- "This is it. This is your story. It all begins here."
- — Auron
Auron is a playable character in Final Fantasy X. He is a former warrior monk of Yevon, guardian of High Summoner Braska, and is Tidus's caretaker. He is, in many ways, the mentor of the Final Fantasy X main party as party members will often come to him for advice or ask for his permission.
Auron's complex and mysterious past, revealed in pieces during the game, directly ties into the stories of Braska and Tidus's father Jecht, and helps set the stage for the game's events. In the English localization of Final Fantasy X, Auron is pronounced [ˈɔː.ɹən] (or-run).
Appearance and PersonalityEdit
Auron wears a deep red hapi with blue lining, or maybe no lining at all, kept closed with a thick black and blue strap with two brown belts wrapped around it. Auron tucks his left arm into the front of his hapi, making it look as though his arm is in a sling. He removes his left arm from his hapi when fighting, but his right arm remains in its sleeve. This aspect (along with the jug on his side) is a tradition among rōnin, and is likely meant to be an homage to this traditional figure: a rōnin is a samurai who refused to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) after his lord's death; this may be a reference to Braska's death.
Auron wears a brown shoulder pad on his left shoulder intricately decorated with tan, green and blue patterns with a beaded ornament dangling from it. He wears black pants and shoes that have brown straps and triangular metal plating. Auron wears a black shirt with a gray collar with intersecting brown straps high enough to cover his mouth. His long hair is dark black with gray streaks and is held back by a gold ribbon, and he has some stubble on his chin.
There is a large scar over the right half of Auron's face and over his eye, which is always shut as a result. His left eye is amber. On his right hip Auron carries a jug with the word "Nog" written on it (in Spiran script), a term used to describe a number of beverages, including rum. The drink is featured in two of his Overdrives: when executing Banishing Blade, Auron takes a drink and spits it on the blade, and when using Tornado, Auron hurls the jug into the cyclone to ignite it. The former is likely a homage to Japanese samurai who would spit sake on their swords to "feed the spirit of the blade".
Auron is the strong silent type. He speaks only if necessary, but when he does he often says something important. He is a strict, no-nonsense warrior with a dry wit. As a guardian Auron devotes his life to protecting those in need, putting the matters of others before his own. Auron is idolized across Spira by aspiring guardians.
Beneath the silence Auron is outraged and disgusted over the events of ten years ago during his pilgrimage with Braska, and still mourns the loss of his friends. Auron regards himself as a failure for letting the cycle continue. Auron has little to no respect for Yevon likely due to his knowledge of their inner workings and corruption. Kazushige Nojima has compared Auron to Vincent Valentine of Final Fantasy VII, stating that though the two are meant to be silent characters they tend to speak often and have something important to say.
- "This... is your world now."
- —Auron's last words
As a young man of twenty-five years, Auron was a devoted warrior monk of Bevelle, well-regarded by Yevon's upper echelons, and being groomed for a high-ranking position within the clergy. His personal convictions put a stop to any career ambitions he might have had when he refused to marry the daughter of a high-ranking priest. Auron fell out of favor with the Yevon elite, and the promotion went to his friend Wen Kinoc who would eventually become a Maester of Yevon.
Auron was enlisted by Braska to serve as a guardian on Braska's upcoming pilgrimage to fight Sin. Auron was drawn to Braska due to his noble character and honest intentions to vanquish Sin for the sake of Spira's people, developing a fierce devotion to Braska and his cause, consistently addressing him with honor, and defending him to detractors.
Prior to departing for the pilgrimage Auron and Braska paid a visit to a holding cell in Bevelle, where Jecht was being kept, having heard the man claimed hail from Zanarkand. The other monks dismissed Jecht's proclamations as the ramblings of a drunkard, but Braska took him seriously, telling Jecht that if he joined the pilgrimage he should find his way home. Though Auron protested and thought Jecht would make an unfit guardian, Braska thought it "delightful irony": a disgraced monk, a summoner with a "heathen" Al Bhed wife and "half-breed" daughter, and a drunk from Zanarkand, saving Spira together. Auron relented, and the three outcasts began their pilgrimage.
Contrasting with the patient Braska and the laid-back Jecht, Auron was focused solely on the pilgrimage, insisting the trip "is no pleasure cruise" when Jecht attempted to record a travelogue to one day show to his family, and he constantly reprimanded Jecht for his reckless behavior. Over the course of the pilgrimage Auron grew to trust Jecht in spite of his flaws, and the three became close friends.
After arriving at the ruins of Zanarkand, the three men were debriefed by Lady Yunalesca, who could bestow upon them the Final Aeon to defeat Sin. As with all previous summoners and previously unknown to the three, one of Braska's guardians had to volunteer to become the fayth for the Final Aeon. Auron protested, claiming Sin will return and their sacrifices would be in vain, but Braska held onto the hope this time Sin would be gone for good. Jecht volunteered to become the aeon as he had accepted he would never go home, but asked Auron to find a way to his Zanarkand and look after his son Tidus in his stead. Jecht and Braska lost their lives fighting Sin, and as Auron thought, Sin was revived and the cycle continued with Jecht, as the Final Aeon, becoming the new Sin.
Auron returned to Yunalesca, outraged at the vain sacrifices Braska and Jecht made, and attacked her. Yunalesca struck him down scarring Auron on the face and blinding him in one eye. Heavily wounded, Auron crawled down Mt. Gagazet to the Calm Lands, resting in a travel agency owned by Rin, then continuing on to Bevelle. Auron fell down Mt. Gagazet from a great height and landed outside the outskirts of the city, and was found by the recently-disgraced Kimahri Ronso.
Dying, Auron asked Kimahri to protect Braska's daughter Yuna and take her to Besaid. Auron died, but because he couldn't keep his promises to his friends yet, such as guarding Yuna or taking care of Tidus at Dream Zanarkand, he remained as an unsent so he could complete these tasks. Now composed of pyreflies, Auron rode Sin out to sea where he found the Dream Zanarkand Jecht hailed from.
Ten years later, Jecht, in the form of Sin, returns to Dream Zanarkand, speaking to Auron and telling him to bring Tidus to Spira. Auron helps Tidus fight off Sinspawn as Sin destroys the Dream Zanarkand and the two are drawn into the beast. Tidus surfaces in the ruins of Baaj, but Auron is nowhere to be found.
Auron reunites with Tidus in Luca during a fiend attack that was secretly arranged by Seymour Guado, joining Yuna on her pilgrimage. At this time, Tidus, who has become one of Yuna's companions, blames Auron for all that has happened and demands answers. Auron tells Tidus Sin is Jecht, but Tidus does not believe him. Auron keeps the truth of Yevon and the pilgrimage from the group as they travel, and while Tidus comes to accept Jecht's fate, Auron explicitly instructs him not to tell the others, especially not Yuna.
No one suspects Auron is an unsent, though hints exist - when Yuna performs the sending for Jyscal Guado in Guadosalam Auron doubles over in pain, and shortly before, Seymour remarks he smells of the Farplane. Auron provides the other party members with advice and encouragement in a calm, focused manner. Along the way through the Thunder Plains the party regroups in a traveling agency. Rin, who treated Auron ten years ago, had doubts someone could walk with such a large wound the next day.
When the party reaches Zanarkand the pyreflies in the air replay moments of Braska's journey through the ruined city. During a particularly painful memory Auron attacks the specter of his past self speaking to Braska. Confronting Yunalesca, now much more informed on the true nature of Sin and Yevon, Yuna refuses to use the Final Aeon, not accepting false hope for Spira. Yunalesca prepares to engage the party as Auron spurs them on. With Yunalesca dead, Auron tells Tidus he is an unsent, and how he was killed by Yunalesca and arrived in Tidus's Dream Zanarkand.
During the final battle Auron and Tidus meet Jecht one final time before he transforms into Braska's Final Aeon. After Yu Yevon is defeated, Yuna performs the sending for the fayth. Auron tells her to continue, now able to rest peacefully with Braska and Jecht avenged and the cycle of Sin's rebirth broken. Auron dissolves into pyreflies and is sent to the Farplane. As Tidus fades from existence with the fayth no longer dreaming him, he leaps off the deck of the airship and is met by the spirits of Jecht, Braska and Auron in the Farplane.
Auron makes a minor appearance in the final part of Final Fantasy X-2, together with Braska and Jecht, as voices giving Yuna encouraging words of advice in the final battle against Shuyin and Vegnagun. The only visual appearances Auron makes are during a brief flashback in Chapter 5 when Maechen's memories flare outside Zanarkand, and a short scene with Gippal in the key item "Gippal's Sphere" set during the events of Final Fantasy X when the party is separated in the Bikanel Desert. Auron is also viewable in Shinra's Dossiers.
Final Fantasy XEdit
- See also: Auron/Quotes.
- "The legendary guardian who, along with Jecht, joined High Summoner Braska on his journey to vanquish Sin ten years ago. After their victory, he left Spira for Zanarkand to watch over Tidus. Formerly a warrior monk, he once protected the temples of Yevon"
- —Scan information
As a quintessential Samurai, Auron wields katana in battle and defends himself with bracers. Most of his weapons have the Piercing ability by default, allowing him to cut down armored fiends. His early stat growth is based around high Strength, Defense and HP, and abilities to lower enemy stats, making him ideal for defeating high HP enemies.
Auron has low Speed and Accuracy at first, leaving him weaker against swift and flying foes until he can move into another section of the Sphere Grid. His Overdrive is Bushido, which has the player input a sequence of button commands within a time limit to power up the attack. When Counter-attacking Auron performs a regular attack regardless of whether the target is a flying or ground-based fiend.
- Main article: List of Final Fantasy X Weapons#Auron's Katanas
- Main article: List of Final Fantasy X Armor#Auron's Bracers
Auron can equip katana and bracers. He and Kimahri are the only characters to have the Piercing ability on the majority of their weapons from the start.
|Power Break||Lowers opponent's Strength.|
|Magic Break||Lowers opponent's Magic.|
|Armor Break||Lowers opponent's Defense.|
|Mental Break||Lowers opponent's Magic Defense.|
|Extract Power||Deals physical damage and makes the enemy drop Power Spheres.|
|Guard||Allows Auron to take damage for an ally.|
|Sentinel||Allows Auron to guard allies while in defensive stance.|
|Threaten||Inflicts Stop on an enemy until the user's next turn.|
|Entrust||Contributes user's overdrive charge to an ally's gauge.|
|Zombie Attack||Damages and inflicts Zombie status on an enemy.|
Final Fantasy X-2 International + Last MissionEdit
- Main article: Auron (Boss)
Auron can be fought during the Farplane Cup in the Coliseum in Final Fantasy X-2: International + Last Mission as a boss.
Auron can be recruited as a party member through the Creature Capture system. To recruit Auron, the player must defeat him in the Farplane Cup in the Coliseum and must win the cup after. The abilities Auron can naturally learn are Full Break, Dragon Fang, and Shooting Star. Like all monster allies, Auron can use any of the common dresspheres and he is controlled by the game's AI.
|Coin No.||60||Coin Value||9|
|Location||Win from the Bevelle Core Sphere player in the Luca Stadium.|
Creation and DevelopmentEdit
In the original plot draft for Final Fantasy X Auron was the acclaimed commander of the Crimson Blades in the present day. A plot twist involved Tidus being an undead, but due to the release of the film The Sixth Sense this plot point was moved from the main character to Auron. Daisuke Watanabe considered having Auron actually be Jecht in disguise, watching Tidus all along, but the team did not want to make Jecht have a leading part in the story so they gave up on this idea.
|"Auron's Theme" from Final Fantasy X|
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"Auron's Theme", a song featured on the original soundtrack, is first heard when Tidus catches up with him in Luca and demands to know just who he is, and can also be heard during the ending.
- "A legendary guardian who traveled and fought together with Yuna's father, High Summoner Braska, and Tidus's father, the blitzball star Jecht. Following the last wishes of his comrades, Auron entrusts Yuna to the care of a Ronso named Kimahri and watches over Tidus, Jecht's only son. When Tidus and Auron are reunited, they join Yuna as her guardians and Auron leads the group on their pilgrimage to face Sin."
- —Online Description
Auron can be purchased through the online store as a playable character in the iOS port. His appearance is based of his Kingdom Hearts II attire.
- "This unsent monk is a decade dead, but still chugs nog as a weapon, not a vice."
Auron is an exclusive character only available from the Premium Character Shop as a random downloadable content, he uses the Dragon Fang ability during battle.
Auron appears in the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game and is represented in three Fire-elemental cards. He is depicted in his Final Fantasy X promotional poster art, his official artwork and in a screenshot of the opening FMV in Zanarkand.
Non-Final Fantasy appearancesEdit
- For more information, see Kingdom Hearts Wiki: Auron
- "This is my story...and you're not part of it."
- —Auron to Hades in Kingdom Hearts II
Auron appears in Kingdom Hearts II as a party member. Auron is voiced by Matt McKenzie in the English release and by Hideo Ishikawa in the Japanese release, both reprising their roles from Final Fantasy X. Aside from his younger appearance, allusions are made that he is the same Auron, rather than a character adapted into the Kingdom Hearts storyline.
When Pete jokingly suggests Hades save Hercules the trouble of beating his next opponent and "send someone already dead" after him, Hades agrees and revives Auron, "the mother of all bad guys", offering him freedom from the Underworld if he kills Hercules. Auron refuses to help Hades and joins Sora as a party member. Later, Hades steals Auron's willpower using a statue of his likeness, and forces him to fight Hercules. Sora retrieves and destroys the statue, and Auron regains his free will before he can kill Hercules.
The three team up to defeat Hades together, and after defeating him, Auron decides to go out and shape his own story, referencing his comrades of Final Fantasy X, mainly Tidus and Yuna, who both have the famous lines "This is my story...", a theme of Final Fantasy X. Sora receives the Guardian Soul Keyblade, modeled after Auron's Masamune. During the ending, Auron departs back to the afterlife, dissolving into pyreflies.
A chibified version of Auron appears in this game, alongside chibi Tidus and Yuna in their Final Fantasy X attire.
Auron is derived from the name of the Roman goddess of the dawn, Aurora. According to Roman mythology, the goddess Aurora would soar across the sky announcing the arrival of the sun. As Tidus's name derives from the Okinawan word for "sun", Auron's name could symbolize his bringing of Tidus into Spira.
- Auron's battle stance is similar to that of Blank from Final Fantasy IX.
- Auron shares his Japanese voice actor with Cait Sith from the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, Squall Leonhart from Dissidia Final Fantasy and Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, (and by extension, Leon from the Kingdom Hearts series), and Qator Bashtar from Final Fantasy Type-0.
- Auron is the name of a Ghost Card in Dissidia Final Fantasy. The Auron ghost is a Level 100 Jecht, and has the Blue Gem and Al Bhed Primer to be won through battlegen. The quote on the card, "This is it. This is your story. It all begins here" is what Auron said to Tidus in Final Fantasy X before Tidus was consumed by Sin. Jecht's alternate costume references Auron's costume, coloring his clothing and spikes red and his sword black, red, and gold like Auron's Masamune.
- Of the characters featured in Kingdom Hearts, Auron is one of two Final Fantasy characters along with Cloud Strife who are active party members.
- The last skill in Auron's Standard Sphere Grid section is Zombie Attack, which is seemingly out of place for his character's skill set. However, if the party does not flee too much, or over-level, Auron should learn this ability at some point in Zanarkand, foreshadowing his reveal of being an unsent.
- In Luca, Yuna tells Tidus she heard Auron is in a cafe and they set out to look for him. There is a location in Luca Square labelled "Cafe" in Spiran script, however the player can only enter the establishment with the sign that reads "Bar". Thus, Tidus and Yuna didn't find Auron because they looked from the wrong place.
- ↑ Final Fantasy X Ultimania Omega, Creator's Salon, p. 476-477