I summon Brynhildr!
Sazh Katzroy, Final Fantasy XIII
Brynhildr is Sazh Katzroy's Eidolon in Final Fantasy XIII. She is a Fire-elemental knight who wields a large bludgeon that also shoots projectiles. She can transform into a race car for Sazh to drive.
- 1 Profile
- 2 Story
- 3 Gameplay
- 4 Musical themes
- 5 Other appearances
- 6 Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances
- 7 Behind the scenes
- 8 Merchandise
- 9 Gallery
- 10 Etymology
- 11 References
Profile[edit | edit source]
Brynhildr is a red and gold mechanical warrior whose feet have built-in stiletto heel. She has a detail down her chest that looks like lacing of a corset and a frame down her back that resembles a cape. She has horns and wields an elaborate axe with intricate details. As a car, she folds to implement her weapon to the design to become the front bumper, the "shoulder pauldrons" of her "cape" become the front wheels as the frame folds over the car to form a cockpit for the driver.
The text on on the symbol that appears in the ball of fire when Brynhildr is summoned reads (in Latin written in Etro script):
- By the grace of Etro, warrior maiden be drawn by the fires of battle. Come forth, wreathed in blazing glory.
- A name in blood, a pact of flame. Brynhildr shall rise, her bond eternal and unyielding.
- Rousing Inferno.
- Ethereal Blaze.
Story[edit | edit source]
After having learned of Vanille's involvement in the branding of his son, a recently-branded Pulse l'Cie Sazh corners her in the Fiendlord's Keep of Nautilus. Sazh's turmoil summons Brynhildr, and together with Vanille they defeat the Eidolon. Sazh's eidolith manifests in the shape of a chocobo feather, and from this point on he can call upon Brynhildr to aid him in battle by taking the eidolith from his brand and crushing it.
Later, when the party returns to Cocoon from their expedition of Gran Pulse, they crash a grand prix and ride through the racetrack with their Eidolons in Gestalt Mode. Sazh steers Brynhildr in her race car form, his chocobo chick sitting on the steering wheel.
Brynhildr, alongside the other Eidolons, answers Lightning's call for help in the final battle against the god Bhunivelze. Following Nova Chrysalia's destruction, the Eidolons bid farewell to their old comrades before fading away.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Boss[edit | edit source]
Sazh and Vanille face Brynhildr as a boss in Nautilus Park, as a test to prove Sazh's strength to her. After passing the test, Brynhildr joins as Sazh's summon.
Brynhildr yields to those who amass chain bonuses and strengthen their allies. As a result, the Synergist role is crucial. As chain bonuses are difficult to amass in Eidolon battles, the best strategy is to use the Tide Turner paradigm to both strengthen Sazh and Vanille while weakening Brynhildr, then shifting to Dualcasting to build chain bonuses.
Summon[edit | edit source]
Though Brynhildr is naturally Fire-elemental, Sazh can bestow En-Spells on her to change her elemental characteristics, allowing her to use a wide array of spells based on which enhancements Sazh has cast on her.
Sazh's Gestalt Gauge increases by driving up enemy chain gauges and by augmenting himself and Brynhildr with status enhancements. During her Gestalt Mode, Brynhildr transforms into a sports car. Her concept is Gadget Master.
Stats[edit | edit source]
Abilities[edit | edit source]
|Slash||1||Inflicts physical damage on opponents within a small radius.|
|Valkyrian Scythe||1||Inflicts multiple damage on opponents within a small radius.|
|Gunshot||1||Inflicts physical damage on one opponent.|
|Pyroshot||1||Inflicts fire magical damage on opponents within a small radius.|
|Cryoshot||1||Inflicts ice magical damage on opponents within a small radius. Only used when under Enfrost status.|
|Electroshot||1||Inflicts lightning magical damage on opponents within a small radius. Only used when under Enthunder status.|
|Hydroshot||1||Inflicts water magical damage on opponents within a small radius. Only used when under Enwater status.|
|Pyroburst||1||Inflicts fire magical damage on opponents within a wide radius.|
|Cryoburst||1||Inflicts ice magical damage on opponents within a wide radius. Only used when under Enfrost status.|
|Electroburst||1||Inflicts lightning magical damage on opponents within a wide radius. Only used when under Enthunder status.|
|Hydroburst||1||Inflicts water magical damage on opponents within a wide radius. Only used when under Enwater status.|
|Curaga||1||Fully restores summoner's HP.|
|Arise||Auto||Fully restores summoner's HP and removes all status ailments.|
|ATB Boost||Auto||Temporarily extend ATB gauge from 4 to 6 to deliver a powerful attack. If Brynhildr's ATB gauge is less than 90% full and her target is either; staggered, has less than 0.2 secs or more than 6 secs left of chain gauge, ATB Boost will activate.|
|Penetration||Auto||Ignores target's fire, ice, lightning and water resistances when attacking.|
Brynhildr uses Slash twice followed by Valkyrian Scythe and finally Pyroburst. She targets the same enemy Sazh is targeting, and moves towards the enemy while her ATB gauge fills up. If ATB Boost activated the previous turn, she will follow up Pyroburst with another Valkyrian Scythe followed by another Pyroburst. For enemies with high or low hitboxes, she will prioritize Gunshot and Valkyrian Scythe over Slash and Pyroburst.
Sazh can cast En-spells on her to modify her moveset. If Sazh's HP is below 70%, she casts Curaga. If either his HP or the Eidolon's SP reaches 0, she will cast Arise before being dismissed.
Gestalt Mode[edit | edit source]
|Ability||ATB Cost||Move PS3/360||Description|
|Chopper Spin||2||/||Strike targets while spinning wildly.|
|Caltrop Bomb||3||/||Scatter bombs that deal fire damage upon detonation and launch staggered enemies into the air.|
|Centrifugal Sweep||3(1)||/||Repeatedly damage surrounding targets. Chainable by repeating input.|
|Spark Shower||3(1)||/||Deal fire damage to targets. Chainable by repeating input.|
|Múspell Flame||All||/||Deal fire damage to all enemies.|
Brynhildr's abilities summon small jets that shoot bullets from afar to increase a target's chain bonus and chain duration, before dive-bombing into them to deal damage. Chopper Spin and Caltrop Bomb summon one, Centrifugal Sweep summons one per use, and Spark Shower summons three.
- Level 1: 18.00 * 3 + 24.00 * 1 = 78.00
- Level 2: 18.00 * 5 + 24.00 * 1 = 114.00
- Level 3: 18.00 * 7 + 24.00 * 2 = 174.00
Musical themes[edit | edit source]
"Test of the L'Cie" (ルシの試練, Rushi no Shiren?) plays during Sazh's battle with Brynhildr in Final Fantasy XIII.
Other appearances[edit | edit source]
I couldn't finish 'em. Looks like this's gonna get complicated.
Brynhildr is a summon obtained through the summon drawing shop. An alternate variant, Brynhildr Ω, also appears as a summon.
Brynhildr appears as a high level fire-elemental summon whose special attack is Múspell Flame, which deals fire-elemental damage to all enemies. Summoning Brynhildr costs 3 points from the Consumption Gauge.
Depending on the Brynhildr summon's type and rank, the user is able to learn the following abilities:
As opposed to most games using her recurring Final Fantasy XIII design, this game designs her to resemble that of a Valkyrie.
Upgrading stats[edit | edit source]
|Rank||Maximum Level||Phantom Stone Cost||Max HP||Max MP||Max Attack||Max Magic||Max Speed||Components Needed|
- Brynhildr Ω
Brynhildr is a summon. Her ability, Múspell Flame, instantly doubles the Stage Bravery, and doubles the base Stage Bravery for a period of time afterwards.
Brynhildr appears as an obtainable card.
Although Brynhildr herself doesn't appear, her weapon does. Sazh uses the weapon to attack the enemy with Pyroburst.
- Ability Cards
- Legend Cards
Brynhildr has a card featuring its drawn artwork for Final Fantasy XIII. It is a fire-element card. Another card depicts Brynhildr in Gestalt Mode with Sazh.
Brynhildr in her Gestalt form appears on Triple Triad cards in the version available via Final Fantasy Portal App.
Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances[edit | edit source]
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Brynhildr transforms into a race car. Design-wise, the transformation aspect was the key, and once the designers knew she was going to become a car, that detail affected the design of her humanoid form as well. Brynhildr was inspired by a goddess from Viking mythology.
Some promotional screenshots show Sazh and Brynhildr fighting together in Nautilus. This is impossible however, since Brynhildr is the last encounter in the chapter.
Brynhildr participates in the final battle against Bhunivelze in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, fighting alongside Noel Kreiss rather than Sazh. The reason for the two being paired was most likely due to Sazh being elsewhere at the time.
Merchandise[edit | edit source]
Brynhildr, along with the other Eidolons has been made into action figures in the Final Fantasy Creatures Kai Vol. 3 series. These figures cost ¥6,240 a piece.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
- Concept art
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Brynhildr is a Shieldmaiden and a Valkyrie in Norse mythology. In the Völsunga saga, she was sent by Odin to decide a fight between two kings, but was punished by the god after helping his least-favored one then banished her to the top of mount Hindarfjall in the Alps. She must sleep within a ring of fire until any man rescues and marries her. Sigurd entered the castle and awoke Brynhildr by removing her helmet and cutting off her chainmail armor.
The two fell in love and Sigurd proposed to her with the magic ring Andvaranaut. She appears as a main character in the Völsunga saga and some Eddic poems treating the same events. Under the name Brünnhilde, she appears in the Nibelungenlied and therefore also in Richard Wagner's opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen.