- “Sneaky beings that slowly creep through the darkness carrying knives and lanterns. Their incessant, innocent stare stabs through opponents, pushing them over the brink of despair.”
- —Dissidia Final Fantasy museum description
The Tonberry (トンベリ, Tonberi?), sometimes known as Pug or Dinglberry, is a recurring enemy from the Final Fantasy series. Since its debut in Final Fantasy V, the Tonberry has become a series' mainstay and along with the Behemoth and Malboro, it stands as one of the series' iconic and formidable enemies. It also appears as a summoned monster in several games.
Tonberries are small, usually no taller than three feet although some games feature giant variants. They have green skin, round heads with small snouts and yellow eyes. They wear dark brown cloaks with hoods and an old-fashioned lantern and a small butcher knife. Tonberries usually reside within caves and attack alone, though in a handful of games they appear in small groups.
In battle, Tonberries advance towards the player party and when close use their signature Chef's Knife attack, which either does massive damage or instantly kills a party member. If attacked, they Counter with Karma or Everyone's Grudge, doing damage to the attacker based on how many enemies they have slain. Compounding their offensive strength is their high HP.
The Master Tonberry and Tonberry King are common variants, being stronger Tonberries that are sometimes treated as bosses. To denote their higher rank they appear with golden stars or crowns over their heads.
- Main article: Tonberry (Final Fantasy V)
Named Tonberi in the RPGe translation, Dinglberry in the Anthology release, and finally named Tonberry for the Advance release, Final Fantasy V is Tonberry's debut game. They have high HP and slowly approach the party to prepare their Cleaver attack, which does high damage and ignores defense.
- See also: Tonberry (Final Fantasy VI), Tonberries (Final Fantasy VI), and Master Tonberry (Final Fantasy VI)
Originally known as Pug in the SNES and Anthology releases, it was later translated as Tonberry in the Advance version. Tonberry counters attacks with its special attack Knife for heavy damage, and follows it up with the Lore Traveler, whose damage depends on the number of steps the as the party has taken. The Tonberry attacks solo, and the related Tonberries enemy attacks in trios. The Master Tonberry is a monster-in-a-box boss that can change its elemental properties.
In the Anthology release, the Bestiary refers to them as Tonberry, although the name Pug is kept otherwise. There is also a boss fight against several Tonberries merged as one, and a powerful Tonberry called Master Tonberry.
Tonberries appear exclusively in the Gold Saucer Battle Square. They were originally planned to appear in the Whirlwind Maze and their encounter data exists there but cannot be fought without cheats or hacks. Tonberries slowly walk towards the party and use their special attack Knife to instantly kill a party member when close.
The stronger Master Tonberry, found in the Northern Cave, also uses Knife, along with Everyone's Grudge whose damage is determined by the number of enemies the target has killed.
- Main article: Tonberry (Before Crisis)
The Tonberry is an enemy in Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-.
Tonberries appear in large numbers in three special missions, as well as a single Master Tonberry. The Tonberry King is a massive Tonberry that appears in the harder missions. Tonberries are slow and use Chef's Knife to deal heavy damage. Some of the stronger variants can teleport to avoid attacks and get close enough to Zack to attack. A subset of missions involving Zack tracking Tonberries rewards him with the Tonberry summon.
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5|
The following Tonberry enemies can be fought:
Tonberries appear as regular enemies in Centra Ruins and in Ultimecia Castle. They use Chef's Knife and Karma. If the player kills enough Tonberries in the Centra Ruins, the Tonberry King appears, who yields Tonberry as a Guardian Force when defeated. Obtaining Tonberry in the Steam version earns the player the achievement Tonberry.
Tonberry has the LV Up and LV Down skills that may be needed to gather certain rare items from enemies. He also has abilities relating to shops, such as receiving discounts, accessing a shop from any location, allowing the purchase of rare items, and selling items for a greater price.Chef's Knife, GF Tonberry's attack, deals random non-elemental damage. Tonberry's summon time is 14.0s, which, according to the Final Fantasy VIII Ultimania, allows the player to boost its damage to around 190% of normal damage using a regular PlayStation controller. Its damage is calculated as follows:
Tonberry's compatibility is boosted by 20 when summoned, and its compatibility with the user decreases by 1.6 if the player summons another GF. Unlike most other Guardian Forces, Tonberry doesn't have an "opposing" GF whose summoning would greatly decrease compatibility, nor does casting magic affect its compatibility. The compatibility item Chef's Knife increases compatibility by 3.2, and the LuvLuvG by 20.2, as with every other GF.
Abilities learned naturally by Tonberry are listed below:
|LV Down||(Already learned)||GFHP+20%||70||GFHP+10%|
|LV Up||(Already learned)||GFHP+30%||140||GFHP+20%|
- Main article: Tonberry (Final Fantasy IX)
Tonberries attack in trios and quartets and are found in Ipsen's Castle. Chef's Knife does 9999 damage, ensuring a kill, but Everyone's Grudge functions based on the number of Tonberry enemies killed, rather than all enemies, and so usually does little damage.
- See also: Tonberry (Final Fantasy X), Master Tonberry (Final Fantasy X), and Don Tonberry (Final Fantasy X)
Tonberries appear in the Cavern of the Stolen Fayth, while the Master Tonberry appears in the Omega Ruins. Don Tonberry is a special boss created in the Monster Arena. In addition to their trademark Karma and Chef's Knife, all Tonberries have the ability "Voodoo", which instantly kills a summoned aeon.
Tonberries are found in Via Infinito, as one of only two enemies visible on the map instead of in a random encounter (the other being the Elder Drake for the first half of the Via Infinito). Touching the Tonberry will trigger a battle, which is often mandatory to clear the floor.
Deeper into the Via Infinito, players will encounter the deadly Mega Tonberry as well. These immensely dangerous creatures can slaughter even a max-level party in seconds without careful preparation, so evading contact with them becomes a major part of the puzzles on later floors. At the same time the Mega Tonberry enemies begin appearing, a third variant appears that gives the player items. This variant appears as a normal Tonberry accompanied by what appears to be a baby Tonberry; talking to the baby will trip it over, while the parent will give the player a random item from a short list.
|Coin No.||35||Coin Value||4|
|Location||Win from the Shinra Core Sphere player in the Luca Stadium.|
Found in the Eastern or Northern Expanses of the Bikanel Desert.
- Main article: Tonberry (Final Fantasy XI)
Tonberries are a beastmen who reside in ancient structures across Vana'diel, mainly the Temple of Uggalepih in Yhoator Jungle, and the ruins of Pso'Xja. They were first introduced in the Rise of the Zilart expansion pack.
Tonberries are said to be filled with rage, or "rancor", that drives them to commit terrible acts against other beings, and resent those who have slain their race. According to the Tonberries' religion, their creator, the Goddess Uggalepih, had beauty that was envied by the Goddess Altana (the Goddess worshiped by the Enlightened Races). A furious Altana transformed Uggalepih into a hideous beast and exiled her to the Outlands. Revenge for Altana's actions is said to be one of the origins of the Tonberries' rancor.
Their signature Grudge move makes use of their rancor, and will deal more damage to a player for each Tonberry they have defeated — meaning players are often wary of fighting or killing Tonberries.
The truth behind the Tonberries' origins are not widely known. In fact, the Tonberries are the remains of the ancient Kuluu race mutated by the intense magic released from the crystals during an event known as the "Meltdown" 1,000 years ago, which nearly destroyed Vana'diel. Players can talk to Tonberries on special occasions, when their Kuluu spirit re-forms, making it the second Final Fantasy title that allows the player to converse with them.
The Tonberry is a codename for the pilot of an air-to-ground offensive machine fought in the prologue. The codename "Tonberry" is mentioned after Reks defeats the Air Cutter Remora and it sounds the retreat.
- “The past has a way of catching up to you.”
- —In-game description
- For the battle information, see: Tonberry (Revenant Wings)
Tonberry is a level 2 non-elemental melee Esper. Its normal attack is Knife, which lowers stamina and deals damage to one foe, and its special is Karma, dealing damage to a foe based on the number of the target's kills. Enemy Tonberries are red-skinned in contrast to the allied green-skinned ones.
Tonberry was set to appear in this spinoff installment, albeit with a more grotesque appearance compared to previous incarnations.
- Main article: Tonberry (Final Fantasy XIII)
A Tonberry faces the party after it kills the Undying Cie'th, Zenobia, and is fought in its stead. Unlike Tonberries in previous games, Tonberries in Final Fantasy XIII are fast. Its knife removes positive status effects from the player and its signature move is "Deep-seated Grudge" which, after a build-up, restores its HP and inflicts damage proportional to the amount of HP it had lost to the entire party. The longer it is fought, the stronger it becomes, and the greater the reward. A later mission in Titan's trials features three Tonberries at once.
Tonberry is a rare encounter in Bresha Ruins 300 AF, and Don Tonberry appears in Bresha Ruins 100 AF. Like many rare monsters, both appear on the field as a swirling mass of dark energy.
Tonberry is also available as an adornment for monsters.
Tonberries are the old citizens of the Nymian civilization, destroyed by a mysterious disease that turned most of its population into the creatures. Centuries of isolation and prejudice from other races have turned most tonberries into rage-fueled creatures who live in hiding inside the Wanderer's Palace.
Tonberries are featured mainly as part of the Scholar questline, and as enemies in the Wanderer's Palace dungeon. Unlike tonberries in other titles, a regular tonberry in Final Fantasy XIV moves faster than player's regular speed, making it unable to be kited. Tonberry Stalkers are larger-scaled monsters, taller than player characters, and invincible from player's attacks. They patrol fixed routes and attack with Chef's Knife. Tonberries can deal high damage with their Chef's Knife and the King Tonberry has the signature Everybody's Grudge ability, which deals increased damage based on the number of tonberries killed, but unlike previous incarnations of the move, its kill counter resets every time a player is hit by it.
In patch 2.1, A Realm Awoken, a Tonberry Minion was added, allowing players to have their own Tonberry on their journey.
Tonberries appear in one mission and one clan encounter, where they are a threat because, while they have low Move and Speed, they specialize in Knife and Karma. The Masterberries have high speed and the powerful Voodoo spell, making them more dangerous than their green cousins.
- Main article: Tonberry (Tactics A2)
Tonberry and Tonberry King appear in Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift. One of them has even posted a (rather creepy) notice in the pub, desiring revenge for the fallen monsters Clan Gully has beaten, a reference to its ability, Karma. When the petitioner is met in person, it croaks out "Everyone who has fallen... all their hate... IS YOURS!"
- Main article: Tonberry (Crystal Defenders)
Tonberries appear as basic enemies, in W1 and W2, in Crystal Defenders.
- Main article: Tonberry (Type-0)
Tonberries are common enemies in the final dungeon. They are quick, but remain clumsy and sometimes they stumble and become vulnerable to Kill Sight. Their Karma attack inflicts Stop.
Kurasame Susaya, the instructor of Class Zero, uses a pet Tonberry in battle wearing the same robes as his students. Kurasame's memories suggest he rescued the Tonberry when it was injured, after which it accompanied him out of gratitude. After Kurasame's death the Tonberry is left in Class Zero's care and will appear in the place of Kurasame if the player selects the "Academy Assist" option. Kurasame's Tonberry is the first Tonberry to become a party member within the Final Fantasy series, outside of characters using monster-taming abilities.
Tonberries are enemies. There are also Tonberry Chefs in the Moschet Manor.
When Jack Moschet, the gigas Lord of the Manor, hungers for dinner, he consults his small platoon of Tonberry Chefs to do the job, ordering they make great haste. The Chefs tend to take "their own good time" when preparing meals for Jack and his lamia wife, Maggie, and at their master's command, they shuffle into the kitchen, spatulas in-hand.
Soon enough, the Tipa Caravan wanders into the Manor. As they explore, they encounter the Chefs loitering about, either in the kitchen or throughout the lavish chambers within (making one question whether they were doing their job for Jack). The Caravanners slays the Tonberries as they go on plundering the house for treasures and whatever else they can find. But with all of the Chefs dead, what will become of dinner?
Upon exiting the final room — and having purged the house of Tonberries — the Caravan is accosted by Jack, who is livid at the sight of the bare dining table. As Jack searches for the culprits, he discovers the ghosts of his hapless Tonberry Chefs floating above the lawn. They turn towards the Caravanners, naming them as the culprits, and thus, Jack assaults the intruders.
- Main article: Tonberry (My Life as a Darklord)
Tonberries are enemies in Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers, with several variations:
Tonberries appear as enemies in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.
- “Sneaky beings that slowly creep through the darkness carrying knives and lanterns.”
- —Dissidia Final Fantasy Summon Compendium
Tonberry appears as a summon. When summoned, its Final Fantasy VIII artwork appears and a Tonberry sprite will begin moving towards the opponent's Bravery. Upon reaching the opponent's Bravery, it deals damage to the Bravery equal to the HP the summoner has lost during battle. This summon can be obtained as a Stage Bonus on the Destiny Odyssey V storyline. The Tonberry sprite the summon conjures is based on the Tonberry's sprite from Final Fantasy V.
- “These fiends lurk in darkness, slowly drawing near those whose eyes meet theirs”
- —In-game description.
The Tonberry is an enemy encountered on the Palamecia Desert. It uses Knife and drops the Ichigeki weapon.
In addition, the Final Fantasy VI version of the Master Tonberry appears as a premium enemy on the Outskirts of Midgar.
Tonberry appears in Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales. He has a total of five non-elemental cards.
|Crystal Ability (*)
Deals 3 damage and causes Poison.
|Crystal Ability (*)
Deals 5 damage and causes Slow.
|Crystal Ability (***)
Deal damage equal to 1/2 of your remaining HP.
If your HP is 7 or less, deal 7 damage.
If your HP is 3 or less, deal 10 damage.
Tonberry appears as a summon under the name Meteor Master. Their appearances are slightly similar, as the Meteor Master has the same spherical eyes, reptilian shape, and absent mouth. The Meteor Master even has variations of the Tonberry's trademark lantern and knife.
The Soil Charge Triad (Soil is like the colored bullet of a Magun, used to summon creatures) needed to summon Meteor Master is:
- A thunderous boom shatters the skies, Horizon Gold!
- A wrath of anger pours down from the heavens, Aero Black!
- A wedge of light strikes for all eternity, Fort Silver!
Followed by saying: "Annihilate! Summoned Creature! Meteor Master!"
In the English audio version, the Soil Charge Triad was changed to:
- The roar of the sky engulfed in flames, Horizon Gold!
- The daggers of an angry rain, Arrow Black!
- The light that drives a wedge into eternity, Photon Silver!
Followed by saying: "Destroy! I summon you! Meteor Master!"
Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit
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A Tonberry named Jim is a playable character in Dynami Racer.
A Tonberry appears as a card.
The Tonberry is possibly derived from stories of will-o'-the-wisps, ghostly lights or lamps said to be spirits of the dead or other beings that lead travelers astray. It may also be derived from stories of Jack-o'-Lantern, which are themselves derived from stories of will-o'-the-wisps, a man who tricked the Devil into never taking his soul and as such, when he died and there was no place for him to go, was condemned to forever wander the world with a lantern lit by an ember from the flames of the underworld.
The Tonberry's appearance is probably based on the Umibōzu or Sea monk creature that appears in both western and Japanese folklore and was said to resemble a fish-like man with the shaved head and robe of a friar or monk.
Their use of Chef's Knives alludes to antagonists of slasher horror movies where its crude yet lethal implementation on victims would come in common with the archetypical stalker and psychopath portrayed in the genre.