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Causes Water damage to all enemies.

In-game description

Leviathan is an eidolon in Final Fantasy IX who can be acquired as a summon for Dagger. It is a Water-elemental summon who takes the form of a sea serpent.

History[]

Mural of Leviathan in Madain Sari.

Leviathan was an eidolon that manifested to protect the crystal of Gaia. The summoners have known of it presumably for centuries, as it appeared on a mural on the Eidolon Wall in Madain Sari, the summoners' village on the Outer Continent. As the summoners left the Mist Continent 500 years ago, summon magic fell into legend among the Mist Continent populace. It is presumed that Leviathan was discovered sometime after this time, as it is an eidolon the summoners failed to call forth, and thus it was locked away at an "eidolon cave" in the base of the Iifa Tree on the Outer Continent.

Ten years ago, Garland ordered Kuja to destroy Madain Sari with the Invincible, killing most summoners. A young summoner girl and her mother escaped on a small boat, but the mother died during the long voyage to the Mist Continent. The boat was found near Alexandria, and the girl was adopted by the royal family as she greatly resembled the recently-perished Princess Garnet except for the horn on her head, which the king ordered removed. The girl had lost her memories during the voyage, and grew up as Garnet never learning she was adopted.

After the king passed, Queen Brahne became power-hungry and wanted to conquer the Mist Continent with the aid of eidolons extracted from Garnet and with a new army of black mages. Her eidolons stolen from her, Garnet escaped Alexandria Castle with her new friends and traveled to the Outer Continent to look for Kuja, who had supplied Brahne with the knowledge of eidolons and black mages. While on the Outer Continent Garnet learned about her true identity and discovered Leviathan's "eidolon cave", a statue of the sea serpent.

Leviathan's "eidolon cave".

When Brahne took her fleet to the Outer Continent to dispose of Kuja, he stole Brahne's eidolon and turned it against her. Garnet wanted to save her adoptive mother and rushed to Leviathan's abode to pray for the eidolon to help her. She received Leviathan's jewel, but Garnet was crestfallen to realize the eidolon in the statue was a water eidolon that would wipe out opposition with a tidal wave, and thus not suitable for saving her naval-bound mother.

Later on, the party can travel to Daguerreo, a town of scholars whose library has a mysteriously inexhaustible spring, and a Leviathan monument that can turn ore into aquamarine. The scholars surmise a water god resides there.

There's an old legend in this region about a dragon god and his divine protection. I think it may be true. I mean, look at this place. We're surrounded by mountains, in the middle of nowhere, and the water here never runs out. It has to be the work of a dragon god.

Adventurer in Daguerreo

Characteristics[]

Concept artwork.

Leviathan is a sea serpent with a long snake-like body and wings that resemble fish fins. It is blue-green and purple and has a dragon-like face with appendages that resemble fins. Though in most Final Fantasy games, Leviathan is the "king of the sea", in Leviathan's concept art it is referred to as a queen.

Leviathan is implied to be a fiercely independent or difficult-to-control eidolon, as it was locked away, the summoners who had discovered it having sealed it away after failing to harness its power. However, when Princess Garnet prays on Leviathan's statue on its resting place, the eidolon responds to her pleas and agrees to lend her its power.

Gameplay[]

Summon[]

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Leviathan's Tsunami attack from Final Fantasy IX Remastered

Leviathan costs 168 MP to summon before Garnet/Dagger loses her eidolons, and 42 MP after learned from a piece of Aquamarine for 40 AP. Leviathan is not one of the eidolons Dagger has originally, so she can only use the 168 MP version if one manipulates their save file to give her Leviathan early.

One Aquamarine is obtained as part of the story during the First Battle of the Iifa Tree, and more are available from using a Dead Pepper where Shimmering Island used to be in the endgame while riding Choco (x10), from stealing from Quina (Mirror), and from converting four Ores on the shrine in Daguerreo.

Leviathan's attack, Tsunami, deals Water damage to all enemies.

The attacks and spell power for Dagger's summons are based on item stock and length of animation, the short version being weaker. When Dagger summons during her Trance, there is a random chance the summon will reappear during the battle for zero MP cost, but the animation will always be the short version, and item stock "bonuses" will be disregarded. The summon will reappear in intervals to repeatedly damage the enemy until a new eidolon is summoned or until Dagger exits Trance, is KO'd, or ejected.

The formula used to determine the amount of damage an eidolon does during its full animation is as follows:[1]

If the eidolon is summoned and does its half animation, the formula changes to as follows:

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Leviathan's spell power for the full animation equals 59+# of Aquamarine in stock. The spell power for the short animation is 63.

The first time a summon is called in battle the full animation plays. Afterward, there is a 33% or 10% chance to get the full animation again based on the following:

If MP < (Summon MP Cost * 2), the chance of full animation is:[1]
Rnd MOD 256 >= 170, use full animation
Otherwise, the chance of full animation is:
Rnd MOD 256 >= 230, use full animation

MP in these calculations refers to the MP before the cost is subtracted. The value used for Summon MP Cost is unaffected by Half MP.

The Boost ability makes the summon always do the full animation, but it costs many Magic Stones and takes a long time to learn from the Pumice Piece.

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Leviathan is an especially useful eidolon against enemies weak to water and magical damage in general. Summoning Leviathan earns the Surf's Up achievement in the mobile and Steam versions.

Tetra Master[]

Tetra Master
Leviathan
#065
Location: Treno, Card Stadium

Leviathan has an eidolon-type card for Tetra Master, which can be obtained late into the game.


Behind the scenes[]

Leviathan is mentioned in an old memo written by Hironobu Sakaguchi for the development of Final Fantasy IX. Upon their first meeting Princess Garnet would have rushed past Zidane and "a thief" (Blank in the final game), and while the thief would have focused on Garnet's chest being slightly revealed in her formal dress, Zidane would take notice of the pendant she was wearing: "No, no, she was wearing the pendant of the summons permitted by only royalty. Deep blue stone... 'The Legend of Leviathan', was it Princess Garnet?"[2] This could refer to Garnet's royal pendant being the summoning jewel for Leviathan in the early story drafts. In the final game, Garnet is unaware the pendant is a fragment of Alexander's summoning jewel.

Gallery[]

Etymology[]

Leviathan (Biblical Hebrew לִוְיָתָן or לווייתן Liwyāthān) is a violent sea creature referred to in the Hebrew Bible as well as the Talmud and some other ancient Jewish texts. During the golden age of seafaring, the term Leviathan became synonymous with any large sea creature, sometimes describing whales. Bible scholars interpreted Leviathan to be either a demonic sea creature and an enemy of God.

The Talmud and other ancient Jewish sources refer to Leviathan more specifically as a sea serpent, sometimes with multiple heads capable of breathing fire, that was made on the fifth day of Creation. It is said that during the end of days, God will make tents, or sukkah, out of the skin of Leviathan for the righteous to live in. Some have speculated that Leviathan was based on a real animal, the most popular theory being the Kronosaurus and the Nile crocodile.

Leviathan is also one of the seven princes of Hell associated with the deadly sin Envy and Hell's gatekeeper in Christian demonology.

In the Final Fantasy series, Leviathan is sometimes referred to as the King of the Seas. Its incarnation in the series appears to derive from the legends of the Shinto god Ryūjin or Owatatsumi, said to be the dragon god that reigns over the seas. It also resembles the Chinese dragon, mystical beings seen as the rulers of moving bodies of water, and the Dragon God as the dispenser of rain.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Rebirth Flame (18 January, 2011). Final Fantasy IX – Battle Mechanics Guide. GameFAQs. Archived from the original on 26 June, 2021.
  2. From the old back up file (dead) (Accessed: March 30, 2012) at Mistwalker Corp (dead)
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