Brynhildr (ブリュンヒルダ, Buryunhiruda?) is Sazh Katzroy's Eidolon in Final Fantasy XIII. She is a Fire-elemental knight who wields a large bludgeon that also shoots projectiles. Though Brynhildr is naturally Fire-elemental, Sazh can bestow En-Spells on her to change her elemental characteristics allowing her to use a wide array of spells based on which enhancements Sazh has cast on her.
The text on on the symbol that appears in the ball of fire reads:
- By the grace of Etro, warrior maiden be drawn by the fires of battle. Come forth, wreathed in blazing glory.
- A name in blood, a pact of flame. Brynhildr shall rise, her bond eternal and unyielding.
- Rousing Inferno.
- Ethereal Blaze.
Brynhildr doesn't make an appearance in Final Fantasy XIII-2, although a concept artwork of a blue version of Brynhildr was included in the Final Fantasy XIII-2 Ultimania Omega.
After having learned of Vanille's involvement in the branding of his son, Sazh corners her in the Fiendlord's Keep of Nautilus. Sazh's turmoil summons his Eidolon, Brynhildr, and together with Vanille the two defeat the Eidolon. Later, when the party returns to Cocoon they crash a grand prix and ride through the racetrack with their Eidolons in Gestalt Mode, Sazh steering Brynhildr in its race car form.
Brynhildr, alongside the other Eidolons, answers Lightning's call for help in the final battle against Bhunivelze. Following Nova Chrysalia's destruction, it is only the souls of humanity that are ushered into the new world. Thus, the Eidolons bid farewell to their old comrades before fading away.
- For the battle information, see: Brynhildr (Boss)
Sazh and Vanille face Brynhildr as a boss in Nautilus Park, as a test to prove Sazh's strength to her. After passing the test, Brynhildr joins as Sazh's summon.
Brynhildr yields to those who amass chain bonuses and strengthen their allies. As a result, the Synergist role is crucial to this battle. As chain bonuses are difficult to gain on Eidolon battles, shown with Odin and the Twin Sisters, the best strategy is to utilize the Tide Turner paradigm to both strengthen Sazh and Vanille while weakening Brynhildr, then shifting to Dualcasting to build chain bonuses.
|Slash||1||Inflicts physical damage on opponents within a small radius.|
|Valkyrian Scythe||1||Inflicts multiple damage on opponents within a small radius.|
|Gunshot||1||Inflicts physical damage on one opponent.|
|Pyroshot||1||Inflicts fire magical damage on opponents within a small radius.|
|Cryoshot||1||Inflicts ice magical damage on opponents within a small radius. Only used when under Enfrost status.|
|Electroshot||1||Inflicts lightning magical damage on opponents within a small radius. Only used when under Enthunder status.|
|Hydroshot||1||Inflicts water magical damage on opponents within a small radius. Only used when under Enwater status.|
|Pyroburst||1||Inflicts fire magical damage on opponents within a wide radius.|
|Cryoburst||1||Inflicts ice magical damage on opponents within a wide radius. Only used when under Enfrost status.|
|Electroburst||1||Inflicts lightning magical damage on opponents within a wide radius. Only used when under Enthunder status.|
|Hydroburst||1||Inflicts water magical damage on opponents within a wide radius. Only used when under Enwater status.|
|Curaga||1||Restores major HP to one ally.|
|Arise||Auto||Revive ally from KO with full HP. Instantly dismisses Eidolon.|
|ATB Boost||Auto||Temporarily extend ATB gauge from 4 to 6 to deliver a powerful attack. If Brynhildr's ATB gauge is less than 90% full and her target is either; staggered, has less than 0.2 secs or more than 6 secs left of chain gauge, ATB Boost will activate.|
|Penetration||Auto||Ignores target's Fire, Ice, Lightning and Water resistances when attacking.|
Brynhildr uses Slash twice followed up with Valkyrian Scythe and finishes with Heat Burst. She targets the same enemy Sazh is targeting. If ATB Boost activated the previous turn, Brynhildr will follow up Pyroburst with another Valkyrian Scythe followed by another Pyroburst. While Brynhildr's ATB gauge is filling, she moves toward the enemy.
Brynhildr appears as a Summon in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy. When summoned, her ability, Múspell Flame, instantly doubles the Stage Bravery, and doubles the base Stage Bravery for a period of time afterwards.
Although Brynhildr herself doesn't appear in Final Fantasy All the Bravest, her weapon does. Sazh uses the weapon to attack the enemy with Pyroburst.
Brynhildr has a card in the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game, featuring its drawn artwork for Final Fantasy XIII. It is a fire-element card. Another card depicts Brynhildr in Gestalt Mode with Sazh.
Brynhildr is a Shieldmaiden and a Valkyrie in Norse mythology. In the Völsunga saga, she was sent by Odin to decide a fight between two kings, but was punished by the god after helping his least-favored one then banished her to the top of mount Hindarfjall in the Alps. She must sleep within a ring of fire until any man rescues and marries her. Sigurd entered the castle and awoke Brynhildr by removing her helmet and cutting off her chainmail armor.
The two fell in love and Sigurd proposed to her with the magic ring Andvaranaut. She appears as a main character in the Völsunga saga and some Eddic poems treating the same events. Under the name Brünnhilde, she appears in the Nibelungenlied and therefore also in Richard Wagner's opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen.
Her finishing attack, Múspell Flame, refers to the realm of Múspellsheimr, the realm of fire and home to the Fire Giants and Surtr in Norse mythology.
- Some pictures show Sazh and Brynhildr fighting together in Nautilus. This is impossible however, since Brynhildr is the last encounter in the chapter.