This Bravely Default 2 Secret Boss guide will teach you all about how to find and defeat the secret super boss in Bravely Default 2.
If you’re playing Bravely Default 2, you may notice an empty space in your lore book in between the final boss and the superpowered asterisk bosses you fight to unlock level 15 jobs.
That Bravely Default 2 secret boss is not terribly difficult to find, but it can be very difficult to defeat. Number 66 in the Bravely Default 2 boss monster lore book is none other than the benevolent dragon Gwydion who helps your team out during the events at Rimedhal.
Finding the Bravely Default 2 Secret Boss
In order to fight the Bravely Default 2 secret boss, Gwydion, you need to have access to Rimedhal. Getting to the encounter is relatively straightforward. You simply walk up the stairs and exit out the top of the town to the graveyard part of the map, where the rare monster Jormungand is located.
Once there, look for a monolith to the left of all the gravestones.
Once you interact with it, there’s no turning back. You’ll be pulled immediately into a fight.
Be prepared, because Gwydion is one of the most difficult encounters in the game.
How to Beat the Bravely Default 2 Secret Boss
Gwydion is truly is fearsome enemy. He takes half damage from wind, electricity and all weapon types except staff. In addition to that, he’s immune to fire and light and has over 500,000 HP.
The important thing to keep in mind for this fight is that the Bravely Default 2 secret boss Gwydion has two forms. First, his grounded form, where he mostly attacks the party with physical attacks. Second, his flying form, where he launches dark elemental breath attacks that inflict a wide array of negative status effects.
In his grounded form he reflects a percentage of physical damage, gains BP when your characters default, and counters all abilities with physical counter attacks. In his flying form he absorbs magical damage, counters abilities with the doom status, and is vulnerable to physical attacks.
Because Gwydion has so many dark attacks, it may be a good idea to prepare for this fight by ensuring that a few of your characters absorb, resist or are immune to dark damage. It would also be a good idea to equip a few Ribbons to avoid status effects. If you don’t have the money to buy a bunch of Ribbons, you can steal them from Folie in the Halls of Tribulation in northeast Rimedhal.
As with most endgame fights, having a level 15 Spiritmaster will go a long way in terms of improving your survivability, since its spirits activate their effects even if the healer is dead. Just make sure your Spiritmaster never ends his or her turn with over 1 BP.
The basic strategy for this fight is to simply ensure you don’t let him build up enough BP to wipe your party in one turn, which means avoiding the default command, and avoiding killing yourself from Gwydion’s counterattacks.
When Gwydion is in grounded mode the best way to damage him is via magic or dark elemental physical abilities like the Phantom job’s Burial Shroud. If you’re high enough level and have mastered enough jobs, a properly built Freelancer/Red Mage or Arcanist/Red Mage can deal 80-100k damage to him per turn provided that character can survive Gwydion’s counter attacks.
You can use physical attacks on Gwydion while he’s grounded, but you’ll want to hold back a little in order to avoid killing yourself from the reflected damage.
When Gwydion takes flight, magic will no longer be an option. That’s your opportunity to let your physical attackers run loose. If you’re lacking in resistance and Ribbons, this is where Gwydion is most likely to ruin your day.
Once Gwydion lands again, he’ll gain Indiscriminate Rage, which makes his physical attack (and his counterattacks) hit your entire party. If you’re high enough level, it shouldn’t be too bad, but just keep in mind that going ham with spells at this point could not only kill the caster but your entire party.
If things are going well, he’ll take to the sky at about 300,000 HP, land again at around 200,000 HP and then die before he takes off again. If things are going a little less well, he’ll repeat the takeoff and landing pattern until you put a stop to him for good.
Bravely Default 2 Secret Boss Rewards
There is no guaranteed reward for beating Gwydion, the Bravely Default 2 secret boss.
However, you can steal Golden Eggs from him, which boost the amount of money you earn from battles or, more usefully, can be sold for 150,000 gold. Gwydion is, as far as I know, the only guaranteed source for Golden Eggs.
He also has a Ribbon as a rare drop, although it’s much more reliable to steal them from Folie with 2 Thief’s Gloves equipped.
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