Quetzalcoatl (ケツァルコアトル, Ketsarukoatoru?, /kɛtˈzalkoʊɑtl/, ket-zal-coh-ahtl) is a recurring creature in the Final Fantasy series that has appeared as a summoned monster and as an enemy. Its appearance has changed greatly since its first appearance in Final Fantasy VIII as Quezacotl (ケツァクウァトル, Ketsakuwatoru?). Quetzalcoatl is a winged Lightning-based creature.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Quezacotl is one of the first two Guardian Forces obtained by entering the tutorials from Squall's desk in the classroom at the very beginning of the game. Quezacotl's attack, Thunder Storm, is a Thunder-elemental attack that damages all enemies. Its compatibility item is Dynamo Stone and its "opposing" GF is Leviathan, reducing compatibility the most when summoned.
It learns HP-J, Vit-J and Mag-J naturally, as well as elemental attack and defense junctions. Its unique command is Card, which turns enemies into Triple Triad cards. Its refine abilities let the player make Thunder and Wind magic from items, mid level magic from low level spells, and various items from Triple Triad cards. Its own Triple Triad card is won from Mayor Dobe in Fishermans Horizon.
Earthbound avian who flings bolts of lightning from his lowly perch.
Quetzalcoatl resembles a small bird wearing armor. He is the rank 1 Thunder ranged summon, and only casts Thunder.
He is a yellow chick who has a small 'blunt' beak. He wears a Japanese feudal/warlord-style helmet with three spikes attached with plates of metals. From his breast, his wing is outstretched like a large mantle, white with fluffy feathers. His legs have digits, but lack back digits.
Quetzalcoatl is the final boss of the Akadaemia Anyder dungeon. During the finale of the dungeon, a researcher of the Akademia sacrifices himself to summon the Guardian Force to defeat the monsters set loose by the escaped Archaeotania. The enemy's appearance reuses the Guardian Force's original design from Final Fantasy VIII.
Quetzalcoatl is a large avian enemy fought during the Party of Three Main Quest and during the Divine Beasts of the Underworld Hunt. The monoliths in Steyliff Grove Menace Dungeon seem to describe a creature similar, or perhaps the very same, as quetzalcoatl.
A sun-drake, bringer of light and peace.
Ability Card description
Quetzalcoatl is a wind-element ability card. Its ability is Winddance, a ranger ability that allows an area wind attack. It produces six earth orbs in battle. It possesses the extra skills Breaker-Killer, Critical Retrieval and Critical Sundering. Its auto-ability is Break Power Up+3%. It can be obtained from the Ability Card Shop or through Summoning.
Quezacotl from Final Fantasy VIII appears as a lightning-elemental card.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Quetzalcoatl is one of the major deities in ancient Mesoamerican mythology. Quetzalcōhuātl means in the Nahuatl language "feathered serpent". Due to the many civilizations worshiping the same deity using different names for it in the span of almost 2,000 years, the exact attributes and significance of this god varies.
Most stories, though, agree upon Quetzalcoatl being the god of the morning star and being known as the inventor of books, the calendar and the giver of maize to mankind. The worship of Quetzalcoatl was, in some religions, connected with human sacrifices, while in others, opposed to human sacrifices.
Quezacotl's name in Final Fantasy VIII was shortened from Quetzalcoatl due to name size constraints. It is known as "Golgotha" in the French translation and "Quetzal" in the Spanish and Italian translations.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Quetzalcoatl is the name of a server in Final Fantasy XI.
- Quetzalcoatl's appearance is similar to the Ultimate Being, the final boss in the Square developed and published game, Parasite Eve.
- In the 2000 film version of Charlie's Angels, the two boys are playing Final Fantasy VIII and are controlling Squall and Quistis in a battle in the Training Center. They are fighting two Grats, and Squall is seen preparing to summon Quezacotl. The Thunder Storm name appears at the top of the screen before changing view point.