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I, Garland, will knock you all down!!

Garland is the main antagonist in Final Fantasy. A former knight of Cornelia who has fallen from grace, the Warriors of Light fight him near the beginning of the game. Although he is dispatched, it is discovered Garland has enacted a plan to create a time loop, allowing him to exist forever and eventually become the god Chaos.



Garland's in-game sprite depicts him in a set of gray armor with a horned helm and blue cloak. His eyes glow red. The Dawn of Souls artwork replaces the blue cloak with a violet one with gold trim, and the helm has two additional, albeit smaller, spikes on the top. His battle model also has this appearance.

Garland was redesigned for Dissidia Final Fantasy with Tetsuya Nomura stating it was more like designing a new character because he could only refer to in-game sprites. Garland wears more elaborate armor with blue jeweled sections on the shoulders, wrists and groin. The horns on the helm extend out farther than they did in Final Fantasy, and his cloak is blue, held by a gold clasp.


In Final Fantasy Garland's personality receives little in the way of development, but in Dissidia Final Fantasy he has a direct, arrogant and brutal personality with a love of war and conflict. It is implied that his love of war and conflict was his way of dealing with being trapped in the cycles of the gods' conflict. He is obsessed with the concept of endless cycles, alluding to the time loop in the original game and a strong connection to Chaos. He believes he has no right to possess his own will as a prisoner of time, informing Golbez as much during the final stages of the 13th conflict.



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The Warriors of Light face Garland.

Garland was once a knight of the kingdom of Cornelia who gained much respect through his power and skill. He was known as the best of the Knights of Cornelia, but he eventually became corrupted by power. He abducted Princess Sarah and fled to the Chaos Shrine demanding the king hand control of the kingdom to him in exchange for her life. The Warriors of Light travel to the Shrine where they defeat Garland and rescue Sarah. Afterward, the warriors travel the world to fight the Four Fiends of Chaos that had drained the Crystals of their power. However, the power of the Crystals the Fiends had drained was funneled into a Dark Crystal in the Chaos Shrine, opening a portal to the past.

With the Crystals restored, the Warriors of Light are told the Fiends were originally sent from two thousand years in the past, and their master is in that time. Using the Dark Crystal the Warriors travel to the past and defeat the Fiends again, and eventually find Garland alive. Garland tells the Warriors of Light that the power of the Four Fiends in the present sent him to the past when he was on the brink of death after his defeat, and Garland then sent the Four Fiends in the past to the present. By this, Garland has created a time loop that will allow him to live forever.

Garland absorbs the Fiends' power and transforms into Chaos to do battle with the heroes. However, Chaos is defeated and the time loop is broken, restoring the land. The epilogue states that when the Warriors of Light return to the future and the time loop, now broken, will have never existed.


Garland psp

Being the first boss, Garland has only physical attacks. As such, the battle against him will be rather simple and straightforward. The player's physical attackers, if any, should attack each round, with their healer using their spells only when needed and their offensive mage attacking each round with whatever spells they have.

Other appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy Legends IIEdit


FFLTNS Garland FFI Artwork
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Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)Edit


Dissidia Garland

Garland appears as a Warrior of Chaos representing the original Final Fantasy and opposing the Warrior of Light.

As Chaos's right-hand warrior, Garland knows the war's true nature and its endless cycle, giving him an advantage above the other warriors. Confident he will be reborn no matter how often he is struck down, he enjoys the battles of the war and appears to attack the heroes several times, and acts as counsel to the warriors. However, Garland's true connection to Chaos and the cycle of war is not revealed until the game's final storyline, when the Warriors of Chaos act of their own volition and desert Chaos. This leaves Garland as the only warrior standing alongside the god of discord, when he reveals the truth to him.

Garland's alternate outfit gives his armor a sepia color tone to give it a weathered look.

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

Dissidia012 Garland returns as a Warrior of Chaos in the prequel to Dissidia Final Fantasy alongside all the other characters from the original. He plays a minor role, taunting Lightning about the manikins and later acting as the final boss of Scenario 012 in battle against her. He is present when the Emperor brings Jecht to Chaos to have him made a Warrior of Chaos, and suspects the Emperor has ulterior motives. In a flashback shown in the Reports, he is present when the Warrior of Light first appears in World B, and battles Prishe to see which will take him to their respective god to have the Warrior imbued with their power.

Near the end of the game, Garland tells Golbez that he was once imprisoned within a time loop until The Great Will freed him to preside over the war of the gods and nurture Chaos to war with Cosmos. One of the Reports written from Garland's point of view tells of his summoning to World B, before the cycles of war began, when he reflects on the time loop. This serves as one of several examples of the events of Dissidia intertwining with the events of Final Fantasy.

Garland's second alternate costume gives him the appearance of Yoshitaka Amano's original design of Garland, a dark-skinned demon with white hair.

Spoilers end here.

Dissidia Final Fantasy (2015)Edit


DFF2015 Garland Render

Garland is a playable character for the Arcade system, as a representative of Final Fantasy. He is available via update on 21st April, 2016. He is classed as a Heavy-type fighter, and is the first playable antagonist to be added. His armor and weapon has been given an significant overhaul, but otherwise retains his classic look.

He also has a new voice actor, Kouji Ishii, due to Kenji Utsumi's death from peritoneal cancer in 2013.

Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera OmniaEdit


DFFOO Garland

Garland is set to appear as a playable character.

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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy All-Star CarnivalEdit


TFFASC Garland Portrait

Garland makes his Theatrhythm debut as a playable character. He was added via update on March 1st, 2017, and is unlocked by collecting Dark crystal shards. His Limit, Soul of Chaos, deals damage to boss-type enemies in direct proportion to Strength.

Type: Power
Summon: Odin


Level HP Strength Magic Agility Spirit
1 210 35 12 4 8
50 3230 158 91 69 80
99 5250 255 157 125 141


Lv Ability 1 Ability 2 Support
1 Weapon Break I - Armor Break I
5 Weapon Break I Focus I Armor Break I
10 Weapon Break I Focus I Armor Break II
15 Weapon Break I Focus II Armor Break II
20 Weapon Break I Focus II Armor Break II
25 Weapon Break I Focus II Armor Break II
30 Weapon Break I Counter II Armor Break II
35 Weapon Break II Counter II Armor Break II
40 Weapon Break II Counter III Armor Break II
45 Weapon Break II Counter III Armor Break II
50 Weapon Break II Counter III Armor Break III
55 Weapon Break II Counter III Armor Break III
60 Weapon Break II Focus III Armor Break III
65 Weapon Break II Focus III Armor Break III
70 Weapon Break III Focus III Armor Break III
75 Weapon Break III Focus III Armor Break III
80 Weapon Break III Focus III Armor Break III
85 Weapon Break III Focus III Armor Break III
90 Soul of Chaos Focus III Armor Break III
95 Soul of Chaos Focus III Armor Break III
99 Soul of Chaos Focus III Armor Break III

Pictlogica Final FantasyEdit

PFF Garland appears as a playable character and an enemy boss, both in his original Final Fantasy and Dissidia Final Fantasy appearances.

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Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit

FFAB Garland is present as both a boss and a Legend.

Ability Cards
Legend Cards

Final Fantasy ArtniksEdit


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Final Fantasy Record KeeperEdit


FFRK Garland

Garland is a boss and a playable character who could be initially recruited during the Challenge Event Discord and Harmony (Cosmos), where he was a First Time Reward for completing the event's Warrior of Light stage. As he is also a deuteragonist in Mobius Final Fantasy, he was also available in the Collector's Event Doorway to Another Realm as a First Time Reward for clearing Desert Runic Temple - Hard.


Garland is a Warrior of Chaos, whose combat role is Physical Attack.

Level HP Attack Defense Magic Resistance Mind Accuracy Evasion Speed
1 223 12 9 9 8 6 20 20 72
10 1,125 30 27 19 20 13 20 20 77
20 1,942 50 44 32 33 22 20 20 82
30 2,697 71 60 46 47 32 21 21 87
40 3,414 91 75 61 61 43 21 21 91
50 4,106 112 89 76 75 53 22 22 96
RankMax: 5 5 5 3 2 2 1 3 3 1
Memory Crystal acquisition

Garland is the only character to have both of his Memory Crystals offered twice in rapid succession; and together with Sarah, the only character to require his Crystals to be purchased. The player could battle Zidane and Lightning respectively for both Crystals in Discord and Harmony, or purchase each for 1,200 and 2,500 Prismatic Seeds, respectively, in Doorway to Another Realm.


Garland can use Combat abilities up to rarity rank 5, Knight abilities up to rarity rank 3, and Darkness abilities up to rarity rank 5.

His default Soul Break is Dire Strike, which at the expense of one Soul Gauge segment temporarily raises the user's Attack a moderate amount, and temporarily lowers the user's Defense a moderate amount.


Garland can equip the following weapon types: daggers, swords, axes, hammers, and spears.

He can equip the following armor types: shields, hats, helms, light armor, heavy armor, and bracers.

He can equip accessories.

Final Fantasy Brave ExviusEdit

FFBE Garland is a Physical Damage unit in the game obtainable through Rare Summons. He comes with a minimum rarity of 3 and a maximum of 5 (6 in the Japanese Version). His skillset specializes on high damage and the use of Dark-elemental attacks. He's unable to equip abilities as he lacks ability slots.

His abilities are: Man-Eater, Counter, Power Break, Mediguard, Defend, Darkside, Auto-Protect, Doublehand. And his Spells are Fira, Stonra, Firaga and Stonga.

Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

TCG Garland is depicted on a card of his Dissidia Final Fantasy art and a card of his EX Mode and his alternative outfit in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy.

Other mediaEdit


Mobile garland

A costume of Garland in his Dissidia Final Fantasy attire appears in Kingdom Hearts Mobile.

8-Bit TheaterEdit


Garland is a primary antagonist in the webcomic 8-Bit Theater, where he is actually a good person trying to be evil, and even serves the Light Warriors refreshments when they 'attack' his lair. As the leader of the Dark Warriors, Garland is the longest-running enemy the Light Warriors have faced, although what few evil deeds he attempts usually do not pan out. As most of the character sprites in the webcomic are based on the graphics of Final Fantasy I-III, the sprite used for Garland is edited from a Magic Knight, even using the original graphics of that same class to represent Garland before receiving his "evil" makeover.



A garland is a wreath of flowers worn on the head, usually given to great military heroes in ancient Greece and Rome, not unlike the medals of today are. They were also sometimes left on the graves of fallen soldiers. In reference to Garland, the name may be symbolic, as he was a great hero who had "fallen" (corrupted by evil), possible a reference to the original Garland being killed in the first dungeon the player completes in Final Fantasy. The name may also stem from a garland being something that forms a loop, alluding to the time loop in which the first Garland in Final Fantasy becomes involved.


  • Garland is Hironobu Sakaguchi's favorite antagonist in the Final Fantasy series.
  • He is also the first named character to appear in the series.