The Zu (ズー, Zū?), also known as Zuu, is a recurring enemy in the Final Fantasy series. It is a gigantic black bird. Zus have high HP and utilize strong physical attacks. In later games they often appear in the same genus as the Garuda.
- Main article: Zu (Final Fantasy IV)
Zu enemies normally appear around Mysidia in either the forests, or plains, and are weak enemies due to their weakness of death and Cecil's acquisition of the Deathbringer. A stronger version of the Zu, known as the Rukh, can be encountered around the Eblan area, though they do not pose much more of a threat than a Zu at the time they can be encountered. Rukhs are colored green compared to Zus.
- Main article: Zu (The After Years)
Zu enemies are rather strong when they are encountered in each tale, and have the ability to attack twice. Upon defeat, they relinquish valuable items. Zu is also fought as a boss in Izayoi's section of Edge's Tale, however due to HP and MP restoring pots placed throughout the area as well as saving points, it is very easy to level grind since the enemies give decent exp because there are no party members to divide exp between, and therefore can be defeated without much effort.
- Main article: Zu (Final Fantasy V)
Zu enemies appear around Karnak up to the Library of the Ancients, are moderately powerful enemies at the time they are fought, and offer a great deal of EXP and Gil upon defeat. They can either be fought alone or with 2x Aegirs. The upgraded Zu, Rukh, can be fought in World 3 on various oceans and are a much more difficult enemy to defeat with the ability to inflict major Wind elemental damage to the party with its Breath Wing.
- Main article: Zuu (Final Fantasy VII)
The Zuu can only be fought in either the Battle Arena or on the bridge in Mt. Nibel. Tonadu can only be fought around Mideel on dark areas, and aren't much more difficult to defeat than Zuu. They both can yield a Bird Wing upon defeat.
- Main article: Zuu (Before Crisis)
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- Main article: Zuu (Final Fantasy IX)
Zuu enemies can be fought on Cleyra's Trunk and is not a threat save for its Swallow ability, which removes a character from the battle. It can also be fought once the party comes out of Fossil Roo.
- Main article: Zu (Final Fantasy X)
- Main article: Zu (Final Fantasy X-2)
Zu reappears as a normal enemy. In Oversoul, all three variations can knock off up to 75% of the party's max HP with one blow of Chicken Wing Lv.3, and they all have the ability to destroy specific items.
- Main article: Zu (Final Fantasy XII)
Zu enemies are normal enemies encountered on the Ozmone Plain. They fly out of reach of melee attacks, and must be hit with ranged attacks, magick or the Telekinesis technick.
While not appearing as normal enemies, Zus are used by the Kingdom of Concordia during field battles, to attack other cities. Their appearance is based off the Zus in Final Fantasy X.
- Main article: Zu (Crystal Chronicles)
The Zu reappears as a normal enemy in the Lynari Desert, having extremely high HP as all Zu enemies tend to do, and having elemental attacks, unlike any other Zu in the series.
- Main article: Garuda (Ring of Fates)
Garuda, named a Zuu by Alhanalem, appears as a boss, fought at Mount Vaal and Lunite Temple. It has a more mechanical-like appearance than past Zu appearances, and is blue instead of the normal black color of previous Zu appearances as well.
- Main article: Zu (The Crystal Bearers)
Zu appear in the opening Playable Event, attacking the Alexis II. They are later encountered in the Edge of Oblivion and Yuke Sky City, and are not aggressive, allowing Layle to use them as transport. Their location hints that they may not be native to the material world.
- Main article: Zuh
- Main article: Zuu (Dimensions)
The Zuu appears in Final Fantasy Dimensions.
- Main article: Zu (Airborne Brigade)
Zu appears as a boss in Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade, and is fought in the Living Wood areas 3 and 7.
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- "This selfish bird attacks from above with no consideration at all for what you're doing."
- —In-game description.
Zu means fire in the Sumerian language, and it is the name of an Akkadian god who appears as a massive bird and can breathe fire and water.