How to Beat Hephaestus | Bravely Default 2 (Bravely Default II)

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This is a guide to Hephaestus, a Quest Boss battle in Bravely Default 2 (Bravely Default II). Read on to know how to beat Hephaestus, its strengths and weaknesses, and the best strategy against Hephaestus.

Hephaestus Basic Info

Hephaestus Strengths, and Weaknesses, and Obtainable Items

Vulnerabilities
Water Staff Axe
Half Damage
No Resistances
Immunity
Earth
Absorbs
Fire
Items Dropped None available
Stealables None available

How to Beat Hephaestus

Hephaestus Recommended Jobs, Abilities, and Equipment

Recommended Jobs

Best Jobs
Vanguard Icon Vanguard White Mage Icon White Mage Red Mage  Icon Red Mage Phantom Icon Phantom
Best Sub-Jobs
Bastion Icon Bastion Spiritmaster Icon Spiritmaster Black Mage Icon Black Mage Salve-Maker Icon Salve-Maker

Recommended Abilities and Items

Best Abilities/Items
Neo Cross Slash Blizzaga Philtre Devotion

List of Abilities

Hephaestus Movesets

Spin Slam Damages all party members.
Megaton Punch Deals critical damage to a single target. High chance to miss.
BP Up Counter against magic attacks.
Megaton Press Deals massive critical damage to a single target.

Hephaestus Strategy

Vulnerable to Charm

Hephaestus deals crazy damage. However, he can be stun locked via Charm. This will prevent your physical attackers from hitting Hephaestus easily but it will massively help in preventing Hephaestus from moving.

Charm cannot be removed by magic attacks so it's having a damage-dealing spell caster is a must if you opt to use Charm against Hephaestus.

Rampart Can Reduce Damage

Hephaestus Rampart

Spin Spam deals a decent amount of AOE damage but it can be mitigated by Rampart.

Make sure to always have Rampart available in case you run out of MP to use Philtre or if you don't want to abuse the Charm lock strategy.

Use Sanctuary when Hephaestus' BP is 3

Hephaestus can use two Megaton Presses after quad braving. It can one-hit KO a party member and Rampart will be removed by Spin Slam so it's suggested to use Sanctuary to avoid casualties.

Learn Counter-Savvy

Megaton Punch Critical Hit

Counter-Savvy is a support ability from the Ranger. It allows your character to dodge any counter attacks and it will greatly help against Hephaestus for your physical attackers.

Going physical is highly recommended if you don't opt to use Charm since magic attacks raises Hephaestus' BP.

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