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{{Q|Beings of strange form and appearance made by the gods in ancient times. Favored with great strength and intellect, the Espers knew power far beyond that of men, but their power made them proud, and at length they sought to challenge the gods. Seeing this, the gods were angered and struck down their blessed children, and binding their souls and flesh with the Glyph of the Beast, they stole their freedom for all eternity. Now they are bound to live only when summoned by their Glyph, to serve whosoever called them forth.|Espers, [[Sage Knowledge]]}}
 
{{Q|Beings of strange form and appearance made by the gods in ancient times. Favored with great strength and intellect, the Espers knew power far beyond that of men, but their power made them proud, and at length they sought to challenge the gods. Seeing this, the gods were angered and struck down their blessed children, and binding their souls and flesh with the Glyph of the Beast, they stole their freedom for all eternity. Now they are bound to live only when summoned by their Glyph, to serve whosoever called them forth.|Espers, [[Sage Knowledge]]}}
 
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{{See Also|Esper}}
The {{nihongo|Espers|獣|Genjū|Phantom Beast}} in ''[[Final Fantasy XII]]'' are powerful beings created by the [[Occuria|gods]] themselves. However, the Espers that join the player's side are those spurned by their creators; twelve for having rebelled, and a thirteenth for being too powerful. Most of the Espers are based on the [[Lucavi]] in ''[[Final Fantasy Tactics]]'' or other past bosses of previous ''[[Final Fantasy (Series)|Final Fantasy]]'' games.
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The {{nihongo|Espers|召喚獣|Shōkanjū|Summoned Beasts}} in ''[[Final Fantasy XII]]'' are powerful beings created by the [[Occuria|gods]] themselves. However, the Espers that join the player's side are those spurned by their creators; twelve for having rebelled, and a thirteenth for being too powerful. Most of the Espers are based on the [[Lucavi]] in ''[[Final Fantasy Tactics]]'' or other past bosses of previous ''[[Final Fantasy (Series)|Final Fantasy]]'' games.
   
 
Five Espers first appeared as [[Totema]] in ''[[Final Fantasy Tactics Advance]]'', and all but two reappear in ''[[Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings]]'' as [[Esper (Revenant Wings)|Yarhi]]. Lastly, all Espers return in ''[[Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift]]'' as Scions. Recruiting every Esper in the game adds Belias's sprite on the [[Sky Pirate's Den]] and awards the player with the rank of High Summoner.
 
Five Espers first appeared as [[Totema]] in ''[[Final Fantasy Tactics Advance]]'', and all but two reappear in ''[[Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings]]'' as [[Esper (Revenant Wings)|Yarhi]]. Lastly, all Espers return in ''[[Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift]]'' as Scions. Recruiting every Esper in the game adds Belias's sprite on the [[Sky Pirate's Den]] and awards the player with the rank of High Summoner.

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Promotional artwork for the International version of Final Fantasy XII.

Beings of strange form and appearance made by the gods in ancient times. Favored with great strength and intellect, the Espers knew power far beyond that of men, but their power made them proud, and at length they sought to challenge the gods. Seeing this, the gods were angered and struck down their blessed children, and binding their souls and flesh with the Glyph of the Beast, they stole their freedom for all eternity. Now they are bound to live only when summoned by their Glyph, to serve whosoever called them forth.

Espers, Sage Knowledge

Template:See Also The (Espers, 召喚獣?, lit. Shōkanjū) in Final Fantasy XII are powerful beings created by the gods themselves. However, the Espers that join the player's side are those spurned by their creators; twelve for having rebelled, and a thirteenth for being too powerful. Most of the Espers are based on the Lucavi in Final Fantasy Tactics or other past bosses of previous Final Fantasy games.

Five Espers first appeared as Totema in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, and all but two reappear in Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings as Yarhi. Lastly, all Espers return in Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift as Scions. Recruiting every Esper in the game adds Belias's sprite on the Sky Pirate's Den and awards the player with the rank of High Summoner.

The Legend

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The Espers' Glyphs, used to summon them.

In vainglory they arose, shouting challenges at the Gods. But prevail they did not. Their doom it was to walk the Mist until time’s end. A legend of the Nu Mou.

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The scions that would become the Espers were created by the Occuria for varied purposes. While the exact number is never revealed, there are at least 24 scions, with each zodiac sign having a light and dark representative.

Time passed, and eventually, being proud of her power, and status and believing herself to be more powerful than her creators, the highest ranking Esper, Ultima, rose up against the gods. Rallying all the scions of darkness, they attacked their very creators, but even with the combined force of 12 Espers they were defeated, and banished to the darkest reaches of Ivalice. Sealed in the Mist, they could only walk amongst mortals once more if called by a summoner via their glyphs.

A thirteenth scion, Zodiark, was also bound by the gods for fear of his power. Unlike his brethren, he is not known to have harbored rebellious desire. It is unknown just how long the Espers have been sealed away, but since Dynast-King Raithwall was known to possess the glyph of Belias it is thought that they have been sealed away at least since the era of the Dynast King.

Scions of Light and Darkness

The following is a list of all the scions mentioned, their associated Zodiac signs, and element. It is never stated if Ultima and Zodiark are the Scions of Darkness or Light, but we never see the mentioned Scions of Light regardless.

Scion of Darkness Scion of Light Zodiac sign Element
Belias, the Gigas Loghrif, the Transcendent Aries, the Ram Fire
Chaos, Walker of the Wheel Mitron, the Chastiser Taurus, the Bull Wind
Zalera, the Death Seraph Emet-Selch, Angel of Truth Gemini, the Twins Death
Zeromus, the Condemner Pashtarot, Knight-Star Cancer, the Crab Gravity
Hashmal, Bringer of Order Fandaniel, the Protector Leo, the Lion Earth
Ultima, the High Seraph Virgo, the Virgin Holy
Exodus, the Judge-Sal Halmarut, the Arbiter Libra, the Scales Aether
Cúchulainn, the Impure Nabriales, the Majestic Scorpio, the Scorpion Poison
Shemhazai, the Whisperer Igeyorhm, the Martyr Sagittarius, the Archer Soul
Adrammelech, the Wroth Deudalaphon, the Benevolent Capricorn, the Seagoat Thunder
Famfrit, the Darkening Cloud Emmerololth, Holy Queen Aquarius, the Water Bearer Water
Mateus, the Corrupt Lahabrea, Abyssal Celebrant Pisces, the Fish Ice
Zodiark, Keeper of Precepts Ophiuchus, the Snake Bearer Darkness

List of Espers

In Final Fantasy XII, there are thirteen available Espers. However, only five of them are actually obtained in the main story; the other eight, represented in italics, are found through sidequests. Espers require Mist Charges equal to their level to summon.

Level One Espers

Level Two Espers

Level Three Espers

Summoning Espers

Summoning

Vaan summoning an Esper.

Once an Esper has been defeated, it appears on the License Board and any character can purchase its license. Espers are assigned to a specific character and once a character has bought the Esper's license, said license disappears from everybody else's boards. The character can summon the Esper in battle by using their MP. Summoning an Esper is similar to using a Quickening; the Lv1 Espers take one MP bar to summon, whereas the Lv3 Espers take all three.

Summoning an Esper is instantaneous and takes no Charge Time. When an Esper is summoned the two other party members disappear, and the battlefield is shared by the Esper and its summoner. The normal music is replaced by the Esper's battle music as long as the Esper is present. An Esper's level is identical to its summoner's, yet, Espers have fixed Attack, Defense and Magic Defense (like wearing the same "equipment").

Each summon lasts maximum of one minute and thirty seconds and ends when either the summoner or the Esper dies, or the Esper uses its ultimate move. The ultimate attacks are area-effect attacks and target the enemy with the highest max HP. In battle, the Esper follows its own gambits, which the player can't set. In this sense, Espers work much like guests. Espers' attacks never deal hit combos or Critical Hits.

Espers can cast magicks even if they have no MP. This means the player can Syphon their MP freely. Espers are immune to almost all negative Status Effects, which can give a strategic advantage against enemies like Carrot, because whenever an Esper is on the battlefield, the enemies tend to focus their attacks on it.

An unusual glitch can be triggered if a character dies during an Esper's dismiss animation.

Stats

Because the Espers level up along with their summoner, their stats grow.

Base + (Level x Modifier)/128[1]
  • Base = Base value. Different Esper has different values.
  • Level = The current level
  • Modifier = Different Espers have different modifiers (growth rate)

The stat growth is fixed, as there are no random elements involved.

Esper HP MP STR MAG VIT SPD
BA MO BA MO BA MO BA MO BA MO BA MO
Belias88012014575467526302630
Mateus99012015075467534302630
Adrammelech110012014875467532302630
Zalera121012015075467534302630
Cúchulainn23101201517546752630263
Shemhazai242012015175467526302630
Hashmal235012015275487526302630
Zeromus270012015375467526302630
Exodus281012015375467526302630
Famfrit385012015476537626302630
Chaos412512015476537626302630
Ultima440012016077467726302630
Zodiark308012016078457826302630

Musical Themes

Template:Listen Battles against Espers are accompanied with ("Esper Battle", 召喚獣戦?, lit. Shōkan jūsen), composed by Hitoshi Sakimoto. It is the second track in Disc 3 of the original soundtrack. It plays immediately after the Esper begins its move towards the party. The intro starts with a series of militaristic beats, accompanied by wind instruments, and later joined with a female choir. Intermittently, the choir goes louder, joined with voices of the male choir. The choir is then switched occasionally with loud brass and strings, and reaches climax with all instruments beating together to the martial tune.

Template:Listen When summoning an Esper into battle, the track ("Esper", 召喚?, lit. Shōkan) plays. Composed by Hitoshi Sakimoto, it is the second track in Disc 4 of the original soundtrack. It is a variation of the "Esper Battle", with a higher tempo making it fast-paced and a bit chaotic. The choir also joins in with a higher note.

Development

The Espers are not controllable by the player in the original version, but this has been changed in the Final Fantasy XII International Zodiac Job System version.

There were two reasons why we couldn't implement that in the original. One was that we were afraid the graphics would suffer -- imagine the Esper occupying the same space as the background or a character, or the Esper getting in the way so that you couldn't see around you. We didn't have enough time when making the original game to adjust the camera work to fix that. The other problem was that for the Espers to be controllable, we had to actually walk them around every map for debugging.

Hiroyuki Itō, the director of Final Fantasy XII International Zodiac Job System
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Gallery

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Etymology

Most of the names of the scions have something to do with angels, in both Judaism and Christianity. For the Etymology of the Scions of Darkness, see their corresponding articles.

  • A name with a hidden meaning is Emet-Selch, the scion of light. His title is "The Angel of Truth". "Emet-Selch" in Hebrew means "Your Truth".
  • Nabriales, another Scion of Light, is a name of an angel in Jewish mythology. It is pronounced in Hebrew as "Nabriel".
  • Fandaniel matches the basic template of angel names in Judaism, as the "-el" suffix in hebrew means "god" and is usually at the end of many angel names, to mark their superior connection to God.

Some of the Espers take their name after a main antagonist from the first five games in the series:

Trivia

  • Mateus and Shemhazai battles are the only Esper fights where it's impossible to fight with a guest.
  • Zeromus and Adrammelech are the only Espers that don't make an appearance in Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings.

References

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