- “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 mainstay of the series, appearing in every main series game. Along with the Behemoth and Malboro, it stands as one of the more iconic and formidable enemies in the series. It also appears as a summoned monster in several games.
Tonberries are quite small, usually no taller than three feet. They typically have green skin, round heads with small snouts and yellow eyes. They wear dark brown cloaks with hoods and usually carry two things with them: an old-fashioned lantern and a small butcher knife. Tonberries are usually found within caves and attack alone, though in a handful of games they appear in small groups of two or three.
In battle, Tonberries slowly walk towards the player's 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, the damage increasing as the target party member kills more enemies. Compounding their offensive strength is their high HP, placing Tonberries as extremely dangerous foes.
The Master Tonberry and Tonberry King appear as common variants, and are stronger Tonberries that are sometimes treated as bosses. To denote their higher rank they appear with golden stars or crowns floating over their heads. Though normal Tonberries are diminutive, some games feature giant variants.
- Main article: Tonberry (Final Fantasy V)
Named Tonberi in the RPGe translation, Dinglberry in the Anthology release, and finally renamed Tonberry for the Advance release, Final Fantasy V is the debut game for the recurring enemy. They have high HP and slowly walk towards the party to prepare their Cleaver attack, which does high damage and ignores defense.
- Main article: 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 their special attack Knife, doing heavy damage, and follow it up with the Lore Traveler, which does higher damage as the party takes more steps. The Tonberry enemy 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.
- Main article: Tonberry (Final Fantasy VII)
Tonberry enemies 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. Tonberry enemies slowly walk towards party members and use their special attack Knife to instantly kill a party member.
- Main article: Tonberry (Before Crisis)
The Tonberry is an enemy in Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-.
Tonberry enemies 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 higher difficulty missions. Tonberry enemies are slow enemies that use Chef's Knife to deal heavy damage. Some of the stronger variants can teleport to avoid attacks and get closer to Zack to attack. A subset of missions involving Zack tracking Tonberry enemies rewards him with the Tonberry summon.
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5|
The following Tonberry enemies can be fought:
- Main article: Tonberry (Final Fantasy VIII)
Tonberry enemies appear as regular enemies in Centra Ruins and in Ultimecia Castle, where they use Chef's Knife and Karma. If the player kills enough Tonberry enemies in the Centra Ruins, the Tonberry King appears, a larger Tonberry who yields a Tonberry as a Guardian Force when defeated.
Tonberry is best known for its LV Up and LV Down skills that may be needed to gather certain rare items. He also possesses 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 non-elemental damage in random amounts. 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 have any effect on 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)
Tonberry enemies in Final Fantasy IX 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 only on the number of Tonberry enemies killed, rather than all enemies, and so usually does little damage.
- Main article: Tonberry (Final Fantasy X)
Tonberry enemies 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 Tonberry enemies have the ability "Voodoo", which instantly kills a summoned Aeon.
- Main article: Tonberry (Final Fantasy X-2)
Tonberry enemies are found in Via Infinito, as one of only two enemies to be visibly seen 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 begin a battle with it, which is often mandatory to clear the floor. Deeper into the Via Infinito, players will begin to encounter the deadly Mega Tonberry enemies 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 cause it to fall 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". This anger 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 their 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, who were 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 are able to talk to Tonberries on special occasions, when their Kuluu spirit reforms, making it the second Final Fantasy title that allows the player to converse with them.
The Tonberry is not an enemy, but is instead a codename for the pilot of an air-to-ground offensive machine fought in the opening sequence of the game. 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)
The Tonberry appears as 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, which deals damage to one foe based on the number of the target's kills. Enemy Tonberry enemies have red skin in contrast to the allied ones which are green.
The 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 appears as an enemy in Final Fantasy XIII. It faces the party after it kills the Undying Cie'th, Zenobia, and is fought in its stead. Unlike Tonberry enemies in previous games, Tonberry enemies in Final Fantasy XIII can move fairly quickly. Its knife removes positive status effects from the player.
Its signature move is called "Deep-seated Grudge" which, after a build-up, completely restores its HP and inflicts damage proportional to the amount of HP it had lost to all characters. The longer it is fought, the stronger it becomes, and the greater the reward. A later mission in Titan's Trials features three Tonberry enemies at once.
A Tonberry appears as a rare encounter in Final Fantasy XIII-2 in Bresha Ruins 300 AF, and Don Tonberry appears in Bresha Ruins 100 AF. Like many rare monsters, both Tonberries appear on the field as a swirling mass of dark energy.
Tonberries are the old citizens of the Nymian civilization, destroyed by a mysterious disease that turned most of it's 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. Regular tonberries are slow moving creatures able to 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, it's kill counter resets every time a player is hit by it.
- Main article: Tonberry (Tactics Advance)
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, which are as powerful as ever. There are also Masterberries which have high speed and the powerful Voodoo spell, making them much more dangerous than their green cousins.
- Main article: Tonberry (Tactics A2)
Tonberry and Tonberry King enemy 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 all 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)
Tonberry enemies 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 extremely quick, but remain quite 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 that 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 care of Class Zero and will appear in the place of Kurasame if the player selects the "Academy Assist" option.
- Main article: Tonberry (Crystal Chronicles)
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 that they make great haste. But, as the narration quotes, the Chefs tend to take "their own good time" when preparing meals for Jack and his lamia wife, Maggie. At their master's command, they each 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 the Manor, either in the kitchen itself or throughout the various, lavish chambers within (making you question if they were really 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 promptly discovers the ghosts of his hapless Tonberry Chefs, floating and transparent above the lawn. They each turn towards the Caravanners, naming them as the culprits, and thus, Jack assaults the intruders to his home.
- Main article: Tonberry (My Life as a Darklord)
Tonberries appear as 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 that 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.
In addition, the Final Fantasy VII version of the Master Tonberry appears as a premium enemy on the Outskirts of Midgar.
Tonberry also 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.
In the anime, Final Fantasy: Unlimited, Tonberry makes an appearance as a summon, under the name of 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!"
A Tonberry named Jim is a playable character in Dynami Racer.
A Tonberry appears as a card in the card game Lord of Vermilion III.
The Tonberry creature is possibly derived from stories of will-o'-the-wisps, ghostly lights or lamps that are 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 highly lethal implementation on victims would come in common with the archetypical stalker and psychopath portrayed in the genre.
- Kurasame's Tonberry from Final Fantasy Type-0 is the first Tonberry to become a party member within the Final Fantasy series, outside of characters using monster-taming abilities.