Final Fantasy XVI and its two ifrits tease multiple theories and twists

The newest Final Fantasy XVI The trailer ends with a brief stinger of two ifrits fighting each other, which opens the door to many theories.

in the Final Fantasy XVI‘s story, our protagonist Clive seeks revenge on “The Dark Ifrit” and his unknown dominant. In case you forgot, Dominants in Final Fantasy XVI are humans who can transform into an Eikon, the title used for Summons in this entry.

Everything included so far Final Fantasy XVI‘s promo hints at the fact that the Dark Ifrit killed Phoenix, the Eikon of Clive’s little brother Joshua, and that set him on his way for revenge.

However, the second trailer also implies that the player controls an Ifrit during Eikon battles, as Ifrit’s HP bar is always green and on the left. Except during the fight between Phoenix and Eidolon of Fire, where there is a high probability that the player controls Phoenix.

Clive and his nemesis are both ifrit dominants

Somehow, at some point during his quest for revenge, Clive becomes an ifrit dominant himself. The final scene in the second trailer has an unknown character saying “Awaken Ifrit” meaning they are the one who gave Ifrit to Clive. Personally, I currently believe that this is the dark ifrit dominant, which somehow has the ability to turn someone into another ifrit dominant. Putting Clive on his vendetta could be part of their plan.

The Dark Ifrit is the “second eikon of fire” mentioned in Benedikta’s profile (This is somewhat ambiguous in the English version, but very clear in the Japanese and French versions of her profile). In the first trailer at 2:32 we also hear a soldier say, “A second Eikon of Fire? But that is impossible!”. This implies that the common belief in Valisthea, the world of Final Fantasy XVI, is that there cannot be two eikons of the same element and that Ifrit is an unknown eikon not previously recorded in world history.

What if Joshua was actually still alive?

Seeing the Phoenix Eikon is seen as the Eikon of Fire and not the unknown Ifrit. This could mean that the true quality of the phoenix, rebirth, could be unknown in the world of Final Fantasy XVI Personally, I don’t think Joshua will just be a sacrificial lamb used in the game’s prologue to trigger Clive’s thirst for revenge. Square Enix in particular opted for an illustration where Phoenix and Ifrit face each other Final Fantasy XVI logo, instead of two ifrits.

Finally, it is interesting to note that Clive is never seen using Ifrit’s powers during foot fights. Both the trailer and the screenshots we have show Clive equipping and driving through most of the Eikons revealed so far: Phoenix, Shiva, Titan, Garuda, Ramuh, and Odin. In the second trailer, Clive can be heard saying, “I unite the Dominants… so we can end the dispute… and have found a new order that will take us until tomorrow.” And we already know that Dominants share some of their eikon’s power with others can share. However, outside of Eikon battles, we never see Ifrit’s icon on the UI, which also suggests that this Eikon works differently than the others.

In total, Final Fantasy XVI is the first game in the series in years that has piqued my interest so much. While the game’s reveal trailer left me indifferent, the second trailer definitely got me hyped and I’m looking forward to seeing more of it.

Final Fantasy XVI will be released worldwide on PS5 in summer 2023. Final Fantasy XVI and its two ifrits tease multiple theories and twists

Lindsay Lowe

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