The Mist Dragon (ミストドラゴン, Misuto Doragon?), also called Dragon, is a summon whose trademark ability is the Radiant Breath, also known as Mist Breath. It debuted in Final Fantasy IV alongside Rydia and has also appeared in Final Fantasy XIV and in spin offs. It is a white dragon that can turn into mist. It is Rydia's hallmark summon in all of her spin-off appearances.
The Mist Dragon guards the Mist Cave leading to Mist, and is summoned by Rydia's mother. When Cecil and Kain slay the Dragon, Rydia's mother dies as well. When they confront Rydia shortly after, it is this revelation, as well as the King of Baron's manipulations of them, that convinces the two to rebel against the King's orders.
Later, when Golbez summons the Shadow Dragon (2D and 3D) to kill Cecil and his friends at the Dwarven Castle, Rydia, now an adult, intervenes and summons the Mist Dragon whose Radiant Breath kills the Shadow Dragon and leaves Golbez open to the party's attacks. From that point on, Rydia can summon the dragon freely in battle. It has a casting time of 3, costs 20 MP to summon, and does damage based on Rydia's current HP—the more HP she has, the more damage it does. On the Easy Type version, the casting time was reduced to 2.
The Advance release adds in Rydia's Lunar Trial based on her summons. Her trial within the Lunar Ruins involves her reverting to child form and having to fight four of her summons, then fighting the Lunar Dragon, a powered up Mist Dragon. Killing it earns the Mist Ring which adds a single Blink image to the party after preforming its attack.
In the 3D release, the Mist Dragon's design is that of a Japanese dragon, rather than the appearance of an European dragon as in the original releases. Its non-elemental attack was changed to the Holy-elemental and its Mist Breath was renamed to Radiant Breath. In addition, its summoning cost was increased to 35 MP.
Mist Dragon is a Summon spell for Rydia. It deals moderate non-elemental damage to all enemy at the cost of 20 MP. When the real Rydia appears, she summons the Mist Dragon to knock some sense into Bahamut who dismisses himself from battle after being hit by Mist Dragon's Radiant Breath.
During Kain's Tale, the Mist Dragon intervenes when Ceodore and the Hooded Man are escaping from Baron soldiers in the Mist Cave. If the player inspects the gravestone of Rydia's mother in the village of Mist, the Hooded Man will express his sincerest gratitude for saving their lives.
If the player visits Mist during the Gathering Tale, the party discovers the Mist Dragon has protected the village from the meteors. Rydia calls out to her mother, who tells her she cannot leave the village until the other Eidolons have been freed. When the task is completed and Rydia returns, she asks the villagers why the Mist Dragon was not mind-controlled, unlike the other Eidolons. They tell her it was the work of the children and the villagers, who only have a fraction of Rydia's power, and pooled it together to protect her mother's dragon. Rydia's mother tells her she will always be with her and the villagers. The Mist Dragon then returns to Rydia.
The Mist Dragon costs 35 MP to summon and deals non-elemental damage to all enemies. Its spell power is 120.
Mist Dragon appears as the last boss of the Burn.
The Mist Dragon figures prominently in both of Rydia's extended abilities, with Summon Dragon being her EX Ability and the dragon's Radiant Breath as her LD Ability. She does not, however, appear as an overhead buff as seen with other summoners.
Mist Dragon is the sole eidolon that Rydia can summon. It performs Mist Breath when summoned.
The Mist Dragon is a boss and as an obtainable summon ability. It is fought in the Mist Cave and its summon ability attack is Radiant Breath.
- Boss Strategy
The player should attack while it's in dragon form only, and heal or defend while it's in mist form. The first battle with Mist Dragon will be difficult to master for one reason: its innate weakness to Dark attacks. At lower levels, the only Dark attack the party has is the Black Mage's Darkbolt Soul Break. If the player has built up enough energy to use this, they should unleash it immediately. Otherwise, the Dark spell when created will take it out in a turn, by which time most anything will be overkill. Kain joins the fray after the first visit.
Dragon is a level 2 Summoning Ability requiring Lesser Summon Orbs + Lesser Non-Elemental Orbs.
The Mist Dragon appears as a water element card, and has six cards under its name.
|Deal 2 damage and causes silence.|
Restore 2 HP for each * in your CP gauge.
|Crystal Ability (**)
Deal 3 damage and removes all statues ailments.
|Crystal Ability (***)
Deal 2 damage and restore 5 HP for each * in your CP gauge.
|Deal 2 damage and causes Freeze.|
|Deal 2 damage.
Steal 2 of opponent's * and charge your CP gauge.
The Mist Dragon appears as the Sword Dragon, Makenshi's trademark summon. Makenshi has various methods of summoning the Sword Dragon to his aid, all involving him throwing a bottle of mist into the air and striking at it vertically with his sword. This summon is one of the few things that can battle Gun Dragon.
- "Embraced by the magical tune played by mist. Now sleep! Silver Etude!": Sword Dragon charges a opponent, running him through.
- "Pure White Requiem!": Makenshi assumes the Sword Dragon form to battle Madoushi in "Madoushi: The Battle of Kiri and Kumo". This form of the Sword Dragon is able to direct a burst of white energy at its opponent.
- "Symphony of the White Cloud": The ultimate attack. Makenshi turns himself into mist to become Sword Dragon, he first used it to fight Chaos Gun Dragon/Kaze in the first episode. He used it in the finale to enter Chaos Tyrant's body, holding it at bay as it mutated into "Chaos Sword Dragon" so Kaze could kill the Earl.
Makenshi's brother, Madoushi, is also capable of assuming a Mist Dragon form and does so using "Pure Red Requiem!" Like Makenshi's Pure White Requiem form, this Mist Dragon produces a powerful burst of energy.
The manga shows a Mist Dragon as the "first boss" of Volumes 1 and 2. The protagonist uses his memories of playing Final Fantasy IV to aid his allies in battle, warning them of its mist phase and counter attack. It is defeated using Bomb Fragment explosives and is the creature that killed the protagonists sister in Vol 1.
Mist Dragon from World of Final Fantasy appears on a Triple Triad card in the version available via the Final Fantasy Portal App.
Mist is a phenomenon caused by small droplets of water suspended in air.