One of Golbez's elemental archfiends, the Drowned King, archfiend of water.
- —Dissidia Final Fantasy Summon Compendium
Cagnazzo (カイナッツォ, Kainattso?) is a recurring character in the Final Fantasy universe. First appearing as a minor villain, he is a fiend associated with the element of Water. He takes the appearance of a large demonic turtle-like creature.
- Main article: Cagnazzo (Final Fantasy)
- For the battle information, see: Cagnazzo (Final Fantasy IV boss)
I am the Drowned King, Cagnazzo - Archfiend of Water and sworn servant of Golbez! Bow down before me!
Also known as Kainazzo, Cagnazzo is a boss from in Final Fantasy IV. He is one of Golbez's Archfiends, titled the Drowned King. In the Nintendo DS version, Cagnazzo is voiced by Takeshi Aono in the Japanese version, with Michael McConnohie providing the English voice.
Sometime before the adventure began, Cagnazzo killed the King of Baron and took his place to have the Red Wings invade Mysidia to steal their Crystal of Water. But like the other residents of Baron, Cecil Harvey began to notice that the king was acting strange.
Upon being questioned why the attack on Mysidia was done, the "king" immediately discharged Cecil from his post as captain of the Red Wings, and ordered him and Kain Highwind to slay the Eidolon guarding the Mist Valley, and to deliver a Ring to the village of Mist. Once Cecil refused to follow the "King's" order after learning the truth behind the ring, Cagnazzo orders Baigan and his forces to exterminate him while Golbez and the Red Wings go after the remaining crystals.
After Cecil became a Paladin, he returned to Baron in order to find Cid Pollendina and ask about his newest airship. Since Cid refused to let Cagnazzo use the new airship, the Enterprise, the fiend threw Cid in prison, and Cecil, along with Tellah, Yang, Palom, and Porom, went to the "King" to inquire about this.
However, when Cagnazzo saw that Cecil had become a Paladin, he was upset. Cecil then called the king by his true name, Baron, and the fake king recognized that man as "the fool who refused to surrender", revealing himself in his true form before Cecil's party attacked and defeated him. However, when Cecil and his friends were escaping with Cid, Cagnazzo uses the last of his power to bewitch the antechamber, trapping his killers as the walls caved in on them. In order to save the party, Palom and Porom had to petrify themselves.
Cagnazzo, after being revived by Zemus, fought Cecil's party one more time inside the Giant of Babil, this time accompanied by Scarmiglione, Barbariccia, and Rubicante. All Archfiends were defeated again.
- Main article: Cagnazzo (The After Years)
Cagnazzo returns in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years as a boss. When he is defeated he is glad to return to his sleep. If Golbez is in the party he wishes him peace as they may share the same hell. Cagnazzo in turn will express joy in seeing Golbez again, claiming it an honor, but is unable to finish his sentiment before passing on. A Sage's Staff and Sage's Robe are given after his defeat.
Cagnazzo appears as a water-elemental summon. His special attack is Hydro Wave, which deals water-elemental damage to all enemies.
Cagnazzo allows the wielder to use the following abilities:
- Large Defense I
- Large Defense II
- Large Defense III
Cagnazzo is a summon in Dissidia Final Fantasy. He can only be summoned as a counter to an opponent's summon and fixes the opponent's Bravery when called. His original artwork from Final Fantasy IV is used in this game.
Cagnazzo can be obtained on the second stage of the Shade Impulse II storyline. The lines Cagnazzo delivers when the player obtains his manual form in Shade Impulse II is taken almost directly from his lines just after his death in Final Fantasy IV, except directed at whoever the summoner's enemies would be.
Like the other Archfiends, Cagnazzo appears to serve as a "counter" version of one of the original Final Fantasy's Four Fiends, who work on a timer. Specifically, Cagnazzo's Deluge works like Marilith's Flame Arcana; both freeze the opponent's Brave. Both Cagnazzo and Marilith are the second "Fiend" encountered in their respective game (although it is possible to postpone the encounter with Marilith in Final Fantasy, it is not the intended course of action).
There is also an armor bearing his name: "Cagnazzo's Carapace".
In Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, Cagnazzo has the same function that he has in Dissidia Final Fantasy. He can be purchased from certain Moogle Shops for 100 KP. The equipment referencing him also returns.
Cagnazzo also appears as a tutor for the Labyrinth feature at the in-game manuals.
Spewing ooze all about, Cagnazzo keeps his eyes fixed on his prey. In Baron, he murdered the king and took his place to further the hunt for the Crystals. Facing him means facing the depths of death.
- —Cagnazzo's CollectaCard
Cagnazzo appears in the rhythm game along with the other elemental archfiends.
Cagnazzo from Final Fantasy IV appears in Pictlogica Final Fantasy as an enemy.
Cagnazzo appears as a boss in Final Fantasy All the Bravest.
Cagnazzo from Final Fantasy IV appears as an enemy in Final Fantasy Record Keeper. He is the second of two bosses and the final boss of the Record of Castle Baron.
- Target Scores
- Disrupt Tsunami using Lightning
- Exploit weakness to Ice
- Slow (Counter)
- Water Surge: Ready pose
- Tsunami: Water damage to all targets
- Critical Retract: Duck into shell when HP is low
- Heal: Recover HP (in shell)
- Release: Release from shell, return to battle
The player should ready both Ice and Thunder attacks for this fight against the Archfiend of Water, as he is weak against one or the other dependent upon his pose. Assuming few charges were spent in the battle with Baigan, the player could walk from the battle unscathed by spamming Blizzard spells over and over. When water surges beneath his feet, the player should advance to a Black Mage's turn and allow him/her to cast Thunder on Cagnazzo; this nulls the Tsunami that usually follows. When his HP falls to critical, Cagnazzo takes to his shell to recoup some HP. Keep the pressure on with speedy attackers and spellcasters, and Cagnazzo will fall.
Defeating him in Elite mode with a Bonus Quest activated unlocks the Paladin Cecil.
Cagnazzo in his Final Fantasy Theatrhythm appearance appears in this Japanese Final Fantasy trading card game published by Square Enix.
Non-Final Fantasy guest appearancesEdit
Lord of VermilionEdit
Cagnazzo is a card in Lord of Vermilion II along with other characters from Final Fantasy IV, as a special cross promotion. He also appears as a card in Lord of Vermilion Arena.
With power over the world's waters, this Elemental Archfiend summons tidal waves and floods to bring ruin at his will.
Cagnazzo along with Scarmiglione, Rubicante, and Barbariccia, are all promotional cards in the game Guardian Cross, all of whom were special captures to celebrate the release of Final Fantasy IV for the Apple iPad. All of them are Rank 5 (the rarest), with Cagnazzo being a Giant-type Guardian that would have been found in the Berneside Plains.
Cagnazzo (pronunciation: Kan-yat-zo) is one of the Malebranche ("Evil Claws") who guards the 5th Malebolge in the eighth circle of Hell (Cantos XXI through XXIII) in "Inferno", part of the Divine Comedy of Dante. His name means "big dog snout".
"Kainazzo" is a phonetic spelling of the kana in the character's Japanese name, and was likely rendered that way due to the translator of the time missing the Divine Comedy reference.