Garai is a mandatory boss in Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition that players must face in the Isle of the Damned. Defeating Garai in battle will reward fans with Dragoon’s Honor, an accessory that increases its wearer’s Attack Power by +1, Hit% by +2, and Magic Attack by +1. Betrayed by his companion Radius, Garai has returned as a vengeful phantom to claim retribution in Chrono Cross. Even in death, this veteran warrior is a formidable swordsman who can effortlessly take down the player’s allies if they’re not careful.
For the first several turns during the boss battle with Garai, Chrono Cross fans are advised to buff their party to soften Garai’s mighty blows and ready the team to build up power gradually. In other words, the goal for the beginning portion of the fight should be to empower impending attacks while weakening Garai’s defenses and accuracy. Such abilities include Eagle Eye, Bat Eye, Strengthen, Weaken — skills all purchasable from the shop in Marbule.
Before moving on to combative strategies in Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition, players should first have a general understanding of Garai’s primary moveset. The boss predominantly performs White Elemental attacks in Chrono Cross, including the White-innate skills: Will Breaker and Triple Cut. Will Breaker is an attack that deals massive damage to a single target, and Triple Cut is also a high-DPS single-target ability that inflicts the Fatigued Status Effect. Also known as Exhaustion, Fatigue will cause a character to consume 25% more stamina than usual when executing any actions in battle. This negative Status can be removed with the second-level White Element Consumable White Out or the fourth-level White-innate Panacea.
To defeat Garai in Chrono Cross, players must focus on surviving the boss’s onslaught while periodically retaliating with heavy damage. After the fight begins, cast Moon Shine with Harle to shield the entire party’s physical defense. As Black-innate characters, Lynx and Harle receive significantly more damage from Garai’s Tech Skills in Chrono Cross. Therefore, be sure to end each turn by casting Cure Plus or Heal if any party member’s HP is low.
Any time an ally’s HP reaches an amount lower than 70%, it is recommended players focus on restoring their HP. Each of Garai’s attacks can potentially be one or two-shot party members. Accordingly, the boss battle should become a balance of knowing when to heal or attack. Repeat this process to defeat Garai in Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition.
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Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition is available on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.