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Carbuncle in Final Fantasy XI.

A beast with a crimson jewel shining from its forehead.

Dissidia Final Fantasy Summon Compendium

Carbuncle (カーバンクル, Kābankuru?), also called Carbunkl, Crbnkl, or Carbunkle, is a recurring summon creature that appears in various games in the Final Fantasy series. Its name is an archaic word for a red gemstone, which commonly adorns its forehead. When it appears as a summon, its ability is Ruby Light.


Final Fantasy V[]


Carbuncle is a level 4 summon obtained in Castle Exdeath after battling it as a secret boss. At the 10th floor where skull-tiles cover the room, if the party steps onto the northernmost one, they will teleport to a normally inaccessible spot where Carbuncle is. It costs 45 MP to summon, and casts Reflect on the party.

Final Fantasy VI[]

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Carbuncle (Carbunkl in earlier versions) is an esper obtained automatically in the Magitek Research Facility. It casts Reflect on the entire party. It costs 36 MP to summon. As a Magicite, it teaches Reflect (x5), Haste (x3), Protect (x2), Shell (x2) and Warp (x2).

Final Fantasy VII Remake[]

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Carbuncle is a summoning materia obtained as DLC. It was a preorder bonus in the 1st Class Edition and Digital Deluxe Editions, and is now available in the Digital Deluxe Upgrade pack. Carbuncle is a support summon that can bestow the party with various buffs as well as heal and revive them.

Final Fantasy VIII[]

Artwork by Tetsuya Nomura.

Carbuncle is a Guardian Force drawn from the Iguions. If missed, it can still be drawn from Krysta in the final dungeon. Carbuncle casts Ruby Light, bestowing the Reflect status onto the party. Because Carbuncle is not a damage-dealing GF it cannot be boosted, and while it can learn SumMag+% abilities from items, they will have no effect.

Its ability pool reflects its supportive role in battle. Carbuncle learns HP, Vitality and Magic junctions, as well as status attack and defense junctions. It learns HP and Vitality boosting support abilities and Ability x3 that lets the junctioner equip three support abilities at once. Carbuncle is the first GF to learn Counter, which has the junctioner use the Attack command on the enemy that hits them physically, and the only GF to learn Auto-Reflect that bestows a permanent Reflect status. Its unique ability is Recov Med-RF that lets the player refine recovery items from other items.

Its compatibility item is Dragon Skin and its compatibility is boosted by casting support and healing magic in battle, as well as Holy. Its "opposing" GF is Siren whose summoning deducts from Carbuncle's compatibility value the most.

Carbuncle's Triple Triad card modifies into Glow Curtains and is held by CC Group Heart in Balamb Garden.

Final Fantasy IX[]


Carbuncle is an eidolon summoned by Eiko. It is learned through the Ruby for 35 AP, added to the inventory upon entering the Iifa Tree. Summoning Carbuncle costs 24 MP.

Its short animation only bestows Reflect, but its long animation casts Protect as well. Although it normally uses Ruby Light, Eiko's add-on jewel alters Carbuncle's summon ability by switching the ruby on its forehead.

With the add-on equipped:

Final Fantasy XI[]


Carbuncle is one of the five terrestrial Avatars. Associated with rainbows and a strange gem called Carbuncle's Ruby, he is the patron of player summoners. Upon completing the associated quest, which is basically a tour of the weather on Vana'diel in order to restore a carbuncle ruby, the player gains the job of Summoner along with Carbuncle.

Carbuncle has weak physical attacks, but has useful skills like Healing Ruby and Shining Ruby, a healing spell and a defensive spell respectively. Carbuncle has a lower Perpetuation Cost than any other Avatar (potentially as low as zero with certain equipment), making him a favorite for special tasks such as pulling or kiting mobs.

Carbuncle concept art.

While Carbuncle is usually considered the weakest player-avatar, Carbuncle Prime is, in enormous contrast, an extremely powerful enemy avatar, and can be faced in a separate sidequest. A somewhat weaker version of Carbuncle Prime (in comparison) tends to appear in different areas of Limbus at random when opening treasure chests. Carbuncle is also the name of a server.

Blood Pact abilities[]

Level Name Pact Type MP Effect
1 Searing Light Rage All Massive light-element damage to enemies within area of effect. Only available during Astral Flow.
1 Healing Ruby Ward 6 Restores a moderate amount of HP to target party member.
5 Poison Nails Rage 11 Deals minor piercing damage and may inflict poison.
24 Shining Ruby Ward 44 Boosts the defense and magic defense of all Party members within area of effect.
44 Glittering Ruby Ward 62 Increases a random stat for each party member. The stat is randomly chosen per player.
55 Meteorite Rage 108 Deals moderate light-element magic damage.
55 Carbuncle's Favor Avatar's Favor 0 Grants a potent Regen effect to all party members near Carbuncle.
65 Healing Ruby II Ward 124 Restores a large amount of HP for party members within area of effect.
76 Holy Mist Rage 152 Massive light-element magic damage to a single target.

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings[]

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The rays of its ruby light heal all they touch.


Carbuncle is the rank 2 Holy Esper. In order to reach its node on the Ring of Pacts, either Atomos or Balasa must be obtained first.

To heal its allies, Carbuncle can use Cure, which targets one ally, or its special attack, Ruby Balm, which heals all characters in range. Carbuncle is the only Esper that can cast a multiple unit healing spell.

Final Fantasy XIII[]

Carbuncle is the fal'Cie responsible for providing Cocoon with food, encountered by Hope Estheim and Lightning underneath Palumpolum.

Carbuncle is also portrayed as an Eidolon as part of the Pompa Sancta parade at Nautilus. It can also be regarded as the mascot of the park, with Carbuncle dolls sold as merchandise.

Final Fantasy XIII-2[]

Carbuncle adornment.

A figurine for staging imaginary battles alongside Carbuncle.

Adornment description

A Carbuncle doll can be seen in Serah's room in the beginning, as well as in Chocolina's chest. The player can also obtain one as an adornment from a treasure sphere in Yaschas Massif 10 AF.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII[]

Carbuncle figurine.

Lightning can obtain a Carbuncle Figurine as an adornment after completing "The Things She's Lost" quest in Luxerion. This quest involves finding a green Carbuncle doll for a young girl named Dolce who had lost her toy. A red Carbuncle doll can also be found while undergoing this sidequest, but if found and given to Dolce the player will fail the quest.

Final Fantasy XIV[]

Arcanist with a Carbuncle.

Carbuncles are small fox-shaped servants summoned into existence by Arcanists through complex aether manipulation and arcane geometry. An Arcanist (and by extension, Summoner) receives a blue Carbuncle early on in their journey, which can protect its master using shields of aether and aid in bringing forth more powerful summons. Later, Arcanists unlock the ability to briefly summon enhanced Carbuncles infused with the elements: a fire-infused Ruby Carbuncle, an earth-infused Topaz Carbuncle, and a wind-infused Emerald Carbuncle. At level 30, these enhanced summons are replaced by either Primal egi (Summoner) or Nymian faeries (Scholar).

The game also features three large Carbuncles that can be ridden as mounts: the Aquamarine, Citrine, and Rubellite Carbuncles, which appear similar to enlarged versions of the standard, Topaz, and Ruby Carbuncles respectively.

Other variants of Carbuncle are known to exist, though they are not summonable by the player. Urianger Augurelt summons an Amber Carbuncle, which simply functions as a stronger, alternately-colored Topaz Carbuncle. In the Heavensward expansion, Alphinaud Leveilleur is also able to use Ruby, Obsidian, and Onyx Carbuncles when he participates in instanced battles. In Stormblood he summons a Moonstone Carbuncle, this one being perhaps his strongest one.

Final Fantasy XV[]

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Carbuncle appears as a companion in Platinum Demo – Final Fantasy XV, leading young Noctis through his dreamscape. Upon completing the demo, the player can name the Carbuncle. It also appeared at the Moogle Chocobo Carnival holiday event.

In Easy Mode, Carbuncle will appear whenever the currently controlled character is KO'd in battle, bestowing a buff that significantly increases their attack and defense for the duration of the battle while completely restoring their HP. Carbuncle can appear indefinitely, though many harder hunts and locations will disable his appearance, indicated by a "no help" icon. He can also randomly appear in the background of photos taken by Prompto.

Final Fantasy Tactics[]

Carbuncle's artwork for War of the Lions.

An esper whose ruby light reflects magicks cast on allies.


Carbuncle (Carbunkle on the PlayStation) can be summoned to cast Reflect on all allies for 30 MP with a speed of 25. It costs 350 Job Points to learn.

This is the only instance in which Carbuncle is characterized as reptilian rather than mammalian.

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance[]

Art of Carbuncle.

Summons fairy Carbuncle to cast "Reflect."


Carbuncle can be summoned to cast Reflect on any allied units within range. It can be learned by Summoners through the Garnet Staff and requires 300 AP to master. It costs 12 MP to cast.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift[]

Carbuncle appears is a summon which can be learned by Summoners from the Pomegranate Staff. 200 AP is required to master this skill. It grants Reflect to all units in a large area for 16 MP.

Crystal Defenders[]

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Carbuncle appears as a summonable Esper in Crystal Defenders W2, and nullifies resistances of all enemies in an area.

Final Fantasy Dimensions II[]

Artwork of Carbuncle.

Carbuncle is a light-elemental summon. It is one of the basic low-ranked summons and is equipped to Aemo once she joins the party at the beginning of Chapter 1. When summoned into battle, Carbuncle will use Ruby Light as its special attack, which reflects a single magic attack for all party members. Summoning Carbuncle costs 2 points from the Consumption Gauge. The summon's initial design is based on its incarnation in Final Fantasy XI, but it's final form is based off Amber Carbuncle from Final Fantasy XIV.

Depending on Carbuncle's type and rank, it can teach the following abilities:
  • Reflect Guard I
  • Reflect Guard II
  • Reflect Guard III

Upgrading stats[]

Rank Maximum Level Signet Cost Max HP Max MP Max Attack Max Magic Max Speed Components Needed
☆ 2 20 7 208 23 20 20 16 None
☆ 3 30 7 359 40 36 36 28 ?
☆ 4 40 7 516 57 51 51 40 ?

Dissidia Final Fantasy[]

The automatic version.

The manual version.

Carbuncle appears in both its Final Fantasy VIII and Final Fantasy XI forms. It casts Ruby Light to equal the opponent's Bravery with the summoner's. Carbuncle can be summoned by two distinct ways: Automatically, which summons it immediately when the summoner succeeds in an HP attack, and shows the artwork of its Final Fantasy XI appearance, and manually, where the artwork of its Final Fantasy VIII appearance appears. Carbuncle's auto version can be obtained in the Destiny Odyssey IV's third stage, and its manual version in its second stage.

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy[]

Carbuncle: I seek one who hears the voices within, to inform you of a ruby...
Laguna: A song? Who's singing...
Carbuncle: My name is Carbuncle, a stone harboring the rainbow light.
Laguna: Ha, ha... sorta cute. So, you gonna help me out?
Carbuncle: These lights shall descend when you are in peril!
Carbuncle and Laguna conversing

Carbuncle is a summonstone, with the same function as in Dissidia. Its auto version is now found near the end of Chapter Three: Clues of Scenario 012. The manual version can be purchased from certain Moogle Shops for 50 KP.

Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia[]

Alphinaud summons a Moonstone Carbuncle by default as his companion in battle. While active for 6 turns, it grants various buffs to the party, but will be called back if Alphinaud is in BRV Break. His primary ability Summon Moonstone has 4 uses by default, also modifying his standard BRV and HP Attacks to incorporate the creature.

In a late cutscene for Walk This Way, Alphinaud summons an Obsidian Carbuncle, which is his unique EX Ability. With his EX+ passive mastered, Alphinaud begins with a full EX gauge. When invoked, the Obsidian Carbuncle joins him for 4 turns and may grant a free use of his S1 or S2 skills after an attack. The player will need to re-summon Moonstone to remain buffed.

Pictlogica Final Fantasy[]

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Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade[]


Carbuncle is a Light-elemental esper. From time to time, players may encounter Carbuncle in battle. Defeating Carbuncle will grant players the Carbuncle I summon stone, which allows Carbuncle to be summoned into battle. When summoned, Carbuncle uses the skill, Meteorite.

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

Carbuncle is a summon with its sprite from Final Fantasy V. When summoned, it casts Reflect on all members of the party.

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius[]

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War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius[]

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Mobius Final Fantasy[]

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World of Final Fantasy[]

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Carbuncle can be seen in various parts of the story accompanying a Masked Woman who helps guide the twins. It is later revealed that the woman was merely an illusion produced and maintained by the Carbuncle under the orders of Brandelis. Originally accompanying Hauyn, the esper was fused with one of the Exnine Knights, but due to its weakness, it could not take a human form and was forced to retain the carbuncle's appearance. The carbuncle is later fought several times in Castle Exnine.

Carbuncle are a type of Mirage from the Mu group. They can be transfigured from a Skull Eater with a Carbuncle Memento. Another version, Topaz Carbuncle, is available as DLC and was later released in the standalone World of Final Fantasy Maxima version.

Chocobo Racing[]


Carbuncle appears as a scenery element in the Fantasia track.

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Chocobo no Fushigi na Dungeon[]

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Chocobo's Dungeon 2[]

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Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales[]

Carbuncle is a light element card, and has six cards under its name. The player can see it on the overworld, since they must locate it six times to get all six of its cards.


#073 Yellow
None None Defend Defend
Shining Star
Deal 2 damage and causes Silence.
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#074 Yellow
None None Defend Attack
Deals 4 damage and casts Haste.
#075 ★★ Yellow
Defend None Defend Defend
Ruby Light
Crystal Ability (**)

Deal damage equal to the strength of opponent's card.

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#076 ★★★ Yellow
Defend None Defend Defend
Ruby Light+
Crystal Ability (******)

Deals damage equal to twice the strength of opponent's card.

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#077 ★★ Yellow
None None None Defend
Holy Guard

Restore 10 HP.

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#078 ★★★ Yellow
None None Defend Attack
Blessed Song
Deal 2 damage.

CP Crush

Destroy all crystals of the most abundant color in opponent's CP gauge.

Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[]

Carbuncle appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as Earth- and Light-elemental Summon cards. It appears in its Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy XI, and Mobius Final Fantasy appearances.

Triple Triad[]

Carbuncle from the series appears on Triple Triad cards in the version available via Final Fantasy Portal App.

Non-Final Fantasy appearances[]

Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Portable[]

Carbuncle is a chance card, with the ability: Pearl value up 20% on random street.

Knights of the Crystals[]

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Carbuncle appears on an ultimate card.

Puzzle & Dragons[]

Carbuncle appeared as part of the Crystal Defenders collaboration.

Antique Carnevale[]

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Carbuncle appears as a summoned beast.

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Carbuncle was a mythical creature reportedly sighted in the Americas by Spanish conquistadors. It is described as a small creature, either a bird or a mammal, that has a gem in its forehead crystallized from the brain of a dead dragon. According to myth, it is good luck to catch a carbuncle. A carbuncle is also an archaic name given to any red cabochon cut gemstone. The name applied particularly to red garnet.