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Kefka Palazzo
Kefka Palazzo/Dissidia
Kana ケフカ・パラッツォ
Romaji Kefuka Parattso
Japanese Name Cefca Palazzo
Original Game Final Fantasy VI
Story Difficulty
EX Mode Power of Destruction
EX Burst Warring Triad
Japanese Voice Actor Shigeru Chiba
English Voice Actor Dave Wittenberg
Dissidia Final Fantasy Character
"Destruction isn't supposed to make sense, it's only fun when it's senseless!"
—Kefka


Kefka Palazzo is one of the villains fighting for the side of Chaos in Dissidia Final Fantasy. An insane sorcerer with a complete lack of scruples. His attacks are generally magic-based, but more chaotic than basic spells. Coupled with his erratic movements, his main skill seems to be to annoy his opponents with his contemptuous manner. He shares his goal to destroy everything with other villains, specifically, Cloud of Darkness, Exdeath, and Kuja. However, his short-term goal is to manipulate and take control of Terra, and use her power to further his other plans.

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Attire

Kefka's appearance in Dissidia, like the rest of the cast, is drawn more from his original Amano artwork than from his in-game appearances. His clothing is thus very colorful with a variety of polka-dots and stripes, with red and yellow being the predominant colors. His trademark blond hair (though without the pony tail) and white and red facial make-up are present, and his lips are outlined in bright purple.

His alternate costume resembles his in-game battle sprite and incorporates more blues and whites into the color scheme.

Kefka's Manikin version, Phantasmal Harlequin, is red.

Story

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Destiny Odyssey

Kefka battles Zidane.

Kefka appears with Kuja, telling him to acquire some "bait" for Zidane, but Kuja protests that his friends can't be kidnapped because they travel together. Kefka tells Kuja that Squall travels alone, prompting Kuja to attack Squall and try to capture him, telling him to "kill two birds with one stone."

Kefka faces Zidane

When Bartz falls into a trap laid for Zidane, Kefka appears before Zidane and refuses to tell him where Bartz is. The two duel, and Zidane wins. Kefka then tells Zidane that Bartz has been taken to enemy territory. Kefka also makes a brief appearance directly afterwards, where Kuja complains that Kefka botched his plan, only for Kefka to shrug off the accusation and taunt him with the failure.

Kefka appears with Kuja after accidentally kidnapping Bartz, instead of Zidane, as the trap which Bartz mistook for a crystal was meant for Zidane.

Kefka appears before Terra and Onion Knight. With Terra having forgotten about her mindless battle with the little knight, Kefka reminds her and mocks her claims that he is lying, calling her "destruction incarnate" due to her powers. Kefka tells Terra she is better suited to fight for Chaos than against him, he then extends an offer to Terra to join him in causing destruction. In an attempt to protect Terra, Onion Knight attacks the mad clown, and Kefka teleports them away, leaving Terra alone to search for her friend.

Along the way, Terra encounters Cloud after Terra's powers reach a breaking point again, so Cloud takes the brunt of Terra's attacks and then joins her to look for the Onion Knight. They later find Kefka, and again she refuses his offer, having found hope for a future where dreams like those of Firion can come true. Enraged, Kefka summons the Cloud of Darkness to assist him, however, the Onion Knight arrives in time to give Cloud a hand in holding off the Cloud of Darkness, while Terra fights Kefka alone. Kefka bombards her with spells until she stops running and fights him. Terra overcomes Kefka and he fades away, declaring he won't forget his defeat.

Shade Impulse

Kefka fades with a sad laugh.

After Chaos has killed Cosmos, Kefka appears along with Exdeath to ridicule the heroes, as they begin to fade away as a result of the goddess' death. Later on, he is confronted by Terra in his tower, where he has gone on his own way in an attempt to destroy everything. However, he is once again defeated by Terra, and laments the futility of existence (which mirrors his mindset towards the end of Final Fantasy VI), before exploding and fading away with a sorrowful laugh, craving for more destruction.


Battle

See also: Kefka Palazzo/Dissidia/Quotes.

Kefka's is fittingly described as a "Mad Mage". His attacks consist of various magical projectiles that move in erratic and unpredictable patterns, making them very difficult to avoid. However, his attacks usually have a lag when used or leave Kefka stationary while he manipulates the attack, leaving him highly vulnerable to counter-attacks. Another drawback is that Kefka has a slow ground movement. For his Chase Sequences, Kefka performs a close-range, blue-hued magic blast similar to his Ultima spell for Brave damage. For HP damage, Kefka will kick the enemy.

Boss

Main article: Kefka (Dissidia Boss)

Kefka is fought in Destiny Odyssey VI and IX, Shade Impulse, Distant Glory, and Inward Chaos.

Brave Attacks

Move Type CP (Mastery) AP for Mastery Obtained Description Image
Twisty-Turny Blizzaga (ground) Ground 30 (15) 180 Initial Fires an orb of ice at the ground that shoots forward and rebounds off walls. In EX Mode, the orb bounces along the ground
Additional Effect: Wall Rush
Lickity-Split Thundaga (ground) Ground 20 (10) 90 Initial Fires a string of lightning bolts at enemies. In EX Mode, fires twice
Additional Effect: Chase, Wall Rush
Waggle-Wobbly Firaga (ground) Ground 20 (10) 140 Level 3 Charge and fire a single fireball that tracks enemies and hits multiple times. In EX Mode, fires two fireballs.
Extra-Crispy Firaga (ground) Ground 30 (15) 180 Level 6 Fires three fireballs that change direction in the air. In EX Mode, the fireballs each split into three after being fired
Additional Effect: Chase
Scatter Spray Blizzaga (ground) Ground 30 (15) 180 Level 9 Fire a block of ice that shatters over a wide area. In EX Mode, the shards will strike opponents a second time after breaking.
Zap-Trap Thundaga (ground) Ground 30 (15) 180 Level 16 Summon a barrage of lightning bolts around enemies. In EX Mode, strings of lightning bolts home in at the enemy
Additional Effect: Chase
Ultima (ground) Ground 30 (15) 180 Level 28 Fire an orb of energy that explodes over a wide area. In EX Mode, the orb explodes three times and travels farther
Additional Effect: Wall Rush
Meteor (ground) Ground 30 (15) 180 Level 31 Summons five fireballs to fall to the ground and bounce towards enemies. In EX Mode, the fireballs bounce higher and farther
Additional Effect: Chase
Waggle-Wobbly Firaga (midair) Aerial 20 (10) 140 Initial Charge and fire a single fireball that tracks enemies and hits multiple times. In EX Mode, fires two fireballs.
Zap-Trap Thundaga (midair) Aerial 30 (15) 180 Initial Summon a barrage of lightning bolts around enemies. In EX Mode, strings of lightning bolts home in at the enemy
Additional Effect: Chase
Extra-Crispy Firaga (midair) Aerial 30 (15) 180 Level 3 Fires three fireballs that change direction in the air. In EX Mode, the fireballs each split into three after being fired
Additional Effect: Chase
Scatter Spray Blizzaga (midair) Aerial 30 (15) 180 Level 9 Fire a block of ice that shatters over a wide area. In EX Mode, the shards will strike opponents a second time after breaking.
Lickity-Split Thundaga (midair) Aerial 20 (10) 90 Level 16 Fires a string of lightning bolts at enemies. In EX Mode, fires twice
Additional Effect: Chase, Wall Rush
Twisty-Turny Blizzaga (midair) Aerial 30 (15) 180 Level 24 Fires an orb of ice at the ground that travels towards opponents. In EX Mode, the orb bounces along the ground
Additional Effect: Wall Rush
Ultima (midair) Aerial 30 (15) 180 Level 28 Fire an orb of energy that explodes over a wide area. In EX Mode, the orb explodes three times and travels further
Additional Effect: Wall Rush
Meteor (midair) Aerial 30 (15) 180 Level 31 Summons five fireballs to fall to the ground and bounce towards enemies. In EX Mode, the fireballs bounce higher and farther
Additional Effect: Chase

HP Attacks

Move Type CP (Mastery) AP for Mastery Obtained Description Image
Havoc Wing (ground) Ground 40 (20) 180 Initial Flip and sprout wings to stab enemies
Additional Effect: Wall Rush
Trine (ground) Ground 40 (20) 180 Level 12 Summons three triangles to converge around enemies. In EX Mode, summons triangles twice.
Hyperdrive Ground 40 (20) 300 Level 34 Unleashes a wave of explosions toward an opponent. Uncharged and partially charged versions run along the ground while the fully charged version pursues the opponent even if they are in the air. In EX Mode, stops briefly near the opponent before moving again suddenly.
Forsaken* (ground) Ground 40 (20) 300 Level 38 Conjure a field of energy that tracks opponents, dropping magical orbs on them from above. In EX Mode, the orbs turn in the air to track opponents.
Additional Effect: Wall Rush
Trine (midair) Aerial 40 180 Initial Summon three triangles to converge around enemies. In EX Mode, summons triangles twice.
Havoc Wing (midair) Aerial 40 180 Level 20 Flip and sprout wings to stab enemies
Additional Effect: Wall Rush
Forsaken* (midair) Aerial 40 300 Level 38 Conjure a field of energy that tracks opponents, dropping magical orbs on them from above. In EX Mode, the orbs turn in the air to track opponents.
Additional Effect: Wall Rush

EX Mode

Light of Judgment

Kefka's EX Mode, Power of Destruction, is his god form, based on his final boss sprite. In EX Mode he gains the Regen status and the ability to glide in the air. He also gains the "Exhilarating Magic" ability, which augments his spells to hit over larger areas or to fire more projectiles. This makes Kefka's spells even more erratic and difficult to dodge.

His EX Burst, "Warring Triad", has Kefka summoning up the immense power of the three gods. It requires the memorization and input of three button commands. If the buttons are inputted incorrectly he will instead use the weaker "Forsaken", his special attack in the final battle, but if the buttons are correct, he will use Light of Judgment, which he used to destroy the world of Final Fantasy VI.

Equipment

Kefka is able to use the following equipment: Rods, Staves, Instruments, Bangles, Hats, Hairpins, Ribbons, Clothing, and Robes.

Exclusive Weapons

Name Level Stats (JP Version) Stats (US Version) Effects (JP Version) Effects (US Version)
ラミアのふえ
Lamia's Flute
50 ATK +33
DEF +3
ATK +34
DEF +2
EX Core Absorption Amount +25%.
EX Core Appearance Rate Increase.
Initial EX Force +15%.
堕天使のふえ
Nephilim Flute
92 ATK +59
DEF +4
ATK +61
DEF +2
EX Core Absorption Amount +30%.
EX Core Appearance Rate Increase.
Initial EX Force +20%.
妖星乱舞
Dancing Mad
100 ATK +66
DEF +2
Ex Core Absorption Amount +40%.
Ex Core Appearance Rate Increase.
Initial EX Force +25%.
Back to the Wall Effect.


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Allusions

  • In Shade Impulse, before vanishing, Kefka mutters the same lines from the final battle in Final Fantasy VI.
  • One of Kefka's exclusive weapons, Dancing Mad, is named after his theme song during the final battle. The fourth tier of the song, played during the fight against his god form, is selectable as a battle track in Dissidia.
  • Various bits of Kefka's dialogue mirror his dialogue from Final Fantasy VI. If Kefka fights the Emperor, Kefka will declare "You're less than worthless," referencing his insult to Emperor Gestahl in Final Fantasy VI. When using Extra Crispy Firaga, Kefka shouts "You'll be well done!", another line he used to taunt Gestahl. When battling Cecil, Kefka says "Goody two-shoes!" referencing a line he said to General Leo, the good-hearted military man who used to work for the villains in their respective games. One of Kefka's defeat quotes is "I hate, hate, hate, hate, HATE YOU!" yet another line he says in Final Fantasy VI to Celes Chere - he says an extended version of the line in Destiny Odyssey VI. Two of his defeat quotes are "Don't think you've won this!" and "Graaah! I'll remember this!" both of which are based on his dialogue when defeated in Narshe in the original game. His intro quote "You're lower than lower than dirt" may be based on his quote "You may as well be the dirt on the bottom of my boots! Or the dirt stuck to the bottom of that dirt!"
  • Kefka cackles his signature laugh five times throughout the story: when Zidane asks after their fight where he sent Bartz, after he tells Cloud of Darkness that Terra is a "dear friend" of his, as he appears before Terra and Cloud, as he chases Terra in the subsequent cutscene and before he fights Terra in Shade Impulse.
  • While chasing Terra during their battle in Destiny Odyssey VI, Kefka briefly assumes the pose of his Amano artwork. He also assumes a variation of one of his Amano art poses should he win a battle.
  • When Kefka uses his EX Burst, he'll descend from above, similar to the beginning of the final battle in Final Fantasy VI. Furthermore, during Kefka's EX Burst, golden lights shines down on him, alluding to the final battle background from Final Fantasy VI. If Forsaken is used during his EX Burst, Kefka assumes the pose of his God form's battle sprite and the camera angle changes to that of a traditional Final Fantasy battle. When using Light of Judgment, the camera zooms in to Kefka's face, a reference to Kefka's expression being displayed in Final Fantasy VI's final battle when he prepared to use Forsaken.
  • One of Kefka's victory quotes has him breaking the fourth wall by humming Victory Fanfare.
  • All of Kefka's attacks are attacks he uses in the final battle in Final Fantasy VI - his Firaga, Blizzaga and Thundaga attacks in Dissidia are all variations of the normal versions of the spells he uses in the battle.
  • Kefka's line when battling Jecht, "Meatheads, meatheads everywhere..." is similar to a line spoken by Ultros, upon being attacked by Sabin.
Kefka's famous speech
  • When confronted in Shade Impulse, Kefka delivers several lines that mirror his dialogue before the final battle in Final Fantasy VI. His greeting "Welcome friends!" is the same way he greeted the party when they ascended his tower. Kefka's dialogue after being defeated also paraphrases various excerpts of his speech before the final battle in Final Fantasy VI. Before the battle in Dissidia, Kefka says "Beyond the chaos, the end draws near". This references both the original Super NES ("The end comes... beyond chaos.") and GBA ("The end draws near...") translations of the line Kefka says during the battle in Final Fantasy VI when he prepares to use Goner/Forsaken.
  • When Kefka uses Forsaken Null, he assumes the same pose seen in his original Amano portrait.
  • Most of Kefka's character traits seem to be allusions of himself near the end of Final Fantasy VI, including having full control over the Warring Triad and finding all existance futile and meaningless. This may be a further reference to Kefka representing the World of Ruin, whereas Terra's character better seems to represent the World of Balance.
  • As in Final Fantasy VI, Kefka's Havoc Wing is his only physical attack, and as such the only attack that is not augmented in power while Kefka is in EX Mode.
  • Kefka's "Ultima" attack, in which he fires a blue orb that explodes, may be based on a similar attack he used in Thamasa to kill several Espers.
  • One of Kefka's "sample" voice clips in the Theater is the line "Such magnificent power!", which is what he says to the heroes as he demonstrates his godlike powers, saying that they're "nothing more than fleas compared to [him]".
  • One scene in Destiny Odyssey VI appears to be modeled after a scene in the Magitek Research Facility in Final Fantasy VI. While Terra and Onion Knight walk through the portion of Kefka's Tower that resembles the Research Facility, Kefka appears and congratulates Terra for her work for the forces of Chaos (attacking Onion Knight in Destiny Odyssey VI). Terra begins to doubt herself, and in response, Onion Knight attacks Kefka (who demands to know what he's doing), and they both vanish. A roughly similar scene occurs in the final floors of the Magitek Research Facility in VI; except that the one Kefka is congratulating (Celes) is the one who attacks him and makes the two vanish, as the other hero (Locke) begins to doubt her.

Trivia

  • While the attacks are fairly common among the Warriors of Cosmos, Kefka is the only Warrior of Chaos with access to some variation of the Thunder, Fire, and Blizzard spells.
  • Kefka is the only male character besides Cloud that can equip the female-only "Pretty Princess" equipment set.
  • At the beginning of his EX-Burst, the background falls away in shapes that resemble pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
  • If Kefka begins Forsaken Null during EX Mode, and continues to keep the same Forsaken Null out after his EX mode ends, the magic spheres will still track the enemy until that specific Forsaken Null ends.
  • When Kefka uses an HP attack, his hands glow with a red aura, but when Terra uses an HP attack, her hands glow with a blue aura.
  • In the Battle Tips menu, Penelo says that Kefka "dances around likes he's mocking you," which makes her angry.
  • The Japanese name for Kefka's "Exhilirating Magic" ability is Dokidoki Magic. "Dokidoki" is a Japanese onomatopoeia for a beating heart.



This article uses material from the "Kefka Palazzo/Dissidia" article on the Final Fantasy wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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