Thou art brave, Bringer of Light.
Yet bravery alone shall not convince me of thy worth!

Ramuh

Ramuh is the primal of Sylph beastmen tribe, and a superboss in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn as he appears in a sidequest and an optional "extreme" battle.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Ramuh is a towering elderly man with a voluminous beard, black robes. He wields a staff of judgment. Unlike other primals, he is even-tempered and does not intend to drain aether more than necessary, reflecting the laid-back attitude of the Sylphs. He condemns the actions of the other races in causing strife, yet is willing to let the Warrior of Light prove their worth as a champion of Eorzea.

Much like Ifrit, Ramuh speaks with an archaic dialect.

Story[edit | edit source]

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The Lord of Levin was the center of a schism between the Sylphs sometime around the Calamity when there was a division on whether Ramuh should be summoned. Those who wanted to call forth their god became xenophobic touched "Violets," while the rest fled to Little Solace under Gridania's protection.

The Scions of the Seventh Dawn investigate Ramuh shortly after the defeat of Ifrit to determine how much of a threat he presents. The Warrior of Light locates the missing elder Frixio of Little Solace, who assures the touched Sylphs have no desire to war with Gridania, and haven't been agitated enough by Castrum Oriens into summoning Ramuh fully.

The Garlean presence in East Shroud—along with the later appearance of Garuda and Good King Moggle Mog XII—wasn't enough to push the Violets, and they dared not summon Ramuh once Gaius van Baelsar revealed the Ultima Weapon. The back-breaking straw came from the unrest in Ul'dah that caused by a riot induced by Teledji Adeledji's machinations. The influx of refugees fleeing to The Black Shroud finally prompted Ramuh's appearance.

In hopes of maintaining peace, Elder Seedseer Kan-E-Senna bids the Warrior of Light to parley with the Lord of Levin. Ramuh is dismissive, condemning the strife caused by man. He relents and lets the Warrior prove their worth in a trial by combat. Once Ramuh is defeated at the Striking Tree, he deems them worthy of being champions of Eorzea, and returns to the aether.

The Sylphs, however, still fear for the safety of their grove and summon forth Ramuh once more. As his very presence is a danger to the land, the Warrior of Light is once again forced to defeat the Lord of Levin.

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Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Ramuh is fought as a boss twice at the The Striking Tree: first in the "Defenders of Eorzea" arc of the main scenario, then in an optional Extreme battle. Both are fought at level 50 with a full party of eight.

Completing "The Striking Tree (Extreme)" is optional, and grants the achievement "Contempt of Court" and "Mightier than the Levin," which requires 8 Blue Mages, Echo turned off, and the fight must be synced to level 50 for the latter.

Levin Barding will also enable a player's chocobo Companion resemble the Lord of Levin.

Musical themes[edit | edit source]

"Thunder Rolls" plays during the battle against Ramuh in the Striking Tree quest.

Voice[edit | edit source]

Ramuh is voiced by Kazuhiko Kishino in Japanese and CBob Johnson in English.

Other appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[edit | edit source]

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Ramuh appears on a Thunder-Elemental card.

Triple Triad[edit | edit source]

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Ramuh appears on a Triple Triad card in the version playable via Final Fantasy Portal App.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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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