The primals are manifestations of elemental aether given physical form by the "summoning" rites performed by the beastmen who worship them as gods. In addition to being creatures of great destructive power, the primals are dangerous because they distort the natural flow of aether in the world: not only are vast quantities of aether required to summon them, but once given form the Primals will go on to instinctively seek out and gorge themselves on as much aether as they can find. Furthermore, the Primals can use a process known as "tempering" to brainwash innocent people into their lifelong subjects, whose worship in turn increases the power of the Primal. They have a weakness, however: people with the Echo, like the Warrior of Light, are immune to tempering and can stand up to the Primals, thus slaying them is the player's main job throughout the story.
For the Beast Tribes who worship the Primals, see the Beast Tribes page.
As the story has advanced beyond the point of hiding plot twists, there are unmarked spoilers below, you have been warned.
Primals in General
- Bonus Boss: Most Primals can be fought again in optional Extreme Trials or Savage Raids, which are much harder than the original battles with them.
- Brainwashing: They can do this to mortals through a process called Branding (each primal has a different term), which binds the mortals to their will, making them fanatically loyal until death releases them from service. However, in the Binding Coil of Bahamut storyline, both Louisoix and Nael are freed from their Branding, though both die shortly after.
- It's shown that primals can even brand other primals that are tied to mortal hosts by branding the host when they are vulnerable, such as when Phoenix was enthralled by Bahamut via Bahamut branding Phoenix's host of Louisoix.
- Different primals employ this to varying degrees: Ifrit brands everyone he comes into contact with, Ramuh will only brand people if they specifically ask him to (though the very act of his summoning had him unintentionally branding his followers), Odin will only brand one individual to make them his new host when he is defeated, and so on. Many primals are not seen branding anybody at all. Notably, anyone possessing the Echo is immune to branding, as they are effectively considered to already be "branded" by Hydaelyn.
- Came Back Wrong: Played With. As revealed in Heavensward, Primals are nothing but an image created by the prayers of those that summon them, and typically exaggerates their personality and worst traits to the extreme. Even when the individual knew the original. However, not every primal summoned turns out to be world-destroying maniacs. A few, such as Ramuh, are not evil. And Enkidu's only purpose seemed to hang out with his old friend Gilgamesh.
- Creation Myth: Each of the primals are featured in their own creation myth for themselves or their beastmen followers as recorded in the Encyclopedia Eorzea.
- Elemental Embodiment: Six of the first Primals the Scions encountered correspond with one of the six elements, the order being Ifrit, Titan, Garuda, Leviathan, Ramuh, and Shiva. When the Scions later seek to return the elements to the barren Empty, they do so by summoning new versions of these original six Elemental Embodiments and slaying them to disperse their aether.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: They genuinely, truly love their followers and even the branded are assured clothing, shelter, and adequate food and drink, with no indication that they're mistreated at all by the beastmen they're in thrall to. Even Garuda goes out of her way to protect the Ixal that summoned her and calls them "her children" with sincere care in her tone. This is one of their only sympathetic traits. The only primal to actually avert this in regards to their own worshipers is Alexander and that was mainly since he realized his worshipers were dangerously insane.
- Evil Knock Off: What they typically act as to the individual they were based on.
- Flowery Elizabethan English: Most of the primals speak this way, though Garuda averts the trope by speaking normally and Alexander zig-zags it by fluidly alternating between this and Robo Speak.
- God Needs Prayer Badly: The primals are empowered by the zealous worship their followers give them and can in fact only be called to the physical plane by a combination of ritualistic prayer and crystals.
- Heavensward showed that summoning a primal is a bit more flexible than that. Any convenient source of aetheric energy is good for summoning a primal (such as, oh let's say, the Eyes of Nidhogg) - it needn't only be in crystal form. Additionally, the devotion of followers doesn't need to be directly focused towards the creation of the primal. For example, Ilberd summoned Shinryu from the fervor of the Ala Mighan resistance towards defeating the Garlean Empire. While Sephirot and Susano were summoned by faith being concentrated towards artifacts or sites of religious significance. This means that primals could theoretically be summoned from any kind of focused cause of devotion and hope. In addition some primals can find a way to sustain themselves without active prayer for example Odin leaches aether from the area and its host while concealing its true identity to prevent its destruction, and Shinryu's summoning ritual was backed by Human Sacrifice to eliminate the need for active prayer.
- Godzilla Threshold: The summoning of a primal is about the only thing that can drive the Eorzean Alliance and Garlean Empire to work together, as they both recognize the bigger threat.
- Harder Than Hard: The "Extreme" battles, which seem to be specifically designed to be frustrating.
- Leitmotif: One Blood, which usually plays when the Beast Tribes begin their summoning rituals.
- Magic Eater: The primals gorge on the aether that sustains the world. If left alone for too long, they will leave nothing but a barren wasteland in their wake. Aside from the more immediate physical and Brainwashing threats they pose, this is considered their most dangerous trait, as sustained primal summoning will eventually bleed the world dry.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: No matter how many times a primal is slain, they can always return as long as they have worshippers and crystals.
- One-Hit Kill: The mechanics and forgiveness of them vary from fight to fight, but make no mistake, if you fail to do that one mechanic right it will kill your entire party and there's not a damn thing you can do about it.
- Physical God: What most of the primals are. They can be struck and injured, but it takes a lot of power to actually slay one.
- Puzzle Boss: Almost all of them have some kind of mechanic you must overcome in order to survive their ultimate attacks, or risk starting from the beginning.
- The Power of Hate: It is noted that all Primals sealed away using Allagan methods become more and more powerful as their anger grows due to being sealed and often used as a power source. They in turn are kept powered by their branded followers who are kept in a form of stasis that leaves them just conscious enough to feel endless pain and suffering at their horrifying situation, leading them to forever calling out to their trapped deity to save them.
- Reality Warper: The mere presence of a sufficiently empowered Primal is often enough to affect the local landscape or weather to some degree around them, but more powerful ones can create alternate planes of existence or a Pocket Dimension for their battles to take place in temporarily. This tends to happen as the fight moves closer to the final phase, typically during or after they use their Signature Attack.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Justified, not only are most of the primals named after figures of real world mythology (Alexander, Bismarck and Thordan notwithstanding), they are In-Universe mythological figures of the mythologies of the group that summons them.
- Symbiotic Possession: It is possible for mortals to summon Primals into their own being, gaining the ability to transform into the Primal on a wim while maintaining their own will, although they are still reliant on the same aetheric and faith-based fuels. Known examples of this are Ysayle (and later Ryne) becoming Shiva, Louisoix becoming Phoenix, Thordan VII and the Heavens' Ward becoming the Knights of the Round, and Yotsuyu becoming Tsukuyomi. It is also possible for the possession to be not so symbiotic, such how Odin brands mortals to act as his hosts, or even the reverse, with Zenos forcibly possessing Shinryu, and willing hosts can lose control back to the primal as seen with Ryne and Shiva.
- Tulpa: Hraesvelgyr reveals that all Primals are not summoned, but created by the imagination and willpower of those who "summon" them. If they happen to be based on a previously existing person, they are basically an Evil Knockoff to them. This is taken to another angle in 3.4 where the Kobolds were in the middle of summoning Titan, only for a Kobold child to summon him by complete accident through his emotional anguish since he saw his parents' dead bodies. This causes Titan's mind to take on the child's emotions, reducing Titan to a dangerous sobbing primal that's on a rampage.
- Villain Song: Each of them have them, most sung from the prospective of the the Primal themselves. Ifrit, Phoenix, the Knights of the Round, Bismarck, and Susano are the only primals without lyrics in their songs, opting for Ominous Latin Chanting for the former three and a One-Woman Wail for Bismarck, while Susano is the first purely instrumental theme, to match with his fight being a party (from his perspective) as much as anything.
Primals introduced in A Realm Reborn:
Lord of the Inferno and the first primal players face, Ifrit is the primal of the tribal Amalj'aa lizardmen. Of the primals, Ifrit is the one to most often resort to tempering mortals as fits his sphere of Domination, making doing battle with him something the Ul'dahns dread due the heartbreak of having to kill hundreds of their own friends-turned-foes.
- Battle Theme Music: "Primal Judgment", an orchestra piece that emphasizes the daunting power of the Lord of the Inferno, complete with Ominous Latin Chanting.
- Big Red Devil: When taken out of the dim lighting of the Bowl of Embers (like during Minfilia's aether explanation), Ifrit is shown to have bright red plating on his body, fitting in nicely with his long horns and burning demonic visage.
- Bishounen Line: The Eden version of Ifrit looks considerably more humanoid than his counterpart on the Source, and is far stronger besides.
- Creation Myth: The creation myth of the Amalj'aa holds that, in the beginning, there was only Ifrit. The world he spawned was filled with beasts bereft of reason or intellect, each fighting an endless, mindless battle for survival. But there was one race of great lizards whose ferocity so pleased the Lord of the Inferno that he bequeathed unto them flickering motes shared from his own primordial flame. This sacred fire took purchase in the lizards' souls, burning away frailty and weakness, and from the ashes of their transformation stepped the first warriors of the Amalj'aa. Seven males and seven females there were, and from their joining were born seven tribes. It is told that the tribes ranged far and wide, and ruled all that walked or crawled upon the land.
- Doppelgänger Attack: Crimson Cyclone. Ifrit will jump up and appear somewhere along the edge of the arena, before charging forward quickly in a straight line. In HM, he creates up to three of himself, where in EX it's always four Ifrits.
- Fake Difficulty: Pretty much every player that fought Ifrit in 1.0 will tell you that the hardest part of his fight was dealing with the lag and animation lock. Both are gone in ARR, though a laggy connection can still make Ifrit much harder than he's intended to be.
- Flat Character: Compared to the other Primals, a least. While they all have fairly fleshed-out personalities, he doesn't get much more than "wants to burn or enslave everything."
- Foreshadowing: During the introduction of his Trial, when he realizes he cannot Temper the Warrior of Light, he muses that they must have "already been claimed by another". Now, if Solus' claim that Hydaelyn is in fact a Primal herself is true...
- Harder Than Hard: Ifrit (Extreme) was one of the hardest fights in Legacy.
- Hellfire: As is his signature.
- Horned Humanoid: Ifrit has a pair of forward-curving horns. His Eden counterpart has a gigantic pair of antlers instead.
- Kneel Before Zod: His primary modus operandi is to force everyone to do this, making him one of the less sympathetic Primals.
- Kill It with Fire: One of his quests in 1.0 was even titled "It Kills With Fire".
- One-Hit Kill: What's that? You didn't destroy the giant flaming nail thing he summoned fast enough? Have fun getting one-shot by Hellfire. Oh and hard mode he summons four of them, and on Extreme mode, thirteen (and they now damage you when destroyed!). Until players were on average massively overgeared for Hard Mode, a limit break was mandatory to finish off the nails, and even with players highly overgeared now, a Limit Break is still basically mandatory during the later waves of nails in Extreme.
- Playing with Fire: As usual per the series, Ifrit embodies fire.
- Signature Attack: Hellfire. Ifrit floats in the air surrounded by three orbs of flame before a massive wave of fire expands all around him.
- Turns Red: After losing about 25% of his HP in the max-level version of the fight. This signals the beginning of his more complex skill rotations.
- Warmup Boss: The normal version of him introduces players to the more complicated mechanics and phases of the Primals: aside from that, he's not too hard, and even a group of first-timers shouldn't have much trouble beating him once they figure out the fight's single wipe mechanic.
- Worthy Opponent: He will commend your strength if you manage to survive Hellfire.
Lord of Crags and the second primal players fight in the story. Titan's love for his followers, the Kobolds, is equal only to his hatred of the sons of man that kill, mistreat, and drive his children from the land, breaking a treaty the Lominsans had formed with the Kobolds in the past.
- A Father to His Men: The kobolds look up to him as a father-figure rather than just a lord-and-master and he feels likewise about them, which stands in contrast to Ifrit and his Amalj'aa servants.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: When it comes to the Primal threat and the Beastmen tribes' Forever War with the city-states, Ifrit served as a Starter Villain who, alongside his Amalj'aa worshippers, served to as a framing device for what the Primals are and why they and their worshippers have to be stopped. Titan, by contrast, serves to turn the Beastmen/city-state feud into a more grey and ambiguous conflict, like Ramuh and the sylphs before him, as he and his Kobolds have legitimate grievances with Limsa Lominsa and it's only because of this that he even gets summoned in the first place.
- Battle Theme Music: A five part battle theme, ending in his Villain Song "Under the Weight". "Landslide" for Eden Titan in Eden's Gate: Sepulture.
- Berserker Tears: 3.4 has Titan summoned when a Kobold child is in complete despair finding out that his parents were slain by his leader and wants his parents to wake up. The child's emotions are the catalyst to the summoning and those emotions are passed down to Titan. In the ensuing fight against him, Titan fights no differently than before, but all of his speech is replaced with the child Kobold's despair over his parents, making Titan look and sound incredibly creepy as he rages on in pure anguish.
- Boss Arena Urgency: Each time Titan uses Geocrush, the outermost parts of the arena will crumble away, leaving players with less and less room to dodge his attacks.
- Came Back Wrong: In 3.4, the Kobold child Ga Bu goes into despair when he discovers his parents sacrificed by the Patriarch. His powerful emotions unintentionally trigger a summoning of Titan, who has been imprinted by this anger and sadness until all he can do is lash out at everything around him, his own followers included.
- Creation Myth: In the beginning, the world was a place of relentless hostility. Cold. Hard. Unforgiving. The Great Father Titan gazed upon this inhospitable land, and saw that it was in need of custodians. Thus did he mold the ground beneath him, breathing life into soil and clay, and created the race of Kobolds. But the newborn creatures were not resilient like the rock or the stone, and they could not dwell alongside the savage beasts that stalked the surface. Seeing his children's frailty, the Lord of Crags sent magma to flow through the holy mount of O'Ghomoro, the molten rivers leaving behind rich veins of ore. Thence did he teach the Kobolds the ways of mining and the secrets of smelting, and newly girt with armor and weapons of metal, the beastmen did force the beasts to flee. Greatly satisfied by the success of his guardians, Titan returned to his bed in the mountain's crater. Ere he sank beneath its boiling crust, he left the Kobolds with a promise: when his children needed him most, the smoky breath of O Ghomoro would herald his return.
- Determinator: Even shattering his heart won't stop him from fighting."To the last, I grapple with thee!"
- Didn't Need Those Anyway!: It says something about how much he wants you dead when he can keep fighting without his heart.
- Dummied Out: He was originally going to be the first primal you did battle with in 1.0, but after the Japan earthquake he was shelved and replaced with Moggle Mog.
- Earthy Barefoot Character: As you'd expect, he doesn't wear any shoes.
- Evil Virtues: Genuinely loves his worshippers, and unlike Ifrit and Garuda, not particularly keen on branding unbelievers.
- Fake Difficulty: Landslide and Weight of the Land used to (and still sometimes do) be similarly lagged like Ifrit's abilities were in 1.0. Particularly bad given that Landslide is usually a One-Hit Kill due to its knockback effect easily knocking the player out of the platform, making them fall to their deaths, outside the healers' reach. This video shows a perfect example of it.
- Gentle Giant: Though you never really see it in the story Titan is in fact very gentle and compassionate to his worshippers. His enemies on the other hand...
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: He expresses this belief, "humans" in this case meaning all of the Five Races. Considering that the kobolds were perfectly willing to live in peace with the people of Limsa Lominsa, and it was the latter that betrayed their agreement, it's hard to say that he doesn't have a point. He also has a sore spot about them turning to farming instead of piracy, which is also understandable, given who he is.
- Knight Templar Parent: He cares very deeply for his beastmen children, and woe befalls any and all who attempt to harm them.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When summoned in 3.4, the first thing he does is attack his own beloved kobold followers, a big red flag that something is seriously wrong.
- One-Hit Kill: He became of the most infamous bosses of FFXIV for his multiple deadly attacks:
- So you didn't destroy Titan's heart fast enough? Enjoy getting lit up by Earthen Fury.
- Landslide is effectively this. If you don't get out of the AOE fast enough, you're going sailing off the course and taking a dirt nap.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: Much as always, Titan is a giant, earthy-looking character, but he doesn't quite resemble his simple rock-monster appearance from Final Fantasy XI ; if not for the visible cracks on his belly, you could believe he was a regular dark-skinned guy (albeit several storeys tall) with some rock-like limbs.
- Ring Out: While many trial bosses feature this mechanic, none are as notorious for it as Titan, and it is his main method of wiping the party out quickly. Once the rocky barriers surrounding the battlefield are destroyed, it's very possible to suffer knockback from Titan's attacks and get shoved off the platform so that you fall to your death. To make matters worse, Titan will reduce the available floor space of the arena at least twice during the fight on normal mode, or three (or more) times on higher difficulties.
- Rock Monster: He's a giant monster made of rock, go figure.
- Shockwave Stomp: Tumult has Titan repeatedly stomp the ground, producing shockwaves that damage the whole party.
- Signature Attack: Earthen Fury. Titan's anger summons a Pillar of Light to engulf the battlefield.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: Though Under the Weight is extremely fitting for a fight against the embodiment of the Earth's fury, many first time players will end up hearing the intense screaming vocals playing over the sight of their character's dead body laying at the bottom of the pit far away from the fight. Averted after patch 3.4 when the camera would move back to the arena so players who are knocked out could still watch the fight.
- Top-Heavy Guy/Stout Strength: He has a squat, sumo wrestler-like build, albeit with more emphasis on his upper body.
- Villain Song: "Under the Weight", the music for the last phase of Titan's battle is a very hateful rock tune with the lyrics sung from Titan's perspective, with his Kobold followers constantly chanting "Bow down overdweller!!" between his lyrics. They occasionally cap the chant with shouts of "TITAN!", "UNDER THE WEIGHT!", and "IN HELL I WAIT!". And yes, it is Awesome Music that you'd be head banging to, if it wasn't for the fact that you're busy trying to avoid getting killed by Titan.
- Volcanic Veins: When Titan's Heart is exposed, the earthy cracks in his skin glow yellow.
Lady of the Vortex and perhaps the most bloodthirsty primal, befitting her sphere of destruction. Garuda plots from a piece of land eternally surrounded in a tornado called the Howling Eye. Her followers are the Ixal birdmen, who are the only ones she cares for and, in turn, revere her. She is the last of the primals the players fight in the main story.
- A God Am I: She likes to fancy herself as "the only god". She intends to kill all of the other beast tribes to rob the other primals of their faith to ensure that title.
- Ax-Crazy: When players meet her, they've dealt with three primals. Ifrit wanted everyone to bow to his will, Titan wanted to protect the kobolds, and Ramuh didn't even want to be bothered. Garuda? She wants to kill everything that isn't an Ixal and eat all the aether she can. Why? Because she's Garuda.
- Battle Theme Music: "Fallen Angel" starts with an Ominous Pipe Organ accompanied by a One-Woman Wail. Once Garuda whispers, "now fall", the song becomes a blend of rock and symphony music.
- Blow You Away: Her attacks are wind-based.
- Creation Myth: Legend has it that the birdmen of the Ixal once lived on a floating continent known as Ayatlan, where they protected the further reaches of the heavens as Garuda's divine soldiers. A time came, however, when the evil that saturated the land below began to reach upwards and infect the skies above. Thence did Garuda order her minions to descend and cleanse the ground of this vile influence, bidding them to remain there as guardians that the heavens may never again be thus threatened.
- Diminishing Villain Threat: The first time you go after her, much is made about her being the deadliest and most powerful primal, and if you count the side-story in Coerthas has the longest arc devoted to her downfall. But in the endgame hard mode she's the second primal you fight (and rather easy to boot), her power having been eclipsed by Titan, and by the time you unlock extreme modes she's the first primal you go after and considered to be easier than Titan EX by a country mile. When encountered again in Xelphatol, she's merely a minion to the final boss Tozol Huatotl.
- Eviler Than Thou: She sees herself as superior to the other Primals and forces her Amalj'aa and kobold prisoners to summon Ifrit and Titan so she can defeat them and devour their aether. At that point, Gaius van Baelsar arrives on the scene and unleashes the Ultima Weapon on all three of them, absorbing each and every one of them.
- Glass Cannon: Despite the difficulty spike from Ifrit's hard mode to her's, gear has advanced to the point that her hard mode almost irrelevant. This has also made it very clear that her health pool is less than Ifrit's and severely less than Titan's. A well geared group in 2.5 can kill Garuda hard mode in about two to three minutes. That same group will take approximately twice as long to kill Titan hard mode.
- Knockback: Sorta expected, given her wind powers.
- Laughing Mad: Nearly every single sentence out of her mouth either begins or ends with an insane cackle.
- Leotard of Power: More like a Fur Bikini made of Fluffy Fashion Feathers.
- Magic Eater: Implied in her dialogue. Whereas Ifrit is primarily interested in making tempered worshippers, and Titan is angry at the adventurers and Limsa Lominsa for killing his Kobold followers, Garuda primary focus is to absorb as much aether as possible so that she can become a supreme goddess. It even went so far as planning to snatch the lunar transmitter from Garlean control so that she could absorb the a massive amount of energy from Dalamud in Legacy.
- Mercury's Wings Two smaller wings grow from Garuda's head.
- Oh, Crap!: Once the Ultima Weapon shows up and absorbs Ifrit and Titan, completely derailing her own plan to do the same, the look on her face when Ultima turns to her is one of absolute terror.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Her very first cutscene back in Legacy was her mercilessly attacking a Gridania village, using a tornado, even breaking the neck/spine of one such villager/guard. She gleefully kills anything that isn't A) an Ixal, or B) herself.
- Ring Out: Not as severe as with Titan, but she can surround the outer area of the battlefield in a blue light, which damages and violently pushes players toward the center of the field if they stand in it.
- Sequence Breaking: Before a patch that fixed this issue, it was possible to beat Garuda before she used Aerial Blast, thus avoiding her strongest move as well as the hardest parts of the fight.
- Signature Attack: Aerial Blast. Garuda calls out a sudden gale-force wind that quickly decimates solid stone.
- Wake-Up Call Boss:
- During ARR's launch, Garuda had more mechanics than any boss faced at the time you fought her in the story and there was a good chance she'd rip your party to shreds at least once if you were doing it with people unfamiliar with the fight. Calling her the beginning of the end of the story wouldn't be exaggerating.
- This repeated once you reached the endgame. "Hard" Ifrit was, frankly, a fight anyone in job-quest blues and a random weapon could complete, so long as you can managed to not stand in things and limit break the nails. Hard Garuda doubled the mechanics of an already difficult battle and sipped on rookie players as a light apéritif. Though in later patches, thanks to light farming for the Nexus upgrade and players vastly outgearing the fight in general, the average Garuda run lasts about three minutes.
- Winged Humanoid: Garuda has six wings total. Four wings on her back, and two growing out of her head. The Eden version of Garuda has eight wings growing from her back and six on her head, for a total of fourteen.
Good King Moggle Mog XII
Moggle Mog XII is a character from moogle folklore who threw a rope down to Hydaelyn for his subjects to escape the twelve when the gods began to fight amongst themselves, sacrificing himself to stay behind. The Moghome Moogles also make references to "the Good King" as well though their folklore on him remains mostly unknown. It's believed that Good King Moggle Mog's presence in Eorzea is a manifestation of the moogles' belief in a case of Your Mind Makes It Real which later ends up being the case with every primal. Unfortunately, Moggle Mog turns out to be less of a good king and more of a tyrant, corrupting the Mogglesguard and declaring his intention to purge the Twelveswood of every sentient being. (Or at least, the summoned version is; the real king was probably an okay guy.)
- Beware the Silly Ones: Silly and oddly awesome at the same time? Yes. Very dangerous and perfectly able to mop the floor with you? Oh yes.
- Came Back Wrong: He's not the good king moogle history paints him as. The Scions theorize this is actually intentional since it was the Ascians that taught the Mogglesguard the summoning ritual. This serves as Foreshadowing to the reveal that all primals are this trope.
- Cast From Hitpoints: In the EX fight, Good King Moogle Mog can revive his Mooglesguard to full health at the cost of his own. This is the only way to damage him as he is invulnerable to attacks so long as his Mogglesguard are alive.
- Damn You, Muscle Memory!: Many new players go into Thornmarch (Extreme) thinking it's the same fight as Thornmarch (Hard) with a couple of extra gimmicks, but in truth, the Extreme fight is completely different. This punctuated in the opening cutscene for Extreme where Moggle Mog is already present, unlike in Hard where the Mogglesguard summon him mid-fight.
- Fallen Hero: As noted above, the moogles remember him as a benign and selfless ruler, and there's nothing to indicate he wasn't one. That said, by the time the player meets him something obviously went horribly wrong, because he sure isn't so benign now. Let it be said: it's a moogle who comes to you pleading to stop him in A Realm Reborn, because the moogles have learned their lesson from the first time he was summoned and don't want a reprise. The whole time, the moogle continues calling him "Good King Moggle Mog", even while explaining why you definitely have to stop him, and concludes that while he's still a great guy, he's better off staying gone.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In his backstory, see above.
- Killer Rabbit: He is a moogle after all. A gigantic moogle, yes, but still a moogle, ie. a very cute big ball of fur. Doesn't make him any less dangerous than any other primal.
- Kiting: Out of the 7 Mogglesguards, only 2 of them follow a standard aggro table and can be controlled and "held" by the party's tanks, whereas the other 5 do not and will behave as they will.
- Limit Break: Memento Moogle, a tricky attack that he pulls out when his HP his a certain threshold.
- Large and in Charge: He towers over the Mooglesguard, who are themselves at least twice the size of regular moogles.
- Mythology Gag / Meaningful Name: His name references the fact that it has been 12 games since Moogles were first introduced to the series.
- Power Copying: In Thornmarch (Hard), Moggle Mog gains the abilities of his underlings as they fall.
- Puzzle Boss: Standard Thornmarch is pretty straightforward. You gotta kill all of the moogle minions as fast as you can then kill the king. There is an ideal order to killing the moogles, but otherwise its a pretty straightforward fight. However, woe to those who think the extreme version will be the same. You have to kill the boss in a specific way, or else he will wipe the entire raid. That specific way is instead of killing all the minions, you have to lower all their health as low as possible before killing one of them. Moggle Mog will then revive the downed minion and heal all of them to full health, draining his own health in the process. But after doing so many revives, he will ult the party, killing everyone, so you have to make sure you make each revive count before bursting down the boss.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: You get an achievement called "Most Adorable Death Ever" for defeating him.
- Shoot the Medic First: Well, more like shoot the medic second, as the Black Mage is usually the immediate target because of its huge AoE damage potential. Only in Thornmarch (Hard), though — the Extreme mode of the battle requires a different strategy altogether.
- Staff of Authority: Crowned with a gold chocobo, it also serves as a Magic Staff.
- Wolfpack Boss: He has the seven Mogglesguard moogles with him for his boss fight.
- Villain Song: "Good King Moggle Mog", a demented sounding remix of the Moogle theme originating from Final Fantasy V. Once he's summoned, the Mogglesguard begin singing about how awesome he is, before going into short lines about themselves.
Lord of the Whorl and the primal of the Sahagins, Leviathan seeks to sink the isle of Vylbrand to wipe out the humanity that has defied him, and to ensure a stable spawning ground for his people. Like Ifrit, Leviathan is one of the primals prone to tempering but is the only primal to have thralls of untempered human worshippers; pirates known as the Serpent Reavers who refused to settle down and become farmers or privateers, continuing their piracy with the aid of the Sahagin. Tempered Reavers are known as the Drowned and are implied to be granted underwater breathing, but become an Empty Shell in the process. Leviathan is regarded as the most terrible primal aside from Garuda due to the fact that he's nigh-omnipotent so long as he's in the open ocean.
- Attack Reflector: His head reflects ranged attacks, while his tail reflects magic attacks.
- Battle Theme Music: Which like most of the primals, change with each phase of the fight. The fight begins with "Wreck to the Seaman", a traditional Japanese taiko drums, chimes, and flute instrumental piece. However, after Leviathan performs his signature Tidal Wave attack, it switches to "Through the Maelstrom", a guitar and steel percussive rock theme, with his Sahagin followers providing the lyrics in the form of a prayer to the Lord of the Whorl. The latter lyrics give warning to the Sahagin's enemies and victims that the sudden calming of the seas is merely the silence before their deity's fury is unleashed. "Blinding Indigo" for Eden Leviathan in Eden's Gate: Inundation.
- Clipped-Wing Angel: Of a sort. Since Leviathan is the god of water and possesses absolute control the only way players can fight him with even a chance of winning is by using an aetherial dampener to limit his powers. Even still, he remains a major threat, and he makes attempts to sap the dampener of its powers in turn during the battle.
- Cognizant Limbs: His head and tail are separate targets; both share the same HP pool, but the head reflects ranged attacks while the tail reflects magic. Averted with Eden Leviathan, whose two heads are not separate targets.
- Creation Myth: In the tales passed down from clutchfather to spawnling, it is told that all was once a parched wasteland devoid of ocean or sea. The gods saw how the star's denizens did thirst, and thus entreated Leviathan to cover the world with water. The Lord of the Whorl answered, laboring to bring forth mighty floods, but even as the hollows of the land filled up with seas, so were the last drops of his essence drained away. When they beheld their dying savior, the newly invigorated ocean-dwellers despaired at his fate, and at the cost of their own lives sought to stem his ebbing vitality. His strength thus restored, Leviathan, mourning the sea creatures that had perished in his name, bestowed a divine boon upon those that remained. Certain of the fish underwent a transformation, gaining arms and legs and the gift of higher reason. Leviathan named these chosen few "Sahagin" and warned that the blessing of limbs carried with it a price: ever after must they return to the land to lay their eggs. Then did the deity unleash upon an island a crashing tidal wave, scouring away the unclean soil and preparing for his children their sacred spawning grounds. Though Leviathan soon vanished into the murky depths, the Sahagin have ever since shown their gratitude with yearly offerings of sacrifice.
- Dummied Out: Leviathan was intended to make an appearance in Legacy (and his model could even be found in the data files), but in the wake of the earthquake-tsunami disaster he was shelved completely and not even "replaced" like Titan was. He does, however, appear in Realm Reborn as of Patch 2.2.
- Foreshadowing: When he gets summoned, the first thing Leviathan does is absorbing the soul of the Sahagin priest that was bodyjacking his minions with his Echo abilities, permanently killing him. This is the same method Thordan's primal form in Heavensward does towards Lahabrea, which kills the Ascian off for good.
- I'm a Humanitarian: He's not above devouring those who stand against him.
- Just Shoot Him: A firm practitioner of this, Leviathan simply capsizes and drowns/eats anyone that comes to fight him since he only fights in the open sea and his enemies are guaranteed to come after him in boats. Defeating him in the past took luring him into an inlet where he couldn't harness his full might, and fighting him now requires the use of a corrupted crystal to dampen his spells.
- Kraken and Leviathan: He is a Leviathan at least.
- Making a Splash: He manipulates water much as he always has throughout the series, though with far more nuance than mere tidal waves this time.
- One-Hit Kill: If you don't kill certain adds fast enough the elemental converter won't be strong enough to protect you from Leviathan's Tidal Wave attack.
- Ring Out: Similar to Titan, but only in the Extreme Mode of his fight and far more manageable. The railings surrounding the boat are removed and it's very possible to get knocked into the water and drown from a few of Leviathan's attacks.
- Sea Monster: Of the giant sea serpent variety.
- Shared Life Meter: Leviathan consists of fighting his head and his tail. The DPS have to attack a certain one depending on if they're ranged or melee fighters. Attacking one drains the same health pool regardless.
- Signature Attack: Tidal Wave. Leviathan floods the very air with water and swims around his prey, before crushing them under the tide.
- Tail Slap: Since the tail counts as its own enemy, this naturally comprises its main form of attack.
- You Have Failed Me: Sastasha Hard mode reveals that Leviathan didn't take the Serpent Reavers' failure very well. Their punishment was being overexposed to his aether until they mutated into fish men abominations.
Voiced by: Kazuhiko Kishino (JP), Bob Johnson (EN), Benoit Allemane (FR), Tito Schmitz (DE)
Lord of Levin (lightning) and the primal of the kind yet alien Sylph tribe. Ramuh stands as a paragon of the primals as he doesn't actively seek conquest and even when summoned is described as being calm and pragmatic. He was called by the Sylph during the first Garlean invasion and hasn't been summoned since, and does not want to be unless the forest and his people are put in danger.
- Badass Beard: GOOD GRIEF. His body mass seems to be halfway comprised of his facial hair alone.
- Badass Long Robe: As a Primal, Ramuh's fighting skills are not in question, nor is the long dark violet wizard robe he's adorned in.
- Bald of Awesome: Despite being a Primal, he's not evil.
- Battle Theme Music: "Thunder Rolls". Reflecting his kinder nature, Ramuh's song is a soft-spoken chant about how he's testing you to see if humanity still has enough good left in it to be spared. The very last chorus is spoken louder and the lyrics imply that you pass.
- Bolt of Divine Retribution: His most used form of attacking.
- Cool Old Guy: This rather than Evil Old Folks because, as has already been said, he's not like other Primals.
- Creation Myth: Sylph tales speak of men as greedy, thoughtless creatures who brought destruction to the forest with axe and torch. Unable to flee from the bite of steal or the lick of flame, the root-bound trees had no recourse but to beseech the gods for succor. It was Ramuh, a deity of man, who heard their agonized pleas, and thence sent his levinbolts to strike budding fruits from ancient branches. Born of lightning and bless with secrets, the sylphs awoke from charred husks to serve as the forest's protectors.
- Dark Is Not Evil: This is made apparent in the main storyline when the people of Gridania hear that Ifrit and Titan were already summoned and come to fear that Ramuh will be next. The Sylphs assure everyone that Ramuh is not evil and only wishes to protect his territory, and even give you his crystal so you don't have to fight him. Despite being a primal, Ramuh is described as being fair, serene, and kind. He's only ever been summoned once when the Sylph were facing the possibility of genocide at the hands of the Garleans and is otherwise content to stay as loose aether. Even his sphere is rather noble (reconciliation), as opposed to others like Ifrit's sphere of domination or Garuda's sphere of destruction. The player's eventual encounter with him in 2.3 proves his temperament to be just that. He fights the player not for defying him, but as a challenge to prove to him that there's some good to be found in mankind.
- Death Seeker: Sort of. In 2.3, Ramuh challenges you directly because of his knowledge of your victories over the other primals. He asks that you prove yourself as a Warrior of Light because he realizes his very presence drains life from the world and wants to return to raw aether, as the situation he was summoned under wasn't nearly as dire as the Garlean invasion.
- Expy: Since learning of the true nature of Primals, Eorzean scholars in Encyclopedia Eorzea speculate that Ramuh is the Sylphs' interpretation of Rhalgr the Destroyer, one of the Twelve worshiped by the Eorzean spoken.
- Graceful Loser: Ramuh is quite satisfied with the results of his battle with the player and entrusts Eorzea's future to them.
- High Collar of Doom: The edges of his color raise up noticeably, with a third smaller point at the back of his head.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: His attitude in 2.3. He feels that all humans, Garlean or Eorzean, only cause strife and destruction which is why his Sylphs called upon him. He fights the player to prove if there's some good in their kind.
- Magic Staff: Ramuh always has his staff on hand. Oddly enough, the weapon his Extreme fight drops that best resembles his staff is a Conjurer's staff, though given both he and the Conjurer class are native to the Twelveswood and Gridana, this actually makes some sense.
- Power Floats: Ramuh never touches the ground.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Compared to the rest of the Primals, Ramuh is definitely one of these. A fight with him is inevitable, yes, but not for the same reasons as the other Primals.
- Red Baron: Apart from "the Lord of Levin", Urianger in an optional dialogue will tell you Ramuh's guise as an elderly sage created a myth of the "old man of the woods".
- Reluctant Monster: As any that summon him are tempered despite the fact that he does not intentionally do so, Ramuh prefers not to be summoned unless there is a clear and present danger to the Black Shroud.
- Shock and Awe: As usual per the series, Ramuh's element is thunder.
- Signature Attack Judgment Bolt. Ramuh casts his judgment and calls down enough lightning to blind the field.
- Token Good Teammate: Among the mono-elemental primals. Being much more civil and with his fight being a test of the Warrior's worthiness. And the only reason he even tempered the Sylphs is because 'they'' asked him to.
- Wizard Beard: See Badass Beard. Also note that the beard fits a sagely character like Ramuh.
Voiced by: Maaya Uchida (JP), Siobhan Hewlett (EN), Laurence Crouzet (FR), Sonja Firker (DE)
Lady of Frost. Originally, she was a historical figure from Ishgard's scripture who was the "Patron Saint" of the heretics who sided with the dragons in the never ending Ishgardian-Dravanian war. It is said she committed the ultimate sin and slept with a dragon. While there is no doubt she was a real person, much information on her history is missing or covered up.
- An Ice Person: As usual, Shiva is the primal of ice, granting her very powerful ice-based powers, such as her Signature Attack, Diamond Dust.
- An Ice Suit: Her suit is revealing quite a lot of skin, and all of the weapons she summons are made of ice.
- Badass Finger Snap: She freezes the party frozen solid during Diamond Dust this way, followed by a heel click which shatters the ice.
- Battle Theme Music: "Oblivion". The first segment is an orchestral piece with a wailing choir. After she uses Diamond Dust, her lyrical song kicks in to a rock anthem. And from what can be gained from the lyrics, appears to be sung from the perspective of Iceheart, about how she's grown tired of the Ishgardian - Heretic war, and everyone she knows fearing death. And that she's willing to give up her life and become a dealer of death herself to end the conflict by becoming Shiva. It ends with her talking about how she's still in control after summoning the power of a primal to her self, and that she's ready to walk the path she's chosen, regardless of consequences, even if it leads to her own oblivion.
- Came Back Wrong: Played with. The Shiva of legend was simply an Elezen, the primal Shiva however is an ice elemental lady. Hraesvelgr would later confirm that the Primal Shiva is nothing more than a reflection of what Ysale believed Shiva was and nothing more. That said, as mentioned below, Shiva is not evil by nature.
- Composite Character: Scholars of Eorzea believe that since all Ishgardians are taught of and worship the ice aspected Halone, elements of the goddess were subconsciously imprinted onto the Primal Shiva by the harriers who summoned her with Ysale.
- Cool Crown: Her hair gives this illusion, spiked like a crown made of icicles.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Similar to Ramuh in that Shiva is not evil by nature. The legends of her center around her struggle for peace between her people and dragons. However, because she's a Primal, her being summoned would still mean terrible things for everyone.
- '80s Hair: Business in the front and party at the back!
- Heroic Sacrifice: How the real Shiva died. Specifically, owing to the MayflyDecember Romance between her and Hraesvelgr, she requested that he devour her so their souls would be forever intertwined. This love and sacrifice shamed both Elezen and Dravanian, leading to centuries of peace.
- Interspecies Romance: Her main claim to infamy was being both willing and able to have sex with dragons; it falls here instead of Bestiality Is Depraved because dragons have at least equal intellect to the spoken races. It is eventually revealed that the dragon she consorted with was Hraesvelgr, who loved her in kind. Though given that she was a normal Elezen and he was an elder Wyrm, the odds of them actually consummating is logistically impossible, so that part was most likely the Ishgardians demonizing her.
- Leotard of Power: To go with her '80s Hair.
- Pointy Ears: Which makes sense, as Shiva was once an Elezen woman.
- Spiky Hair: Part of her hair is in fact frozen into long spines jutting up from her scalp.
- Real-Time Weapon Change: When fighting Shiva, she will alternate between the use of a sword and shield of ice which buff her defenses and make her HP regenerate quicker, and a frost brand (a type of staff) that will amplify her damage dealt.
- Signature Attack: Diamond Dust. Shiva glides around her target leaving a trail of glittering ice behind her. With a snap of her fingers, her victim is frozen solid. Stomping her heel shatters the ice for the coup de gras.
- Spontaneous Weapon Creation: Creates a sword, staff, and bow from ice in this way, altering her attack patterns and capabilities based on which one she is currently using.
- Worf Had the Flu: When Ysayle calls upon Shiva to battle Ravana, she is soundly trounced, attributing it to a lack of crystals to match the rival Primal.
Shrouded in Myth, the Dark Divinity Odin was a primal warrior sealed away by an Allagan hero several centuries ago for reasons lost to history. With Midgardsormr's death, Odin broke free of his seal and now wanders the Twelveswood on his nightmarish steed Sleipnir, seeking worthy warriors to clash blades with.
- A God Am I: Odin puts a fun spin on this trope as the battle with him rages on.Odin: "Here I stand—a god amongst men. Yet here I remain—a mere man amongst gods."
- Battle Theme Music: The Corpse Hall
- Black Knight: The reason Odin is called the Dark Divinity.
- Casting a Shadow: All of his magical attacks are dark magic.
- Cool Sword: Zantetsuken as usual has a slick new design.
- Cool Horse: Sleipnir, of course.
- Grand Theft Me: Odin's way of staying alive despite having no active worshipers summoning him involves this.
- Gratuitous Japanese: The wind-up minion version of him points out why he has a sword with a Far Eastern name.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Although Odin wears his helm in promotional material and in the Trail version of his fight, a change was made in the Fate version of the Odin fight to remove the helm so that the players can see who Odin is now possessing.
- Invincible Villain: Due to his Grand Theft Me nature, with Zantetsuken constantly taking new hosts, no one has yet found a way to truly vanquish Odin in spite of his many defeats. Zantetsuken itself appears to be indestructible despite many attempts to destroy it, and even when sealed away it inevitably succeeds in tempering somebody to steal it so he can manifest again. He is the only primal to remain at large, and seemingly has for his entire existence, with no end in sight.
- One-Hit Kill: Near the end of all FATE battles with Odin, around 10% health remaining, he will start charging Zantetsuken at a slow but steady pace, with a range encompassing the entire FATE area. Unlike other attacks where it would be most prudent to get out of the way, however, this is your cue to attack him with everything you've got. If you fail, he'll wallop you and every other person fighting him for 99999 damage(!), taunt you, and leave.
- Signature Move: Zantetsuken and Shin-Zantetsuken. Zantetsuken, if it finishes casting, rushes a Diagonal Cut across the screen, killing anyone involved in active combat with Odin. Shin-Zantetsuken, used in his trial, is the same but much more theatrical; the screen is blocked by a red mist that solidifies while a black seal with the Japanese character for Zantetsuken appears and spins. Once the seal stops spinning, it glows red as Odin cuts the entire screen and the symbol diagonally, killing everyone.
- Sinister Scimitar: Zantetsuken is once again a curved blade.
- Mounted Combat: Odin is always seen riding Slephnir, never off.
- Rearing Horse: Best seen in the Answers video.
- Sizeshifter: Slephnir is as aetherical as Odin himself. This lets Slephnir control his corporeal form and adjust his size to accommodate any rider.
- Worthy Opponent: Considers the players to be as such, if the quote above didn't tip you off.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: On occasion he'll appear as the last player who got a killing blow on him regardless of race or gender, possibly as a sign of affection for the one who defeated him. The name of the player in question is also displayed underneath his own, to make their identity clear. As it turns out, it is not a form of Voluntary Shapeshifting but Grand Theft Me.
- Was Once a Man: According to Word of God, Odin was a hero who came from the North to Urth's Fount to help the people there fight off the Allagan Empire. When Odin wielded the Zantetsuken, he succumbed to its powers and became a primal.
- Weapon Wields You: Zantetsuken contains the essence of Odin himself, when defeated the sword will Sunder Odin's killer and then absorb aether from the environment and when it is fully charged call the one who killed Odin to itself and turn them into Odin's new host.
The Elder Primal is later found to have been re-sealed in the Binding Coil of Bahamut, three series of dungeons that act to keep Bahamut held fast. The player goes through the three Coils, fighting Nael deus Darnus again in the second and finding Louisoix again in the third, who has become the primal Phoenix and serves Bahamut. The party defeats Louisoix and brings him back to his senses, and the Archon aids the party in proceeding onto Bahamut himself, whom they fight in his true aetherial form in the aether realm as Bahamut Prime.
- Adaptational Villainy: Compared to some of his other incarnations, this version of Bahamut seems to be an absolute bastard. He routinely tempers people, including Louisoix, is happy to use mortals as pawns to further his plans, is just as happy to abandon his pawns when they're no longer of use, will retain a bit of them for use even after death, and has no problem with killing every living thing in the Eorzean realm. Even the Bahamuts in IX and XI had external reasons for being antagonists. To be fair, though, if you were trapped inside a moon for some several thousand years, you'd be a little bit pissed off too. Heavensward reveals that this was deliberate on the part of the Ascians, and the original Bahamut was presumably much nicer.
- And I Must Scream: Bahamut's imprisonment in Dalamund was particularly nasty. His restraints served two purposes; to trap and hold Bahamut, and to feed him, sustaining him with aether and a substitute for prayer. To paraphrase the summary, Bahamut was trapped as a living core never allowed to die, or to truly live, simply to be.
- Back from the Dead: The original Bahamut was killed by the Allagan Empire. Tiamat used a form of dark magic to resurrect him as a Primal. The Ascians were the ones who taught her said magic.
- Breath Weapon: A white-blue flame that hits in a cone in front of him.
- Bonus Boss: A stronger version can be fought in The Unending Coils of Bahamut.
- Came Back Wrong: When Tiamat tried to bring Bahamut back to life, she wound up bringing back what was essentially a cruel and twisted mockery of her brother instead of the real thing.
- Enigmatic Empowering Entity: For Nael.
- Fantastic Nuke: Launches one at the end of the ending video, that the player will assume to be his Signature Attack: Mega Flare. Turns out that wasn't just Megaflare. That was TERAFLARE, which he has no problems with using again on a countdown during his final battle.
- Giant Flyer: For his fully manifested form anyway, a full party of eight adventurers wouldn't even be considered a dime in the palm of his hand. The battle against Twintania in the first Binding Coil literally takes place on Bahamut's hand.
- Golden Super Mode: Bahamut Prime turns gold as he unleashes his inner rage in the final phase of The Unending Coil of Bahamut. He also gains a buff called "Lohs Daih", where it is stated that Bahamut's insanity went through the roof. Considering how it didn't take long for his enrage timer to run out, it's a surprisingly apt description.
- Harder Than Hard: Patch 4.15 added The Unending Coils of Bahamut, designed to be the hardest challenge even compared to the Extreme and Savage fights. 4.2 limited the item level cap to retain its intended difficulty as player gear got better.
- Leitmotif: It seems to be "Answers" itself. The song is first used in End of an Era, Bahamut's first appearance, a remix is used for the Binding Coil soundtrack, and the original song is used for the Bahamut Prime boss battle.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Bahamut is bipedal, with a tremendous wingspan and relatively small arms.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Bahamut's Megaflare spell is cast as several hundred lasers which he can direct.
- The Man Behind the Man: Was this to Nael van Darnus. 5.2 reveals he was this to Midas nan Garlond as well, having tempered the man to deliberately cause the Bozja Incident that everyone else had believed to be a horrific accident.
- Mass Empowering Event: Bahamut's rampage infused every living soul in Eorzea with a small bit of his aether. A trained Summoner is able to access his power to perform the Dreadwyrm Trance even if they haven't personally faced the Primal because of this.
- Mickey Mousing: In the final phase of the battle with Bahamut Prime, when the crescendo of Answers plays, Bahamut's attacks are in roughly in time with the music, like using his Ahk Morne blitz during the "Hear. Feel. Think." Chorus, and a Gigaflare during the part of the song where the singer pleads "Tell us why, given life, we are meant to die, helpless in our cries!" This helps make it clear that Answers is every bit about the tragedy of Bahamut and Merycidia as it is Eorzea and Man.
- Mook Maker: Has several "[X] of Meracydia" abilities that spawn a varying amount of specialized dragons. One is even vital to surviving his ultimate attack.
- Non-Elemental: But of course has the appearance of fire.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: Bahamut hasn't dissolved back into aether because his draconic followers are kept in a state of torment to sustain his corporeal form.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Arabian mythology. Par for the course as both a Primal and the member of the First Brood. The use of Arabric names instead of Norse (besides being iconic) distinguishes him and Tiamat from the leaders of the Dravanian Horde.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Bahamut's undying rage after being sealed inside of Dalamud for thousands of years is so unquenchable that, when he finally breaks free, he spends every waking moment causing mass destruction on everything that lives, and will doing whatever he has to to cling to life just to carry it out. It's so palpable that not only does he decimate a second sealing attempt, but even when his physical form is obliterated by Louisoix's final attack, he still survives by feeding on the aether he left behind and then enthralls him out of pure spite. Even as he's being reconstructed in the Binding Coil, his inert top half can still fire full-on Megaflares from its crystal heart, which is exactly what happens when the Warrior of Light reaches him.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Was sealed within Dalamud. Then it broke out. Then he was somehow put in a new can in the form of the Binding Coil of Bahamut, made dormant, and began to revert back to aether...but he's starting to awaken again.
- Signature Attack: That which laid waste to all of Eorzea, Teraflare.
- Tragic Monster: As you learn in the Final Coil; Bahamut was the primal of Meracydian dragons, a culture separate from Dravania. Ancient Allag, in their ever-increasing lust for power launched a Curb-Stomp Battle against Meracydia and forced them to summon Bahamut to save them, which was exactly what the Allagans wanted. They trapped Bahamut in the Binding Coils inside Dalamud, along with thousands of dragons, and put them in jars to keep them alive but in constant agony so their cries for help sustain Bahamut's form. Several thousand years of imprisonment, torture, and the inability to save his people despite their constant screams drove Bahamut so irreversibly insane that when Dalamud fell he was little more than a mindless beast out to make the entire world suffer as he had. Even Alisaie admits that, on some level, justice is really more on Bahamut's side. Heavensward also reveals that the original Bahamut was the brother of Tiamat and the two of them had loved and cared for each other until the Allagan Empire killed him. Bahamut's death caused Tiamat, in a moment of weakness, to consort with the Ascians on how to bring Bahamut back. What Tiamat summoned was the primal version of her brother instead of the real thing and to make matters worse, the Ascians taught the Allagan Empire how to capture Bahamut, which would sow the seeds for the Calamity that Eorzea would endure many generations later.
- The Unfought: Of course, fighting him when we first see him would have been suicide, considering you are the size of an ant compared to him. But this is completely averted as of the Final Coil of Bahamut, where players finally get a proper boss fight with Bahamut Prime, who is a human-size version of him.
- Total Party Kill:
- His strongest attack, Teraflare, will kill the entire party if they don't stand in the neurolink rings dropped by the Storm of Meracydia add before the three-second mark on the countdown during the actual battle. Even with that protection, some parties may also need a tank limit break to comfortably survive. He also has his enrage timer, but see Unstoppable Rage for that.
- Bahamut will start with this in The Unending Coil of Bahamut if the party doesn't deploy a tank limit break when he arrives in a mini-Dalamud. Furthermore, when Bahamut casts Teraflare, the neurolink rings will disappear, the party is paralyzed and the limit break gauge are reset, preventing you from surviving it. Phoenix resurrected your party immediately after this, if your party successfully defeated Nael and Twintania before Aethertrail Attunement gauge reaches 100.
- Unstoppable Rage: Like any good MMO boss, as Bahamut Prime he has a 14-minute enrage timer. When the battle hits that mark, he starts spamming Gigaflare until the party is dead. This enrage timer is even shorter in The Unending Coil of Bahamut during the final phase, lasting for approximately 3 minutes. After the sixth Morn Afah is cast, Bahamut Prime would keep spamming it for lethal damage to everyone it hits until the party is dead, leading to a DPS race to shave off the last 10% of Bahamut Prime's HP before it wipes everyone out.
BeliasA being introduced in the Summoner job storyline, summoned by Tristan, though an auracite spawned Pseudo-Primal version does appear in the Return to Ivalice raid series.
- Dark Is Evil: While Belias has only shown up in egi form so far, that egi appears as a twisted, dark-purple-and-black version of the Ifrit egi.
- Playing with Fire
- Mythology Gag: In the Ivalice games, he was effectively a stand in for Ifrit. His Egi form resembles a massive version of the Ifrit-Egi and the pseudo-primal version of him uses Iftit's Hellfire mechanic.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Is called an "elder primal" by the Ascian who gives Tristan the knowledge to summon it, and the egi of it is vastly more powerful than an Ifrit-egi. Additionally, Belias is slated to appear as one of the bosses in the Ridorana Lighthouse for the Return to Ivalice ark, fighting alongside his own Egis to confirm it is, or is at least based on, the same Belias. Though the Espers/Lucavi appearing in the Ivalice Raid are neither primal nor voidsent, their nature as corrupted manifestations of one's desires make then similar to primals.
A radiant firebird that some claim to have seen visions of during the Calamity.
Once the Warrior of Light and Alisaie travel to the 3rd internment hull of the Binding Coils, they find Louisoux and discover that he invoked apotheosis and became the Primal Phoenix, using the aether and prayers of the people of Eorzea in a desperate attack to stop the Calamity. As Phoenix, he defeated Bahamut and prevented the Calamity, but wound up becoming his Dragon up until the Warrior of Light defeats him.
For more information on this character, see Louisoux's entry in the Scions of the Seventh Dawn page.
- History Repeats: Shadowbringers sheds a new light on the event of the Seventh Umbral Calamity: once you discover the truth behind how the original world almost ended, it is not hard to make parallels between Phoenix and Zodiark, as both were created in very similar ways and circumstances, albeit on a smaller scale regarding Phoenix. Had Phoenix not decided to relinquish its power and form, and had he not become enthralled by Bahamut, it could have very possibly become a proto-Zodiark.
- Promoted to Playable: Not directly, but much like Bahamut before him, Shadowbringers allows the Summoner to summon Demi-Phoenix after summoning Demi-Bahamut as early as level 72, though Demi-Phoenix doesn't manifest its full power until its summoner reached Level 80.
- The Cavalry: In The Unending Coil of Bahamut, Phoenix will revive the entire party after the party is wiped out by Bahamut's Teraflare. It also grants Phoenix's Blessing, which doubles the damage dealt by the entire party. Maintaining this buff is necessary throughout the fight to meet the DPS check in the final phase, since the golden Bahamut has a very short enrage timer for its health.
- Walking Spoiler: It's impossible to go into any story details at all about this primal without giving away the huge twist of the Binding Coils storyline.
A green, vaguely gargoyle like Primal accidentally summoned by Gilgamesh's wish to be reunited with his companion.
- Affectionate Nickname: Refers to Gilgamesh as "old friend".
- Bait-and-Switch Boss: He's disposed of within the first half of the rematch with Gilgamesh, and not very hard to take down either. This is probably because, impressive as Gilgamesh summoning him at all was, there weren't many crystals or much prayer put into his form, so he's not as powerful as an actively worshiped primal. The Encyclopedia Eorzea also theorizes that his weakness could be the result of Gilgamesh's memories of his original companion affecting the summoning, including his memories of the original's limitations.
- Blow You Away: Capable of creating tornadoes.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Despite being a Primal, Enkidu is actually quite friendly and unlike all of the other primals, acts more like a companion/servant to Gilgamesh rather than a god. Gilgamesh does note that this Enkidu does seem a bit more battle ready than he has remembered.
- Knight of Cerebus: Though the last part of the Hildibrand chain was darker in general, Enkidu brings another disturbing revelation regarding the primals as a whole: if the wish and desire is strong enough, it's possible for a single person to wish a primal into being. The Sultansworn with you when you learn this is absolutely horrified at this prospect.
- Power Copying: Like Gilgamesh, Enkidu utilizes Blue Magic. Blue Mages can even learn Missile and White Wind from him.
- Shoot the Medic First: Whenever Gilgamesh's HP drops too low, Enkidu will cast White Wind on him. Due to how the spell works, taking Gilgamesh out first is nearly impossible.
- Winged Humanoid: Has a bipedal body at the least.
Primals introduced in Heavensward:
Lord of the Hive. Ravana, fourfold master of the blade, is the God and General of the Gnath, taking the form of a gigantic four-armed insectoid-humanoid. Always territorial, the Gnath were one day emboldened when they successfully slayed a wounded dragon who had crashed into their colony. Believing this a sign that they could overcome the Dravanians, the Gnath used the Ascian teachings to summon Ravana to lead their expansion to claim the dragons' land as their new territory. Since the conflict prevents the Warrior of Light from continuing their mission, they and Iceheart challenge Ravana himself to combat to cease the attack on the dragons.
- Battle Theme Music: A two-stage theme, the first stage is a mix between a chant from his followers and a waltz played by a solo violin. Phase 2, however, is a mix between an Opera and a war chant, speaking of Ravana's unceasing love for battle and conquest.
- BFS: Several.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: Ravana like his subjects is a gigantic insectoid creature, closely resembling a beetle.
- Blood Knight: Just look at his quote. If that doesn't drive the point home, there's the lyrics to his theme "Unbending Steel". To say he loves to fight would almost be an understatement.
- Dark Is Not Evil: A proud warrior and conqueror covered in black, and perhaps one of the most honorable Primals after Ramuh. Ravana does not actively hate or oppose the other races besides the Gnath's ongoing conquest against the dragons. In fact, he even offers to aid the Ishgardians in their war against the Dravanian Horde when he initially mistakes the Warrior of Light's intentions for meeting him. Once defeated, he faces his loss with grace and upholds his vow to cease his conquest.
- Doppelgänger Attack: Similar to Ifrit.
- Graceful Loser: He seems to take his defeat well in comparison to other primals who give a This Cannot Be! when defeated. Ysayle acknowledges that there is a sense of honor beneath his savagery.
- I Gave My Word: He keeps his promise to the Warrior of Light to end his conquest when defeated, and continues to hold this promise when he's re-summoned for extreme mode, choosing to wait for your rematch and see if you continue to be powerful enough to stop him.
- Limit Break: Bloody Fuller, where he tosses the party into the air and slashes at them wildly. The attack is preceded with butterfly adds that summon extra swords if not killed in time, and each sword decreases your defense as well as doing damage; too many swords and the party gets mowed down.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: All the better to Multi Wield its BFSes.
- Original Generation: Ravana is the first primal to not be based on a summoned creature from previous games in the series, and is a newcomer to the franchise as a whole. The only other appearance a creature named "Ravana" has ever made in anything vaguely FF-related is in Vagrant Story, and that was as a non-plot-critical enemy with a completely different design.
- Red Baron: Master of the Sacred Blades, Wrath of the Colony, Lord of the Hive.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Hes named after the main villain of the Ramayana, a Hindu epic poem. Much like his mythological namesake, who could not be beaten by gods or demons but was slain by the mortal hero Rama, Ravana easily defeats his fellow primal Shiva only to be defeated in turn by the mortal Warrior of Light.
- Ring Out: If tanked too close to the wall in phase one, plus when phase 2 begins, segments of the arena's wall start breaking off bit by bit until they're completely gone, making it possible for some of Ravana's attacks that possess knockback to send players over.
- Samurai: Although Ravana is a big bug, he has multiple samurai-esque flairs in his design. One of the key pieces of concept art for him is even styled like an ukiyo-e woodblock painting◊.
- This also comes across a little oddly, as despite the samurai-esque stylings of his combat and visual appearance, he otherwise is rather faithful to his real-world Indian & Sri Lankan roots, complete with all his attack names being in Hindi. His swords are also of a more middle-eastern style, being rather talwar-esque.
- Signature Attack: Chandrahas. Ravana will suspend fighters in midair and draw his great swords. Joining them at the hilt, Ravana spins his blades around to lay waste.
- Something About a Rose: Ravana's boss theme mentions a rose several times as a shorthand for the beauty and violence of combat, as well, two of his attacks are named Rose of Conquest and Rose of Hatred.
- Stance System: Ravana will regularly change his battle stance in combat.
- Katanas Are Just Better: His default stance, holding the four swords He is seen with. Blue in color.
- BFS: The attack stance, where Ravana trades His four katana for two great swords. Ravana does more damage in this stance and has access to His powerful Slaughter techniques. Red in color.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: A defensive stance where Ravana fights unarmed. He is capable of powerful shockwave attacks that can potentially blow players off stage. Green in color.
- Suddenly Voiced: He's the first primal to have voice acting in the middle of their trial (though Gilgamesh, who isn't a Primal, has voice acting in his first trial)
- Villain Song: Unbending Steel. It's sung in the Mongolian throat-singing style and is all about how much Ravana loves war and massacre.
- Worthy Opponent: Comes to see the Warrior of Light as this after being defeated. After he's been revived for his Extreme mode, it's noted he hasn't begun his conquest again, but is waiting patiently for his rematch.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Breaking off a couple of Bismarck's spines reveals Bismarck's weak point, which shares the health bar with him. The catch is that Bismarck himself can't be targeted and the weak point can only be hit when he's chained to the island.
- Battle Theme Music: Both of Bismarck's theme are lyricless songs, the first a techno arrangment of beeps and boops, the second phase, however, is a very soothing One-Woman Wail fitting for the stormcloud Bismarck has summoned for the second phase.
- Beef Gate: Bismarck's entire boss fight is one big DPS check. If you don't clear out his Vanu flunkies fast enough, he'll keep spawning more and more until you're overwhelmed. If you don't clear out the Sanuwa flunkies fast enough, Bismarck will oneshot you. If you can't defeat Bismarck himself fast enough, he'll destroy the island and immediately end the duty in failure.
- Big Eater: He is shown eating islands in the Sea of Clouds. It's revealed this is how he regains his strength when he is wounded, as the islands themselves are suspended by aetheric crystals.
- Came Back Wrong: Similar to Good King Moggle Mog XII. Bismarck, according to Vanu Vanu legend, was a kind and loving ruler who guided the Vanu Vanu to the Sea of Clouds and made it their new home. The Bismarck that players encounter doesn't fit the one told in the legend.
- Clipped-Wing Angel: Similar to Leviathan, the heroes have to go out of their way to even stand a chance of fighting Bismarck. By using "an appetizing island" as bait, with two Dragonkillers to reel Bismarck in and a shield generator to prevent Bismarck from utterly destroying the island.
- Creation Myth: Bismarck is the center figure in the creation myth of the Sea of Clouds. Bismarck was born a whale, pure white unlike His black brethren. They were so jealous of Bismarck's beauty that they killed Him. The gods took pity on Bismarck and raised Him to the heavens reborn. Homesick for the ocean He was born in, Bismarck opened His mouth and spewed forth the mists and islands that would become the Sea of Clouds, and raised the Vanu Vanu to live with Him in His paradise.
- Elemental Powers: Here, Bismark has access to three types.
- Blow You Away: The Most prominent of his elements. And supplemented by his Vanu Vanu followers who assist him, frequently using knockback attacks, or twisters to send players flying up into the air.
- Making a Splash: Can summon Water Elementals, and use some Water attacks. Can combine occasionally with his wind attacks for a dual elemental attack. He also summons two serpentine like adds, one is aspected in water, and the other in wind, make an appearance.
- Shock and Awe: During the final phase of the fight, Bismark summons a storm, and has lightning bolts strike the floating island where the players are, dealing damage to the party.
- Flunky Boss: You barely fight Bismarck directly. He will cast spells on your party from a distance while you deal with adds.
- Flying Seafood Special: An enormous feathered whale with fins more like wings.
- Gold and White Are Divine: Bismarck's body is primarily white with various gold highlights, and as a Primal is worshiped by a beast tribe.
- Limit Break: Breach Blast, which he charges up while you're dealing with the Sanuwa adds. Fail to defeat them in time and he oneshots the party. It also does additional damage if the party isn't crowded together in the centre of the island.
- Magic Eater: Cid estimates that the amount of aether required to sustain Bismark would be roughly 4 times the amount that Leviathan needed.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: He is much more ferocious looking compared to his other previous incarnations in the series.
- Mythology Gag: To Sin from Final Fantasy X. Like with Sin, Bismarck can only be attacked directly by drawing him closer to you and both battles take place high in the sky. They also both share the whale motif.
- Non-Standard Game Over: The battle takes place on a small floating island which has its own health bar; if the island goes, so does the party. Many have compared this fight to the Jhen/Dah'ren Mohran battles from Monster Hunter which use a similar mechanic.
- Real After All: Bismark is based on a real creature in the world. Shadowbringers reveals the Bismark of myth still lives on in the First, and surprisingly, is part of a species belonging to the Fae races. The top half of his body has become an island overflowing with flora.
- Red Baron: Apart from Lord of the Mists, the Vanu also call their god "the White". All of the equipment related to Bismarck also replace his title of Lord of the Mists with Lord of the Expanse.
- Silent Antagonist: Compared to the other primals, Bismarck never speaks and it is unknown if He can even speak at all.
- Signature Attack: Breach Blast. Bismarck opens his mouth and spews rushing water onto his opponents.
- Swallowed Whole: If the party suffers the Non-Standard Game Over listed above, this is their fate at Bismarck's hands.
- Time-Limit Boss: Twofold, not including the quest timer. You must defeat Bismarck before he deplete's the island's HP, and you must also defeat his Sanuwa flunkies before they disappear. Fail either and you lose.
- Weather Manipulation: Thunderstorms, powerful gusts and heavy rain at the very least.
Knights of the Round
The revived Thordan I and the Knights Twelve, manifested by Thordan VII and the Heavens' Ward. Through the combined power of Nidhogg's eye, the Warring Triad's combined aether, and a millennia of fervent worship from the theocracy of Ishgard, Thordan and the Knights end up becoming the most powerful primal to date, seeking to convert all, man or dragon, into their vision of pure order and peace.
- Bash Brothers: Ser Adelphel and Ser Janlenoux are brothers in arms, and can even share their Sword Oath and Shield Oath buffs with one another.
- Calling Your Attacks: Thordan calls Ultimate End, but only in the Japanese audio.
- Combination Attack: Ultimate End. Incidentally, there is a combination attack within that combination attack that is especially devastating on the tank.
- Cool Sword: Wields a sword created from Nidhogg's eye and Haldrath's corpse.
- Dark Is Evil: Thordan I wears a black suit of armor.
- Elemental Powers: Most of the Knights demonstrate some elemental magicks.
- Final Boss: Of Heavensward's main story.
- Final-Exam Boss: The Knights of the Round battle recycles many mechanics from not just Heavensward, but also other fights like Shiva, Xande, and Ifrit.
- Foreshadowing: A cutscene mid-way through Heavensward shows Archbishop Thordan VII and the 12 members of the Heaven's Ward sitting at a round table.
- Godhood Seeker: Thordan VII seeks to become a God-King by becoming a primal of Thordan I.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: The Ishgard version of how the Dragonsong war started depicts him and his knights as righteous heroes trying to stop the evil Nidhogg. The truth is that they were the villains of the situation, killing Ratatoskr for the sake of having the power of a dragon's eye and leading Nidhogg to become a hate-fueled monster.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Thordan VII's first action upon becoming a primal is to end Lahabrea's life permanently, by consuming his very soul to empower himself.
- Knockback: Ser Grinnaux's "Faith Unmoving", a blue blast of energy that throws everyone a fair distance away from him.
- Large and in Charge: Thordan I is taller than the Knights Twelve. According to the dev blogs this reflects the fact that Thordan is the only one of the thirteen who's actually a Primal while the Knights of the Round are simply blessed by him.
- Light Is Not Good: Use attacks like "Holiest of Holy" and "Light of Ascalon."
- Limit Break: Ultimate End, which charges while you're dealing with his knights; if he maxes it out, it's a One-Hit Kill to your party. If you manage to stop it in time, you'll survive the attack and Thordan will be left with a permanent Damage Down debuff to signify how the move had weakened him.
- Named Weapon: King Thordan's sword, Ascalon. Named after the dragon slaying weapon of Saint George.
- Every one of the Knights has a named signature weapon
- The three lance users- Vellguine, Ignasse, and Paulecrain- wield The Destroyer's Stead, Hordebane, and Winter respectively.
- The three axe users- Grinnaux, Gerrique, and Hermenost- wield Stampede, Bloody Anne, and Greycloud respectively.
- The two sword and shield users- Adelphel and Janlenoux- wield Radiance and Ultimum respectively
- The one Greatsword wielder, Zephirin- wields Shattered Heart
- The two Conjurers- Noudenet and Haumeric- wield Imagination and Worm of the Dell respectively
- The one Thaumaturge, Charibert, wields Widowbreaker
- Every one of the Knights has a named signature weapon
- Order Versus Chaos: Seeks to create and rule the world via absolute order and remove chaos.
- Overly Long Fighting Animation: Played with. Rather than forcing you to sit back and watch Ultimate End, the portion of the attack that is a direct shout out to VII's summon animation is instead an endurance round against the Heavens' Ward that's roughly three times longer than the original animation.
- Purple Is Powerful: In the Minstrel's Ballad: Thordan's Reign, after casting Ultimate End, Thordan empowers himself further causing his body to glow purple to continue the fight.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Thordan I has glowing red eyes.
- Signature Attack: Ultimate End. At least half the fight is the party trying to defend themselves from this attack before Thordan finishes it with a Limit Break.
- Speak Ill of the Dead: In the Japanese text for Thordan Extreme has Ser Zephirin openly mock Haurchefaunt's memory, and even in the English version he still makes a single scathing comment about him. Given that he's the one who's a DPS race, it was probably intentional to make you want to beat him down as much as possible.
- Token Good Teammate: While still willing to follow Thordan to the end, Ser Haumeric earnestly believes he is righteous, and detests sadists like Ser Charibert.
- True Companions: Supplementary material revealed that several of them are close friends with intertwining backstories, and many of the others are bound by bonds of brotherhood and mutual respect. Averted only by Haumeric and Charibert; the former holds the latter in contempt for his sadistic personality. In the game, the group is of one mind and they lay down their lives for Thordan's sake.
- 13 Is Unlucky: Twelve knights and their king equals thirteen Primals. Trouble for both the Warrior of Light and all of Eorzea.
- Unexpected Character: Unlike Ravana, Bismarck, and Alexander (who wasn't even in the initial release), the Knights weren't featured in any promotional material for Heavensward, and many didn't even consider them as potential primals due to there being 13 of them and them being particularly over the top even by Final Fantasy standards. Many players didn't even realize just who they were fighting until they started casting Ultimate End.
- Villainous Breakdown: Thordan's reaction upon seeing that you've survived Ultimate End is pretty much this, followed by a whole lot of wild flailing instead of the composed swordsmanship he had been demonstrating earlier, at which point the rest of the fight becomes a formality.
- Visionary Villain: Thordan seeks to unite the world under his rule and bring eternal peace. Of course, his method is to rule it as a tyrannical "God-King" whose existence drains the land of Aether.
- Weapon of Choice: All of the knights are armed.
- An Axe to Grind: Ser Grinnaux, Ser Hermenost, and Ser Guerrique.
- BFS King Thordan and Ser Zephirin.
- Blade on a Stick: Ser Vellguine, Ser Ignasse, and Ser Paulecrain.
- Cool Sword/Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Ser Adelphel and Ser Janlenaux.
- Magic Staff: Ser Charibert, Ser Haumeric, and Ser Noudenet.
The primal of the Goblin Illuminati, Alexander is a seemingly immobile fortress sealed within a powerful magic barrier while he slowly gathers the massive amount of aether required to move his gargantuan form. Players enter into his body for Heavensward's answer to the Binding Coil. As the raid goes on, the Scions learn not only that Alexander is powerful enough to rival Bahamut at full power, but that his very existence puts a catastrophic drain on the aether of both the region he was spawned and the planet itself. And that's not even getting onto his other abilities.
- A.I. Breaker: Something not discovered by players until three years after the final Alexander raid tier was that Alexander's Communion attack has a glaring flaw. Normally this attack tethers to a fleeing player and leaves a trail of glowing puddles that deal damage over time. However, if the tethered players go as far away from the source of the attack as possible (as in all the way to the other edge of the arena), the tethers will break before even one Communion fires, completely removing the fight's biggest hazard.
- Artifact of Doom: Though Alexander's body can be controlled via the Enigma Codex, he is still a living god-like being. Anyone who pushes their luck a bit too much with him will either be killed or consumed by the primal. Quickthinx was aware of this, which is why he originally kidnapped Roundrox to use the Codex, rather than doing it himself at first.
- Battleship Raid: Considering the fact that Alexander is a living fortress, it would be impractical to fight an iron building head-on. The party is therefore forced to enter it and destroy Alexander from within. Each part of the raid is a section of Alexander itself showing firsthand just how massive he is.
- Battle Theme Music: Four in total (6 counting the ones specific to certain guardians). The first, Locus, is a techno rave sounding song, the lyrics from who is presumably a goblin talking about getting Alexander up and running. The final segment boss's theme, Metal, is a much more hateful industrial rock song from the Illuminati leader chanting death threats towards the party which some in-game dialogue suggests is based on a traditional Goblin war chant. Finally Alexander Prime has two more, starting with an instrumental remix of Metal and Locus for the first phase. Finally, there's Rise for the final form, an industrial rock piece with rapid fire vocals from the Goblins celebrating that Alexander is now fully operational and are prepared to rise up above the other races as the dominant species, inviting their chosen followers to rise up with them as Alexander annihilates the Uplanders.
- Big Fancy Castle: As per tradition, Alexander's takes the shape of a large castle, this time sitting in a lake dwarfing the forest around it.
- Boss Subtitles: The Epic of Alexander ultimate raid gives it the subtitle Iron Colossus.
- Bonus Boss: A stronger version of him can be fought in The Epic of Alexander.
- Christianity: Aside from time, this seems to be Alexander's biggest motif. His second form resembles an angel, many of his attacks are based on Christian concepts and themes. Three in particular which stand out are Divine Judgment, his ultimate which obliterates the unworthy in a blinding blast of divine light, Sacrament, a Wave-Motion Gun which fires holy light from Alexander's body in a cross-shaped pattern, and Communion, an attack which is named after the Christian sacrament in which one receives the body and blood of Christ. Said attack affects the target with the bleeding debuff.
- Creation Myth: Zig-Zagged. Unlike every other primal up to Heavensward, Alexander isn't based on any faith, companions (Bahamut, Enkidu), or hero kings (Mog, Thordan, Bahamut again). Instead he is the physical manifestation of Quickthinx Allthought's visions of a "perfect" world and the means to achieve it. However, after the Raid series is complete, a Sharlayan journal which Y'shtola gifts to Backrix details the origin of the Au Ra tribe who initially tried to summon him and reveals that Alexander was responsible for the creation of their civilization by reincarnating Mide and her loved one as children in the past.
Alexander: My faithful, to the past with you, to free these ones from the prison of time.
- Before facing Alexander Prime, the Warrior of Light, along with Cid, Biggs and Wedge, gets trapped in a Time Stands Still bubble, sitting ducks for a Wave Motion Gun of doom, only to be unexpectedly freed and able to escape the laser. It turns out that the Warriors of Light freed themselves during the battle. This Stable Time Loop along with what Alexander says to start this phase is the first hint of Alexander's true motives.
- That he wants to cease his own existence due to him being detrimental to both Hydaelyn and his wishes of utopia puts the "Sins/Burdens of the Father/Son" names in a different light.
- The description for Soul of the Creator includes the line "Who will be judged worthy of inheriting the future, and who will be cast aside as a forgotten afterthought to history?" referring to the struggle between the Warrior of Light and Quickthinx Allthoughts. During the battle Alexander states "You who would inherit the future... You have proven yourself... worthy!" when the Warrior survives Divine Judgment. This might be a subtle hint of Alexander killing Quickthinx afterwards.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: The Goblin Illuminati used to be silly FillerVillains having an honest-to-goodness war about cheese with the benevolent goblins. This turns on its head frighteningly fast when they become the focus of Heavensward's raid tier by summoning Alexander. Not to mention illuminating the darker implications of aforementioned Cheese War.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: The initial attempt to summon him 3 years prior ended with all but one of the summoners killed or consumed by the Primal.
- Unlike every other primal, Alexander isn't based on a group's faith, god, saint, companion or hero-king. He's instead the physical manifestation of Quickthinx's vision of a perfect future and the means to achieve it. So when Alexander ends up trying to achieve an actual perfect world rather than Quickthinx's twisted version of one the primal kills the goblin to preserve such a future.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: His final form sprouts angelic wings, possibly foreshadowing his true colors.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Alexander views all possible timelines and determines that even if he were to go back in time and change history for the better, such as fighting off Bahamut to stop the Calamity, his own existence would eventually create a worse ruin for Eorzea. Judging himself to be an immeasurable threat, Alexander locks himself outside time and space once free from Quickthinx's influence, choosing to cease his own existence in order to help create a perfect world.
- Humongous Mecha: By summoning Alexander's essence into sunken Sharlayan ruins, Alexander moves and operates like a giant machine.
- It is revealed by Mide that Alexander is the ruin, and was originally a project to allow scholars, scientists, and other knowledge seekers to safely travel the world, documenting history and collecting knowledge as well as spreading it, in the safety of a moving fortress. However, the project was abandoned. The Illuminati goblins moved into the region, and found the ruins of the project. It's also revealed that Alexander is not a "true" primal, but rather a "Technical" primal, much like Good King Moggle Mog and Enkidu. Rather than praying to a god of any sort, the goblins instead prayed/wished for the idea to work in a similar fashion to summoning a primal to make the machinery work. However, Alexander Prime appears to exist as a primal in its own right, using the fortress as a vessel.
- Interface Spoiler: Since players have to share the same area regardless of their progression in the story Square had to place objects where Alexander would eventually occupy. As a result, the geography of the Dravanian Hinterlands spoils not just that there will be at least 3 segments of the Alexander raids, but also where he will move to as several rock formations are the exact shape of Alexander's arms and "head".
- It Can Think: Alexander is not just a machine meant to be used by anyone who finds it, but a fully conscious being who honestly wants what's best for Eorzea; even if what's best is his own demise.
- Leitmotif: Locus serves as the boss music of the first raid boss and its melody and lyrics are often remixed into boss themes for other raid bosses. Ultimately its orchestral remix serves as the boss theme for the first phase of Alexander's battle.
- Light 'em Up: Alexander Prime attacks with divine, holy-elemental abilities such as Divine Judgment, Sacrament, Communion, and Mega Holy.
- Light Is Not Good: A massive steel god with an angelic motif, various religious themed attacks, and helping the goblin Illuminati reshape the world to their twisted view. Ultimately subverted. See Spanner in the Works below.
- Limit Break: Divine Judgment.
- Living Structure Monster: He is a god in the shape of a castle. Alexander Prime explicitly refers to the fortress as his body.
- Magic Eater: Probably one of the worst among the Primals. He is so large and complex that it is estimated the Dravanian Hinterlands (where he spawned) will be barren and lifeless, drained of all aether, in a matter of moons.
- To make matters worse, that's the estimate if he just simply stays in place as he currently is. The mere act of summoning him, and his first movement of raising his right arm up and slamming it down onto the shore, drained such a significant amount of aether that it's mentioned that the aetheric balance in the region is dangerously low and can't deal with another incident like that. A second major movement like that will drain it barren.
- And topping it off, thanks to an artifact in its heart, Alexander rapidly drains aether, not just from the Hinterlands, but from Hydaelyn itself.
- Misblamed: Late in Stormblood's story, Matoya comments that the main reason she didn't bother investigating the thinning of the the planet's aether was that she simply assumed the effects she was seeing were simply the lingering effects of Alexander's summoning.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Most of his attacks are named after concepts from Christianity (Communion, Sacrament, Divine Judgment, etc.).
- Mecha: A majority of Alexander's bosses are variants of the Mecha genre, with only 3 bosses in the entire Alexander raid not being related to machinery or mechs. Notably they also cover different genres of mecha from: The Oppressor being a giant Walking Tank, to Cruise Chaser being a Transforming Mecha, and Brute Justice covering both the Combining Mecha and the Sentai trope.
- Mythology Gag: Alexander Prime's final form sprouts the massive angelic wings from his Final Fantasy IX incarnation.
- No Place for Me There: Alexander has seen every possibility, but all lead to him starting a Calamity one way or another. As a result he sees himself as a threat to the realm and sets up the events of the raid to ensure his own demise, knowing that he himself cannot live in a perfect world.
- The Omniscient: Because Alexander has the ability to time travel, the Illuminati use the primal as a way to read the future to undo any damage the Warrior of Light caused. Alexander himself is also this after it's revealed that he was able to see every single possible outcome when he tried to create a perfect world, but it always ended with him causing a calamity because of his nature as a primal. Ergo, the only solution was to remove himself from time and space. While Alexander can see different timelines and know what can happen, he cannot read the Warrior of Light's future and is unsure what said future is in store for them. Regardless of not being able to see their future, he believes in the Warrior of Light and their ability to bring a good future to all.
- Signature Attack: Two.
- Temporal Stasis, which causes time to freeze briefly as Alexander repositions himself and prepares a more devastating attack on the frozen heroes.
- Divine Judgment, in which Alexander's main body rises from the abyss and begins a 10 second countdown before firing devastating beams of holy light from its eyes.
- Spanner in the Works: Quickthinx's cat Shanoa was actually created and sent by Alexander himself to help stop the Illuminati's mad plans of conquest.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Alexander Prime alternates between talking like a machine and talking like a godlike being... sometimes in the same sentence.Alexander Prime: (While summoning Alexander) Commencing spacetime interference... O fortress that is mine own body, heed my call!
- Stable Time Loop: Alexander engineered three.
- The first turned out to be it summoning itself, along with being the origin of both Shanoa and the book Quickthinx got his knowledge from. Roundrox used the Enigma Codex to send Alexander back in time, taking herself, the party, Present!Mide and the Illuminati with the machine. The Illuminati goblins shot Past!Mide's fellow researchers. During the shooting, the cat Backrix named "Schrodinger" knocked into him and caused both herself and Backrix's journal to fall off the robot.
- The second occurs after the group defeats the Cruise Chaser. Quickthinx puts them into an area of paused time and was about to kill them before they even knew what was happening. Alexander sends 4 adds to lure the Warriors' future counterparts to intervene, ensuring their own survival and that of Cid, Biggs, and Wedge.
- After Alexander has safely removed himself from time and space, he sends Mide and her lover back in time to be reborn as children, forming the society which created him in the first place so that the events could be carried out and resolved as he had seen. As Backrix summarizes it, Alexander was created by their society, yet their society was in turn created by Alexander.
- Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: Originally a hilarious excuse for the Goblin Illuminati's cheese war, it takes on a much darker connotation when Alexander is summoned. An offhand line from Mide reveals the cheese recipe came from the Enigma Codex, a vast collection of all the things the ancient Scholars of Sharlayan learned and studied (which just happened to include culinary arts); it was through this that they learned of the Alexander Project, and after some Ascian meddling brought the primal Alexander into being. The Illuminati are also not keen on letting a single scrap of information from the Codex slip out, hence the cheese war.
- Temporal Paradox: Should the party fail to destroy the adds in the past during the fight against Alexander Prime, it kills your past self and causes a paradox by instantly killing the entire party. Alexander isn't trying to cause the paradox, but sends your party members in the past to help prevent the paradox in order create a stable time loop.
- Theme Naming: His attacks are mostly derived from Christian concepts while his summoned minions all reference Alexander the Great (The General's Wings/Might, Arrhidaeus).
- Time Master: The end of the Midas quest chain reveals that time was frozen while the Warrior of Light and his party were inside the primal. When Cid reads the primal's aether readings, he sees the aether going in reverse and back into the primal itself. The group quickly speculates that the Illuminati are using the Codex and Alexander's power of time manipulation to not only undo any damages that the Warrior of Light had done, but they also gained the ability to see into the future so they can perfectly read their every move. Should the final core be activated, Alexander can travel through space and time and devastate anything it comes across. In his fight, Alexander frequently stops time, locking the party in place.
- Time Stands Still: Alexander Prime does this to your party by stopping time for everything but itself. This also works to the player's benefit since any buffs that were in place will have their duration frozen in time while its effects still apply.
- Token Good Teammate: Both for the Illuminati and among the primals in general. Alexander's primary wish truly is to create a perfect world for people to live in and once he deemed himself a disastrous threat to such a world, he actively worked toward setting up his own downfall at the hands of the Warrior of Light. Even Ramuh didn't go that far.
- Total Party Kill: Two. First there's Divine Judgment, which is guaranteed to wipe the party if his summoned minion's aren't killed off before he begins the countdown. Even then, the attack is so powerful that the party will require a tank limit break to survive the blast. When he reaches his enrage, Alexander fires a second Divine Judgment, this time with absolutely no chance of survival, even with the limit break. The second is Cast Judgment, in which he creates a time paradox which kills the party in the past. Players must disrupt the temporal stasis in order to prevent this from happening.
- Walking Wasteland: Because of his Magic Eater status, Alexander's every movement will surely bleed the land dry and leave a barren wasteland faster than any other Primal. This is actually beneficial to the Illuminati. They plan to rule over the Heaven inside of Alexander while anyone who refuses to submit will be left with the Hell outside.
- Wave-Motion Gun: Sacrament, which is a Wave Motion Gun that fires in four directions, hitting those unlucky enough to get hit by it with both decreased defense and lower damage. It's also the most common attack he uses when stopping time.
FaustA recurring mini-boss who continually upgrades itself and ambushes the party in each segment of Alexander.
- Bait-and-Switch Boss: In Alexander: Breath of the Creator, the party is initially ambushed by Faust-Z at the beginning. Said battle is significantly easier than his prior appearances and can be cleared with little trouble. However, halfway through the fight with the Refurbisher which immediately follows, Faust reappears as Full Metal Faust, providing a much bigger challenge than Z.
- Beef Gate
- I'm Melting!: Killed off for good when its final form is knocked offline and melted in molten steel.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: The first obstacle encountered in each Alexander segment, Faust serves as a timed DPS rush in all of his appearances, which usually sets the expected pace for the rest of the endgame raid segment. Unprepared or ill equipped teams will be ripped to shreds if they aren't fast enough.
The ManipulatorThe guardian of Alexander's Gordian core. As its name implies, it is the primary creator and controller of the Panzer, Straf, and Sturm Dolls encountered throughout the Gordian segment.
- Drone Deployer: Creates and deploys the mechanical Dolls which guard Alexander's interior. Its destruction causes the production of them to end.
- Robot Master: It controls all the mechanical "doll" minions it creates. Destroying the Manipulator prevents the dolls from functioning as they no longer receive orders (save a small handful directly controlled by Quickthinx).
- Serial Escalation: Its destruction is what motivates the Illuminati to create Brute Justice.
Brute JusticeThe guardian of Alexander's Midan core. Comprised of 5 smaller mechanical guardians fused into one.
- Battle Theme Music: Metal - Brute Justice Mode! A jazzy techno arrange of Metal and Locus that wouldn't sound out of place in a sentai show, with the Metal taking precedence and Locus pounding in the background, accentuating itself whenever the boss uses its stronger attacks.
- Beam Spam: Apocalyptic Ray, several small lasers rapid-fired in a large cone in front of Brute Justice.
- Combining Mecha: Brute Justice is comprised of five other Goblin robots; Onslaughter, Blaster, Vortexer, Swindler, and Brawler.
- Doppelgänger Attack: Blaster can create white copies of itself which rush in a straight line attack.
- Elemental Powers: Vortexer is able to manipulate Wind, Ice, Water, and Magma when fighting.
- Diving Kick: Justice Kick, which Brute Justice lands with the impact of a meteor.
- Goomba Stomp: Super Jump, where Brute Justice targets a specific party member to leap onto from a distance.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Brute Justice has several missiles atop its head, which it can rain down on the battlefield freely.
- Mickey Mousing: Less drastic than Bahamut Prime, but still there, this is especially clear because the attack where he splits into the individual mechs and runs through their mechanics will only start when the chorus does.
- Playing with Fire: Brute Justice has a built in flamethrower that sprays in a cone AOE.
- Power Gives You Wings: In the Savage version of the fight, Brute Justice will enter its own Super Mode, glowing brightly and sprouting large mechanical wings.
- Power Glows: In the Savage version of the fights, all of the Brute Justice robots will glow neon bright when using even more power than before.
- Rocket Punch: Double Rocket Punch, which both Tanks need to share to minimize the damage.
- The Brute Justice fight is one giant Shout-Out to Toku style entertainment. The music sounds like something from an older Sentai series, the Brute Justice is a giant Combining Mecha with various attacks themed to the genre, and even its death fits the theme as it slowly collapses to the ground before exploding.
- The English names for the robots are a Shout-Out to Transformers, specifically the Combaticons. Each robot's name is a Combaticon name plus an "-er", the name Brute Justice evokes the Combaticons' combined form of Bruticus, and each one fits the same position as their namesake when combined. (For example, both Onslaught and Onslaughter form the torso and "head" of Bruticus and Brute Justice.)
- This Is a Drill: Brawler has a drill attack that does more damage the closer its target is to Brawler.
- Unflinching Walk: After defeating the boss, the party turns its back to Brute Justice after he collapses to look at the camera just before the boss explodes, performing their usual cheer before ending with a collective Badass Arm-Fold. Subverted in the Savage mode, where the party tries to do this but the explosion knocks them on their ass.
- Wave-Motion Gun: Brawler has two, depending on how many cannons it uses. A single blast is meant for one Tank, while two must be shared by the entire party to negate damage. Onslaughter has the blue Mega Beam, which becomes even larger when used by Brute Justice.
- Battle Theme Music: Exponential Entropy.
- Blow You Away: Propellor Wind, which causes confusion like the 9 equivalent if the party doesn't take shelter.
- Expy: Is very blatantly based on the Final Fantasy IX summon Ark in every way except name. Even his attack visuals resemble those from the Ark summon.
- HP to 1: Photon causes the entire party's HP to drop to 1% of their total HP.
- Limit Break: Eternal Darkness.
- Mythology Gag: The phase involving the Lapis Lazuli is also another reference to Final Fantasy IX where the Lapis items from that game powered up Ark's attack and it applies in the fight against him here as well.
- Shout-Out: Aside from the obvious Ark parallels, Cruise Chaser's name is a reference to a 1986 SquareSoft game called Cruise Chaser Blassty. It even states that its designation is "Blassty" at the beginning of the fight. This is fitting as the original summon from IX was created as a shout out to that title.
- Signature Attack: Eternal Darkness.
- Transforming Mecha: Cruise Chaser can turn from a humanoid robot into a high speed airship.
Warring TriadAncient Primals or "Eikons" (a term the Allagan empire used for any powerful supernatural beings) who wreaked untold destruction on the Empire before finally being subdued by Omega. The Triad are locked away on Azys Lla, where they have remained dormant for over five thousand years.
- Battle Theme Music: So far, all their battles begin with a remix of Final Fantasy VI's alternate boss theme (the one which was shared with the Triad and the Ultima/Atma Weapon).
- Divine Conflict: The Triad fought against each other in addition to the Allagans.
- Freudian Trio: Strongly implied:
- When released, Sephirot is only concerned with exacting devastating revenge on the "northerners" who imprisoned him, so he best fits the Id.
- Sophia, however, seeks to bring equilibrium to the chaotic world around her, equating her with the Ego.
- Zurvan's motivation is to continue his campaign of conquest, and he makes it abundantly clear that he is above the other gods and their morality, making him a shoo-in for the Superego.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The three are some of the first Primals the Allagans sealed after being taught how by the Ascians. Due to Knights of the Round attempting to drain their power, the three are beginning to awaken.
- Mythology Gag: Their names originated from when Nomura originally designed the Warring Triad back in Final Fantasy 6. Though they never showed up in the games, he had titled them Sephirot (Fiend), Zurvan (Demon), and Sophia (Goddess)
- Power Limiter: Each fight begins with them managing to break their seals; however millienia of slumber and being sealed has made them weaker. Notably Allagan technology has virtual duplicates which fight at full strength; and are extremely difficult compared to their real counterparts.
The first of the Warring Triad which the Warrior of Light battles. He was the guardian deity of a treelike race in Mercydia whom summoned him to repel the Allagan Empire's conquest of the region.
- Battle Theme Music: Fiend, an industrial rock piece which consists of Sephirot himself is singing about his might and the duality of nature while demanding you say his name.
- Blow You Away: After growing to a massive size, Sephirot's gains an attack called Malkuth, in which his breath alone is strong enough to blow the party away and summon a wind elemental known as the Storm of Words.
- Catchphrase: "I am the end and the beginning!" Which is not only in the above quote, but as part of his battle music even.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Can create pillars of rock and minions of stone.
- Green Thumb: Sephirot's power comes from his connection to nature. Trees litter the battle field and grass grows under his power.
- Light 'em Up: His ultimate attack, Ein Soph Ohr, or "Limitless Light".
- Light Is Not Good: He has powers relating to light and nature, but is a terrifying demon that would cause a massive catastrophe if left uncontained.
- Make My Monster Grow: In the second half of the fight, Sephirot grows into a towering giant. According to Unukalhai's journal, his signature ability is the power to make any living thing (himself included) grow to gigantic proportions. The journal suggests that he grew even bigger back when he was first summoned to attack Allag.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: He has 6 arms.
- Mythology Gag: After the first stage of his fight when he falls from the platform, his giant hand coming back up onto the platform heavily resembles the same action done by the final boss of Final Fantasy X, Braska's Final Aeon.
- His backstory very closely resembles that of Exdeath, the primary antagonist of Final Fantasy V (a tree given life and immeasurable magical power through some form of strong emotions filling it (the hatred and desire for vengeance from executed criminals in Exdeath's case, and the prayers and desperation in Sephirot's case). In a sense, Sephirot can be viewed as a Good Counterpart to Exdeath.
- While most of his abilities in battle are new to Final Fantasy XIV, he still retains his two Signature Attacks from Final Fantasy VI: Fiendish Rage (and the Targeting that telegraphs it), and Force Field.
- The achievement for defeating Sephirot in Extreme mode is called "Veni, Veni, Venias," which are lyrics from "One-Winged Angel,", Sephiroth's theme from Final Fantasy VII.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Pure red, and they glow when he picks up the pace.
- Ring Out: In the second phase of the fight, you can fall to your death into some... green liquid. Sephirot's Pillar of Mercy punches will push you all around to try and throw you off.
- He will also occasionally try to sweep the party away with his enormous arms. The only way to avoid this is to use the whirlwind left behind by a dead Storm Of Words to be propelled into the air.
- Signature Attack: Ein Soph Ohr. After falling off the platform into the pit below, Sephirot emerges again, many times his initial size. Plants grow upon the battlefield, just before a massive pillar of light rocks the arena and rips apart the top layer of the battlefield.
- This Cannot Be!: Upon defeat, he says this as he fades away.
- Kabbalah: Sephirot, as his name would suggest, references names of concepts from Kabbalah in his battle. Many of his attacks and minions use the names of the ten Sephirot (such as Binah, Chokhmah, Chesed, and Malkuth) and he has abilities referencing the concepts of Ein, Ein Soph, and Ein Soph Ohr. His affinity for plant life comes from a very literal interpretation of the Sephirot as the "tree of life".
- Villain Song: "Fiend", an industrial rock piece full of oppositions, contradictions and paradoxes in its lyrics, to emphasize Sephirot's Yin-Yang Bomb powers. To the same effect, about half of the lyrics are quiet, almost whispered, while the other half are screamed. It happens to sound rather similar to Powerman 5000 song "When Worlds Collide" (to the point that the band called it a ripoff).
- When Trees Attack: Once, Sephirot was the very first sacred tree. The prayer for salvation and worship turned it into the Eikon he is now.
- Winged Humanoid: Has relatively small and vestigial wings growing out of his back.
- What Are You: After growing massive and unleashing a devastating attack on the party, he is quite surprised to see the Warrior of Light and their companions survive.Sephirot: You have dimmed my boundless light. What power of death do you mortals wield...?
- Yin-Yang Bomb: He seems to wield the power of life and death at once. In one of his attacks, he creates two different orbs beneath his hands. As they erupt, they cover half the field in explosive plant overgrowth, and the other in dark energy.
The second of the Warring Triad which the Warrior of Light battles. Said to grace her many worshipers with graceful equilibrium, she now stirs from her imprisonment to bring equal ruin to Eorzea in retribution.
- Battle Theme Music: "Equilibrium" sings of a girl who kills her abusive mother at Sophia's urging before Sophia also urges her to kill herself to bring balance for what she did.
- Black and White Insanity: Sophia believes that there must be balance between what is good and evil, to the point where she will do good if there is too much evil and will do evil if there is too much good. For instance, in her theme song, as noted above, when one of her worshipers cries out to her for help, she tells the worshiper to kill her abusive mother to bring balance. However, after doing so, she tells the worshiper to kill herself as she is now unbalanced by the murder of her mother, despite said murder being Sophia's idea.
- Blow You Away: A short-range AOE version of Aero II.
- Curse: Her Cloudy Heavens spell afflicts the entire party with a curse that will transform each party member into a zombie when they die, and will kill them automatically after 60 seconds.Even in death, there is no release.
- Enemy Mine: She intended to release Zurvan, whom she fought bloody battles against, from his restraints to combat their common enemy in Allag.
- Fantastic Racism: Averted in that her scale motif represents how all races are perfectly equal in her eyes, and then subverted in the implication that they found equality in slavery to her.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Her servants are unaware of how much time has passed since their imprisonment and mistake the Scions for soldiers of ancient Allag.
- Gold and White Are Divine: She mainly features this color scheme, fitting for the Triad titled "The Goddess."
- Light Is Not Good: Much of her appearance and power are light-themed, yet she is an aether-draining Eikon who only seeks vengeance. Even in the past she ruled over Meracydian societies with "gilded chains of harmony" - peace by means of slavery.
- Me's a Crowd: Savage difficulty introduces "Aion Telos" enemies, which are clones of Sophia that will Alpha Strike with her own AOEs.
- Mythology Gag: A signature motif of Sophia's power are a pair of scales, not unlike Exodus of Final Fantasy XII.
- In battle, as in Final Fantasy VI, her repertoire includes lightning spells, the Colony Drop spell Quasar, and the zombification curse Cloudy Heaven.
- Gnosticism: The origin of her name. In battle, she can summon 3 thralls known as Deimiurges. In Gnosticism, the Demiurge was a creation of Sophia's, who believed himself to be the one true God. One attack the Demiurge thralls can use in battle is named Divine Spark, said in Gnosticism to be a gift from Sophia, which allows humanity to grasp the nature of reality.
- Prophecies Rhyme All the Time: The First Demiurge leaves the Scions with a prophecy just before taking his leave, detailing Sophia's goal."With scales in hands, the Goddess shall arise
and righteously cast off Her cursed pall.
That She with wrathful wyrmking at Her side,
might judge and thence bring balance unto all."
- Ring Out: The main danger in her boss fight. After using her signature attack and dropping her giant scales on the arena, the platform loses its protective railing, and Sophia will regularly tip the scales to throw the party one direction or another attempting to drop players to their doom. Savage mode augments this with many, many Aero III casts to eject people from the arena if they are hit in a bad position. Mercifully unlike other examples in the game however, players don't remain out of the fight permanently after falling and can be revived.
- Shock and Awe: The cone AOE Thunder II and the large circular AOE Thunder III.
- Signature Attack: Scales of Wisdom. Sophia draws her scales out of the floor, and transforms the battlefield itself into a giant pair of scales. She tips the scales twice, to measure the weight of the party's souls, and then fills the arena with blinding light, killing everyone whose weight tipped the scales too far.
- And of course her Cloudy Heavens attack returns from Final Fantasy 6, having more or less the same effect is had in its original appearance. If it isn't cleansed in time, the entire party will be zombified and will be unable to position themselves to survive Scales of Wisdom.
- Stripperiffic: She wears little more than a strip of cloth around her bosom and waist.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: She is the only female primal who is not referred to as "The Lady" in her title.
- Trojan Prisoner: Before Sophia was captured, she devised a plan between her followers and rebels within the Allagan Empire. If Sophia and her followers were captured and imprisoned, the Rebels left an intentional weakness in her confinement to be exploited later. When freed within the very heart of the Empire, Sophia would have freed Bahamut and brought judgment down on everyone's heads. The plan failed however because those same rebels were discovered early by the Empire and executed, though the flaw in Sophia's prison remained undiscovered.
- Villain Song: "Equilibrium", a song that tells the tale of how a daughter suffering tragedy prays to Sophia for guidance and the message her Goddess sends her.
- Villain Team-Up: She intended to release Bahamut from Dalamud so that they may rain down judgement on the land together.
- It's later revealed that she intended to do the same with Zurvan as well.
- Wave-Motion Gun: The floating head familiar Sophia calls the "Daughter" can attack separately from Sophia to fire three large lasers across the field.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Sophia's white hair doesn't detract from her self-serving nature.
- Wolfpack Boss: Sophia is joined in battle by three of her servants who were imprisoned along with her. They appear as an Elezen gladiator, a Hyur conjuror, and a Roegadyn lancer, but with onyx black skin and shining golden hair.
The god of a race of centaurs from ancient Mercydia. Nicknamed The Demon for his grim visage and for the inevitability of his victory over all other gods in the eyes of his worshipers.
- Badass Boast: Delivers one as he cuts his restraints apart and emerges in his full glory."Mine age of slumber is at an end. A thousand thousand suns may set, but the insult of my imprisonment hath been etched upon mine eternal memory. I am come to mete out justice. To bestow the blessings of victory unending. I am Zurvan. He who standeth above all other gods. He who shall bring slaughter and ruin!"
- Blade on a Stick: Wields a halberd.
- Boss Arena Urgency: His attacks will break away parts of the floor until the party is left with a small fragment to stand on. Anyone who isn't fast enough may fall to their doom with the floor.
- Divine Conflict: Aside from his conflicts with Sephirot and Sofia, Zurvan's role in his worshipers' pantheon was to punish wicked or unjust deities.
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Zurvan's assault on the PC during Ahura Mazda ends when he shatters the icicle they're trapped, the actual attack that deals the majority of the damage is him attacking your monitor/television and cutting the screen in half with a Diagonal Cut.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Unlike Sephirot and Sofia, this battle begins with Zurvan still in his restraints.
- An Ice Person: Zurvan can freeze the air around him and spew massive spikes of clear ice all around him.
- Multiple Head Case: Zurvan has a face growing from his lower body, just underneath his humanoid top half's waistline.
- Mythology Gag: In battle, he can use many of the attacks he had in Final Fantasy VI, including Metal Cutter, Flare Star, Wave Cannon, Southern Cross, and what was his Signature Attack from that game: Tyrfing.
- Our Centaurs Are Different: Zurvan appears to be an almost reptilian centaur with functioning hands as his forelegs. His followers are also a race of centaurs.
- Playing with Fire Zurvan's rage allows him to sear everything.
- Power Glows: After using Ahura Mazda, Zurvan's entire body glows bright red.
- Red Baron: The Demon.
- Rhymes on a Dime: Occasionally Zurvan will give a short rhyme, though it isn't as consistant as other trope examples.
- Signature Attack: Ahura Mazda. Zurvan soars beyond the boundaries of the battlefield. He uses the power of ice to freeze the battleground, and everyone upon it, into a sheet of ice in the shape of a snowflake. After a few moments, Zurvan returns, and shatters the ice with a swipe of his halberd.
- Tyrfing also returns from Zurvan's prior appearances.
- Suddenly Voiced: After using Purge, Zurvan will suddenly have voice acting as opposed to just text speech like his first phase.
- Top God: In his worshipers' eyes, Zurvan stands above all other gods.
- Winged Humanoid: Once free, Zuran sprouts a total of four wings to keep himself aloft.
- Zoroastrianism: The origin of his name; more specifically, the sect known as Zurvanism, in which Zurvan was believed to be a primordial being that birthed the twin gods Ahura Mazda and Angra Mainyu.
Primals introduced in Stormblood:
Unlike other Beastmen, the Kojin don't worship a single god, but the thousands of thousands of gods known as the Kami, who inhabit all things great and small. Some Kami however, favor more exquisite and priceless treasures as their vesseles, which the Kojin of Red and Blue keep in their vault for safekeeping. When the three greatest of the Kojin's treasures are united, a sword, a mirror, and a jewel, the Kami rejoice and take physical form as Susano to enjoy the revelry.
- Battle in the Rain: A rainstorm breaks out when Susano takes physical form, so naturally the entire battle is fought in the rain. The storm intensifies once Susano enters his third and final phase.
- Battle Theme Music: "Revalation", a three part instrumental. The first part is lievly and festive, reflecting how Susano sees the fight as celebration. The second part is slow and ominous, the dread of his ultimate attack. The third phase is combines the two, making a fast paced tune stressing that Susano must be stopped.
- BFS: His sword, Ame-no-Murakumo. At first it starts off relatively small in proportion to its wielder, but when Susano enlarges himself, the sword grows to the size of an office building. After Susano shrinks down to his normal size, Ame-no-Murakumo becomes a One-Handed Zweihänder.
- Big Fun: As large as he is, Susano's a very fun loving individual(s) befitting his title as the Lord of Revel. His whole battle is in his mind a game to rejoice and his tone is always jovial and full of laughter.
- Blade Lock: An interesting case where it's essentially a Blade Lock of eight people against one, giant sword. During the second phase of his battle Susano will try to bring down a giant blade upon the platform onto the party. To avoid being wiped out, one of the tanks must perform a quick time event to hold the sword back while everyone else wails on it.
- Combat Compliment: If the party survives Susano's ultimate attack, Susano will salute your resiliancy.
- Didn't See That Coming: Susano's summoning was completely by accident. The original plan was to distract the Red Kojin by stirring up trouble in their treasure vault, and the treasure the Scions brought with them was something of a good luck charm entrusted by the Blue Kojin. Scions, Red Kojin and Blue Kojin alike are flabbergasted when simply bringing the three sacred treasures into the same room (one of which was the Scions' charm) was enough to summon Susano on the spot.Alisaie: "That...that was not part of the plan! A Kojin primal was most definitely not part of the plan!"
- Elemental RockPaperScissors: Susano alternates Water- and Lightning-based attacks. Getting hit by a Water attack reduces your Lightning resistance for the follow-up.
- Elemental Shape Shifter: Susano can turn himself into water. Using the surrounding water of the Vault, he briefly becomes a giant version of himself composed of water to swing his now giant sword before changing back.
- Graceful Loser: He isn't mad at all when you defeat him. He even thanks you for the battle since he found the whole thing to be a blast.
- Limit Break / Signature Attack: Ame-no-Murakumo. Susano, having created a giant copy of himself from water, brings his colossal sword down on the battlefield with enough force to leave a permanent crack in the floor. Towering waves erupt from the point of impact, and the entire screen turns white as dozens of lightning bolts strike the surrounding pool.
- Making a Splash: "The seas part for we alone!"
- Many Spirits Inside of One: Susano is comprised of at least three Kami joined together into a single form. Susano always refers to himself as "we".
- Named Weapon: Susano's unique sword Ame-no-Murakumo, one of the Kojin's most sacred treasures.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Susano comes into being because the Warrior of Light brings the last of the three most sacred treasures into the Kojin vault, making Susano's Kami whole again.
- One-Hit Kill: Anyone standing directly under his sword when he finishes casting Ame No Murakumo will die once the blade descends. If the Murakumo isn't successfully deflected twice beforehand, it destroys the whole arena for a Total Party Kill.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Similar to Ramuh, Susano bears no ill will to the Scions, and even finds their diversion funny. He only fights for the Kojin's side because he recognizes them as his loyal followers. He doesn't even Brand anyone!
- Shell Game: One of his attacks will trap a random player within a stone shell, summon two more shells, and then shuffle them around. The party needs to destroy the correct shell before it implodes, killing the trapped player.
- Shinto: His existence results from the Kojin's Shintoist beliefs that the Kami exist in objects and beings. Much like Sephirot, his existence was less from an actual summoning and more because of the Kojin actively prayed to their religious artifacts until their faith and the treasures' aether concentration gave the primal life.
- Shock and Awe: He can summon storm clouds that will shoot lightning bolts in the party's direction, and his Ukehi spell rains unavoidable lightning down on the entire battlefield.
The primal of the Ananta who resembles a beautiful woman with a serpentine body concealed beneath her elegant blue dress. Rather than fight against the Empire, the Qalyana faction of the Ananta swore fielty and kept to their own. When the Alliance and Resistance pushed the attack, the Empire demanded a hostage of the Qalyana to ensure they weren't backstabbed. At the worst time, one Imperial cut down the hostage. In her despair for losing her daughter, the Qalyana broodmother called on her faith and brought Sri Lakshmi into existence.
Due to the tragedy with which Lakshmi was first summoned from, she's a primal that's as prone to branding mortals as Ifrit and Leviathan. Her thralls are called "The Dreamers", and subject themselves to a willing Lotus-Eater Machine to hide from the pain the world made them suffer except when enacting Lakshmi's will, which in 4.1 includes a plot that results in her being summoned in the middle of a peace conference with the Resistance's leaders there in an attempt to bring everyone into her fold.
- Adaptational Badass: All of her prior incarnations were strictly support or healing based summons. In Stormblood she's a boss with offensive capabilities.
- All or Nothing: A lot of her attacks work with this mindset. Either they will completely cripple, if not outright kill, their intended targets, or they will do nothing. The most extreme case is her limit break as it's instant death for anyone who didn't get a Vril to protect themselves from the attack while those who have Vril activated will be fully healed by the attack.
- Anti-Villain: As mentioned under Evil Cannot Comprehend Good, she genuinely does not understand why people would accept living with pain in their lives and wants to temper mortals to ease their suffering. Unfortunately, tempering people against their will isn't exactly something most can live with, and her attitude towards those who disagree pushes her into villainy.
- Battle Aura: After surviving Alluring Embrace, Lakshmi will burst with a dark blue aura called Chanchala.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Lakshmi can't understand why people would choose freedom of will and all the ugliness of reality over surrendering to her blissful dream. She seems genuinely hurt by it at times, but usually declares that those who won't embrace her gift will simply die.
- Flower Motifs: Shes heavily associated with lotus blossoms, from the design on the floor of her arena, to the lotus ornaments floating on either side of her, to the aesthetic of some of her attacks and even the markers which hover over her targets heads during those attacks.
- For Want of a Nail: As it turns out, interpretations of Lakshmi differ among different tribes of Ananta. The warrior tribe Vira see Lakshmi as a symbol of freedom whereas the jeweler tribe Qalyana see her as a symbol of transient beauty. Had the Qalyana shared their sisters' views of Sri Lakshmi, conflict with the primal might have been avoided.
- Healing Shiv: Alluring Embrace will heal players protected by Vril.
- Hinduism: The origin of her name. Much of her appearance and trappings fit the general aesthetic of a Hindu goddess, and several of her attacks reference Hindu concepts and practices, such as her Stotram spell.
- Holy Halo: She has a large gold ornament resembling a mix of a halo and a sunburst floating behind her, and it glows with a nimbus of light during some of her attacks.
- Holy Hand Grenade: Many of her attacks are light-based and reference concepts like grace, beauty, and hymns and mantras.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes/Pimped-Out Dress: In keeping with her Hindu motif, Lakshmi wears a blue sari with a lot of very elaborate gold trimming, and enough yards of fabric to conceal her serpentine lower body. And thats not getting into all the jewelry and gold that she also wears.
- Light Is Not Good: Lakshmi is dressed in blues and golds with many powers revolving around light. Despite her mythology as a giving person, the Lady of Bliss demands servitude of those she would enthrall in her dream just as most other primals would.
- Literal Genie: When an Ananta loses her child to the empire, she begs for her child to be brought back to life. Lakshmi gave her exactly what she wished for, and nothing more, which means the child came back without their soul. Lakshmi explains that the child's soul was long gone already.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: Apparently the primary form of the "bliss" Lakshmi offers to others, a form of tempering in which her victims are given a beautiful dream to drown out reality.
- One-Hit Kill: Lakshmi doesn't mess around. Most of her attacks are an all-or-nothing "you are unfazed/you die" dichotomy.
- Overly Long Fighting Animation: Her Alluring Embrace Signature Attack takes almost twenty seconds to complete from start to finish, and is so cinematic that it actually changes the games aspect ratio to widescreen for the duration.
- Power Floats: She constantly levitates above the ground.
- Puzzle Boss: Her whole fight revolves around having collected "Vril" to fend off her Limit Break and various Chanchala-boosted attacks, one Vril per attack. Not activating a Vril at the right time or failing to collect one leaves you at the mercy of some very awful debuffs, assuming you don't just die instantly.
- Signature Attack: Alluring Embrace. Lakshmi, having created a towering projection of herself, exhales a cloud of mist that compels the entire party to dance mindlessly. Then she slowly embraces the party, gathering their energy within her arms, forming a ball of light that explodes like a supernova as she brings it to her chest.
- Sssnake Talk: Like her Ananta worshippersss, Lakshmi ssstretchesss out the letter Sss while talking.Ressst your weary sssouls within my bosom.
Sssurrender to blisss
- Oddly enough, while the Ananta still have a verbal tic in Japanese, Lakshmi does not and speaks much like Sophia does.
- Turns Red: Well, blue. Her Chanchala Battle Aura increases the damage and detrimental status effects of her spellcasts.
- Villain Song: "Beauty's Wicked Wiles", sung by the Ananta enthralled by Sri Lakshmi's dream who entice the adventurers to give in to the bliss of the dream.
A primal whose summoning ritual was shown towards the end of Heavensward. The primal was spawned when Illberd secretly had his own followers slaughtered during the assault of Baelsar's Wall, causing them to desperately pray to Rhalgr for salvation, then committed suicide after channeling the aether in Nidhogg's eyes to complete the ritual.
Though hinted at being a Primal version of Rhalgr, when it broke free it was revealed to be a new Dreadwyrm even more destructive than Bahamut. Dubbed Shinryu by the Domans after a figure from their mythology, the new Dreadwyrm engaged Omega over Baelsar's Wall, causing massive destruction in their clash before they mutually shot each other down somewhere in Ala Mhigo.
- Appropriated Appellation: Its name came from the Domans whispering the name of a dragon from their own mythology who supposedly greatly resembles the primal. The Alliance and the Garleans both decided the name was fitting and stuck with it.
- All Your Powers Combined: Has access to the powers and abilities of almost every other Primal encountered before him. Including Ifrit, Titan, Garuda, Leviathan, Ramuh, Shiva, Bahamut, and the Knights of the Round.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Shinryus tail becomes vulnerable for a few seconds whenever he does his Tail Slap attack, and successfully killing it will deal a massive amount of damage to the Primal.
- Battle Theme Music: Scale and Steel which plays for his fight against Omega and later reused for the first phase of his fight against the Warrior of Light. The Worm's Tail for the second phase of the fight.
- Beam-O-War: With Omega. It ends with both of them being knocked out.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Ironically not the Cthulhu in question: that honor goes to Omega, who manages to ensnare Shinryu before they blasted off to Ala Mhigo, essentially leaving it giftwrapped for Zenos to capture and subsequently control. Granted he did effectively serve this role towards Omega in return by having the machine deactivated until the end of Stormblood's story.
- Boss Arena Urgency: In his final phase, Shinryu will smash the floor with his tail at regular intervals. The middle segment is invincible, but the outer segments of the floor can only take two hits from his tail before shattering, leaving the party with less room to evade Shinryus attacks as the fight goes on.
- The Extreme mode fight ups the difficulty by not only making the center tile destructible, but by making the entire platform collapse should it be destroyed.
- Cognizant Limbs: Shinryus wings can fire off their own attacks and spells independently of the main body. They can't be targeted, so there's no way to stop them.
- Conflict Killer: Following Ilberd's False Flag Operation on Baelsar's Wall that summoned the primal, the threat of an all-out assault from the wall on the Eorzean Alliance after the Garleans recovered wasn't so much a question of "if" rather than "when," which loomed over the Alliance like a raincloud because the Wall stationed an absolutely massive Garlean force. This quickly turns on its head when Shinryu breaks free, after which its ensuing battle with Omega ravages the Wall so badly that by the time it's over, the Alliance can simply march in and clean up what's left.
- Colossus Climb: The final phase of Shinryu's Extreme fight involves first using his tail as a bridge and later requires the party to climb up to the beast's back to avoid being killed.
- Desperation Attack: Not from the primal itself, but the very threat of it on the Gridanian border makes the Alliance desperate enough to resort to activating Omega to combat it.
- Evil Knock Off: Of Midgardsormr. While initially believed to be a unique creation, and named after a figure from Doman mythology, after watching the Warrior of Light fight Omega's reconstruction of Midgardsormr in his prime, Cid notes that Shinryu and this version of Midgardsormr were eerily similar. Omega itself seems to share this sentiment, as it explains that Alphascape!Midgardsormr is "not the faded specter that you know, or a mortal-conjured simulacrum," and the connection is further made with Alphascape!Midgardsormr's use of Protostar, Shinryu's signature attack. It's possible that, seeking to inflict an even larger Calamity than what had been wrought by Bahamut, Ilberd's final thoughts strayed to the only dragon greater than the Dreadwyrm.
- Final Boss: Of Stormblood's main story.
- Final Boss, New Dimension: Shinryu transitions to its second phase by breaking the arena the party is standing on, dragging them impossibly high to an ethereal dimension with mountains made of what looks like crystals.
- Human Sacrifice: As Papalymo observes, the many deaths during the battle at Baelsar's Wall was the last step in triggering the primal's summoning ritual. Illberd set up the summoning this way so that it could retain its form without the need for active worship.
- Ironic Echo: When Zenos takes over Shinryu with the Resonance, he repeats Illberd's "An ending to mark a new beginning..." line which was originally referring to Illberd's hopes that the dragon would either get the alliance active or that it would kill the Garleans (including Zenos) by itself.
- Irony: Illberd summoned him to fight against the empire with all of his hate. Zenos, who is a high ranking commander with the empire, captured the primal, fuses with him, and takes control from within to fight for the empire when he goes to fight the Warrior of Light.
- Level in Reverse: Shinryu Extreme begins where the normal mode fight ended and ends where the normal mode began.
- Limit Break: In addition to the obligatory DPS check to avoid a One-Hit Kill attack that all Primals share, Shinryu also has a unique mechanic, meaning that throughout the fight Shinryu's attacks will build up Corrupted Aether. When the gauge is full Shinryu will unleash one of several powerful attacks that each require a different strategy to mitigate, including the infamous Tidal Wave.
- Made of Evil: Because of the unique summoning methods employed in its creation, Shinryu has no real consciousness to speak of and exists as a creature of pure rage and violence.
- Making a Splash: Creates a tidal wave to flood Baelsar's Wall while fighting Omega. Also opens its boss battle with the attack.
- Mythology Gag: His first attack used against Omega is Tidal Wave, much like all of his boss appearances in the franchise where he opens he opens the fight by casting Tidal Wave. He does the same when the Warrior of Light confronts him in Stormblood.
- Yoshida has gone on record stating that Shinryu coming out of nowhere in both Heavensward and Stormblood was because Shinryu pops out of a chest with no warning in Final Fantasy V and that always took him by surprise and caused him to get a game over.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: While not exactly small, Shinryu is significantly smaller than the moon-sized Bahamut, and his raw destructive power completely and totally eclipses his predecessor's.
- Reincarnation: Of Nidhogg, arguably. Shinryu was summoned with the dying prayers of Ilberd's men and the immense amounts of aether still contained within Nidhogg's eyes. This resulted in a draconic primal and nightmarish engine of hatred, destruction, and revenge just like Nidhogg himself. At the very least Estinien sees him as one final phantom of Nidhogg and hunts down its landing site after the battle with Omega while the Warrior of Light and the Scions of the Seventh Dawn are in Doma.
- Ring Out: In addition to the Boss Arena Urgency above, Shinryu uses a few direct methods to ring out the opponent throughout the fight. Of note is its infamous Tidal Wave attack, which if a party member isn't standing on the edge of the arena where it starts up they will fall off the arena. In addition during the second phase of the fight it will occasionally fly across the arena, knocking whoever it hits far back.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Before the primal can take physical shape, Papalymo seals its essence with the same spell Louisoix attempted to use on Bahamut. It eventually breaks free from Papalymo's spell, only to get caught in a stasis trap by Omega, where it remains until freed by Zenos.
- Serial Escalation: Was capable of matching Omega in terms of power. To put this in perspective, Omega was able to defeat and capture Bahamut and all 3 of the Warring Triad eikons at full power. Shinryu was able to defeat Omega (albeit via a Double Knockout). Lore wise, it is the strongest entity the heroes had ever faced until that point, and the only reason the world avoided another Bahamut-level Calamity is because of Omega sealing it away long enough for the heroes to defeat it in their first encounter with it.
- Shock and Awe: Can control storms and summon lightning bolts.
- Signature Attack: Protostar, a wide range Breath Weapon of destructive green energy.
A primal that appears in the middle of 4.3's story, Tsukuyomi comes into play when Yotsuyu uses the Kojin's mirror given to her by Asahi, alongside the supply of crystals he had snuck into Castrum Fluminis. With the return of Yotsuyu's memories, she declares her intention to bring Doma under her heel once more, and transforms into the primal.
- Battle Theme Music: Her battle theme is "Wayward Daughter", a sorrowful hard rock song with Japanese lyrics highlighting how Yotsuyu has hit her absolute nadir, in addition to English lyrics, inspired by Asahi's machinations, coaxing her to despair.
- Big Damn Heroes: She does this to herself in an interesting way during phase 2. When the specter of Zenos prepares to strike her down to further feed her malice, she subconsciously summons a specter of Gosetsu to leap in and protect her from the blow.
- Combat Hand Fan: She carries a fan with her and striking you with it is her basic attack. She can also send out more fans to attack in a large circles with her Dancing Fan attack.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Unlike Yotsuyu, who wore large sandals that made her taller, Tsukuyomi is barefoot.
- Duality Motif: Half of her body is colored black while the other is white representing the moon phases.
- Dual Wielding: In her final phase, Tsukuyomi draws a black sword and a white sword to savagely attack with.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: While her right side has the look of a traditional kimono, her left resembles the spider lily.
- Flower Motif: She has a spider lily motif, an autumn flower symbolically linked to death, lost memories and abandonment. The magical explosion of her Nightbloom attack even resemble the petals of a spider lily.
- Little Bit Beastly: She has rabbit-like ears to call to the image of the Moon Rabbit.
- Lunacy: She is the god of the moon after all, so she incorporates lunar themes into her attacks. During her fight, she creates two zones that inflict either Moonlit or Moonshadowed. Players must be careful not to stand in one zone for too long, or else they'll be afflicted with incurable Doom if they accumulate 5 stacks of the debuff. It's even worse in Extreme version, since the zones will be fashioned after multiple moon phases including a new moon, which means all players will suffer unavoidable Moonshadow debuffs which is potentially lethal to those who weren't in Moonlit debuff beforehand.
- Multi-Melee Master: She pulls out many different weapons depending on the phase of the fight, starting with a fan and pipe, a spear, a gun and dual swords.
- The Night That Never Ends: Her goal is to plunge Doma in an eternal night so that they can suffer in darkness without cease.
- Occult Blue Eyes: Yotsuyus normally golden eyes turn blue when she becomes Tsukuyomi, and they visibly glow during her transformation as shown in the picture above.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: Tsukuyomi has hair that is black on one half of her head and white on the other. After she is defeated and reverts to Yotsuyu, her hair becomes completely white until the last of Tsukuyomi's power leaves her and her hair reverts to black.
- The Power of Hate: During her second phase, she summons specters of the people that showed contempt towards her (her foster parents, the people of Doma, Garlean soldiers, Asahi, and Zenos), and urges them to attack her to increase her suffering. They must all be cut down before her suffering can reach the maximum, or her Signature Attack will kill everyone in the party instantly.
- Power Incontinence: She briefly reverts back to Yotsuyu after trying to use her Signature Move without ample preparation. The basis of her second phase is summoning specters to recharge herself via The Power of Hate.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: She gets two. One when you initially pull her..."Oh... It's going to be a long night."
"In darkness blooms the spider lily..."
- And one after you survive her Nightbloom attack and it transitions to the final phase.
"Suffused with night, I shall prevail!"
- Before casting Supreme Selonomancy.
- Primal Stance: In her last phase, instead of floating upright in her refined manner, Tsukuyomi hunches over while brandishing two swords to hack away at her enemies viciously.
- Signature Attack: Nightbloom. Gathering all of the suffering she has accumulated, Tsukuyomi unleashes it in a massive explosion of darkness.
- Super Smoke: Tsukuyomi has an attack where she creates two clouds of pipe smoke which if allowed to make contact with one another will deal a large burst of damage.
- Transformation Trinket: One of the keys to her summoning is a hand mirror revealed to be a Kojin artifact which acts as a focus for the summoning as the Three Sacred Treasures did for Susano.
- Tulpa: A more pragmatic version unlike the rest of the examples in the game; rather than Tsukuyomi be a worshiped entity brought to life by crystals, Yotsuyu instead seems to have envisioned what she would be like as the Moon Goddess. The result is basically Yotsuyu undergoing Clothes Make the Superman and Power Dyes Your Hair, and her personality is completely unchanged.
- Two-Faced: The left half of Tsukuyomis body is chalk white while her right half is jet black, in keeping with her lunar theme and her Duality Motif. The Extreme version of her trial has her eventually switch between full white and full black, which determines where her attacks will land.
- Villain Song: "Wayward Daughter", hauntingly beautiful song sung in Japanese about Yotsuyu's pain and desire.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: She uses both light and darkness in her attacks representing the full moon and new moon.
- Almighty Idiot: Galuf's notes on Eureka talk about it as if it were an extremely powerful artifact rather than a living thing, and it can apparently only create things when commanded by its master. It is also unable to do anything without an avatar to act through, and it is unable to tell when someone is only pretending to be tempered, both of which are exploited by Ejika.
- Greater-Scope Villain: It's implied to be the creator of Odin's Zantetsuken.
- Sinister Geometry: Eureka itself is nothing more than a rather large, ornate cube. This means it can't move on its own and is forced to act through avatars it creates.
- Story-Breaker Power: It can create literally anything from aether. Galuf theorizes that if given the command, Eureka could potentially create an entirely new Mothercrystal, which would use up so much of Hydaelyn's aether as to cause a Calamity.
- It also managed to pull the entire Isle of Val out of the Lifestream on its own, though this used up almost all of its power.
Primals introduced in Shadowbringers:
However, because the Warrior's memories are so foggy from slaying the Primals, they end up being different than they usually appear. They serve as bosses in the Eden's raid series.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Most of them look much more conventionally attractive and humanoid than the originals, with the exceptions of Leviathan (because there's no way to pretty up a gigantic sea serpent) and Shiva (because she was already a beautiful, scantily-clad woman). What this says about the Warrior of Light is probably best left unexplored.
- Ascended Meme: During the Eden's Gate raid series, it quickly became a joke that the Warrior of Light had either a poor memory or even brain damage due to the fact that as part of the storyline, they summon Primals from their memory, yet the summoned Primals look very little like the source material (Leviathan having two heads, Titan having machinery on his back that lets him turn into an ATV, etc). At the end of the second tier - Eden's Verse - the Warrior can comment that they never quite got the hang of primal summoning down, and Gaia responds that Thancred and Urianger seemed confused by what was summoned, asking the Warrior if they have memory problems.
- Boss Remix: As if to fit the theme of the Primals being barely remembered by The Warrior of Light, their boss themes are heavily remixed to include heavier rock and electronic elements than the originals, making it hard to make out the lyrics of the song. It's as if the Warrior struggles to remember how the originals looked like.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Hilariously, outside of traumatic signature skills, the Warrior of Light's attempts at summoning their own Primals come out distinctly different from the ones fought on the Source due to poor recollection of them and pulling in traits of similarly aspected enemies.
- Composite Character: Part of the reason why the Eden Primals look so different from their Source version is that Eden takes elements from other beings from the Warrior's mind.
- Leviathan takes cues from Shinryu, his Tidal Wave being the most notable example.
- Titan takes cues from goblins due to his Adaptive Armor.
- Ramuh takes cues from Ixion, Zurvan, and Nidhogg.
- Garuda and Ifrit take this to a logical extreme, though not as you'd expect from the previous Eden summonings. Compared to the other attempts, Eden Garuda and Ifrit are actually fairly decent adaptations of their Source version. However, two thirds of the way through the fight, they fuse into a new Primal. Thancred suggests that perhaps while making them, the Warrior of Light had flashbacks to the moment Ultima Weapon absorbed their Source versions.
- Shiva's ice form takes cues from Tsukuyomi, her light form takes cues from Hydaelyn and Omega-F, and her dragon form takes cues from Hraesvelgr.
- Not as You Know Them: The Warrior's poor recollection of the Primals they fought, along with Eden taking aspects of similar beings, causes the Eden Primals to appear very different than in the Source.
- Battle Theme Music: "Blinding Indigo," a remix of "Through the Maelstrom".
- Boss Arena Urgency: Eden Leviathans Undersea Quake attack destroys half the floor, leaving the party with much less room to dodge Temporary Current or spread out for Tsunami. Fortunately, Ryne will restore the missing sections of the floor after a minute or two.
- Boss Subtitles: He has the subtitle "Heritor of the Whorl."
- Composite Character: When the Warrior of Light does his own summoning of Leviathan during the Eden raid, Urianger comments that their version ended up being an amalgamation of Leviathan and other water aspected creatures they fought. This results in the new Leviathan having 2 heads and Shinryu's version of Tidal Wave among other changes.
- Knockback: Eden Leviathans Tsunami attack marks two players with Surging Tsunami, delayed shockwaves that push all other players away from them. Since the arena has no walls, this can easily lead to a Ring Out. It also has Shinryus version of Tidal Wave, which knocks the whole party away from one side of the arena.
- Multiple Head Case: The version summoned by the Warrior of Light during the Eden raid has two heads.
- Theme Naming: All of Eden Leviathan's attacks are named after kinds of currents.
- Throat Light: The backs of Eden Leviathan's mouths glow bright blue whenever its charging up one of its deadlier attacks.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Resembles a professional bodybuilder made out of rock rather than a boulder on (tiny, stubby) legs.
- Adaptive Armor: Eden Titan's fight in Edens Gate has him wear a suit of mechanical armor. That armor can detach from Titan and transform into either a giant ATV for him to ride, or a pair of gauntlets that let him create powerful shockwaves by punching the ground.
- Battle Theme Music: "Landslide", a remix of "Under the Weight". The Primals version of "Under the Weight" plays during the final phase of Savage mode.
- Boss Subtitles: He has the subtitle "Heritor of Crags".
- Climax Boss: He serves as the Final Boss of the Tier 1 Eden series, but only because Ryne gets tired afterwards and needs to rest, and by then, only water and earth are restored to The Empty.
- Didn't Need Those Anyway!: Before Eden Titan becomes Titan Maximum, he sheds the armor to fuse with the mountain range, though its downplayed, as during the last phase of the fight, he summons the armor to continue fighting the Warriors.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Its' Titan, naturally.
- Make My Monster Grow: During the fight against him in Savage, he suddenly strips himself of all of his Adaptive Armor, jumps of the platform, and then fuses himself with the nearby mountain ranges to become Titan Maximum.
- Ring Out: Eden Titan is even worse than his Source counterpart in this regard. "Massive Landslide", "Fault Zone", and "Geocrush" all generate tremendous amounts of knockback that will send players flying off the edge of the arena unless theyre standing close enough to Titan when he uses them, or in a safe spot directly in front of him for "Massive Landslides" case.
- Shockwave Stomp: Eden Titans Seismic Wave is a single stomp that produces a shockwave powerful enough to kill any player not hiding behind a boulder. His versions of Landslide and Geocrush produce shockwaves by jumping to spots on the battlefield.
- Signature Attack: Eden Titans version of Earthen Fury inflicts Damage Over Time.
- Underwear of Power: He has a stone version complete with a loincloth as well.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: He's a handsome, shirtless Silver Fox centaur rather than a wizened old man in unflattering robes, and his beard is neatly trimmed rather than making up 90% of his body-mass.
- Battle Theme Music: "Twice Stricken", a remix of "Thunder Rolls".
- Boss Subtitles: He has the subtitle "Heritor of Levin."
- Damage Reduction: Many of Ramuhs attacks leave behind orbs of electricity. Players need to pick up these orbs to gain stacks of Surge Protection, which will reduce the damage taken from Ramuhs next attack.
- Enemy Summoner: Can create electric duplicates of either Ixion or of himself to dash at the player.
- Knockback: The Will of Ramuh clone that Ramuh summons will push people toward the sides of the arena when it charges down the central lane. Similarly, the Will of Ixion clones will push anyone who didnt get out of their way in the direction that theyre charging. As the arena has no walls, both of these can lead to a Ring Out. In the Savage version of the fight, the player has to use this knock-back to destroy the copies of his staff that spawn.
- Mix-and-Match Man: Eden Ramuh is a zebra-striped centaur, meaning that he's at least partially based on Ixion as well. In addition, he also has feathery red-and-black wings and wields a red-and-black spear-staff with a suspiciously eye-shaped orb embedded in it, suggesting that he's also based on Nidhogg and Zurvan.
- One-Hit Kill: Several of his attacks outright kill the player if they lack the Surge Protection buff from the balls of thunder found around the arena. The Savage mode of the fight makes this a juggling act; the player needs to get one to survive, but if they get too many, the add that spawns will target them and not the tank.
- Shock and Awe: This may come as a shock, but yes, Eden Ramuh attacks exclusively with lightning magic.
- Stance System: A variation; when Ramuh calls his duplicates, the nature of how they act changes depending on if Ramuh strengthens himself beforehand. If he doesn't, the duplicates are more straightforward to avoid, but if he strengthens himself, it becomes stronger and requires more focus.
Eden Garuda and Eden Ifrit / Raktapaksa
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Ifrit still has a monstrous face, but is otherwise a lean, well-built humanoid rather than a hideous reptilian horror. Garuda, meanwhile, has a conventionally attractive human face without her original form's huge, beaky nose.
- Battle Theme Music: "Primal Angel", a dual remix of "Primal Judgment" and "Fallen Angel" with a bit of 8-bit music in it as well.
- Bishōnen Line: Eden Ifrit looks a lot more humanoid than his previous appearance.
- Blow You Away: Its Garuda. Of course she attacks with wind magic.
- Boss Subtitles: They have the shared subtitle "Heritors of Fury".
- Dash Attack: "Hands of Hell" and "Instant Incineration" will both have Eden Ifrit lunge across the room to punch his current target(s). Anyone in his path will take damage as well.
- Dual Boss: Both Eden Garuda and Eden Ifrit together in their third phase, followed by them fusing into Raktapaksa.
- Elemental Punch: Several of Ifrits attacks involve rushing up to his target and delivering a fiery punch.
- Flaming Sword: Raktapaksas strongest attack, "Conflag Strike", has them whip out a sword, charge it up with wind and fire aether, and then swing it in an arc that blasts three-quarters of the arena with flames.
- Fusion Dance: Eden Garuda and Eden Ifrit fuse to become Raktapaksa.
- Playing with Fire: Ifrits attacks are fire-based, as always.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Raktapaksa is one of the mythological Garudas many titles, meaning red-winged.
- Sequential Boss: First you fight Eden Garuda by herself. Once her health gets low, she tags out and Eden Ifrit takes her place. Once his health gets low, Garuda jumps back in and the party fights both of them at once for a bit. Then they fuse into Raktapaksa, starting the final phase of the fight.
- Winged Humanoid: Eden Garuda has eight wings, not counting the ones on her head. When she fuses with Ifrit to become Raktapaksa, the resulting primal has a single pair of wings.
- Absolute Cleavage: The dress Shiva wears in her light form has a plunging neckline that goes past the navel.
- Attack Reflector: Shiva can summon mirrors to reflect her own attacks back at the party from different angles.
- Battle Theme Music: "Return to Oblivion", a remix of "Oblivion".
- Bait-and-Switch Boss: Due to the Warrior of Light's familiarity with Ysayle, the Shiva re-imagining is the most accurate of them all. Unfortunately, Ryne's connection to the light and immediate lack of control over Shiva will cause her to shift forms between Shiva and her preconception of Hydaelyn.
- Boss Subtitles: She has the subtitle "Heritor of Frost."
- Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: Redress, which changes Shiva's form between Ice, Light and (Savage-only) Dragon. Each outfit switch has a different attack tied to it - when switching to Ice she freezes the floor, for Light you have to look away to avoid a stun, and for Dragon a rapid-fire laser will blast the spot where the players were standing.
- Climax Boss: She serves as the Final Boss of the Tier 2 Eden series, and while all of the elements have been restored, there's still one more tier left.
- Contralto of Danger: Shiva speaks in a much deeper tone than Rynes normal voice.
- Fusion Dance: Savage difficulty only. For a given definition of "fusion", Shiva will summon a tulpa of Hraesvelgr and wear him as one of her Redress outfits, granting her many of the attacks used by dragons in the game previously.
- From Bad to Worse: While there was no danger of Ryne being Branded by the Primal she summoned into herself, that doesn't mean she can control it. And then she uses Redress, which is where the real danger of the boss fight shows as she turns into what is essentially a bootleg Hydaelyn. The fights ends with her nearly causing a new Flood of Light.
- An Ice Person: Natch, it's Shiva after all.
- Knight Templar: She fully believes that the Light will bring about "a world a peace," and reprimands the heroes for using darkness, having a serious Black and White Insanity when it comes to the two elements.
- Knockback: "Heavenly Strike" pushes the party away from Shiva. There are no walls to stop players from falling off the platform when she does this.
- Light 'em Up: Due to its static nature, ice is the element most closely aligned to astral aether. Combined with Ryne and Eden's close link to the light, this results in Shiva routinely shifting forms between an ice lady and a light lady.
- Naked in Mink: Well, dragon, but her dragon form in the Savage difficulty only has Hraesvelgr covering up her body, where she routinely shifts between an ice lady, a light lady, and a dragon lady.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Eden Shiva believes that the Light will bring about a world of peace, and reprimands the Warrior for "stoking the fires of conflict" and wishes to triumph over the darkness. Of course, having spent an entire arc on the First and seeing firsthand the horrors of the Flood of Light, it's safe to say that it is best to take her words with a grain of salt.
- Pervert Revenge Mode: When she uses Redress to change to her Light outfit, you have to look away when she changes, or she'll stun you and leave you unable to dodge her sweeping kick attack. In the Japanese audio, she even calls the offending party member disgusting!
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up: It only lasts for the battle, but the transformation gives Ryne an adult body. And thank Hydaelyn for that, because even with Lens Flare Censor (literally) and Changing Clothes Is a Free Action in full effect, Redress is exactly what it sounds like.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: The transformation into Eden Shiva dyes Rynes hair white in Ice form, or blonde in Light form.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: Shiva can morph her hands or feet into blades of ice, depending on which form shes in.
- Signature Attack: In the first phase, Shattered World. In her Hydaelyn-inspired Light form, Shiva strikes the ground with a two-legged kick and raises her arms; an attack inspired by the ancient murals of the Sundering. The attack divides the party into two groups, forcing them to contend with aether sprites attempting to merge back into the Light and unleash a new Flood.
- In the second phase of Normal mode, Endless Ice Age. With Shiva encased in a prison of ice, the overflowing light begins to pour out of her, threatening to unleash a new Flood all on its own, and freeze the party to death, should they fail to shatter the ice before Gaia's spell expires.
- Stance System: Shiva regularly switches between her default Ice form and a Light form based on Hydaelyn, with each having a completely different set of attacks and mechanics. Savage gives her a third form based on Hraesvelgr.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Unfortunately, Ryne was playing with much greater forces than Ysayle; her certainty that she can control the massive amount of ice aether falls flat the second she transforms. She might have the Echo, but Ysayle or Zenos she ain't.