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.
Asuras are deities and beings found in Central, Eastern, and South Asian mythology, with a long history of tradition, syncretization, and adaptation. Originating from Zoroastrianism, an ancient Iranian religion, there are two types of gods: the asuras (the gods of light) and the devas (the gods of darkness); Asura Mazda is the highest asura while Ahriman is the highest deva.
Adapted into Hindu religion, asuras at first were seen as the deities of moral and social phenomena who competed with the devas; overtime, in contrast with Zorastrianism, asuras are known as evil while the devas are the good deities with their reputations to be known as the lowest tier of deva, associated with malign passions, materialistic pursuits, and carnal pleasures.
Adapted into Buddhism, asuras grew to be known as powerful but violent beings, and as one of the six reincarnations in the cycle of Samsara. They are described as possessed with anger and jealousy while living in a world where peace and resolution is non-existent; it is seen to be as one of the Four Unhappy/Cursed Births by the karma of one who engages in war and bloodshed. Unlike former incarnations there are said to be good and evil asuras. Good asuras are represented as wayward but well-intentioned, with its more prominent figures representing one of the Eight Legions of Buddhism that protect the Dharma. Where evil asuras are said to be no different than rakshasas and demons.
Shrines and statues of Asura can be found in Japan. It appears in many of Japanese anime, manga, and video games, mostly portrayed as a six-armed god wielding weapons.