|Skill||Summon/Call, Black, White*|
|Age||7* (Final Fantasy IV)|
24* (The After Years)
|Height||3' 6"* (1.07 m)|
|Weight||40 lbs.* (18 kg)|
|Final Fantasy IV Character|
- "A young girl of blessed circumstance who places her trust in those not of this world."
Rydia, sometimes referred to as Rydia of Mist, is a playable character in Final Fantasy IV and its sequel, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. She is a Summoner from the village of Mist, and her role in the story, from her introduction as a young child to her sudden change to an adult, has made her one of the most prominent characters in the game.
Appearance and PersonalityEdit
Rydia is introduced as a seven-year old girl wearing a yellow skirt and a white cloak around her neck. In her sprites her clothes are blue, while it is black in Amano's artwork and dark green in her DS model. Following her return as a young woman from the Feymarch, Rydia wears a green outfit with knee-high golden heeled boots and draperies adorned in stars. During The After Years, Rydia's attire is a single-piece green outfit that rises from her thighs to her collar, baring her hips and upper torso.
The overseas releases of the game censored her artwork, which included a green skirt and covered the exposed areas of her body, as was done with Porom and Ursula. Compared to the others, Rydia's artwork received the most censorship. The opening movie for The Complete Collection incorporates this design. Rydia's hair is green in all of her appearances, being shoulder-length in Final Fantasy IV and extending past her waist in The After Years. It is often complemented by a hair ornament which has varied in design.
At first, Rydia is devastated by her mother's death at the hands of Cecil and Kain, and unleashes her rage on them, despite their attempts to help her. It is only after Cecil comes to her defense on one occasion that Rydia chooses to bond with him as a new ally. As the story progresses, she matures, telling Edward to stop crying as she has chosen not to cry. Rydia also overcomes her fear of fire brought on by Mist's destruction after melting a blockade of ice at Mt. Hobs with the Fire spell. This act of strength is met with praise by the rest of the party.
After growing up in the Feymarch, Rydia apparently puts her past behind her in favor of stopping Golbez; Cecil questions why Rydia came to his aid in spite of what he did, but she tells him that Leviathan and Asura warned her there is a greater threat at hand. Rydia considers Asura and Leviathan her family, and even introduces them as her parents to Cuore. Rydia also feels rejected and saddened when the two refuse to let her live in the Feymarch with them.
Rydia's deep bond with the villagers of Mist and also her Eidolons is demonstrated throughout The After Years, where she pleads with the party to not hurt the Eidolons when the Mysterious Girl takes control of them, and she is ultimately able to reach out to each of them and bring them to their senses.
- "Leave me alone! I hate you!"
- —Rydia to Cecil and Kain during the destruction of Mist
Rydia was born to one of the few remaining pure-blood Summoner families in Mist. Her mother was known to protect the remote village with the Eidolon Mist Dragon, isolated from the outside world but for the Mist Cave. However, one day, the Dark Knight Cecil and his best friend, Kain, are ordered by the King of Baron to deliver a ring to the Mist Village and slay the Mist Dragon barring their way. As a rule, whenever an Eidolon dies, its respective Summoner dies as well and thus, Rydia's mother dies.
The Carnelian Signet Cecil and Kain are to deliver releases Bombs all over the village, setting it on fire. Cecil and Kain find out the bad news about Rydia's mother and offer to take her to safety. However, Rydia overhears Cecil and Kain killed the Mist Dragon, and would not accept help. Instead, she summons Titan to cause a massive earthquake which causes a landslide in the eastern mountains, separating herself and Cecil from Kain.
Rydia is wounded in the earthquake, and Cecil takes her to the desert oasis of Kaipo to let her rest. Cecil tries to ask her for her name, but Rydia refuses to speak to him. That night, soldiers from Baron come to Kaipo in search of Cecil, and Cecil learns the King of Baron wants all Summoners eliminated, saying they are too dangerous to be left alive. Cecil fights off the soldiers and earns Rydia's trust, after which she introduces herself to him.
The next day, the two discover Cecil's childhood friend, Rosa, resting in Kaipo with Desert Fever, which can only be cured with a Sand Pearl. Along the way, Cecil and Rydia meet the Sage Tellah, who leads them to Damcyan. However, before their arrival, the Red Wings attacked Damcyan Castle and stole their Fire Crystal, the only survivor of the attack being Prince Edward Chris von Muir. After Tellah departs, Rydia and Cecil convince Edward to help find a Sand Pearl, for only members of Damcyan's royalty can enter the Antlion's Cave. Notably, Rydia boldly orders the cowardly prince to stop crying, for she has done the same. After Rosa recovers, she joins the party for their next destination, Fabul.
In order to reach the castle, the party must first climb Mt. Hobs, which is guarded by a wall of ice. Only Rydia would be able to melt it with Fire, but due to the trauma of witnessing fire burn down Mist, she refuses. It takes Rosa and Edward's encouragement, and the realization that more lives would be lost if they do not act fast, that Rydia is able to overcome her fear. At the summit, they help Yang, a monk from Fabul, fight off incoming monsters, and the party manages to reach Fabul Castle and warn the King that Golbez and the Red Wings will come for the Wind Crystal.
During the Siege of Fabul, Rydia and Rosa assist the healers, until Cecil, Edward, and Yang are finally cornered in the Crystal Chamber by Kain. The women rush to the scene, but Golbez promptly arrives, injuring the men, kidnapping Rosa, and ordering Kain to take the Wind Crystal with them. Rydia comes out of hiding to heal her allies, and the party plans their next course of action.
The party boards a ship provided by the King of Fabul and set sail towards Baron. But en route, the ship is attacked by Leviathan, the Lord of All Waters and the King of the Eidolons. Rydia is blown off the ship and falls into the ocean, and Yang dives in to save her. The attack separates the four, and the fates of Rydia, Edward, and Yang remain unknown. When Cecil reunites with Yang, Yang says Rydia was swallowed by Leviathan, and the group assumes she perished.
As it would turn out, Leviathan took Rydia to the Feymarch, the home of all Eidolons. Time moves faster in the Feymarch, so while Cecil and his allies were separated from Rydia for only a short period of time, years went past in the Feymarch, and, under Leviathan's watchful eye, Rydia grows into a young woman at an accelerated rate. She hones her skills as a Summoner and develops her powers with Black Magic, although at the cost of no longer casting White Magic. The Queen of the Eidolons, Asura, tells Rydia about the danger Golbez is placing the world in, and eventually Rydia decides to leave the Feymarch and return to Cecil to help him.
At this point, Cecil's party has traveled down to the Underworld in search of the Dark Crystals. When one is kept in the Dwarven Castle, Golbez arrives and proves to be much stronger than the party, especially when he summons a Shadow Dragon to defeat them. But before Cecil can be attacked, a Mist Dragon is summoned and defeats the Shadow Dragon. Rydia heals Cecil and rejoins the party in battle. After Golbez is seemingly defeated, Rydia explains her history and changed appearance, much to the relief of her friends. When Cecil questions why Rydia would still want to help him after his actions at Mist, she is quick not to dwell on the past, for as Asura told her, the danger put on the world is slowly rising, and that everyone must stand against it together.
However, as they leave, Golbez had just feigned his defeat to steal the Dwarves' Dark Crystal. King Giott then decides for the party to infiltrate the Tower of Babil and reclaim the seven Crystals in Golbez's possession. The plan is interrupted by constant enemy attacks, and Cecil, Kain, Rosa, and Rydia escape the Underworld through the sacrifices of Yang and Cid.
Back on the Overworld, the Enterprise is upgraded by Cid's assistants, which allows the party to explore Cave of Eblan, where the refugees of the land currently remain. However, further into the passage, the party encounters Edge, Eblan's prince, attempting to battle Rubicante. Edge fails miserably, and after the Archfiend departs, meets with the party. Edge is asked to fight alongside them, but the ninja stubbornly refuses, insisting he can work alone. Rydia then cries, frustrated that Tellah, Yang, and Cid have all fallen and does not want to lose another ally. Due to not wanting to see such a pretty girl cry, and after Rosa heals him, Edge quickly declares that they are all fast friends and joins the party.
They find their way back into the Tower of Babil beyond Cave of Eblan's end, but though they reach the Chamber holding the seven Crystals, they fall through a trapdoor and escape when a second airship, the Falcon, is discovered. Arriving back in the Underworld, the party reports to King Giott, who allows them to secure the last Dark Crystal in the Sealed Cave before Golbez can have a chance. While in the Underworld again, the party can choose to visit the Feymarch and challenge Asura and Leviathan to gain their help as Eidolons for Rydia.
The eighth Crystal is obtained, but Kain slips back under Golbez's mind control and steals the Crystal and runs off. After an upgrade to the Falcon, the party is able to return to the Overworld and to Mysidia, where the Elder prays for something to help the party. Help comes in the form of the Lunar Whale, a magical ship providing transport between Earth and the Red Moon. Cecil, Rosa, Rydia, and Edge travel to the Moon and obtain the assistance of Fusoya, a Lunarian, when it is realized that the eight Crystals have summoned the Giant of Babil back on Earth. The Lair of the Father is also on the Moon, and there, the party may challenge Bahamut, the Hallowed Father of the Eidolons, and gain his power. The other characters' thoughts in the Nintendo DS remake indicate Rydia is the first human ever to earn Bahamut's help.
Following the attack and destruction of the Giant of Babil, Fusoya reveals Cecil and Golbez's history, and that the true mastermind of this conflict is Zemus, a wicked Lunarian desiring Earth's destruction. Fusoya and Golbez depart to the Moon, and Kain returns to the party. Regrouped onboard the Lunar Whale, Cecil, Kain, and Edge resolve to defeat Zemus, but Cecil orders Rosa and Rydia to stay behind, for their own safety. Edge especially tells Rydia, "This is work for grown-ups", to which she storms off, offended. However, when the Lunar Whale arrives at the Moon, the women reveal that they managed to stay onboard, stating that they are just as important in battle. Rydia believes they are all fighting for a common cause, and that she is the only Summoner left. The party travels through the Lunar Subterrane and fight the final battle, resulting in the defeat of Zeromus.
After peace is brought to the world, Rydia returns to the Feymarch, where she is more comfortable as her home, and is one of many who attended Cecil and Rosa's wedding and coronation. When an Eidolon asks her why they differ in appearance from humans, she states what she had learned from Cecil, that it is one's inner character that matters the most.
After roughly a year since the defeat of Zeromus, Cecil has a dream foreshadowing the future, where Rydia is bathed in the Crystal's light at the Sealed Cave before falling unconscious. An unknown voice calls out, "Finally, it has a new form". Cecil awakens and leaves for the celebration of Damcyan Castle's reconstruction, while Rydia is granted Asura's permission at the Feymarch to visit the event, which she is not seen attending. After visiting Damcyan and taking a detour at Fabul, Cecil party's is sent to the Sealed Cave to inspect a swarm of monsters, where they find Rydia lying at the Crystal altar. Rydia comes around and says she cannot remember where she was, and starts to speak cryptically, telling Cecil's party that "they" were calling her.
As the party starts to wonder who she is referring to, they go to the Tower of Babil to investigate. When the party scales the tower, Rydia gradually recovers her Eidolons along the way. She then begins to act more strangely and enters the Cannon Control room, where the Deus Ex Machina emerges from to stop Cecil from reaching Rydia. After defeating it, Rydia is nowhere to be found inside the room, leaving the party to climb the tower further in hopes of finding her. When they reach the highest floor, they find Rydia and learn she is actually an impostor as she attacks them with her Eidolons. When Bahamut is summoned, the real Rydia arrives and talks sense into him before helping the party defeat her impostor. The impostor disappears without her true identity revealed.
- "Summoner from the village of Mist, able to conjure Eidolons to aid her. Her second home is the Eidolons' realm, the Feymarch, although Queen Asura decreed that she should live with her fellow humans. She now endeavors to rebuild Mist with the cooperation of Cecil and others."
- —Game Description
Feeling that Rydia should be with her kind, Asura bars Rydia's re-entry to Feymarch so she would remain with her human friends. Seventeen years later, Rydia is busy helping rebuild the village of Mist, having been assisted by Cecil, Edward, Yang, and Edge on behalf of their kingdoms. A gravestone has been placed for her mother, which reads "Here lies the motherly summoner who protected our village". Rydia pays a visit to the Feymarch one day, only to find that all the Eidolons have been petrified.
Upon returning, she finds one of the Dark Crystals has been stolen and sets out with Luca into a cave to protect the remaining Crystal from the Mysterious Girl, who easily defeats them using Titan. The Mysterious Girl is later defeated by a man cloaked in black who rescues Rydia and Luca, taking them to the Tower of Babil and telling them the events are being repeated. On board the Falcon, Edge and the Eblan Four land on the ship and tell Rydia of the events that have happened recently, and Edge instantly recognizes the Man in Black as Golbez. Rydia and the party decide to reclaim her Eidolons in order to the break the seal surrounding Baron Castle.
After rescuing the other party members and freeing the Eidolons from their mind control, Rydia visits Mist, where she discovers that her mother's Mist Dragon never succumbed to the Mysterious Girl because the townspeople and children have a fraction of Rydia's power, and pooled it together to protect the Mist Dragon from mind control. This relationship between her and the villagers ultimately reunite her with her mother's dragon, who says she will never abandon them.
It is later revealed that there are more than one Mysterious Girl and that they are collectively known as the Maenads, who were mass produced by the true antagonist, the Creator. While traveling through the True Moon, the party encounters a young, harmless Maenad who responds to Rydia, waiting for her command. After the Creator is defeated, the party tries to escape from the True Moon with the Creator in pursuit. In the end, all the Maenads sacrifice themselves to destroy the Creator. Back on Earth, Rydia cares for the young Maenad, naming her Cuore and training her as a Summoner.
As a Summoner Rydia has high magic stats but low physical stats.
In Final Fantasy IV: The After Years Rydia's MP and Intelligence are high, but her HP is among the lowest in the game. Compared to the other Black Mage of the game, Palom, Rydia's stats are inferior in all areas except for Speed and Spirit.
Final Fantasy IVEdit
As a Summoner, Rydia has the ability to summon monsters. She can also use Black Magic and learns every spell, up to and including Meteor, but she learns them later than Palom because of her emphasis on Summon Magic. As a child, she can also cast some basic White Magic. When she returns to the party as an adult, she has forgotten these spells.
In the Nintendo DS version, Rydia can learn more White Magic as a child, and learns her later Black Magic at different levels. Rydia also joins the party at Level 7, while she joins at only Level 1 in all other releases, and thus knows several spells already. When she is reverted to a child during her Lunar Trial in the Game Boy Advance and PlayStation Portable releases, she can cast her White Magic while retaining all her Black Magic. In all releases, Rydia learns her Eidolons the same way.
Rydia appears for the final battle against Rydia?. She knows all her Black Magic up to Blizzaga, has all her summons except for Goblin, Bomb, Cockatrice and Mindflayer, and is equipped with a Stardust Rod. She has 1100 HP and 330 MP. Her level and full equipment except her equipped weapon are unknown, as the player cannot enter the menu while she is in the party.
Rydia retains her Black Magic and loses all of her Eidolons at the start of her tale. With the exception of the Eidolons that are dropped by enemies, she cannot relearn them until The Gathering, where the player must explore the world and defeat them. This is excluding Leviathan, Asura and Bahamut, who are fought and reacquired in the True Moon. The Chocobo Eidolon is also found in the Chocobo's Forest on an island west of Kaipo during The Gathering. Depending on the player's actions during the fights, it is possible Rydia may not relearn all her summons.
|Lightning Brain Buster||
||7||Send a head-busting lightning-charged strike towards an enemy.|
||25||A magical ice and lightning attack that targets all enemies.|
||25||Attack all enemies with emotion-charged arrows.|
||40||Create a tornado of flame to attack all enemies.|
||20||Blows away all enemies with the power of lightning.|
||40||Cecil borrows the power of Odin to cut through all enemies.|
||55||Holy magical attack on all enemies.|
||35||Call Mist Dragon to cast Blink on entire party.|
||17||Rydia calls Sylphs to drain enemies of strength and power up Yang. Casts Haste, Protect and Shell on Yang, and heals HP equal to total damage done to enemies.|
||20||Cast a succession of powerful black magic.|
||15||Create a flaming whirlwind that strikes all enemies.|
||4||Three fighters whip a single enemy repeatedly.|
|Call Me Queen||
||11||Whip and turn the enemy into a Pig.|
||75||Attack all enemies and heal party with a powerful combination.|
||60||Five fighters combine to cast powerful magic on enemies and heal themselves.|
||19||Surprise one enemy with an attack.|
In the Nintendo DS version, she cannot equip bows anymore. Her armor is limited to universal equips and mage equips. In Final Fantasy IV Advance, equipping Rydia with the Mist Ring allows summoning the Mist Dragon to grant a Blink effect on the entire party.
Final Fantasy IVEdit
Final Fantasy IV: The After YearsEdit
|Bows and Arrows||Daggers||Rods||Whips|
Final Fantasy IVEdit
- Main article: Girl (Final Fantasy IV)
Rydia appears as the Girl in the scripted battle with Cecil and Kain in Final Fantasy IV at Mist.
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- Main article: Rydia (Theme)
"Rydia" (少女リディア, Shōjo Ridia?, lit. ""Little Girl Rydia"") is the eponymous theme of Rydia in Final Fantasy IV and The After Years. When unlocked in the fat chocobo's Music Box, Edward comments that it captures "her kind and gentle nature".
A downloadable outfit, the "Mystic" costume, can change the main character Mira's appearance to Rydia's design from The After Years.
Rydia makes a small cameo in her child form in Dissidia Final Fantasy as a tutor for the in-game manuals. She exchanges information on Summoning and Summonstones with Edward.
Rydia appears again in Dissidia 012 as a tutor for the in-game manuals. As she did in Dissidia Final Fantasy, she explains Summoning and Summonstones, this time using her adult portrait and sharing her role with Edge.
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Rydia appears as a sub-character in Theatrhythm, obtained from collecting Green Crystal Shards from Dark Note bosses. To be able to use Rydia in the iOS port, the player needs to buy her at the online store.
|Recall||25||8||Reactive (Special)||At the stage's halfway point, casts random magic ability.|
|Fira||10||14||Reactive (Magic)||Used on BMS; Executes a medium magic attack after every 34 Touches of Good or better score.|
|Thunder||5||7||Reactive (Magic)||Used on BMS; Executes a low magic attack after every 20 Slides of Good or better score.|
|Thundara||75||14||Reactive (Magic)||Used on BMS; Executes a medium magic attack after every 24 Slides of Good or better score.|
|Blizzard||20||7||Reactive (Magic)||Used on BMS; Executes a low magic attack after every 12 Holds of Good or better score.|
|Blizzara||55||14||Reactive (Magic)||Used on BMS; Executes a medium magic attack after every 16 Holds of Good or better score.|
|Boost (Lv 1)||15||8||Reactive (Special)||Used on BMS; Summoned creatures receive a low increase in power.|
|Boost (Lv 2)||40||14||Reactive (Special)||Used on BMS; Summoned creatures receive a medium increase in power.|
|Boost (Lv 3)||65||20||Reactive (Special)||Used on BMS; Summoned creatures receive a high increase in power.|
|Regen (Lv 1)||30||20||Proactive (Magic)||Every trigger of Good or better score, restores a low amount of HP.|
|Regen (Lv 2)||50||25||Proactive (Magic)||Every trigger of Good or better score, restores a medium amount of HP.|
|Regen (Lv 3)||60||30||Proactive (Magic)||Every trigger of Good or better score, restores a high amount of HP.|
|Agility Up (Lv 3)||85||14||Proactive (Augment)||Agility+100, Strenght-40|
|Forest Nocturne (Lv 1)||1||5||Proactive (Augment)||Agility+20. During EMS, Luck+40|
|Forest Nocturne (Lv 2)||35||10||Proactive (Augment)||Agility+30. During EMS, Luck+45|
|Forest Nocturne (Lv 3)||70||15||Proactive (Augment)||Agility+40. During EMS, Luck+60|
|Mana's Paean (Lv 1)||1||7||Proactive (Song)||For the entire stage, all members receive +20 Magic|
|Mana's Paean (Lv 2)||45||10||Proactive (Song)||For the entire stage, all members receive +25 Magic|
|Mana's Paean (Lv 3)||80||15||Proactive (Song)||For the entire stage, all members receive +30 Magic|
Rydia is present in her child appearance in Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade as a Legend character, and can use the Chocobo Kick and Radiant Breath abilities.
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- "This young summoner from Mist has a good, sweet heart, but hates cowardly adults."
Rydia is an exclusive character only available from the Premium Character Shop as a random downloadable content, she summons the Mist Dragon during battle.
Rydia is on a few cards in the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game. Two cards feature both of her SD images, while the other depicts her DS CG render. Another card features her tale's promotional artwork from The After Years.
Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit
Rydia appears as a card and summonable creature in the sequel to Lord of Vermilion, along with other characters from Final Fantasy IV as part of a special cross promotion. Her card is Super Rare, and has an Attack and Defense of 35. Rydia's special ability is Hastega. An update of her card reappears in Lord of Vermilion Re:2, the second version of the game. In addition to this, a limited edition of Rydia as a child is also available.
Users in Square Enix Members Virtual World community can make their character appear as Rydia.
|Final Fantasy IV|
|Final Fantasy IV: The After Years|
"Rydia" could be a mistranslation of Lydia, a much more common western name. Lydia refers to a region in western Anatolia, from which the common name is derived.
In the English localization of the Nintendo DS version, Rydia is pronounced [ˈɹɪ.di.ə.].
- Rydia is the first named Summoner in the series.
- Rydia is one of a few characters to undergo a permanent physical change during their respective game, with her sprite and menu portrait changing as well. Other characters to do this are Cecil, Kain, Dagger and Basch.
- Rydia is the only Summoner to focus on Black Magic other than her Eidolons, as the Summoners after her (Garnet and Eiko of Final Fantasy IX and Yuna of Final Fantasy X) used White Magic.
- Like Porom and Ursula, Rydia's official character art for Final Fantasy IV: The After Years was altered for the North American release to be less revealing. In FMVs on the PSP version, Rydia wears the censored outfit rather than the original one.
- The first Super Nintendo entry in Square's Hanjuku Hero series (directed by Takashi Tokita) features parodies of Final Fantasy IV characters, where some of the playable generals are named after them. Other character names include Kain and Edge.
- Rydia's age since returning from the Feymarch as an adult is unknown, and has not been confirmed by an official source.
- Young Rydia is depicted with a Bomb beside her in the icon for Final Fantasy IV DS when the player opens the game on their menu.
- Young Rydia is featured on an attachable screen wipe in a promotional DS bundle designed by Hori.
- When Cecil and Kain inadvertently destroy the village of Mist, Rydia summons Titan even though when the player gains her as a playable character, she can only summon chocobo, in addition to Whyt in the DS remake. However, this may be due to her anger over Cecil and Kain's actions. This is further complicated when Rydia states in The After Years that she and Titan have been together since she was a child, though this can be explained by her traveling to the World of Summons while still quite young.
- When Rydia rejoins the party as an adult in the Dwarven Castle after beating Golbez. She automatically learns Fira, Blizzara, Thundara, along with Cura. At this point, she no longer has a White Magic command anymore when she rejoins and cannot use her White Magic spells. So Cura can never be used with the exception during her trial in GBA and PSP version which she'll lose Summon Magic and temporaily regain her White Magic.
|Final Fantasy IV -Interlude-|
|Cecil Harvey - Rosa Joanna Farrell - Rydia - Yang Fang Leiden - Cid Pollendina - Palom - Porom - Rydia? - Edge Geraldine|
|Temporary playable characters|
|Monk A, Monk B|
|Asura - Biggs and Wedge - Creator - Dancing Girl - Edward Chris von Muir - Elder of Mysidia - Kain Highwind - Gekkou - Giott - Leviathan - Luca - Sheila - Ursula - Zangetsu|
|Baron - Damcyan - Mount Hobs - Fabul - Eblan - Cave of Eblan|
|Feymarch - Sealed Cave - Tower of Babil - Developer's Office|
|Dwarves - Hummingway - Summoner|
|Crystal - Data Install - Eidolon - Enterprise - Falcon - Red Wings|
|Abilities - Armor - Bestiary - Enemies - Enemy Abilities - Items - Spells - Statuses - Translations - Walkthroughs - Weapons|