Then and now
From the Behemoth to the Tonberry, Final Fantasy is full of recurring iconic creatures, and now that we've dumped dozens of hours into Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, we've slayed many a familiar face (for the good of the people, of course!) during our time in Eorzea.
As we've stated before, A Realm Reborn is full of nostalgic references to previous Final Fantasy games, and many of its enemies are instantly recognizable. The following are but a few of the creatures you may recognize from past games in the series, and you'll find side-by-side comparisons of how they appeared in their original form versus how they look after decades of technological advancements.
First appeared as: a boss in the Snow Cave dungeon in Final Fantasy II. Afterwards, the Adamantoise became a common enemy type in the game.
First appeared as: one of the final bosses of Final Fantasy III. He was the keeper of the Dark Earth Crystal in the World of Darkness.
First appeared as: a normal enemy type in Final Fantasy II.
First appeared as: a boss in Final Fantasy II. After defeating him, Behemoths appear as normal enemies in the forests near Mysidia.
First appeared as: a regular enemy in Final Fantasy II. As you're no doubt painfully aware, these little guys have a tendency to blow themselves up when a fight's not going their way.
First appeared as: a normal enemy in Final Fantasy VI. In the original SNES translation, they were called "Cactrots," and could be found in a desert near Maranda in the World of Ruin, where they introduced 1,000 needles to all would-be adventurers.
First appeared as: sentient modes of transport in Final Fantasy II. These lovable birds could only be found in a forest south of Kashuan, and would immediately run away when dismounted. Of course, they're not enemies so much as they are mounts in FFXIV: ARR.
First appeared as: dragons in the original Final Fantasy. They've appeared in a variety of forms throughout almost every game in the series, though the one pictured here from FFXIV is of original design.
First appeared as: a normal enemy type in the original Final Fantasy. They were originally titled "Giants," and there were various types--fire, ice, flood--each with a unique elemental affinity.
First appeared as: the initial enemies encountered in the original Final Fantasy. Also known as Imps, the Goblins were located around the town of Cornelia, and the poor saps were the first creatures ever to cross paths with Warrior of Light.
First appeared as: a plantoid enemy in Final Fantasy XI. They also show up as enemies In FFXIV, though you could have gotten one as a mount if you played the game in its pre-ARR form.
First appeared as: magic-powered technology in Final Fantasy VI. You'll first encounter Magitek Armor early on, as Terra, Biggs, and Wedge use it to assault the city of Narshe. Now you can get one as a mount of your own!
First appeared as: a normal type of monster in Final Fantasy II. Though they didn't have their infamous Bad Breath ability in that game, they did inflict various status ailments with their basic attacks. So, yeah--encountering one of these was a huge pain in the ass.
First appeared as: the unbearably cute body guards of the sage Doga in Final Fantasy III. Fun fact: initially, Moogles didn't say "Kupo" as they do now; in FFIII, they said "nyaa," which is the Japanese onomatopoeia for a cat's meow.
First appeared as: a normal enemy type in Final Fantasy XI.
First appeared as: a rare enemy type (called Sand W) in the original Final Fantasy. These could only be found in the northern desert areas of the world map, as well as on the Bahamut Islands.
First appeared as: a normal enemy type in Final Fantasy V, though their names were mistranslated in FF games prior to VII. In FFV, they went by the name "Dingleberry" (yay butt jokes!), and were titled "Pug" in FFVI. Yes. Adorable pugs with deadly knives.
First appeared as: an enemy in Final Fantasy III, found on the top floors of the Crystal Tower. We wouldn't be surprised if they show up in FFXIV: ARR's Crystal Tower raid dungeon when it releases.
My, how things have changed
It's pretty awesome to see just how much the latest iterations of these storied creatures stick to the original design. What other enemies have you encountered in FFXIV: ARR that we didn't mention here? Let us know in the comments below.
And if you're looking for more, check out these 16 nostalgic references of Final Fantasy games in FFXIV: A Realm Reborn and why every Final Fantasy games is the best and worst in the series.