We know Odin as the Kingly Warrior figure who acts as a summon in many of the Final Fantasy games. Success in using him varies. His Zantetsuken attack is literally a hit (instant kill) or miss. Final Fantasy VIII takes it a step further. Instead of his attack, it’s Odin’s appearance that’s random. When he appears, However, it’s usually an instant win. Except for in one case…

On top of the Lunatic Pandora, Squall and his friends will them themselves in battle. Yet, sooner or later, Odin will appear. Everything goes as normally as planned, same animation – Seifer counters Zantetsuken and SPLITS ODIN IN HALF!

Since Odin’s attack is an instant kill, Seifer must have junctioned Death to his defense and Lightning to his attack.

The Zantetsuken flies from Odin into Gilgamesh’s hand. This is the same Gilgamesh from Final Fantasy V, the sword collector. Seifer gave Gilgamesh “the 4th one”, and blows him away with some type of wind attack.

So Seifer, who defeated Odin, can’t defeat Gilgamesh. That doesn’t mean that Gilgamesh can defeat Odin. However, their attacks can give us a clue as to who would win. First,

The chance of Odin being summoned is a flat 12.9%, or a 33/256 chance.

This only means that Odin has a flat 12.9% chance of instant killing Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh, on the other hand,

Gilgamesh has a 9/256 chance of appearing at the start of a battle (or 3.5% chance), and throughout the battle, if nothing has happened for a few seconds, there is a 13/256 (or 5.1%) chance of him appearing. The chance of him using each attack is 65/256 (or 25.4%) for Excalibur, 64/256 (or 25%) for Excalipoor or Masamune

and a 63/256 (or 24.6%) for Zantetsuken. But since they would be fighting over Zantetsuken, this probability doesn’t count. Excalipoor does only 1 damage, but Masamune does heavy damage. Since the attack is either or, we can say that it’s only 12.5% chance for heavy damage. Altogether, Gilgamesh has 39.9% to land a hit on Odin.

The strategy would be the same as Squall’s and his cohorts. Keep pelting Odin with heavy attacks until he falls, or until Odin Zantetsuken’s him. Anything could happen, but it looks to be that the odds are on Gilgamesh’s side. The damage formula for Excalibur and the Masamune are:

The damage formula for Excalibur is:

- Damage = 100 * Level / 10 + 50 + 100
- Damage = Damage * (265 – TargetSpr) / 8
- Damage = Damage * 50 / 256

The damage formula for Masamune is:

- Damage = 100 * Level / 10 + 100 + 100
- Damage = Damage * (265 – TargetSpr) / 8
- Damage = Damage * 100 / 256

And Gilgamesh *would* attack Odin, as Odin has something that Gilgamesh wants: Zantetsuken.

It’s still debatable but what do you think?

^{QUESTION: Could this pertain only to Final Fantasy VIII? Maybe even every iteration of Gilgamesh and Odin across the Final Fantasy universe based on their attacks?}