- “This giant serpent of divine origins sends a giant shock-wave through the earth.”
- —Final Fantasy VI PlayStation esper section
Midgardsormr (ミドガルズオルム, Midogaruzuorumu?), also known as Terrato, Midgar Swarm, Midgar Zolom, Jormungand, Jorgandr, or Yormungand (ヨルムンガンド, Yorumungando?), is a recurring serpent creature in the Final Fantasy series. It has appeared as a summon on a couple of occasions, as well as an enemy on a number of others.
It is occasionally related to the Basilisk.
- Main article: Yormungand
Yormungand, first fan-translated as Jormungand, is an orange enemy in Final Fantasy III fought alone around the northwest portal in the World of Darkness. Its weaker, green counterpart, Oceanus, is fought in Eureka.
Midgardsormr, originally translated as Terrato in the SNES version, is an esper obtained in the Narshe mines in Yeti's Cave. Once finding it, a fight will ensue with Umaro. If Mog is in the party, he will convince Umaro to join after which both Midgardsormr and Umaro are obtained.
Midgardsormr's summon spell, Abyssal Maw (Earth Aura in the original SNES version), deals Earth-elemental damage to all opponents. Its Spell Power is 93, and it is unblockable, but it cannot hit flying targets.
It costs 40 MP to summon, and it teaches the following spells:
- Main article: Midgar Zolom
Midgar Zolom appears in the swamp by Mythril Mine, near Midgar, next to the Chocobo Farm. When the player first gets to this point in the game, the Midgar Zolom is difficult to defeat, so it is easiest to avoid it by going through the swamp on a chocobo. Midgar Zolom will usually flick a party member out of battle, who will be alive on the side of the swamp if the other party members are KO'd preventing a Game Over.
If defeated, Midgar Zolom will respawn in the swamp.
After crossing the swamp, the party will discover a dead Midgar Zolom impaled on a tree, which they presume was the work of Sephiroth.
- Main article: Jormungand (Final Fantasy X)
The Jormungand is a Basilisk enemy fought in the Monster Arena in Final Fantasy X. It will be unlocked after the player captures one of every fiend from the Djose Highroad. Cold Stare will petrify its target.
- Main article: Wyrm (Final Fantasy XI)
Midgardsormr is also the name of a server.
- Main article: Midgardsormr (Final Fantasy XII)
Midgardsormr is the name of the guardian of Silvertear Falls, worshiped as a deity. He is seen during the opening CG of the original game (set 10 years in the player's past as of version 1.0 of Final Fantasy XIV), leading a horde of dragons in battle against a fleet of Garlean airships, but is ultimately killed by an explosion on the airship; this footage is re-used during a flashback narration from Gaius Van Baelsar in A Realm Reborn. This results in the breaking of an Aetherial seal placed long ago under Silvertear Falls, ultimately allowing Beastmen to summon their Primals.
Its dead carcass can still be found within Mor Dhona, entangled within the wreckage of the Agrius, a massive imperial airship, and is known as the Keeper of the Lake.
- “Attack by summoning a spectral serpent.”
- “Rays in the dark sky, let's see your dignity! Midgar Swarm!”
- —Upon casting
Midgardsormr, called Midgar Swarm in the PlayStation version, is a summon spell used by Elidibus. It's a powerful non-elemental magickal attack that hits a single square up to four squares from the caster.
It is actually a recolored version of the Salamander summon.
The Jorgandr is not a fightable enemy, but is a possible monster that the party's monster unit(s) can transform into.
The Jorgandr is an enemy and also a possible monster that the party's monster unit(s) can transform into.
Jorgandr is a boss who resides in Jorgandr Desert. He is fought after the Talon crashes in the desert. There is a chance of encountering Jorgandr in a random battle in the Crevasse, and it gives the same amount of experience points as it did when Arthur fought it as a boss in Jorgandr Desert. Jorgandr is immune to all status ailments, strong against physical damage, and strong against all elemental damage. His only weakness is the special property the Mystic Swords possess.
The name hails from Norse mythology, in which Midgardsormr (better known in the West as the "World Serpent", or "Jörmungandr") was the middle child of Loki and a giantess named Angrboda. Odin threw it into the ocean that encircles Midgar (Earth). It eventually grew large enough to literally be able to reach around the entire world and bite its own tail. It had been foreseen that on the day of Ragnarök, it would do battle with its arch-nemesis, the thunder god Thor. The sky would darken from the poison mist emitted by Midgardsormr, and the battle will end in the death of both. Thor will first kill Midgardsormr and then stagger nine steps before dying from its poison.
"Terrato" may be related to the Italian word sotterrato, which means "buried" or perhaps it may be related to "terato" from the Greek "teras" meaning monster.