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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 Edit

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. Carding the Tonberries does count as defeating them for the purposes of summoning the King, but Tonberry King will not appear in a battle where the Tonberry is defeated by carding.

Battle Edit

"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. On top of these, Tonberry King uses a regular physical attack.

One might want to wait till 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 Edit

Tonberry King Card
TTTonberryKing Element None
Refine 1 refines into 1 Chef's Knife
Drop N/A
Card Fastitocalon, Malboro
Level 5 (Monster Card) Win N/A

Other appearances Edit

Final Fantasy Record Keeper Edit

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Gallery Edit

Trivia Edit

Trabia Garden sleeping cadet from FFVIII Remastered

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 Edit

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