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Basch (bottom portrait) marked as a guest member of the player's team in Final Fantasy XII.

Amalia: The situation requires I accept such help as I find. Though it be from thieves. I shall accompany you until we find my companions. No longer.
Balthier: Let's think of her as a 'Guest', then. Unlike Fran or myself, our 'Guest' probably won't be taking orders from anyone anytime soon. And she'll leave when she pleases. So, we keep to our affairs, and she to hers. I doubt we'll find her wanting in valor... Being such an upstanding member of the insurgence.
Amalia: Resistance.

Guests (ゲスト, Gesuto?) or temporary playable characters are temporary party members in the Final Fantasy series who typically join and leave the party during set points. Guests do not always take up space in the player's party, though they might appear in menus. If the game only allows for three party members in battle, a guest can be a fourth fighter, and sometimes outside of the player's control. Their abilities and equipment usually cannot be customized.


Final Fantasy II[]

Minwu, Josef, Ricard, Leila and Gordon join the party for story-specific quests before leaving for a variety of reasons. The player may freely change their equipment and spells, but they join with preset abilities in a few key areas. In the "Soul of Rebirth" side story in the Dawn of Souls and subsequent versions, Minwu, Josef and Ricard are normal playable characters.

Final Fantasy III[]

Guests are not treated as regular party members. In the 3D remakes' battles, they appear at random to fire off a random attack from their set list of moves. The rest of the time, they will not appear and do not have HP or other stats that enemies can attack.

If the active party is defeated, the game ends in a Game Over, with or without the guests being still alive. Outside of battle, they can be spoken to with Y, the only method the player has to interact with them.

Guest characters include:

Final Fantasy IV[]

Edward, Palom, Porom, Tellah, Cid, Yang, and Fusoya join the party for a short time. In the Advance and The Complete Collection versions, the player may include these characters in the party at will, excluding Tellah and Fusoya. Guests can have their equipment changed freely, and Palom and Porom can continue learning the rest of their magic spells. In addition, Golbez is briefly playable in a flashback in the DS version.

Final Fantasy IV -Interlude-[]

Rosa, Yang, Monk A, Monk B, Cid, and Rydia? join the party briefly. It is advised to remove their equipment and use them for the current characters who will stay until the end of the game.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years[]

Guests usually have few Band abilities, and those who know magic usually join knowing all the spells they will ever learn.

List of guest characters:

Final Fantasy V[]

Galuf can be considered temporarily playable, as Krile will inherit his abilities and job experiences after the events in the Great Forest of Moore.

Final Fantasy VI[]

This was the first game to truly define a "guest character". Guests' equipment is preset and cannot be modified and they have no Desperation Attacks, cannot equip magicite nor earn Magic AP, and they do not have chocobo-riding sprites.

Maduin is controllable during a flashback sequence, but there are no battles at this time and the player cannot open the menu to check equipment or abilities; all they can do while in control of Maduin is walk around and talk to other characters.

List of guest characters:

Final Fantasy VII[]

Sephiroth as a guest.

For a short while Sephiroth joins the player's party during Cloud's telling of the Nibelheim Incident. His equipment is set, he has no Limit Break, and he acts on his own and cannot be given commands. He is invincible and cannot take damage.

Aeris is playable through Part I, but is not considered a guest. She could, however, be considered temporarily playable. When Aeris leaves the party she relinquishes the Materia and accessory she had equipped, but keeps the weapon and armor she had on.

Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-[]

Cait Sith makes an appearance to assist Vincent in mako reactor 0.

Final Fantasy VII Remake[]

During "A Little Diversion", Wedge provides fire support for Cloud when they distract the Shinra Electric Power Company forces at a warehouse, but his machine gun only deals 1 damage. When dogs are released, he serves as a distraction to draw enemies away from Cloud.

Leslie Kyle accompanies the party to the sewers during "In Search of Hope", but does not partake in battles.

Red XIII helps the party at the Shinra Building, though he is not directly controllable, and does not appear in the menu. He uses abilities such as Stardust Ray and will sometimes heal other party members.

Sonon Kusakabe is a guest, accompanying Yuffie Kisaragi EPISODE INTERmission in Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade.

Final Fantasy VIII[]

Laguna, Kiros and Ward.

Guests' junctions and spell lists may be changed, and they have Limit Breaks.

The following characters temporarily join the party at different points in the game:

When playing as Laguna, the player does not accumulate steps (used to determining draw point fill times, SeeD salary intervals, and the rate Rinoa learns Combine skills). Laguna's party effectively acts as doubles for the player's regular party, sharing their junctions.

Edea and Seifer still have default compatibility values with all Guardian Forces, even if not all summons are available when they join the party. Seifer's Magic stocks are given to Selphie when he leaves. When Edea leaves, the game attempts to give her magic to the other party members spell by spell, but if all the other characters already have 100 of the spell/have 32 other spells, her Magic stock is lost.

At the start of the game, after the player exits the classroom, a girl can briefly follow the player around Balamb Garden. However she does not appear in the party menu, despite being a future party member. Similarly, depending on the player's actions, a Moomba may briefly join Zell during the D-District Prison section, appearing only in the field and not taking part in any battle. After talking to her aboard the Lunar Base, Ellone will briefly follow the player around. However, she is not considered a party member and she cannot be interacted with in any way.

Final Fantasy IX[]

The following characters temporarily join the party at different points. Their equipment can be removed or changed, but they cannot learn or equip abilities, and they cannot enter Trance.

Each temporary character (except Beatrix) shares a character slot with permanent characters: Marcus shares his slot with Eiko, Blank with Amarant and Cinna with Quina. Marcus's stats carry over to Eiko, but his levels do not (known as Marcus/Eiko stat bug); however Blank/Cinna levels carry over to Amarant/Quina, but their stats do not.

Regent Cid briefly becomes the player character during the events at Desert Palace. Much like Maduin in Final Fantasy VI, he does not participate in battles.

During a very brief sequence at Lindblum Castle in Disc 1, one of the soldiers is playable (however, in reality it is one of the playable characters in disguise). He can only interact with other NPCs present in that area of the castle, but they will give different dialogue compared to what they would say when interacting with the regular player characters.

Final Fantasy X[]

Seymour as a guest.

The following characters temporarily join the party at different points in the game:

???? temporarily joins Tidus in the Submerged Ruins section from the battle against Klikk until the one against Tros, before eventually joining as a full party member later on under her real name.

Seymour participates in the second battle against Sinspawn Gui and leaves the party immediately afterwards. The player cannot view his equipment and cannot change it in battle, but he is directly controllable and has an Overdrive. Seymour will earn AP and gain Sphere Levels, but as he is never controllable again, the player never gets the chance to spend them, and he never appears on the Sphere Grid.

Additionally, Auron fights alongside Tidus for the Zanarkand section at the beginning of the story. He is then available as a full party member later on.

Final Fantasy X-2[]

In the International version of the game a new feature is the Creature Creator, which allows to recruit fiends and characters to your party, although they are controlled by the game AI. The characters that can be recruited through the Creature Creator are:

Final Fantasy XI[]

For specific story battles some characters assist player characters in battle, and often must be kept alive for the battles to be successful.

Additionally, computer-controlled characters often play a major part in content like Besieged and Campaign. The player may also unlock access to versions of established characters as NPC party members through the Trust Magic system—these characters function independently, although some may respond through player actions, for example, to open or close a skillchain.

Final Fantasy XII[]

Reddas is a guest character.

Guests appear as a fourth party member on the field and are flagged as guests in the menu. Their equipment, licenses, and gambits (original version) are outside the player's control, but ally-oriented gambits will apply to them when available. They do not have Quickenings. When a guest is in the party, they take their share of EXP but in the original version do not level up. If the player party dies it is a Game Over even if the guest survives.

In the original version, guests are AI-controlled and items used by them are infinite and not taken from the player's inventory. Guests typically have unique weapons. In the Zodiac versions, guests' gambits can be changed, they level up and the player can control them on the field, but their equipment cannot be changed and they cannot be put to reserve. The guests' skillset is also somewhat modified compared to the original, e.g. Larsa has learned Cura to restore allies' HP so he will not deplete the player's inventory by continuously using Potions.

Guest characters include:

  • Amalia (later joins as a full party member under her real name, Ashe)
  • Basch (later joins as a full party member)
  • Lamont (returns later as guest under his real name, Larsa)
  • Vossler
  • Larsa
  • Reddas

Reks is only controllable during the prologue, classing him as a temporary playable character.

There are other characters who will fight on the player's side, but do not appear in the party menu and act independently of the player's forces. For example, Basch and other ally soldiers fight alongside Reks in the prologue. Sometimes these "allies" appear randomly, like the Garif Adventurers who appear in the field and will fight monsters alongside the party and will not harm them as long as the player does not provoke them. Additionally, members of Clan Centurio that join the party to fight a Mark behave in this manner. When an ally NPC gives the killing blow to an enemy, the player does not get EXP or LP.

Support characters include:

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings[]

Guest characters are designated by a gold HP bar. They may fight on the party's side, but do not have access to Summoning Gates and Esper Troupes. Many missions involve defending a guest character.

Guest characters include:

Final Fantasy XIII[]

Gadot and Lebreau in the party menu.

Two members of NORA assist Snow Villiers during the first chapter in the Hanging Edge. Their status, abilities, and inventory cannot be viewed, and they have an unknown amount of HP. Thus, they cannot fall to 0 HP and die, either.

Final Fantasy XIII-2[]

Lightning in the prologue.

Lightning is temporarily playable at the start of the game as she fights Caius Ballad. She is playable again in "Lightning's Story: Requiem of the Goddess" DLC episode.

Snow accompanies Serah and Noel in the Sunleth Waterscape 300 AF after they save him from a mass-merging of flan. He is uncontrollable and acts of his own accord, and he cannot be knocked out as he has no health bar.

Sazh is playable in "Sazh's Story: Heads or Tails?" DLC episode. However, there are no fights during the episode, and his stats when viewed in the menu all show as ????.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII[]

Fang aids Lightning.

There are two AI-controlled guest party members. Neither of them can be KO'd in battle.

Final Fantasy XIV 1.0[]

A guest party member.

During certain quests, NPCs could join the player's party and worked like having another player join (even counting towards light and full party stat bonuses and max party size). Their current HP number was displayed as "???" and could only be guessed by observing their life bar, their actions were based on specific behaviors depending on the quest, and they could not be ousted from the party, and neither could it be disbanded. They could be targeted normally by any ability that could be used on other players.

If a guest character was KO'd in battle, the related quest battle was usually failed and had to be repeated, but some exceptions existed.

Guest characters included:

Final Fantasy XIV[]

Alphinaud Leveilleur, Y'shtola Rhul, and Hien Rijin are temporarily playable in the main scenario of Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood. Thancred Waters, Estinien Wyrmblood, Alisaie Leveilleur, Urianger Augurelt, and G'raha Tia are temporarily playable in the main scenario of Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers. Renda-Rae, Branden, Nyelbert, and Lamitt are temporarily playable during Shadowbringers' role questlines. The G-Warrior is temporarily playable during the Sorrow of Werlyt quest "Sleep Now in Sapphire".

Members of Adventurer Squadrons will join the Warrior of Light in Command Missions. They are not fully playable but the player can command them what to do.

Guests appear during certain single-player instanced quests and FATEs, and rarely in other duties. They cannot be controlled, but can be damaged and healed. Many quests and FATEs will end in failure if important guest characters fall in battle.

Guest characters

In addition to the above characters, several nameless guests from organizations such as the Grand Companies, the Temple Knights, the Brass Blades, and more will assist the player.

In Shadowbringers, the player can opt to use Trust System when playing through certain dungeons, which allows them to take along a party of NPCs, instead of trying to find a party of regular players. Until the player completes the main scenario, the system uses Scenario Mode, where all dungeons can only use specific NPCs, and they are always the minimum level for the dungeon. Once the main scenario is completed, the system changes to Avatar Mode, where any party member can be used in any compatible dungeon except Crystal Exarch, who will not be available until completing the patch 5.3 main story, and Lyna, who can no longer be used at all. In Avatar Mode, all party members are reset to level 71 (except for the Crystal Exarch, who will automatically be at level 80) and can be leveled up by completing dungeons with them. “Scenario Mode” can be re-unlocked after all regular Trust members have been leveled to 80.

In Endwalker the level cap for the Avatar mode is increased to 90. Estinien Wyrmblood is added to the Trust System and is usable in both Scenario and Avatar modes, where he starts at level 81. Both Estinien and Ryne are restricted in Avatar mode, with Ryne only being usable in Shadowbringers dungeons (and also being unable to level past 80), and Estinien is only usable in Endwalker dungeons - adding to that is that Alphinaud's job changes depending on the dungeon he is used in, being Academician in Shadowbringers dungeons and Sage in Endwalker dungeons. Another addition is a trial that can be done with trust party members (though only in Scenario mode), with Urianger assuming a different role if player is a healer. Finally, Hythlodaeus, Emet-Selch and Venat are only usable in a single dungeon in Scenario mode, with Emet-Selch and Venat being able to assume different jobs depending on their role.

Trust Party Members

Final Fantasy XV[]

Noctis and his friends team up with Cor, Iris, and Aranea who have unique techniques and linked attacks, and while their equipment can be viewed, it cannot be changed. Guests cannot enter Danger state, making them unkillable, and they can still rescue others from Danger. They lack nodes dedicated to their growth in the Ascension and they cannot be character-swapped to. Camping with a guest applies the food buffs to them as well, and the player may get unique camping scenes with these extra characters present. Guests' presence in the party can change the party dynamic. For example, Gladiolus tends to protect Iris when she is in the party, and Ignis tends to protect Aranea. Every guest has a unique position using Ignis' Overwhelm technique, despite it not being possible to have more than one guest in the party at once.

Cor as a guest.

Cor is playable in Keycatrich, but leaves as the party finds the Keycatrich Trench. He returns for the mission in Norduscaen Blockade. He rejoins in Chapter 14 in the Windows and Royal Editions near the Kingsglaive Base Camp, and for the secondary mission "Relics of the Empire." If the player has completed all of the secondary missions for the Glaives in Insomnia, Cor joins the second phase of the boss battle against Cerberus. It is not possible to camp with him in the party.

Iris accompanies the party in Chapter 6 from Lestallum to Cape Caem. Unlike the other guests, she can sit in the Regalia and has her own chocobo. She does not attack in battle apart from an occasional kick, using her technique, and performing linked attacks with Noctis. She occasionally heals the party with her own potions.

Aranea at camp.

Aranea is a guest during Chapter 7 in Vesperpool and Steyliff Grove, and later when she randomly assists the party for battles at night against daemons and hunts. The party can take a photo with her in the party by the lakeside, but the player can't fish when she's around.

If the player rents a chocobo, riding it levels it up, and it can begin to partake in battle somewhat, but it does not have its own HP, and is not targeted by enemies.

In Chapter 14, Umbra follows the player from Galdin Quay to Hammerhead. He is not targeted by enemies and does not fight.

DLC episodes also have guests who join temporarily and cannot be killed. Cor is a guest in "Final Fantasy XV: Episode Gladiolus", though he does not partake in boss battles. Aranea is a guest in "Final Fantasy XV: Episode Prompto". Ravus Nox Fleuret is a guest in "Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ignis". Ifrit joins as a guest in "Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn". In "Episode Prompto", the player can also briefly control a magitek trooper in a dream sequence.

In the Royal Edition, the party can team up with the player Glaive from Final Fantasy XV: Comrades for the "A Glaive out of Time" sidequest, simply named "Glaive".

Sarah as a guest.

In the Terra Wars collaboration, Sarah from Terra Battle 2 joins Noctis as a guest. In the Adventurer from Another World quest, Y'jhimei assists the party as a healer, but does not appear in the UI or the menu, and is untargetable by enemies. She does not partake in the boss battle.

At two points in the story, the permanent playable characters are considered guests:

  • At the beginning of Chapter 8, during the fight at the power plant, Gladiolus is unnamed (simply called "Hunter"), cannot enter Danger state, and does not appear in the party menu, but otherwise acts like he always does. He also wields the weapon he had equipped at the end of Chapter 6.
  • In "Chapter 13, Verse 2", Ignis behaves like a guest. He appears in the menu and performs linked attacks, but has no health bar and cannot enter Danger state.

In Comrades, if the player opts to play offline, or fails to get a full party during the wait time, they are joined by random A.I. Kingsglaive members during missions. During several story missions, the player is assisted by a fixed party—Libertus Ostium, Elea, and Miles. Cor and Aranea both assist the player once, but they do not officially join the party, and they cannot enter Danger state.

Final Fantasy Tactics[]

Guest in battle.

Guests act in menus the same as any other non-generic units, except that they do not take up the roster space. The player can customize them as much as normal units with jobs, abilities and equipment, but the player cannot decide when to use them.

Guests only fight in specific story battles, and will not appear in random encounters. They are AI-controlled but will not be crystallized or turn into a treasure box after being KO'd for three turns, and thus cannot die permanently. If the battle objective requires the player to protect or rescue the particular guest, their KO will grant an instant Game Over. Most non-generic units fight in battles first as a guest before joining as a permanent party member.

In rare cases during random encounters, a guest may replace an enemy unit and fight alongside the player party. These guests are usually generic monsters, and do not join the party after the battle ends.

Guest characters include:

  • Agrias (later joins as a full party member)
  • Goffard
  • Ladd (later joins as a generic party member)
  • Alicia (later joins as a generic party member)
  • Lavian (later joins as a generic party member)
  • Delita
  • Argath
  • Boco (later joins as a monster party member)
  • Ovelia
  • Mustadio (later joins as a full party member)
  • Orran
  • Alma
  • Rapha (later joins as a full party member)
  • Meliadoul (later joins as a full party member)
  • Zalbaag
  • Beowulf (later joins as a full party member)
  • Reis (later joins as a full party member)
  • Cloud (later joins as a full Party Member)
  • Byblos (later joins as a monster party member)

In The War of the Lions version, some plot-related characters who have joined as a full party member, will become guests again during the new event battles (their presence in the player's party is also the prerequisite to trigger these events). Usually after the fight (or scenario) has been completed, the player will be given the option to recruit them again.

The port also adds two new guests, Luso and Balthier, who can be recruited into the party after the battles in which they appear as guests.

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance[]

Guest characters include:

  • Montblanc (later joins as a full party member)
  • Ritz (later joins as a full party member after the main story)
  • Shara (later joins as a full party member after the main story)
  • Ezel (later joins as a full party member after the main story)
  • Babus (later joins as a full party member after the main story)
  • Auggie

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift[]

Cid is a guest character.

Guest characters include:

Final Fantasy Type-0[]

Other characters can be called in to assist in battle via the Support Personnel feature. Most of the supports are "shadow" versions of the player cadets, but there are three unique supports:

There may also be allies and friendly units during missions who are not considered to be part of the player's party.

Final Fantasy Mystic Quest[]

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Kaeli, Tristam, Phoebe and Reuben join Benjamin twice during set points in the story. With the exception of Phoebe, who gives the player her original weapon and then uses a different one, guests have set spells and equipment and cannot gain levels. Between the time they leave and join later, their spells, equipment and level has grown stronger. Guests can be toggled from Auto or Manual from the Customize menu or by pressing Y.

Unlike other guess, after Phoebe joins for the second time, she stays until the end.

Final Fantasy Adventure[]

The player has other characters help Sumo during his journey. Although, they are helpful, the player cannot control them. Guests do not gain levels, and they cannot take damage. They have poor AI, resulting in them attacking randomly, rarely aiming at enemies. If the player Asks the current guest, they will perform their special ability. If a guest kills an enemy, its experience points will be added to Sumo.

Temporary party members include:

Final Fantasy Legend II[]

Mr. S, Ki, Mask, Lynn, Hana, Taro, the lead character's Dad along with the goddess Isis, all join the party at various points with Lynn and Dad joining twice. With the exception of Mr. S, who is a Slime-type monster, and Isis herself, the guests are human. This includes Ki, whose magical powers are a result of MAGI, not mutant origin.

To offset the game's item durability system, the player may give equipment to guests, but cannot retrieve it, nor may they take any of the guests' initial equipment. The player cannot give meat to Mr. S during his short period with the party, and thus cannot transform. Guest characters will not gain statistics in any fashion during their tenure.

Pressing B when the player has a temporary party member results in them giving a message.

Final Fantasy Legend III[]

At certain points a fifth character joins the party. They are at a sufficiently high level to make them powerful against the monsters and bosses the player will be facing. They do not gain EXP or level up, and they cannot undergo class changes. It is possible to give them equipment to fill out the empty slots, but (with one exception) the player cannot change or remove equipment once equipped. They cannot add or remove their magic spells either.

Borgin stays with the party until the end

Temporary party members include:

Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light[]

Guests function like temporary playable characters due to the main party splitting up for the first half of the story. Guest characters wear certain Crowns that will obtained much later by the main party. Guests' Crowns cannot be changed, but their inventory and equipment can be customized. Guests will take everything they have with them when they leave the party, so it is advisable to remove all items and unique equipment to not lose them.

Final Fantasy Dimensions[]

The player can exempt guest characters from taking part in battles, remove their equipment and distribute them to their own characters. By exempting guests, the player gains a 25% EXP boost when fighting monsters.

List of guest characters:

Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius[]

As the game content is regularly updated with new quests, events and characters, temporary playable characters appear in Unit Intro quests and in Story events. Both are available for a limited time. They are fully awakened at max level, they are equipped with weapons, armor, accessories and ability Materia. They cannot summon espers. They take up the Friend Unit slot when selected.

Unit Intro quests feature newly released characters that are important to the main story. They have a fully CG animated Limit Burst with Japanese voice acting (except for Elena's, which has English voice acting)

List of Unit Intro guest characters (in order of appearance in the Global version of the game):

  • Pyro Glacial Lasswell
  • Blossom Sage Sakura
  • Lotus Mage Fina
  • Nameless Gunner Jake
  • Heavenly Technician Lid
  • Maritime Strategist Nichol
  • Raegen
  • Hyoh
  • Citra
  • Sieghard
  • Folka
  • Ignacio
  • Cid
  • Akstar
  • Summer Fina & Lid
  • Summer Folka & Citra
  • Sacred Shield Charlotte
  • Elena
  • Radiant Lightning
  • Warrior of Light Bartz
  • Wild Rose Firion
  • Aldore King Rain
  • Magitek Warrior Terra
  • Crown Prince Noctis
  • White Lily Dark Fina
  • Awakened Warrior of Light
  • Hess King Lasswell
  • Paladin Cecil
  • Awakened Onion Knight
  • Wizardess Shantotto
  • Star Player Tidus

Story events feature scenario stages, where the story of the event plays out, and battle stages, where the player fights wave battles against enemies. Before every chapter of the story, the player may choose to have one of the characters featured in the event as a guest.

World of Final Fantasy[]

Several Grymoirian versions of main characters from games in the Final Fantasy series temporarily accompany Lann and Reynn in their adventures, on the field, but are not treated as regular party members, mainly doing so for plot-related reasons within a chapter.