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Palom
Artwork by Yoshitaka Amano
Sprite(s) Palom's SNES menu portrait Palom's GBA menu portrait Palom's DS portrait Palom's portrait in The After Years Young Palom's portrait in The After Years
Palom's battle sprite Palom during battle in the Mobile Phone version Palom's The After Years battle sprite
Japanese name Palom
Kana パロム
Romaji Paromu
Voice actor(s)
(Japanese)
Rie Kugimiya
Voice actor(s)
(English)
Megan Harvey
Job Black Mage
Skill Black Magic, Bluff, Twincast (FFIV)
Black Magic, Bluff, Dualcast (during event) (FFIV: TAY)
Birthplace Mysidia
Age 5 (Final Fantasy IV)
22 (The After Years)
Height 3'1" (.94 m)
Weight 48 lbs (22 kg)
Laterality Left-Handed
Final Fantasy IV Character
"An apprentice Black Mage from the land of Mysidia. Though young, Palom has proven himself a skillful, if arrogant, student of magic..."
—Description

Palom is a playable character in Final Fantasy IV. He is a Black Mage from Mysidia, and he trains together with his twin sister, Porom. He is described as a show-off, and is very casual, even to adults. He even describes himself as "The Mysidian Genius." This, combined with his inflated ego, causes him to get a little out of hand, leading to Porom having to settle him down, either using words, slapping him in the face, or yanking him by his ponytail. His precocious nature, along with his basic youth, would set the stage for several young boys to succeed his role. (Namely, the characters of Gau, Zell, Vivi, and Hope.)

Contents

Story

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Final Fantasy IV

Palom's DS CG model

Palom and Porom first meet Cecil Harvey when he visits Mysidia after being attacked by Leviathan. Their Elder asks if they would accompany Cecil and help him on his quest to become a Paladin. However, the Elder also ordered them to spy on Cecil to make sure he would not do anything stupid, and to make sure his intentions are pure. They accompanied him to Mount Ordeals. There, they met Tellah the sage, who had been searching for the legendary magic Meteor, which would help him defeat Golbez. Tellah agreed to help them as well. When they reached the top of the mountain, however, they met Scarmiglione of Earth, one of Golbez's Elemental Archfiends. Scarmiglione attacked them, but they were able to defeat him twice. After this, they arrived at a room full of mirrors. A mysterious light, who referred to Cecil as "my son," commanded him to take a sword, which transformed him into a Paladin. However, Cecil had to overcome his former feelings of hatred by battling himself. He succeeded, and became a full fledged Paladin. Tellah also learned Meteor at this time.

Cecil, Tellah, Palom, and Porom returned to Mysidia, where the Elder congratulated them. He also spoke of the Mysidian Legend of the sword Cecil now wielded, and how only a Chosen One could wield it. Cecil then agreed to defeat Golbez. He then asked the Elder to open the Devil's Road that leads to Baron, and the Elder obliged. Palom and Porom, who were finished with their mission, wished to help Cecil as well, and the elder, although reluctant at first, agreed to let them do so.

In Baron, Cecil and his friends learned that Cid Pollendina had created a new airship, but was arrested when he refused to let the king see it. Cecil tried to enter the castle, however, the guards would not let him enter. He overheard that a Karate Man was invited to be an officer in Baron, and that he was hanging out at the inn. Cecil went there, and found out that it was, in fact, Yang Fang Leiden. Yang ordered the guards to attack Cecil, and then attacked him himself. However, Cecil was able to snap Yang back to reality, and Yang realized that he was under the control of the king of Baron the whole time. Yang then rejoined the party, and found the Key of Baron in his pocket, which the party then used to enter Baron Castle via the Ancient Waterway.

Palom with his sister in the opening FMV

Cecil's party reached the castle, and met up with Baigan there. Baigan tells Cecil that he is not under Golbez's control, and that he is loyal only to the King of Baron. He offers to help Cecil, and Cecil accepts the help. However, Palom and Porom smell a monster in the area, and point Baigan out as the monster. Cecil's party then fights Baigan, and Palom and Porom warn Cecil to tread lightly around Baron. Cecil then proceeds to meet the king, who is upset that Cecil became a Paladin. However, when Cecil mentions the king of Baron's true name, the king lets out that he killed the real king, and Cecil then demands that the king reveal himself. It turned out that the king was in fact Cagnazzo, the Archfiend of Water. Cecil's party then fought Cagnazzo and won. Cid escaped prison after this, and greeted Cecil enthusiastically. Cid then joined Cecil's party. However, Cagnazzo had one last trick up his sleeve. When Cecil tried to escape, the walls began to cave in. Palom and Porom had to save Cecil's party by petrifying themselves. Tellah tried to heal them, but to no avail.

Palom in the Chronicles opening

Palom and Porom are later healed by the elder, who takes them to the battle with the Giant of Babil. After the battle, they pray in the Tower of Wishes in Mysidia for Cecil. In the ending, Palom cuts his magic classes to flirt with a girl about his role in the story. Porom finds him and yells at him. When she brings him before the elder, the elder scolds him and gives him extra homework.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years

Palom in The After Years
"He deeply admires the late, great sage Tellah, and now he yearns to become a great sage himself. Now grown, he harbors resentment towards the elder of Mysidia and his elder twin sister, Porom, who still preach to him as if he were a child. He wishes to leave the rigid confines of Mysidia behind him to travel all over the world in pursuit of his dream."
—Game Description
Palom compares Leonora to his sister.

Since Tellah's passing, Palom aspired to follow in Tellah's footsteps. However, he is fed up with Mysidian elders treating him like a child in spite of being almost an adult, causing a rift between him and Porom as he intends to leave the rigid Mysidia in order to travel aboard and become a Great Sage himself. He takes Leonora in as his apprentice at the Tower of Knowledge. Then they were attacked by the Mysterious Maiden where she steals one of the dark crystals. However, neither Palom or Leonora are aware that Izayoi, one of the Elblan Four, has disguised herself as one of the priestesses, witnessing the whole chaos. Palom and Leonora were later rescued by Rydia's party after Troia was defrosted and consequently joined them to put an end to the Maiden's madness. During the ending, he is last seen in Mysidia with Porom, where the Elder grants them joint position as new leaders.

Equipment and Stats

Palom is a Black Mage, and thus his equipment is suited for a Black Mage. He can equip rods, bows, and arrows, as well as hats, tunics, hoods, and robes. His stats are also suited for a mage, as he has high Magic Power but low physical attack power. Amano art shows him wielding a sword and shield, despite him being unable to equip either in game.

Abilities

Palom can use Black Magic, and learns his spells at a faster rate than Rydia due to her focus on Summon magic. He learns every Black Magic spell in the game. In the DS release, he learns a few of his spells at different levels.

Palom using Bluff in The After Years
Palom using Bluff

Palom can also use the ability Bluff, which boosts his Intelligence and thus, the damage done by his Black Magic. This ability does not appear in the original American SNES release. In the Advance version, the boost from Bluff stacks with several uses, increasing Intelligence each time. In the Nintendo DS version, other characters can use the Bluff Decant ability as long as they have the Augments equipped, but Bluff only lasts a short time, typically only a turn or two.

He also can use the Twincast attack, which allows him to cast spells with his sister Porom, which grants them access to Pyroblast, Comet, and (if they are both equipped with Twin Stars) Double Meteor. However, Double Meteor is only accessible in the Game Boy Advance version.

Spell Level Learned
Original DS
Fire Already known Already known
Blizzard Already known Already known
Poison Already known Already known
Sleep Already known Already known
Thunder Already known Already known
Pig 11 11
Blizzara 11 12
Fira 12 13
Thundara 13 14
Break 36 15
Bio 19 19
Toad 22 22
Spell Level Learned
Original DS
Osmose 40 23
Drain 26 26
Warp 29 29
Blizzaga 32 32
Firaga 33 33
Thundaga 34 34
Quake 23 36
Stop 14 40
Death 46 46
Tornado 48 48
Meteor 50 50
Flare 52 55

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years

Palom in battle

In Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, Palom retrains the ability to learn Black Magic, and as in Final Fantasy IV he learns his later spells faster than Rydia. In the Depths, it is possible to teach Dualcast to Palom, Porom or Leonora. However, only one one of the three can learn it.

Magic Learned
Fire Already known
Blizzard Already known
Thunder Already known
Sleep Already known
Poison Already known
Fira Already known
Blizzara Already known
Thundara Already known
Magic Learned
Break Already Known
Pig Level 11
Warp Level 19
Toad Level 22
Osmose Level 25
Drain Level 29
Bio Level 30
Stop Level 32
Magic Learned
Blizzaga Level 41
Firaga Level 42
Thundaga Level 43
Quake Level 45
Death Level 46
Tornado Level 45
Flare Level 50
Meteor Level 55
Palom and Leonora using the A Little Black Magic Band.

Palom can also use the following Band abilities:

  • A Little Black Magic: Palom (Black Magic) + Leonora (Black Magic)
  • Particle Bomb: Palom + Leonora (Event)
  • Twincast: Palom + Porom (Event)
  • Thunderstorm: Palom (Black Magic) + Rydia (Black Magic)
  • Makeshift Cannon: Palom (Black Magic) + Luca (Big Throw) + Ursula (Kick) + Ceodore (Attack) + Porom (White Magic)
  • Infinity: Palom (Black Magic) + Rydia (Black Magic) + Porom (White Magic) + Rosa (White Magic) + Leonora (White Magic)
  • Rapid Fire: Palom (Black Magic) + Ceodore (Attack) + Tsukinowa (Attack)
  • Tri-Disaster: Palom (Black Magic) + Rydia (Black Magic) + Leonora (Black Magic)
  • Break Breaker: Palom (Black Magic) + Porom (White Magic) + Cecil (Attack)
  • Palom in the Sky: Palom (Bluff) + Leonora (Black Magic) + Porom (White Magic) + Luca (Big Throw)
  • Ice Crush: Palom + Leonora + Luca (Event)

Palom and Porom know Twincast by default during the flashback of Porom's Tale, but they must learn it again from an event in the Subterrane of the True Moon, which takes place in the Final Tale.

Musical Themes

Palom and Porom
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Palom and Porom share a theme, which is simply called Palom and Porom.

Other Appearances

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord

Palom appears as one of the monsters that can be summoned by Mira when purchased as an extra download content. He takes on his appearance from The After Years.

Non-Final Fantasy Appearances

Palom and Porom's Virtual World avatars.

Virtual World

Users in Square-Enix Members Virtual World community can make their character appear as Palom, as well as his sister Porom. However his name is mispelled as "Parom."

Trivia

  • Palom and Porom make a small cameo in Dissidia Final Fantasy as a tutor from the in-game manuals.
  • In Final Fantasy IX, a vendor in Lindblum is called "Polom's Action Figures", a combination of both the twins' names.
  • It is interesting to note that both Palom and Porom are seen wearing an identical amulet in their artwork, except that Palom's is red and Porom's is green. They still wear these in their art for The After Years.
  • A ball of energy, Palom is the first of the "energetic young boy" archetype of Final Fantasy, a type that wasn't used in every game following Final Fantasy IV, but still used fairly often. Gau, Zell, Vivi, and Hope succeeded this role.
  • In a developer's interview with Takashi Tokita about the The After Years, Tokita said that although he couldn't pick a favourite character, he was particularly fond of both Palom and Porom. One of the reasons being that they have aged and evolved as characters since their appearance in Final Fantasy IV.

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

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