Bigieu is a major antagonist in the video game Seiken Densetsu 3. She is an extremely powerful Demon Lady from the Underworld of Mavolia (the Mana counterpart of Hell). She is the right-hand-woman of the Dark Prince and the archenemy of Hawk, one of the six playable characters available. 

Another Demon Lady named Isabella, with the same aspect and powers, appears in the game Sword of Mana, working with the game's counterpart of the Dark Prince. 

Game Introduction

Bigieu is a cat-like, shape-shifting Demon Lady, very influential in Mavolia, who alongside with the Vampire Lord Jagan took possession of the Dark Castle on the Dark Prince's behalf. While cold, regal, cruel, relentless, and reveling in her foes' plight, she is in love with the Dark Prince and strives to restore his human soul.

It must be noted than Bigieu is the only full-fledged demon among the three right-hands, and the only one to be purely evil, as the other two are either corrupted or brainwashed. Yet, her unrequited love for the Dark Prince can also make the player sympathize for her. She masters many spells, but contrary to the other two seconds-in-command, she does not use attack spells in battle, instead of fighting with her claws and physical attacks. 

Bigieu took a human shape and went to the desert of Nevarl (Navarre in the unofficial translation). There, she talked to Lord Flamekhan, the leader of the Thief Guild, posing as a witch named Isabella. Her immense magic power made a great impression on Flamekhan, who appointed her as his advisor. Until then, the guild (a large organization of ninja thieves) stole from the rich to give to the poor, in a Robin Hood-like fashion.

Bigieu (Isabella)

Bigieu's artwork (as Isabella)

However "Isabella" brainwashed Flamekhan and convinced him to create his own kingdom. From then on, the Guild accumulated the stolen goods as a royal treasure and Bigieu, through Flamekhan, planned to invade the wind kingdom of Laurent (Rolante in the unofficial translation).

One night, Hawk, Flamekhan's adopted son, and his best friend, Flamekhan's son Eagle, eavesdropped a conversation between "Isabella" and a mysterious cloaked figure (Jagan) and discovered her true motives. Unfortunately, Bigieu spotted them and she magically compelled Eagle to kill Hawk. Hawk only knocked his friend out, but Bigieu finished him off with a Fire Ball spell. She then framed Hawk and threw him in jail, scheduling his execution. Worse, she placed a bewitched necklace on Jessica, Eagle's sister and Hawk's love interest. If Hawk were to tell the truth to anyone, it would choke her to death. Hawk escaped jail, thanks to his friend Nikita, and fled Nevarl, vowing to avenge Eagle and to free his lord from the evil influence of "Isabella".

Later, Bigieu brainwashed Hawk's friends, the twin ninjas Bill and Ben and sent them to the royal castle of Laurent. There they "befriended" the child prince Eliott and tricked him to deactivate the magical winds which protect the kingdom from any attack, enabling the Nevarl ninjas to invade it.

Later, Bigieu killed King Joster and ordered Bill and Ben to kidnap Eliott, whom she selected as the Dark Prince's new human vessel. The ninja sold Eliott as a slave in order not to be tracked down, but Jagan later bought him and brought him to the Dark Castle. Lise, the distraught amazon princess of Laurent, started a journey to rescue her little brother.

Seiken Densetsu 3

Isabella and Jagan

"Isabella" (Bigieu's human disguise) and Jagan

Bigieu (who dropped her alias) and Jagan then use the Thief Guild of Nevarl to enact their goal: to seize and to unseal the eight Mana Stones, in order to release the eight dreaded God-Beasts and use them for their own gain.

However, this goal is shared by all of the three Great Evils of the world of Fa'Diel (the Dark Prince, the Dragon Emperor, and the Masked Mage), and the other two Great Evils' servants also manipulate a country to seize the Stones. While the game's protagonists try to save the world and manage to break the evil factions' influence over the nations they control, the three Great Evils settle their score until only one remain.

If the Dark Prince is not the final boss, the primary antagonist destroys his remains, forever preventing his return on the earthly plane. Deprived of her reason to live, Bigieu releases Eliott before killing Jagan. She then meets the protagonists to tell them what happened, and later commits suicide. If the Dark Prince is the game's primary antagonist, then Bigieu and Jagan bring him back from Mavolia and he and his servants get rid of his rivals.

Later in the game, Bigieu and Jagan go to the Mana Holyland, the location of Mana Tree (the Mana Goddess' earthly avatar), where the protagonists just obtained the fabled Mana Sword from the exhausted Godess. Bigieu abducts the protagonists' Fairy guide and demands the Sword for her freedom. As the heroes have no other choice than to obey, they relinquish the Sword and Jagan uses it to release the God Beasts. Bigieu and Jagan, then departs, unleashing their armies of monsters all around the world.

The protagonists set out to destroy the eight God-Beasts, before heading to the Dark Cave, where they defeat Jagan and enter the Dark Castle. There, they confront Bigieu at last. She reverts to her original cat-like form and fights them, but they manage to defeat her after a long and difficult battle. Before dying, Bigieu tells the protagonists about the Dark Prince and his tragic past and confesses that she wanted to retrieve his soul, hinting that she loved him. The protagonist then meets the Dark Prince, who callously dismisses Bigieu's death as an "acceptable loss."

Boss Battle

Bigieu's true form

Bigieu fighting the protagonists

The battle against Bigieu is very long and hard. She is at level 51, even higher than all possible final boss of the game, and has 40878 life-points, where the other two penultimate bosses do not exceed 15000. She is very powerful, very fast and very dangerous, so be very careful. Bigieu is fast and nimble, and attacks with powerful claw swipes and jumping blows. Her deadliest attack is Rose Highclaw, a powerful jumping blow which deals huge damage to all characters.

She can also use the very powerful divine summon Lamia Naga and cast bothersome Moon spells. Lunatic and Half Vanish reduce the target's maximum life points, Body Change shrinks the target and needs to be cured, Energy Ball raises her attack strength and Moon Sabre heals her when she strikes you. Fortunately, she seldom uses Lamian Naga and Moon Sabre.

Lamian Naga

Lamian Naga

Bigieu is weak to Water/Ice, so use every attack and magic you know and infuse your weapons with it. Beware for she violently counterattacks when you use too powerful techniques. Decrease her stats and to increase your own with everything you can. Be very careful when you strike her with weapons and never remain at close range more than necessary. Whenever she transforms into a kitten, harass her with everything you have got as she mostly uses magic under this form. If she were to cast Moon Sabre, dispel it at any cost.

Rise of Mana

Death Jester, Bigieu, Koren

Death Jester, Bigieu and Koren in Rise of Mana

Bigieu, Koren and the Death Jester make cameo appearances in the mobile phone game Rise of Mana. They serve both as bosses and allies fighting alongside the heroes, even against themselves. They can be faced individually or all together.

This game features two protagonists from warring species of the Spirit Realm, the divine Rasta and demonic Daruka, who are sent to the physical planes sharing a body and forced to cooperate. In the end, everything is revealed to have been a successful plot of the Mana Goddess herself to bring peace between the two species.

Bigieu is fought as a boss under her “Isabella” aspect, flanked by two powerful ninja enemies. Bigieu hovers over the ground, hurls cat-shaped energy blasts, sends small green and orange clouds in different directions, and causes a rain of blue and green energy balls. The ninjas wield a huge sword, jump to strike and hurl bouncing fireballs. Bigieu is very powerful and very resilient, so harass her as much as you can while minding her servants. When fought alongside the other two, they form a considerably dangerous team that unleash long-range and close-range combos. Be very careful and dodge and counterattack rather than rushing blindly.

Sword of Mana

Isabella (Sword of Mana)


Another Isabella appears in this remake of the first Mana game (called Final Fantasy Adventure in Occident). While there are chronological links tying Dawn of Mana, Children of Mana, Heroes of Mana and Seiken Densetsu 3, most games were stated by the developers to take place in distinct continuities, making the two villains counterparts.

While she is a cat-like Demon Lady with the same alias and aspects as her counterpart, Isabella bears no ill-will towards mankind and is cordial to the protagonists. (Demons are portrayed as neutral in this game.) Isabella is friend with the Vampire Lord Count Lee (perhaps a nod to Bigieu and Jagan), but dislikes his settling in Fa'Diel. Also, she seems to have known the Demon Queen Medusa and her human lover Lord Granz. Isabella first meets the protagonists in an inn, and at Count Lee’s palace of Vinquette Hall.

Isabella contre Goremand

Isabella attacks Goremand

She later falls in love with the Dark Lord and becomes his lover and one of his main henchmen. (Contrary to Bigieu's unrequited love for the Dark Prince, the Dark Lord reciprocates Isabella's affection.) Upon meeting the protagonists again, she threatens to attack them if they enter the Dark Lord's castle, but she is never actually fought, and even lets the Dark Lord confronts the heroes alone.

After the Dark Lord is killed by the protagonists and his soul is devoured by Goremand (counterpart to Death Jester), Isabella reverts to her cat-like true form and attacks him in a rage, but he manages to escape... But not forever. 

Lord of Vermilion III

Bigieu, Koren and Death Jester make cameo appearances in the crossover arcade strategy game Lord of Vermilion III, which features collectible cards and battles in open space while controlling units, consisting in characters from many Square Enix games. They serve as powerful units who fight with their spells from the game.