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Tonberry King is an optional boss in Final Fantasy VIII. He is encountered by defeating a high number of Tonberry enemies in the Centra Ruins. After enough Tonberries have been defeated, the Tonberry King appears to avenge them. Upon the Tonberry King's defeat, the player gains the junctionable Guardian Force, Tonberry.


How to find[]

The number of Tonberries the player needs to defeat to engage the Tonberry King is 20–50. Tonberry King's appearance depends on the "Battle Scene", being triggered in Scenes 0236 and 0237, both played at Centra Ruins and feature a single Tonberry as an enemy. Once the Tonberry dies, the King may appear if the player has killed enough Tonberries: in 0236 one must have killed at least 20 Tonberries, and in 0237, one must have killed at least 50. Meeting this minimum threshold, and being in the right Scene, triggers the King's appearance every time.

The player may leave the area and save the game while in the process of killing the required number of Tonberries. Killing them consecutively is not required. Tonberry King will not appear in a battle where the Tonberry is defeated by carding. The player does not need to have defeated Odin for Tonberry King to appear.



"It's Sharp!" is a single-target attack using the equation of a target's enemy kills multiplied by 30. "Junk" is a counterattack made after every fifth attack the party deals against Tonberry King that sends items falling down on the party for a random amount of damage. The items are pot, a kettle, a bottle of wine, cups, soccer ball, and a television. Tonberry King also uses a regular physical attack.

One might want to wait until the party's average level exceeds 30 before engaging Tonberry King, as he is one of the rare enemies to have Full-life in his Draw list. It is possible to escape the battle, transfer all Full-life to inactive party members, resume hunting Tonberries, find Tonberry King again, and draw another complete set of Full-life.

Triple Triad[]


Tonberry King is a Level 5 Monster Card in Triple Triad used for playing the minigame and for turning into Chef's Knife with Quezacotl's Card Mod. It is a rare outcome for carding Fastitocalon or Malboro. Despite being listed as "Monster Card", Tonberry King is a boss and thus does not drop his own card.

Other appearances[]

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

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Behind the scenes[]

Sleeping student at Trabia Garden mumbles about Tonberry King.

Despite being roughly ten times larger than an ordinary Tonberry, Tonberry King uses the same sized knife and lantern as his subjects.

The only hint in the game to the existence of Tonberry King is a sleeping student at Trabia Garden who mentions it.

Tonberry King is the final boss of the Wanderer's Palace in Final Fantasy XIV, alluding to the boss in Final Fantasy VIII.


Related enemies[]