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Elnoyle is an enemy in Final Fantasy VIII. Its appearance is similar to the boss Elvoret, except for the dull brown coloration. It is a notable enemy for the Energy Crystal item it yields, needed for making various ultimate weapons.


In the Japanese version of the game, Elnoyle's HP formula is .


Elnoyle's location in Esthar.

When Esthar City is flooded with monsters after the Lunar Cry, to the north of Odine's lab there is a black figure sitting at the farthest point, who will laugh "Heehahaheehee" when the player tries to strike a conversation. The fight commences immediately after, and the player cannot escape the battle. This can be repeated as many times as the player wishes by leaving the screen and returning.

Elnoyles are also met in random encounters on the roads in Esthar City and in the chapel of Ultimecia Castle.


Elnoyles are weak to Instant Death. They swipe at the party with their claws and counterattack every attack. Their Storm Breath hits the whole party. They can dispel the party's status enhancements and debuff them with Pain and and even kill them outright with Death. It also uses its Tail Needle attack on occasion.

Elnoyle is an important enemy because it drops Energy Crystals needed to remodel Quistis's and Rinoa's ultimate weapons. Plus, they refine into Pulse Ammo needed for the Lion Heart, Squall's best weapon, and for Irvine's Shot Limit Break. Energy Crystals can also be refined into Ultima. Elnoyles are immune to Tonberry's Level Up skill.


Junctioning a hundred Deaths to status attack has a chance of killing an Elnoyle in a single hit. Without the Death strategy, the battles can be quite annoying because Elnoyle often counterattacks with a physical attack. It is also susceptible to the Degenerator Limit Break, as well as the Blind and Poison statuses, which can be applied through Pain spell which Elnoyle carries, rendering its physical counters useless and helping the party chip away at its massive HP.

Triple Triad[]


Elnoyle is a Triple Triad card used for playing the minigame and used for turning into Energy Crystals (10:1) with Quezacotl's Card Mod.

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Pictlogica Final Fantasy[]

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Elnoyle is derived from aile noire, French for "black wing."

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