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Eiko Carol
Eiko Carol character
Portrait(s) Eiko menu
Japanese Name Eiko Carol
Kana エーコ・キャルオル
Romaji Ēko Kyaruoru
Race Summoner
Age 6[1]
Birthdate March, 1793
Home Madain Sari
Job Class(es) White Mage
Summoner
Skill Wht Mag, Summon
Trance Double White
Weapon(s) Flutes
Rackets
Ultimate Weapon Angel Flute
Final Fantasy IX Character
Solitude - I don't wanna be alone anymore...
—Eiko's quote.

Eiko Carol, known as Little Girl for the short period before a name is selected, is a playable character in Final Fantasy IX. She hails from Madain Sari on the Outer Continent. She has a horn in her forehead and can summon eidolons.

ProfileEdit

AppearanceEdit

Eiko has green eyes, a small summoner's horn on her forehead, and blue hair cropped above her shoulders with a ribbon tied into a large bow on top. She wears a red turtleneck and pink bodysuit, loose yellow pants that gather at the ankles, a yellow chest plate connected to a belt around her waist as part of the ornament wings she wears on her back, purple socks and white ankle boots. In Trance, Eiko's horn lengthens and turns sky-blue. Her hair and sleeves turn light green; her bow, chest plate, pants, and boots become white; and her turtleneck and bodysuit change to soft purple. Eiko's ornament wings grow in size.

PersonalityEdit

I'm not gonna cry! I'm a grown-up now, and crying won't help one bit!
—Eiko

Eiko is spunky and snobbish, yet desperately lonely, having lived alone in Madain Sari with only moogles as her friends for most of her life. She develops a crush on Zidane Tribal and goes as far as to write a love letter to him, but she snaps out of it after a while, seeing that Zidane is in love with Princess Garnet. Eiko's infatuation has more to do with not wanting to be alone, than grown-up feelings.

StoryEdit

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Eiko, You are a treasure born to a dying village. We are dying, and there is little we can do for you. We shall return to the stars with one wish in mind. If legends are not born of eidolons, and eidolons but born out of legends, let us leave this place with one wish: If we can give birth to a legend, it shall create an eidolon that is friend and protector of humans.
—Eidolon Wall in Madain Sari
Eiko, my lovely child. Until you turn 16 and have your own eidolon to your control, stay in this village. Then build strong friendships with others. I wish for your happiness from far away.
—Eidolon Wall in Madain Sari

The village of Madain Sari was once a thriving town populated by summoners. The Invincible destroyed the town for Garland to remove the possible threat of Gaia's eidolons, and most of the community perished. Eiko's parents and several brothers and sisters were some of the last survivors, and after her parents and siblings perished as well, Eiko was raised by her grandfather. When he died Eiko was left to live in Madain Sari with the company of moogles. One of them, Mog, always travels with her, and the two traded friendship ribbons. She and Mog frequently steal food from the dwarves' town of Conde Petie.

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Concept art of Eiko being caught by Zidane.

During a raid Eiko is caught and meets Zidane along with Vivi, Garnet, and Quina. Delighted at the prospect of having company, Eiko offers to take Zidane and his friends to Madain Sari where she cooks them a meal to impress Zidane. She senses Zidane is in love with Garnet, and tries her best to steal his heart in hopes he would stay with her. She accompanies Zidane and his friends to the Iifa Tree, which was sealed with the eidolon Carbuncle. She breaks the seal and Eiko, Zidane, and the others go to the bottom of the Iifa Tree and fight the Soulcage, whose defeat clears up the Mist Continent of Mist.

Eiko takes Zidane back to Madain Sari when a moogle tells her the village's precious stone has been stolen. The thief turns out to be Lani, the bounty hunter working for Queen Brahne of Alexandria to steal back Garnet's pendant, really a shard of a powerful summoning gem. Lani exalts at having found a similar stone from Madain Sari and holds Eiko prisoner, but is betrayed by her accomplice Amarant Coral and forced to flee.

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Lani kidnaps Eiko.

After Zidane and Amarant duel, Eiko tells Zidane, Garnet, and Vivi about the precious stone and how her grandfather told her to keep it safe and to never leave Madain Sari until she is sixteen. Eiko decides to accompany Zidane anyway, taking the stone with her and wearing it as an earring. The party returns to the Iifa Tree where they meet Kuja who battles Brahne's fleet. Eiko helps Garnet find another eidolon, Leviathan, the eidolon that had been sealed at the tree, so Garnet could summon it to help her mother. Garnet cannot save her and, in the wake of the queen's death, is crowned the queen herself. Thus the fragments of a summoning gem Brahne had collected earlier pass on to Garnet's possession.

A week later the party is back in Alexandria for Garnet's coronation. Having never been to a city before Eiko tours Alexandria Castle on her own and meets Doctor Tot. She asks him to help her write a love letter for Zidane, but on the way out she trips over a banister and gets her wing ornament stuck onto a chandelier. She meets Baku, and, unable to free herself, asks him to deliver the letter.

Baku loses the letter and it falls into numerous hands, including those of Beatrix, Marcus, Blank, and Steiner, but never reaches its intended recipient. Steiner rescues Eiko and frees her from the chandelier, and escorts her out of the castle. The party visits Garnet, now the queen of Alexandria. As a sign of their bond as the world's final summoners, Garnet and Eiko share the fragments of the old summoning gem with Garnet keeping two, and Eiko keeping two. After the audience Eiko is heartbroken when Zidane does not show up at the docks, even though the real reason is that Zidane never saw the letter.

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Eiko and Garnet call forth Alexander.

The next day, Zidane travels to Treno to participate in a Tetra Master tournament. Eiko joins as well and spends some time telling Doctor Tot about Madain Sari. Mog tells her Alexandria is in danger and she summons Zidane to return there. They take Cid Fabool IX's Hilda Garde II, which is poorly designed due to Cid's mind not being the same as an oglop. While on the ship Eiko feels a sensation from atop Alexandria Castle, and flies to the roof to meet Garnet. They hold out the four jewels and summon Alexander who defeats Bahamut and forms a protective ring around Alexandria.

Kuja summons the Invincible to enslave Alexander, but Garland takes over the Invincible and uses it to destroy Alexander and Alexandria Castle. Zidane rescues Garnet and Eiko, though the latter is annoyed Zidane goes to Garnet first and that she is embracing him through her rescue. In Lindblum, Eiko discovers Garnet lost her voice due to Alexandria's obliteration. She stays with Steiner to take care of Garnet while Zidane and the others look for a way to transform Cid back into a human. They fail, turning Cid into a frog, and Eiko, Garnet, Steiner, Cid, and Quina join Zidane, Vivi, Freya, and Amarant in search of Kuja.

They find him in his Desert Palace on the Outer Continent, and he traps everyone except Cid in prisons and threatened to kill them if Zidane does not bring him the Gulug Stone from Oeilvert. Zidane agrees but Kuja would not keep his promise. Cid saves the others, and Eiko leads the escape to Kuja's room for revenge (unless Zidane chose to take Eiko to Oeilvert, in which case another party member becomes the leader). They meet up with Zidane outside, and Zidane discovers Kuja has tricked him. The party enters his room, but Eiko is trapped outside and Zorn and Thorn abduct her.

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Zorn and Thorn extracting Eiko's eidolons.

Zidane and his friends follow the Hilda Garde I to Esto Gaza on the Lost Continent where they enter Mount Gulug and at its base discover Zorn and Thorn attempting to extract eidolons from Eiko even though she is too young to survive the ritual. Mog interferes and transforms into the eidolon Madeen, saving Eiko.

The jesters attack and Eiko fights them, using Madeen to annihilate the twins. The rest of the party arrives to confront Kuja, but he leaves and the jester twins' corpses transform into Meltigemini. After defeating Meltigemini, Eiko receives Mog's ribbon as a farewell gift. When the party splits up to simultaneously attack the four elemental shrines protecting the entrance to Terra, Eiko insists on teaming up with Garnet and uses the opportunity to ask her if she is in love with Zidane, with awkward results.

In Terra, Eiko explores until Zidane goes missing and the party teams up to find him. Eiko and Vivi are at Zidane's side when he awakes in Pandemonium, but in a depressive rage he calls them "stupid brats" and locks them in the room. Zidane comes to his senses and the reunited party witnesses Kuja enter Trance and kill Garland and decimate Terra, while the party returns to Gaia and find it covered in Mist. The party travels to the beginning of all time in Crystal World to stop Kuja's evil schemes, and after returning they find the Iifa Tree writhing. Zidane chooses to stay in the collapsing Iifa Tree and save Kuja, while Eiko, showing concern for his safety, confesses her love for him before departing with the others.

Eiko is adopted by Cid and Hilda, becoming Lindblum's new princess. She is overjoyed at being a part of a family, going out of the way to calling her adoptive parents "Mother" and "Father". When Tantalus Theater Troupe returns to Alexandria to perform I Want To Be Your Canary for Queen Garnet Eiko is among the crowd to witness Zidane's return and reunion with Garnet.

GameplayEdit

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Eiko is a White Mage, with a sub job as a Summoner. Her summons' attacks change depending on what add-on she has equipped. She is more of a supportive member of the party, although she learns the ultimate offensive White Magic spell late in the game.

Eiko has the lowest physical stats, but her initial stats will be the same as Marcus's when he leaves the party, meaning that if the player bothers to level up Marcus early on in the game, Eiko can potentially get the highest HP and MP of any character. This is known as the Marcus/Eiko Stat Bug.

EquipmentEdit

See also: List of Final Fantasy IX Weapons#Flutes and List of Final Fantasy IX Weapons#Rackets

Eiko's equipment draw consists of female-exclusive equipment, mage robes, flutes, and rackets. When Eiko is equipped with a flute, her spellcasting sound effect is slightly different than the other characters'. As she appears to play the flute as her spellcasting animation, it appears she uses music to control her magic.

AbilitiesEdit

Support AbilitiesEdit

Eiko learns abilities that enhance her skills as a White Mage and Summoner; Boost powers up her eidolons, and Concentrate her magic, and Half MP halves the MP cost of her spells and eidolons. Eiko is the only character to learn both MP+10% and MP+20%. Eiko is the first of the party to learn Auto-Regen. Her unique ability is Guardian Mog.

Name Learned From AP
Auto-Reflect Reflect Ring 70
Auto-Float Feather Boots 25
Auto-Haste Running Shoes 65
Auto-Life Rebirth Ring 100
Auto-Regen Golem's Flute, Golden Hairpin, Light Robe, Angel Earrings, Maiden Prayer 35
Auto-Potion Magician Robe, White Robe, Demon Armor, Mythril Vest, Extension, Gold Choker, Running Shoes 30
Antibody Mantra Band, Glass Armlet, Survival Vest, Glass Buckle 20
Body Temp Holy Mitre, Jade Armlet, Fairy Earrings, Madain's Ring, Diamond 20
Clear Headed Circlet, Green Beret, Lamia's Tiara, Magic Armlet, Dark Gear, Magician Shoes 15
Guardian Mog Madain's Ring, Ribbon 30
Insomniac Bandana, Holy Mitre, Gaia Gear, Magician Cloak, Coral Ring 25
Jelly Circlet, Dark Hat, Dragon Wrist, Bronze Vest, Dark Gear 35
Locomotion Black Hood, Golden Skullcap, Demon's Vest, Survival Vest, Anklet 15
Loudmouth Golden Hairpin, Mage's Hat, Silk Robe, White Robe, Pearl Rouge 15
Ability Up Green Beret, Silk Robe, Cachusha, Ribbon, Lapis Lazuli 55
Level Up Egoist's Armlet, Extension, Fairy Earrings, Pearl Rouge, Rosetta Ring 65
Boost Pumice Piece 150
Concentrate Robe of Lords, Rosetta Ring 90
Healer Anklet, Garnet 20
Half MP Light Robe, Protect Ring 120
MP+10% Magician Robe, Magician Cloak, Extension, Magician Shoes, Emerald 15
MP+20% Angel Earrings 50
High Tide Dark Hat, Jade Armlet, Gaia Gear, Minerva's Plate, Sapphire 30
Reflect-Null Robe of Lords, Pearl Rouge 55

White MagicEdit

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Eiko casts Reflect, a White Magic spell.

Main article: Wht Mag (Final Fantasy IX)

Being the designated White Mage, Eiko's stock of White Magic is larger than Dagger's. She can use unique spells like Jewel, which extracts an Ore from an enemy, and Might, which increases a unit's attack power. She is the only main character who can use the powerful Holy spell (a temporary playable character, Beatrix can also use the spell). She lacks the Scan and Berserk spells found in Dagger's arsenal.

Eiko's Trance ability is Double White that allows Eiko to cast two spells in succession.

EidolonsEdit

Main article: Eidolon (Final Fantasy IX)#Eiko's Summons

Eiko can summon four eidolons: Fenrir, Phoenix, Carbuncle, and Madeen. Equipping various add-ons allows her eidolons' abilities to change.

If Zidane and Dagger are in the party when Eiko summons an eidolon for the first time, they will exchange a dialogue mid-battle. Zidane will say "Dagger, was that an eidolon?", and Dagger will reply "I think so. Eiko can use magic too?" This resets everyone's turn regardless whether an action has been chosen or not.

Musical ThemesEdit

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"Eiko's Theme" from Final Fantasy IX
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"Eiko's Theme" is a variation of "Melodies of Life" based entirely on chord progressions (with no discernible melody) and set in the 6/8 time signature. A remix of the theme includes the song "Girl of Madain Sari", which plays while she wanders around Alexandria Castle at the beginning of disc 3, thinking of writing a love letter to Zidane.

Other AppearancesEdit

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain CallEdit

Theatrhythm CC Eiko

Eiko appears as an unlockable character, and is unlocked by collecting Silver Crystal Shards.

She is a Defense and Support oriented character.

StatsEdit

Level CP HP Strength Magic Agility Luck Stamina Spirit
1 8 170 6 18 10 15 8 17
50 47 2932 46 141 78 117 63 138
99 50 4510 69 213 117 176 94 209

AbilitiesEdit

Reactive Abilities
Ability CP Level Learned
Cure (Lv1) 5 Initial
Recall 15 Level 20
Cura 10 Level 25
Boost (Lv2) 14 Level 50
Curaga 20 Level 60
Holy 25 Level 80
Boost (Lv3) 20 Level 90
Proactive Abilities
Ability CP Level Learned
Shell (Lv1) 8 Initial
Elegy (Lv1) 10 Level 5
Spirit Up (Lv1) 4 Level 10
Paeon (Lv1) 10 Level 15
Shell (Lv2) 13 Level 30
Elegy (Lv2) 15 Level 35
Spirit Up (Lv2) 8 Level 40
Paeon (Lv2) 22 Level 45
Bluff 15 Level 55
Shell (Lv3) 23 Level 65
Elegy (Lv3) 30 Level 70
Spirit Up (Lv3) 14 Level 75
Paeon (Lv3) 30 Level 85
Faith 20 Level 95


Pictlogica Final FantasyEdit

Eiko appears in Pictlogica Final Fantasy as a playable character.


Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit

Eiko is an ally and a summonable Legend in Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade. She is depicted in her Final Fantasy IX outfit. Her EX ability is Carbuncle (Meteorite).


Final Fantasy ArtniksEdit

Eiko appears in Final Fantasy Artniks.

Final Fantasy All the BravestEdit

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Not every girl is descended from legendary summoners and has a moogle for a friend.
—Description

Eiko is an exclusive character only available from the Premium Character Shop as a random downloadable content, she summons Madeen during battle.

Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

Eiko appears in the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game and is represented in three Earth-elemental cards. She is depicted in a Final Fantasy IX FMV screenshot as well as her render and Yoshitaka Amano artwork.

Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit

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Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street PortableEdit

In Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Portable, she appears alongside Zidane. She may be summoned with chance cards "91" or "94" (The latter summons her and other two characters), she gives away suits if the player lands or passes by the space where she is. Healie (A Heal Slime from Dragon Quest) replaces her in later Itadaki Street Games.

Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street SpecialEdit

In Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Special, Eiko is one of the two Final Fantasy IX characters along with Vivi.

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Lord of Vermillion Re:2Edit

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Eiko in Lord of Vermillion Re:2.

Eiko appears as a character in the sequel to Lord of Vermillion. She has the ability "W-White Magic", a reference to her Double White Trance.


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Gunslinger Stratos 2Edit

GS2 Eiko

Eiko's costume was released on November 6, 2014.

GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

[view  · edit  · purge]"Eiko" is a common Japanese female name meaning "prosperous child". Hironobu Sakaguchi's wife's name is Eiko.

[view  · edit  · purge]"Carol" designates a type of song or dance, and originates from the Ancient Greek word choraules ("one who accompanies a chorus on the flute").

TriviaEdit

  • If Zidane is not in the party, Eiko assumes the role of party leader. Most notably if she is not chosen to go to Oeilvert, she will lead the party in the Desert Palace. If Zidane is not in the party chosen to fight Necron, Eiko will give the speech before the battle.
  • Eiko's jewel is called the Memory Earring.
  • Eiko and Garnet are the only characters in the game with audible voices, as they are heard singing in cutscenes.

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