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The Lunar Cry.

Refers to monsters falling from the moon. Completely destroyed the cities of Centra. Occurs when monsters reach a saturation point on the moon. It's believed that there are factors on the planet that cause this phenomenon. This phenomenon has occurred many times in history and will reoccur in the future.
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The Lunar Cry (月の涙, Tsuki no Namida?, lit. Moon's Tears) is a phenomenon in Final Fantasy VIII where creatures of the moon -- monsters -- fall to earth at regular intervals.

According to the Final Fantasy VIII Ultimania[1] the cycle began tens of thousands of years ago; a product of gravity, the phenomenon is similar to the pull on the tides; when the moon's surface reaches saturation point with monsters it spills and falls to the planet and can destroy entire nations. The natural flora and fauna may change drastically; it has also been mentioned creatures can undergo change by being in touch with the monsters of the moon.


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The Lunar Cry begins.

It is said that when the Lunatic Pandora is in perfect alignment with the moon the Lunar Cry can be performed, and monsters will be summoned to wreak infernal havoc on earth. Lunatic Pandora was constructed under Sorceress Adel's rule, likely to be used as a weapon in the Sorceress War. The only known incident of Lunatic Pandora having been used to induce Lunar Cry under Adel's rule occurred in the Trabia region.

During his movie-making adventures in the Vienne Mountains Laguna Loire spotted the Lunatic Pandora in the distance, although he didn't know of its significance. Two men talk on this instance of Lunar Cry on the bridge in Esthar City during Squall and his party's first visit to Esthar. This Lunar Cry over Trabia is what likely caused the crater near Trabia Garden.

Seventeen years after the end of the Sorceress War, Seifer, on Ultimecia's orders, steers the Pandora towards Tears' Point to induce the Lunar Cry with the intent of bringing Sorceress Adel's tomb back to earth. Esthar is flooded with monsters that overrun the country and Esthar City, causing massive casualties, as well as turning the sky red.

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Musical themesEdit

When the Lunar Cry sequence takes place, the track "Tears of the Moon" plays. It is the 18th track of Disc 3 in the original soundtrack.

Other appearancesEdit

Theatrhythm Final FantasyEdit

Esthar City - Lunar Cry

Red sky in Esthar City.

During the Dark Note of "Blue Fields" and "The Man with the Machine Gun", and the iOS exclusive "Don't Be Afraid", the sky color changes to red, a reference to the Lunar Cry.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain CallEdit

Lunar Cry

Esthar affected by Lunar Cry.

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Luna means "moon" in Latin, Italian, Romanian, Russian, and Spanish.

Lunar Cry thus refers to the cry of the moon. It is called Moon Tears in Japanese and its musical track is "Tears of the Moon", the monsters being the "tears". When Lunatic Pandora docks at Tears' Point a statue of a woman cracks along the corner of its eye, alluding to this.


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