Summon (召喚, Shōkan?) is a command in Final Fantasy IX for Dagger and Eiko that calls forth an eidolon at the cost of MP. The eidolons are either supportive or offensive. At the beginning of the game Dagger has the Summon command but insufficient MP to summon. After losing and regaining her eidolons, the MP cost is reduced. The summon command is sealed in Oeilvert and during Dagger's emotional turmoil her commands can randomly fail and she cannot enter Trance. The Summon command is disabled if the user is afflicted with Silence.
- For the summon sequences, see: Summon (Final Fantasy IX)/Videos
Summons' spell power is based on math, item stock and animation length; the full length animation can be regarded as a "powered up" version of the short animated version. Certain add-ons and support abilities govern the summons' effects. The first time a summon is called the full animation plays.
After that, there is a 33% or 10% chance to get the full animation again based on the following:
If the support ability Boost is equipped there is a 100% chance of getting the full animation. MP in these calculations refers to the MP before the cost is subtracted. The value used for Summon MP Cost is unaffected by Half MP.
In Dagger's Trance her Summon command becomes "Eidolon"(幻獸, Genjū?, lit. Mystical Beast), increasing the chance of a summon having a stronger attack (full animation). The summoned eidolon has a chance of reappearing during the rest of the battle as long as Dagger stays in Trance. If Dagger summons multiple eidolons, the last eidolon she summons will be the one that can reappear. The random summons do not use MP or expend the Trance gauge, but are weaker than regular summonings, always using the short animation and item stock "bonuses" will not enter into the calculation. As the random summons don't deplete the Trance gauge, one can let Dagger idle. If Dagger dies or is ejected from battle (like with the attack Snort), the attacks will stop.
The attacks and spell power for Dagger's summons are straight-forward: they are based on item stock and length of animation, the short version being weaker than the full length animation (FLA).
The formula used to determine the amount of damage an eidolon does during its full animation is as follows:
If the eidolon is summoned and does its half animation, the formula changes to as follows:
List of summons
At the beginning Garnet's eidolons cost high MP up until she loses them. When she relearns the summon spells later, the MP cost is quarter of the original cost. Even Leviathan and Ark would have this increased MP cost, only seen if one hacks their game to include them earlier than intended.
The summons' attack power gains a bonus from the number of jewels in the player's inventory during the full length animation.
|Shiva||Diamond Dust||36 + No. of Opals (34) As Eidolon echo||96||24||Opal for 20 AP||Causes Ice damage to all enemies.|
|Ifrit||Flames of Hell||42 + No. of Topazes (37) As Eidolon echo||104||26||Topaz for 20 AP||Causes Fire damage to all enemies.|
|Ramuh||Judgement Bolt||32 + No. of Peridots (31) As Eidolon echo||88||22||Peridot for 30 AP||Causes Lightning damage to all enemies.|
|Atomos||G-Force 199||30 + No. of Amethysts (16) As Eidolon echo||128||32||Amethyst for 25 AP||Reduces all enemies' HP by a percentage based on its Attack Power. It will not work on bosses.
|Odin||Zantetsuken||-||112||28||Dark Matter for 30 AP||Causes Instant Death to all enemies.|
|Gungnir[note 1]||145 - No. of Ores (49) As Eidolon echo||Causes non-elemental damage to all enemies. The attack is still called Zantetsuken on the screen, but it doesn't deal instant death.|
|Leviathan||Tsunami||59 + No. of Aquamarines (63) As Eidolon echo||168||42||Aquamarine for 40 AP||Causes Water damage to all enemies.|
|Bahamut||Mega Flare||88 + No. of Garnets (77) As Eidolon echo||224||56||Garnet for 80 AP||Causes non-elemental damage to all enemies.|
|Ark||Eternal Darkness||106 + No. of Lapis Lazulis (87) As Eidolon echo||320||80||Pumice for 100 AP||Causes Shadow damage to all enemies.|
- Gungnir is used if Odin's Sword support ability is equipped on enemies that Zantetsuken failed on
The summons' attack power gains a bonus from the number of jewels in the player's inventory during the full length animation. Some of the summon effects change depending on which add-on Eiko has equipped.
|Fenrir||Terrestrial Rage||42 + No. of Sapphire||30||Sapphire for 30 AP||Causes Earth damage to all enemies.|
|Millennial Decay||44 + No. of Sapphire||Causes Wind damage to all enemies if Maiden Prayer is equipped.|
|Phoenix||Rebirth Flame||40||32||Phoenix Pinion for 40 AP||Causes Fire damage to all enemies and revives all KO'ed party members restoring their HP equal to:
If Eiko is in the party there is a chance Phoenix will automatically revive the party if they are all KO'd. The chance of this happening is equal to:
|Carbuncle||Ruby Light||-||24||Ruby for 35 AP||Casts Reflect on the party. Also casts Protect if full animation.|
|Diamond Light||-||Casts Vanish on the party if Diamond is equipped. Also casts Protect if full animation.|
|Emerald Light||-||Casts Haste on the party if Emerald is equipped. Also casts Protect if full animation.|
|Pearl Light||-||Casts Shell status on the party if Moonstone is equipped. Also casts Protect if full animation.|
|Madeen||Terra Homing||71 + Eiko's Level||54||Ribbon for 120 AP||Causes Holy damage to all enemies.|
Some of the summon abilities appear in Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade.
- Ability Cards
- Legend Cards
Some of the eidolons' summon attacks from Final Fantasy IX appear in Final Fantasy Record Keeper.
Behind the scenes
After Eiko first joins the party at the Conde Petie Mountain Path, if the player uses her Summon command in a battle before fighting Hilgigars, Zidane will be surprised and comment on her use of eidolons. This is akin to how Edgar Roni Figaro and Locke Cole react to Terra Branford using magic in battle for the first time in Final Fantasy VI.
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