The last time, NHK, as Japan’s national broadcasting organization made a polling of the most loved Final Fantasy games. And now it is the turn of the summons and bosses in this huge franchise to be in the spotlight. Still the same with the last time, this polling is not region locked, meaning it includes the opinions of all the fans worldwide. Probably, there are some of them who are your favorite too.
7. Braska’s Final Aeon (Final Fantasy X)
Braska’s Final Aeon is the last boss of Final Fantasy X we can lose against under normal conditions. Although another boss is fought afterwards as the final boss, it is impossible to die in that battle, making the battle against Braska’s Final Aeon the last challenging battle in the storyline, and often considered as the true final boss.
This battle against this boss probably is one of the most emotional fights in the Final Fantasy series. Having a connection with the main protagonist, Tidus, this boss last word was so emotional: “I can’t hear the Hymn so well anymore. Pretty soon, I’m gonna be Sin. Completely. I’m glad you’re here now. One thing though… When it starts, I won’t be myself anymore. I won’t be able to hold myself back. I’m sorry.”
6. Valefor (Final Fantasy X)
Valefor is a non-elemental aerial Aeon in Final Fantasy X. She is Yuna’s first Aeon, and her fayth is a teenage girl whose fayth statue resides in the Besaid Temple. Valefor also appears as a boss, both in Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2. Valefor is depicted as a large avian creature, notable for her dragon-like wings and primarily attacks with her strong talons.
Valefor is obtained early in the main story, after Tidus completes the Cloister of Trials at the Besaid Temple and meets Yuna. Valefor is the only Aeon to have two Overdrives, with one being Energy Ray and the other is Energy Blast. If Yuna has the Nirvana Celestial Weapon and has upgraded it with at least the crest, Valefor will gain Break Damage Limit and her attacks will be able to inflict over 9999 damage.
5. Omega (Final Fantasy V)
Omega is one of the two original superbosses in Final Fantasy V. It is a machine found in the Interdimensional Rift directly after a save point. Since its debut in Final Fantasy V, Omega has become a recurring superboss in the series as an ancient war machine implied to travel the Void, and as a nemesis to the dragon Shinryu.
Omega is one of the few enemies whose level exceeds 99. It has two special attacks: Rocket Punch and Circle. This boss also has two fire-elemental attacks: Atomic Ray and Flamethrower. Omega is visible on the field, so it can be avoided. To get by it the player must move only when it is not moving and mainly move along the edges of the ledge.
4. Anima (Final Fantasy X)
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 order to get her as summon.
3. Hades (Final Fantasy XIV)
Hades, or also known as Solus zoz Galvus or Emet-Selch is a non-playable character in Final Fantasy XIV. Being the main antagonist of the Shadowbringers expansion and the global story arc started in the original version, he is the founder and the first emperor of the Garlean Empire, the grandfather of Varis zos Galvus, and great-grandfather of Zenos yae Galvus.
Solus, or Emet-Selch by his Ascian name or Hades by his true name, depicted as an old man who has a long white beard. He wears full body armor and the Garlean crown, and uses a walking cane. Hades is fought as the final boss of Shadowbringers in The Dying Gasp. An optional Extreme trial, The Minstrel’s Ballad: Hades’s Elegy was added in patch 5.1.
2. Kefka (Final Fantasy VI)
Kefka is the main antagonist in Final Fantasy VI, who acts as Emperor Gesthal’s court mage. Although he works under the Emperor, he has schemes for his own benefits. Kefka is a high ranking member of the Gestahlian Empire, and the one responsible for Magitek (magic-powered robot) experimentation. He is also one of the leaders of the imperial army, leading troops into battles.
Why Kefka is being loved as an antagonist is probably because he is anti-mainstream compared to the other villain. While most villains in the Final Fantasy series were distant, cold, and ruthless, Kefka is loud, short-tempered, and destructive. Towards his subordinates, Kefka shows little patience and often talking down to them, making him somewhat different with his insanity.
1. Knights of the Round (Final Fantasy VII)
The first on the list is also 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.
Read also: Top 7 Final Fantasy Games According to NHK
Out of 468,654 NHK voters around the world have decided those seven summons and bosses as the best of the best. If I recall, those personas truly deserve the top seven spots for its unique appearance, characteristic, and difficulty in having it as summon. If I have to choose from the list, I will go with Kefka. Being an insane and loud antagonist, I think he is one-of-a-kind that will be hard to forget.
Which one is the best Final Fantasy summons and bosses for you? Please share your thoughts in the comment below.