Quetzalcoatl ((ケツァルコアトル, Ketsarukoatoru?), /kɛtˈzalkoʊɑtl/, ket-zal-coh-ahtl) is a recurring summon in the Final Fantasy series. Its appearance has changed greatly since its first appearance in Final Fantasy VIII as Quezacotl (ケツァクウァトル, Ketsakuwatoru?). Quetzalcoatl always appears as a Lightning-based summon, and as a winged creature of some sort.
Quezacotl is one of the first two Guardian Forces available. It is obtained by entering the tutorials from Squall's desk in the classroom at the very beginning of the game. If Squall does not access the tutorial before leaving Balamb Garden for the first time, Quistis will give both Quezacotl and Shiva to Squall before reaching the world map (in the Japanese version, Squall and Quistis will leave without any GF if Squall did not access the tutorial before). Obtaining Quezacotl in the Steam version earns the player the achievement Quezacotl.
Quezacotl's attack, Thunder Storm, is a Lightning-elemental attack that damages all enemies. Quezacotl's summon time is 13.3s, which, according to the Final Fantasy VIII Ultimania, allows the player to boost its damage to around 180% of normal damage using a regular PlayStation controller.
Its damage is calculated as follows:
Elemental Defense starts at 800 (0%), 900 nullifies damage and 1000 absorbs it. If an enemy is shown to be weak against an element, its Elemental Defense is below 800. If damage becomes negative (due to high Elemental Defense), the target is healed by that amount.
|Summon Effect||Quezacotl +20, Leviathan -10, Every other GF -1.6|
|Compatibility Items||Dynamo Stone +3.2, LuvLuvG +20.2|
|Casting Magic||Thunder +1, Thundara +2, Thundaga +2.4, Aero +0.2, Tornado +0.6, Water, -0.8|
The following table represents the base stats:
Abilities learned naturally by Quezacotl are listed below:
|Item||Default||Mid Mag-RF||60||T Mag-RF|
|Refine||1 refines into 100 Dynamo Stones|
|Level 8 (GF Card)||Win||Mayor Dobe in Fishermans Horizon|
Earthbound avian who flings bolts of lightning from his lowly perch.
Quetzalcoatl resembles a small bird wearing armor. He is the rank 1 Thunder ranged summon, and only casts Thunder.
He is a yellow chick, a pale gaze, and a small 'blunt' beak. He wears a helmet with three spikes on it. The helmet is stylized in a Japanese feudal/warlord-style helmet. It is attached with some plates of metals. From his breast, his wing is outstretched like a large mantle, white with fluffy feathers. His legs have digits, but lack back digits.
Quezacotl from Final Fantasy VIII appears as a lightning-elemental card.
Quetzalcoatl is one of the major deities in ancient Mesoamerican mythology. Quetzalcōhuātl means in the Nahuatl language "feathered serpent". Due to the many civilizations worshiping the same deity using different names for it in the span of almost 2,000 years, the exact attributes and significance of this god varies.
Most stories, though, agree upon Quetzalcoatl being the god of the morning star and being known as the inventor of books, the calendar and the giver of maize to mankind. The worship of Quetzalcoatl was, in some religions, connected with human sacrifices, while in others, opposed to human sacrifices.
Quezacotl's name in Final Fantasy VIII was shortened from Quetzalcoatl due to name size constraints. It is known as "Golgotha" in the French translation and "Quetzal" in the Spanish and Italian translations.
- Quetzalcoatl is the name of a server in Final Fantasy XI.
- Quetzalcoatl's appearance is similar to the Ultimate Being, the final boss in the Square developed and published game, Parasite Eve.