The Worm (ウォーム, Wōmu?) is a recurring species of enemy in the Final Fantasy series. They are usually shown as obese enemies with no features except a circular mouth. There are two common representations of the worms: sometimes they ascend from the ground and other times they are completely above ground depending on the game rather than the type. Most appearances of worms include many different variations.
One common type of worm is the Sand Worm (サンドウォーム, Sandowōmu?) which are most commonly a yellow or orange colored worm. Like most worms, they are commonly of the Earth element and are occasionally weak against the Water element. The creature is very likely to have been inspired by the sandworms from the novel Dune. Other variations include the Abyss Worm and Land Worm.
- Main article: Purple Worm
The Purple Worm, originally known as simply "Worm" in the original NES release, is an enemy which can be fought in the Chaos Shrine. As its name suggests, it is purple in color. A weaker palette-swap, the Lava Worm, originally titled Grey Worm is a green recolor, contrary to its NES title. The Sand Worm is the weakest worm and is a rare enemy fought in many of the game's deserts. The Abyss Worm is an enemy from the Dawn of Souls and 20th Anniversary versions fought in the Earthgift Shrine.
A second series of worm sprites exists. The Gigas Worm is a pink and bulky worm fought early in the game near Pravoka. The green palette-swap, Crawler is fought later on in Marsh Cave. A third version, the Flood Gigas appears in the Dawn of Souls and 20th Anniversary editions in the Whisperwind Cove.
There are four worms in Final Fantasy II, each using the same base template. The orange and brown Sand Worm is the weakest of the genus and is fought in the Great Desert and around Kashuan after obtaining Ultima. The second is the Abyss Worm, the pink and green recolor fought in the Jade Passage. The third, and final in the NES and PlayStation editions is the Roundworm, the blue and brown edition fought in Leviathan and Pandaemonium. The Dawn of Souls version reveals the Unknown Cave, and with it the green and pink Gigas Worm, who also returns with the dungeon in the 20th Anniversary version.
The first worm encountered is the Sand Worm, yellow in color, it is fought around Kaipo and in the Antlion's Den. The pale Flood Worm is a tough foe beneath Baron in the Ancient Waterway. The Abyss Worm is a red worm fought on the Red Moon on the Lunar Path and also in the Lunar Ruins in the Advance version. The Advance version also houses another worm, the Gigas Worm is a blue palette-swap boss fought in the Cave of Trials, guarding Edward's weapon.
The Sand Worm is the only enemy that appears in this game.
A number of the worms of Final Fantasy IV return in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. The Sand Worm appears as the first boss faced by Ceodore Harvey, and also reappears later as an enemy in Rydia's chapter. The Flood Worm appears in a number of locations including both the Ancient Waterway and Troia Waterway. The Abyss Worm appears in the late stages of the game including the Subterrane.
Two new species of Worm were introduced in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. A fourth variation of worm, the green Backed Worm appears on the moon's surface. A new rare enemy, the Gavel Worm uses a different base-sprite to the other worms, retaining the general style with four additional blades around its mouth. It is only encountered in the Lunarians' Tale, and is the strongest worm in the game.
- Main article: Sandworm (Final Fantasy V)
Only one worm appears in Final Fantasy V. The Sandworm retains the usual worm appearance, and is fought as a boss in the Desert of Shifting Sands. The boss battle will have three Holes which the worm can ascend from.
There are four types of worms in Final Fantasy VI, one of which is exclusive to the Game Boy Advance port. The purple Slagworm is fought in the desert south of Maranda in the World of Ruin. They are very tough enemies, but give out lots of experience points when defeated.
The red Abyss Worm is found exclusively in the Advance version as a boss in the Dragons' Den. It is only marginally stronger than the enemies in Dragons' Den. Despite this, it has plenty of spells and always uses counterattacks.
The two worms of Final Fantasy VII are both fought in areas with sand. The Land Worm is the weaker of the two and is fought in the Corel Desert. The blue recolor of the original orange land-based worm is the Sea Worm. Sea Worms are fought on the beaches of Mideel.
- Main article: Worm (Crisis Core)
Worms are the only enemy present during the We Hope it's a Vacation mission, appearing nowhere else. Many other variations exist however.
- Main article: Abyss Worm (Final Fantasy VIII)
The Abyss Worm is the only worm of Final Fantasy VIII. Worms suited to the desert, the Abyss Worms are fought in the Kashkabald Desert of Esthar and the Dingo Desert of Galbadia. They are also fought in the courtyard of Ultimecia Castle.
- Main article: Land Worm (Final Fantasy IX)
The Land Worm is the only worm in Final Fantasy IX that sports an appearance close to the usual worm of the series. The obese, orange worm is fought in the Kiera Desert.
In addition to the Land Worm, two other worm enemies appear. The Carrion Worm is a small green insect fought in Cleyra. The Worm Hydra is a dragon-worm hybrid fought on Mount Gulug, the Salvage Archipelago and Uaho Island.
The Land Worm, Abyss Worm and Sand Worm are part of a greater Worm fiend genus. The Sand Worm is fought earliest in the game in Bikanel. Towards the end of the game the Land Worm is fought inside of Sin. The Abyss Worm is an enemy in the Area Conquest section of the Monster Arena, unlocked once one of every enemy located in Bikanel is caught.
The worm genus returns with one returning and one new entrant. The Sand Worm bears an appearance the same as Final Fantasy X's Sand Worm and can be fought in Bikanel and the Via Infinito. The Earth Worm is much darker in appearance and is also fought within the Via Infinito as well as the Farplane abyss.
Worms in Final Fantasy XI come in both small and large sizes, with the smaller being the more common. Sandworms are an extinct species in modern-day Vana'diel, though their activities were quite prevalent in the Crystal War, swallowing stray soldiers.
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- Main article: Worm (My Life as a King)
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The series of worms in Final Fantasy Mystic Quest are tough enemies, but are all vulnerable to axes. The Sand Worm is a pink worm fought in Bone Dungeon. The Land Worm is a purple worm fought at Wintry Cave. The Leech is a darker purple and is fought in the Giant Tree.
The Worm is an enemy and also a possible monster that the party's monster unit(s) can transform into.
The Worm, LandWorm, and GigaWorm are enemies and also possible monsters that the party can transform into.
- Main article: Land Worm (Summon)
Land Worm appears as a summon in Dissidia 012. It can be bought on the Moogle shop at Melmond in Chapter 4 of Main Scenario: 012, and at the Provoka Moogle shop in Confessions of the Creator.
It appears as a coloured version of its original Final Fantasy II artwork.