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FFT Four-Deity Plate

The Four Symbols (四神, Shishin?, lit. Four Gods) is a recurring theme in the Final Fantasy series. They refer to the four mythological creatures in the Chinese constellation. The symbols have permeated into pop culture, and have recurred in the series as follows.

AppearancesEdit

Final Fantasy XIEdit

XI Four Notorious Monsters are named according to the Japanese Shijin, and each refer to themselves as the "Divine Guardian" of the four cardinal directions. These monsters can be found at the Ru'Aun Gardens in Tu'Lia, but only after summoning them using a particular stone and gem named after their respective Season and Direction.

Final Fantasy XIIEdit

XII The boss monsters Slyt, Phoenix, Fenrir and Pandaemonium are each referred to the Sì Xiàng in their bestiaries. They are found at the Pharos both as bosses and a Mark hunted within the Subterra.

Final Fantasy XIVEdit

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FFXIV Four Symbols

The Four Symbols on the world map.

On the map of Hydaelyn, all four symbolic creatures were used to decorate the map. They appear near the eastern island of Othard continent; Genbu in the north, Byakko in the west, Seiryu in the east, and Suzaku in the south.

Suzaku also appears as a mount.

Final Fantasy TacticsEdit

FFT An Artefact called the "Four-Deity Plate" is described as "a set of four small brooches, each crafted in the image of an Eastern Deity of direction. The intricate inlay of fine jewels suggests the collection once belonged to nobility".

Final Fantasy Tactics AdvanceEdit

TA The Shijin is referred to in the "Shijin Shield", a Mythril shield dedicated to the four shijin gods.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the RiftEdit

TA2 A mythril shield called "Shield of the Four" is described as "made in honor of the Four Gods" and "bears the symbols of the Four upon its surface".

Final Fantasy Type-0Edit

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FFT0 Four Symbols

The world of Orience is comprised of four nations known as the Crystal-States, as each nation controls one of four Crystals named after the Shijin. The Dominion of Rubrum holds the Vermilion Bird Crystal, which specializes in magic. The Militesi Empire holds the White Tiger Crystal, which specializes in technology. The Lorican Alliance holds the Black Tortoise Crystal, which specializes in weapons and armor. The Kingdom of Concordia holds the Azure Dragon Crystal, which specializes in the controlling of wild creatures. The four nations are geographically placed by their symbols' cardinal directions.

In the English localization, the names of the four symbols are literally translated, save for the Nox Suzaku (朱雀の闇, Suzaku no Yami?) and the l'Cie Soryu (ソウリュウ, Sōryū?), a manifestation of the Azure Dragon.

Pandæmonium, where the Rursus Crystal is assumed to be located, appears at the peninsula that stands at the middle of Orience. In the mythology of the four symbols, the original incarnation featured the Shenlong or Koryu, the Golden Dragon representative of the Wu Xing element of Earth, the direction of center, and the highest powers that govern over the rest of the Four symbols. Its Japanese analogue rather sees no beast represent the aspects of center, and instead represents the element of Sky, or the Void.

Final Fantasy Type-NextEdit

Ace is revived by the power of the Vermilion Bird and also has a new armor with Vermilion Bird's burning tails.

The Final Fantasy LegendEdit

FFL The Four Fiends are servants of Ashura, and through him, the Creator. They are based on the four symbols of Chinese astrology and are given the Japanese names for those symbols. In the English version, they go by the name of Gen-Bu, Sei-Ryu, Byak-Ko, and Su-Zaku.

Final Fantasy DimensionsEdit

FFD The four Blades of Nil, Despair, Suffering, Misery and Anguish, are each based on the Shijin (Genbu, Suzaku, Byakko and Seiryu, respectively). The negative states of being they belong to are derived from negative emotions associated with their respective element; Despair being related to fear, Suffering related to grief, Misery related to hate, and Anguish related to anger.

Final Fantasy Legends IIEdit

FFLTnS Suzaku, Seiryu, Byakko, and Genbu are fought as a boss.

EtymologyEdit

The Four Symbols (Chinese: 四象; pinyin: Sì Xiàng) are four mythological creatures in the Chinese constellations. They are the Azure Dragon, (Qing Long) of the East, the Vermilion Bird (Zhu Que) of the South, the White Tiger (Bai Hu) of the West, and the Black Turtle (Xuan Wu) of the North. While originating from China, the Four Symbols are also widely known in Korea, Japan and Vietnam. Each region have distinct names for the symbols. In Japan, the Shijin, as they are collectively known, are called Seiryū, Suzaku, Byakko and Genbu respectively.

InformationEdit

Name*English, Chinese/pinyin, and Japanese Romaji Appearance Direction Season Color Element
Azure Dragon
青龙 / Qīng Lóng*Pronunciation: Ching Long
Seiryū
East Asian sky dragon. East Spring Blue/Green Wood
Vermilion Bird
朱雀 / Zhū Què*Pronunciation: Ju Chwei
Suzaku
Immortal fire bird similar to the Phoenix. South Summer Red Fire
White Tiger
白虎 / Bái Hǔ*Pronunciation: Pai Hoo
Byakko
White-fur tiger. West Fall White Metal
Black Tortoise
玄武 / Xuán Wū*Pronunciation: Swian Oo
Genbu
Tortoise encircled by a serpent. North Winter Black Water