Master Tonberry (マスタートンベリ or トンベリマスター, Masutā Tonberi or Tonberi Masutā?, lit. Tonberry Master), also known as Master Pug, is a recurring enemy in the series. It is a more powerful version of the Tonberry, and often colored blue rather than green.
Master Tonberry is an optional boss fought at the Ancient Castle as a monster-in-a-box. It is much more powerful than the Tonberry, able to use Barrier Change to change its elemental weakness, as well as utilize various powerful elemental spells such as Holy, Tsunami, and Quake. Like its lesser brethren, it will counter all attacks with Traveler and has access to Knife. Upon defeat, it drops the Gladius.
Master Tonberry is an enemy fought in the final dungeon, Northern Cave, and boasts the highest HP of any normal enemy in the game. It counters every two attacks with Everyone's Grudge, and will instantly kill a target with Knife when in range. It can be morphed into the rare and powerful Ribbon.
Master Tonberry is fought during "Mission 10-2-3: Master Tonberry," fighting nearly identically to the Tonberry but being able to teleport behind the player to attack with Kitchen Knife. It is surpassed by the Tonberry King and Holy Tonberry.
After four waddles, he stabs with his Chef's Knife. His counter-attack Karma deals damage based on the number of enemies that character has defeated.
Master Tonberry is an enemy fought at the Omega Ruins, fighting nearly identically to the Tonberry with the exception of access to the Karma ability. They are a great source of Teleport Spheres, armor with Death Ward or Deathproof, and weapons with Slowstrike or Deathstrike. It is not the strongest of the Tonberries in this game, being bested by the Don Tonberry.
Master Tonberry is fought as a level 41 enemy during The Tragic Facts Hunt and as a level 88 enemy in the Steyliff Grove Maze in Cleigne during chapter 15. Unlike regular Tonberries, is much more agile, moving around quickly and jumping and flipping to maneuver around Noctis and his allies, keeps its hood up, and fights on its own. In addition to the normal Kitchen Knife, Master Tonberry has a large purple energy blade attack and throws slow-moving homing purple fireballs.
- Who's Who
- Master Tonberry
- CV: Steven Barr / Jouji Nakata
- Notes: Coliseum manager / Gentleman / Calm and collected / Everybody's grudge...or is it just karma?
- A Series Regular
- Ah, the tonberry. Ever since their first FINAL FANTASY appearance, these disturbing yet lovable creatures have appeared in nearly every installment.
- In the English-speaking world, they went through a bit of an identity crisis at first. For some reason tonberries were initially called "pugs," despite looking nothing like dogs. Then again, they don't look like berries either...
- The Coliseum
- The fog surrounding the Coliseum connects it to other worlds: specifically, a set of divergent possible histories that have manifested as parallel worlds. Those other worlds have other Coliseums run by other tonberries, who all work together to arrange contests of sport across what we'll just call the interspace for now.
- Parallel Worlds
- The Coliseum's true name is "Battle Arena Alexander." That's right—the Coliseum is actually a massive esper like Big Bridge.
- If we can get metaphysical for a moment, Enna Kros (aka the god Alexander) has created each of her worlds, including Grymoire, as an "array" of possibilities. The world's history diverges at random (but dimensionally feasible) points to create multiple possible outcomes, and each of these potential courses exists as its own parallel world within the array. While Enna Kros only maintains enough instances of each world as needed for an outside group of intermediaries or "players," the array still acts as ample insurance to prevent the world from being doomed by a single catastrophic turn of events.
- Battle Arena Alexander, who was summoned to Grymoire by Enna Kros, is able to generate a special mist that allows it to connect to other parallel worlds in the array (in a limited capacity that poses no threat to the other worlds' stability).
- However, like all espers that have manifested as structures, the Coliseum does very little in the way of thinking, and so it requires a manager to ensure fights are run properly. Ever since winning the first WOFF Battle Championship, the Master Tonberry and his descendants have assumed this responsibility. The current Coliseum manager is the 42nd Master Tonberry in his line.
- That Voice!
- Surprised that the tonberry has such a, uh, manly voice? He sounds like he could cause unicorns to faint; like he could put out fires just by whispering to them; like the low rumble of every sentence must cause hordes of Grymoirians to throw gil at him and beg for just a few more words.
- Seriously, this guy should do commercials.
- First World of Origin:
- FINAL FANTASY V: As the tonberry monster