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Secret character Vincent joins in Final Fantasy VII.

Secret characters, also known as optional characters or hidden characters, are playable characters that do not join the party during the main storyline. They are hidden as rewards for completing sidequests. If their existence is even mentioned, it is often only vaguely hinted at.

List of secret characters[]

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years[]

Final Fantasy VI[]

Twelve non-guest characters are guaranteed to join the party in the World of Balance, coming and going as the plot demands. However, in the World of Ruin, only Celes, Setzer, and Edgar are required to complete the game.

  • Mog is uniquely optional as a permanent party member even in the World of Balance. He leads a party during the Ten Moogles event. Later, the player must choose between recruiting Mog or receiving a Gold Hairpin. Only in the World of Ruin can Mog be permanently recruited with no tradeoff.
  • Shadow can only be obtained if the player waits for him on the Floating Continent. Otherwise, he dies and is unobtainable for the rest of the game.
  • Umaro can be seen briefly in the World of Balance, but he can only be recruited in the World of Ruin when apprehended in Yeti's Cave, and only if Mog is in the party.
  • Gogo can be recruited in the World of Ruin, in Zone Eater's Belly.

Final Fantasy VII[]

By completing certain sidequests, the following characters can join the main team:

Final Fantasy XIII-2[]

The following Paradigm Pack monsters cannot be recruited by turning them into a crystal in battle, but instead require the player to search for them using the Moogle Hunt ability, or through completing an optional location. These monsters are unique and only one can be obtained, but can be reacquired as a drop from various versions of Valfodr, a DLC boss.

Final Fantasy Tactics[]

  • Beowulf Cadmus can join in Chapter 4 after seeing a cutscene in the Clockwork City of Goug with Besrudio Bunansa, and listening to a rumor at Mining Town of Gollund's tavern. Traveling to Lesalia next will introduce Beowulf as a guest at the local pub, and he will join as a full party member if the player helps him on the quest he is on.
  • Reis Duelar joins as a Holy Dragon the same time Beowulf does, but joins as a Dragonkin if the player continues the quest and ventures to Nelveska Temple.
  • Construct 8 joins in Chapter 4 after obtaining the Aquarius auracite from Beowulf's quest, and returning to the Clockwork City of Goug with it.
  • Cloud Strife can join the party after a string of sidequests that starts by visiting Clockwork City of Goug. Ramza must buy a flower from a flower girl in the Trade City of Sal Ghidos and later spot Cloud attempt to save her from a group of thugs. Helping Cloud defeat the thugs has him join the party.
  • Byblos appears in the Midlight's Deep as a monster that resembles a Reaver. He serves as a guest during the battle with Elidibus and if he survives, he joins Ramza's party.
  • Balthier joins only in The War of the Lions, after Ramza hears two rumors about precious cargo, and is ambushed in the Dorter slums.

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance[]

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift[]

Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)[]

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy[]

World of Final Fantasy[]

The following characters can be recruited to the player's party after completing certain intervention quests, then challenging them to battle in certain areas of Grymoire:

These characters, after having certain intervention quests completed, can be fought and imprismed in certain matches at The Coliseum:

These characters are fought as superbosses, and are automatically recruited to the player's party after defeating them at least once:

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