One of the biggest trademarks of the Final Fantasy franchise, no matter what Summons are called — whether Aeons, Eidolons or GFs — we'll always love 'em.
These wonderful Final Fantasy beasts have joined us in our epic adventures since Final Fantasy III. Some of them would disappear in some games and then reappear. Others just simply vanished and some were unfortunately rebranded. A lot of them, however, have stayed with the franchise, receiving lots of love from the fans.
Let's enjoy counting down the most iconic among the Final Fantasy Summons that we've encountered over the years. From the cute ones to the beastly ones, let us see who will come out on top!
Also known as Mogs or MiniMog, Moogle was one of the first Summons of the Final Fantasy universe. Once brought out to the battlefield, it recovers the party's HP and MP. The Moogle was so iconic in the games that the creators have stopped making it as a Summon. Instead Moogle will be utilized as a vital support character in future games. Moogle became so popular that it's one of the flagship mascots of the franchise, along with the Chocobo.
Our favorite sword collector gets his spot at No. 9. Gilgamesh is one of the few Summons with different effects once called out. His actions at times are varied based on the sword he uses. Although appearing as a bad guy for most of the Final Fantasy games, Gilgamesh still manages to amaze the players every time he's an available Summon in the game.
One of the biggest summons in the Final Fantasy universe, Alexander is the walking fortress that shoots out gigantic laser beams. Unlike other Summons that managed to either be featured as an enemy, an NPC or a support character, Alexander was so huge that he managed to be a castle. Aside from just simply standing out because of his sheer size, Alexander stamped his mark on the franchise when he became the partner Eidolon of Hope Estheim in FFXIII.
Any Final Fantasy list would not be complete without mentioning Chocobo. The ever-so-adorable bird-horse grabs the No. 7 spot. Aside from being the trademark mascot and means of transport in the Final Fantasy games, Chocobo is also a very well-loved Summon in the games. Before acting as the iconic mount, the Chocobo helped the players with powerful kicks and blinding fast tackles whenever called out to battlefield.
The Summon responsible for pummeling enemies with thunder and lightning. Ramuh has been a mainstay in the early games of the franchise, providing his signature Judgement Bolt. He was replaced a few times with other electrifying summons like Quetzalcoatl and Ixion. With his signature beard and staff, Ramuh will always be branded as the lighting attribute Summon in the Final Fantasy universe.
Tidal Wave! The beloved sea serpent of Final Fantasy starts off our top five. Raining down massive tsunamis on the enemies, Leviathan was always a must-use on the Final Fantasy games. The king of the sea always left us breathless with the huge attacks he would dish out.
This knight in scary armor is infamous for his Instant Death effect in the Final Fantasy universe. With his trusted steed Sleipnir, they would gallop through the battlefield and mete out their signature move, Zantetsuken, instantly killing off enemies. Odin sealed his iconic mark in the franchise when he was partnered with the protagonist of FFXIII, Lightning.
In the Final Fantasy universe, Fire is synonymous with Ifrit. The infernal demon grabs the No. 3 spot on our list. He is usually one of the Summons that the game would give the players at the start. Ifit, and his signature Helfire blast, is one of the most loved Summon sequences in the games. Final Fantasy fans always wait and see how the beautiful fiery animations and beastly designs of Ifrit would progress in the games.
The blue-skinned empress of ice is the runner-up on our list. Fans always wanted to see how hot Shiva would look in each game. Together with Ifrit, Shiva has graced almost every Final Fantasy game, with her glorious beauty and trademark Diamond Dust. The fire and ice twins usually were the starting Summons of the player, which gave these a huge fanbase. Shiva edges Ifrit slightly due to her appearance in FFXIII as Snow Villiers' Eidolon at the same time her super-sexy bike.
The Dragon King is the most iconic Summon of the Final Fantasy universe. He had his own game Bahamut Lagoon, appeared as a boss and was always an awesome Summon with his ever-so-powerful Megaflare. Bahamut would hands down defeat any other Summon and was always shown as a very powerful creature in almost all games.
This beast also had so many versions in several other games. The most iconic variations were shown in FFVII with Neo Bahamut and Bahamut ZERO. In FFXIII he served as Oerba Yun Fang's Eidolon and became a really sick flying machine. To top it all of, Bahamut sealed his spot in first position when he showed up in Final Fantasy: Advent Children and fought Cloud and the gang. If you haven't watched it, here you go:
All the Final Fantasy Summons are truly wonderful. Unfortunately, I didn't include any of the Zodiac Summons from FFXII since — well, they weren't really that iconic.
I can't wait to see the new summons in the upcoming Final Fantasy XV on November 29! Who's your favorite Summon and why?