The Summoner (召喚士, Shōkanshi?), also known as the Caller or Evoker, is a job that appears in various games in the Final Fantasy series. One of the earliest introduced job classes, summoner first appeared in Final Fantasy III.
Summoners are known for their ability to summon magical beasts to fight for the party. In games with summoners as part of the storyline, summoner ranks exist, such as Conjurer and High Summoner. Summoners generally have some of the lowest physical stats in the game and but also the highest magical stats. Their weapon arsenal varies by game, but most games show them equipping rods, staves, daggers, and sometimes whips. They sometimes wear robes of green and white, and in some games summoners bear large horns growing out of their foreheads. If this horn is natural, or part of their outfit, such detail varies from game to game; a common reoccurring theme are that the horns allow summoners to communicate with their otherworldly hosts.
Summoners use special magic that allows them to call forth summons. The summons go by various names in each game. Most games simply call them summons; however, they have also been called Summoned Monsters, Avatars, s, Guardian Forces, Eidolons, and Aeons. Summons usually cost more MP than the average spell, but are much more powerful. In some games, summoners also have the ability to cast either Black Magic or White Magic as well as to summon, thus making them more versatile.
Usually, summoners and their summons possess some important story element; such as the summoners of Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy IX and Final Fantasy X, where the concept of a summoner is focused and expanded further from a mere job class and where their presence and powers significantly change the landscape of the world they live in.
The Evoker job can be obtained from the Water Crystal, while the Summoner is obtained from the Earth Crystal. While both classes are able to use the same summons, the Summoner has higher stats and can cause the summons to use their most powerful attacks.
- Main article: Summoner (Final Fantasy IV)
The summoners are a race of people who possess the power of summoning as a birthright. Most of the summoners are wiped out at the beginning of the game, with Rydia being the only female survivor, while a few unnamed male summoners remain in Mist. As a summoner, Rydia is capable of learning Black Magic and Summon Magic. Enemy Summoners are fought in the Feymarch.
Rydia returns as a summoner and retains her abilities from Final Fantasy IV, but is unable to summon during the game's early portions. Maenad is also able to summon. Enemy Summoners appear in Kain's Challenge Dungeon.
- Main article: Summoner (Final Fantasy V)
The Summoner is a job class obtained from the Water Crystal. The summons they use must either be bought from shops or defeated in battle.
- Main article: Summoner (Final Fantasy IX)
The summoners were a race of people who lived in Madain Sari and possessed a horn on their heads. Almost all the summoners were killed after Garland destroyed their hometown. Garnet, her mother, and Eiko's parents and grandfather survived the attack. By the beginning of the game, only Garnet and Eiko are left alive. Garnet/Dagger and Eiko can summon Eidolons and cast White Magic. However, Dagger's abilities focus on her summons while Eiko's focus on her White Magic, and the two learn different spells and summons.
- Main article: Summoner (Final Fantasy X)
The summoners are people who embark on pilgrimages across Spira to pray to the Fayths of each temple to obtain the power of the Aeons the Fayth create. All summoners' goal is to obtain the Final Aeon and to use its power to defeat the monster known as Sin. A Summoner who manages this feat posthumously gains the title of High Summoner. Yuna is a summoner in the player party, and can use Summon Magic and her Sphere Grid path teaches her White Magic, although she can also learn other abilities from the other characters' paths. Seymour Guado is also able to summon, as are many non-playable characters, like Dona and Isaaru.
In Final Fantasy X, the Ronso are willing to construct a statue of Yuna with a horn on her forehead. This is further alluded in Final Fantasy X-2 where depending on player's choices related to the Ronso throughout the game they may construct such statue.
- Main article: Summoner (Final Fantasy XI)
- Main article: Summoner (Tactics)
Summoners possess the ability to call upon powerful Espers to aid them in battle. The difference between an Esper attack and regular magic is the fact that Espers affect a much larger area and distinguish between friend and foe.
- Main article: Summoner (Tactics Advance)
- Main article: Summoner (Tactics A2)
The viera Summoners make a second appearance in Tactics A2. The Espers that they call upon should not be confused with the entities known as Scions.
- Main article: Summoner (Bravely Default)
- Main article: Summoner (Dimensions)
Summoner is a starting job class available to both groups in Final Fantasy Dimensions.
In the Duel Colosseum, when chosen, the Summoner job card will cause the next hand to consist only of treasure and job cards.
Yuna represents the Summoner job in Dissidia 012 and can summon the aeons she acquires during the storyline of Final Fantasy X: Valefor, Ifrit, Ixion, Shiva, and Bahamut. The Summoner job card reappears in the new Labyrinth mode, and ensures the next cards drawn to contain only Treasure and Job Cards.
The Summoner is also a job that can be selected for a character in the player's Party for Quick Battle, Friend Cards, or wireless matches. When a Summoner calls their summonstone, it regenerates afterwards, allowing another usage. The Summoner in turn unlocks the Sage job with the Black Mage and White Mage.
The Summoner appears as a character card.
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- “Bonding with otherworldly creatures requires both ample magic and an open heart.”
The Summoner is a character available to the party, he summons Bahamut during battle. Unlocks at level 75.
There is a trading card depicting Arc as an Evoker in the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game, specifically referring to him as an Evoker instead of by name.
Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit
It's New FrontierEdit
Summoners also appear in It's New Frontier, a new video game by Square Enix not part of the Final Fantasy series.