- “A six-armed summon with three faces - anger, benevolence, and joy.”
- —Dissidia Final Fantasy Summon Compendium
- Main article: Asura (Final Fantasy IV)
Asura is the queen of Eidolons, and lives with Leviathan in the Feymarch. In order to obtain her as a summon, Cecil Harvey must go to the Feymarch with Rydia and speak to her. After battling and defeating her, she is obtained as a summon, and the party can speak to Leviathan and challenge him as well.
Asura is a healing summon and has a casting time of 1, costs 50 MP to cast in all releases of the game except the DS release, where summoning her costs 40 MP. When called, Asura casts one of three spells depending on which face is showing when summoned: if she shows her serene (Pale) face she casts Curaga on the party, if she shows her happy (Gray) face she will cast Raise, and if she shows her angry (Orange) face, she will cast Protect. In the original SNES release the angry face casts Curaga and the serene face casts Cura, due to the Protect spell being removed from the game.
Lunar Asura fought in the Advance and The Complete Collection releases acts similar to her counterpart in battle. Her summon Grimoire does 9,999 points of damage to all enemies and has no healing effects.
Asura returns as a Summon spell for Rydia in the sequel of Final Fantasy IV and functions the same way as before. Asura's Boon will randomly casts one of three spells: Curaga, Raise, or Protect on all party members at the cost of 50 MP. She is only available during the final battle.
- For the battle information, see: Asura (The After Years Boss)
Asura becomes available as a summon when the player defeats her in the Depths when Rydia is in the party.
Asura appears as a summon in Dissidia and can be obtained as a stage bonus in "Distant Glory - Villains". When summoned manually her Final Fantasy IV artwork appears, and uses Queen's Aegis where she activates one of three random effects - she will seal the opponent's ability to summon for a period of time, destroy their summon entirely, or cause the summon to activate instantly.
Asura is represented in the TCG by a card depicting her Amano artwork. It allows the player to use one of three effects when played - making up to two Forwards Active, making up to five Backups Active, or selecting a character card with a cost of two or less in the Break Zone and adding it to the player's hand. These effects roughly approximate Asura's Curaga, Protect, and Life abilities in Final Fantasy IV.
Asura also appears in Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon 2.
Asura is a boss in Vagrant Story.
Asura is a rare card in Lord of Vermilion II. She has an Attack of 65 and a Defense of 55.
Ashuras are demigods featured in both Hindu and Buddhist mythology, represented as multiarmed and multifaced humanoid beings. Both religions feature different incarnations of them; Hindu myths represent them as the lowest tier of Deva, associated with materialistic pleasures, indulgence, and depravity, while Buddhist myth represents them as beings higher than humans in the pantheon of Samsara, but still suffering, ultimately from such things like jealously, belligerence, anger, and constant conflict.
While bearing many different meanings to many Asian countries, Asura in this series appears to draw her inspiration from the Japanese Buddhist iteration of Ashuras. Her existence in the world of Eidolons is a reference to how Ashuras are seen as beings of a higher plane of existence, though are always to suffer neverending conflict and battle, as she is summoned into battle at the player's command, and her role as Queen to King Leviathan is a reference to legends of how the world of Ashuras exist on the ocean floor.