Final Fantasy VIII

Cerberus

By
Nathan Garvin

You’ll encounter Cerberus in Galbadia Garden during the War of the Gardens event. Approach the boss and defeat it in battle and it’ll join you. If you don’t defeat Cerberus when you have the chance to do so on disc 2, you’ll have to wait until you fight Gargantua on disc 4, whom you can draw Cerberus from. When summoned it’ll use its Counter Rockets ability, which will cast Double or Triple on the entire party.

Cerberus Stats

Level HP Attack
23 1,490 --
100 5,950 --

Cerberus Base Compatibility

Squall Quistis Zell Selphie Rinoa Irvine
640 620 600 740 700 650

Cerberus Compatibility Factors

Compatibility Factor Source
Opposed GF --
Compatibility Items Dragon Fin
Favored Magic Aura, Dispel, Double, Esuna, Haste, Protect, Reflect, Shell, Triple, Ultima
Opposed Magic Berserk, Blind, Break, Confuse, Pain, Silence, Sleep, Slow, Stop

Cerberus Abilities

Cerberus starts out with Str-J and the rare Hit-J abilities learned and can also acquire Mag-J, Spr-J and Spd-J, so as long as you keep it an Pandemona apart you shouldn’t be squandering junctions. Cerberus is only one of two GFs to know the ST-Def-Jx4 ability, which will give you great protection against status effects, as is the third GF to come with Ability x3.

Other than those incredibly useful junctions and abilities, Cerberus also comes with Spd+20% and Spd+40%, the lovely Auto-Haste ability (grants the equipped character Haste), Expendx2-1 (only expend one spell when doublecasting spells) and Alert (prevents the party from being back attacked).

Ability AP
Str-J --
Mag-J 50
Spr-J 50
Spd-J 120
ST-Atk-J 160
ST-Def-J 100
ST-Def-Jx2 130
ST-Def-Jx4 180
Ability x3 --
Magic --
GF --
Draw --
Item --
Alert 200
Auto-Haste 150
Expendx2-1 250
Spd+20% 150
Spd+40% 200
GFHP+10% 40
GFHP+20% 70
GFHP+30% 140

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Square Enix
  • Platforms
    PC, Switch, PS1, PS4, XB1
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    15 March 2019
  • Last Updated
    17 March 2021
    Version History
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Follow the exploits of Squall, a resident of Balamb Garden and SeeD aspirant whose first contract as a professional mercenary expands into a fight to save the world from an evil sorceress.

This guide will cover the main quest-line chronologically, giving advice on leveling (and how to avoid it), where to find the best spells, how to acquire all GFs and defeat all bosses. In addition the guide will cover all side quests and will also include in-depth mini-guides for Chocobo World and Triple Triad. By following this guide you can aspire to the following:

  • Complete walkthrough of the main questline.
  • All side quests and optional content.
  • How to defeat both of the game’s superbosses.
  • Information on how to acquire each GF and a discussion of their abilities, including where to assign them.
  • Information on Triple Triad, including the location of every card in the game and how to best use them.
  • Low-level run information.
  • Information on min-maxing stats.
  • A mini-guide for Chocobo World.
  • Information on all characters, including stats and how to acquire all their weapons and limits.
  • Triple Triad guide.

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