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A non-elemental entity capable of tremendous physical attacks. The patron deity of Wutai, this giant, serpentine entity is said to have quelled great many calamities.

Leviathan is a summoning materia in Final Fantasy VII Remake. It summons Leviathan, a colossal flying sea serpent whose non-elemental attacks deal major damage to enemies.

It is based on on the summon from the original Final Fantasy VII with the same appearance and special attack. Leviathan is worshiped as a god in Wutai, but Chadley creates a version of it usable as a summon. Leviathan is the largest summon, a flying sea serpent who looks like a Chinese dragon whose fins resemble wings. Chinese dragons traditionally symbolize control over water, typhoons and floods.

Obtained[]

The Leviathan Materia is obtained in Chadley's Battle Intel mission in Chapter 14 "In Search of Hope" where the player must fight the serpent in a VR mission.

Data compiled from elemental magic has resulted in the successful reproduction of serpent god Leviathan. Combat behavior has yet to be tested.

Engage in simulated battle to gauge performance.

Description

Marvelous! Leviathan, the patron deity of Wutai, is not an enemy to be trifled with. Together, you can cleanse the world of the Shinra scourge.

A.I abilities[]

Ability ATB cost Attack Type Effect Description
Briny Barrage 0 Magic - -
Tail Whip 0 Physical - -
Bite 0 Physical - -

Player abilities[]

Ability ATB cost Attack Type Effect Description
Briny Bellow 2 Magic Shoots a jet-stream of water that moves in an arc, greatly increasing targets' stagger. Spew a concentrated beam of water in a wide arc. Significantly increases stagger.
Gyre Spume 2 Physical Summons water to attack enemies. Harness and release a massive concentration of water to damage nearby enemies.
Tidal Wave - Magic Ultimate attack where Leviathan engulfs itself in white-crested waves dealing damage to everything around itself before departing. -

Boss[]

Leviathan is an optional boss fought in Chadley's VR mission after completing Battle Intel missions 1–14. The player can take it on with the party of Cloud, Tifa and Barret. Leviathan is also fought in the gauntlet up to Pride and Joy Prototype in the Shinra Combat Simulator in Chapter 17, "Deliverance from Chaos", in hard mode.

Use[]

Invoke Leviathan to aid you in battle.

Description
Role: Deals damage
Element: None
Ultimate attack: Tidal Wave
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Tidal Wave - Leviathan summon sequence - Final Fantasy VII Remake

After acquiring the Leviathan materia, the player can set it to any playable character's weapon and summon the serpent in battle when the command becomes available. Summoning Leviathan costs 2 ATB segments. Its attacks deal non-elemental damage. Because Leviathan is a large summon, it can only be summoned in more open arenas.

If the player summons Leviathan against the Hell House, they get the following commentary:

Kotch: The spiteful dragon of the sea is here in the arena! I'm warning you folks: you will get wet!
Scotch: Hold on tight, ladies and gentlemen, for the fury of the ocean might swallow you whole!

Behind the scenes[]

The developers originally wanted to bring back Ramuh who appears in most Final Fantasy games. He was dropped in favor of Leviathan to allow players to summon the water serpent in Mako Reactor 1, something that was possible in the Final Fantasy VII demo, during chapter select.[1]

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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. Hamaguchi, Naoki (2020, June 22). "How Square Enix created the Summons in Final Fantasy VII Remake". From PlayStation Blog. Archived from the original on June 22, 2020.
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