Final Fantasy IX rigs our battle with Beatrix. We can’t win. Of course, we can get a game over during this battle, but she can’t lose. And she’s ridiculously cocky as well:
“Ha ha ha. I’ve never been so humiliated in my life. I once killed a hundred knights single-handedly… To me, you two are nothing more than insects.”
Gee, thanks. We can wail on her if we want, she won’t fall in battle – even if we deplete her HP.
The only thing we can do is survive until Beatrix decides to end the battle. When she does, she’ll exclaim “You’re no match for me!” and use her signature move “Stock Break” or “Climhazzard”. It will reduce everyone’s HP to 1. At that point, it’s a losing battle. And she won’t help but gloat:
“How ridiculously weak…Isn’t there anyone who is worthy of facing me?”‘
Final Fantasy IX makes it appear as if she effortlessly defeats our party. But was she really facing no danger?
When we have the opportunity to play as Beatrix, she starts at level 17. Bandersnatches and Mistodons, enemies in the area who attack Alexandria, aren’t much higher. It’s possible for Beatrix to fall in battle here to these low-level creatures. This seemingly contradicts her invincible nature. If you want to use Beatrix’s signature moves, you’ll notice “Stock Break” and “Climhazzard” cost 26 and 32 MP, respectively. They’re pretty high MP. Shock is even higher, at 46 MP.
Strategically, it would be wise to use any of these moves as a last resort. Using these moves against us show that our characters had given her a harder time than she can admit.
Of course, let’s consider another, more sadistic alternative. Beatrix is the general who supposedly killed a hundred knights. With abilities like these, perhaps she was toying with Zidane, Freya, Vivi, and Quina. We never see her kill anyone, not even the Burmecians. Yet, if we can believe her boast, she would have achieved a high level. We don’t think of her as a person who can kill for fun; she might have enjoyed teaching Zidane and the others a lesson. In this sense, she held back, pretending to be weak (like Gilgamesh), until she unleashed her “shock-and-awe” move.