Gilgamesh's partner Enkidu often comes to his master's aid, healing him or offering other support, even across dimensions. His appearance may change, but whether he be man or dog, his loyalty never wavers.
Enkidu (エンキドゥ, Enkidu?), sometimes known as Enkido, is the recurring partner of Gilgamesh, appearing in various Final Fantasy titles. He has taken many different forms from a canine to a winged demon, but retains the same green color palette.
Enkidu appears only in the GBA port and succeeding versions, as one of four possible attacks when Gilgamesh is summoned. It deals the most damage out of the four attacks, having a Spell Power of 200 and ignores target's defense. After all three swords have dropped onto the battlefield, and if Gilgamesh uses this attack, all three swords will glow in their associated colors before Enkidu attacks the enemy party. Enkidu has the same sprite that he had in Final Fantasy V.
Although Enkidu is never seen, there is a message left for Gilgamesh regarding Excalibur II and Excalipur in Memoria by someone named Enkido, presumably a misspelling or mistranslation of Enkidu's name. The message is as follows:
To Brother Gil - Bro, I found the sword, like you told me. But there were two. One of 'em had a lame name, Something II. It was a dingy, old thing with flashy decorations, something you'd probably like. So I went with Excalipur. I'll be back after I find the Tin Armor.
Although he doesn't appear in person, one of the swords Gilgamesh wields, the Bashosen, is modeled after Enkidu's design in Final Fantasy V. Final Fantasy XIII-2 Ultimania Omega reveals that Gilgamesh had it custom-made while he was a weapons craftsman in Cocoon, referencing his Retail Network shop in Final Fantasy XIII.
A chicken named Enkidu is introduced with Gilgamesh in the second part of the Inspector Hildibrand series of sidequests, added in patch 2.2. Gilgamesh reveals that this isn't the true Enkidu, but simply a rooster he painted green to remind him of of his former companion out of loneliness. Later, when the party fights Gilgamesh for the first time, several green chickens roam the battlefield and will chase any players that Gilgamesh transforms into toads, causing minor damage. Enkidu and Gilgamesh flee the battlefield upon defeat by jumping off the bridge at Griffin Crossing in Ishgard.
The real Enkidu appears as a boss in the Hildibrand sidequests for patch 2.5, resembling his original design used in Final Fantasy V. He is inadvertently summoned to Eorzea in the same manner as a Primal, when Gilgamesh prays to be reunited with him while in the vicinity of a large number of Fire Crystals. He fights alongside Gilgamesh in the instanced trial "Battle in the Big Keep", but is ultimately defeated by the Adventurer. Once the pair is defeated, it is possible for the player to receive the rooster version of Enkidu as a minion.
Enkidu is a boss in Final Fantasy XV: Episode Gladiolus DLC. It is a monster fought on a bridge. If the player successfully parries and counterattacks, they can ride on top of it.
Enkidu is Gilgamesh Ashur's companion. The two having known each other since their youth. Enkidu serves as a guide and a royal adviser for Gilgamesh, who is the king of the Lorican Alliance. Enkidu is 240 cm tall.
According to Rubicus, Enkidu was almost banished from his homeland as the result of his daughter having become pregnant with Ryid Uruk, but Gilgamesh detained him and made him his advisor. Enkidu died in 832 at the age of 58, protecting Gilgamesh during a coup d'état.
The recurring Gilgamesh character may hail from the world of Orience, as Final Fantasy Type-0 is the only installment that acknowledges his childhood. After being banished to the rift, Gilgamesh may have began acquiring "faithful sidekicks" that he'd name Enkidu to keep the memory of his childhood friend alive in a form he could always fight beside.
In Final Fantasy Awakening where he is playable alongside Gilgamesh, Enkidu fights barehanded similar to Eight, as his main weapon is also knuckles. Unlike Eight, Enkidu focuses more on punches and uppercuts which is similar to a boxing fighting style and brute force where he quickly tackles his opponent as part of his special skill. The player may struggle to defeat him due to his higher defense, endurance and durability. Like Jack, his strongest skill unleashes projectiles in his chest while in mid-air to damage all enemies but also drains his enemies' HP and appears stronger terms in draining the opponents' health. Also, he is immune to freezing when either a mage or Caetuna when hit him with freeze magic. Enkidu can be used in later chapters, and is an enemy during Enemy Invasion and the Samsara Realm.
In the game, Enkidu's name is changed to Atra.
In the Japanese version, Enkidu is voiced by Hiroshi Shirokuma. In the English version, he is voiced by Liam O'Brien. In both versions, he shares his voice actor with Caius from Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.
Enkidu from Final Fantasy Type-0 appears on a card. His card is is earth-elemental because the Enkidu-Gilgamesh duo is associated with the Black Tortoise Crystal in Final Fantasy Type-0, a Crystal reminiscent of the traditional Earth Crystal.
Enkidu appears on Triple Triad cards in the version playable via Final Fantasy Portal App.
Enkidu appears as a human character in "The Wolf that Fell in Love", a guard with a golden armor who lives in Barnad. It is unknown if he helps Gilgamesh due to the missing translations. He seems like a friend of Volg though.
He is fought exactly two times in the story: the first being in earlier pages and the last, almost near the end.
When Gilgamesh forces Princess Irma to marry him and Volg and Chocobo interfere in the ceremony, as the room is set on fire, Enkidu appears but is crushed by a boulder that had fallen from the ceiling. When Gilgamesh is fought, Volg proclaims that he wouldn't let Enkidu's death in vain (or so is believed).
Enkidu is a wild man created as an answer to Gilgamesh's cruelty and ends up protecting animals in the wilderness by destroying hunters' traps. Shamhat, the priestess of Ishtar (goddess of love and war), persuades him to join civilization during a one-week orgy. Enkidu and Gilgamesh befriend each other after an incredible fight in the city and they go on heroic adventures together, including the slaying of Humbaba, the guardian of the Cedar Forest.In the Epic of Gilgamesh,
The gods later strike him with a fatal disease for killing Humbaba and the Bull of Heaven. He first curses Shamhat for bringing him to civilization but then blesses her when he is reminded that she caused him to meet Gilgamesh. Enkidu's death fills Gilgamesh with violent grief and an incredible fear of death. Gilgamesh spends the rest of the poem searching for immortality, but his repeated failures force him to accept that death is part of living.