The following is a list of all the Featured Images on the Final Fantasy Wiki. A featured image is displayed on the front page of the Wiki from Sunday to Sunday. Images are chosen if they are artistically valuable or depict an interesting aspect of the series. To suggest a Featured Image, click here.
December 14th - December 21st
Screenshot of Cloud snowboarding from Final Fantasy VII. The player must snowboard at Icicle Inn to reach the Great Glacier, but on Disc 2 when the Gold Saucer reopens, the snowboarding minigame can be replayed at the Wonder Square. In addition to prizes for the player's performance on three courses, they can unlock a Time Attack mode, where Cloud will race against his best time, represented by a ghostly Moogle or Cactuar, depending on the time to be beaten.
The minigame was made into a spin-off for mobile phones, Final Fantasy VII: Snowboarding, in 2005.
December 7th - December 14th
Concept art of a Flan from Final Fantasy II by Yoshitaka Amano. The Flan, along with its other dessert cousins, is a recurring enemy in the Final Fantasy games. True to its name, it is often gelatinous and, well, flan-shaped. This particular artwork is found in the Collections feature of the Final Fantasy Origins remake of Final Fantasy II. It features extremely striking eyes and a rather malevolent expression.
November 30th - December 7th
Artwork of Tantarian from Final Fantasy IX. An optional boss, Tantarian is encountered by examining a bookshelf in the library of Alexandria Castle. It can be fought on two occasions, one on disc 2 and again on disc 3, but the former is more difficult due to the party's level. Tantarian hides in the pages of its book, and when the player attacks the book it opens to a page based on the damage inflicted, possibly causing Tantarian to reveal itself for a time. Otherwise Tantarian attacks with Paper Storm, doing high damage to the party.
Tantarian is an homage to a series of book-themed enemies found in the Library of the Ancients in Final Fantasy V. The image on the front cover is Page 256, the back cover depicts Page 128, the spine has a skull based on the head of Page 32, and Tantarian itself resembles Page 64. Tantarian's name is a mistranslation of its Japanese name "Dantalian". Dantalian is a duke of Hell in demonology, said to be a teacher of science and the arts, and is often described carrying a book.
November 16th - November 30th
Artwork of the Red Wings Crest for the DS release of Final Fantasy IV. The Red Wings are the elite airship squadron of Baron, and as such the reason they are the most powerful nation in the world. At the start of the game, they are commanded by Lord Captain Cecil Harvey, but Cecil is dismissed from his post when he questions the King of Baron's decisions to go to war with peaceful nations. At that time command of the Red Wings is given to Golbez, who steals the fleet after Cecil frees Baron from his control and places Kain Highwind in command of them, the ships now crewed by Golbez's monsters. In Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, Cecil's son Ceodore Harvey is a member of the Red Wings under the command of Biggs.
The Red Wings are referenced in numerous other games. Final Fantasy XII's Clan Primer entry for the Aeronite makes mention of the "Redwing Armada," stating the fleet is symbolized by a red wyvern wing due to the heraldic power symbolized by red in the land they hail from.
November 9th - November 16th
Screenshot of Apocalypse from Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-. Apocalypse is the ultimate Digital Mind Wave attack, obtained in Chapter 5 when Zack defeats Genesis in Modeoheim. The attack creates a crest of energy beneath enemies that shocks them with magical lightning. In the final battle of the game, Genesis is able to use Apocalypse against Zack, but his crest appears in the air above Zack instead.
Written within the crest of Apocalypse is the fifth verse to LOVELESS. The verse is said to have been lost, and Genesis composed his own fifth verse derived from his studies of the poem. The text reads "Even if the morrow is barren of promises / Nothing shall forestall my return / To become the dew that quenches the land / To spare the sands, the seas, the skies". The last line of the verse, "I offer thee this silent sacrifice" is missing: this line would appear in the center of the crest where the monsters are positioned.
November 2nd - November 9th
WARNING: GIANT SHEEP ARE ROAMING LA NOSCEA. ALL ADVENTURERS ARE TO BEWARE AND APPROACH AT THEIR OWN RISK.
A Lost Lamb enemy from the Legacy version of Final Fantasy XIV. Note that this specimen is not actually abnormally large, but appears so due to some tricky camera angles and the absurd detail FFXIV 1.0 was rendered in. Fortunately, this adorable enemy survived Calamity and exists in FFXIV 2.0. When slain, it has a chance of dropping Mutton Loins and Ram Horns.
October 26th - November 2nd
Artwork of various Jobs from Final Fantasy XIV. Clockwise from the top - Warrior, White Mage, Monk, Scholar, Black Mage, Paladin, Dragoon, Summoner, and Bard. Contrary to a typical Job System, Final Fantasy XIV uses the Disciplines system, where a character's Discipline changes depending on their equipment. Leveling up the Discipline allows the player to take the associated Job permanently, increasing their skillset in that area at a cost of versatility. Characters based on promotional artwork for the Discipline system appear in the "End of an Era" cinematic that marked the end of the original Final Fantasy XIV when the servers went off-line in preparation for A Realm Reborn.
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October 19th - October 26th
Sprite of Goddess from the iOS release of Final Fantasy VI. The center member of the Warring Triad, Goddess embodies Lightning and uses attacks such as Thundaga and Flash Rain. Uniquely among the Triad, the party faces her in a side-attack, and she has the lowest HP of the three. However, the Goddess is not to be underestimated, and is in fact the strongest member of the Triad. When the Goddess is damaged eight times in any way, she uses her trademark attack Cloudy Heaven. Cloudy Heaven inflicts Doom on the party, but also adds a permanent effect that lasts for the rest of the battle where any party member that would be KO'd, by the Doom timer or in any other way, becomes a Zombie instead of being KO'd. Upon her defeat, the Goddess drops the weapon Excalibur.
The Goddess served as the inspiration for Yunalesca's design in Final Fantasy X. Yunalesca's second and third forms depict her perched atop a giant Medusa-like head of tentacles similar to the Goddess, and she similarly uses Hell Biter to inflict Zombie on the party. In her official artwork Yunalesca also strikes the same pose as the Goddess.
October 12th - October 19th
Screenshot of Lightning and Hope in Final Fantasy XIII. After Lightning agrees to help train Hope so he can protect himself, she gives him the survival knife as a weapon, previously given to her on her birthday by her sister Serah. As he ultimately resolves to kill Snow in revenge for his mother's death, the knife becomes a symbol of Hope's resolve. He eventually attempts to attack Snow with the knife, but a PSICOM attack ruins his chance. He later abandons his desire for vengeance and gives the knife back to Lightning. The knife continues to serve as a symbol of Lightning and Hope throughout Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.
The survival knife features in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy as a trade accessory needed to craft Lightning's Level 100 exclusive weapons.
September 28th - October 12th
Screenshot of Sabin Suplexing the Phantom Train in Final Fantasy VI. Seeking refuge from the Gestahlian Empire after fleeing Doma Castle, Sabin, Cyan, and potentially Shadow, board the train to look for other survivors of the castle's fall, but discover it is a train that carries the spirits of the dead to the afterlife. They fight their way to the engine to halt the train, but discover the locomotive itself is alive and it attacks them, the battle using a unique background to indicate the party is fleeing down the tracks from the pursuing train as they fight. When then Phantom Train is defeated, it agrees to let the party go and does so at its next stop when it picks up the spirits of the Doma victims.
Sabin is able to use the Blitz Meteor Strike, called Suplex in the Super NES and PSX releases, on the Phantom Train. Most bosses in the game are flagged as being immune to Meteor Strike/Suplex, but the Phantom Train is not. The ability of Sabin to use the attack on the Phantom Train was popularized due in large part to this video, where the Phantom Train inflicts Berserk on Sabin after the player enters the Suplex command; with Berserk amplifying his attack power, Sabin performs Suplex and deals 3,250 damage to the Phantom Train, destroying it in one attack. The scene is infamous in the series and has inspired a meme and associated fanart over Sabin's physical prowess in being able to Suplex an entire train.
September 21st - September 28th
Screenshot of Utter Chaos from Dissidia Final Fantasy. Utter Chaos is the ultimate attack of Chaos, used only in the third part of the three-stage battle with him. Chaos leaps off the Edge of Madness arena and grows to monstrous size, then lifts one of the monoliths around the around revealing them to be massive swords. He performs a series of four attacks against the player, sending fire and explosions over the arena. The final blow of the attack is Brink of Delusion. Chaos summons three more swords to him and hurls them into the sides of the arena. Circles of energy appear on the arena floor and explode, dealing HP damage if the player is in their radius. As Chaos watches the explosion, the screen brightens to white and then fades back in to reveal Chaos returned to his throne, and he stands to resume the battle as the camera pans out. If the player was struck by the explosions, they fall to the ground in front of Chaos as he stands.
The animation of Brink of Delusion is a reference to the Chaos of Ivalice, who creates his signature Tornado attack in Final Fantasy XII by stabbing four swords into crests of energy. The name of the attack is a synonym for "Final Fantasy".
September 7th - September 21st
Screenshot of Inside Sin from Final Fantasy X. For the game's final dungeon, the party enters Sin itself, intending to find the spirit of Yu Yevon and destroy it. In the deepest area of Sin's innards, the party finds Jecht, who speaks to Tidus and Auron before transforming into Braska's Final Aeon, the current core of Sin that must be destroyed to force Yu Yevon from its body. This final area where the Final Aeon is fought is a recreation of Zanarkand's blitzball stadium called "Dream's End", floating over a ruined Zanarkand and a field of lava. The emblem of the Zanarkand Abes hovers over the stands, and lights up in fire when Braska's Final Aeon shifts to its second form.
August 31th - September 7th
Screenshot of Edda from Final Fantasy XIV. A female Midlander Hyur, Edda is part of an adventuring company that travel Eorzea seeking fame and fortune, and the player's character runs across them several times in their adventure. Her fiancé and the leader of the company, Avere, died on a past mission and Edda is still in mourning for him, carrying his severed head in memory of him. The group breaks apart without his leadership, blaming Edda for his loss. Edda later sends out invitations for her wedding to Avere, and the player and Paiyo Reiyo discover the wedding is a ritual to resurrect a demonic incarnation of Avere. The player stops the ritual, Edda's robes catching on fire as she plunges into an abyss, smiling.
However, when the player reports her death to Paiyo Reiyo, he sees an apparition of Edda smiling at him over a brazier, and flees in horror. The player's character looks and sees nothing.
August 24th - August 31st
Artwork of Scott from Final Fantasy II. The Prince of Kashuan and Gordon's brother, Scott was wounded defending Fynn Castle from the invading Palamecian Empire. Firion, Maria and Guy find him in Fynn, where he gives them his Ring before passing away. Gordon eventually takes Scott's place as the ruler of Kashuan and aspires to his courage and bravery.
In the Soul of Rebirth quest added in the Dawn of Souls release of the game, Scott becomes a party member, accompanying Minwu as his first ally in the Unknown Cave. He is modeled after an archetypal Red Mage, with balanced stats and a combination of physical power, offensive magic, and healing magic.
August 17th - August 24th
Screenshot of Quina and Zidane in Memoria from Final Fantasy IX. Memoria is a path leading to the Crystal from which souls are born. When souls perish they return to the Crystal carrying with them their memories of life, enriching it and allowing it to spawn more complex lifeforms in a neverending cycle. Thus Memoria is created from the collective memories of these souls, stretching back to the birth of Gaia. Zidane takes the appearance of this room to mean Gaia was once covered in water near the dawn of its creation. Quina initially swims through the water and is unable to breathe, but when Zidane explains the ocean is only real because s/he thinks it is, Quina drops to the ground and is able to breathe normally.
In this room behind the rocks on the right of the stairs, the optional boss Hades can be fought. Upon his defeat he provides access to a Synthesis shop where some of the rarest items in the game can be created.
August 3rd - August 17th
A collection of banners representing the different nations of the Enlightened Races of Vana'diel, the world in which Final Fantasy XI is set. From left to right and top to bottom: The Republic of Bastok, the Kingdom of San d'Oria, the Federation of Windurst, the Grand Duchy of Jeuno, the Empire of Aht Urhgan, and the Sacred City of Adoulin.
July 27th - August 3rd
Artwork of Gilgamesh as he appears in Final Fantasy VIII. If the player has acquired Odin before the end of Disc 3, during the battle with Seifer, Odin will attempt to use the Zantetsuken on him. Seifer reverse the attack, destroying Odin. The Zantetsuken flies from Odin's hand and cuts open a dimensional rift from which Gilgamesh emerges to take hold of it. Several turns later he intervenes to dispatch Seifer instantly. From then on Gilgamesh appears at random in fights to attack enemies with one of four weapons - Excalibur, Excalipoor, Masamune, or the Zantetsuken.
Final Fantasy VIII was Gilgamesh's first appearance after his introduction Final Fantasy V. The Japanese dialogue has him mutter "Ba...?" before attacking Seifer, implying he mistook Seifer for Bartz and attacked thinking Seifer was his rival. This was removed from the English translation.
July 20th - July 27th
Promotional poster of Final Fantasy VII as it appeared in issue #196 of Electronic Gaming Monthly, depicting the cast of Playable Characters and the game's main antagonist. Indisputably popular amongst the fandom, Final Fantasy VII is to this day the best-selling entry in the series.