- “Though it looks to be a giant encased in armor, the Iron Giant is in fact a machine made with lost technology. With its great blade it wreaks havoc upon all within range and no one living knows why it fights...”
- —Theatrhythm Final Fantasy description.
Iron Giant (てつきょじん, Tetsukyojin?, lit. "Iron Giant"), also known as Iron Man, is a hulking metal brute commonly found as an enemy in nearly all of the games in the Final Fantasy series. Although the name may change slightly from game to game, the physical appearance of iron giants usually remains roughly the same. They are tall metal monsters, often wielding large swords, that rely solely on physical attacks. They often come in two varieties--blue and red, though their exact nature and names vary.
The Iron Giant first appeared as a rare encounter in Final Fantasy II's final dungeon.
- Main article: Iron Giant (Final Fantasy II)
The first appearance of the Iron Giant (known as Iron Man in the Dark Shadow Over Palakia translation). The Iron Giant is a very rare random encounter, similar to Warmech, on the higher levels of Pandaemonium.
In addition to giving good stat multipliers, it also drops Excaliburs, Aegis Shields, and Genji Armor. In the Dawn of Souls remake and all remakes thereafter, however, a new enemy, the Steel Giant appears as a random encounter and a mini-boss in the Soul of Rebirth.
- Main article: Iron Giant (Final Fantasy III)
The Iron Giant does not appear in the original, however, it makes a special appearance as a hidden superboss in the Nintendo DS version and the following remakes of Final Fantasy III. He is located in the "??? Dungeon" that becomes unlocked after the related Mognet sidequest is completed.
- Main article: Iron Giant (Final Fantasy IV)
In the SNES and PlayStation version of the game, the Mythril Golem was known as the IronMan. In addition, Armor Constructs resemble the traditional Iron Giant design, save for a cannon on their right hand instead of a sword. Red versions also appear, known as Armored Fiends.
Also, in the Japanese exclusive Easy Type version of the Final Fantasy IV, the Steel Golem was renamed "Tetsukyojin", the Japanese name for the Iron Giant.
- Main article: Iron Giant (The After Years)
- Main article: Iron Giant (Final Fantasy V)
Similar to the second installment, the Iron Giant is a rare encounter in the final dungeon. It can be encountered in the upper floors of the dimensional castle portion of the Interdimensional Rift. It gives a hefty experience and ABP award, among other prizes.
- Main article: Iron Man (Final Fantasy VII)
Iron Man is a random encounter as the party approaches Jenova in the Northern Cave. A red version of it, Wolfmeister, also appears as an encounter on the Mt. Corel train tracks when Cid tries stopping the train from crashing into Corel.
- Main article: Iron Giant (Final Fantasy VIII)
Iron Giants appear in various locations in Esthar after the Lunar Cry, Lunatic Pandora, and in the Deep Sea Research Center, where they are always found in pairs. A red version of it, the Red Giant, appears as a boss in Ultimecia Castle.
- Main article: Iron Man (Final Fantasy IX)
The Iron Man is a random encounter in the game's final dungeon, Memoria.
- Main article: Iron Giant (Final Fantasy X)
Iron Giant is a random encounter on the Thunder Plains. More powerful versions, the Gemini, appear Inside Sin, and in the Omega Ruins. There is also a Monster Arena Species Conquest monster called Ironclad.
- Main article: Iron Giant (Final Fantasy X-2)
The Iron Giant appears in various places throughout the game.
- Main article: Iron Giant (Final Fantasy XI)
Iron Giant is a class of enemies first introduced in the Scars of Abyssea expansion released in the September 2010 version update.
While there is no enemy called Iron Giant in the game, there is a Magitek Colossus that looks identical to the classic Iron Giant and appears as a powerful enemy inside the Garlean strongholds Castrum Centri and Castrum Meridianum towards the end of the game.
Trailers for the game have shown Noctis fighting an Iron Giant-type enemy.
Iron Giants appear as enemies in Final Fantasy Type-0.
- Main article: Iron Giant (Crystal Chronicles)
- Main article: Iron Giant (My Life as a King)
The Iron Giant appears as a boss in the Infinity Spire in Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King.
- Main article: Iron Giant (The Crystal Bearers)
The Iron Giant appears in the game as a powerful field boss. They usually appear sleeping in the field, and, as so, the player must awaken them in order to fight them.
- Main article: Iron Giant (Dimensions)
- “Armored giants known by their dark blue-black armor and massive weapons.”
- —Dissidia Final Fantasy Summon Compendium
Iron Giant is a summon and when summoned, its artwork from Final Fantasy X appears and allows the summoner to reduce the opponent's Bravery by half with each HP attack with Reaper. Iron Giant can be obtained in the third stage of the Distant Glory - Villains storyline.
Iron Giants appear as enemies in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, commonly in Final Fantasy II battle scenarios.
The Iron Giant appears as a boss inside the Lunatic Pandora. In battle, the Iron Giant uses Reaper.
- “With its mighty sword, this mighty giant passes the time by rending things in two.”
- —In-game description.
The Iron Giant is a lightning element card, and has six cards under its name.
|Crystal Ability (*)
Deal 4 damage.
|Crystal Ability (***)
Deal 5 damage and causes slow.
|Crystal Ability (**)
Deal 5 damage.
Strength is doubled if opponent's card is gray.
|Crystal Ability (***)
Deal 1 damage for each *,*,* in your CP gauge.
|Deal 3 damage.
If your HP is less than opponent's, strength is doubled.
|Deal 4 damage.
If your HP is 5 or less, strength is doubled.
The Iron Giant enemies are fearsome foes, with high stats and powerful skills such as Multi-Slash. They appear as regular enemies and in Dueling Rooms as giant variants. They are better avoided unless Chocobo is capable of defeating one in only two or three hits.
Iron Giant appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game with his Theatrhythm Final Fantasy appearance. His card is earth-elemental.