Phoenix is a pseudo-Guardian Force in Final Fantasy VIII. It is a flaming bird that revives fallen party members while attacking enemies with a wave of fire. It is summoned by consuming a Phoenix Pinion item. After being summoned once, it has a chance to appear randomly to save the player from a Game Over if all party members fall in battle.
Profile[edit | edit source]
The Phoenix is a colossal flame-colored bird. The tips of its wings are red, and the plumage has flame-like patterns. The long feathers under the wings are rainbow-colored. It has an elaborate tail, like that of a bird of paradise, with the same flame-like pattern.
Obtained[edit | edit source]
Battle[edit | edit source]
Phoenix is summoned when the player uses the Phoenix Pinion item in battle. It deals Fire-elemental damage to all opponents and revives knocked out party members with 12.5% of their Max HP. When called upon, a line of fire draws Phoenix's silhouette on the ground and it emerges through it, taking off into the sky in a burst of fire.
After being summoned once, Phoenix will randomly appear when all party members have been knocked out or afflicted with the Petrify status (although it cannot heal Petrify and the player will get a Game Over anyway), with a 65/256 chance (25.4%). Adding more Phoenix Pinions to the inventory does not increase the chances that Phoenix will appear.
In the final dungeon, if Phoenix appears while Resurrection is sealed, its attempt to revive the party will fail.
Elemental Defense starts at 800 (0%), 900 nullifies damage and 1000 absorbs it. If an enemy is shown to be weak against an element, its Elemental Defense is below 800. If damage becomes negative (due to high Elemental Defense), the target is healed by that amount.
There is an exploit the player can do to repeatedly get the UFO?'s battle spoils by both defeating the UFO? and escaping the battle, leaving the encounter still available. The UFO? needs to be defeated by the auto-triggered Phoenix, which glitches up the UFO?'s defeat sequence and the player can run away.
Triple Triad[edit | edit source]
Phoenix is a fire-elemental Level 9 GF Card in Triple Triad used for playing the minigame and for turning into 3 Phoenix Spirits with Quezacotl's Card Mod. It is held by the Presidential Aide in Esthar City as part of the Queen of Cards sidequest, and the player must lose the Doomtrain card to her for Phoenix to become available in Esthar.
Other appearances[edit | edit source]
Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)[edit | edit source]
Phoenix appears as a summon whose Flames of Rebirth protects the summoner from Bravery Breaks for a short time—if the summoner would be inflicted with a Bravery Break while Phoenix is in effect, their Bravery Points are restored to full. Phoenix's manual summon shows the artwork of its Final Fantasy VIII appearance. It is obtained from the second stage of the Destiny Odyssey III story.
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Etymology[edit | edit source]
phoenix or phenix (Greek: φοῖνιξ phoinix; Latin: phoenix, phœnix, fenix) is a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. According to some sources, the phoenix dies in a show of flames and combustion, although there are other sources that claim that the legendary bird dies and simply decomposes before being born again. According to some texts, the phoenix could live over 1,400 years before rebirth.In Greek mythology, a