Thanks to Scott Baird of ScreentRants.com for the inspiration!
4. THE WASTE OF THE FOUR FIENDS
The Four Fiends were some of the most difficult bosses you fought in the original Final Fantasy. They were responsible for stealing the power of the Orbs, which affected how the elements worked across the world. The player had to fight Lich, Maralith, Kraken, and Tiamat, in order to restore peace to the world.
Final Fantasy IX teases the player with a segment of the game where the party needs to be split into groups of two, in order to fight all of the Fiends. You only get to participate in the fight against Lich, while the other three happen off-camera. You do fight them all again later when they are revived in different forms, but the initial battle is skipped over.
There are gaps in the monster files of Final Fantasy IX, which suggest that these battles were once planned but never finished. The remake should finally give the Four Fiends their due.
I wrote about this subject here, explaining the scenario:
Sometime after Ipsen’s castle, our heroes acquire four elemental mirrors which are seals to the portal to Terra.
There are four shrines: Earth, Fire, Water, and Wind. Each houses a boss: Lich, Marilis, Kraken, and Tiamat. These are the original four bosses in the first Final Fantasy. We only fight the first temple.
They are keys to opening the portal to Terra and have to be placed in an elemental temple. To do so:
Zidane forms four parties to secure each elemental shrine simultaneously. The defeat of the four guardians, and placing the mirrors to the shrines opens the path to Terra through the Shimmering Island.
But the only team we play as is Zidane and Quina. However:
Data hacking shows that there are many gaps in the numerical sequence of battle formations and monster IDs, showing that many battle formations and monsters were deleted prior to the final version. In addition to many more, three missing monster IDs appear around the “Earth Guardian”, making one suspect that in the original version the player was to fight all four of the shrine guardians instead of only one (in the final game, the other three are defeated via cut-scenes).
So then, Final Fantasy IX was going to have these battle. This raises questions, such as how these parties would have fared against their respective bosses.
We need the other three boss battles. We also need to see how the other teams would fare against their respective bosses.