Goddess of the Seas. The Hydraean took rest under the Celluna Cascades after the Astral War, yet her ruinous fury carried on the waves, never dissipating. Besought by the Oracle Lunafreya, the tempestuous Tidemother rose once more.
Leviathan is an Astral in Final Fantasy XV. She is one of the Six and a sea serpent who controls water. She slumbers under the waters of Altissia and is looked upon with both fear and respect. Prince Noctis forges a pact with Leviathan in Chapter 9.
She's been asleep for years. No one alive has ever seen her. But, given the Archaean's awakening, it's not beyond reason that the sea goddess could follow suit. And if she does, o-ho look out—the legends tell of a wrathful spirit with no love for mankind.
Like the other Astrals, Leviathan is based on a recurring summon in the Final Fantasy series, although in other games Leviathan has been referred to as being male. In Final Fantasy XV, she is a giant blue sea serpent with multiple wing-like appendages. She can appear in liquid form, and manifests out of water. The people of Altissia, who revere her, believe she can appear in numerous forms; thus the angelic statues around Altissia are said to depict her, and the Leviathan Monument depicts her as a whale similar to Bismarck. The painting of the prophecy at the Citadel depicts Leviathan as a mermaid.
Leviathan is the largest Astral, and known for her ferocity. She has little affection for mortals, and considers they should respect her unconditionally for how powerful she is. During Lunafreya Nox Fleuret's attempt for Leviathan to forge a covenant with Noctis, she attacks Lunafreya to intimidate her. Leviathan does seem to respect resolve, as when Lunafreya vows Noctis would prove his worth, Leviathan agrees to test him.
This wretched pile of bone and flesh, ignorant of that which governs All, comes to requisition the might of a goddess?
The Six used to coexist with the human civilization, known as Solheim, but in the wake of the War of the Astrals Leviathan fell into slumber in Celluna Cascades in wait for the prophesied time when the True King would save the world. A structure near her resting place became known as the Altar of the Tidemother where visitors would revere her.
Lady Lunafreya, the Oracle, wants to awaken Leviathan to ask for her to lend her powers to Noctis Lucis Caelum. She travels to Altissia becomes sheltered by the local government. The first secretary of Altissia is reluctant to let Lunafreya perform the summoning, as Leviathan is known for her wrath and she worries for the damage it would cause the city. Noctis negotiates with the first secretary and gains her alliance. Lunafreya is given the traditional trident of the Oracles to call for Leviathan, and after giving a speech to the masses as to her intentions, she approaches the Hydraean on the Altar of the Tidemother. The trident is said to have been given to the Oracles' bloodline by Bahamut in ancient times, but is now kept in Altissia for a means of awakening Leviathan.
Leviathan takes offense to being awoken by a mortal, stating that Noctis must earn her power. Leviathan is attacked by Niflheim forces, and goes on a rampage across the city. Noctis hitches a ride to Leviathan's side on a Niflheim magitek vehicle piloted by Prompto, but when he asks for her power she rejects him. Lunafreya repels Leviathan's attacks with her trident, but is stabbed by Chancellor Ardyn Izunia of Niflheim while Noctis is unable to help her. She uses the trident to call upon the souls of past kings of Lucis to empower Noctis, who fights Leviathan wielding the power of kings.
After Noctis wounds Leviathan, he is left lying unconscious on a piece of broken pier. The Astral god Titan, who had forged his covenant with Noctis earlier, appears to shield Noctis from the enraged Hydraean. Leviathan submits and forges a covenant with Noctis. Titan creates a tsunami that engulfs the upper city, as well as Noctis and Lunafreya. Leviathan periodically appears to help Noctis during his battles from there on out whenever he is close to death.
After Noctis disappears inside the Crystal, the world is enveloped in the Long Night. Mankind comes together to defend the remains of civilization in wait for Noctis's return as the True King. The Astrals forgive the Kingsglaive for their betrayal of the crown after they prove they want to protect the world. Leviathan, alongside the other Astrals, appears to the Glaives chosen to protect Angelgard, the island where the True King is to awaken, to test the worth of Glaives who stand trial before Bahamut in the name of defending Noctis.
After sleeping inside the Crystal for ten years Noctis returns to Insomnia to bring light back to the world. Ardyn places various obstacles upon his path, including cloaking the Citadel in a magic barrier, but Lunafreya's spirit sends the Astrals to pierce through it. As Noctis sits upon the throne and calls down the past kings the Astrals show up and turn into energy, entering the Ring of the Lucii alongside Noctis and the kings.
Noctis obtains Leviathan at the end of Chapter 9.
Proof that Noctis has received Leviathan's blessing. The Hydraean may come to his aid in a moment of true peril.
After gaining the Astral's blessing, the chance to summon them will appear randomly, and the player can summon once per battle. Each Astral has its own requirements to be considered during the "summon roll", which happens every 10 seconds. While possible to summon during the first roll, it is rare. Leviathan requires Noctis to be in Danger state and in an open area near to water. Places where Leviathan can be summoned include areas around Hammerhead because of the body of water close to the checkpoint, areas around Vesperpool, and Insomnia due to its water elements.
Leviathan is capable of disguising herself and traveling in liquid form. When summoned, Leviathan will immediately rise out of the nearest body of water, whose presence then amasses water all around the surrounding area. Lunging headfirst at Noctis to ensure his safety during the chaos, the waters then rise in an enormous maelstrom, engulfing all enemies in the area in a massive tidal wave.
Leviathan is fought at the end of Chapter 9. Noctis must defeat her by first dodging her attacks in the first phase, before finishing her off with Armiger.
Leviathan's battle music is "APOCALYPSIS AQUARIUS". The music transitions seamlessly as the battle advances. The music transitions to the "pre-end" section when the tornado appears, and transitions to the ending part for the cinematic ending.
Creation and developmentEdit
Leviathan was one of the first Astrals to be designed for Final Fantasy XV. She was planned to appear even when the game was known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII. She appears in the E3 2013 trailer, which was some of the first footage created for Final Fantasy XV after its transition from Final Fantasy Versus XIII. The trailer doesn't run in the final Luminous Engine, and is a concept for the scene. Leviathan was said to be wise, knowledgeable, and "close to God".
Tomohiro Hasegawa was in charge of art direction for enemies. He purchased fish, dissected them and looked at how light and surface reflection worked for designing Leviathan's scales.
When creating Leviathan, we considered the work of Yoshitaka Amano, the designer of the original version. To make the creature realistic, we paid special attention to Leviathan’s scale and texture. We tried to visualise Leviathan as a real, living creature based on the original image. This approach vastly differs from what was done in previous installments of the series. In addition, we assigned a gender to all summons. Even though she is not a human being, she features beautiful, silky smooth lines characteristics of a female being.
Leviathan makes a cameo in young Noctis's dream world. She appears from the lake beyond the horizon.
Non-Final Fantasy guest appearancesEdit
Leviathan (Biblical Hebrew לִוְיָתָן or לווייתן Liwyāthān) is a violent sea creature that is referred to in the Hebrew Bible as well as the Talmud and some other ancient Jewish texts. During the golden age of seafaring, the term Leviathan became synonymous with any large sea creature, sometimes describing whales. Bible scholars interpreted Leviathan to be either a demonic sea creature and an enemy of God.
The Talmud and other ancient Jewish sources refer to Leviathan more specifically as a sea serpent, sometimes with multiple heads capable of breathing fire, that was made on the fifth day of Creation. It is said that during the end of days, God will make tents, or sukkah, out of the skin of Leviathan for the righteous to live in. Some have speculated that Leviathan was based on a real animal, the most popular theory being the Kronosaurus and the Nile crocodile.
Being mentioned in the Final Fantasy series as the King of the Seas, its incarnation also appears to derive from the legends of the Shinto god Ryūjin or Owatatsumi, said to be the dragon god that reigns over the tides and the seas. This is further reinforced by the parallels of the Leviathan faith of Wutai in Final Fantasy VII, as Shinto also sees the worship of water dragon kami in Japan.
In some cultures it is believed Leviathan lives at the bottom of Mariana Trench.
- The party's car, Regalia, can have a Leviathan skin. There is also a fishing lure fashioned after it: Tidal Might Leviathan.
- Altissia has a Leviathan monument, depicted as a fish with a long horn protruding from the body, somewhat reminiscent of a real world narwhal, and resembling the in-universe Bismarck. According to custom, one can write a wish on a paper bird, and throw it at the monument. If it flies into the sea goddess's mouth, the belief is the wish will come true. If the player approaches the statue in Altissia Prompto says he wants to try it. The plaque on the monument implies it was commissioned by Emperor Aldercapt.
- Leviathan recites a part of the lyrics of her boss theme after agreeing to forge a covenant with Noctis ("Caelum, Terra, aversione. Magna, Parvus, reversusque."). This is subtitled (in English) as "Heaven and Earth, High and Deep, Birth and Return..."
- Two sea creatures swirling inside the royal aquarium of Caelum Via in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV look very similar to Leviathan.