Quetzalcoatl (ケツァルコアトル, Ketsarukoatoru?, /kɛtˈzalkoʊɑtl/, ket-zal-coh-ahtl) is a recurring creature in the Final Fantasy series that has appeared as a summoned monster and as an enemy. 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. Quezacotl's attack, Thunder Storm, is a Lightning-elemental attack that damages all enemies. Its compatibility item is Dynamo Stone and its "opposing" GF is Leviathan, reducing compatibility the most when summoned.
It learns HP-J, VIT-J and Mag-J naturally, as well as elemental attack and defense junctions. Its unique command is Card Mod, which lets the player turn enemies into Triple Triad cards, and its refine abilities let the player make Thunder and Wind magic from items, mid level magic from low level spells, and various items from Triple Triad cards. Its Triple Triad card is won from 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.
A sun-drake, bringer of light and peace.
Quetzalcoatl appears as a wind-element ability card in Mobius Final Fantasy. Its ability is Winddance which is a ranger ability that allows an area wind attack. It produces six earth orbs in battle. It possesses the extra skills Breaker-Killer, Critical Retrieval and Critical Sundering. Its auto-ability is Break Power Up+3%. It can be obtained from the Ability Card Shop or through Summoning.
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.