Toad (トード, Tōdo?), also known as Frog, is a recurring status effect in the Final Fantasy series. Characters afflicted with the ailment have their attack power reduced to its base amount and an affected cannot cast any spells other than Toad. The status can be cured by casting Toad on an afflicted character or by using the Maiden's Kiss item.
- 1 Appearances
- 1.1 Final Fantasy II
- 1.2 Final Fantasy III
- 1.3 Final Fantasy IV
- 1.4 Final Fantasy V
- 1.5 Final Fantasy VII
- 1.6 Final Fantasy VII Remake
- 1.7 Final Fantasy IX
- 1.8 Final Fantasy XI
- 1.9 Final Fantasy XIV
- 1.10 Final Fantasy XV
- 1.11 Final Fantasy Tactics
- 1.12 Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
- 1.13 Final Fantasy Dimensions
- 1.14 Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)
- 1.15 Final Fantasy All the Bravest
- 2 Other appearances
- 3 Behind the scenes
- 4 Gallery
- 5 References
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Any units turned into a Toad will have their Accuracy greatly reduced, making them miss more often, and are unable to cast magic. Enemies inflicted with Toad are instead instantly defeated, while characters afflicted with the status can still act, but are considered defeated. This status lasts after battle until cured with a Maiden's Kiss or the spell Esuna at level 4 or higher. The Toad spell does not cure the status.
Toad prevents the use of magic and drastically decreases a character's Attack and Defense causing all attacks to deal 1, or 0 damage. It can only be cured with a Maiden's Kiss, Esuna, or a Toad spell. It is necessary for the party to be in Toad status to advance past the first room in the Tower of Owen.
The Toad status disables the Summon, Darkness, Jump, Recall, Aim, Focus, Kick, Brace, Twincast, Bluff, Cry, Cover, Analyze, Throw, Steal, Ninjutsu, and Regen commands, along with all magic spells including monster spells other than the Toad spell. Additionally, attack is set to 1, Defense, Evasion, and Magic Evasion are all set to 0, and anyone attacking a target with Toad status has attack doubled. White Magic users can still cast Esuna, but only outside of battle. Toad does not wear off under KO or Stone. In the 3D versions, Toad cannot coexist with Mini or Pig.
The status can be cured by a Maiden's Kiss, Remedy, Esuna, or the Toad spell. While under Toad, Edward will only sing Toadsong. In the PSP version, the menu portrait for child Rydia, Palom, and Porom is a little bit different compared to the adult portraits featuring a small toad.
Toad-afflicted characters cannot cast spells and their attack is pitiful—but may also inflict Toad on their target. Toad-afflicted characters have different sprites for the battle screen and the field map.
The formula for how the Toad status works is as follows:
- Defense = 0, Evade% = 0, Magic Defense = 0
|Toad||Black Magic||Inflicts and cures Toad.|
|Pond's Chorus||Blue Magic||Inflicts Toad.|
|Toad Kiss||Mix||Inflicts Toad.|
|Kurururu||Enemy Attack||Inflicts Toad to the party.|
In addition to the spell found on the Transform Materia, an enemy skill called Frog Song causes the status along with Sleep. The Frog status prevents all commands except Attack, Item (including W-Item), and the Toad spell if the player has it equipped.
Frogs cannot use Limit Breaks. It also decreases character's attack power by 1/4th of their base damage and does not disappear when a character is knocked out. Linking Added Effect with either Transform or Hades makes the character immune to Frog. Frog does not last after battle, but if a character is in Frog status at the end of the battle, they will still perform a victory pose as a frog: they hop once, then backflip.
|Toad||Magic||Inflicts or cures Frog.|
|Bad Breath||Enemy Skill||Inflicts Frog as well as other statuses.|
|Frog Song||Enemy Skill||Inflicts and/or cures Frog and Sleep.|
|Frog Jab||Enemy Attack||Inflicts or cures Frog.|
|Pale Horse||Enemy Attack||Inflicts Frog, Small, and Sadness.|
|Petrified Frog||Enemy Attack||Inflicts Frog and Slow-numb.|
|Right Revenge||Enemy Attack||Inflicts Frog and Slow-numb, as well as reducing the target's HP by 15/32.|
|Right Thrust||Enemy Attack||Inflicts Frog and Slow-numb, as well as reducing the target's HP by 15/16.|
|White Cape||Accessory||Prevents Frog and Small.|
|Ribbon||Accessory||Prevents Frog and all other status effects.|
|Impaler||Item||Inflicts or cures Frog.|
|Maiden's Kiss||Item||Cures Frog.|
The Toad status can only be afflicted on the player characters by three enemies: sahagin and sahagin prince through Salientian Curse and Harpoon Hurl, and malboro through Bad Breath. The accessory called Enfeeblement Ring also puts the wearer in a permanent Toad status, only really useful for potential challenge runs.
Characters under the Toad status effect have their stats greatly decreased and cannot use Magic nor Limit Breaks, but can use items. The only ability toads can use is "Leapfrog". Basic attacks are replaced by tongue lashes and leaps, and the unique ability is Bubble Breath, which sends slow-moving projectiles that cause minimal damage, but can make opponents flinch. Characters can block and dodge while in Toad status.
Each character has a unique model when afflicted by Toad, such as Cloud having a tiny Buster Sword on his back, Aerith having a small pink bow on her head, Tifa being a black and white colored toad with tiny suspenders, and Barret wearing a tiny pair of ballistic eye wear.
Battle Director Teruki Endo created the toad form actions with the intention the player would be able to attack from anywhere, and added the tongue attack. Due to changes over time, the tongue ended up being able to extend to over 25 meters.
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Poroggos have an ability named Frog Song that can turn a character into a frog. It also inflicts a Charm effect on the character. Notorious Monster Poroggos have a more powerful version called Frog Chorus that inflicts Charm on all players in range.
The game considers the Toad status to be the "costume" effect, the status symbol indicating that a character has somehow been changed to look like a monster or NPC.
Toad prevents the player from taking commands; additionally during Gilgamesh, they will get chased and take damage from Enkidu. Toad can be inflicted by Gilgamesh (first battle), Slithy Zolool Ja (Wanderer's Palace (Hard)), and Zuro Roggo (Antitower). Amon also inflicts a related status, Fire Toad; Fire Toad players can use no commands besides Fire Breath and are chased by snakes much like toads are chased by Enkidu.
As part of the 8-man hardcore raid content in the Stormblood expansion, Deltascape introduced Halicarnassus who is able to cast a frontal conal Ribbit spell which inflicts the status Toad when caught in its cone. In Savage content, this effect lasts longer. In both versions of the fight, the party member is transformed into a toad and can't cast spells, use abilities, or use items.
Status when transformed into a toad and actions are restricted.
The naga, nagarani, kadru, serpentess, and mahanaga enemies inflict Toad. While in the Toad state, party members can move, but cannot attack or defend, though the player character's menu is still accessible. The status can be cured with a Maiden's Kiss or otherwise it simply wears off over time. The status effect automatically clears when the battle ends.
Some meals impart a temporary immunity to Toad and it can be protected against with accessories.
Frog status limit the unit's action to Attack command only and no reaction ability will be activated. When a unit is under Frog status attacks, it deals damage equal to [PA * Br/100]. Attacking a Frog will receive 1.5 times Physical Attack bonus. But weapon attacks that normally have a vertical 3 tolerance when attacking from above will only have a vertical 2 tolerance if the target is a frog. Berserk status has no effect on frogs' attack damage.
KO does not remove this status automatically. The status will sustain forever until actively healed. Players can cure it using a Maiden's Kiss, Remedy or the magicks Esuna, Toad or Dispelna. If the human unit under this status has set the Black Magicks job command and learned the spell Toad, they can cast it to revert the Frog status even though it is in effect. Ribbon and accessory Japa Mala can protect the wearer from this ailment.
The Frog status effect turns the afflicted into a frog, and may be cured with the Maiden's Kiss.
Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)[edit | edit source]
The Toad status card will prevent treasure cards from appearing at the Duel Colosseum. Also, one of the in-game manuals' tutors is a blue toad, in the shape of one from Final Fantasy IV.
The Toad status card appears in the Labyrinth mode, and blocks the appearance of any Treasure Cards.
The Frog status appears and each character inflicted with the Frog ailment appears differently because the frog sprite uses the character's own palette to determine its color.
Other appearances[edit | edit source]
Cid was turned into a frog by the Frog Sage during the Ocean Puzzle sequence. The cure to this is apparently a maiden's kiss, which he obtained from Miles by kissing her when she made a sandwich out of him.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
There is a line in a 4-panel comic done by Yoshida Sensha back when Final Fantasy III for the Famicom was released, where frogged party members discuss it not being so bad being a frog, and that they should forgo saving the world and opt living as frogs instead. Someone at Square decided to quote this comic in the next two Final Fantasy games. In Final Fantasy IV the player can interact with frogs in Troia castle moat. All the frogs in the Japanese version make frog sounds except for one, which says "It's nice being a frog..." This was translated in various ways for English. In the original the frog says "What's up?" The PlayStation translation changes things further and just goes with, "..." The DS version says "This is life I tell you! I hope I never get turned back into a human." There is also a secret frog in Final Fantasy V that says the same thing in Japanese. In the Final Fantasy V PlayStation translation this was translated as "frogs are lucky". The GBA translation makes a Kermit the frog reference with "It's easy being green, dig?"
Gallery[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- FF7 Remake Walkthrough Team (28 August, 2020). Final Fantasy VII Remake Ultimania Interview with Motomu Toriyama, English Translation. game8. Archived from the original on 23 February, 2021.