The Ghost (ゆうれい, Yūrei?), known in-game only as ??????, is a temporarily playable character in Final Fantasy VI. The Ghost is never named in-game, but official guides refer to the character as "Ghost".
There are two Ghosts with differing stats. The first ghost the party encounters is the stronger of the two. A Ghost can join the party briefly on the Phantom Train and helps Sabin, Cyan, and Shadow (if available) reach the locomotive. Ghost party members will leave the party shortly before the boss fight with the Phantom Train.
If Shadow leaves the party before boarding the Phantom Train, the player can recruit both ghosts into the party.
Both ghosts wear a white shroud that covers their appearance, if they still have any. Their portraits depict them with glowing white eyes underneath the shroud, as well as with a transparent blue skull-like visage.
Nothing is known about either of the ghosts, and their past remains a mystery. All that is known is that they are willing to assist Sabin, Cyan, and Shadow when they try to reach the front of the train and help them fight their way through, and ask nothing in return. The ghosts' genders are never revealed, although both are considered males according to the unused shop price modifiers. In the SNES release Sabin and Cyan refer to the Ghosts as "it". In the Game Boy Advance and succeeding releases, they refer to it as a "he".
The Ghost's job wasn't listed within the Super Nintendo version of the North American game. It was removed. Within the Final Fantasy III Nintendo Player's Guide, their job is given as Possessors. The English Gameboy Advance version retained the job titles and they are Ghost.
The Ghost is an undead character because he is equipped with the Lich Ring. By the effect of the ring, all healing items will damage the Ghost during battle, and if he is KO'd, he cannot be revived, because Phoenix Downs will not hit him. To keep the Ghost alive he can only be healed outside of battle. If a Ghost is knocked out when the battle ends, it will automatically be removed from the party, making it impossible to see them on the Game Over screen. Besides the Lich Ring, the Ghost has no equipment or weapons; thus, their default weapon is Unarmed.
The Ghost only has three abilities: Attack, Possess, and Items. Possess permanently removes the Ghost from the active party and knocks out a single target. The command overrides Instant Death protection, and works on any boss, as they have no resistance checks for Possess. This allows the Ghost to hypothetically kill any enemy in the game instantly, though as it is only available on the Phantom Train, this cannot be utilized in normal gameplay.
If the Possess command is hacked into one of the thirteen playable characters' command lists (except for Umaro), the character that used the Possess command and killed an enemy will be removed from the player's current party and will be loitering onboard the airship. That character will be available to be put back into the player's party when the player visits the airship to switch characters.
ghost is the soul or spirit of a deceased person or animal that can appear, in visible form or other manifestation, to the living. Ghosts are generally described as solitary essences that haunt particular locations, objects, or people they were associated with in life, though stories of phantom armies, ghost trains, phantom ships, and even ghost animals have also been recounted.A
- In Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, the battlegen item associated with the Phantom Train stage is "Ghost".
- If, through use of the airship glitch or cheats, Ghost and Gogo are in the player's party at the same time, Gogo can equip and use Possess.
- In the original Super Famicom release of Romancing SaGa, the Red Mage (赤魔導士, Akamadōshi?) uses a similar sprite that would later be used for the Ghost sprites.
- Ghost A has 6 more HP than Ghost B at any level. This could allude to the game's number.
- The overworld sprite for Ghost was later reused for the overworld sprite for the Magic Master.