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Phoenix Down, as featured in Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles

Phoenix Down (フェニックスの尾, Fenikkusu no o lit. Phoenix Tail), sometimes known as Fenix Down or Life, is a recurring common item in the Final Fantasy series. The "Down" refers to the down feathers of a bird, the undercoat of feathers beneath the visible layer on top. The down feathers of a Phoenix would return people from the dead as a Phoenix itself does. The Aletap Rumors of Final Fantasy XII say that Phoenix Down works by being offered to appeal to the mystical Phoenix itself to allow a lost soul to return, with the quality and overall beauty of the current feather being a crucial factor.

Phoenix Downs are used to revive characters who have been Knocked Out in battle. Like most curative items and spells, characters can also throw a Phoenix Down at an Undead enemy in most games, resulting in damage or Instant Death. Alternatives to Phoenix Down are the White Magic spells Life and Raise. There is also a Mega Phoenix item in some games that revives all characters.

In games where only one character is controlled, such as Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII- and Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-, instead of reviving a fallen character, the Phoenix Down casts Reraise on the player.

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Appearances

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Final Fantasy

Phoenix Downs do not appear in the NES and PS versions, and players had to rely on the magic spell Lif2 or Clinics to revive fallen characters. They were then introduced in the GBA version; Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls, priced at 500 gil a piece.

Phoenix Down
Effect Revives a KO'ed character.
Buy In All shops
Find In Marsh Cave, Mount Gulg, Hellfire Chasm, Lifespring Grotto (x6), Whisperwind Cove (x15)
Won From Mindflayer, Soldier
Cost 500

Final Fantasy II

The Phoenix Down first appeared in this game, with a price of 5,000 gil (500 in later versions) in item shops. It may also be found as a dropped item from enemies or inside chests.

Phoenix Down
Effect Revives KO'ed allies.
Buy In All shops
Find In Castle Deist, Tropical Island, Cave of Mysidia
Won From Emperor, Tiamat, Mantis King, Chimera Brain, Yamatano Orochi
Cost 5000
500

Final Fantasy III

Fan-translated as the Fenix Down, these are not bought in shops but are found in the field and can be sold for 1500 gil. This property is retained in the DS version, where it is found randomly.

Phoenix Down
Also Known As Fenix Down
Effect Revives KO'ed ally.
Buy In N/A
Find In Ur (x2), Castle Sasune, Canaan, Dragon's Peak, Tozus (x2), Molten Cave (x2), Hein's Castle (x4), Replito, Southeastern Saronia (x2), Saronia (x2), Saronia Catacombs (x4), Sunken Cave, Lake Dohr, Bahamut's Lair (x2), Doga's Grotto (x2), Ancients' Maze (x3), The Forbidden Land, Eureka (x3), Crystal Tower (x5)
Steal From Rust Bird
Won From Medusa, Gutsco, Salamander, Hein, Kraken, Goldor, Garuda, Leviathan, Bahamut, Doga, Unei, Titan, Amon, General, Scylla, Guardian, Xande
Cost N/A

Final Fantasy IV

First translated as Life, it became known as Phoenix Down in the Advance version. Bought for 100 gil in shops, and can be found in treasure chests and enemy drops.

Phoenix Down
Also Known As Life
Effect Revives KO'ed character with 1/10 of max HP.
Buy In All shops
Find In Water Cave, Antlion's Cave, Tower of Babil - Lower, Cave of Eblan (x2), Sealed Cavern (x2), Land of Summons (x3), Baron Castle (x2)
Steal From Cocatris, Eagle, Roc Baby
Won From Cocatris, Eagle, Float Eye, Red Eye, Roc Baby, Rock Moth, Sand Moth
Cost 100

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years

Phoenix Downs are bought for 100 Gil at all stores, and can also be won and found throughout the entire game.

Final Fantasy V

Known as Fenix Down in the SNES version, it is a common shop item bought for 1,000 gil, dropped by numerous enemies, and found in many chests.

Phoenix Down
Also Known As Fenix Down
Effect Revives KO'ed ally with 1/10 of Max HP.
Buy In Kerwin onwards
Find In Tycoon Meteor, Tule, Ship Graveyard (x2), North Mountain, Tycoon Castle (x2), Walz Castle, Fire Ship, Library of Ancients, Ronka Ruins, Grove of Moogles, Moogle Forest, Valley of the Dragons, Moore Forest, Istory Falls, Great Sea Trench, Phoenix Tower (x4)
Steal From A Rage, Aquaus, Death Dealer, Druid, Gobbldigoo, Harpy, Hypnot, Kuzer, Oculus, Page 64, QuadrHarpy, Wingraptor, KimaBrain, Dragon Bulb
Won From Archeosaur, Behemoth King, Hypnot, Pantera, Subterran, Ifrit, Gargoyle, Pantera, Twin Tania - Form 1, Ex-Death
Cost 1000

Phoenix Down is also a result from the Mix command, and is amusingly enough only achieved by mixing 2 Phoenix Downs.

Final Fantasy VI

Translated as Fenix Down in the SNES version, and bought from shops for 500 gil or from enemy drops, morphs and steals. It can be used at the Coliseum to obtain the Magicite/Rename Card.

Phoenix Down
Also Known As Fenix Down
Effect Revive KO'ed ally.
Buy In All shops
Find In [WoB] Mines in Narshe, [WoB] South Figaro, [WoB] Returners' Hideout (x2), [WoB] Phantom Train (x2), [WoR] South Figaro - Barrel (if you did not get the Warp Stone in the WoB), [WoR] Mobliz, [WoR] Doma Castle
Steal From Fidor, Vulture, Harpy, Zombone, Harpiai, Uroburos, Phase, Parasoul, Garm, Balloon, Chaos Drgn, Gabbledegak, Sea Flower, Aquila, Necromancr, Trixter
Won From Vulture, Anguiform, Zombone, Uroburos, Phase, Parasoul, Chaos Drgn, Sea Flower, Abolisher,

Aquila, Trixter, RightBlade, Left Blade, Leader

Morph From Templar, Orog, Suriander, Vulture, Gilomantis, Anguiform, Brain Pan, Buffalax, Sand Horse, General, Ogor, Wart Puck, Gobbler, Toe Cutter, Misfit, Latimeria, Hemophyte, Sp Forces, Opinicus, Mantodea, Osprey
Cost 500

Final Fantasy VII

Phoenix Down
Effect Revives a KO'ed ally with 1/10 of Max HP.
Buy In All shops
Find In No.1 Reactor, Train to Sector 4, Corneo's Mansion, Aeris's House, Mt.Corel (x10)
Steal From Heavy Tank, King Behemoth, 2-Faced, Griffin, Ark Dragon, Ghost Ship, Lessaloploth, Magnade, Malldancer
Won From Adamantaimai, Ark Dragon, Behemoth, Christopher, Crazy Saw, Dorky Face, Ghirofelgo, Ghost Ship, Griffin, Iron Man, Lessaloploth, Tail Vault, Vargrid Police, Wind Wing, Aps
Morph From Deenglow, Griffin, Wind Wing
Cost 300

Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-

Phoenix Downs helps to revive the player automatically if they are KOd in combat, provided they have the item in stock.

Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-

Phoenix Downs fully restore all of the player's HP after the player is incapacitated.

Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-

Phoenix Downs restore all of Zack's health. When a Phoenix Down is used, a small feather appears over Zack's head. When he is knocked out, the feather will automatically bring Zack back. Phoenix Downs cannot be purchased and only found during missions. 99 of them can be stolen from the secret superboss Minerva, and can be repeated in subsequent rematches. Even if Zack fails, he keeps the Phoenix Downs he has stolen, making Minerva a farm for Phoenix Downs.

Final Fantasy VIII

Refinement on a Life Ring produces 2 Phoenix Downs, and on a Regen Ring produces 8.

Phoenix Down
Effect Revives a KO'ed ally with 1/10 of Max HP.
Buy In All item shops
Find In Dollet (Complete dog sidequest before Disc 3)
Steal From Esthar Soldier (Cyborg), Galbadia Soldier, Gerogero, Guard
Won From Command Leader, Command Soldier, Guard, Paratrooper, Esthar Soldier, Esthar Soldier (Cyborg), Elite Soldier
Cost 500

Final Fantasy IX

Synthesizing it with a Gysahl Green produces a Phoenix Pinion.

Phoenix Down
Effect Revives a KO'ed ally with minimal HP.
Buy In All item shops
Find In Alexandria Castle, Evil Forest, Ice Cavern, Dali, Burmecia, Summit Station, Gargan Roo, Cleyra's Trunk, Cleyra, Madain Sari, Iifa Tree
Steal From Adamantoise, Cactuar, Cave Imp, Crawler, Epitaph, Fang, Gigan Octopus, Iron Man, Lamia, Maliris (Crystal World), Soldier (A), Soldier (B), Stroper, Tonberry, Type A, Wyerd, Beatrix 1st, Beatrix 2nd, Beatrix 3rd, Ralvuimahgo, Hilgigars, Shell Dragon (A)
Won From Abomination, Agares, Amarant (Mirror), Armstrong, Axolotl, Bandersnatch, Behemoth (B), Blazer Beetle, Bomb, Cactuar, Carrion Worm, Carve Spider, Cave Imp, Chimera, Dagger (Mirror), Dendrobium, Dracozombie, Drakan, Eiko (Mirror), Epitaph, Fang, Feather Circle, Flan, Freya (Mirror), Gargoyle, Garuda, Gigan Octopus, Goblin, Grand Dragon, Grenade, Grimock Red, Hecteyes, Hedgehog Pie, Ironite, Iron Man, Jabberwock, Land Worm, Lamia, Lizard Man, Maliris (Crystal World), Mimic, Mover (A), Mu, Ochu, Ogre (A), Ogre (B), Python, Quina (Mirror), Sahagin, Sand Golem, Skeleton, Steiner (Mirror), Stroper, Tiamat (Crystal World), Type A, Type B, Vepal (Red), Veteran, Vice, Vivi (Mirror), Yan, Zidane (Mirror), Zuu, Prison Cage, Plant Brain, Sealion, Antlion (B), Earth Guardian, Maliris, Tiamat, Kraken, Lich, Deathguise
Cost 150

Final Fantasy X

Phoenix Down
Effect Revives KO'ed ally with 50% of Max HP.
Buy In All item shops
Find In Besaid Village (infront of shop), Luca - Dock No. 2 (x2), Moonflow: South Wharf (x2), Thunder Plains: South (x2), Macalania Woods: Central (x3), Macalania: Hall (x3)
Steal From Condor, Ghost
Won From YAT-99, Mech Hunter, Mech Defender, YAT-97
Bribe N/A
Other Gift - 3 = Besaid: Dock
Gift - 3 = Kilika - Encounter Lord Ochu from the left and escape
Prize - 2 = Blitzball - League Prize - 2nd Place
Prize - 2 = Blitzball - Tournament Prize - 3rd Place
Gift - 2 = Mushroom Rock - Entrance
Gift - 2 = Djose Highroad
Prize - 1 = Cavern of the Stolen Fayth - Magic Urn
Cost 100

Final Fantasy X-2

While again very common, Phoenix Downs will become free from the Alchemist Dressphere via the Stash skillset.

Phoenix Down
Effect Revives a KO'ed ally with 1/10 of Max HP.
Buy In All item shops
Find In (Chapter 1) Celsius, Calm Land, Kilika/Village, Mi´Hen-Highroad, Mushroom-Rock, Djose/Front area, Thunder Plains, Zanarkand
(Chapter 2) Celsius, Mi´Hen-Highroad, Mushroom-Rock, Thunder Plains, Calm Land, Zanarkand, Djose/Front area, Mt. Gagazet, Bevelle
(Chapter 3) Celsius, Mi´Hen-Highroad, Thunder Plains, Bevelle, Zanarkand, Kilika/Village, Djose/Front area
(Chapter 4) Celsius, Thunder Plains, Fiend Haunt</br>(Chapter 5) Celsius, Kilika/Village, Mi´Hen-Highroad (only with Chocobo), Djose/Front area, Bevelle, Zanarkand
Steal From Ahriman, Coyote , Death Dauber , Killer Hound, Goon, League Scout, Nashorn, Quadricorn, Recoil, She-Goon, Wild Fang, Wild Wolf, Coeurl, Hrimthurs, Behemoth, Fly Eye, Haizhe, Stalwart, Takouba, Battlesnake, Blackguard, League Ranger, League Soldier, Queen Coeurl, Viper Sniper, Elma, League Fighter, Peregrine, Barong, Tentacles, Rukh, Leucophylla, Sand Worm, Zu, Crimson Shadow, Grim Gaze, League Master, Right Bulwark, Left Bulwark, Right Redoubt, Left Redoubt, Viper Sniper, Monolith, Sahagin Prince, Creeper, Hug Bug, Recoil
Won From ???, Fly Eye, Hrimthurs, Shantak, Takouba, Stalwart, Bomb, Flak Python, Haizhe, Goon,Le Blanc (Luca), Le Blanc (Gagazet Ruins), Logos (Luca), Logos (Gagazet Ruins), Nashorn, Ormi (Luca), Ormi (Gagazet Ruins), Proto Chimera, Quadricorn, Recoil, She-Goon, Yellow Elemental, Yevon Defender, Yevon Guard, Hrimthurs, Shantak, Detah Dauber, Ahriman, Fly Eye, Hrimthurs, Takouba, Queen Coeurl, League Trooper, League Ranger, Daeva, Grim Gaze, Rukh, Tentacles, Zarvan, Yevon Finest, Yevon Striker, League Mage, Phantom
Bribe Fly Eye, Wild Wolf, Coyote, Hrimthurs, League Fighter, League Scout, She-Goon, Yevon Defender, Yevon Guard, League Soldier, Peregrine
Other N/A
Cost 100

Final Fantasy XII

Phoenix Down revives a character with 20% of their max HP. Using the Phoenix Lores 1, 2 and 3 raises that percentage to 30%, 40% and 50% respectively. Wearing the Pheasant Netsuke doubles the potency of the Phoenix Down. Bought for 250 gil.

Final Fantasy Tactics

Phoenix Down must be learned by Chemists before they can be used. They will revive any KO'd unit it is used on, even enemies. It can KO most undead enemies and units with Zombie status, but skeleton and ghost type enemies will be reborn after a countdown when defeated this way.

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

Magical tail feather revives fallen allies.

The Phoenix Tail cures KO, and is bought for 300 gil. Can be obtained by reaching Collection Skill 5.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift

Using Phoenix Down on undead-type enemies do not KO them immediately, instead doing damage. They can be purchased at all shops or can be occasionally obtained from Judges after winning a battle while abiding the law. They can also be used to permanently kill any undead creatures after their HP has been reduced to zero and they have entered their "tombstone" form.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles

Phoenix Downs are found through dungeons. In Single Player Mode, Phoenix Downs are automatically used when the player is knocked out but only if they have it equipped to an empty slot.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates

"Plumage of the legendary bird engulfed by fire. Full of vitality but hot to the touch. Yeouch!"
—Material Description

Phoenix Downs only appear on screen in dungeons to players who are knocked out. Yukes can also view them with their tribe ability. Phoenix Downs also appear as a crafting material.

Dissidia Final Fantasy

The Phoenix Down is not an item in this game, but an accessory that allows the player to survive a killing blow with only 1 HP remaining, and breaks immediately after activating.

Origin

The idea of a Phoenix being cleansed and reborn from fire originates from ancient Egyptian culture. Because it is perceived in many cultures around the world as a symbol of death and rebirth, it is only natural that an item that would recover a character in a fantasy world (one where many cultures and myths collide) would be feathers from this mystic bird. The Phoenix is also particularly special to the Japanese, an animal symbol second only to the dragon in importance.

In theory, a Phoenix down is just a tiny sampling of feathers from the legendary Phoenix, famous for its ability to die and resurrect itself. This is why it is impossible to use a Phoenix Down (or life spell, which really only recovers a character from an unconscious state) to revive characters who have permanently died due to plot circumstances. Even the Phoenix Pinion item is just a sampling of feathers, one that is able to recover all allies in some Final Fantasy games, but not feathers with resurrection capabilities. Due to the nature of the Phoenix, it is unlikely that even it could arrive and return a character from actual death, since it only is really able to revive itself. This is why characters who have died during Final Fantasy stories were not simply revived with a Phoenix Down, as it can apparently save only people near death.


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

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