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The following is a list of allusions present in Final Fantasy XIV.

Final Fantasy seriesEdit

FFXIV Swiftcast Four Crystals

Four crystals appear while using the ability Swiftcast.

  • (1.0) Near the end of the cutscene in which Gaius fights Thancred, Y'shtola, Yda, and Papalymo, the four Circle of Knowing members stand a distance from him in a small row. This could be a visual reference to how parties used to stand in rows in the first ten Final Fantasy games.
  • Four crystals can be seen during the animation of Thaumaturge ability, Swiftcast, alluding to the four crystals in early Final Fantasy titles.
  • In the various promotional screenshots, names of various playable characters from previously released games are used to name the characters.
  • A miniature classic airship can be obtained as a pet, as well as a "pointing finger" similar to those used as a cursor in previous entries of the series.
  • The CG renders and concept art for the Summoner of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn show the summoner with a horn-like adornment on his head, echoing how summoners with forehead horns appear in various Final Fantasy titles. The horn is also present in the class's Artifact Armor.
  • The 2013 All Saints Wake (Halloween) event features a Magic Pot NPC. It resembles the imps of Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV hiding in the conventional urn. When players interact with it, it boasts that the Impressario gave it an Elixir and rocks backward gleefully. Magic Pot is a recurring enemy in the series that yields excellent spoils if appeased with an Elixir. There is also a Magic Pot NPC in the Isles of Umbra that gives you the wind-up sun minion if you give it an elixir.
  • Before most storyline battles, the common "whoosh" effect of previous games' random encounters is seen.
  • When completing to quest to obtain a Zodiac Weapon Zeta, the "Got an Important Item" jingle plays.

Final FantasyEdit

FFXIV Minion of Light

Final Fantasy IIEdit

"Battle Theme 1.x"
XIV FFII Battle Theme
  • (1.0) The servers Kashuan and Palamecia alluded to, respectively, the kingdom and empire of the same name in Final Fantasy II.
  • Minfilia, the leader of the Scions of the Seventh Dawn, uses the password "wild rose" to allow the player to identify other members of the order. This phrase was used by Princess Hilda of Fynn to identify other members of the rebels against the Empire.
  • A soundtrack used in multiple places, such as during the main storyline in Ul'dah, is a remix of the battle theme of Final Fantasy II.
  • "Dreadnought" is one of the Empire's airships.
  • Firion's outfit is available for player characters as a Rank 11 Veteran Reward for players who subscribed for 840 days in total. A set of chocobo barding based on Firion's outfit as well as a Wind-up Firion minion is available from Rank 12 Veteran Reward (960 Days).

Final Fantasy IIIEdit

  • (1.0) The server Gysahl referred to a village of the same name.
  • (1.0) The server Saronia referred to a kingdom of the same name.
  • Cid Garlond's airship is named Enterprise. Enterprise first appeared as a name for an airship in Final Fantasy III.
  • The Artifact Equipment for the Summoner job class is called the "Evoker's equipment" and the upgraded version is the "Summoner's equipment", alluded to the job Evoker and its upgraded version, the Summoner from Final Fantasy III.
  • Nepto Dragon can be fished by Fisher class.
  • The Crystal Tower dungeon quests are inspired by the Crystal Tower from Final Fantasy III from the Labyrinth of the Ancients, referring to the Ancients' Maze, to Syrcus Tower. The dungeon is home to various bosses that pay homage to Final Fantasy III enemies. The Labyrinth of the Ancients holds Thanatos, King Behemoth, and Phlegethon (named Titan in Japanese), whereas Syrcus Tower has Scylla, Glasya Labolas (named Guardian in Japanese), Amon, and Xande. The Cloud of Darkness appears along with the World of Darkness as the final boss of the Crystal Tower arc. The themes "Altar Cave," "Battle 2," and "The Crystal Tower" have been rearranged for the raids.
    • When casting his ability, Glasya Labolas will make the same pose as his Final Fantasy III sprite.
    • Xande's obsession with his mortality and fear of the inevitable lead him to make a pact with a being from the void, the Cloud of Darkness, mirroring his ambitions in Final Fantasy III.
    • Doga and Unei are named after the two sages from Final Fantasy III.
  • The Onion Helm is a helmet available to players who purchased the Collectors Edition of the original game, the rest of the Onion equipment is available as prizes in the Crystal Tower. Onion equipment debuted in Final Fantasy III with the Onion Knight job.
  • The minion "Wind-up Onion Knight" can be found in a treasure chest after the party defeats Xande. It's a minion based on the original NES sprite of the Final Fantasy III Onion Knight.
  • All of the weapons that can be purchased with Rowena Tokens gained from the quest Primal Focus are named from weapons in Final Fantasy III. All of the weapons in Final Fantasy III are used by the job that equips them in Final Fantasy XIV with the exception of two: the Elder Staff and Omnirod are swapped, the Elder Staff is used by white mages and the Omnirod is used by black mages (in Final Fantasy III).
  • The Orison set of equipment for the White Mage job is based on the White Mage robe.
  • The Wind-up Magus and Wind-up Viking enemies inside of the Antitower are based on the Magus and Viking jobs, being based on their sprites from the original Famicom version.
  • The Warriors of Darkness are based on the characters of the same name from Final Fantasy III. Similar to the characters they are based on, Arbert and his companions come from a world that is being consumed by the Flood of Light.
    • In addition, the job titles for Arbert's companions are from the jobs in Final Fantasy III. The Devout of Darkness is named after the Devout, the Magus of Darkness is named after the Magus, the Ranger of Darkness is named after the Ranger, and the Knight of Darkness is named after the Knight. However, due to Knight being used as the Japanese name for Paladin job in Final Fantasy XIV, Blanhaerz's job title in Japanese is instead Magic Swordsman (魔法剣士, Mahōkenshi?), using the Japanese name for the Dark Knight job in Final Fantasy III.
  • Desch and Salina are mentioned in the Heaven-on-High storyline.

Final Fantasy IVEdit

Dragoon Artwork XIV

Dragoon artwork with Kain Highwind's famous pose.

  • (1.0) The server Mysidia referred to a village of the same name.
  • (1.0) The server Fabul referred to a kingdom of the same name.
  • The Artifact Armor for Dragoon is a reference to Kain Highwind's armor. The artwork of the Dragoon job shares the same pose as Kain in the original logo of Final Fantasy IV (FFIV original logo).
  • A weather vane seen in the Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward cinematic is shaped like Yoshitaka Amano's original Final Fantasy IV logo featuring Kain Highwind.
  • The non-playable character for the Bard quests says the phrase "Call me a spoony bard, but...", in reference to the famous one-liner from Tellah.
  • The Artemis' Bow, the Relic Weapon for Bards, was long ago crafted specifically for a man named Gilbert, which is the Japanese name for the character Edward Chris von Muir. Edward can equip bows in Final Fantasy IV.
  • The boss ADS and its nodes found in the first and second turns of the Binding Coil of Bahamut are based on the CPU boss from Final Fantasy IV.
  • The interior decorating in the Allagan buildings, such as the Binding Coil of Bahamut, is similar to the Tower of Babil from Final Fantasy IV.
  • Cecil's Paladin headband and earrings could be obtained by pre-ordering Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward.
    • The final line on the card that provides the item code is "May they take you back to a time when two was four and four was two," a reference to how Square titled the SNES version of Final Fantasy IV as Final Fantasy II for the western market.
  • The players will encounter a "darkness" version of themselves during one of the Dark Knight job quests, similar to the event in Final Fantasy IV.
  • The Tantra set of equipment for Monk job is based on Yang Fang Leiden's Yoshitaka Amano's artwork.
  • The first final boss of Pharos Sirius (Hard), the Progenitrix, is based on the Mom Bomb boss from Final Fantasy IV. In the Japanese version, the boss is called "Mother Bomb" (マザーボム, Mazā Bomu?).
  • The final boss of the Antitower, Calcabrina, is a reference to the dancing doll demon Calcabrina, even sharing the same theme music.
  • The final boss of The Burn, Mist Dragon is a reference to Mist Dragon

Final Fantasy IV -Interlude-Edit

  • The second final boss of Pharos Sirius (Hard), the Progenitor, is based on the Dad Bomb boss from Final Fantasy IV -Interlude-. In the Japanese version, the boss is called "Father Bomb" (ファザーボム, Fazā Bomu?).

Final Fantasy IV: The After YearsEdit

  • The training session between the Warrior of Light and Lyse Hext in Stormblood opening FMV is alluded to Yang and Ursula in the opening FMV of The After Years.

Final Fantasy VEdit


Moai face underwater.

  • There is a moai face in the Lochs in the Stormblood expansion, at X:20.4 Y:16.6. This may allude to the moai statue at the bottom of the ocean in Final Fantasy V.
  • The Interdimensional Rift is a direct reference to the final dungeon of Final Fantasy V. The background music is an arrangement of "Prelude to the Void" and the boss battle theme is an arranged version of "Battle 2".
  • The bosses of The Deltascape raids are based on Final Fantasy V bosses: Alte Roite, Chatastrophe, Halicarnassus, and Exdeath. For the last boss, Exdeath, an arrangement of "The Decisive Battle" serves as the background music.
  • Exdeath uses the power of the Void in battle. Furthermore, the animation of his Flare and Holy are based on their Final Fantasy V versions.
  • The Isle of Val was implemented in version 4.21, also known as "The Forbidden Land, Eureka". There're locations on this island named after Final Fantasy V characters: Port Surgate, Klauser's Howe, The Val River Swale, and Klauser's Peace.
  • Artifact gears for Blue Mage are based on the job's Final Fantasy V counterpart.
  • The casting effect of Blue Magics is based on Final Fantasy V Blue Magic casting.
  • In the first cutscene battle as a Blue Mage, the player character has to fight with nothing but using a rod as a melee weapon. This alluded to how Blue Mage is in Final Fantasy V when they have yet to learn any spell.
  • There's a Blue Mage rod called Azulmagia, a reference to the Blue Mage enemy of the same name.

Final Fantasy VIEdit

FFXIV - Magitek Armor

A Terra lookalike in the Magitek Armor trailer for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

  • (1.0) The server Figaro referred to a kingdom of the same name.
  • (1.0) During the 2011 All Saints Wake (Halloween) event, the trickster imps would randomly say "Life... Dreams... Imps... Where do they come from? And where do they go?" upon spawning, quoting Kefka's speech during the final battle of Final Fantasy VI.
  • The Garlean Empire technology is called magitek, and has advanced considerably due to the works of a Cid and is primarily used for military purposes. Additionally, two versions of the Magitek Armor mount is available to players: one based more on Yoshitaka Amano's "armless" design seen in concept art, and the "armored suit with arms" design seen in the game as printed. In Final Fantasy VI, magitek technology is employed by the Gestahlian Empire, invented by the engineer Cid Del Norte Marquez.
  • When Cid nan Garlond is suffering from amnesia, he goes by the name Marques, referring to the Cid from Final Fantasy VI.
  • The first video showing the Magitek Armor in-game was a short recreation of the opening to Final Fantasy VI, with a green haired female hyur and two other characters riding the Magitek Armor in a snowy region, and a remix of "Terra's Theme" playing in the background. As of Patch 2.55, the remix of "Terra's Theme" is now the mount music for the Magitek Armor.
  • There's a Gladiator skill called "Riot Blade," a Rogue skills called "Spinning Edge" and "Shadow Fang," and a Dragoon Jump named "Mirage Dive." These skills are named after the Desperation Attacks of Terra, Celes, Shadow and Locke.
  • The 2013 All Saints Wake (Halloween) event features a circus troupe led by a man named "The Impressario," alluding to an NPC of the same name in the Opera House of Final Fantasy VI.
  • There is a Phantom Train linking several Garlean Castra. During the main story quest "Escape from Castrum Centri," Yda and Y'shtola sneak into the Imperial stronghold using the train, and a depot is briefly visited during runs through Castrum Meridianum. Phantom Train was a supernatural train in Final Fantasy VI that the party accidentally boards and must escape from.
  • Doma is the name of a nation-state far across the sea from Eorzea, and when it resists the control of the Empire, it is wiped out as an example to other nations. Doma in Final Fantasy VI is also wiped out after resisting the Gestahlian Empire. In addition to this, like its Final Fantasy VI counterpart, Doma appears to be based on feudal Japan.
  • Both the former Doman king, Kaien and the prince, Hien, are direct references to the characters Cyan Garamonde and his son Owaine. Kaien's name is based on the romaji of Cyan's Japanese name, Cayenne (カイエン, Kaien?), while Hien's childhood name, Shun, is based on Owaine's Japanese name, which is also Shun (シュン, Shun?). An arrangement of "Cyan's Theme" plays as Hien's character theme.
  • The party found Hien on a cliff similar to how Cyanne was found in the World of Ruin in Final Fantasy VI.
  • An airship named Blackjack appears during the Ixal quests. Blackjack was Setzer Gabbiani's airship in Final Fantasy VI.
  • The Falcon is an available mount as of Stormblood. A reference to Daryl claiming it is the fastest airship in the world is in the tooltip.
  • Ultros and Typhon make a cameo appearance as optional bosses in Hildibrand storyline. The original version of "The Decisive Battle" theme plays during the battle against them. Ultros is a recurring boss and comic relief character in Final Fantasy VI who has a friend named Typhon.
    • Ultros also uses direct quotes from Final Fantasy VI several times during his cutscenes.
  • Setzer Gabbiani's costume can be bought in Manderville Gold Saucer.
  • Moglin, Moghan, and Mogwin are named after the moogles from Final Fantasy VI.
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  • The Gestahl dog minion is a reference to a joke where the Emperor Gestahl sprite in Final Fantasy VI looked like a dog.
  • The floating continent of Azys Lla is inspired by the Floating Continent from Final Fantasy VI. The connection is further established by several nods:
    • The Garlean Legion encountered in Azys Lla is the VIth Legion.
    • "Proto Ultima," a creature based on the Ultima Weapon, can be seen flying around the continent. The Ultima Weapon is a boss fought on the Floating Continent in Final Fantasy VI.
    • The Aetherochemical Research Facility dungeon in Azys Lla is inspired by the Magitek Research Facility from Final Fantasy VI. It houses three primals known as the Warring Triad.
    • The Allag flagship on which the Aetherochemical Research Facility is stationed bears golden statues of the Warring Triad around a tower-like object. The Warring Triad were petrified deities and the origin of magic in Final Fantasy VI. The first boss theme of Sephirot, the Fiend, is a remix of Battle to the Death, the boss theme that plays when fighting the Warring Triad in Final Fantasy VI.
  • Ymir appears as a boss in the Hullbreaker Isle (Hard). A group of Ymir Unshelled also appear in the cave before the boss room of Ymir.
  • The first boss of Dun Scaith is "Deathgaze Hollow", whose battle occurs on the deck of an airship. This alludes to the battle against Deathgaze in Final Fantasy VI.
  • The Stormblood dungeon, Castrum Abania has many enemies and bosses from Final Fantasy VI, including but not limited to the Magna Roader, Number 024, and Inferno each possessing many of the same attacks and battle strategies.
  • Kefka also appears as the final boss of the fourth version of Sigmascape, being preceded by Phantom Train, Chadarnook, and Guardian alluding to his role as the main antagonist in Final Fantasy VI. He also uses various lines from both the SNES/PSX as well as the GBA/iOS/Steam versions of Final Fantasy VI during his fight against the party. During the final phase, Nero tol Scaeva when Kefka uses Forsaken for the first time will state "He's gone beyond chaos... the end approaches!" alluding to Kefka's line in the SNES version when charging up the attack, "The end comes... beyond chaos...".
  • The appearance of the Ultima Beast, a prototype Ultima Weapon fought in the Fractal Continuum (Hard), is based on the version of the Ultima Weapon from Final Fantasy VI.
  • A Lupin going by the moniker "The Wolf Burgler" appears in the Hildibrand story, at one point forcing you to choose between your ally or the precious item falling from a cliff much like in VI.
FFXIV Parley

A parley between Eorzean Alliance and Emperor Varis.

  • Later in the Stormblood main scenario, there's a meeting between the Eorzean Alliance and Emperor Varis zos Galvus, this event resembles the event where The Returners have a dinner with Emperor Gestahl. The parley also splitted into two parts with a short break where the player can talk to the NPCs around the place.

Final Fantasy VIIEdit

FFXIV Mor Dhona Dalamud

The fall of Dalamud event alludes to Meteor in Final Fantasy VII.

FFXIV Braver

The Buster Sword appears while using Limit Break "Braver".

  • (1.0) The server Wutai referred to a nation of the same name from Final Fantasy VII.
  • (1.0) When the player underwent the first "Horn & Hand" faction leve, a NPC said the following: "Why, if it isn't Sephiroth! Or was it Sephiross? Setirophx? xXxSephirothxXx?", referring to Sephiroth and common variations used to name characters on MMOs (and by proxy, Final Fantasy XIV itself—although of comical note is due to the game's naming conventions, some of the variations are not possible in XIV itself).
  • (1.0) An NPC in the Miner quests mistakenly called players by the wrong name. He called a Midlander Hyur "Cloud," and a Miqo'te "Aerith," both main characters from Final Fantasy VII.
  • (1.0) There were two references to the Final Fantasy VII main antagonist Sephiroth, both of which are made by main antagonist Nael Van Darnus (and might explain why she is designated the Legatus of the VIIth Legion):
    • In "United We Stand," after wounding the player, Nael took her leave similarly to that of Sephiroth in the Nibelheim burning scene.
    • Nael sought to destroy Eorzea and subsequently purify it by using forbidden magicks to summon the Meteor-like moon Dalamud. Sephiroth similarly attempts to destroy Gaia by using the Black Materia to summon Meteor in Final Fantasy VII. Both do so because they feel it is their birthright and duty.
  • One of the Cactuar enemies is called Sabotender Del Sol after the location Costa del Sol in Final Fantasy VII.
  • A small resort town named Costa del Sol is located in La Noscea, named after a similar place in Final Fantasy VII.
  • The Materia crafting system is named after and inspired by Final Fantasy VII Materia.
  • Final Heaven (Monk's level 3 Limit Break) and Braver (all melee job level 1 limit break) are Limit Breaks for melee classes in reference to Cloud Strife and Tifa's limit breaks of the same name.
    • Cloud's Buster Sword is used when the player performs Braver and Sword Dance, the level 2 melee limit break.
  • "Healing Wind", "Breath of the Earth," and "Pulse of Life" (White Mage exclusive) all appear as healer Limit Breaks, in reference to Aerith's limit breaks of the same names.
    • A light form of Aeris's Guard Stick is used when the player performs healer Limit Breaks as a White Mage.
  • Catastrophe (ability) is Machinist's level 3 Limit Break, in reference to Barret Wallace's limit break of the same name.
  • Doom of the Living is Samurai's level 3 Limit Break, in possible reference to Yuffie Kisaragi's limit break of the same name.
  • During the quest "The Company You Keep," both magitek engineers, Biggs and Wedge, are found at the crash site of an airship called the Tiny Bronco. Tiny Bronco was Cid Highwind's airplane in Final Fantasy VII.
  • Cloud Strife, Tifa Lockhart, and Aerith Gainsborough's names are used in example sentences for the chat log filtering configuration (with Cloud often being the butt of many jokes in the examples).
  • The design for Ultima Weapon is similar to that of Ultimate Weapon in Final Fantasy VII, one of the Weapons awakened by Sephiroth.
  • After construction upgrades were done to Revenant's Toll, it now features a tavern called "Seventh Heaven"—named after the bar and restaurant owned and run by Tifa Lockhart in Final Fantasy VII. The owner jokes that she was going to call the bar "Cloud Nine," but thought it would be too effeminate for the clientele.
  • Patch 2.3 introduced an NPC named Jessie as a member of Garlond Ironworks, a reference to the AVALANCHE member of the same name from Final Fantasy VII. They have a similar hairstyle.
  • One of Gilgamesh's weapons he uses during the Battle in the Big Keep appears to be Sephiroth's Masamune.
  • The quote of the Cait Sith Doll minion is "What may be a few to you was everything to those who died...", a line Cait Sith said to Barret in Final Fantasy VII in regard to collateral damage caused by AVALANCHE.
  • While between missions during the Dreams of Ice story missions, Yda competes at squats with Hoary Boulder, referring to the minigame from Final Fantasy VII. Several NPCs can also be seen performing squats in the same fashion.
  • Manderville Gold Saucer is inspired by the Gold Saucer from Final Fantasy VII.
  • The primal King Thordan and his Knights Twelve allude to the Knights of the Round from Final Fantasy VII.
    • During the final battle, their attacks go off in the same order as the summon animation in Final Fantasy VII.
    • After the last attack of Ultimate End the screen shattering effect is seen.
  • The achievement for defeating Sephirot on Extreme difficulty is "Veni, Veni, Venias", a line from "One-Winged Angel".
  • The Japanese name of the Savage variant of the Second Coil of Bahamut is the "Great Labyrinth of Bahamut Type-0" (大迷宮バハムート零式, Dai Meikyuu Bahamūto Reishiki?), referring to the Japanese name of the Bahamut ZERO summon, who first appeared in Final Fantasy VII.
  • Dark Knight's victory pose resembles Cloud's victory pose.
  • Samurai's victory pose for male characters strongly resembles Sephiroth's victory pose.
  • The Gentleman's Pose resembles the flexing animation of the NPCs in Beginner's (Intermediate) Hall.
  • The first boss of Ala Mhigo duty, Magitek Scorpion, was modeled after Guard Scorpion. An NPC in the dungeon similarly references Cloud's battle text to "Attack when the tail is up," which will force the boss' tail laser to end earlier if done so. (This also pokes fun at players who did not wait for the second text box to appear in the boss battle in the original game, where it would explain that attacking the boss while its tail was up would cause it to counter-attack. The second text box would not appear if the user used magic, summon, etc. before or during the explanation.)
  • A sidequest storyline in The Fringes involves a Miqo'te who believes that his father abandoned him as a coward. He later learns that, in reality, his father died protecting their village from monsters whose poison turned him to stone. This references the story of Red XIII and his father.
  • Players can purchase Cloud's motorcycle Fenrir from the game's cash shop.

Final Fantasy VIIIEdit

"The Forest's Pulse"
The Forest's Pulse
  • (1.0) The server Trabia referred to continent and Garden of the same name.
  • (1.0) The battle theme of the Black Shroud area, "The Forest's Pulse" may have been inspired by "The Man with the Machine Gun."
  • Zell Dincht's tattoo is available in Character Creation mode.
  • One of the Garlean Empire's main infantry weapons is a variant of a gunblade, a weapon originating from Final Fantasy VIII.
  • Eyes on Me is an enemy ability used by All-Seeing Eye, the boss in Dzemael Darkhold. It also the name of a quest from the main storyline, given to the player by Marques. These refer to the theme song from Final Fantasy VIII.
  • Tonberry King is the final boss of the Wanderer's Palace, referring to the boss in Final Fantasy VIII.
  • Diabolos is the final boss of the Lost City of Amdapor, and its appearance and entrance (emerging from a dark orb, surrounded by bats) strongly resemble that of its Final Fantasy VIII incarnation.
  • The Double and Triple abilities used by the Ascian Nabriales during the Chrysalis trial, like the same spells that first appeared in Final Fantasy VIII, allow the user to cast magic multiple times. The animations for the abilities strongly resemble the Double and Triple spell animations originally used in Final Fantasy VIII.
  • The Triple Triad card game originates from Final Fantasy VIII.
  • One of the Leatherworking tradecraft levequests added in Heavensward is called "Maybe He's A Lion."
  • Squall's outfit is available to players as Rank 14 Veterans Reward for subscribing for at least 1,440 days.

Final Fantasy IXEdit

FFXIV Majestic Mogtome

The Majestic Mogtome with a pop-up quill-wielding moogle.

  • (1.0) The server Lindblum referred to the regency of the same name.
  • (1.0) One guildleve objective was to retrieve the cargo of an airship named Red Rose. Red Rose is Queen Brahne's airship in Final Fantasy IX.
  • (1.0) An NPC in the Miner quests mistakenly called players by the wrong name, calling a Miqo'te "Quina", the playable character from Final Fantasy IX.
  • The Moogle Mail system is similar to the Mognet in Final Fantasy IX.
  • In Aleport, Western La Noscea, there is a winged mermaid statue close to identical to the one serving as the figurehead of the Prima Vista of the Tantalus Theater Troupe in Final Fantasy IX.
  • The Majestic Mogtome item, when unsheathed, is opened to reveal a pop-up moogle with a quill at the top, resembling the Save Moogles of Final Fantasy IX when viewed from the outside of the book.
  • During Battlecraft Temple Leves in the Coerthas Western Highlands, the player may encounter a Zahgnol as a Wanted Target. The Zaghnol was the final enemy the player had to defeat during the Festival of the Hunt in Lindblum.
  • Ozma, one of the bosses in The Weeping City of Mhach, is based on the superboss of the same name.
  • The Hildibrand chain of quests in the Heavensward expansion centers around a mammet named "Gigi". "Gigi" is dressed with a traditional Black Mage garb, making him resemble Vivi due do his stature. Along the quest, he goes through a humorous take on Vivi's storyline, questioning his existance as a "human". Later, it is revealed his real name is indeed Vivi, a mammet created by a Sharlayan scholar named Quan, further referencing Final Fantasy IX's Vivi.
  • The Cruise Chaser boss fought in Alexander - The Heart of the Creator is based on Ark summon, taking the form of both its airship and mecha forms. The enemy has access to Propeller Wind and Photon, which were attacks Ark used when fought in Oeilvert. Cruise Chaser's ultimate attack is Ark's Eternal Darkness summon attack, which uses the same animation as in Final Fantasy IX.
    • In addition, before casting Eternal Darkness, Cruise Chaser will summon Lapis Lazuli orbs to increase the power of the attack. This is a reference 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 will take in would inflict.
  • During the final phase of Alexander - The Soul of the Creator, Alexander Prime will sprout wings similar to Alexander's appearance in Final Fantasy IX.
  • Zidane's outfit is available to players as Rank 12 Veterans Reward for subscribing for at least 1,080 days.

Final Fantasy XEdit

"Born of the Boughs - The Theme of Gridania"
Born of the Boughs - The Theme of Gridania
  • (1.0) The server Besaid referred to an island of the same name from Final Fantasy X.
  • (1.0) The theme song of Gridania, "Born of the Boughs" may have been heavily inspired by "To Zanarkand" from Final Fantasy X. Both themes were composed by Nobuo Uematsu.
  • (1.0) An NPC in the Miner quests mistakenly called players by the wrong name, calling a Midlander Hyur "Tidus," an allusion to the protagonist of Final Fantasy X.
  • Tidus is also referred to by an NPC who misheard Titan's name as "Tidus."
FFXIV Minfilia Explaining

Minfilia explains the spirit energies of Hydalyn.

  • The circle of birth, life, and death in Hydaelyn works in the same way as Spira's. When a living being dies, it returns to the aetherial realm and reincarnate into a new life. The spirit energies in the realm are called "Lifestream", the term from Final Fantasy VII. Primals can be called from these energies similar to how the summoners in Spira call their aeons.
  • Garlean machines are referred to as "machina," a term used in Spira to refer to machines before the Eternal Calm.
  • The boss room of the Tam-Tara Deepcroft is called "Eternal Calm." Eternal Calm is a state Spira longs for in Final Fantasy X where Sin would never return.
  • The Relic Weapon for White Mages is Nirvana.
  • During the 2014 Heavensturn (New Year) event, during the year of the horse, an argument between the Chief "Chocowhacker" and the far eastern Uma Bugyo contains the following line: "As for your precious horses, they're just unicorns with a big empty forehead! Hornless! Hornless!" This alludes to Biran and Yenke Ronsos' mocking of Kimahri Ronso for his broken horn in Final Fantasy X.
  • The battle against Bismarck is reminiscent of the battle against Sin in terms of them both being giant flying whales fought in the air, while the mechanics of the fight also recall the battle against Evrae.
  • There is a battle strategy for Forgall, the second boss of the Weeping City of Mhach, that the players can get a zombification debuff in order to avoid getting killed by the boss' spell Mega Death, the same strategy that the player can use during the fight against Yunalesca.
  • Rikku, Yuna, and Lulu appear as minions.
  • Yojimbo appears as the last boss of Kugane Castle and is an important character in the Hildibrand storyline in Stormblood. He uses the same model as his Final Fantasy X counterpart. His ultimate attack Zanmato's damages depend on the amount of gold Daikoro collected.

Final Fantasy X-2Edit

  • Soul crystals have inscriptions related to past warriors' deeds and, when equipped, allow the player to use a job related to those warriors. This concept is similar to that of dresspheres in Final Fantasy X-2.
  • The Arcanist quest is titled "A Thousand Words" which is a reference to the song Yuna sings in Final Fantasy X-2.

Final Fantasy XIEdit

  • (1.0) The server Selbina referred to a town of the same name.
  • (1.0) Two of the Achievement NPCs bear the last name of "Ironheart," a reference to the famous cartographer Gwynham Ironheart. They are Milith Ironheart (in charge of Dungeons) and Nedrick Ironheart (in charge of Exploration). The two have switched roles after 2.0, as Milith is now the character who gives the adventurer access to the Sightseeing Log, and Nedrick is present as the quest giver for various dungeons apart from the main story, such as the Sunken Temple of Qarn and Amdapor Keep.
  • (1.0) The NPC responsible for unlocking the battle category of achievements was named Atelloune, sharing her name with a minor NPC present in Final Fantasy XI. Both of them are researching monsters, wear the exact same outfit and are of similar races (Elvaan/Elezen).
  • All of the playable races are derived from the Final Fantasy XI races, although there are enough differences that they are likely not connected (namely the female Roegadyn).
  • Several beast tribes, namely the Qiqirn, Mamool Ja, Gigas, and Goblins, are upscaled versions of their Final Fantasy XI models. Many other monsters are taken from Final Fantasy Final Fantasy XI, Final Fantasy XII, and Final Fantasy XIII.
  • The design of chocobos are based on the chocobos from Final Fantasy XI.
  • The original beastmen from 1.0 were likely derived from beastmen in Final Fantasy XI as well. The Ixal are flightless birds like the Yagudo, the Amalj'aa strongly resemble Mamool Ja, and the Kobolds are reminiscent of Goblins (or more specifically their subterranean brethren, the Moblins). Goblins and Mamool Ja were not introduced until long after 1.0's release.
  • The primal, Garuda strongly resembles the design for the Final Fantasy XI Garuda in that she is a pale green winged woman.
  • Several weapons from the Grand Companies of Eorzea lore are direct references to important characters and weapons from Final Fantasy XI.
  • Both the names of the artifact and vintage armor sets for all jobs (e.g. Healer's/Cleric's gear) are identical to the names of the two artifact armor sets in Final Fantasy XI.
  • The Pugilists's Guild's introductory statements refer to a woman named Cornelia, who founded the guild. This is a reference to a Monk of the same name in Final Fantasy XI.
  • The first name of Raubahn Aldynn, the leader of the Grand Company Immortal Flames, is identical to Raubahn, the captain of the Immortals in Final Fantasy XI.
  • Among Eorzean NPCs, Thaumaturges are predominately Lalafell, much like the Tarutaru of Windurst are strongly tied to Black Magic, particularly Shantotto.
  • More specifically, Shantotto is frequently alluded to in all things relevant to the Black Mage job:
    • A legendary female Black Mage named "Shatotto" was the bearer of the Soul of the Black Mage (BLM's Job Crystal, a.k.a. Shatotto's Stone), which was used to seal the voidgate.
    • Shatotto was the creator and wielder of the original Stardust Rod. In the quest line to obtain the recreated rod, the relic smith Gerolt mistakenly calls her "Shantotto."
    • She is also referred to by the achievement "Ohohohohoho!" granted by obtaining the Stardust Rod Relic Weapon.
    • Black Mage's victory pose is based on Shantotto's iconic laughing.
  • Shantotto appeared in a cross-game collaboration event between Final Fantasy XI, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, and Dragon Quest X, Square Enix's three MMORPGs.
  • The Shadow Lord's name is used in example sentences for the chat log filtering configuration.
  • The Mammet in the Goldsmith quest line, Gigi, is considered the first Mammet. His original name is Mnejing.
    • A Mammet by the name of Ovjang appears as a hunt in Central Thanalan, a reference to the other of Aphmau's automatons.
  • An NPC in the Weaver's guild sings the line "Distant worlds together. Miracles from realms beyond" from the song "Distant Worlds" in a speech bubble while she spins thread.
  • Fenrir appears as the final boss of Snowcloak, and both his appearance and his abilities (such as Lunar Cry) are similar to that of his Final Fantasy XI incarnation.
  • The gatekeeper for the Ninja headquarters in Final Fantasy XIV speaks the word "Ayame", to which the password that must be replied is "Kaede". Ayame and her sister Kaede are both figures in the Ninja questline of Final Fantasy XI.
  • The bosses of Wanderer's Palace (Hard) seems to be based on the following Mamool Ja Notorious Monsters from Final Fantasy XI in terms of looks and design:
    • Frumious Koheel Ja is based on Lancelord Gaheel Ja.
    • Slithy Zolool Ja is based on Sagelord Molaa Ja.
    • Manxome Molaa Ja Ja is based on Gulool Ja Ja.
  • Numerous Miqo'te names are taken from Final Fantasy XI; see Miqo'te/Naming for details.
  • The enemies inside the hard mode version of the Lost City of Amdapor are upgraded models of the enemies from Final Fantasy XI. The Void Monk is based on the Sea Monk enemies, Mana Idols are based on the Doll enemy class, and the Mana Pots are based on the Magic Pot enemies.
  • The Ghrah Luminary in Pharos Sirius (Hard) is identical to other Ghrah encountered in Final Fantays XI, such as Jailer of Fortitude, but dark orange instead of silver.
  • One Void Ark boss, Cetus, is very similar to the same boss encountered in Rhapsodies of Vana'diel.

Final Fantasy XIIEdit

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The hunt board.

  • (1.0) The server Rabanastre referred to a city of the same name from Final Fantasy XII.
  • The Imperial Legatus armor designs are based on the Archadian Judge's armor from Final Fantasy XII.
  • A scene with Nael Van Darnus marching, followed by a few Garlean soldiers, resembles the Archadian judges marching towards the screen during the opening of Final Fantasy XII. The same can be said of Gaius Van Baelsar and his Tribunes during the events of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
  • Members of the Ascians who worship Zodiark, are named after the Scions of Light mentioned in profiles on the Espers in Final Fantasy XII.
    • When fighting the Ascian Nabriales during the Chrysalis trial, he will use certain abilities that first appeared in Final Fantasy XII. His damage over time attack, Blight, is named after the special attack of the same name used by the Esper Cúchulainn, who was the Scion of Darkness that opposed Nabriales, the Majestic. He also uses Dark IV (ダージャ, Dāja?, lit. Darkja) as his special attack during the battle, with Dark IV's spell animation strongly resembling Zodiark's Darkja spell used during the boss fight against it inside the Henne Mines.
  • The primal essences that can be called forth by the Summoner are called egi, an allusion to Garuda-Egi boss in Final Fantasy XII.
  • Likewise, the last battle from the Summoner quest line is against Belias-Egi, the essence of Belias, the first Esper the player is likely to fight in Final Fantasy XII.
  • In general, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn reuses an enormous number of creature models, and in certain cases even textures, from various Final Fantasy XII enemies.
    • The Feral Croc and Mirrorknight enemies are reused directly; the Mirrorknights also receive a new version called "Dreadknight" in the Binding Coil of Bahamut, with an updated texture.
    • The model of the Basilisk enemy is heavily reused as the design for various serpent enemies, ranging from low-level monsters to major bosses like Caduceus in the Binding Coil of Bahamut (in the latter's case, the texture has been updated substantially).
    • The Scythe Mantis and some of its cousins also feature directly in the game, again with fairly un-updated textures. As with the serpents, mantises also appear in the Binding Coil, where they also receive a major texture revision.
    • The Qarn Facer enemies and the Adjudicator boss inside the Sunken Temple of Qarn use the same models as those of the Miriam Facer and Miriam Guardian enemies from the Stilshrine of Miriam, but again with substantially updated textures.
    • The Clockwork Bug enemies found inside Turn 4 of the Binding Coil of Bahamut are the same model as that of the Mimic enemies from Final Fantasy XII.
    • The Spinner-Rook is also reused directly in the same Turn; even retaining the "Pox" ability.
    • The dragons of the Dravanian Horde use a large number of "dragon" models from Final Fantasy XII—the Aevis dragon-soldiers use the model, animations and even the wholly unmodified texture of the Cataract Aevis (with the "Jura Aevises" found later in Stone Vigil Hard Mode using the texture of the Archaeoaevis instead); "smaller" four-legged dragons, including Stone Vigil boss Chudo-Yudo or hunt mark Maracco, reuse the model and texture of the Ring Wyrm (sans its iconic rings); the general model and design of Tyrant is used for a number of enemies, including Tyrant himself in Pharos Sirius, and the Stone Vigil Hard Mode boss Gorynich, reuses a model and design similar to that of the Fafnir mark.
  • The first boss of Halatali is named Firemane; curiously, the model for the creature is that of a "normal" fire elemental.
  • The "ADS" and similar enemies in the Binding Coil take some design cues from the Sphere-Rook; unlike many of the above examples, however, this is only very general visual cues, as the actual models, textures and animations are unique.
  • Giruveganaus, the last boss of the Stone Vigil (Hard Mode) is based on Giruveganus.
  • Since version 2.3, the players can accept hunt requests from the billboard in all three Grand Companies. It is an allusion to the hunt sidequests in Final Fantasy XII.
    • Clan Centurio makes an appearance in Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward. Returning as a clan of hunters they give players mark bills and reward them with Centurio Seals upon defeating Marks. In Final Fantasy XII Clan Centurio was an elite hunting club the player could join.
  • The Mandragora royals appear in a sidequest involving Hildibrand.
  • The King Tomato minion alludes to the Rogue Tomato mob with a quote: "It is apparently a rogue, outcast from its kin, a stranger in a strange land" attributed to Tomaj. In Final Fantasy XII, Tomaj tasks Vaan to fell the Rogue Tomato as the first hunt.
    • Tomato King is also an enemy in the game.
    • Targeted enemies for Hunt sidequests will have a Tomato King icon on their name plate.
  • The Gnath Beastmen are modeled after the Urutan-Yensa from Final Fantasy XII.
  • In the stinger for the Patch 3.1 Main Scenario Quest "As Goes Light, So Goes Darkness", Urianger discusses a book called the Gerun Oracles, which shares its name with the Occurian king.
  • Kuribu, the final boss of the hard mode version of the Lost City of Amdapor, uses the Reverse and Decoy abilities, spells that first appeared in Final Fantasy XII.
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The Warrior of Light that resembles Balthier.

Final Fantasy XIIIEdit

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Lightning's outfit, Snow's outfits, and weapons from the Lightning Saga.

  • (1.0) The server Bodhum referred to a city of the same name from Final Fantasy XIII.
  • The Eshtaime Lapidaries (Goldsmith guild) of the Ul'dah city-state are based on the surname of Hope Estheim, a playable character in Final Fantasy XIII.
  • Players who participated in the Full Active Time Event, "Lightning Strikes," could acquire a Lightning costume for females or a Snow costume for males, and weapons from Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. These items were eventually released on the game's Mog Station online store.
  • Some of the Pulse/Ancient Automata-type enemies are reused as enemies in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. The Beta Behemoth enemy is also brought into the game during the Lightning Strikes storyline.
  • During the event Lightning Strikes, there is a Harbor Herald article entitled "The Trinkets of Eshtaime's Lapidaries Fail to Strike Lightning's Fancy," linking Lightning's emergence to Eorzea's native allusion to Hope Estheim.
  • Lightning and Snow's hairstyles are available for player characters after finishing event Lightning Strikes and "Beauty Is Only Scalp Deep" sidequest.
  • Jandelaine, the aesthetician non-player character, begins his service by turning a female Lalafell's hair into Lightning's hairstyle.
  • Ruin appears as an Arcanist ability. It shares the same animation and effect with its Final Fantasy XIII counterpart.
  • In the quest "Rolling With The Snowies" in Coerthas Central Highlands, the snowman says "Revolutionaries always get called crazy." The same line was used by Fang in Final Fantasy XIII.
  • An NPC in the All Saints Wake 2014 event quest "Yes We Cant" uses the phrase "sugar and rainbows." "Sugar and rainbows" was said by Sazh Katzroy in Final Fantasy XIII.

Final Fantasy XIII-2Edit

  • Serah Farron's starting weapon, the Starseeker and Mog's Staff can be obtained from one of the "Lightning Strikes" event.
  • The Aspect of Chaos, the last boss of the "Lightning Strikes" event, shared the same model with Chaos Bahamut.
  • Ultros appears as a smaller version of how he appeared in Final Fantasy XIII-2. When he loses to the party he got cooked up similar to the event of Final Fantasy XIII-2.
  • The Manderville Gold Saucer sidequest name "So You Think You Can Ride This Chocobo" refers to the lyrics from the "Crazy Chocobo" theme from Final Fantasy XIII-2.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIIIEdit

  • A weapon conjured by Snow Villiers and briefly used by him in the opening, called the l'Cie Bardiche in Final Fantasy XIV, could be obtained from one of the FATEs during the temporary event "Lightning Strikes".

Final Fantasy Type-0Edit

  • The hairstyles of Class Zero cadets are available for player characters. Cater, Cinque, Nine, and Jack's hairstyles were made available since version 3.2. Seven's hairstyle was implemented later in version 3.3. Ace, Queen, and King's for version 3.4, and Deuce, Trey, and Sice's for version 3.5.
  • The imperial salute of the Garlean Empire is the same as the Militesi Empire salute.
  • The "Savage" version of the Alexander raid is called "Reishiki" in the Japanese version (機工城アレキサンダー零式, Kikō-jō Arekisandā Reishiki?, lit. Mechanical Castle Alexander Type-0).

Final Fantasy TacticsEdit

  • When Cid nan Garlond hiding his identity while living in Thanalan, he wears a brown hooded cloak similar to the Cid of Final Fantasy Tactics, Cidolfus Orlandeau. This similarity is brought up during the Orbonne Monastery raid. Upon encountering Cidolfus, an NPC initially mistakes him as Cid.
  • There are several references to a Corpse Brigade led by Milleuda the Slitter, in Full Active Time Events and guildleves.
  • In one quest, there's line uttered by the cowardly merchant, Ungust, that quotes, "Spare me your contempt! If you want to blame someone for the mess the world's in, blame yourselves or the gods!" A line Delita Heiral says in the beginning of the PS version of Final Fantasy Tactics to Princess Ovelia Atkascha (it was changed to "'Tis your birth and faith that wrong you... not I" in the War of the Lions version).
  • In the Japanese version, Lahabrea's incantation for casting Ultima during the cutscene inside the Praetorium is loosely based on Ultima's incantation for her Divine Ultima ability when fighting her in the Airship Graveyard.
  • The dark deity Zodiark is represented by a character called Elidibus, named after an optional superboss fought at the bottom of the Midlight's Deep in Final Fantasy Tactics; Zodiark appeared as a summon used in battle by Elidibus, who was implied to have pledged his soul to the dark being.
  • The Veil of Wiyu and the Omnilex are the Summoner and Scholar relic weapons.
  • Construct 8 appears as an enemy in Pharos Sirius (Hard).
  • In the "Return to Ivalice" raid series, Arazlam Durai (under his playwright name Jenomis cen Lexentale) appears as an important non-player character, with two of his children named after Ramza and Alma Beoulve: Ramza bas Lexentale and Alma bas Lexentale.
    • Ramza and Alma's hairstyles are available for player characters since version 4.5.
    • Argath Thadalfus appears as an antagonist and the last boss of the Royal City of Rabanastre.
    • Ramza Beoulve, Alma Beoulve, Delita Heiral, and Orran Durai were mentioned.
    • The death of Delita's sister was mentioned and is guessed to be the cause of Delita and Ramza to went separate ways.
    • The Orbonne Monastery appears as an alliance raid.
    • The following tracks from Final Fantasy Tactics were reused for cutscenes and the Rabanastre raid; "Character Making", "Trisection", "Mission Complete", "Hero's Theme", "Data Screen", "Alma's Theme", "Battle on the Bridge", and "Ultima, the Nice Body". All of them are the original versions.
    • Cid Garlond and Jenomis are old friends, echoing Cidolfus Orlandeau and Barbaneth Beoulve's past friendship in Final Fantasy Tactics.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NTEdit

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal BearersEdit

  • One of the titles that can be earned is "Crystal Bearer."

The Chocobo seriesEdit

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Bravely DefaultEdit

  • Rowena mentions the phrase "Flying Fairies," a reference to the Japanese title of Bravely Default, known as Bravely Default: Flying Fairy.

Final Fantasy: The Spirits WithinEdit

  • One Paladin skill is named Spirits Within.
  • The Wild-Eyed Swordsmen fought in the Akh Afah Amphitheatre have an ability called Spirits Without.

Triple TriadEdit

  • Thirteen lead protagonists of the past thirteen main Final Fantasy titles appear as a legendary card using their Dissidia artwork:

Allusions to the number fourteenEdit

Being the fourteenth installment of the series, Final Fantasy XIV makes some references to the number itself. Although they are not necessarily deliberate allusions to the number 14 (whether they are or not is speculative), they are nonetheless present.

  • There are fourteen warriors grouped together on the game's logo (ARR FFXIV Logo).
  • The Garlean Army is divided into fourteen legions.
  • At one point in the story, a guard in the Waking Sands will say, "My shift number? I don't know, fourteen?"

Other Square Enix projectsEdit

Bushido BladeEdit

  • The achievements for reaching level 50, 60, and 70 Samurai are called "Bushido Blade I", "Bushido Blade II", and "Bushido Blade III".

Cruise Chaser BlasstyEdit

  • The Cruise Chaser boss from Alexander: The Heart of the Creator heavily references Cruise Chaser Blassty. The names of many of its attacks like Super Hawk Blaster, Alpha Sword, Spin Crusher, GA-100, and Plasma Shield are taken from the game.
  • The Claster and E.D.D. enemies spawned by Cruise Chaser at set points during its battle in The Heart of the Creator are named after enemies from Cruise Chaser Blassty.

Dragon Quest XEdit

  • Brickman, the famous Golem monster from Dragon Quest series appeared in a cross-game collaboration event. The players obtain a Thug's Mug headgear and a Wind-up Brickman minion for clearing the event.
    • During the same event, the "Pafu Pafu" was performed by a group of miqo'tes.


  • The first boss of the Keeper of the Lake dungeon is called Einhander, in reference to a PS1-era Squaresoft side-scrolling shooter by the same name. The boss, as well as the game's titular spacecraft, arm themselves by carrying around large projectile weapons snatched from the battlefield, and its physical appearance greatly resembles the game's playable ships. It has identical companions named Astraea, which is one of the ship types the player can use in the game.
  • The Endymion enemies in the Sea of Clouds are named after a playable ship type from Einhänder. They share their model with the Einhander and Astraea enemies from the Keeper of the Lake dungeon.

Fullmetal AlchemistEdit

  • A Full Active Time Event titled "Full Metal Alchemist" can be found in U'Ghamaro Mines.
  • There are two young NPCs sitting at the fountain near the Alchemist guild in Ul'dah, referencing the series' protagonists, Elric brothers: One says, "No manner of alchemy can bring our father back." The other replies, "But there must be a way! There has to be!"

Kingdom Hearts seriesEdit

  • Oathkeeper, a Keyblade in the Kingdom Hearts series, is mentioned as a sword in the Paladin job quests.
  • "Heartless" is the name of a thaumaturge staff that can be purchased in the Manderville Gold Saucer. The shape of the staff resembles the iconic heart from the Kingdom Hearts series.
  • Both the world of Hydaelyn and other worlds are usually referred as "stars". In the first Kingdom Hearts game, the worlds were also represented by stars on Traverse Town's sky.

The Last RemnantEdit

  • Hairstyles of Rush Sykes and his sister, Irina Sykes are available for player characters.
  • One of the Scholar job quests is named "The Last Remnants."
  • In the southeastern corner of Azys Lla, there's a lone structure called the Last Remnant.
  • An outfit based on The Conqueror's attire is available for tank characters.

Lord of VermilionEdit

  • The name of the the minigame Lord of Verminion is a pun on the arcade card strategy game.


  • There's a FATE in Azys Lla titled "Prey Online."

Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling TogetherEdit

  • There is a main storyline quest named "Let Us Cling Together." This can also double as a reference to the band "Queen".
  • New sets of equipment based on Akihiko Yoshida's artworks for Tactics Ogre jobs can be obtained from Heavensward dungeons.[1]
  • Both games feature a multiple floor dungeon called the "Palace of the Dead".
  • The necromancer Nybeth Obdilord reprises as the antagonist in the Palace of the Dead.


  • Gaius's helmet is somewhat similar to Grahf's mask, particularly when it comes to shape of the helmet and the earrings used.

Non-Square relatedEdit



  • "Cleric Stance" is a Conjurer ability that swap current INT and MND attributes of the user, increasing magick potency of attacking spells and decreasing healing potency of healing spells. This ability is called "Crusader Stance," referring to the warriors of Crusade War.
  • "Benediction" is a White Mage ability that restores all of HP of the target.
  • The titles of the two FATE's for the Behemoth battle, "Behold Now Behemoth" and "He Taketh It with His Eyes," are both quotes describing the behemoth from the Book of Job in the Bible: Job 40:15 and Job 40:24 respectively.
  • A quest in Western La Noscea is titled "My Brother's Not a Keeper," in reference to the line Cain says of Abel.
  • The power structure of the Ishgardian Orthodox Church is loosely based on the Roman Catholic Church. The official name of Ishgard is even "the Holy See of Ishgard", just as the jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in Rome is called the Holy See of Rome.
  • A quest in Outer La Noscea is called "Return to your Dust," which is similar to the phrase a priest says when giving ashes on Ash Wednesday.
  • A room within the Vault is called "Saint Thordan's Basilica". Similar to St. Peter's Basilica, it is located within the Holy See and named for an important figure in the founding of the denomination that worships there: Saint Peter was the first Catholic Pope and "Saint Thordan" could refer to one of seven Ishgardian figures, but most likely Thordan I.
  • The Heavens' Ward is associated with Ascalon: King Thordan casts spells such as Light of Ascalon and Ascalon's Mercy, and the title for defeating the Heavens' Ward is called "The End of Ascalon". Ascalon was the site of the final battle of the First Crusade, and, according to a myth popularized in the Crusades, the name of the lance of Saint George, who slew a dragon.
  • The second boss of The Aery, Gyascutus, uses attacks called "The Serpent's Apple", "Fall of Man", and "Original Sin", alluding to the concept of Adam's fall in the Book of Genesis.
  • The field track of Alexander raid is titled "Sins of the Father, Sins of the Son". Sets of achievements related to the raid are also called "Sins of the Father" and "Sins of the Son".




  • The Artemis Bow is the relic weapon for Bards.
  • The boss of the 1st Turn of the Binding Coil of Bahamut is named after Hermes's staff (Caduceus). Incidentally, Hermes's Caduceus has two snakes wrapped around it.
  • The snake mini bosses as the 5th turn of the Binding Coil of Bahamut are named after Asclepius, god of cure and son of Apollo, and Hygiea, one of Asclepius' daughters, goddess of hygiene. One version of the greek myth states that, after being killed by Zeus for bringing the dead back to life, Asclepius's body was made a star of the Ophiucus (the snake holder) constellation. Asclepius if often represented holding a staff with one snake wrapped around it, which is a common symbol for medicine.
  • The first boss of the Void Ark, Cetus, is the name of the sea monster slain by the hero Perseus.


  • The final boss of Amdapor Keep (Hard) is Ferdiad, a character from the Ulster Cycle.
  • At the end of the Void Ark, Diabolos retrieves a coffin containing Scathach, the Shadow Queen. In the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology, Scáthach was a Scottish warrior woman and martial arts instructor who trained both Cú Chulainn and Ferdiad.


  • The Xaela Au Ras believe that they were created by the sun. This is similar to the old belief of the ancient Japanese.
  • Primal Susano is based on Susano'o, the god of the sea and storms.
  • The Ama-no-Iwato referred to Susano'o's three ancient weapons, said to be the keys to open the stairway to heaven. In Final Fantasy XIV, Primal Susano was summoned by gathering three ancient weapons.
  • There is a rare chance that Susano (Extreme) may drop an Amaterasu mount. Amaterasu is the goddess of the sun, and the sister of Susano'o.
  • The Shisui of the Violet Tides dungeon referred to the Japanese folklore of Urashima Tarō, a fisher man who rescued a sea turtle and traveled to the underwater palace. In the second boss battle against Ruby Princess, the players can open trapped treasure boxes that transform the opener into an old man. Another trapped box appears again at the end of the dungeon.
  • The special F.A.T.E. boss Tamamo-no-gozen is based on Tamamo-no-Mae, the legendary fox lady from Muromachi period.
  • Ninja's ability Hellfrog Medium is a reference to Jiraiya, the ninja from a folklore who possessed the ability to ride on giant toads.
  • Hanzo is likely inspired by Hattori Hanzō, the ninja from the Sengoku era. Another ninja character named Sasuke the Shamed was mentioned in the Ninja job quests, possibly based on Sarutobi Sasuke, a famous fictional ninja.
  • Primal Tsukuyomi is based on Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto, the goddess of the moon in Shinto and Japanese mythology.
    • Tsukuyomi has a pair of bunny-like ears on her head, this might be an allusion to Lady Kaguya, the princess of the moon from another folklore. Possibly alluded to the folklore of rabbits on the moon as well.
  • Daidarabotchi appears as the second boss of Swallow's Compass, based on the gigantic yōkai in Japanese folklore.


  • While the Roegadyn's Sea Wolves and Hellsguard seem to correspond to the frost giants and fire giants, the Elezens' Wildwood and Duskwight branches are respectively based on the Light Elves (Ljosalfr) and the Dark Elves (Dókkalfr).
  • Mjolnir is a giant hammer weapon wielded by Nero Tol Scaeva.
  • Midgardsormr, three of his children (Hraesvelgr, Nidhogg, and Ratatoskr), and two of Hresvelgr's own children (Vidofnir and Vedrfolnir), are named after creatures from Norse myth.
  • The primal Odin was sealed in an area called "Urth's Gift," with a trial battle at "Urth's Fount." Urth, or Urðr, is the name of one of the three Norns that decide fate.

Video gamesEdit


Breath of FireEdit

Call of DutyEdit

  • (1.0) One of the sidequests is called "Call of Booty."

Dragon AgeEdit

  • The achievement for completing the Dragoon quest line is named "Dragoon Age."

Double DragonEdit

  • One of the Dragoon quests is named Double Dragoon.

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  • One of the sidequests is called "Hail to the King, Kupo," a reference to Duke's phrase "Hail to the king, baby," which itself is a reference to 1992 movie Army of Darkness.

The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimEdit

  • Jehantel of the Bard quests speaks the line "You would know why I truly abandoned the battlefield and became a bard? That I took an arrow to the knee is what most folk believe...", a reference to the infamous Skyrim NPC line "I used to be an adventurer like you, then I took an arrow to the knee."

Grim FandangoEdit

  • The title of the level 25 Arcanist quest is "Grimoire Fandango."

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildEdit

  • In Eureka Anemos, Elemental NPCs can buff nearby players with an ability called "Breath of the Wild".


  • One of the Botanist levequest is named Maple Stories.

Metal GearEdit

  • During one of the cutscenes in the main storyline, in response to the death of a soldier codenamed "Mad Snake", Raubahn Aldynn cried out "Mad Snake! Mad Snaaaaake!" This is a reference to the Game Over screen in the Metal Gear Solid series where, following the death of the protagonist—normally codenamed Solid Snake or Naked Snake—one of the characters similarly cries out "Snake? Snake?! Snaaake!" in reaction.
  • A chain of FATEs in the Dravanian Hinterlands involving gobling machinery references the series. The FATE names are "Metal Gears Rising," "Metal Gears Revengeance" and "Metal Gears Revengeance 2."

Radiata StoriesEdit

  • One of the quests around the Radiata in the Peaks is named "Radiata Stores".

Red Dead RedemptionEdit

  • One of the battlecraft Levequests is named "Red Stead Redemption."

Resident EvilEdit

  • There is a conversation in the Paladin questline: "What... what is this? Blood?", "Hope this is not Solkzagyl's blood...". This is a reference to the conversation between Jill Valentine and Barry Burton from the first Resident Evil game.

Rockman 5: Blues no Wana!?Edit

  • The event at Doma Castle where Gosetsu holds the collapsing ceilings to save his friends resembles the ending scene of Rockman 5 where Blues did the same thing to save the protagonist Rockman and their father Dr. Light.

Samurai Warriors 3Edit

  • The last part of Stormblood opening FMV where two combatants, one with red aura and another with blue aura, cross their fists, is similar to the opening of Sengoku Musou 3Z.

Shadow of the ColossusEdit

Tony Hawk's Pro SkaterEdit

  • There's a FATE called "Tarantula Hawk, Pro Stinger."

Uncharted: Drake's FortuneEdit

  • One of the battlecraft Levequests is named Drakes' Misfortune.

Watch DogsEdit

  • There's a sidequest titled "Watchcogs".

Way of the Samurai seriesEdit

  • The quest that unlocks Samurai job is titled "The Way of the Samurai".

Zero WingEdit

  • The final boss of Brayflox's Longstop (Hard) says "All your cheese recipes are belong to us," which is a play on "All your base are belong to us" from the poorly translated Zero Wing.


All Dogs Go to HeavenEdit

  • A quest in Eastern Thanalan is titled "All Dogs Go to Hell."

American Pie seriesEdit

  • Level 30 Achievement "This One Time, at Level Thirty...", refers to the famous quote "This one time, at band camp..."

Austin PowersEdit

  • A quest in the locks has you looking for ill tempered yabbies to capture, named "Are they Ill tempered", referencing the famous sharks with laser beams scene from the first movie

Citizen KaneEdit

  • A Carpentry Levequest is titled "Citizens' Canes."

Disney's FrozenEdit

  • The achievement that is earned by defeating Shiva in Akh Afam Amphitheatre (Extreme) is called "Let it Go," after the song from Disney's Frozen. In addition, her theme contains the lyrics, "These voices telling me let it go (let it all go)."

Failure to LaunchEdit

  • A quest in Lower La Noscea is titled "Failure to Lunch."

The FlyEdit

  • The Gnat type enemies will use an ability called Brundleflight, which is a teleportation maneuver. The main character in The Fly inadvertently merged species with a housefly through a teleportation pod and began calling himself "Brundlefly."

The GodfatherEdit

  • The title of a main story quest is "An Offer You Can Refuse," a play on the line famously spoken in the movie. Additionally, a Goldsmithing Levequest is titled "An Offer We Can't Refuse."

The Hunt (Jagten)Edit

  • There is a FATE in South Shroud titled "The Hunted" in which boss is a Deer, which is also the iconic animal in the Danish movie The Hunt (known as Jagten in Denmark)."

How to Train Your DragonEdit

  • There is a sidequest in Dravania titled "How to Feed Your Dragon."
  • There is a FATE in The Churning Mists called "How to Cane Your Dragon."

James BondEdit

  • One of the Botanist levequest is called "Shaken, Not Stirred." It's a catchphrase of Ian Fleming's fictional British Secret Service agent James Bond, and his preference for how he wished his Martini prepared. It was first uttered in the films by Sean Connery in Goldfinger in 1964.

Jupiter AscendingEdit

  • One of the Level 50 Astrologian Job Quest is called Sharlayan Ascending.

Jurassic ParkEdit

  • A FATE in the Black Shroud featuring a pack of invading Anoles, which are velociraptor-type monsters, is titled "Clever Girls." This refers to a line spoken by the park's game warden Robert Muldoon just before being out-maneuvered by velociraptors in the first Jurassic Park movie.

The King and IEdit

  • The achievement for defeating King Thordan (Extreme) is "The King and Die".

The Little Shop of HorrorsEdit

  • A Beast Tribe quest titled "Feed Me" involves saving multiple sylphs from the maws of carnivorous plants. Both the title and the actions of the quest refer to the carnivorous plant of the movie.
  • There's a FATE called "Feed Me, See More," another reference to the line "Feed me, Seymour!" from the film.

Miami ConnectionEdit

  • A set of achievements called "Against the Ninja" can be earned by completing ninja job quests, referencing the name of a song from the film.

No Country for Old MenEdit

  • There's a quest called "No Country for Young Moogles."

The Pink PantherEdit

  • The character Hildibrand Manderville is based on Inspector Closeau from the Pink Panther series and his entire quest line is based on the films.

The Sound of MusicEdit

  • A sidequest started in Limsa Lominsa is called "Edelweiss, Edelweiss," which refers to the song from The Sound of Music.

Pirates of the Caribbean seriesEdit

  • The boss room of Captain Madison, the second boss of Sastasha (Hard) is called "Dead Man's Drink," a reference to "Dead Man's Chest," the second installment of the series. In the same dungeon, the last boss Kraken casts a move called "Stranger Tides" and when the player gets hit by it, it says "World's End." These are similar to the titles of the third and fourth movies of the series, "At World's End" and "On Stranger Tides."
  • Another "Dead Man's Chest" reference is a FATE called "Dead Man's Rest" in Western La Noscea.
  • The master of thieves guild is Captain Jacke Swallow.


  • One of the earliest available Miner Levequests is named "Get to the Copper!" Arnold Schwarzenegger's character, Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer, in the 1987 sci-fi action movie Predator, was directing a helicopter evacuation from a scene on the ground after the rest of Dutch's team had been killed off by the alien Predator. Before confronting the monster, Major Schaefer yells the line "Get to the Chopper!" to get Anna safely onboard the chopper.
  • Quest for entering The Bowl of Embers (Hard) is called "Ifrit bleeds, we can kill it." Major Schaefer says "if it bleeds, we can kill it" after noticing predator's blood.

Repo! The Genetic OperaEdit

  • Two Battle achievements ("A Tankless Job" and "But Somebody's Gotta Do It") are based off the lyrics in the song "Thankless Job" from this cult-classic movie musical.

Star Trek: The Next GenerationEdit

  • Cid shouts "Engage!" while lifting off the Enterprise excelsior, a reference to Jean Luc Picard's quote.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of KhanEdit

  • A quest in Mor Dhona is titled "The Wrath of Qarn."
  • A shipwreck located in The Ruby Sea is that of a ship named the Kobayashi Maru. In Star Trek, this is the name of a well known Starfleet training exercise first shown in The Wrath of Khan.

Star WarsEdit

  • (1.0) During a quest in Gridania, a NPC said he "feels a great disturbance in the forest."
  • (1.0) In the end of the Seventh Umbral Era storyline, a victory scene similar to the end of A New Hope played out.
  • A quest in the Gridanian main story involves the return of the egg of a chocobo named Leia. The egg's item description reads, "You're our only hope."
  • Biggs and Wedge are named after two pilots in the original trilogy, and continue a trend of references in the Final Fantasy series.

True GritEdit

  • During the main scenario quest "Against the Dying of the Light", Thancred recites a slightly altered version of "I do not entertain hypotheticals. The world as it is, is vexing enough." - a quote by the character Col. Stonehill in True Grit.

Who Framed Roger RabbitEdit

  • A quest in Yanxia titled "The Toon Patrol" involves fighting a pack of enemies known as Mad Weasels. In the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the Toon Patrol was the name of a group of villainous weasels.

Wild Wild WestEdit

  • There's a FATE called "Wild Wilde Death."

TV seriesEdit

The Big Bang TheoryEdit

  • A Full Active Time Event titled "The Big Bagoly Theory" appears in the Burning Wall area of Eastern Thanalan.

Breaking BadEdit

  • A Full Active Time Event titled "Breaking Bud" appears in the Blessed Bud area of the North Shroud.
  • The achievement for training another player's stabled chocobo 30 times is "Breaking Bo."

Drop Dead DivaEdit

  • The quest to unlock Akh Afam Amphitheatre (Extreme) is called "Drop Dead Shiva."


  • The new PvP equipment sets implemented in version 3.5 were inspired by GARO characters, and were designed by the series' character designer Keita Amemiya.


  • A Full Active Time Event titled "It's Not Lupus," where the player fights a giant crab called Cancer, is a reference to the lupus running gag used in the medical drama House.

Law & OrderEdit

  • The third Thaumaturge Class Quest is called "Law and the Order."

Monty Python's Flying CircusEdit

  • One of the Large-scale Guildleve for Blacksmiths is called '"I'm a Lumberjack And I'm Okay", a reference to the Lumberjack Song from Monty Python's Flying Circus.

The SimpsonsEdit

  • A carrier mission called "Sudul Eht Nioj" is the phrase, Join the Ludus backwards, this is likely in reference to the famous 'Join the Navy' episode of the Simpsons.
  • The post-release storyline includes a quest by the name of "You Have Selected Regicide;" a reference to the Season 6 episode Bart of Darkness.
  • An NPC named Heavy-eye Invalid from the Scholar storyline says the line "Can't sleep, mummer will eat me. Can't sleep, mummer will eat me."; a reference to the tenth episode in the fourth season (Lisa's First word) when Bart says "Can't sleep, clown will eat me. Can't sleep, clown will eat me."
  • The Heavensward Hildibrand Quest "Don't Trust Anyone Over Sixty" has numerous lines taken from the show including:
    • "They're very slowly getting away!" - Cyr (A reference to the episode Bart's Inner Child)
    • "I'm cold and there are morbols after me." -Orland (A reference to the line from Abe Simpson in the episode Cape Feare)
    • "How dare you attempt to trick me with a ruse so hackneyed it would make a minstrel blush!" - Dorys (This is possibly a reference to the segment "Enter The Collector" from Treehouse of Horror X)
  • From The Hildibrand Quest "A Hingan Tale: Nashu Goes East", the Kugane Wolf Burglar leaves a card stating "You have just been robbed by the Kugane Wolf Burglar", a direct reference to a card with a similar message from the episode Homer the Vigilante) (see image:
  • From The Hildibrand Quest "Of Wolves And Gentlemen", Hildibrand exclaims "it seems the Wolf Burglar has been caught by the very person trying to catch him!" This references the line Homer says about Mr. Malloy from Homer the Vigilante.

The TransformersEdit

  • The boss Brute Justice and its parts are a reference to the combiner Bruticus from Transformers. Vortexer is named after Vortex, Brawler is named after Brawl, Blaster is named after Blast-Off, Swindler is named after Swindle, and the torso, Onslaughter, is named after the Transformer that forms Bruticus's torso, Onslaught.

To Catch a PredatorEdit

  • A quest in Western La Noscea is called "To Catch a Cutthroat."


A Song of Ice and Fire seriesEdit

  • (1.0) A sidequest available during the 2011 Starlight Celebration was named "Winter Is Not Coming."
  • A quest title for marauder is "The Mountain that Strides" in reference to Gregor Clegane, "The mountain who Rides." One of the character's name involved in the quest is Neddard (Ned + Eddard)
  • The achievement for leveling gladiator is called "Stick Them with the Pointy End," after Arya's first swordplay lesson.
  • One of Edda Pureheart's attacks in the Tam-Tara Deepcroft (Hard) is called "Red Wedding."
  • The first Black Mage job quest is called "Taking the Black" which refers to Brothers of the Night's Watch.
  • During the All Saint's Wake 2013 event one NPC states that "The night is dark and full of delightful terrors," which is almost the same as Lady Melisandre's motto.
  • The description for the Direwolf mount reads " of five pups found huddling together in the snow near the corpse of their slain mother."
  • A Delivery Moogle quest is known as "A Qiqirn Always Pays His Debts." The unofficial words of House Lannister are "A Lannister always pays his debts."
  • The sidequest needed to unlock The Dusk Vigil is named "For All the Nights to Come," after the vows of the Night's Watch.
  • The final boss of the Dusk Vigil, Opinicus, uses an attack called Winds of Winter.
  • The description for the Wind-up Haurchefant minion reads "What isn't dead ... can never die." The holy words of the Drowned God are "What is dead may never die."
  • The quest in which the party first fights Ser Charibert is called "Fire and Blood", after House Targaryen's words.
  • The achievement series for collecting Maelstrom seals is called "A Storm of Seals", perhaps after A Storm of Swords.
  • A main scenario quest is called "The Bear and the Young'uns' Cares", after "The Bear and the Maiden Fair".
  • In the Red Mage job quest "Tracking the Cabal," the player character finds a young female Hyur trapped in a locked crate. The PC has the option to ask "Does a girl have a name?" to which the young female Hyur responds with "Arya."
  • The Red Mage weapon from The Weapon's Refrain is known as "Needle Ultima", after Arya's sword, Needle.

Curious GeorgeEdit

  • The trainer for the Warrior class is named Curious Gorge, who tells the adventurer not to ask about the origins of his name.
  • A Warrior job quest is named "Curious Gorge Goes to Wineport."

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Edit

  • The Lv.65 Alchemist quest is called "Do Goldsmiths Dream of Gilded Sheep."

The Emperor's New ClothesEdit

  • There is a set equipment that is invisible, called "The Emperor's New Robe", "Breeches," "Hat," "Gloves," "Boots," "Necklace," "Earrings," "Bracelet," and "Ring".

The Fault in Our StarsEdit

  • The achievement for completing the astrologian quest line is called "The Stars in Our Faults."

Flowers for AlgernonEdit

  • A quest in Western La Noscea is titled "Flowers for Aerghaemr."

The Girl with the Dragon TattooEdit

  • The Lv.54 White Mage job quest is called "The Girl with the Dragon Tissue."

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyEdit

  • A quest in the main storyline is named "Life, Materia and Everything."
  • One of the mammets in Ul'dah says, "The answer is...................42."
  • The fishing log description of the Mushroom Crab mentions that after eating the mushrooms on the crab's back, a theologian had a vision showing him that the meaning of life was the number 41.
  • The title of the Level 50 Fisher class quest is "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish", which is the title of the fourth book in the Hitchhiker series. A Beast Tribe quest is similarly titled "And Thanks for All the Fish."

Journey to the WestEdit

  • Sun Wukong's iconic weapon Gokuu Pole, his outfit, and the flying cloud mount are available for players in the Chinese server, and later made their way to the global servers via the Mog Station service.
  • Wukong himself appears as the last boss of the Swallow's Compass, under the name Qitian Dasheng ("Great Sage, Equal of Heaven"), one of Wukong's many titles.

The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeEdit

  • One of the Achievement NPCs, a writer named Derwin, mentions that he is working on a story called "The Antlion, the Itch on My Earlobe."

Mommie DearestEdit

  • A quest in Western La Noscea is titled "Mummy Dearest," involving a letter from a mother to a none-too-grateful daughter.


  • The achievement for defeating 5000 Frontlines enemies is called "Slaughterhouse Five".
  • The achievement for completing the quest "As Goes Light, So Goes Darkness" is called "So It Goes", a fatalistic mantra repeated in the book.

Tender ButtonsEdit

  • There is a FATE in Western La Noscea called "Tender Buttons" in which the boss is named 'Gluttonous Gertrude.' Tender Buttons is a 1914 book by modernist author Gertrude Stein.

The Ugly DucklingEdit

  • There is a minion called the "Ugly Duckling" that can be obtained from the Neverreap dungeon.

V for VendettaEdit

  • There is a FATE in Mor Dhona that is called "V for Vinedetta."

Who Moved My Cheese?Edit

  • There is a quest called "Who Moved My Headcheese."



  • The phrase "mortal coil", meaning the turmoil of mortal life, appears several times in Final Fantasy XIV, despite not being used often in modern English; the description of the culinarian levequest "Drinking to Your Health" notes that "Neither the search for knowledge nor service to the poor is known for its tonic effects upon the mortal coil" and Alexander's boss theme includes the lyrics "The mortal coil we serve is taut like a spring". This phrase originates in Hamlet's famous "To be or not to be" speech, in which he muses on being "shuffled off this mortal coil", i.e. dying.
  • A series of Legacy achievements involving defending Hamlets are called "To Be or Not To Be the Guardian".

Henry VEdit

  • A Weaver quest is titled "Once More unto the Breeches."

The Importance of Being EarnestEdit

  • A Namazu quest is called "The Importance of Being Yes, Yes" and involves an "earnest Namazu".

Much Ado About NothingEdit

  • There is a quest called "Much Ado about Dodos."

Romeo and JulietEdit

  • The achievement "A Flower by Any Other Name" obtained by defeating Rafflesia in The Second Coil of Bahamut - Turn 1 (Savage) and the quest title "A Wild Rose by Any Other Name" are based on the frequently referenced line "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" from Romeo and Juliet.

Manga, anime, comics, and cartoonsEdit


  • The Dark Knight's Artifact Set is based on Guts' Berserker armor. The job in general takes inspiration from Guts.


  • The Pugilist quest giver Hamon remarks once, "Make no mistake, these toads are huge, which means they have huge guts," referring to a similar statement made by Doomguy in the ill-fated comic book adaptation of Doom.

Dragon BallEdit

  • The Power Up emote is likely based on the famous powering up pose in the Dragon Ball series.


  • The levequest "Shut Up and Take My Gil," is a reference to the "Shut up and take my money!!" line from the episode Attack of the Killer App. Additionally, during the quest "Scent of Cinnamon," an NPC exclaims "Be silent and take my gil!"

Inspector GadgetEdit

  • The FATE "Go, Go, Gorgimera" references the "Go, go Gadget" catchphrase from the "Inspector Gadget" series that is uttered whenever the Inspector activates one of his devices.
  • A FATE in the Coerthas Central Highlands is called "Inspector Hatchet".

JoJo's Bizarre AdventureEdit

  • The Pugilist quest giver is named Hamon, a reference to the Hamon in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, the signature martial arts technique in the first two parts.
  • The NPC Jandelaine dresses in the extravagant style the manga is known for and does many of the signature poses from the manga, including those of Dio Brando, Josuke Higashikata, Noriaki Kakyoin, Joseph Joestar, and Killer Queen.
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2019 Calendar featuring Julyan.

  • The 2019 Calendar published by Square Enix features Julyan Manderville in a manga-style artwork with the menacing sound effect ゴゴゴゴ, made famous by the JoJo series.

My Little PonyEdit

  • There are several instances alluding to My Little Pony in referring to the chocobo mount system, such as newspaper articles posted on the lodestone, using the phrase "My little Chocobo." It is also an achievement gained when the player gets their chocobo.
  • The follow up quest in which the players learn the ability to summon his/her chocobo into battle is called "My Feisty Little Chocobo."


Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesEdit

  • The Guildhest called "Hero on the Halfshell" references the slogan "Heroes in a half shell."
  • The FATE "Clearing the Hive" features two bosses, Severaint Seven Splinter and his pet adamantoise Shredder, referencing the Ninja Turtles characters Splinter and Shredder.


Bill Haley & His CometsEdit

  • The quest to Thok Ast Thok (Extreme) is called "Thok Around the Clock."
  • A series of Legacy mining achievements are called "Rocking Around The Clock."

Bruce SpringsteenEdit

  • The Achievement for completing Binding Coil of Bahamut is named The Binds That Tie, a reference to Bruce Springsteen's song "The Ties That Bind."

Bury Me Not on the Lone PrairieEdit

  • One of the quests from the main storyline is called "Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie" which is a reference to a famous cowboy folksong/ballad of the same name.

Carly Rae JepsenEdit

  • One of the leves available is titled "Call Me Mating," a reference to the hit single "Call Me Maybe."
  • A FATE in Southern Thanalan is titled "Call me Mayhaps".

Cutting CrewEdit

  • A FATE in Western La Noscea is called "(I Just) Died in Six Arms Tonight."

David BowieEdit

  • The second boss of the Antitower is Ziggy who is accompanied by a group of Stardusts. This is a reference to "Ziggy Stardust", a song from Bowie's album, "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars".

Deep PurpleEdit

  • There is a FATE called "Rogue on the Water," a reference to Deep Purple's song "Smoke on the Water."

Earth, Wind & FireEdit

  • In the 2013 All Saints Wake (Halloween) event, the Magic Pot (see in Final Fantasy series allusions) sings "Earth, Wind, and Fire; That's what I desire" upon receiving three candies representing those elements.

Information SocietyEdit

  • There is a FATE called "What's on your Mind," consisting of enemies named "Pure Energy"—a reference to Information Society's 1987 song "What's on your Mind(Pure Energy)."


  • Primal Shiva says "Embrace the serenity... Renounce the hatred that consume you... And scatter them like dust in the wind..." before using her ultimate attack, Diamond Dust. "Dust in the Wind" is a song written by Kansas.

Led ZeppelinEdit

  • The quest to unlock Astrologian job is called "Stairway to the Heavens".


  • A quest in Gridania is titled "Not a Material Girl," in reference to the song "Material Girl."
  • An achievement for converting 1000 spiritbound items into materia is "Living in a Materia World," also in reference to the song "Material Girl."

MC HammerEdit

  • The level 5 Blacksmith quest is called "Hammer Time," in reference to a line in the song "U Can't Touch This."

Modest MouseEdit

  • There's a NPC called "Immodest Mouse," who may say "The ocean breathes saulty, and it be her briny whispers what give our salt ale its temper," referring to the song "Ocean Breathes Salty."
  • The level 45 Black Mage quest, "The Voidgate Breathes Gloomy" is also a reference to "Ocean Breathes Salty."


  • A Mor Dhonan sidequest is called "Straight Outta Abalathia," in reference to the album "Straight Outta Compton."

Nine Inch NailsEdit

  • There is a FATE called "Nine-Ilm Snails." An "ilm" is the Eorzean equivalent to an inch.


  • There's a FATE called "Smells like tree spirit," a reference to the song "Smells like Teen Spirit."

Peter GabrielEdit

  • The FATE "Big Time" in central Thanalan and the enemies associated with it (sledgehammer beaks), are references to two Peter Gabriel songs, "Big Time" and "Sledgehammer."

The PoliceEdit

  • There is a quest in the main story called "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magitek" which is a reference to the song "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic."

R. KellyEdit

  • The quest to upgrade companion chocobo to flight capability is titled "I Believe I Can Fly".

Red Hot Chili PeppersEdit

  • There is FATE in the Sagili Desert east of the Forgotten Springs called "Blood, Augur, Hex, Magicks," an allusion to their album Blood,Sugar,Sex,Magic.

Roberta FlackEdit

  • The main story quest "Killing Him Softly" references "Killing Me Softly With His Song."


  • The initial quest to unlock the Warrior job is named "Pride and Duty (Will Take You From The Mountain)," a reference to the Skrillex song "Rock n' Roll (Will Take You to the Mountain)."

Tal BachmanEdit

  • There's a guildleve for Golsmith called "High Above Me, She Sews Lovely," a reference to the lyrics "She's so high... high above me, she's so lovely" of the song titled "She's So High."

Tenacious DEdit

  • There's a guildleve called "You Cannot Kill the Metal" which is a reference to the Tenacious D song "The Metal" which features the same phrase.

Beastie BoysEdit

  • The quest "Licensed to Reave" references the album "Licensed to Ill."


  • The Paladin quest "Hey Soul Crystal" is a reference to the song "Hey, Soul Sister."

Trinidad JamesEdit

  • The level 20 leatherworker class quest is titled "Aldgoat Everything" which is a reference to the Trinidad James song "All Gold Everything."

Village PeopleEdit

  • There is a FATE in Middle La Noscea titled "Go Wespe", a reference to "Go West".


  • The quest to unlock The Navel (Extreme) is called "Quake Me Up Before You O'Ghomoro," a reference to the song "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go."

Real worldEdit


  • Multiple Astrologian weapons are named after stars: Altair, Capella, Vega, Aldebaran, Sirius, Deneb, and Canopus
  • In the FATE "It's Not Lupus", the boss crab Cancer is assisted by several aureliae minions called Acubens, the Alpha star of the Cancer constellation.
  • The dragons serving Darkscale in various FATEs in the Churning Mists are named for stars from the Draco constellation: Thuban (Alpha Draconis), Etamin (Gamma Draconis) and Rastaban (Beta Draconis).
  • Several diremites in Version 1.0 and A Realm Reborn are named after stars in the Scorpius constellation: Antares (Alpha Scorpii), Shaula (Gamma Scorpii), Graffias (Beta Scorpii), Dschubba (Delta Scorpii) and Girtab (Kappa Scorpii). The Anatares Dagger for rogues also also alludes to the first.
  • Some bear and bear-related enemies are derived from stars of the Ursa Major constellation: Dubhe (Alpha) and Phecda (Gamma).
  • The primal horse mount awarded from "The Striking Tree (Extreme)", Markab, a name given to various stars in the Pegasus constellation.

Computer softwareEdit

  • There's a sidequest called "It's Not a Bug, It's a Creature," a reference to "It's not a bug, It's a feature," the excuse made by Mozilla to try to convince the users that a bug in Firefox is actually what it's supposed to be doing.
  • During the Anima Weapon quest "Some Assembly Required", the Processing Node confounds Ardashir when it states that "Version 10 of the operating system is required to proceed", and then asks him to "agree to the Terms and Conditions of Use" before it continues.

The Emerald TabletEdit

  • A text known as The Emerald Tablet which was translated by Isaac Newton, purported to contain the secrets of alchemy and transmutation, begins with the line "'Tis true without lying." The alchemy achievements reference this.

Internet memesEdit

  • During the main quest, the players meet a character named Tataru. While alone, before the player arrives, she sings various tunes, one of which is "Trololo-lo". This is a reference to the popular Internet meme, the troll song, often associated with internet trolls.
  • In reference to the popular acronym "WTF", a series of three achievements named "WTFungah I," "WTFungah II," and "WTFungah III" where added in patch 2.51.
    • The OMG minion (added in Patch 4.4) has the following description: Weird. Technological. Fascinating.

Nursery rhymesEdit

  • There is a FATE in Coerthas called "Baa Baa Black Sheep."
  • A Zodiac Relic Weapon quest is titled "Star Light, Star Bright."
  • A quest in Lower La Noscea is titled "Moegrimm Had a Little Lamb."

Popular cultureEdit

  • One of the Ninja job quests is named "Pirates versus Ninjas," refers to the comedic internet and gaming meme regarding a theoretical conflict between archetypal Western pirates and Japanese ninjas, generally including arbitrary "debate" over which side would win in a fight.
  • The title of a Beast Tribe quest, "In the Sylphlands, Treasure Hunts You," references the popular "In Soviet Russia" jokes reversing the normal order of things for humorous effect.
  • A White Mage job quest is titled "Only You Can Prevent Forest Ire", referencing the Smokey the Bear "Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires" ad campaign.

Professional wrestlingEdit

  • There's a FATE called "Royal Rumble" in the East Shroud where the players have to fight a miniboss on a huge stump, referred to the Royal Rumble, WWE's famous event in which a number of wrestlers aim at eliminating their competitors by tossing them out off the ring.

Roman EmpireEdit

  • The ranking within the Garlean army is modeled after that of the Roman Empire.
  • The XIVth Imperial Legion is inspired by the Legio XIV Gemina, the legion of the Roman Empire levied by Julius Caesar in 57 B.C.
  • Gaius van Baelsar was named after Gaius Julius Caesar (simply known as Julius Caesar)
  • Livia sas Junius was named after Livia Drusilla, the wife of Emperor Augustus. Both Livia were adopted into a noble family.
  • Nero tol Scaeva was named after Emperor Nero and Marcus Cassius Scaeva, a centurion in Julius Caesar's army.
  • The Goblin Fraternity who created materia is called the Illuminati.



  • The quest name, "A Modest Proposal," informs the player that they must recover an adamantoise egg that it might be eaten. The real A Modest Proposal is a satire suggesting the starving Irish public consume babies.
  • There's a FATE in Lower La Noscea titled "You Call That a Toad," the player has to kill a group of enemies called "Cane Toad" after local wheat farmers brought these toads from Cieldalaes to devour the locusts but the cane toads have no natural predators on Vylbrand and have taken over the region, leaving the farmers with no choice but to slay them all. This is an allusion to the similar situation in Australia where the government had to ask their citizens to eliminate cane toads to protect the environment and the food chain in Australia.
  • The surname of Yugiri Mistwalker might refer to Mistwalker Corporation, the video game development studio founded by Hironobu Sakaguchi.
  • A quest in Eastern La Noscea called "To You from Failing Hands We Throw" refers to the famous war poem "In Flanders Fields". The quest involves finding the medals once held by the quest giver's friends, who died in service to the Company of Heroes.
  • A quest in Middle La Noscea is called "Orange Crush," like the soft drink of the same name.
  • There's an achievement titled "Heaven Eleven", a pun on 7-Eleven convenience stores.
  • The Vanu Vanu dance is based on the Haka tribal war dance of the Māori people in New Zealand.
  • The Heavensturn 2016 event items "See No Helm", "Speak No Helm" and "Hear No Helm" are based on the proverbial principle "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" of the three wise monkeys.
  • The term "Ijin" is used in Kugane to describe the foreigners. Most likely based on the term "Gaijin" used by Japanese to (impolitely) call foreigners living in Japan.
  • The FATE "Quoth the Raven" is a reference to Edgar Allen Poe's poem The Raven in which the player fights a giant bird aptly named "Forevermore."