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Final Fantasy VIII
Strategy Guide

First Published: 15-03-2019 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 07-07-2019 / 04:39 GMT
Version: 1.1 (????) 17-07-2019 / 05:15 GMT

Final Fantasy VIII Guide

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Guardian Forces

Carbuncle

Draw Carbuncle from the Iguion boss(es) near the end of disc 1. If you fail to draw Carbuncle there, you’ll have to wait until disc 4, where Carbuncle can be drawn from Krysta. Carbuncle is the first GF you’ll find that doesn’t have an offensive attack - its Ruby Light summon instead casts Reflect on the entire party.

Carbuncle Stats

LevelHPAttack
161,220--
1006,650--

Carbuncle Base Compatibility

SquallQuistisZellSelphieRinoaIrvine
580640600720680590

Carbuncle Compatibility Factors

Compatibility FactorSource
Opposed GFSiren
Compatibility ItemsDragon Skin
Favored MagicAura, Cure, Cura, Curaga, Double, Esuna, Full-Life, Haste, Holy, Life, Protect, Reflect, Regen, Shell, Triple
Opposed MagicBerserk, Blind, Break, Death, Dispel, Pain, Silence, Sleep, Slow, Stop, Zombie

Carbuncle Abilities

Carbuncle starts with Vit-J and can natively learn HP-J and Mag-J. Carbuncle, therefore, is a good companion to the Ifrit GF, allowing another character to make use of Shiva, Siren and Diablos - both of which will have a good stat junction spread. Like Siren, Carbuncle has the ST-Atk-J, ST-Def-J and ST-Def-Jx2 abilities instead of Elem-Atk-J or Elem-Def-J, and like Diablos Carbuncle will bestow Ability x3 to its user - another reason to keep it separate from Diablos.

Other boons include the HP+20% and HP+40% abilities, as well as Vit+20%, Vit+40% and Vit Bonus, the latter of which gives a 1 point bonus to Vitality every time the equipped character levels up. The Counter ability will cause the equipped character to counterattacked when targeted by an enemy’s physical attack, while Auto-Reflect will permanently give the equipped character the Reflect buff.

Finally, Carbuncle’s one refining ability, Recov Med-RF will allow you to refine items into restorative items. Perhaps the most interesting combo in the early-going is refining 4x Tents into a Mega-Potion, which can then be sold at a profit. Voila! Infinite Gil.

AbilityAP
HP-J50
Vit-J--
Mag-J50
ST-Atk-J--
ST-Def-J--
ST-Def-Jx2130
Ability x3--
Magic--
GF--
Draw--
Item--
Counter200
Auto-Reflect120
HP+20%60
HP+40%120
Vit+20%60
Vit+40%120
Vit Bonus100
GFHP+10%40
GFHP+20%70
GFHP+30%140
Recov Med-RF30

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Square Enix
  • Platforms
    Microsoft Windows
  • Genre
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    15 March 2019
  • Last Updated
    7 July 2019
  • Guide Author

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