Final Fantasy IV

Final Fantasy IV

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N.B. Since this game has been ported several times on different platforms, it has undergone several changes, notably in the naming department (jobs, characters, places, etc.). In those cases, I cite the original name and the most recent variant.

Cain/Kain (SNES and GBA), Golbez(e) (DS)

Theme: light and dark

Team: 12 characters:

  • 3 female (Rosa, Rydia, Porom)
  • 9 male (Cecil, Cain/Kain, Tella(h), Gilbert/Edward, Yang, Palom, Cid, Edge, FuSoYa/Fusoya)

Lead: Cecil

Villains: Golbez(e), Zemus

Favourite characters: Cain/Kain, Rydia, Edge

Disliked characters: Gilbert/Edward, Tella(h)

Controllable characters: anyone

Summons (Phantom Beasts/Eidolons): Chocobo, Mist Dragon, Shiva, Jinn/Ifrit, Indra/Ramuh, Titan, Asura, Leviathan, Sylph, Odin, Bahamut, Imp/Goblin, Bomb, Mage/Mindflayer, Cockatrice

Favourite summons: Mist Dragon, Asura

Disliked summons: Titan, Imp/Goblin

Modes of transportation: chocobos, hovercraft, 3 airships (Enterprise, Falcon and Big Whale/Lunar Whale)

Optional dungeons and bosses: none (SNES)/Zeromus EG in the Lunar Ruins (GBA)/Geryon and Proto Babil (DS)/Lost Babil (PSP)

Save points: seals on the floor surrounded by crystal pillars

Starting levels: 10 (SNES and DS)/15 (GBA)

Final levels: 65-70 (SNES)/70-99 (GBA)/~75 (DS)

Maximum party size: 5

Final party/Optional boss party: Cecil, Cain/Kain, Rosa, Rydia, Edge (SNES and DS)/Cecil and whoever you like (GBA and PSP, although I just stick with the original party)

Time to complete: ~25-30 hours (SNES and DS)/~40 hours (GBA)

Favourite places: Mysidia for the music and the fact that it’s a village of mages; Mt Ordeals for the view; Cave to the Phantom World/Passage of the Eidolons, because I really like the transparent floor effects

Horrible places: Fabul for the horrible music; the Sylph’s Cave because of the layout and the constant ‘frogging’; the Lunar Underground because it’s huge and tedious

Main levelling spots: outside Eblan(a), Giant of Babil

Oddities: the Laliho Pub, Tella(h)’s Recall command

Systems: Super Nintendo Entertainment System, PlayStation, GameBoy Advance, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable

Remakes: Final Fantasy Anthology (PS), Final Fantasy IV Advance (GBA), eponymous on DS, Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection (PSP)

Combat system
Final Fantasy IV Advance
Final Fantasy IV DS

Final Fantasy IV DS

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