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7 Most Loved Summons in Final Fantasy Series

Dissidia Final Fantasy Arcade - Bahamut

In Final Fantasy series,, the summons is called differently as Eidolons, Espers, and Aeons; all have the same meaning: summon monsters. There are the strong ones, also there are weaker ones. Regardless of its potential, among the large arsenal of summons in the whole series there are some who were loved most. Here are the 7 most loved summons in Final Fantasy series that you might love too.

1. Knights of the Round

Knights of the Round - Final Fantasy Series

The first on the list is my favorite summon and probably the most memorable summon due to the hardships needed on getting it. In Final Fantasy VII, Knights of the Round is the strongest summon materia we can possibly get in the game. When summoned, thirteen medieval knights appear and slash the enemy party. Each one of them will attack with different weapons and spells.

Knights of the Round is a series of 13 individual attacks hitting all enemies with damage that ignores the target’s defensive stats. This typical summon is a recurring summon in Final Fantasy series. It appears initially in Final Fantasy VII, then later in Final Fantasy XIV, and the latest also appeared in Final Fantasy XV, as the images of the former kings of Lucis.

2. Alexander

Alexander - Final Fantasy Series

Alexander or also known as Alexandr, is another recurring summons in the Final Fantasy series. It has the shape of a giant robot, often appearing as a fortress-type entity with Divine Judgment as its signature attack. Alexander originally appearing in Final Fantasy VI, but in Final Fantasy IX Alexander became a part of the main story where it is summoned by Garnet and Eiko when Kuja summoned Bahamut.

With its major part against Kuja’s summon, Bahamut in Final Fantasy IX, Alexander has the best incarnation in Final Fantasy IX compared to the other game in the series. The battle of the two powerful summons: Alexander the moving castle against Bahamut the dragon king easily catch our attention as it is a part of the main story which is impossible to miss.

3. Leviathan

Leviathan - Final Fantasy Series

Leviathan or also known as Levia, Leviatan, and Leviathn is a summon in Final Fantasy series which took shape of a massive sea serpent that effortlessly controls water and rules the ocean. This giant sea serpent that also looked like a dragon in some way can easily steals the attention with its majestic form along with its signature attack: Tidal Wave or also known as Tsunami, which calls on a massive wave of water.

Leviathan initially appeared in Final Fantasy II as a monster that swallowed the party. Since then, it becomes one of the most prominent summons in the series alongside Bahamut, with the title: Sea King or Lord of All Waters. In the latter titles of the series, Leviathan’s prominence diminished as Bahamut gained more popularity; but even so, its place in the players’ heart is still irreplaceable.

4. Odin

Odin - Final Fantasy Series

Odin is another recurring, very popular summon in Final Fantasy series. He is depicted as a demonic-looking knight with horns who rides his beloved horse Sleipnir to deliver a crushing blow to the enemies called Zantetsuken. Most commonly, Odin will appear and slice through enemies with his sword, cleaving them in two and inflicting Instant Death.

Odin made his debut in Final Fantasy III, and since then never absent in the series except in Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy XV. This scary and fierce-looking knight is also one of my favorite, and probably many of players who were familiar with the Final Fantasy series. Although he didn’t show any significant role in the series, his appearance and signature attack is enough to make him memorable to players.

5. Shiva

Shiva - Final Fantasy Series

Shiva is a frequently recurring ice-elemental summon in Final Fantasy series. The ice queen has appeared in almost all of the mainline Final Fantasy titles. Summon Shiva usually obtained early in the storyline and potentially becomes a powerful ally dealing ice damage signature attack called Diamond Dust. Shiva is depicted as a woman with blue skin, wearing clothing of the same color.

With summons controllable in Final Fantasy X, Shiva has the best incarnation in the game among the other titles. Shiva is fast and has attacks that delays enemy movements. She is also very helpful in the initial fight against Seymour.

6. Anima

Anima - Final Fantasy Series

Anima is an Aeon from Final Fantasy X with the signature attack called Oblivion. Being an Aeon, Anima is a dream of the faith, specifically the mother of Seymour in Final Fantasy X. She represents darkness and death, although dark is not an element in Final Fantasy X. In the animation, Anima is dragged from the underworld to deal immense pain to the enemies.

Although Anima also presents in some spin-off titles, but her best incarnation is in Final Fantasy X. The efforts needed to obtain the summon makes it hard to forget. We need to find all of the hidden treasures in the Cloisters of Trials in orfer to get her as summon.

7. Bahamut

Bahamut - Final Fantasy Series

Bahamut, or also known as the Dragon King, is one of the most prominent summons in Final Fantasy series. It often becomes the most powerful summon obtained during the main storyline with its signature attack: Megaflare; a great breath of energy concentrated into a beam and fired to the enemies and deals non-elemental magic damage that ignores defense and evasion.

Bahamut is typically considered the strongest among the storyline summons. In Final Fantasy VII, Bahamut has different forms such as Neo Bahamut and Bahamut ZERO (Megaflare has variations corresponding to different appearance of Bahamut, including Teraflare, Gigaflare, and Exaflare). It makes Final Fantasy VII becomes the best incarnation of Bahamut in the whole series.

Read also: 7 Most Epic Battles in Final Fantasy Series

Summon is an important part of the Final Fantasy series whatever the term they used in each game. The summon will surely can make our way easier in some way. Like I said before, my favorite goes to Knights of the Round in overall and Odin in terms of appearance. But basically, I like all the other above too, especially Leviathan with its similarly dragon-shaped form that I think is pretty cool.

Which one is your most loved summon in Final Fantasy series? Do you have another summon to add? Please share your thoughts in the comment below.

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