Golbez is a warrior of Chaos in Dissidia Final Fantasy and Dissidia 012. He is a powerful spellcaster and despite wearing a full suit of armor, he remains quite agile. Golbez works behind the other villains' backs, attempting to assist the heroes while remaining their enemy. As Cecil's rival and older brother, Golbez considers himself stained with darkness beyond the point of salvation, and so walks the dark path he feels his brother should not.
Golbez's default outfit is based on Amano's original artwork, featuring dark spiked armor with golden linings, broad shoulders and a cape.
Golbez's first alternate outfit, "Cloak of Flame," is a composite of his DS render and his super-deformed art. He wears black armor accented in silver and gold, with a cape bearing a crimson lining. During EX Mode, the Shadow Dragon is gold, which may reference the Gold Dragon, a pallete swap of the Shadow Dragon from Final Fantasy IV.
Golbez's second alternate costume is his "Man in Black" attire from Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, exposing his shadowed face and long, white hair. He is armorless, donning a black kilt and cloak with prayer beads around his arms and legs. In EX Mode, the Shadow Dragon coils around Golbez like body art, with its head partially revealed during the EX Burst.
Golbez's manikin, Delusory Warlock, has blue armor and a silver cape, reflecting that of Cecil's manikins.
Golbez is a Thaumaturge, employing a unique fighting style consisting of combo attacks. Golbez's Bravery attacks summon the CPU and its nodes with waves of energy to attack, hitting at both close and long ranges. This allow players to chain Golbez's attacks together depending on their timing. One drawback is that using his attacks to strike from a distance makes them more readable and relatively easy to dodge. Though they can hit at long-range, Golbez needs to be close to his opponent to strike using the physical parts of his attacks, and the ranged parts of his attacks still have a low range compared to some of the other magical fighters.
Fling hand at opponent, summoning a plume of dark energy, then knocks them into the plume of dark energy with a circular energy attack. The circular energy attack can be charged to warp toward the opponent before use, can Wall Rush when charged
Fling hand producing a line of white energy. Either part of the attack can be followed up with a circular energy attack. The circular energy attack can be charged to warp toward the opponent before use. Can start a chase if hit by Flung hand.
Fling hand at opponent and summon three nodes that travel towards opponent then fire lasers. Can be used to set the enemy up for other attacks.
Charge and shoot a ball of gravity then teleport away. If Golbez teleports while close, he'll reappear nearby and shoot a smaller ball that knocks the opponent into the larger one. Otherwise he'll teleport in front of the opponent and knocks them toward the ball with his hand. Hand attack has slight absorption.
Flings hand upwards, summoning three nodes from above that fire a single laser vertically downward. After connecting with the laser, Golbez can attack with an energy blast followed up with an explosion that knocks the opponent away. Can initiate a chase if hit by both parts.
Flings hand downwards, summoning three nodes from below that fire a single laser vertically upward. After connecting with the laser, Golbez can attack with an energy blast which can result in a chase or be followed up with an explosion that knocks the opponent away. Can Wall Rush for additional damage.
Summons a circle of electricity underneath the opponent. Golbez can damage on contact and has auto-guard during the start-up of the move
Fling out hands to send out three large CPU nodes that spread out and fire lasers that converge on opponent. can Wall Rush for additional damage
Summon four rocks from the ground that circle around Golbez, then fire outwards in four directions, can Wall Rush for additional damage
Brave to HP Attacks
(Chained from Rising Wave and Glare Hand) Attacks with electricity from his hands, can be charged to warp toward the opponent before use. Can Wall Rush for additional damage while charging
(Chained from Float/Gravity System) Attacks with electricity from his hands, can be charged to warp toward the opponent before use. Can Wall Rush for additional damage while charging
EX Mode - Summon Shadow Dragon!
Recovers HP over time during EX Mode.
Doubles Critical Hit Rate while in EX Mode
The skill has a long charge time, but causes an instant Brave break upon the opponent if successful.
To execute it, the player must input three pairs of commands successfully within a time limit. If the player fails, Golbez casts Gravity Quake. However, if all three commands are inputted successfully the Shadow Dragon paralyzes the foe with Binding Cold, followed by Golbez casting Twin Meteor.