Syldra (シルドラ, Shirudora?), also known as Hydra, is a character and summon from Final Fantasy V. She is Faris Scherwiz's childhood friend. Her signature attack is a wind-elemental Thunderstorm, which she shares with some lightning-elemental summoned monsters.
Syldra is Faris's pet sea dragon. In the Anthology release, it is called Hydra and is referred to as male, but in all other versions she is female.
When a young Faris fell overboard, Syldra saved her and became friends with the beast. When she became captain of the pirates who rescued her, she used Syldra to help them out. Syldra pulls the pirate ship through the water, which makes it one of the two known ships on Planet R that doesn't need wind to move. She helps the party cross the seas of Tycoon to reach the Wind Shrine. While crossing the Torna Canal the ship is attacked by Karlabos, which is defeated by the party and drags Syldra inside a whirlpool, separating her from the party and leaving the ship crash.
Later, Syldra sacrifices herself to save the party from the sinking Walse Tower, and Faris breaks down. Upon visiting the Pirates' Hideout in the Merged World Faris sees Syldra's spirit in the cove. Bartz and Lenna do not see anything, but Krile, who can understand Syldra, tells Faris that even in death, Syldra wants to help. These words comfort Faris, and the party is given Syldra to summon.
Syldra is a level 4 summon and deals an attack called Thunderstorm for 32 MP, which does Wind-elemental damage to all enemies. When boosted with the Air Knife or Magus Rod, Syldra can deal almost as much damage as Bahamut, for half the MP cost.
Faris in a Summoner job accompanied by Syldra appears as a summon.
Syldra is a summon whose Thunderstorm will instantly negate any other summon ability that takes effect over a period of time or takes time to charge up, such as Shiva, Leviathan, or Tonberry. Summons that take effect instantly are unaffected. She can be purchased from certain Moogle Shops for 120 KP.
There is a trade accessory called "Syldra Spine".
Syldra appears, using Thunderstorm, its signature attack from Final Fantasy V.
- Ability Cards
- Legend Cards
Syldra appears as an obtainable card.
Syldra often accompanies Faris in her Soul Breaks. She is also a Rank 4 summon obtainable by crafting, and deals two magic lightning attacks when cast.
A once-malicious sea serpent who was redeemed through its friendship with a human.
Syldra appears as a water-element ability card. Her ability is Ice Burst which is a warrior ability that allows an area water attack. She produces six water orbs in battle. She possesses the extra skills Bloodthirst, Elemental Retrieval and Guard Breaker. Her auto-ability is Magic Up+3%. She can be obtained from the Ability Card Shop or through Summoning.
Syldra appears with Faris and fights in conjunction with her. After Lann and Reynn lose a confrontation against Syldra and Faris, only to face off against a Federation Guard, Tama comments "out of the hydra..." a possible reference to Syldra's being known as "Hydra" in some translations.
- Notes: Faris's closest friend / Pirate ship power source
- Syldra's Clan
- While seemingly a unique Mirage, Syldra used to have a larger family. Her clan is gone now, but at least one extant relative, the sea dragon elasmos, appears to live on somewhere in Grymoire.
- Exceptionally Talented
- Syldra can single-handedly pull a ship through the ocean, drive off a band of Bahamutian soldiers in one blow, and even cross to the Low Seas. She's certainly impressive.
- However, Syldra wasn't summoned to Grymoire, nor is she merely some pet. Faris found Syldra struggling in the river shallows; after going through a whole mess of trouble together, they became fast friends.
- First World of Origin:
- FINAL FANTASY V
Syldra appears in the Trading Card Game representing the element of Wind.
Non-Final Fantasy guest appearancesEdit
Syldra is a chance card in Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Portable, the card's ability: Can buy empty place or house from other owners with 4x cost.
Hydra was one of the spawn of Echidna, a many-headed serpentine monstrosity in Ancient Greek mythology. It could breathe poison, and indeed its very blood was deadly. The Hydra was killed as one of Heracles's Twelve Labors.The