An orphan raised by Nina and Elder Topapa in the village of Ur. Adventurous by nature, his curiosity gets the better of him as he tumbles into a hole created by the great earthquake.

Final Fantasy III instruction manual.

Luneth is the main protagonist in the 3D remake of Final Fantasy III, and the first character to become available. He is one of the Warriors of Light.

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Appearance[edit | edit source]

Luneth has long silver hair (blond in pre-release screenshots Luneth-PrereleaseScreenshot-ffiiids) and violet eyes. His Freelancer outfit is a light purple turtleneck covered by a dark violet sweatshirt and a sienna vest. He wears brown gloves, long light gray pants, black knee-high boots, and carries a light brown fanny pack. His theme color is purple, shown in his job armor, while his turtleneck collar is visible while robe-clad. The three buckles on his vest are used to distinguish his job outfits from his allies'.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Doga and Unei describe Luneth as the light of courage. Sure enough, his tendency to travel recklessly leads him to the Wind Crystal. In the opening FMV, Luneth is a Warrior, reflecting his bravery and will to fight. He frequently jumps into situations despite the dangers. He is cheerful and positive but can be too impulsive or blunt, leading his allies to scold him.

Luneth and Ingus argue in the opening FMV, reflecting their opposite personalities, but while the party traverses a cave, Ingus saves Luneth from falling off a cliff. Luneth assumes the de facto leader role, speaking on behalf of the team and motivating them to continue on their quest. His defending Arc from the bullies in Ur shows he is a leader-like figure among the children.

He is confident but not to the point of arrogance. Luneth is determined to fulfill his goals and keep his promises, getting upset when he believes he's failed someone. He treats everyone in an equal manner, including royalty, and has no qualms about helping strangers. He encourages those more timid than himself. This, combined with his determined and more outgoing nature, help him become a pillar of support for the party.

Story[edit | edit source]

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Luneth is an orphan raised in the remote village of Ur by the priest Topapa and his foster mother, Nina. When he was very young, Luneth and his biological parents lived in the surface world below the Floating Continent. While traveling on Cid Haze's airship they were engulfed in a thick, vast darkness and crashed on the Floating Continent. Luneth's parents died, but Luneth survived together with Cid, who took him to Ur and gave him to the elder Topapa. Since then Nina and Topapa raised Luneth and Arc as their own sons.

Luneth as a Warrior from the opening FMV.

A grown up Luneth is exploring the Altar Cave when an earthquake drops him into a pitfall where he finds the Wind Crystal. It chooses him as a Warrior of Light and instructs him to find the other three destined. Luneth and Arc venture to Kazus, meeting Refia on Cid's airship, and then Ingus at Castle Sasune, both places cursed by the Djinn. With the help of Sara Altney, they defeat it. The Crystal declares the four to be Warriors of the Light and charges them to defeat Xande, a sorcerer who has flooded the surface world with darkness.

After solving the problems caused by Xande's servants on the Floating Continent, Luneth and the others travel to the surface world. They team up with Aria Benett, the last priestess of the Water Crystal, and Luneth befriends her as they retrieve the crystal's shard from the Temple of Water and travel to the Cave of Tides to restore the crystal itself. After she restores the crystal Aria protects Luneth from an ambush by the Kraken at the cost of her life. After the Kraken's defeat, she dies in Luneth's arms.

Luneth serves as the party's de facto leader, being the first to speak with the Crystal. After Xande and the Cloud of Darkness are defeated, he returns to Ur with Arc.

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Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Luneth as a Freelancer.

Luneth's battle prowess is determined by the job he is equipping. He starts a Freelancer, but after making some progress, more jobs become available, and the player can freely change between jobs and accumulate progress in each. Progressing through drastically different job branches can be both a blessing and a curse, as HP increases gained through leveling up are permanent, different jobs giving varying HP boosts upon level up, although HP is the only affected stat.

At the end of a victorious battle, Luneth stands with one hand on his hip. When he gains a level or job level, he will jump and punch the air.

Luneth is the only player character with a unique body armor. He is initially equipped with a Vest that cannot be obtained otherwise; however, it is the weakest armor (together with the Rusty Mail), as it provides only minimal Defense and Magic Defense. A reference to his vest is made in Final Fantasy Brave Exvius as one of the ultimate items he awards the player. It retains its minimal defense, but provides a substantial boost to attack, also likely a reference to Luneth's default Warrior class.

Other appearances[edit | edit source]

Luneth has appeared in the following games throughout the Final Fantasy series:

Other media[edit | edit source]

The Onion Knight in Dissidia Final Fantasy has an alternate outfit that is directly based on Luneth. His hair becomes straight, long, and silver. His eyes become violet and his costume color changes, but takes on Refia's coloration, which is possibly in reference to the coloration of the Unnamed Hero Artwork Amano FFIII NES Lead Dude by Yoshitaka Amano.

Users in Square Enix Members Virtual World community can make their character appear as Luneth. Luneth's hair costs 100 crystals and his clothes cost 480 crystals.

Luneth is mentioned in the description for the Wind-up Onion Knight in the Japanese version of Final Fantasy XIV.

Luneth appears in the novel Final Fantasy: Memory of Heroes as part of the Final Fantasy III adaptation. His personality is slightly tweaked to remove his impulsive line of thinking, replacing it with a penchant for sacrificing himself. He uses the Warrior and Knight jobs.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Luneth in a prerelease screenshot.

In the E3 2006 trailer for the Final Fantasy III DS remake, Luneth is depicted with blond hair. He still has silver hair in the FMV.[1]

Unused text from the game portrays Luneth in a more arrogant light, sometimes trying to portray himself as stronger than he is. One of the Castle Hein sequences[2] has Luneth get separated from the rest when they are captured. Upon rescuing Ingus, Luneth acknowledges that he got the party captured, showing that he can be humble. Luneth shows further personality traits in the unused text, shown to be fond of treasure, such as when Prince Alus tells the party of the treasure in the Dragon Spire[3]. Luneth teases Refia from time to time, causing her frustration[4]. Luneth is shown at several points of the unused script to get sick on airships[5][6], even ones as stable as the Invincible. It is also hinted that he vaguely remembers the airship crash that brought the orphans to the floating continent[7].

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Etymology[edit | edit source]

Despite having been given to a male character in Final Fantasy III, Luneth is usually a female name derived from the Latin luna. Luna means "moon" in Latin, Italian, Romanian, Russian, and Spanish.

His name may derive from a non-standard reading of "runes", reading "ru" (ルー, ?) and "nes" (ネス, nesu?) as their own syllables.

In prerelease screenshots and trailers his name has also been romanized as "Lughnes" and "Lunaith".

When the player fights the Iron Giant, Arc will yell out, "L-Luneth!"; however, if the player renames Luneth, Arc will yell, "L-[insert name here]!" instead of changing it to the appropriate first letter.

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