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Dream Devourer is a special optional boss that appears in Darkness At The End Of Time in Chrono Trigger (DS) and later versions.

Background[]

It is revealed that Schala and Lavos, before becoming the prototypical Time Devourer, experienced an intermediary evolutionary stage—the Dream Devourer, capable of feeding on thoughts, memories, and dreams across time. Magus located Schala and tried to free her to no avail. Schala awoke long enough to tell Magus that his attempts were futile, and no power could be used to save her. She admonished him to live out his life in other pursuits before the Dream Devourer would destroy everything. Magus protested but was sent away, and eventually sacrificed his own identity in abject frustration over Schala's fatalism and predicament.

Boss Battle Strategy[]

Dream Devourer is the superboss in the game. Don't be afraid to use Megalixirs and Revives when necessary.

The battle with the Dream Devourer happens in two phases.

  • In the first phase, it will counter all physical attacks with Mana Reaper, which depletes MP for a single party member. The player should use strong magical attacks like Luminaire, Flare, and Electrocute here. Double techs like Antipode Bomb III can also be helpful. It's recommended to get through this phase as quickly as possible since the Dream Devourer has the ability to void status immunity. When it performs an action that looks like Lavos Core raising its defense, it has started the second phase.
  • The second phase absorbs all elements and counters every attack with Chaos Zone, which inflicts confusion. The party must use non-magical techs like Cleave, Frenzy, and Triple Kick. Everyone should have status-immunity equipment to avoid being affected by Chaos Zone. Every party member's HP should be kept high; Chaos Zone can easily deal two or three hundred damage to all party members. Also, the player should either defeat this boss quickly or keep defenses as high as possible because Phantasm and The End of All and Nothing are powerful enough to do over 1000 damage, instantly killing a party member; using the triple tech Life Line will be effective in case the damage of those 2 moves do wipe out members.

Due to completing Dimensional Vortex, having Robo equipped with the Apocalypse Arm and Dragon's Tear can quickly rip through the boss with 9999 damage, enough to kill it in 3-4 turns. If overleveled, Ayla at Level 96 to automatically get the Bronze Fist can also do the same thing as Robo.

Since the Dream Devourer has 32000 HP, which is close to the signed 16-bit integer limit, it is actually possible to defeat it by healing it. By using powerful magic that it absorbs during its second phase, it can be (temporarily) healed past 32767 HP, which overflows the counter and makes its HP go negative.

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Musical Theme[]

Music Title Music Track
World Revolution

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