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    The Final Fantasy IX Summon FAQ
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    Made by: Gold Mage
    Created on: 4/6/03
    Version Final
    Last Updated: 20/12/05
    Email: tjhunt@gmail.com
    
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    Version 1.0 4/6/03
    I put in all the information on the summons as I could.
    
    Final Version 16/11/03
    That's all for this guide, see ya later people.
    
    
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    1. AUTHOR'S NOTE
    2. SUMMONS IN-DEPTH
         - Ark                   -
         - Atomos                -
         - Bahumut               -
         - Carbuncle             -
         - Fenrir                -
         - Ifrit                 -
         - Leviathan             -
         - Medeen                -
         - Odin                  -
         - Phoenix               -
         - Ramuh                 -
         - Shiva                 -
    3. SUMMON INFO/FACTS
         - Summon Info           -
         - Summon Facts          -
    4. CREDITS
    5. CONTACT ME
    
    
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    At the begging there was a White Magic and Summon FAQ which was rejected. I 
    asked the FAQ Contributors and I was told that maybe I should split the guides 
    into 2 separate guides. That did seem like the reason it was rejected. So this 
    is the Summon FAQ by itself.
    
    Welcome to the Summon FAQ. An FAQ designed to give you all the info you need to 
    know when it comes to the summons of Final Fantasy IX. Thank for choosing this 
    guide to read.
    
    -Gold Mage (Thomas Hunt)
    
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    This section will tell you all the information you will need to know about the 
    Summons of Final Fantasy IX. Their element, who to learn them and how to 
    acquire them in the game. So read on to read about the info of the Eidolons. 
    
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    ~~ ARK ~~
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    Ark is the bringer of Darkness in this game. You will meet Ark for the first 
    time as a boss and then you will acquire him very later in the game. He appears 
    to be in the shape of a boat but as he transforms into a huge machine of death, 
    you will now know why it took so long to get him. He flies from the Red Moon 
    and transforms when he locks-on to the enemy. Then he fires multiple lasers 
    that explode on impact. Then he uses his final beam, which causes a massive 
    explosion so big it can be seen from space.
    
    Attack:      Eternal Darkness
    Element:     Shadow
    MP:          80
    Learn from:  Pumice
    Character:   Dagger
    How to get:  To get Ark you will need 2 Pumice Pieces. Then you will need to
                 find and defeat Hades at Memoria so he will Synth them together to
                 make a Pumice.
    
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    ~~ ATOMOS ~~
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    Atomos is a huge Summon with a mouth big enough to eat a city. He charges his 
    energy within his mouth and then shoots it at the enemy. The energy engulfs the 
    enemy and implodes with it inside. Atomos is a great Summon to use.
    
    Attack:      G-Force 199
    Element:     Shadow
    MP:          38
    Learn from:  Amethyst
    Character:   Dagger
    How to get:  You will get your first Amethyst from Doctor Tot.
    
    
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    ~~ BAHUMUT ~~
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    Bahumut is the King of Dragons. He is my personal favorite out o all the 
    Eidolons within Final Fantasy IX. When you Summon him he flies at a tremendous 
    speed from the sky and flies past the enemy making a gale almost knocking them 
    over. Then he flies up and charges his attack then fires it down onto the enemy 
    from above causing a huge explosion.
    
    Attack:      Mega Flare
    Element:     Non-Elemental
    MP:          56
    Learn from:  Garnet
    Character:   Dagger
    How to get:  You will get the Garnet after you go back to Alexandra on the
                 third disk, I can't tell you much more without spoiling the story.
    
    
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    ~~ CARBUNCLE ~~
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    This cute little green Summon will cast a protective spell on your whole party 
    depending on what you have equipped. Once you have learned the Carbuncle from a 
    Ruby then equip a new Add-On. Then when you summon Carbuncle he will use a new 
    type of attack. Read the following table to see the new types of attacks and 
    the Add-On you need to equip to use them. But you will need to keep the Add-On 
    equipped while you are attacking in battle.
    
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    | Diamond        |  "Diamond Light" casts Vanish on all party members         |
    | Emerald        |  "Emerald Light" casts Haste on all party members          |
    | Moonstone      |  "Pearl Light" casts Protect on all party members          |
    | Anything else  |  "Ruby Light" casts Reflect on all party members           |
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    Attack:      Ruby Light,
    Element:     Non-Elemental
    MP:          24
    Learn from:  Ruby
    Character:   Eiko
    How to get:  When you first go to the Iifa Tree you get the Ruby from the
                 invisible wall.
    
    
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    ~~ FENRIR ~~
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    Fenrir is an evil wolf from the underworld. With a howl he summons a great big 
    monster that punches your enemy so hard to fly into the sky. There is also 
    another attack that Fenrir can do which is called "Millennial Decay 1000 Year 
    Gust" which does Wind damage to all enemies. Read the table below for the item.
    
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    | Maiden Prayer  |  "Millennial Decay 1000 Year Gust" does Wind damage        |
    | Anything else  |  "Terrestrial Rage" does Earth damage                      |
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    Attack:      Terrestrial Rage
    Element:     Earth/Wind
    MP:          30
    Learn from:  Sapphire
    Character:   Eiko
    How to get:  When you get Eiko she will already have the Sapphire equipped to
                 her.
    
    
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    ~~ IFRIT ~~
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    This demon will dig its way out of the earth and then summon up the dark flames 
    of hell and hurl them at the enemies.
    
    Attack:      Flames of Hell
    Element:     Fire
    MP:          26
    Learn from:  Topaz
    Character:   Dagger
    How to get:  You will get your first Amethyst from Doctor Tot.
    
    
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    ~~ LEVIATHAN ~~
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    Leviathan was a huge serpent that lived deep within the ocean in Hebrew 
    mythology. And there was no man-made weapon that could pierce its scales. But 
    the only weapon that could was a weapon forged by God. In Final Fantasy IX when 
    you summon Leviathan he will appear in the ocean and then fly over the enemies 
    and cause a massive tidal wave that slaps the enemy in the face.
    
    Attack:      Tsunami
    Element:     Water
    MP:          42
    Learn from:  Aquamarine
    Character:   Dagger
    How to get:  You will get your first Aquamarine at the Iifa Tree.
    
    
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    ~~ MEDEEN ~~
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    Medeen is one of the strongest, if not, the strongest Eidolon out of them all. 
    She summons up a huge globe of Holy Magic and pushes the enemy into it causeing 
    a huge explosion.
    
    Attack:      Terra Homing
    Element:     Holy
    MP:          120
    Learn from:  Ribbon
    Character:   Eiko
    How to get:  You will get your first Ribbon when you complete Mt. Gulug.
    
    
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    ~~ ODIN ~~
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    Odin is a great Summon to have. Has when he comes down on his horse he uses his 
    lance and cut the enemy in half. This will kill the enemy instantly. Problem is 
    it won't kill bosses, so don't get your hopes up. And also, there is a chance 
    that the attack will fail and miss the enemy. But there is another solution. If 
    Zantetsuken doesn't work, you can learn an ability that will make Odin to draw 
    his sword and slash the enemy, causing damage. To learn the ability Odin's 
    Sword just equip the item, learn it then have enough ability stone to equip 
    Odin's Sword.
    
    Attack:      Zantetsuken
    Element:     Non-elemental
    MP:          28
    Learn from:  Dark Matter
    Character:   Dagger
    How to get:  Get your first Dark Matter from the Treno Auction House.
    
    
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    ~~ PHOENIX ~~
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    Phoenix is a huge rainbow bird that is born from the top of a tree then it 
    lives for 500 hundred years. Then it makes a nest and burns itself alive when 
    its ashes form a new egg and a new Phoenix arises. In Final Fantasy IX Phoenix 
    will engulf the enemies in a huge wave of flame then he revives al the KOed 
    members of your party.
    
    Attack:      Rebirth Flame
    Element:     Fire
    MP:          42
    Learn from:  Phoenix Pinion
    Character:   Eiko
    How to get:  You can get Phoenix Pinions all over the game, just save one when
                 you won't to learn Phoenix.
    
    
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    ~~ RAMUH ~~
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    Ramuh will appear from the clouds and throw down his staff, which will plunge 
    into the earth in front of the enemy. The staff acts as a lightning rod and a 
    huge lightning bolt hits the staff, which causes an electric explosion.
    
    Attack:      Judgment Bolt
    Element:     Thunder
    MP:          22
    Learn from:  Peridot
    Character:   Dagger
    How to get:  When you have collected all 5 parts of the stories then tell them
                 to him in order he will become your first Eidolon.
    
    
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    ~~ SHIVA ~~
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    Shiva appears and then throws some small icicles into the ground below the 
    enemy and then huge pillars of ice arise and then shatter on the enemy, doing 
    lots of damage.
    
    Attack:      Diamond Dust
    Element:     Ice
    MP:          24
    Learn from:  Opal
    Character:   Dagger
    How to get:  You will get your first Amethyst from Doctor Tot.
    
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    Power Up Summons
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    Did you know that you could power up the strength of you Eidolons? Well, you 
    can. And here is how to do it. All you have to do is not sell any of the gems 
    that are used to learn an Eidolon. So if you have 99 Aquamarine, Leviathan will 
    do a lot more damage than if you had 5 Aquamarine. So when you get gems from 
    fighting monsters or picking up around Gaia, don't sell them because your 
    Eidolons can do more damage.
    
    The Boost Ability
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    There is an ability that you can learn from a Pumice Piece that both Dagger and 
    Eiko can learn. The ability is called Boost and this increases the amount of 
    damage a Summon does. Did you notice while you were playing the game that 
    sometimes when you summoned you would get a short video clip and some times you 
    would get a long clip? When you see the full clip it means that the Summon is 
    going to more damage than it would in a short clip. When you equip the Boost 
    ability you will always see the full clip so your Summons will do a higher 
    amount of damage.
    
    Fun with Formulas
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    The following are the formulas for 3 of the Summons. The first formula is the 
    chance that Odin will cause instant death on an enemy.
    
                                 Dagger's Magic Power/4
                 + difference between Dagger's level and monsters' level
                                   = The percent (%)
    
    So lets make up some status here. If Dagger's magic Power is 34 and her level 
    is 50. Then she casts Odin on a level 35 monster. So the calculation would be 
    the following.
    
                                 34 / 4 + (50 - 35) = 23.5%
    
    Now that we have Odin covered, let's move on to our next Summon. Let's look at 
    Phoenix. Now as I said in the Summons section of this guide I said that Phoenix 
    can revive KOed party members. He does this when you use him to attack. But he 
    can come to your aid when all of your party is KOed. Yes, just like the Phoenix 
    and Final Attack Materia combo in FFVII, Phoenix can save you. Now for Phoenix 
    to do this you need to have at least 1 Phoenix Pinion. But it is a very little 
    chance that you will revive someone with 1 Phoenix Pinion. The formula below 
    shows how it goes.
    
                              No. of Phoenix Pinions / 258 * 100
    
    So you divide the number of your Phoenix Pinions by 258 then multiply that by 
    100. This gives you the percent chance to revive a party member. If you have 1 
    Phoenix Pinion you only have a 4.2% percent chance. If you have 99 Phoenix 
    Pinions you have a 38.3% chance.
    
    Now for the final Summon, Atomos. Depending on what animation and how many 
    Amethyst you have depends on the percent that Atomos will do. So read the 
    formula for more info. But even if the percent is over 100% the maximum damage 
    is still 9999.
    
                 Full Animation: 30 + No. of Amethyst = Percent of HP taken
                  Short Animation: 2/3 of Full Animation formula's percent
    
    
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    ~~ SUMMON FACTS ~~
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    Phoenix
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    Most beings spring from other individuals; but there is a certain kind, which 
    reproduces itself. The Assyrians call it the Phoenix. It does not live on fruit 
    or flowers, but on frankincense and odoriferous gums. When it has lived 500 
    years, it builds itself a nest in the branches of an oak, on the top of a palm 
    tree. In this it collects cinnamon and spikenard, and myrrh, and of these 
    materials builds a pile on which it deposits itself, and dying, breathes out 
    its last breath amidst odors. From the body of the parent bird, a young Phoenix 
    is born, destined to live as long a life as its parent. When this has grown up 
    and gained sufficient strength, it lifts its nest from the tree (its own cradle 
    and its parent's sepulcher), and carries it to the city of Heliopolis in Egypt, 
    and deposits it in the temple of the sun.
    
    Leviathan
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    A creature which defies the power and skill of humans. He appears in the Bible. 
    A good description of him can be found in Isaiah 27:1. Some of his notable 
    features are his back being made of a row of shields and his eyes glowing like 
    the rising sun.
    
    The Old Testament:
    Isaiah 27:1-- "In that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword 
    shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked 
    serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea."
    
    Bahumut
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    This monstrous fish comes from Moslem traditions. The legend goes that it 
    floats in a vast sea. A giant bull rides on its back and on the bull is a ruby 
    mountain. There is an angel on the mountain over which are six hells, then the 
    Earth, and then seven heavens. Bahamut is so huge and dazzling that human 
    beings cannot look upon it.
    
    Eidolon: Dictionary Meaning
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    1. A phantom; an apparition. 
    2. An image of an ideal.
    
    
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