Umbra is a dark-colored dog that could be a cross between a Shiba Inu and an Alaskan Malamute. He wears a blue rope around his neck and front legs that allows him to carry messages between Prince Noctis and Princess Lunafreya.
Umbra appears to be a magical creature, as he can cross the world to deliver the message he carries. He also appears to not age.
Brotherhood Final Fantasy XVEdit
Umbra awakens from a nap while in the care of Lunafreya Nox Fleuret. He runs outside, alerting Luna to the return of Pryna, a white puppy whom she had sent to see Noctis.
Final Fantasy XVEdit
Umbra acts as an intermediate between Noctis and Luna, who write to each other in the small leather journal kept around the dog's neck.
Umbra, being so emotionally tied to the party, allows them to "relive" their adventures from the past after Noctis and his friends leave Lucis. At the hotel in Altissia, Noctis meets Gentiana who explains Umbra's powers that can send them back in time to the Lucis or, later, Altissia of the past. Umbra, at this point, resides in a small soldier's dormitory in the city of Insomnia.
After Noctis awakens from his ten-year sleep inside the Crystal, he is met by Umbra in Angelgard, who delivers a message from his friends to meet them at Hammerhead. Umbra stays by Noctis's side as he discovers the world trapped in perpetual darkness and daemons roaming the land. As they cross Leide together, Umbra alerts Noctis to an approaching truck, and they meet Talcott Hester who takes Noctis to Hammerhead. Umbra stays behind at the garage when Noctis reunites with his friends and they head for Insomnia to restore the light to the world.
The player can select what type of message to send to Luna via Umbra, ranging from friendly, deep, and gruff messages.
Starting at Chapter 10, Final Fantasy XV leaves the open world structure behind for a more linear progression toward the end of the story. At rest points, Umbra provides the option to return to Lucis and Altissia by revisiting memories of them, thereby retaining the open world gameplay. The player can continue engaging in sidequests, hunts, and any other activities they wish before returning to the present by calling on Umbra again. Since the player is revisiting the memories of Lucis and Altissia, if they travel back in Chapters 14 and 15, the four will regress to their appearance ten years ago.
Creation and developmentEdit
Umbra was designed by Roberto Ferrari. Ferrari had designed characters that were cut from the final game, ninja-type characters similar to those who appear in Kingsglaive, but more Japanese. Umbra the dog was supposed to turn into one of them.
Umbra means "shadow" in Latin.
- A winged Gentiana and what appear to be winged Umbra and Pryna appear on an illustration on a Cosmogony book the young Noctis had in Tenebrae. The Cosmogony book the player can find in Taelpar Rest Area reveals that instead of appearing to mortals in physical bodies, the gods sent loyal servants to convey their divine will to the Oracle. These servants are known as Messengers. Whether the dogs are also divine messengers is never specified, but Luna uses Umbra as a messenger and he appears to be magical, able to go anywhere Luna sends him to, and with an unnaturally long lifespan for a dog.
- The dogs are characterized somewhat differently in the Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV anime, where they are both puppies. Noctis and Luna's childhood flashback in Final Fantasy XV that should take place before the dogs appeared as puppies in Brotherhood depicts them as seemingly fully grown.