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Garuda (ガルーダ, Garūda?) is a recurring Wind-al Summon which is exclusive to the MMORPGs in the series: Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV.

AppearancesEdit

Final Fantasy XIEdit

Garuda (FFXI)

Garuda appears as one of the eight celestial Avatars, also known as sleeping gods, representing Wind. She can be acquired from the Cloister of Gales at Cape Terrigan. She can cast a number of wind-based spells and abilities in addition to using her claws to physically damage enemies.

Perhaps one of her more commonly used abilities is Aerial Armor, which gives every member of the party the effect of Blink, or Hastega which grants haste to every member of the party and is exclusively available to Garuda, but she also does have limited abilities which allow her to heal party members. Garuda is also highly respected for her Predator Claws attack, a devastatingly powerful strike that is often the Summoner's staple attack for notorious monster fights.

Garuda was a small bird raised by a young prince. When the prince got attacked by a viper, Garuda looked for means to cure him. Another bird informed her that she should seek the aid of the King of Birds, who could awaken the healing wind, Vuychap. Garuda flew ever further upwards, looking for the King of Birds, but couldn't find him anywhere. Having reached the limits of her strength, she fell from the sky, but her resolve was so powerful that she transformed during her fall, gaining a humanoid shape and regaining her vitality.

She realized that she now had the power to heal the prince, and did so, leaving him afterwards, as she no longer looked like the little bird he had raised. However, it is said that, once the prince grew up, he managed to find her and married her. Upon Garuda's death, Altana transformed her into the Celestial Avatar of Wind because of her loyalty and devotion. Vuychap is the name of the brightest, green-colored star of the Garuda constellation.

Blood Pact AbilitiesEdit

Level Name Pact Type MP Effect
1 Aerial Blast Rage All Massive wind damage to enemies within area of effect. Only available during Astral Flow.
1 Claw Rage 7 Physical slashing damage.
10 Aero II Rage 24 Deals minor wind magic damage.
25 Aerial Armor Ward 92 Gives all Party members within range the effect of Blink.
36 Whispering Wind Ward 92 Restores some HP to all party members in range.
48 Hastega Ward 112 Gives all Party members in range the Haste status.
55 Garuda's Favor Avatar's Favor 0 Enhances Evasion of all party members near Garuda.
60 Aero IV Rage 118 Deals moderate wind magic damage.
70 Predator Claws Rage 164 Three-hit physical attack dealing massive slashing damage
75
Merit
Wind Blade Rage 182 Deals massive wind magic damage to one target.
86 Fleet Wind Ward 114 Grants party members within area of effect the Quickening status.


Final Fantasy XIVEdit

FFXIV Garuda Complete Artwork
Main article: Garuda (Final Fantasy XIV)
The queen of storms, Garuda is the chosen primal of the Ixal.

Though elegant of form and graceful in motion, the capricious and ruthless nature of this bloodthirsty being engenders mindless terror even amongst her devoted worshippers. Her wrath often erupts without warning, and descends upon her victims with unbridled fury.
—Official website description[1]

Garuda returns in Final Fantasy XIV as the Primal worshiped by the Ixal, and is known as the Empress of Birds. It is said that in past ages, Garuda slew the malevolent Lord of Snakes to end his foul attempt to bind the world’s creatures to the earth. Though birds became free to roam the skies, Garuda was terribly wounded by the battle and was forced to feast upon the snake's carcass to recover her energies, said to have since then a taste for the flesh of land-bound mortals.

Among the primals, Garuda is infamous for her destructive and unstable behavior, usually outright killing people. In 1.xx, she is first seen attacking the Quarrymill, unleashing strong winds over the hamlet and laughing madly. After being defeated, Garuda laments over losing her power as she dissolves into wisps of energy which ascend upwards towards Dalamud. In V2.0 A Realm Reborn, she expresses a desire to become an all-powerful goddess, a sentiment that is brutally shot down by Gaius van Baelsar.

Garuda can be fought as a boss during two quests. One balanced towards level 40 light parties and one for level 50 full parties, and features a unique Boss Theme. Patch 2.1 of A Realm Reborn added a third "Extreme" version for high end players.

The box art for the Collector's Edition depicts a woman-esque creature swirling around a generic adventurer. The design of this creature strongly resembles Garuda, particularly at the head and feet, although the wings are not as defined.

Garuda Egi AbilitiesEdit

Ability MP Cost Type Duration
Wind Blade Varies Damage 1.0/3.0
Deals wind damage with a potency of 100.
Shockwave Varies Damage Instant/90.0
Deals wind damage with a potency of 90.

Additional Effect: 15-yalm knockback

Aerial Slash Varies Damage 3.00/30.00s/—
Deals wind damage with a potency of 90 to target and all enemies nearby it.
Contagion Varies Enfeebling Instant/60.00s/—
Extends duration of damage over time effects already cast by master by 15s.
Aerial Blast Varies Damaging Instant/300.00s/—
Deals wind damage with a potency of 250 to target and all enemies nearby it.
Editor's Note: This skill can only be activated with the Summoner's Enkindle ability.

GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

The Garuda (Sanskrit: गरुड garuḍa, "eagle") is a large mythical bird or bird-like creature that appears in both Hindu and Buddhist mythology.

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