A beast with a crimson jewel shining from its forehead.
Carbuncle (カーバンクル, Kābankuru?), also called Carbunkl, Crbnkl, or Carbunkle, is a recurring summon that appears in various games in the Final Fantasy series. Its name is an archaic word for a red gemstone, which commonly adorns its forehead.
Carbuncle is a Level 4 Summon obtained in Castle Exdeath after battling it as a secret boss. At the 10th floor where skull-tiles cover the room, if the party steps onto the northernmost one, they will teleport to a normally inaccessible spot where Carbuncle is. It costs 45 MP to summon, and casts Reflect on the party.
Carbuncle, translated in early versions as Carbunkl, is an esper obtained automatically in the Magitek Research Facility. It casts Reflect on the entire party. It costs 36 MP to summon. As a Magicite, it teaches Reflect (x5), Haste (x3), Protect (x2), Shell (x2) and Warp (x2).
Carbuncle is a Guardian Force obtained by drawing from the Iguions. If missed, it can still be drawn from Krysta in the final dungeon. Carbuncle casts Ruby Light, granting the party the Reflect status. Because Carbuncle is not a damage-dealing GF it cannot be boosted, and while it can learn SumMag+% abilities from items, they will have no effect.
Its ability pool reflects its supportive role in battle. It learns HP, Vitality and Magic junctions, as well as status attack and defense junctions. It learns HP and Vitality boosting support abilities and Ability x3 that lets the junctioner equip three support abilities at once. Carbuncle is the first GF to learn Counter, which has the junctioner use the Attack command on the enemy that hits them physically, and Auto-Reflect, that bestows a permanent Reflect status. Its unique ability is Recov Med-RF that lets the player refine recovery items from other items.
Its compatibility item is Dragon Skin and its compatibility is boosted by casting support and healing magic in battle, as well as Holy. Its "opposing" GF is Siren whose summoning deducts from Carbuncle's compatibility value the most.
- See the Summon sequence here.
Its short animation only bestows Reflect, but its long animation casts Protect as well. Although it normally uses Ruby Light, Eiko's add-on jewel alters Carbuncle's "attack" by switching the ruby on its forehead.
With the add-on equipped:
- Diamond: "Diamond Light" casts Vanish (short animation) or Vanish and Protect (long animation).
- Emerald: "Emerald Light" casts Haste (short animation) or Haste and Protect (long animation).
- Moonstone: "Pearl Light" casts Shell (short animation) or Shell and Protect (long animation).
Carbuncle appears as one of the five terrestrial Avatars. Associated with rainbows and a strange gem called Carbuncle's Ruby, he is the patron of player summoners. Upon completing the associated quest, which is basically a tour of the weather on Vana'diel in order to restore a carbuncle ruby, the player gains the job of Summoner along with Carbuncle.
Carbuncle has weak physical attacks, but has useful skills like Healing Ruby and Shining Ruby, a healing spell and a defensive spell respectively. Carbuncle has a lower Perpetuation Cost than any other Avatar (potentially as low as zero with certain equipment), making him a favorite for special tasks such as pulling or kiting mobs.
While Carbuncle is usually considered the weakest player-avatar, Carbuncle Prime is, in enormous contrast, an extremely powerful enemy avatar, and can be faced in a separate sidequest. A somewhat weaker version of Carbuncle Prime (in comparison) tends to appear in different areas of Limbus at random when opening treasure chests. Carbuncle is also the name of a server.
Blood Pact abilitiesEdit
|1||Searing Light||Rage||All||Massive light-element damage to enemies within area of effect. Only available during Astral Flow.|
|1||Healing Ruby||Ward||6||Restores a moderate amount of HP to target party member.|
|5||Poison Nails||Rage||11||Deals minor piercing damage and may inflict poison.|
|24||Shining Ruby||Ward||44||Boosts the defense and magic defense of all Party members within area of effect.|
|44||Glittering Ruby||Ward||62||Increases a random stat for each party member. The stat is randomly chosen per player.|
|55||Meteorite||Rage||108||Deals moderate light-element magic damage.|
|55||Carbuncle's Favor||Avatar's Favor||0||Grants a potent Regen effect to all party members near Carbuncle.|
|65||Healing Ruby II||Ward||124||Restores a large amount of HP for party members within area of effect.|
|76||Holy Mist||Rage||152||Massive light-element magic damage to a single target.|
The rays of its ruby light heal all they touch.
To heal its allies, Carbuncle can use Cure, which targets one ally, or its special attack, Ruby Balm, which heals all characters in range. Carbuncle is the only Esper that can cast a multiple unit healing spell.
Carbuncle, along with several other classic summons, is also portrayed as an Eidolon as part of the Pompa Sancta parade at Nautilus. It can also be regarded as the mascot of the park, with Carbuncle dolls sold as merchandise.
A figurine for staging imaginary battles alongside Carbuncle.
Lightning can obtain a Carbuncle Figurine as an adornment after completing "The Things She's Lost" quest in Luxerion. This quest involves finding a green Carbuncle doll for a young girl named Dolce who had lost her toy. A red Carbuncle doll can also be found while undergoing this sidequest, but if found and given to Dolce the player will fail the quest.
Carbuncles appear as the "core" summons of the Arcanist class, and is the first creature the Arcanists learn to summon before branching out into either Primal egi (Summoner) or Nymian fairies (Scholar).
Carbuncles are small fox-like creatures that can help fulfill various roles depending on which version is summoned. Emerald Carbuncle casts spells while Topaz Carbuncle can tank.
Urianger Augurelt summons an "Amber Carbuncle", who functions as simply a stronger, alternately-colored Topaz Carbuncle. In the Heavensward expansion, Alphinaud Leveilleur is also able to use Ruby, Obsidian, and Onyx Carbuncles when he participates in instanced battles.
- Emerald Carbuncle
|Ability||Type||Cast Time||Recast Time||Range||Radius|
|Deals wind damage with a potency of 90.|
|Deals wind damage with a potency of 80. and knocks target back 15 yalms.|
|Deals wind damage with a potency of 80 to target and all opponents within radius of it.|
|Extends duration of damage over time effects already cast by master by 15 seconds.|
- Topaz Carbuncle
|Ability||Type||Cast Time||Recast Time||Range||Radius|
|Damages opponent with a potency of 70 and increases enmity in that opponent.|
|Damages opponents within radius with a potency of 70 and increases enmity in those opponents.|
|Decreases damage suffered by pet by 20%.|
|Damages opponent with a potency of 60 and inflicts Stun for 2 seconds.|
Carbuncle appears as a companion in Platinum Demo – Final Fantasy XV, leading young Noctis through his dreamscape. Upon completion of the demo, the player can name the Carbuncle. In the full game's Easy Mode Carbuncle appears when the player enters critical condition to heal Noctis, and can appear in both dungeons and the open world. He can also randomly appear in the background of photos taken by Prompto.
Carbuncle can be summoned to cast Reflect on all allies for 30 MP with a speed of 25. It costs 350 Job Points to learn. In the original English translation, the job list spelled it as "Carbunkle", but was corrected in the War of the Lions port.
This is the only instance in which Carbuncle is characterized as reptilian rather than mammalian.
Similar to its Final Fantasy Tactics appearance, Carbuncle can be summoned to cast Reflect on any allied units within range. It can be learned by Summoners through the Garnet Staff and requires 300 AP to master. It costs 12 MP to cast.
Carbuncle appears once again as a summon which can be learned by Summoners from the Pomegranate Staff. 200 AP is required to master this skill. It grants Reflect to all units in a large area for 16 MP.
Carbuncle appears as a light-elemental summon. It is one of the basic low-ranked summons in the game and is equipped to Aemo once she joins the party at the beginning of Chapter 1. When summoned into battle, Carbuncle will use Ruby Light as its special attack, which reflects a single magic attack for all party members. Summoning Carbuncle costs 2 points from the Consumption Gauge. The summon's initial design is based on its incarnation in Final Fantasy XI, but it's final form is based off Amber Carbuncle from Final Fantasy XIV.
|Depending on Carbuncle's type and rank, it can teach the following abilities:
|Rank||Maximum Level||Phantom Stone Cost||Max HP||Max MP||Max Attack||Max Magic||Max Speed||Components Needed|
Carbuncle appears in both his Final Fantasy VIII and Final Fantasy XI forms. He casts Ruby Light to equal the opponent's Bravery with the summoner's. Carbuncle can be summoned by two distinct ways: Automatically, which summons it immediately when the summoner succeeds in an HP attack, and shows the artwork of its Final Fantasy XI appearance, and manually, where the artwork of its Final Fantasy VIII appearance appears. Carbuncle's auto version can be obtained in the Destiny Odyssey IV's third stage, and its manual version in its second stage.
- Carbuncle: "I seek one who hears the voices within, to inform you of a ruby..."
- Laguna: "A song? Who's singing..."
- Carbuncle: "My name is Carbuncle, a stone harboring the rainbow light."
- Laguna: "Ha, ha... sorta cute. So, you gonna help me out?"
- Carbuncle: "These lights shall descend when you are in peril!"
- —Carbuncle and Laguna conversing
Carbuncle returns as a summonstone, with the same function as in Dissidia. His auto version is now found near the end of Chapter Three: Clues of Scenario 012. The manual version can be purchased from certain Moogle Shops for 50 KP.
Carbuncle is a Light-elemental esper. From time to time, players may encounter Carbuncle in battle. Defeating Carbuncle will grant players the Carbuncle I summon stone, which allows Carbuncle to be summoned into battle. When summoned, Carbuncle uses the skill, Meteorite.
It is later revealed that the Masked Woman was merely an illusion in the likeness of Hauyn produced and maintained by the Carbuncle following her around.
Carbuncle appears as a scenery element in the Fantasia track.
|Deal 2 damage and causes Silence.|
|Deals 4 damage and casts Haste.|
|Crystal Ability (**)
Deal damage equal to the strength of opponent's card.
|Crystal Ability (******)
Deals damage equal to twice the strength of opponent's card.
Restore 10 HP.
|Deal 2 damage.
Destroy all crystals of the most abundant color in opponent's CP gauge.
Carbuncle appears in its Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy IX and Final Fantasy XI appearances. The cards are Earth-elemental apart from his Final Fantasy XI appearance, where he is Shine-elemental.
Carbuncle from the series appears on Triple Triad cards in the version available via Final Fantasy Portal App.
Non-Final Fantasy appearancesEdit
Carbuncle is a chance card, with the ability: Pearl value up 20% on random street.
Carbuncle appears on an ultimate card.
Carbuncle appeared as part of the Crystal Defenders collaboration.
Carbuncle was a mythical creature reportedly sighted in the Americas by Spanish conquistadors. It is described as a small creature, either a bird or a mammal, that has a gem in its forehead crystallized from the brain of a dead dragon. According to myth, it is good luck to catch a carbuncle. A carbuncle is also an archaic name given to any red cabochon cut gemstone. The name applied particularly to red garnet.