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Garuda (ガルーダ, Garūda?) is a recurring Wind-elemental summon in the series. She is usually depicted as a green-tinted woman with claws and talons and wings protruding from her back. Aerial Blast is a common summon ability for Garuda.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy XI[edit | edit source]

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Garuda appears as one of the eight celestial Avatars, also known as sleeping gods, representing Wind. She can be acquired from the Cloister of Gales at Cape Terrigan. She can cast a number of wind-based spells and abilities in addition to using her claws to physically damage enemies.

Perhaps one of her more commonly used abilities is Aerial Armor, which gives every member of the party the effect of Blink, or Hastega which grants haste to every member of the party and is exclusively available to Garuda, but she also does have limited abilities which allow her to heal party members. Garuda is also highly respected for her Predator Claws attack, a devastatingly powerful strike that is often the Summoner's staple attack for notorious monster fights.

Garuda was a small bird raised by a young prince. When the prince got attacked by a viper, Garuda looked for means to cure him. Another bird informed her that she should seek the aid of the King of Birds, who could awaken the healing wind, Vuychap. Garuda flew ever further upwards, looking for the King of Birds, but couldn't find him anywhere. Having reached the limits of her strength, she fell from the sky, but her resolve was so powerful that she transformed during her fall, gaining a humanoid shape and regaining her vitality.

She realized that she now had the power to heal the prince, and did so, leaving him afterwards, as she no longer looked like the little bird he had raised. However, it is said that, once the prince grew up, he managed to find her and married her. Upon Garuda's death, Altana transformed her into the Celestial Avatar of Wind because of her loyalty and devotion. Vuychap is the name of the brightest, green-colored star of the Garuda constellation.

Blood Pact abilities
Level Name Pact Type MP Effect
1 Aerial Blast Rage All Massive wind damage to enemies within area of effect. Only available during Astral Flow.
1 Claw Rage 7 Physical slashing damage.
10 Aero II Rage 24 Deals minor wind magic damage.
25 Aerial Armor Ward 92 Gives all party members within range the effect of Blink.
36 Whispering Wind Ward 92 Restores some HP to all party members in range.
48 Hastega Ward 112 Gives all party members in range the Haste status.
55 Garuda's Favor Avatar's Favor 0 Enhances Evasion of all party members near Garuda.
60 Aero IV Rage 118 Deals moderate wind magic damage.
70 Predator Claws Rage 164 Three-hit physical attack dealing massive slashing damage
75
Merit
Wind Blade Rage 182 Deals massive wind magic damage to one target.
86 Fleet Wind Ward 114 Grants party members within area of effect the Quickening status.

Final Fantasy XIII[edit | edit source]

Concept art of Garuda.

Garuda was planned to appear as a fal'Cie.

Final Fantasy XIV[edit | edit source]

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The queen of storms, Garuda is the chosen primal of the Ixal.

Though elegant of form and graceful in motion, the capricious and ruthless nature of this bloodthirsty being engenders mindless terror even amongst her devoted worshippers. Her wrath often erupts without warning, and descends upon her victims with unbridled fury.

Official website description[1]

Garuda is the primal worshiped by the Ixal, and is known as the Empress of Birds. It is said that in past ages, Garuda slew the malevolent Lord of Snakes to end his foul attempt to bind the world's creatures to the earth. Though birds became free to roam the skies, Garuda was terribly wounded by the battle and was forced to feast upon the snake's carcass to recover her energies, said to have since developed a taste for the flesh of land-bound mortals.

Among the primals, Garuda is infamous for her destructive and unstable behavior, usually outright killing people. In 1.xx, she attacked the Quarrymill, unleashing strong winds over the hamlet and laughing madly. After being defeated, Garuda lamented over losing her power as she dissolved into wisps of energy that ascended towards Dalamud. In V2.0 A Realm Reborn, she expresses a desire to become an all-powerful goddess, a sentiment that is shot down by Gaius van Baelsar.

Garuda is fought as a boss in The Howling Eye, The Howling Eye (Hard), and The Howling Eye (Extreme) trials, as well as the first encounter of The Weapon's Refrain (Ultimate) raid.

Garuda-Egi.

Summoners can summon the caster-type pet Garuda-Egi to aid them in battle.

In Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood, Garuda herself can be summoned by players in the Deep Dungeon Heaven-on-High when using the respective Magicite.

Another Garuda is fought as a boss, alongside Ifrit, in the Eden Raid in Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, manifested from the memories of the primals from the Warrior of Darkness to restore life on the rest of the First. Halfway during the battle, the two heritors fuse to form Raktapaska.

Garuda-Egi abilities
Ability Level Type Cast Recast Range Radius
Wind Blade
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1 Spell 1.00s 3.00s 25y
Deals wind damage with a potency of 110.
Shockwave
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1 Ability Instant 90.00s 5y
Deals wind damage with a potency of 90.
Additional Effect: 15-yalm knockback
When Obey is active, will only execute upon command.
Aerial Slash
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20 Spell Instant 30.00s 25y 5y
Deals wind damage with a potency of 90 to target and all enemies nearby it.
When Obey is active, will only execute upon command.
Contagion
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40 Ability Instant 60.00s 25y
Increases target's magic damage taken by 10%.
Duration: 15s
When Obey is active, will only execute upon command.
Aerial Blast
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50 Ability Instant Instant 25y 5y
Deals wind damage with a potency of 250 to target and all enemies nearby it.
Executed when master uses Enkindle.

Final Fantasy XV[edit | edit source]

Garuda.

Garuda is a Messenger of the Winds, an ancient being once defeated by the Astrals in battle and sent into long slumber. Her true name lost, she takes the name of an invading goddess and aids Noctis in a similar way to the Astrals. She appears in the "Adventurer from Another World" collaboration quest added in patch 1.27.

Final Fantasy Dimensions II[edit | edit source]

Promotional artwork.*(Artwork (Rank 7-8).)

Garuda is a wind-elemental summon. There are three versions of Garuda available; two versions available to Wrieg and a version available to Maina.

In the original free-to-play version, all three versions of the summon could only be obtained through the summon drawing shop and equipped by any party member.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy XIV Garuda is present in some Final Fantasy XIV dungeons and events.

Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[edit | edit source]

Garuda appears with two Wind-elemental cards.

Triple Triad[edit | edit source]

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

Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances[edit | edit source]

Bahamut Lagoon[edit | edit source]

The bird-dragon Garuda appears as one of the many dragons. He is one of the Holy Dragons and can be summoned for a powerful neutral-elemental attack.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Garuda is a large, birdlike creature that appears in both Hinduism and Buddhism. It serves as Lord Vishnu's mount and is the Hindu name for the constellation Aquila. Contemporary representations of Garuda are the brahminy kite and phoenix.

References[edit | edit source]

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