KNIGHTS VERSUS JUDGES - ROUND FOUR
WIEGRAF FOLLES VS. JUDGE MAGISTER GABRANTH
These two were a definite match for Knights versus Judges from the beginning. They’re very alike, both in combat style and personality. Both Wiegraf and Gabranth are men of humble origins, raised to elite military rank in forces they once vehemently opposed. Both are affected by the loss of a beloved sibling, and both allow their anger to consume them.
Wiegraf and Gabranth also act similarly in battle. They both tend to focus all of their efforts on a single target, moving on to a new opponent only when their first is defeated or severely weakened. And then there are their devastating sword attacks. Wiegraf’s Lightning Strike is well-known to anyone who has played Tactics, but Gabranth’s Innocence attack packs no less of a punch.
It’s difficult to determine who would win. The possessed Wiegraf battle and the second Gabranth encounter are the most difficult mandatory boss battles in their respective games. To its credit, Riovanes has the added horror of the player possibly getting stuck in the castle… but that has more to do with game mechanics than with Wiegraf.
I know I have a serious Gabranth bias, but I’m going to have to go with him. Aside from the Stage 100 fight in International Zodiac Job System’s Trial Mode (and his brief status as a party guest), Gabranth always fights alone. On the other hand, Wiegraf only fights alone when he is possessed by Belias. Any fight between Gabranth and Wiegraf would be vicious and bloody, but I do think that Gabranth would ultimately come out on top.
But it’s fun to think of a scenario in which either Milleuda or Larsa were in danger. That would decide the victor of this crossover fight fairly quickly.
They would both fight until the end of their deaths. I think I would actually call this one a tie. Both of them are pretty damn strong. Wiegraf does had other skills besides Lightning Stab which are pretty deadly in themselves, seeing as he’s a White Knight.
I can see swords clashing, a stab through the armor, and special abilities being used. They would go all the way out to kill one another. I know we’re not factoring in the Lucavi for this, but good god I don’t even want to imagine what Velius could do to Gabranth. Rip his fucking armor apart like it was a toy.
I really love both characters a lot, but I can’t let a bias get in the way of this fight. It seems like an even tied match to me just for the reasons of how they go about fighting and with what drives them TO fight. You’re also just factoring in the IZJS, which then I would like to factor in the rendezvous battle you fight Wiegraf in:
When fought in Rendezvous Missions #14: Brave Story, he is level 99 and starts with 97 Bravery and 64 Faith. He comes equipped with the Excalibur, Crystal Shield, Circlet, Luminous Robe, and a random accessory. He has access to the Holy Sword command yet again, as well as to the abilities Mana Shield, Attack Boost, Ignore Elevation, and a random other ability. He is still immune to the same statuses as previously.
For Tactics being level 99 and having so much brave fucking HURTS. Especially with using Holy Sword skills, I’m pretty sure he can fucking murder you with no problem.
Man I just, I can’t even pick a winner and it feels wrong to me to do so. That’s why I’d call the match a tie instead of saying Gabranth comes out as the winner. The only credit I can give to Gabranth is that he really is strong considering on my file Ultima VS him she slayed him right before he was ready to die.