- "The queen of the Eidolons told me this: The wheels of a fate greater than us all are turning now. She told me we must stand against it... and we must stand together."
Eidolons, known previous to the Nintendo DS remake as Summoned Monsters or Phantom Beasts (幻獣, Genjū?), are the summons of Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy IV -Interlude-, and Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. Eidolons are clearly differentiated from other monsters; they are intelligent, can speak the human language, and refer to the monsters Cecil and his companions fight as their cousins. They build shops, manufacture and sell items to the rare traveler that finds their world, write books, and so forth.
Because of their isolation, Eidolons are naturally wary of humans who are not Summoners. The bond between an Eidolon and their Summoner is unique. The Summoner must first defeat an Eidolon in battle, then they can use them as a summon. If the Summoner's Eidolon is killed, the Summoner dies as well.
The Eidolons live in the Feymarch, a plane usually inaccessible to humans, although a portal to this world exists in the Underworld and Leviathan is able to travel to and from the surface world by undisclosed means. In Feymarch time flows faster than normal, and a few weeks or months in the human world can be years in the Feymarch. According to the books in the library in this world, Leviathan and his queen, Asura, are the rulers of the world, but Bahamut is their God and the ruler of all monsters. Bahamut lives on the Red Moon.
Young Eidolons are called Whytkins, and take the form of Rydia's Eidolon Whyt. In this form, they can grow to take on the forms seen in the other Eidolons. Whyt and his parents stay Whytkins so that new Eidolon children can be born. Though Whytkin have no abilities of their own, they have hidden potential that allows their power to be greatly increased. Not all Eidolons grow up from Whytkin, however - at least one, Odin, is born from a deceased Dark Knight instead through undisclosed means.
Eidolons in Final Fantasy IV seem to take on humanoid forms. Leviathan introduces himself as merely "some old man" until the party defeats Asura. In the Lair of the Father, Bahamut appears as a robed man wearing a head ornament. His two guards also take the form of children.
List of EidolonsEdit
With the exception of Whyt from the Final Fantasy IV DS version, all of the Eidolons and their attacks from Final Fantasy IV are the same in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years.
- Asura - "Asura's Boon"
- Bahamut - "Megaflare"
- Bomb - "Self-Destruct", "Responsible Bomb Use" (DS)
- Chocobo - "Chocobo Kick"
- Cockatrice - "Petrifying Beak" (Note: This summon was dummied out of the US Super NES release and called Dummy).
- Goblin (Imp) - "Goblin Punch"
- Ifrit (Jinn) - "Hellfire"
- Leviathan (Leviatan) - "Tidal Wave"
- Mindflayer (Mage) - "Mind Blast"
- Dragon (Mist) - "Radiant Breath"
- Odin - "Zantetsuken"
- Ramuh (Indra) - "Judgment Bolt"
- Shiva - "Diamond Dust"
- Sylph - "Whispering Wind"
- Titan - "Gaia's Wrath"
- Whyt (DS only)
Some Eidolons have cards in the Japanese Final Fantasy trading card game.
In the English localization of the DS version, "Eidolon" is pronounced [aɪˈdoʊɫ.ən] (aye-doh-lon). The summons in Final Fantasy IV did not have a specific name until the DS version of Final Fantasy IV was released. The game's translator, Tom Slattery, was the one to choose the term "Eidolon":
- "Every other Final Fantasy had given them a name–Espers, Eidolons, Guardian Forces–but Final Fantasy IV simply called them 'summons,' or 'summoned monsters'. 'Esper' had just been revived for XII and 'Eidolon' hadn't seen any love outside of IX, so I brought it back for IV and then for XIII as well."
- —Tom Slattery
- List of Summons
- Espers and Magicite (VI, XII)
- Summon Materia (VII)
- Guardian Forces (VIII)
- Aeons (X)
- Avatars (XI)
|Final Fantasy IV -Interlude-|
|Cecil Harvey - Rosa Joanna Farrell - Rydia - Yang Fang Leiden - Cid Pollendina - Palom - Porom - Rydia? - Edge Geraldine|
|Temporary playable characters|
|Monk A, Monk B|
|Asura - Biggs and Wedge - Creator - Dancing Girl - Edward Chris von Muir - Elder of Mysidia - Kain Highwind - Gekkou - Giott - Leviathan - Luca - Sheila - Ursula - Zangetsu|
|Baron - Damcyan - Mount Hobs - Fabul - Eblan - Cave of Eblan|
|Feymarch - Sealed Cave - Tower of Babil - Developer's Office|
|Dwarves - Hummingway - Summoner|
|Crystal - Data Install - Eidolon - Enterprise - Falcon - Red Wings|
|Abilities - Armor - Bestiary - Enemies - Enemy Abilities - Items - Spells - Statuses - Translations - Walkthroughs - Weapons|