The staff this old man Esper carries can fire a powerful lightning strike at enemies.

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Ramuh is an esper in Final Fantasy VI who can be acquired as a magicite.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Espers come in a variety of forms. My appearance is similar to your own, so I can live here as one of you without fear of anyone discovering the truth.

Ramuh

Ramuh looks similar to a human, appearing old. He has an enormous beard that extends to his feet, and is dressed in a single green robe, while carrying a pink staff with a red orb. When communicating with the party, Ramuh is sagely and empathetic.

Story[edit | edit source]

Approximately twenty years ago, Ramuh lived in the esper realm like most espers. When the Empire invaded, Ramuh and many other espers were captured and taken to the Magitek Research Facility to be experimented on to develop Magitek. At some point Ramuh escaped the facility with three friends - Kirin, Siren and Cait Sith - but they fell in the escape and turned into magicite that Ramuh took with him. Ramuh eventually came to hide out in Zozo, able to blend in with normal humans since he did not look terribly inhuman in spite of being an esper.

When Terra made contact with the frozen esper Valigarmanda a second time, she transformed into an esper and flew away, unable to control her powers. Ramuh sensed her transformation and called her to him, and took care of her in a tower in Zozo. The Returners came searching for Terra and found her with Ramuh. Ramuh explained his nature to him and that Terra was frightened and confused about her own identity. The Returners asked how they could help her and Ramuh suggested breaking into the Magitek Research Facility to free the captive espers, as one of them may know the truth.

Ramuh then explained the nature of magicite to the party and revealed the magicite remains of his three fallen friends, and willingly transformed himself to magicite as well. He entrusted the four of them to the Returners, sacrificing himself to help them save his comrades and stop the Empire's conquest.

At some point, Ramuh appeared to Mog in dreams and encouraged him to join the party. Mog claims he learned to speak English from the dreams.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Ramuh costs 25 MP to summom and casts Judgement Bolt (Bolt Fist in the Super NES and Playstation versions) to deal lightning-elemental damage to all enemies. It has a spell power of 50. When leveling up, Ramuh gives a boost of +1 to Stamina.

Ramuh is extremely useful when first acquired, as he is the only offensive damaging summon the player has, and many enemies in the Magitek Research Facility are weak to lightning. His usefulness tapers off once the facility is completed, as the player will have more espers that teach better spells and have higher power than Ramuh as summons.

Spells[edit | edit source]

Ramuh teaches three very useful spells, especially for the Magitek Research Facility soon after he is acquired, where most enemies are weak to lightning and some to poison. After the facility his utility is virtually non-existent, as his two lightning spells are taught by other espers at higher learn rates, and Catoblepas teaches Bio at a higher learn rate than Ramuh teaches Poison.

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Etymology[edit | edit source]

Ramuh could be based on Lahmu, who is often portrayed as a bearded man with a red sash and four to six curls on his head. Ramuh could also be loosely based on an epic Hindu poem, written by Valmiki, called Ramayana. Its protagonist is Raama (also spelled Rama), said to have been the incarnation of the Hindu god, Vishnu. The name Ramuh could be an amalgam of Raama and Vishnu.

In the Final Fantasy series, Ramuh is an old, bearded sage with a staff who casts thunder magic. He could be based on the king Ra-mu of a supposedly sunken continent, Mu. The element of lightning could come from the Hebrew word רעם (rá'am), meaning thunder, or thunderclap. His previous name, Indra, is the name of the king of the Devas in Hindu mythology, the god of rain, lightning, and storms.

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