The Ghosts (ゆうれい, Yūrei?)[2], known in-game only as ??????, are a pair of temporary playable characters in Final Fantasy VI. The two ghosts are encountered on the Phantom Train and will join the party for the dungeon's duration if the player speaks to them and agrees to bring them along.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The ghosts wear pale blue shrouds with hoods and long sleeves, concealing their bodies but for their hands and faces. Their sprite depicts the area within the hood as a blank, black space, and their portraits show a blue skull-like visage with glowing white eyes.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Nothing is known of either of the ghosts' past, but they are the most friendly of the Phantom Train spirits, willing to accompany Sabin, Cyan, and Shadow on their journey through the train and fight with them against the other ghosts. However, they will not aid them in the battle against the locomotive and leave when the party reaches the front of the train. They gain nothing from this and ask nothing for their aid, they seemingly just want to be helpful to the group.

In the Super NES release, Sabin and Cyan refer to the ghosts as "it", but in the Game Boy Advance release they refer to them as "he". Unused shop price modifiers that depend on the gender of the party leader treat the ghost as a male.

The Final Fantasy Ultimania Archive guides humorously give the ghost characters "likes" (Hell), "dislikes" (Heaven) and "hobbies" (floating).[1]

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

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The ghosts can be recruited in three places on the Phantom Train—the caboose, the first car (the far-left ghost NPC), and the second car (the far-right and far-left ghost NPCs). These NPCs respawn when the area is left and returned to, and if there is a spot for the ghost in the party, they can be rerecruited. If Shadow is not in the party, the player can recruit a second ghost, but it will be at a lower level and have lower stats.

All ghosts are permanently equipped with a Lich Ring that sets them to be treated as undead in battle. Any healing item or ability used on them will deal damage and if KO'd they cannot be revived; a Phoenix Down will miss. However, they can be healed outside of battle. If a ghost is KO'd at the end of a battle, they will be removed from the party. Aside from the Lich Ring, the ghosts have no equipment.

The ghosts' special ability is Possess, which instantly defeats a single target at the cost of permanently removing the user from the party. The command overrides Instant Death protection and works on any boss, as they have no resistance checks for Possess; however, this normally cannot be checked as the ghosts are only available while on the Phantom Train.

Because the ghost has poor stats and no equipment, they are of little help to the party and will struggle to deal significant damage. They are mostly useful as diversions to draw enemy attacks, as the enemies on the Phantom Train are dangerous, especially if the party only consists of Sabin and Cyan. Their greatest utility is against the Apparition, a powerful miniboss encountered inside a chest near the front of the train. The ghosts will leave the party soon after, so it is best to have them Possess the Apparition to instantly kill it and avoid what could be a difficult battle otherwise.

Stats[edit | edit source]

Ghost #1
Name Initial Stats
Strength 14
Speed 15
Stamina 10
Magic 30
Attack 22
Defense 66
Evasion 0%
Magic Defense 52
Magic Evasion 0%
Escape Success 5
HP Gain 26
MP Gain 1
Level Averaging +2
Ghost #2
Name Initial Stats
Strength 4
Speed 8
Stamina 2
Magic 15
Attack 10
Defense 17
Evasion 0%
Magic Defense 11
Magic Evasion 0%
Escape Success 3
HP Gain 20
MP Gain 1
Level Averaging -3
Level HP MP EXP +
2 37 5 32
3 49 9 96
4 63 14 208
5 80 19 400
6 100 25 672
7 122 31 1056
8 146 38 1552
9 172 46 2184
11 227 63 3936
12 257 72 5080
13 292 82 6432
14 331 92 7992
15 375 102 9784
16 425 112 11840
17 479 122 14152
18 536 133 16736
19 597 144 19616
21 729 166 26360
22 798 177 30232
23 870 189 34456
24 946 201 39056
25 1025 213 44072
26 1107 225 49464
27 1193 237 55288
28 1283 250 61568
29 1378 263 68304
31 1577 289 83184
32 1678 302 91384
33 1780 316 100088
34 1882 330 109344
35 1985 344 119136
36 2089 358 129504
37 2195 372 140464
38 2302 387 152008
39 2410 402 164184
41 2631 432 190416
42 2744 447 204520
43 2858 463 219320
44 2974 479 234808
45 3091 495 251000
46 3210 511 267936
47 3330 527 285600
48 3452 544 304040
49 3577 561 323248
51 3835 594 364064
52 3966 609 385696
53 4099 623 408160
54 4233 636 431488
55 4369 648 455680
56 4506 659 480776
57 4645 669 506760
58 4787 678 533680
59 4931 686 561528
61 5223 699 620096
62 5371 704 650840
63 5521 709 682600
64 5673 715 715368
65 5826 721 749160
66 5981 728 784016
67 6137 735 819920
68 6295 742 856920
69 6455 750 895016
71 6777 766 974536
72 6932 774 1016000
73 7083 782 1058640
74 7228 789 1102456
75 7368 796 1147456
76 7504 803 1193648
77 7636 809 1241080
78 7762 815 1289744
79 7882 821 1339672
81 8112 832 1443368
82 8222 837 1497160
83 8330 842 1552264
84 8435 847 1608712
85 8537 852 1666512
86 8637 857 1725688
87 8735 862 1786240
88 8830 868 1848184
89 8922 874 1911552
91 9100 886 2042608
92 9187 892 2110320
93 9272 899 2179504
94 9355 907 2250192
95 9437 916 2322392
96 9517 926 2396128
97 9600 937 2471400
98 9686 949 2548224
99 9774 962 2637112
Level HP MP EXP +
2 31 5 32
3 43 9 96
4 57 14 208
5 74 19 400
6 94 25 672
7 116 31 1056
8 140 38 1552
9 166 46 2184
11 221 63 3936
12 251 72 5080
13 286 82 6432
14 325 92 7992
15 369 102 9784
16 419 112 11840
17 473 122 14152
18 530 133 16736
19 591 144 19616
21 723 166 26360
22 792 177 30232
23 864 189 34456
24 940 201 39056
25 1019 213 44072
26 1101 225 49464
27 1187 237 55288
28 1277 250 61568
29 1372 263 68304
31 1571 289 83184
32 1672 302 91384
33 1774 316 100088
34 1876 330 109344
35 1979 344 119136
36 2083 358 129504
37 2189 372 140464
38 2296 387 152008
39 2404 402 164184
41 2625 432 190416
42 2738 447 204520
43 2852 463 219320
44 2968 479 234808
45 3085 495 251000
46 3204 511 267936
47 3324 527 285600
48 3446 544 304040
49 3571 561 323248
51 3829 594 364064
52 3960 609 385696
53 4093 623 408160
54 4227 636 431488
55 4363 648 455680
56 4500 659 480776
57 4639 669 506760
58 4781 678 533680
59 4925 686 561528
61 5217 699 620096
62 5365 704 650840
63 5515 709 682600
64 5667 715 715368
65 5820 721 749160
66 5975 728 784016
67 6131 735 819920
68 6289 742 856920
69 6449 750 895016
71 6771 766 974536
72 6926 774 1016000
73 7077 782 1058640
74 7222 789 1102456
75 7362 796 1147456
76 7498 803 1193648
77 7630 809 1241080
78 7756 815 1289744
79 7876 821 1339672
81 8106 832 1443368
82 8216 837 1497160
83 8324 842 1552264
84 8429 847 1608712
85 8531 852 1666512
86 8631 857 1725688
87 8729 862 1786240
88 8824 868 1848184
89 8916 874 1911552
91 9094 886 2042608
92 9181 892 2110320
93 9266 899 2179504
94 9349 907 2250192
95 9431 916 2322392
96 9511 926 2396128
97 9594 937 2471400
98 9680 949 2548224
99 9768 962 2637112

Other appearances[edit | edit source]

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

The battlegen item associated with the Phantom Train stage is "Ghost".

Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[edit | edit source]

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Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

If, through use of the airship glitch or cheats, a ghost and Gogo are in the player's party at the same time, Gogo can equip and use Possess.[3] If Gogo uses Possess, they will be removed from the player's current party and sent back to the airship, and will be available as normal the next time the player reforms the party.

The Red Mage's sprite sheet from Romancing SaGa.

The ghost's sprite is adapted from the sprite for the Red Mage (赤魔導士, Akamadōshi?) in the original Super Famicom release of Romancing SaGa, another Square title.

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Etymology[edit | edit source]

A ghost is the soul or spirit of a deceased person or animal that can appear, in visible form or other manifestation, to the living. Ghosts are generally described as solitary essences that haunt particular locations, objects, or people they were associated with in life, though stories of phantom armies, ghost trains, phantom ships, and even ghost animals have also been recounted.

Its Japanese name is (ゆうれい, Yūrei?). According to traditional Japanese beliefs all humans have a soul, and upon a person's death the soul leaves the body and enters a form of purgatory where it waits for the funeral and post-funeral rites to be performed so that it may join its ancestors. If one dies in a sudden or violent manner, such as murder or suicide, if the proper rites have not been performed, or if they are influenced by powerful emotions—such as a desire for revenge, love, jealousy, hatred or sorrow—the soul transforms into a yūrei, which can bridge the gap back to the physical world. The yūrei exists on Earth until it can be laid to rest, either by performing the missing rituals, or resolving the emotional conflict that still ties it to the physical plane. If the rituals are not completed, or the conflict left unresolved, the yūrei will persist in its haunting. Yūrei are frequently depicted as being accompanied by a pair of floating flames or will o' the wisps that are separate parts of the ghost rather than independent spirits.

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