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Tidal Wave in Final Fantasy VII.

Deluges enemies with a powerful tidal wave.

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Tsunami (大海嘯, Dai Kaishō?), also known as Tidal Wave and CleanSweep, is a recurring ability in the Final Fantasy series. It is almost always associated with the Water element, although it has appeared in some games wherein no "Water" element is present. Tsunami has been used by player characters, enemies, and summons alike. Most of its appearances are the attack of the summon, Leviathan.

Appearances[]

Final Fantasy[]

Tsunami (SWIRL on the NES) is one of the four elemental attacks used by Chaos. It deals heavy non-elemental damage to the entire party.

In Dawn of Souls and subsequent remakes, Tsunami is also used by Cagnazzo and can be seen as his signature ability.

Final Fantasy II[]

Tsunami VIII is a Matter-elemental attack used by the Sea Dragon and Sea Serpent that inflicts 40-180 damage to each party member.

Final Fantasy III[]

Tsunami is Leviathan's best attack in the original Famicom release. It can only be cast when a Summoner and Sage summons the creature.

In the 3D and Pixel Remaster versions, Leviathan only uses Tsunami as an enemy ability during its boss encounter.

Final Fantasy IV[]

Tsunami is Leviathan's summon attack in all releases of the 2D versions, dealing heavy non-elemental damage to all enemies. It costs 50 MP to perform.

A separate Tsunami ability is used by Cagnazzo in both boss battles against him in all versions. The ability causes water damage and may cause instant death. This ability is available to the party as an augment ability in the 3D version.

Final Fantasy IV -Interlude-[]

Tsunami is Leviathan's attack when summoned. It deals non-elemental damage.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years[]

Tsunami is an enemy ability used by the Flood Worm in the Underground Waterway.

Final Fantasy V[]

The Geomancer's Gaia can use Tsunami and Big Tsunami on Beaches, Walse Tower, Ocean, and Ship Graveyard to deal water damage to all enemies. The player may utilize this ability by catching and releasing a Stingray or Gorgimera.

Final Fantasy VI[]

Tsunami (CleanSweep in earlier translations) is an enemy ability that deals Water-elemental damage to the whole party. Tsunami is used by the more formidable enemies such as Ultima Buster and Master Tonberry, and stronger Water based enemies such as the Blue Dragon. Many of the bosses exclusive to the Advance and smartphone releases have this ability in their arsenal, including Leviathan, Omega Weapon, and Kaiser Dragon.

Tsunami can also be learned as a Lore ability for Strago Magus. The ability costs 30 MP to cast, has a spell power of 50, and a hit rate of 150. Its use as a Lore can be compared to Aqua Breath, dealing Water-elemental damage to all enemies. Tsunami differs from Aqua Breath in that Aqua Breath also inflicts Wind-elemental damage. In addition, Tsunami ignores split spell damage across enemy groups (while Aqua Breath does not), making Tsunami a better choice for monster groups of four or more.

Final Fantasy VII[]

Storyboard.

The boss Aps uses Sewer Tsunami in the fight underneath Midgar's slums. It deals damage to both the boss and the characters, but it deals more damage to whichever side it hits first. So, it can actually hurt Aps more than its target.

The summon Leviathan uses Tidal Wave as its attack. In the PlayStation Aeris demo release, Leviathan is the only summon available, and its attack was originally called Tsunami.

Huge Tidal Wave is used by both Acrophies and Serpent, and deals Water-elemental damage to all targets, including the enemy, which results in healing said enemy.

Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-[]

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Final Fantasy VII Remake[]

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Tidal Wave - Leviathan summon sequence - Final Fantasy VII Remake

Leviathan returns as a summon to use Tidal Wave as its special attack. Leviathan engulfs itself in white-crested waves, dealing damage to everything around itself before departing. When fought as a boss, it can use Tidal Wave against the player party. The attack is non-elemental and magical, and thus can be mitigated with Manaward Manaward.

Final Fantasy VIII[]

Storyboard of Tsunami.

The Guardian Force Leviathan's attack is called Tsunami. It inflicts Water-elemental damage and sweeps common enemies killed by the attack off the field. Leviathan's summon time is 21.4s, which, according to the Final Fantasy VIII Ultimania, allows the player to boost its damage to around 230% of normal damage using a regular PlayStation controller.

Its damage is calculated as follows:[1]

Elemental Defense starts at 800 (0%), 900 nullifies damage and 1000 absorbs it. If an enemy is shown to be weak against an element, its Elemental Defense is below 800. If damage becomes negative (due to high Elemental Defense), the target is healed by that amount.

Leviathan's summon attack was the first summon attack made. It appears in a demo, where it is cast by Rinoa.

Final Fantasy IX[]

During Zidane's solo battle with Black Waltz 1, the enemy Sealion's jewel may change colors from green to yellow to red. When the jewel is red, Sealion uses its most dangerous attack, Tsunami.

Tsunami is also the summon ability of the eidolon Leviathan that deals water damage to all opponents. It has two versions, long and short, with the long version being stronger and augmented by the number of Aquamarines in the player's inventory (see here for damage formulae).

Final Fantasy XII[]

The Esper of Water, Famfrit, uses Tsunami as its ultimate attack. It will only cast Tsunami if its HP is below 30% of its maximum HP or if there are 10 seconds left in its summoning time. In the Zodiac versions, the player can unleash Tsunami at will.

Final Fantasy XV[]

Leviathan uses Tsunami when summoned by Noctis in battle. It deals massive damage to surrounding foes. It can be performed in the open world of Lucis and in Insomnia. Leviathan manifests from water nearby the player (such as rivers or the Cygillan Ocean) when Noctis is in Danger state. She also performs this move in the cutscene where Titan protects them in Altissia, and when riding the train to Tenebrae to fend off daemons.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift[]

By summoning the Scion Famfrit through the Ewer of Darkness, a player can attack all enemies with Tsunami.

The seeq Viking learns Tsunami from the Hammerhead for 350 AP. It only works when the seeq is on a water tile, and deals HP and MP damage to units in a large targetable area. It costs 8 MP to cast.

Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light[]

Tsunami is is used by the second and third forms of Chaos. When the ability is used it causes a giant wave of crimson water to attack all members of the opposing party, inflicting moderate water-elemental damage and causing poison.

Final Fantasy Dimensions II[]

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Dissidia Final Fantasy[]

You've no escape!

Garland

One of Garland's HP attacks is named Tsunami, and involves him jumps up and throw his sword with a chain onto the floor. The sword then curls around the floor like a snake to hit the opponent with an explosion of water. The summon Leviathan also uses Tsunami, which decreases the opponent's Bravery continuously by a set value over a period of time.

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy[]

Tsunami is one of Garland's HP attacks, costing 40 CP to equip (20 when mastered) and as a summon, the auto version being found in Chapter Five: Entrusted Power of Scenario 013, and the manual being purchased from certain Moogle Shops for 50 KP.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT[]

Drown in the deluge!

Garland

Tsunami is an HP attack for Garland, learned at level 2. Tsunami is a ranged attack where Garland sends in a surging wave of water in front of him.

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Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia[]

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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy All-Star Carnival[]

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Pictlogica Final Fantasy[]

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Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade[]

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Final Fantasy Artniks[]

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

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Final Fantasy Explorers[]

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Final Fantasy Brave Exvius[]

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World of Final Fantasy[]

Tsunami is an active, water-elemental magic ability that inflicts magical water damage on all targets for 5 AP. It can be used by Cenchos, Garland, Kraken, Leviathan★, Sea Serpent, Sea Worm, Syldra★, Ultros, and Ultros★.

It is also an enemy ability used by Brandelis, Leviathan, Ultros (2nd), and Kraken (Hidden Dungeon).

Mobius Final Fantasy[]

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Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon[]

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Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances[]

Bravely Default[]

Torrent is the job level 13 ability for the Pirate. It unleashes physical water attacks dealing 0.3 times the damage of a conventional attack up to 16 times on one target. It costs 2 BP to use.

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Etymology[]

Tsunami is Japanese for "harbor wave". A tsunami is caused by the displacement of a massive amount of water in an ocean, sea or large lake, as from an earthquake or an impact event. Upon impact, rather than being seen as a large ocean wave like popularly known break waves on shorelines, the water "rolls" in akin to a rising tide with a wall of water flooding everything inward.

A "clean sweep" for a naval vessel refers to having "swept the enemy from the seas," a completely successful mission. It is traditionally indicated by hanging a broom from a mast or lashing it to the periscope of a submarine.

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