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FF XII How to Beat Garuda
This page contains information about the boss Garuda from the game Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age (FF XII, FF12). Read on to know more about this boss fight including the boss' moveset and strategies to use against it.

How to Beat Garuda


FF XII Garuda
The Garuda is your first Flying enemy/boss. Flying enemies are difficult to kill, owing to the fact that ranged attacks are more effecitve in dealing massive damage to them normally. The Garuda also has a high damage output, but is susceptible to massive damage from the Eksir berries. For more information about these berries, go to this link.

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Garuda's Lunge is a stronger version of a physical attack, while Enrage is usually Garuda's battle opener. It buffs his attack greatly.


Gambit : Target Gambit : Command
Ally : Any Revive
Ally : <100% HP Cure
Gambit : Target Gambit : Command
Ally : <50% HP Potion / Cure
Foe : Any Dark / Aqua/ Blizzard / Fire
Damage Dealers
Gambit : Target Gambit : Command
Ally : < Any Phoenix Down
Foe : Any Attack

Strategy - With Eksir Berries

FF XII Garuda Boss FIght
At the start of the battle, open the killing spree by using Eksir berries. This should effectively shear its HP by about a third or 1/4. Leave the battle on auto-run and at maximum speed and, by the time you return from whatever you've been doing (brewing coffee or whatever), Garuda should have been effectively dealt with.

Strategy - Without Eksir Berries

Casting Protect is a highly recommended tactic before starting the battle to somehow mitigate the Garuda's high damage output. You should a sole character focused on keeping the other party members' HP to full.

Make sure no melee characters are deployed as they will become dead weight in this battle.

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