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Sinscale is the first enemy encountered in Final Fantasy X. It is a fiend that falls off Sin's shell, yet retains autonomy. Sinscale is a basic enemy that fights with only a simple physical attack, but may sometimes perform a move called Charging Up which, on its next turn, will unleash an ability called Spines. One or two physical attacks should be enough to take it down.


Sinscale (Enemy)

Sinscale (Boss 1)

Sinscale (Boss 2)


First encounter

When Sin attacks Dream Zanarkand, Tidus and Auron attempt to reach Sin by fighting off a horde of Sinscales. Sinscales come in the blue-green variety, and a variety that has violet eyes. When waterlogged, Sinscales remain in their closed scale form and flex their bodies to swim. Swimming Sinscales can only perform an elementary tackle attack.

Second encounter

Launched from Sin's body. They unleash Spines once their wings flicker, so dispatch them quickly.

Scan description

The second incarnation of the Sinscale is encountered when Sin attacks the boat S.S. Liki near the beginning of the game. The only difference between this variety of Sinscale and the type found in Zanarkand at the start of the game is higher HP and higher Strength and Agility levels. This variety also drops items and can be stolen from (unlike the first incarnation).

Notably, if one can kill them in one hit, they are an excellent source of AP and Power Spheres early on in the game, and with patience, the player can obtain the Overdrive Modes Warrior and Slayer for Tidus, Wakka and Kimahri. For this, Tidus should use Cheer a few times until the party can kill them in one hit.

Third encounter

Disappears after each attack, but more keep coming with no end in sight.

Scan description

The final incarnation of the Sinscale encountered in Final Fantasy X is only encountered in the battle with Sinspawn Echuilles underneath the S.S. Liki. Tactics remain the same as with other Sinscales, but only Tidus and Wakka participate in this battle.

Other appearances

Pictlogica Final Fantasy

PFF Sinscale
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Final Fantasy Record Keeper

Green and blue Sinscales appear as enemies in Final Fantasy X pictures.

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In a religious context, sin is the act of violating God's will. Sin can also be viewed as anything that violates the ideal relationship between an individual and God; or as any diversion from the perceived ideal order for human living. To sin has been defined as "to miss the mark".


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