bahamut appear. Antagonist Caius transforms into Chaos Bahamut and, later, the stronger Jet Bahamut, who serves as the final boss of the game. If that wasn’t enough, Caius also summons Garnet and Amber Bahamuts to assist him in battle.
Lightning Returns has the titular heroine make use of all the Eidolons, Bahamut among them to aid her in the final battle.
This time, Bahamut is a triple threat with three different appearances throughout the game. There is the original Bahamut, who costs 100 MP to summon and casts Mega Flare with a spell power close to four times the base magic damage. This Bahamut resides in the Temple of the Ancients. Neo Bahamut is an even stronger version found in the Whirlwind Maze, attacking with Giga Flare for 140 MP with five times the base magic damage. Finally, there’s Bahamut ZERO, located in Cosmo Canyon. At 180 MP, he casts Tera Flare at seven-and-a-half times the spell power.
Though FFVII Remake so far only covers part of the original, Bahamut can still be obtained by defeating him in Chadley’s Combat Simulation. Unfortunately, Bahamut can only be used in specific encounters. With a more active emphasis on combat, Bahamut can attack alongside you or, with enough in the ATB gauge, he can be commanded to perform certain attacks, all until the summon time runs out, unleashing Mega Flare that deals a hefty 9999 damage.
One of the final main Aeons to be collected, Bahamut is found in the Bevelle Temple. Its Overdrive ability reprises the famous Mega Flare, but it also has another non-elemental attack known as Impulse. Bahamut’s power automatically shatters the damage limit to deal higher than 9999 against foes.
Bahamut is a Primal, a deity worshiped by the Eorzean beast races, who reconstructed the land with the cataclysmic Teraflare. Never appearing in the original game, A Realm Reborn brings it back in the Binding Coil of Bahamut, where its regenerated as Bahamut Prime.
While this Bahamut cannot be summoned, a similar version can be used after completing a Level 70 summoner job quest called Demi Bahamut.
Here, Bahamut also goes by the name “God of Eidolons” and resides on the Red Moon, challenging any to battle. Once defeated, it can be summoned by Rydia, but only if the previous summons, Asura and Leviathan, have been collected. It costs 60 MP with a casting time of three.
In The After Years, if Asura and Leviathan have been collected, Bahamut will appear as boss, but will turn on its summoner to join Rydia.
The Astral God of Eos, Bahamut is said to have bestowed the gift of magic unto the Lucis Caelum line in the form of the crystal itself, magic that main protagonist Noctis would eventually inherit.
Bahamut himself can be used as a summon, but only during specific moments in the game. It wields the Ultima Sword and adopts a far more humanoid appearance, though its draconic roots show in the armor it wears.
Bahamut is known as one of the most iconic and powerful summons in the Final Fantasy series, but which of its many incarnations holds that title?