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- “The undying phoenix is said to call back souls from the heavens, but to win the attention of such fabled bird, you must give up a feather as an offering. The best are the downy feathers of the tail... hence the term phoenix down, see? Mark well that not just any feather will do. Depending on quality and size, the blessing received varies greatly. Displeased? You get what you pay for.”
- —Kirrik, Pugilist, Aletap Rumors
Phoenix Down (フェニックスの尾, Fenikkusu no o?, lit. "Phoenix Tail"), sometimes known as Fenix Down or Life, is a recurring common item in the Final Fantasy series. The "Down" refers to the down feathers of a bird, the undercoat of feathers beneath the visible layer on top. The down feathers of a Phoenix would return people from the dead as a Phoenix itself does. The Aletap Rumors of Final Fantasy XII says that the Phoenix Down works by being offered to appeal to the mystical Phoenix itself to allow a lost soul to return, with the quality and overall beauty of the current feather being a crucial factor.
Phoenix Downs are used to revive characters who have been knocked out in battle. Like most curative items and spells, characters can also throw a Phoenix Down at an undead enemy in most games, resulting in damage or instant death, although some undead enemies and bosses are immune to this. Alternatives to a Phoenix Down are the White Magic spells Raise and Arise. There is also a Mega Phoenix item in some games that revives all characters.
In games where only one character is controlled, such as Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII- and Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-, instead of reviving a fallen character, the Phoenix Down casts Reraise on the player.
Phoenix Downs do not appear in the NES and PS versions, and players have to rely on the magic spell Life/Lif2 or Clinics to revive fallen characters. Phoenix Downs were introduced in the GBA version Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls, priced at 500 gil a piece.
|Effect||Revives a KOed character.|
|Buy In||All shops|
|Find In||Marsh Cave, Mount Gulg, Hellfire Chasm, Lifespring Grotto (x6), Whisperwind Cove (x15)|
|Won From||Mindflayer, Soldier|
|Effect||Revives KOed allies.|
|Buy In||All shops|
|Find In||Castle Deist, Tropical Island, Cave of Mysidia|
|Won From||Emperor, Tiamat, Mantis King, Chimera Brain, Yamatano Orochi|
Fan-translated as the Fenix Down, they are not bought in shops but are found in the field and can be sold for 1,500 gil. This property is retained in the Nintendo DS version, where it is found randomly, and sold for a mere one gil.
|Also Known As||Fenix Down|
|Effect||Revives KOed ally.|
|Find In||Ur (x2), Castle Sasune, Canaan, Dragon's Peak, Tozus (x2), Molten Cave (x2), Hein's Castle (x4), Replito, Southeastern Saronia (x2), Saronia (x2), Saronia Catacombs (x4), Sunken Cave, Lake Dohr, Bahamut's Lair (x2), Doga's Grotto (x2), Ancients' Maze (x3), Eureka (x3), Crystal Tower (x5)|
|Steal From||Rust Bird|
|Won From||Medusa, Gutsco, Salamander, Hein, Kraken, Goldor, Garuda, Leviathan, Bahamut, Doga, Unei, Titan, Amon, General, Scylla, Guardian, Xande|
First translated as Life, it became known as Phoenix Down in the Advance version. Bought for 100 gil in shops, and can be found in treasure chests and enemy drops.
|Also Known As||Life|
|Effect||Revives KOed character with 1/10 of max HP.|
|Buy In||All shops|
|Find In||Antlion's Den, Tower of Babil - Lower, Cave of Eblan (x2), Sealed Cave (x2), Feymarch (x3), Baron Castle (x2)|
|Steal From||Cockatrice, Helldiver, Fledgling Rukh|
|Won From||Cockatrice, Helldiver, Floating Eye, Blood Eye, Fledgling Rukh, Hellflapper, Eyewing Moth|
Phoenix Downs are bought for 100 gil at all stores, and can also be won and found throughout the entire game.
Known as Fenix Down in the SNES version, it is a common shop item bought for 1,000 gil, dropped by numerous enemies, and found in many chests.
|Also Known As||Fenix Down|
|Effect||Revives KOed ally with 1/10 of Max HP.|
|Buy In||Carwen onwards|
|Find In||Tycoon Meteor, Tule, Ship Graveyard (x2), North Mountain, Tycoon Castle (x2), Walse Castle, Fire-Powered Ship, Library of Ancients, Ronka Ruins, Moogle Village, Drakenvale, Great Forest of Moore, Istory Falls, Great Sea Trench, Phoenix Tower (x4)|
|Steal From||Hellraiser, Ghidra, Death Dealer, Druid, Gobbledygook, Jackanapes, Bandercoeurl, Kuza Beast, Orukat, Page 64, Dhorme Chimera, Wing Raptor, Manticore, Dragon Flower|
|Won From||Archeosaur, King Behemoth, Bandercoeurl, Pantera, Tunneller, Ifrit, Gargoyle, Twintania - Form 1, Exdeath|
Phoenix Down is also a result from the Mix command. Rather redundantly, it is only achieved by mixing two Phoenix Downs.
Translated as Fenix Down in the SNES version, and bought from shops for 500 gil or from enemy drops, morphs, and steals. It can be used at the Coliseum to obtain the Magicite/Rename Card. It revives a KOed ally with 1/8th of their Max HP.
|Also Known As||Fenix Down|
|Effect||Revive KOed ally. Instantly kills undead enemies.|
|Buy In||All shops|
|Find In||[WoB] Narshe Mines, [WoB] South Figaro, [WoB] Returners' Hideout (x2), [WoB] Phantom Train (x2), [WoR] South Figaro - Barrel (if the player did not get the Warp Stone in the WoB), [WoR] Mobliz, [WoR] Doma Castle|
|Steal From||Fidor, Vulture, Vasegiatta, Zombie Dragon, Marchosias, Ouroboros, Face, Zeveak, Belzecue, Balloon, Chaos Dragon, Gobbledygook, Seaflower, Galypdes, Necromancer, Clymenus|
|Won From||Vulture, Anguiform, Zombie Dragon, Ouroboros, Face, Zeveak, Chaos Dragon, Seaflower, Venobennu, Galypdes, Clymenus, Right Blade, Left Blade, Captain|
|Morph From||Templar, Borghese, Suriander, Vulture, Killer Mantis, Anguiform, Brainpan, Devoahan, Sandhorse, General, Kamui, Wartpuck, Lenergia, Twinscythe, Misfit, Oceanus, Demon Knight, Imperial Elite, Aspidochelon, Greater Mantis, Rukh|
Phoenix Down has a 25% chance of instantly killing an undead target.
|Effect||Revives a KOed ally with 25% of max HP.|
|Buy In||All shops (except Icicle Inn)|
|Find In||Sector 1 Reactor, Train to Sector 4, Corneo's Mansion, Aeris's House, Mt. Corel (x10)|
|Steal From||Heavy Tank, King Behemoth, 2-Faced, Griffin, Ark Dragon, Ghost Ship, Lessaloploth, Magnade, Malldancer|
|Won From||Adamantaimai, Ark Dragon, Behemoth, Christopher, Crazy Saw, Dorky Face, Ghirofelgo, Ghost Ship, Griffin, Iron Man, Lessaloploth, Tail Vault, Vargid Police, Wind Wing, Aps|
|Morph From||Deenglow, Griffin, Wind Wing|
|Other||Prize at the chocobo races, available in all classes.|
Phoenix Downs revive the player automatically if they are KO'ed in combat, provided they have the item in stock. They cost 1000 gil to purchase and are available from the start of the game.
Phoenix Downs fully restore all of the player's HP after the player is incapacitated.
Phoenix Down items restore all of Zack's health. When a Phoenix Down is used, a small feather appears over Zack's head. When he is knocked out, the feather will automatically bring Zack back. Phoenix Downs cannot be purchased and only found during missions.
The only other unlimited source of Phoenix Downs in the game is that 99 of them can be stolen from the secret superboss, Minerva, and this can be repeated in subsequent rematches. Even if Zack fails, he keeps the Phoenix Downs he has stolen. However, this does not work on the Japanese version, where losing a mission means a Game Over.
|Effect||Revives a KO'ed ally with 1/10 of max HP.|
|Buy In||All item shops|
|Find In||Dollet (Complete dog sidequest before Disc 3)|
|Steal From||Esthar Soldier (Cyborg), G-Soldier, Gerogero, Guard|
|Won From||Base Leader, Base Soldier, Guard, Paratrooper, Esthar Soldier, Esthar Soldier (Cyborg), Elite Soldier|
|Refine From||1 Life Ring produces 2 Phoenix Downs, 1 Regen Ring produces 8. (Recov Med-RF Carbuncle)|
Phoenix Downs are common items used to revive fallen party members. Rikku can also use them in her mixing.
|Effect||Revives KOed ally with 50% of max HP.|
|Buy In||All item shops|
|Find In||Besaid (in front of shop), Luca - Dock No. 2 (x2), Moonflow: South Wharf (x2), Thunder Plains: South (x2), Macalania Woods: Central (x3), Macalania Temple: Hall (x3)|
|Steal From||Condor, Ghost|
|Won From||YAT-99, Mech Hunter, Mech Defender, YAT-97|
|Other||Gift - 3 = Besaid: Dock|
Gift - 3 = Kilika - Encounter Lord Ochu from the left and escape
Prize - 2 = Blitzball - League Prize - 2nd Place
Prize - 2 = Blitzball - Tournament Prize - 3rd Place
Gift - 2 = Mushroom Rock - Entrance
Gift - 2 = Djose Highroad
Prize - 1 = Cavern of the Stolen Fayth - Magic Urn
Phoenix Down revives a character with 20% of their max HP. Using the Phoenix Lores 1, 2, and 3 raises that percentage to 30%, 40%, and 50% respectively. Wearing the Pheasant Netsuke doubles the potency of the Phoenix Down. Using Phoenix Down with Nihopalaoa accessory results in instant death. There is a minor glitch involving using Phoenix Down simultaneously with another item on an ally.
Phoenix Downs are bought for 250 gil. It is also found in numerous treasures and dropped by many humanoid-type enemies.
Phoenix Down revives a character with 70% of their max health. They can be bought for 1,000 gil from Unicorn Mart. Phoenix Downs are dropped by most Corps enemies. Items do not use the ATB bar, making them useful when the party needs to revive someone as quickly as possible. However, it cannot be used on the lead character for the game ends immediately after he or she falls.
- “Recovers one ally from KO with Protect and Shell.”
This common item can be easily obtained from monsters in the early game; achieving 5 stars in a battle where one of the opposing monster(s) offer a Phoenix Down will increase the chance of receiving one and possibly the chance to receive two instead of none or one. Phoenix Down can also be bought from Chocolina's shop for 1,600 gil.
Phoenix Down also gives the resurrected player Shell and Protect and restores some wound damage. Final Fantasy XIII-2 also carries an enhanced item called Phoenix Blood which revives a character and grants Haste status. This item may be purchased for 4,000 coins in Serendipity and is also carried as a rare drop by Pantopoda and by Chaos Bahamut in Academia 500 AF.
Monsters which can drop Phoenix Downs:
- Nekton (Rare Drop)
- Meonekton (Rare Drop)
- Gogmagog (Common Drop)
- Sarracenia (Common Drop)
- Paradox Alpha (Common Drop)
Phoenix Wing is an item available for purchase from Hope on the Ark for 2 EP from Day 6 (or anytime on New Game+). It can also be obtained by trading Soul Seeds (80 - 1st playthrough, 60 - New Game+). It revives Lightning to full health and grants Haste.
Like most other entries into the series, Phoenix Down is used in order to raise a fallen ally. However; it cannot be used in combat and is extremely rare, only being obtainable as a reward from a handful of high level quests in northern Thanalan that are unlocked towards the end of the storyline. As a result of their rarity, they also tend to be very expensive on the player-operated market board.
This item is surprisingly very rare in this game and can be obtained by exchanging 80 knowing tags with the Class Eighth moogle.
- “Use phoenix down to restore life to a fallen unit. Vanishes after one use.”
|Effect||Revives any KOed unit it is used on, even enemies. It can KO most undead enemies and units with Zombie status, but skeleton and ghost type units will be reborn after a countdown when defeated this way. If the unit is revived, it can be guaranteed that the HP is very low.|
The ability required to use it can be learned from the Chemist Job for 90 JP. It can be bought from all the outfitters, is a common reward for winning battles and can be found on some locations with the Treasure Hunter ability.
- “Magical tail feather revives fallen allies.”
The Phoenix Down revives a KO'd ally with 50% of their Max HP. It is bought for 300 gil and sold for 150 gil. Can be obtained by reaching Collection Skill 5. Phoenix Down has a Magic Power of 90, which is used when used against undead, and is considered Holy elemental.
- “A magick feather with the power to revive those at death's door.”
Using a Phoenix Down on undead-type enemies do not KO them immediately, but will instead do HP damage. Phoenix Downs can be purchased at every shop for 200 gil, or can be occasionally obtained from Judges after winning a battle while abiding the law. They can also be used to permanently kill any undead creatures after their HP has been reduced to zero and they have entered their "tombstone" form.
Phoenix Downs are found through dungeons. In Single Player Mode, Phoenix Downs are automatically used when the player is knocked out but only if they have it equipped to an empty slot.
- “Plumage of the legendary bird engulfed by fire. Full of vitality but hot to the touch. Yeouch!”
- —Material Description
Phoenix Downs only appear on screen in dungeons to players who are knocked out. Yukes can also view them with their Tribe ability.
Phoenix Downs also appear as a crafting material, obtained only from enemies on Hard or Very Hard mode, specifically the Bat, Fire Bat, Icarus Mu, Mu (all but River Belle), Snow Mu, Vulcan Mu, Coelacanth (only at Rela Cyel), Cu Chaspel, Scorpion (only at Crystal Temple), and the Garuda (only at Mount Vaal).
- “Plumage of the legendary bird engulfed by fire. Full of vitality but hot to the touch.”
Phoenix Down is a material that can only be obtained through completing the mission "Gladiators 2" on Hard or Very Hard mode.
Phoenix Downs can be bought for 100 G at various shops, and can be acquired throughout various means in the game, from finding them as treasures and being dropped by monsters. The player needs to assign the Phoenix Down in a party member's personal inventory to be able to use it in battle.
- “A mystical item said to be made from the feathers of the phoenix, a mythological bird from the dim, distant past. The item itself is from the land of Wa, which vanished centuries ago.”
It revives an incapacitated target, and has a 70% chance to cause death when used on undead enemies. It costs 100 pg to buy.
The Phoenix Down is not an item in this game, but an accessory that allows the player to survive a killing blow with only 1 HP remaining, and breaks immediately after activating. It doesn't work if the player is suffering from a Bravery Break or they already have 1 HP remaining.
The Phoenix Down accessory has been replaced by Iifa Leaf in function. Phoenix Downs are now board pieces found in certain Gateways that revive any KO'd party members and replenishes some of their HP.
Phoenix Down revives the player's party with 30% of their maximum HP when they die.
Phoenix Down raises a summon stone's charge to its maximum level so the player can immediately use that summon stone's power when fighting with their brigade.
It can normally be purchased for 100 MobaCoin within the Shop. It used to be available for purchase in the game's Exclusive Shop for 180 MobaCoin alongside a Turbo Ether in a set titled, Phoenix Down Commemorative Set.
The idea of a Phoenix being cleansed and reborn from fire originates from ancient Egyptian culture. Because it is perceived in many cultures around the world as a symbol of death and rebirth, it is only natural that an item that would recover a character in a fantasy world (one where many cultures and myths collide) would be feathers from this mystic bird. The Phoenix is also particularly special to the Japanese, an animal symbol second only to the dragon in importance.
In theory, a Phoenix Down is just a tiny sampling of feathers from the legendary Phoenix, famous for its ability to die and resurrect itself. This is why it is impossible to use a Phoenix Down (or Life spell, which really only recovers a character from an unconscious state) to revive characters who have permanently died due to plot circumstances. Even the Phoenix Pinion item is just a sampling of feathers, one that is able to recover all allies in some Final Fantasy games, but not feathers with resurrection capabilities.