Having just gotten done with Final Fantasy XV, I am thinking about the summons in that game. A pity that I can’t summon them on command, but they are cool all the same. It got me to thinking about the whole concept of summons in this series. It has been known for having some cool-as-fuck ones, some weird ones, and a fat Chocobo. No joke, that is a real summon. It falls from the sky and lands on the enemy. That’s just weird. Let’s get down to it.
I hadn’t played a game with this guy in it until XV, but man did he make an impression. In every game that he has been in, Titan is a gigantic monstrosity that rips the land apart in order to do massive damage to his enemies. While not the most flashy summon, it is pretty cool. The fight against him in XV was fucking awesome. I wish that I had a more interesting reason as to why he gets on the list, but a giant who can rip the land to pieces is all he needs to be.
9. Knights of the Round
The most difficult summon to get in VII, instead of getting to have one ally come into battle with you, you get 13. After winning all the chocobo races and breeding a complete rainbow of chocobos, It is the ultimate weapon, able to defeat almost any enemy. Each of them are knights who serve under King Arthur, who is the last to strike with the blade Excalibur. XIV brought them back, only as enemies this time at the end of the Heavensward expansion. I am hoping that they will be able to be used as an ally again in future games. Assuming there are any.
Probably the most unique of the summons, Alexander is a giant fortress. That’s right, you get the beat the shit out of your enemy with a living, mobile weapon. In VIII, it encloses the enemy and them blows them to bits. In XIII, the fortress first sends down a giant walking golem, but you can call down the rest of it, a series of interlocking walls that use lasers to carve up all enemies. Such a pity that such a cool summon was in such a mediocre entry into the franchise. I think my favorite version is in XIV, where it is everything the giant mechanized fortress is supposed to be.
The god of thunder, I hadn’t gotten much experience with this old man until XV. In every game he has been in, his look hasn’t really changed. Taking on the appearance of a bearded old man, he brings down the wrath of thunder. Was hoping to see him in X, but he was replaced by Ixion, who is cool in his own right. In XV, you have to activate all of his stones. Once you do, he can only be used once, but that one time is epic as fuck. When assaulting an imperial base, you call down his Judgment Bolt to destroy the magitech generator. Watching that happen is just fantastic. Worth every second. Sucks that that is the only time you can use him. Would have given anything to have more time with the guy.
My first run-in with this summon was in IV, when you have to fight the guy. A being who controls the sea, he wasn’t a summon you could use for the first few games. Then I got to have control of him in VII, where you can call down the ocean to drown your enemies. But, of course, the most fantastic version of the character is in XV. Lunafreya wants to make a deal with it to give its blessing to Noctis. The ancient beast does NOT like this arrangement, and instead attacks Noctis and the Imperial fleet who comes in to kill it. The battle that follows pretty much levels the city, but it is spectacular. Leviathan controls the water to make dragons that lash out at you. A fantastic battle, in the lesser half of the game.
Don’t let the delicate femininity of this summon fool you, Shiva is no slouch. The absolute power of winter, she uses it to freeze and obliterate her enemies. My favorite version of the character is in X, where you get her at a very pivotal part of the story. It’s right after you get to the temple in Lake Macalania, and you find out the truth about Seymour being a monster. He calls forth a monster who we’ll get to talk about pretty soon here, and you now have Shiva to call to your aid. In XIII, she is in the form of twin sisters, who can combine their bodies to form a motorcycle. A pity that the game she is in there is so mediocre. That concept has a ton of potential. In XV, you see her as Lady Lunafreya’s attendant, secretly hiding who she really is. But just when everything is at its worst, she reveals who she is, and comes to join Noctis in battle. As sexy as she is deadly, her Diamond Dust will freeze your bones and rip you up.
Probably the most well-known of the summons in this franchise, the beast of fire is modeled after a fire spirit called Djinn. It has demonic horns in every iteration, and the chief attack it uses is Hellfire. My favorite iteration of the character is also in X. He is the second summon you get. Yuna calls him forth, being launched up in the air and landing on his waiting shoulder. In XV, he is the only cool part of the shitty-ass climax to the game. It seems that he isn’t keen on keeping humanity alive, so he makes a deal with the villain to kill everyone. In this game, he is much more of a man, using a flaming sword and his flaming powers to destroy Noctis and his allies. Whatever form he is in, fire is your friend.
Exclusive to X, this summon is both badass and scary as fuck, when you think about it. For starters, her back-story is depressing as fuck. Originally Seymour’s mother, she wanted to give her son a way to fight Sin, so she turned herself into a fayth in order to stay with him. But it clearly had some horrific side-effects. You have to collect all of the hidden treasures in each temple. Then you unlock her. When you summon her into battle, a giant chain comes from the sky, reaching into the ground, You are literally dragging her out of Hell to fight for you. Her main attack is called Pain. She charges energy into her eye, blasting it out at enemies, causing either massive damage or instant death. It is aptly named, since it makes her eye bleed in pain. But that is nothing. Her overdrive sucks the enemy into Hell, where her true form pummels the shit out of them, causing massive damage. A depressing and nightmarish summon, and probably the most powerful in the game.
Another summon unique to X, he is also the most unique of the game because of what is required to get him to fight. You find him in the hidden temple in the Calm Lands. He is the summon that killed the first summoner that Lulu was with. Getting this summon lays some of her problems to rest. A very subdued swordsman, in order to make him fight, he must be paid. And how much you give him will affect what kind of attack he does. Give him a couple hundred gil and he will either have his dog assist him, or he will throw knives at the enemies. A few thousand gil and he will use his blade to attack either one or all of the enemies, virtually guaranteeing instant death. However, if you pay him over 10,000 gil, when his overdrive gauge is full, and he will call forth the Zanmato blade from the dark abyss that Anima lives in. This blade is so powerful that it will cause instant and immediate death to whatever enemy he attacks with it. You actually see lesser enemies get cut in half, with blood spurting out. This is one samurai that you do NOT want to fuck with.
Some of you may see the #1 pick coming from a mile away.
This summon is not only very powerful, but it is arguably the most iconic if the franchise. A Final Fantasy game isn’t complete unless we get to see this dragon. My favorite iteration of the summon is, as you may have guessed, in X. It’s my favorite Final Fantasy game, so sue me. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t badass in the others. In some iterations, he is a being with two wings, four wings, or six. Then there was the retardedness in XII where he is a giant airship. Yeah, that was dumb. The iteration of the character in XIII was kind of dumb too, but that’s par for the course with that game. As I said, my favorite version is in X. He is one of two summons with Break Damage Limit as part of his repertoire. Because of this, his regular attacks are deadly all by themselves. However, when he charges up the Mega Flare, it is understood that anything he is shooting at won’t be alive. I will say that I don’t hate the version in XV. He is a giant humanoid in dragon armor, who can call a massive storm of swords from the heavens. Only available at the fight with Ifrit, he does make an impression. The greatest dragon in the entire franchise, he is my favorite summon.
So, what are your favorite summons? Let me know in the Comments.
Until next time, a quote,
“Will you fight with us?” – Yuna, Final Fantasy X