Are There Vampires in Final Fantasy?
A few days ago I was watching Final Fantasy: Advent Children for, oh, the millionth time, and I wondered “Are there any vampires in any of the Final Fantasy games?” I mean, the Final Fantasy franchise has been going strong since the 80s with well over a dozen games, so there has got to be a vampire in there somewhere, right? Well, looking back on all of the games I have played and running a checklist of characters in my head – moogles, chocobos, sexy Viera, the cactuar – on and on, not one vampire came to mind. So I did what any person would, I hit up google and to my surprise I actually found a vampire in Final Fantasy, the very first game to be exact.
The first Final Fantasy game, often called “The Original Final Fantasy,” came out way back in 1987 in Japan and 1990 in the US and has been remade quite a few times since then for various consoles and handhelds. The story itself follows four youths called the Light Warriors, who each carry one of their world’s four elemental orbs which have been darkened by the four Elemental Fiends. Together, they go on a quest to defeat these big bad evil forces, restore light to the orbs, and save their world.
As for the vampire, he of course is one of the enemies the group has to defeat in the game. The Vampire, as he is so plainly called, can be found on the third floor of the Cavern of Earth. When the Light Warriors arrive to the disheveled town of Melmond, they find the earth decaying and the locals suffering, and they’re blaming everything on the Vampire. So our heroes travel to the Cavern of Earth to challenge him. After defeating him and gaining the Star Ruby, however, they find out that the land in Melmond continues to rot, and so they go to the Sage’s cave, where they find out that the Vampire was working for one of the Four Fiends, the Lich. And that’s the short-lived tale of Final Fantasy’s vampire. Although, you do come across similar vampires later in the game, in random encounters and in a secret room in the Whisperwind Cove.
Now while I have played quite a few Final Fantasy games and done some hardcore googling, I can’t seem to find any more vampires in the games. If your memory is better than mine, do you remember any others? Or even any vampiric characters?
Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to vampires. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of vampire folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and she may bite you (and not in the fun way).