Tonberry is a Guardian Force in Final Fantasy VIII. This is the first instance in the series where a tonberry appears as a summon. Though listed near the end of the GF roster, it can be obtained as soon as the player gets the means of manual sea travel. It is acquired from the optional dungeon Centra Ruins that is found on the barren Centra continent.
Tonberry doesn't learn any junction abilities, but learns the rare Evasion and Luck boosting support abilities. It learns support abilities that let the junctioner start battles with full ATB gauge, to gain HP for walking on the field, and to use a recovery item whenever hit by an enemy. Tonberry's unique abilities let the player manipulate opponents' levels to determine what spells they have available to draw, what items they drop and how much Experience Points they yield. It also learns shop abilities that let the player get better deals on buying and selling, to become able to buy rare items, and to go shopping from the menu.
Tonberry looks identical to the enemy Tonberry. It is a diminutive green creature with a brown cloak, a whale-like tail and glowing yellow eyes. It moves bipedal, and carries a lantern and a large knife. Throughout the Final Fantasy series, tonberries usually lurk in abandoned ruins.
Tonberries appear as random encounters in Centra Ruins. The ruins can be reached when the player gains access to the mobile Balamb Garden. After the time compression the player can still come to the ruins and complete the sidequest.
The Tonberry King appears randomly once 18 to 24 Tonberries have been killed. A good area for this is the first area of the ruins as Tonberries are the only encounter there. A quick way to kill the Tonberries is to bring Irvine on critical health and use his Armor Shot to kill the Tonberry in one turn; other Limit Breaks can also be used, but Irvine's is faster than most others', as Quistis's Degenerator has no effect on Tonberries. The player does not need to kill all Tonberries in one go; they can exit the ruins to save or do other things to return later. Tonberries drop Chef's Knives that refine into AP Ammo.
After enough Tonberries have been killed the King steps in to battle the party. Players may want to face Tonberry King once the party is on average above Lv30 to be able to draw the valuable Full-Life from him.
Chef's Knife, Tonberry's summon 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:
The charge time for summoning depends on the compatibility between the character and the GF and the Battle Speed. The greater the compatibility, the less time it takes to summon. Compatibility can be boosted with compatibility boosting items. Most other GFs are boosted by casting magic compatible with the Guardian Force, but for Tonberry it has no effect on its compatibility. It also doesn't have an "opposing" GF whose summoning would deduct from its compatibility the most; summoning other GFs only has a minor effect.
|Summon Effect||Tonberry +20, Every other GF -1.6|
|Compatibility Items||Chef's Knife +3.2, LuvLuv G +20.2|
The following table represents the base stats:
The below values are the base compatibility values with all playable characters at the start of the game. Although Seifer cannot junction Tonberry in a normal playthrough, a default compatibility value still exists for him.
Abilities learned naturally by Tonberry are listed below:
|LV Down||(Already learned)|
|LV Up||(Already learned)|
Sneaky beings that slowly creep through the darkness carrying knives and lanterns.
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.