The Lich (リッチ, Ritchi?) is a recurring enemy and boss in the Final Fantasy series. While he has no consistent appearance, he is always a magical-aligned undead. The Lich is sometimes teamed up with Marilith, the Kraken, and Tiamat to make the Four Fiends.
- Main article: Lich (Final Fantasy)
The Lich makes his first appearance in the original Final Fantasy where he is one of the Four Fiends, the first one the Warriors of Light face in the Cavern of Earth. Defeating him opens the way to the depths of the Earthgift Shrine.
- Main article: Lich (The After Years)
- Main article: Lich (Final Fantasy VI)
Lich is simply a normal monster the party can encounter in the Cave to the Sealed Gate.
- Main article: Lich (Final Fantasy IX)
First fought under its Earth Guardian alias, Lich battles Zidane and Quina. The whole party fights him as Lich in Memoria. A crystal clone can also be found as a random encounter at the Crystal World.
- Main article: Lich (Final Fantasy X-2)
Lich is a normal enemy encountered at several different locations including the Djose Highroad.
Liches are mid-level members of the Skeleton genus. They can be found in a variety of areas including Western Altepa Desert (at night only), Attohwa Chasm (at night only), the Sacrarium, Toraimarai Canal, the Eldieme Necropolis, and the past version of the Eldieme Necropolis. Liches are generally unexceptional members of their type, using their scythes and black magic determined by their level to attack. However, the liches found in the present time version of the Eldieme Necropolis are special because they randomly drop Ancient Papyrus, one of three items needed to advance beyond level 50.
- Main article: Lich (Final Fantasy XII)
Lich is a normal enemy encountered in the corridors of the Tomb of Raithwall.
Lich, mistranslated as Rich in the original English release, is one of the Summon spells of Final Fantasy Tactics. It appears as an undead mage and spits out a blast of evil lightning as it flies overhead. This attack is especially effective against Lucavi demons as it can even do 999 damage to Ultima. This is due to the fact that Lich's attack works by dealing half of a monster's maximum health in damage, and bosses such as Ultima have well over the 1998 health required to reach to the damage cap.
It costs 40 MP to summon, has a speed of 12, and needs 600 JP to learn. Lich has a 20% chance of randomly being learned in battle by a Summoner who has not yet learned it and is not KO'd by it, or absorbs at least 1 HP worth of damage. Nullifying the damage does not count.
In the original PlayStation version, when summoned, the summoner will sometimes mutter, "Death song, death door, death river awaiting! Rich!". This was removed from the PSP port, The War of the Lions.
Although not an enemy of its own, Lich is a specific Zombie boss and one of the four Falgabirds. This is a reference to the original Lich from Final Fantasy.
The Lich is an enemy and also a possible monster that the party's monster unit(s) can transform into.
- Main article: Lich (Vagrant Story)
Lich is a boss in Vagrant Story. A strong version, Lich Lord exists as a palette swap enemy. They are both of the Evil Class.
- Main article: Lich (Crystal Chronicles)
Lich is a recurring antagonist and boss in the Crystal Chronicles subseries, appearing as what seems a ghostly Yuke.
- "The Fiend of Earth, who drains and decays the soil itself."
- —Dissidia Final Fantasy Summon Compendium
Lich appears as one of the summons in Dissidia, represented by a colored version of his Final Fantasy art. When summoned, it uses Earth Arcana which casts Doom on the opponent's Bravery points; after twenty seconds, the opponent's Bravery points are reduced to zero. Lich can be obtained as a Stage Bonus on the Shade Impulse I storyline.
- "This undead Fiend of Earth commands powerful magic and looks great in purple."
- —In-game description.
Lich is Old English for "corpse." It is also a powerful undead sorcerer, who has separated its life force, moving it from its body to an item called a phylactery to grant everlasting life. The immense power it had in life can be augmented infinitely, since it will supposedly have an infinite amount of time to study and hone its magical craft. Their life lasts as long as the phylactery remains intact, and they will die if it is destroyed. It hails from Dungeons and Dragons, which the original Final Fantasy draws a lot of its bestiary from.