Ark (アーク, Āku?) is a recurring airship-like summon in the series that first appeared in Final Fantasy IX. Although initially appearing as an airship with a dragon's head at the helm and a long blade out front, Ark can transform into a mecha; in this state, it can attack with an arsenal of explosive laser weaponry.
- 1 Appearances
- 2 Gallery
- 3 Behind the scenes
- 4 Etymology
- 5 References
Ark is Dagger's ultimate eidolon, learned from equipping a Pumice for 100 AP. It costs 80 MP to summon. The party can locate two Pumice Pieces, which can be forged into Pumice by Hades at his Synthesis Shop in Memoria. Pumice can also be received by beating Ozma, the most powerful enemy.
When summoned, Ark departs from the red moon of Terra, and transforms into a mecha as it reaches terminal velocity within Gaia's orbit. A hovering Ark targets the enemy with a laser glyph before firing a salvo of explosive lasers from its wings to scorch the battlefield, and finishes by readying a larger laser whose impact can be seen from space. Its attack is called Eternal Darkness (暗黒の運命, Ankoku no Unmei?, lit. Dark Fate), which deals Shadow-elemental damage to all enemies.
The Cruise Chaser (クルーズチェイサー, Kurūzu Cheisā?) has elements in common with Ark, but is more likely based on the 1986 Square game Cruise Chaser Blassty designed by Hironobu Sakaguchi and Kazuhiko Aoki. The Cruise Chaser is a boss in Alexander - The Heart of the Creator. Like Ark, Cruise Chaser has its default mecha form, and transforms into its airship form during the fight's phase transition.
Cruise Chaser also uses Ark's signature attack, Eternal Darkness. Before casting it, Cruise Chaser will summon Lapis Lazuli orbs to empower the attack. This alludes to the jewel mechanics in Final Fantasy IX, in which the more Lapis Lazulis were in the player's inventory, the more damage Ark's Eternal Darkness would inflict.
Ark is a light-elemental Eidolon for Jornee and Aemo. Jornee's version of the signet teaches her Aura abilities, while Aemo's version teaches her Blasty abilities. Both artworks of the summon take inspiration from the summon's multiple appearances in the series.
Ark is a dangerous foe that rains down punishing physical attacks, but you can brace yourself for battle using Protect, kupo! Its Photon attack deals massive damage to an ally based on their HP, so having a healer in the party helps. Wind is its weakness, and Aero Strike can really hurt it bad! It's immune to earth, though, kupo.Dr. Mog's Advice
Ark appears as the main boss of the Oeilvert Final Fantasy IX realm dungeon. Ark has access to Propeller Wind, Photon, Boomerang, Whirlwind, and the default Attack ability.
Ark also appears in various Final Fantasy IX event dungeons. The versions of Ark encountered in the non-ultimate difficulty dungeons of events use the same attacks as the realm dungeon versions. The "ultimate" versions of Ark often use stronger variants of its normal attacks and occasionally have access to the Eternal Darkness attack.
A stronger version of Ark also appears as a boss and an Esper as part of the magicite system. The summon is a rank 5 dark-elemental magicite and players must first defeat Ark (Savage) in the third dark magicite dungeon in order to obtain it. This version of Ark uses a different set of attacks to match its dark-elemental nature, such as Endark, Eternal Darkness, and Doomsday.
When Ark is summoned into battle it will cast Ultra Eternal Darkness, which deals ranged physical dark-elemental to one enemy and grant all allies a barrier to avoid a single holy-elemental attack. Ultra Eternal Darkness can break the damage cap.
- Magicite effects
Ark’s magicite provides the following effects in battle:
|Name||Starting Value||Max Value|
|Mind Boon||Lv. 10||Lv. 20|
|Increases the Mind of all allies, proportional to combined magicite stats.|
|Empower Dark||Lv. 5||Lv. 15|
|Increases the dark damage of all allies and their espers.|
Ark also has a chance of using the following abilities after being summoned into battle:
|Name||Trigger Rate (Start)||Trigger Rate (Max)|
|Deal ranged physical dark damage to one enemy. Can break the damage cap.|
|Deal ranged physical damage to two enemies.|
|Deal three ranged physical dark attacks to one enemy.|
A mechanical entity fusing magic and technology, once sealed beyond timespace by a heavenly pact.
Ark is an earth-elemental magic card, allowing the player to use the Stonera earth magic ability.
The card was originally added into the game's draw shop in late 2016, however it has since been removed as a obtainable card through this method. The only method of aquiring this card is now through the game's ability shop.
Ark appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game with a dark-elemental card depicting an artwork of it.
Ark appears in the version available via Final Fantasy Portal App.
Behind the scenes
The Pumice item used to summon Ark in Final Fantasy IX has the same Japanese name as Final Fantasy's Levistone (ふゆう石, Fuyuuishi?, lit. floating stone), which is used to raise the ancient airship from the Ryukahn Desert.
Noah carried seven pairs of each clean animal species and one pair of each unclean animal species, each pair a male and female, into a giant ship called the Ark. The Ark was built by God's command to survive the deluge He sent to purge the world from the sins committed by mankind.In the Bible,