Valefor (ヴァルファーレ, Varufāre?) is a recurring summon in the Final Fantasy series. It is a flying summon that first appeared as an aeon in Final Fantasy X as Yuna's first aeon, and has been associated with her since.
- For the battle information, see: Valefor (Final Fantasy X Boss)
|"Hymn of the Fayth ~ Valefor"|
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Valefor's fayth, a teenage girl, is located within the temple of Besaid. She is Yuna's first aeon. Valefor's regular attack is a quick, snatching motion, enhanced by her high Accuracy. Unlike other aeons, Valefor does not have the piercing auto-ability, and also has a slightly lower attack power. This has no impact when using the Attack command, as the aeons use a different version of this command which has built-in Piercing itself and carries the normal attack power; however, any Skills used by Valefor will be affected. No other aeon lacks Piercing in this way, but Shiva does share the lower attack power.
Some enemies have separate attack patterns against Valefor than they do against characters or even against other aeons, and these are often in Valefor's favor, using only weak or easily-evadable attacks, or even not attacking at all. This can make such daunting enemies as Demonolith much easier to defeat.
Valefor has the unique ability Sonic Wings, which sends a shock wave at an enemy, deals damage and inflicts Delay. Because of the short recovery time the player can often hit enemies repeatedly with Sonic Wings with little or no retaliation.
Valefor is the only aeon to have two Overdrives. The default Overdrive is Energy Ray: Valefor fires a super-charged beam that explodes underneath the foes and deals non-elemental damage. Her second Overdrive, Energy Blast, is obtained by speaking to a young girl in Besaid Village and inspecting her dog to receive "something mangled and slobbery". For Energy Blast, Valefor fires a number of destructive beams, damaging all enemies. Energy Blast deals more damage than Energy Ray, but has a longer recovery time. If Yuna has the Nirvana Celestial Weapon and has upgraded it with at least the crest, Valefor will gain Break Damage Limit and her attacks will be able to inflict over 9,999 damage.
Belgemine summons Valefor in the Remiem Temple as a way to train Yuna. Isaaru summons his Valefor, which he calls Pterya, as one of Yuna's trials at the Via Purifico. Yuna summons Valefor Inside Sin after being possessed by Yu Yevon.
There are symbols of the Yevon script that are associated with a particular aeon. The symbol for Valefor and Besaid is annotated with the kanji for nothing (無, mu?). Emptiness, mu, is a Zen Buddhist concept expressing negation of the self, selflessness, innocence and purity of soul. These are traits a summoner must achieve to succeed in defeating Sin. Buddhist concept of nothingness may also be associated with the element of air. Valefor is a flying aeon whose main attack is non-elemental and delays the opponent's turn, traits that also fit this theme.
Valefor's basic stats and default abilities.
|Valefor's Default Abilities|
Valefor's weapon (not usually viewable in game) initially has only one ability, simply titled -, which gives immunity to all negative statuses except Curse and Eject. Once the Nirvana is powered up with the Moon Crest, Valefor's weapon also gains Break Damage Limit. Valefor's armor contains Sensor, Break HP Limit and Break MP Limit.
- Main article: Valefor (Final Fantasy X-2)
Valefor can be summoned by Yuna to fight in her stead. Her Bravery attacks are Energy Blast and Sonic Wing, and her HP Attack is Energy Ray.
Valefor appears as a boss in Final Fantasy Tactics S.
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Valefor is the sole aeon that Yuna can summon in Final Fantasy All the Bravest. It performs Energy Ray when summoned.
Valefor appear in the Trading Card Game representing the element of Wind. The image used for the card is presumably her concept art from Final Fantasy X.
- “The soul of an island's fayth made flesh by summoner's call, this Aeon soars to aid the one who invoked it.”
Valefor appears in Guardian Cross. It was part of a limited promotional event alongside three other aeons for the release of the Final Fantasy X HD Remaster.
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- Main article: Valefor#Etymology
- An action figure of the Final Fantasy X Valefor exists as part of the Final Fantasy Creatures Kai Vol 1 series.
- Dark Valefor is also the only Dark Aeon who cannot break the Damage Limit with her normal attacks.
- The airship Valfarre in Final Fantasy XII is based on the summon Valefor.
- One of names available for monsters in Final Fantasy XIII-2 is Valefor.
- In Final Fantasy X, if the damage limit is ignored (or has not yet been reached), Valefor's second overdrive Energy Blast is one of the most powerful attacks in the game. Additionally, it is the strongest attack that is reliable; all stronger attacks either can be reduced by the enemy's defence (Attack Reels), or are only stronger than Energy Blast when landing a critical hit (Nova), or both (Blitz Ace).