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Rydia
Artwork by Yoshitaka Amano
Sprite(s) Child Rydia's SNES menu portrait Rydia's SNES menu portrait Child Rydia's GBA portrait Rydia's GBA portrait Child Rydia's DS portrait Rydia's DS portrait Rydia's portrait in The After Years Child Rydia's in-game battle sprite Adult Rydia's in-game battle sprite Child Rydia in battle in the Mobile Phone version Adult Rydia in the Mobile Phone version Rydia's The After battle sprite
Japanese name Rydia
Kana リディア
Romaji Ridia
Voice actor(s)
(Japanese)
Noriko Shitaya
Voice actor(s)
(English)
Daniella Macey
Job Summoner
Skill Summon/Call, Black, White
Birthplace Mist
Age 7 (Chronologically, Final Fantasy IV)
20 (Physically, Final Fantasy IV)
24 (Chronologically, The After Years)
Around 37 (Physically, The After Years)
Height 3'6" (1.07 m)
Weight 40 lbs (18 kg)
Laterality Right-Handed
Final Fantasy IV Character
"A young girl of blessed circumstance who places her trust in those not of this world."
—Description

Rydia, sometimes referred to as Rydia of Mist, is a playable character in Final Fantasy IV. She is a Summoner from the village of Mist and is one of the most powerful Summoners in the village. This is due to the fact that she is only seven years old, as the Eidolons from the Feymarch tend to trust innocent young girls more than they do adults.

Contents

Story

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Childhood

Artwork by Yoshitaka Amano
"I hate you!"
—Rydia

Rydia was born to one of the few remaining pure-blood Summoner families in Mist. Her mother was known as the protector of Mist, and she used the Eidolon Mist Dragon to protect her village, isolated from the outside world but for the Mist Cave. However, one day, the Dark Knight Cecil Harvey and his best friend, Kain Highwind, were ordered by the King of Baron to deliver a ring to the Mist Village and slay the Mist Dragon. As a rule, whenever an Eidolon dies, the Summoner who Summoned it dies as well. As a result, Rydia's mother died. Cecil and Kain came to Mist afterwards, and the ring released Bombs all over the village, setting it on fire. Cecil and Kain found out the bad news about Rydia's mother from her, and offered to take her to safety. However, Rydia overheard that Cecil and Kain killed the Mist Dragon, and would not accept help. Instead, she summoned Titan to cause a massive earthquake which caused a landslide in the eastern mountains, separating Cecil from Kain.

Cecil's Ally

Rydia was wounded in the earthquake, and Cecil took her to the desert oasis of Kaipo to let her rest. Cecil tried to ask her for her name, but Rydia refused to speak to him. That night, soldiers from Baron came to Kaipo in search of Cecil, and Cecil learns that the King of Baron wanted all Summoners eliminated, saying that they were too dangerous to be left alive. Cecil fought off the soldiers because he was already questioning the King, and he did not want to cause anymore trouble. Rydia acknowledged Cecil's sincerity, and told him her name.

Adult Rydia in the opening FMV

The next day, the two discover Cecil's childhood friend Rosa Joanna Farrell was in Kaipo stricken with fever. The doctor said they had to search for the Sand Pearl in order to cure her. Rydia and Cecil went north through the Underground Waterway to Damcyan, and met an old man, Tellah, on the way. However, the three arrived at Damcyan just in time to see the Red Wings attack and steal the Crystal of Fire. At the top of the castle, they found Anna, Tellah's daughter, wounded. Tellah blamed it on Edward Chris von Muir, the prince of the kingdom, and the two got into a fight which Anna broke up. Anna died, and Tellah departed, swearing vengeance on the new commander of the Red Wings, Golbez. After Anna died, Edward began to cry, but Rydia and Cecil had to snap him out of it. Edward then agreed to take them to the Antlion's Den, where the Sand Pearl was. The two retrieved the pearl from the Antlion and cured Rosa.

Recovered, Rosa decided that they needed to defend the remaining Crystals, and that the Crystal of Air in Fabul was the next target. However, they had to cross Mt. Hobs, a mountain blocked by a thick sheet of ice, in order to reach Fabul. Rydia was the only one who could melt the ice by casting the Fire spell, however, she claimed she could not cast the spell. This confused Rosa, as Fire is one of the most basic black magic spells there is. At Mt. Hobs, Rydia revealed her hatred of fire and refused to cast the spell, as fire had destroyed her village. With the encouragement of the group, Rydia overcame her fear and cast Fire, and the group were able to save the Monk Yang Fang Leiden on the mountain from Golbez's monsters.

Rydia in the Chronicles opening

In Fabul, Yang warned the king of Baron's incoming attack, and Cecil and Edward helped defend the castle while Rosa and Rydia were put on relief. However, after the fight against the Baronian army, Cecil was cornered by Kain, who had now turned against Cecil, in the Crystal room. The two dueled, and Cecil lost. Golbez then defeated Edward and Yang, and took Rosa as hostage. Kain took the Crystal and left. Rydia then cured the party. Cecil decided their best course of action would be to sneak into Baron by sea and get an airship from Cid Pollendina, who was also skeptical of what Baron was up to these days.

Separation

Rydia's 3D models in the DS release

The party boarded a ship provided by the king of Fabul and set sail towards Baron. However, on the way, the ship was attacked by Leviathan, the Lord of All Waters. Rydia was blown off the ship, and Yang dove in to save her. The attack scattered the four, and the fates of Edward, Yang and Rydia were unknown. When Cecil reunites with Yang, Yang says Rydia was swallowed by Leviathan, and the group assumes she perished.

In reality, Leviathan took Rydia to the Feymarch, the home of all Eidolons. Time moves faster in the Feymarch, so while Cecil and his allies were separated from Rydia for only a short period of time, years went past in the Feymarch, and Rydia grew into a young woman at an accelerated rate. She honed her skills as a summoner and developed her powers with black magic, although she lost the ability to perform white magic. The queen of the Feymarch, Asura, told Rydia about the danger Golbez was placing the world in, and eventually Rydia decided to leave the Feymarch and return to Cecil to help him.

Return

Cecil and his allies had entered the underground world where the Dark Crystals lay, and were attempting to protect the Crystal in the Dwarven Castle from Golbez. Golbez summons a Shadow Dragon which instantly kills all party members except Cecil. However, Rydia arrives and summons the Mist Dragon to defeat the Shadow Dragon, and rejoins the party in battle. Golbez is defeated, but he has enough strength to steal the dwarves' Crystal by teleporting away after his remaining hand grabs it. Rydia explains to Cecil and his allies about what happened to her, and rejoins them as they attack the Tower of Babil in order to get the other Crystals back.

When the attack on the tower fails, the group returns to the surface and enters a hidden passage to the upper levels of the tower through the Eblan Cave. At the entrance to the tower, they find one of Golbez's Archfiends, Rubicante, battling the Eblan prince Edge. Edge attacks him, but his attack was fire-based - therefore he healed him. Rubicante badly wounds Edge and retreats, and the group proposes they work together to defeat him. Although Edge initially rejects the idea, his injuries prompt Rydia to cry, as Yang and Cid seemingly died before they returned to the surface. Edge says he can't stand to see a pretty girl cry, and after Rosa heals him, he joins the group.

Atop the tower, the group battles Edge's mutated parents, and eventually dispatch Rubicante. The party enters the Crystal Room, where they fall into a booby trap and fall to the Underground and find a new airship: the Falcon. With the help of Cid, who survived his supposed demise, the airship is remodeled to fly over magma and reach the cave where the final Crystal lies. The player also has the option at this point to enter the Feymarch and battle Asura and Leviathan to gain their help as summons for Rydia.

To the Moon

Rydia's CG model

The party heads for the Sealed Cave and open it, but once the Crystal is retrieved Golbez takes control of Kain, who steals the Crystal and runs off. The party then heads back to the Upper World (after Cid attaches a drill to the head of the Falcon) and heads for Mysidia, where the Elder prays for something to help the party. That something is the Lunar Whale, the "Ship of Light from The Moon," which allows the party to fly to the Red Moon. Here, the player can enter the Lair of the Father and battle Bahamut to earn him as a summon. The thoughts of the other characters in the DS release indicate Rydia is the first human to earn Bahamut's help.

On The Moon, the party finds a palace where a man named Fusoya sleeps. Fusoya wakes up and explains that Golbez was being controlled by a Lunarian named Zemus the entire time. He then tells the real reason why Golbez is gathering the Crystals. The Crystals are the key to activating the Giant of Babil which can grant wishes. Zemus wishes for the Earth to be destroyed, and he used Golbez to do it. The party returns to Earth with Fusoya. However, they are too late. The Giant of Babil has awakened, and began to go on its destructive spree. However, Cid, who was fully recovered, lead an army of leaders from all over the world, as well as friends of Cecil, to do battle with the Giant.

Cecil and his friends enter the Giant, and the party went towards the main computer, which, if destroyed, would stop the Giant. On the way, however, they had to do battle with the Archfiends again. After winning that battle, the party headed for the CPU and defeated it. Afterwards, an angry Golbez appeared, who was mad that his plans were thwarted. Fusoya knocked Golbez back to reality, and he learned that he was Cecil's brother. Fusoya and Golbez then headed to The Moon to fight Zemus, and Kain rejoined the party. On the Lunar Whale, Rydia was asked to leave the ship, and Edge egged her on about it. She was upset, but left anyway. However, she stowed away and headed to The Moon anyway, and convinced Cecil that she should join, as she believed that they were all fighting for a common cause, and that she was the only Summoner left. Cecil agreed to have her on the team again. They eventually headed to the Lunar Core and watched Fusoya and Golbez defeat Zemus. However, the hatred that was possessing Zemus, Zeromus, jumped out and attacked the party. With help from old friends, they defeated Zeromus.

Aftermath

After the adventure, Rydia returned to the Feymarch, where she was more comfortable as her home. She would also attend Cecil and Rosa's wedding. However, feeling that Rydia should be with her kind, Asura had Rydia be unable to return to their domain and remain with her human friends.

Rydia in The After Years
"Summoner from the village of Mist, able to conjure Eidolons to aid her. Her second home is the Eidolons' realm, the Feymarch, although Queen Asura decreed that she should live with her fellow humans. She now endeavors to rebuild Mist with the cooperation of Cecil and others."
—Game Description

In Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, Rydia is busy helping rebuild the village of Mist seventeen years later. A grave stone has been placed for her mother there. It reads "Here lies the motherly summoner who protected our village." Rydia pays a visit to the Feymarch one day, only to find that all the Eidolons have been petrified. Upon returning, she finds that one of the Dark Crystals have been stolen and sets out with Luca into a cave to protect the remaining crystal from the Mysterious Girl, who easily defeated them using Titan. The Mysterious Girl was later defeated by a man cloaked in black who then rescues Rydia and Luca, taking them to the Tower of Babil and telling them that the events are being repeated. On board the Falcon, Edge and the Eblan Four landed on the ship and tell Rydia of the events that have happened recently, and Edge instantly recognizes the Man in Black as Golbez. Together they round up other party members to confront the Mysterious Girl.

After defeating the Mysterious Girl, it is revealed that she was but a puppet for the Creator, the true source of evil. The Mysterious Girl's real name is Maenad, and she fights with the party to defeat the Creator. In the end, Maenad is killed with her former master. Back on Earth, Maenad is given a second chance of life as the little girl Cuore, whom Rydia trains as a Summoner.

Sidequests

Most of the sidequests in the game involve Rydia and her Summons to some degree. After the Falcon gains the ability to fly over lava, the party can head to the Feymarch, which is the plane on which all Eidolons live. Rydia is welcomed back by the queen Asura, who offers her help if the party can defeat her. Also the king, Leviathan offers his help after being defeated. If the party visits the Feymarch at least once, returning to Baron reveals that the King is actually Odin. In the Underworld, Sylphs live in a cave to the northwest. Yang is also in this cave. If the party meets him there, they can return to Fabul and talk to his wife. She gives the party a frying pan to hit Yang with. If this happens, Yang will offer his help. However, the Sylphs say that he must rest, and they offer to help Rydia instead. Finally, the god of all Eidolons, Bahamut, waits in a cave on The Moon for Rydia to come and challenge him.

Equipment and Stats

Rydia as a child SD artwork

Rydia is a Summoner, and thus her stats are heavily weighted in the Magic department. As a child, she can equip Rods, Staves, and Knives. As an adult, however, she loses the ability to equip Staves and instead equips Whips. Her armor is limited to universal equips and mage equips.

In the Game Boy Advance version of Final Fantasy IV, equipping Rydia with the Mist Ring allows summoning the Mist Dragon to grant a Blink effect on the entire party.

Abilities

As a Summoner, Rydia naturally has the ability to Summon monsters. However, she can also use Black Magic. She learns every spell, up to and including Meteor, but she learns them later than Palom because of her emphasis on Summon Magic. As a child, she can also cast some elementary White Magic; however, she can only cast three spells: Cure, Sight, and Hold. When she returns to the party as an adult, she has forgotten these spells.

In the DS version, Rydia is able to learn more White Magic as a child, and learns her later Black Magic at different levels. In the DS release Rydia also joins the party at Level 7, while she joins at only Level 1 in all other releases, and thus knows several spells already. When she is transformed back into a child during her Lunar Trial in the Advance release, she is able to cast her White Magic while retaining all her Black magic. In all releases, Rydia learns her summons the same way.

In The After Years, Rydia must rescue all the Eidolons from the Mysterious Girl's mind control in the Gathering Tale, during Planet Eater. The Mist Dragon will automatically join her after all have been rescued, with the exception of the Chocobo and the monsters who drop their summon abilities. Leviathan, Asura and Bahamut must be fought at the True Moon. After defeating Leviathan and Asura, Rydia will also gain the Mystic Whip and Minerva Bustier from them respectively.

Black Magic
Spell Level Learned
Original DS
Blizzard 2 Initial
Thunder 5 Initial
Fire* N/A N/A
Blizzara* N/A N/A
Drain* 36 N/A
Fira* N/A N/A
Quake* 47 N/A
Thundara* N/A N/A
Sleep 8 8
Poison 10 10
Warp 12 12
Toad 13 13
Stop 15 15
Pig 20 20
Bio 26 26
Osmose 32 33
Blizzaga 39 38
Firaga 42 40
Thundaga 45 41
Break 49 43
Death 52 55
Tornado 51 58
Flare 55 60
Meteor 60 80
White Magic
Spell Level Learned
Original DS
Cure 3 Initial
Sight 4 Initial
Hold 7 Initial
Confuse Not learned 8
Esuna Not learned 10
Cura Not learned 12
Raise Not learned 15
Summons
Spell Acquire
Original game The After Years Whyt Initial N/A
Chocobo Initial Island west of Damcyan
Goblin Enemy drop Enemy drop
Cockatrice Enemy drop Enemy drop
Bomb Enemy drop Enemy drop
Mindflayer Enemy drop Enemy drop
Mist Dragon* N/A Village of Mist once all Eidolons are rescued
Ifrit* N/A Defeat Ifrit
Shiva* N/A Defeat Shiva
Ramuh* N/A Defeat Ramuh
Titan* N/A Defeat Titan
Asura Defeat Asura Defeat Asura
Leviathan Defeat Leviathan Defeat Leviathan
Sylph Inside the Sylph Cave Kaipo after Yang is rescued
Odin Defeat Odin Defeat Odin
Bahamut Defeat Bahamut Defeat Bahamut

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years

Rydia in battle

In Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, Rydia can still use Black Magic and summon Eidolons in battle. At the beginning of her chapter Rydia's summon abilities are lost with the exception of four summons she can learn from enemy drops. During the course of the game, the player can re-acquire all her summons from Final Fantasy IV.

Magic Learned
Fire Already known
Blizzard Already known
Thunder Already known
Sleep Already known
Poison Already known
Stop Already known
Toad Already known
Warp Already known
Magic Learned
Fira Already known
Blizzara Already known
Thundara Already known
Pig Level 20
Osmose Level 26
Bio Level 32
Drain Level 36
Blizzaga Level 41
Magic Learned
Firaga Level 42
Thundaga Level 43
Break Level 45
Quake Level 51
Death Level 55
Tornado Level 58
Flare Level 60
Meteor Level 65
Rydia and Edge performing the Broken Heart Band.

Rydia can use the following Band abilities:

  • Lightning Brain Buster: Rydia (Black Magic) + Luca (Fight)
  • Thunderstorm: Rydia (Black Magic or Summon) + Palom (Black Magic)
  • Broken Heart: Rydia (Attack, Bow) + Edge (Attack)
  • Inferno: Rydia + Edge (Event)
  • Thunder Wave: Rydia (Black Magic) + Ceodore (Attack)
  • Iron Flash: Rydia (Summon) + Cecil (Attack)
  • Holy Burst: Rydia (Black Magic) + Rosa (White Magic)
  • Mirage Song: Rydia (Summon) + Edward (Bardsong)
  • Sylph Protection: Rydia (Summon) + Yang (Attack)
  • Tri-disaster: Rydia (Black Magic) + Palom (Black Magic) + Leonora (Black Magic)
  • Flare Tornado: Rydia (Black Magic) + Edge (Ninjutsu) + Luca (Big Throw)
  • Wild Whip: Rydia (Attack, Whip) + Harley (Attack, Whip) + Izayoi (Attack, Whip)
  • Call Me Queen: Rydia (Attack, Whip) + Leonora (Attack, Whip) + Harley (Attack, Whip) + Izayoi (Attack, Whip)
  • Final Fantasy: Cecil (Fight) + Rosa (White Magic) + Kain (Jump) + Rydia (Black Magic) + Edge (Throw)
  • Infinity: Rydia (Black Magic) + Palom (Black Magic) + Porom (White Magic) + Rosa (White Magic) + Leonora (White Magic)

Musical Themes

Rydia
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Rydia's theme is simply called "Rydia."

Etymology

"Rydia" could be an "Engrish" translation of Lydia, a much more common western name. Lydia refers to a region in western Anatolia, from which the common name is derived.

In the English localization of the Nintendo DS version, Rydia is pronounced [ˈɹɪ.di.ə.]

Other appearances

Mira dressed as Rydia

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord

A downloadable costume for the main character, Mira, is based directly upon Rydia's appearance from The After Years, including green hair and outfit. It is listed as "Mystic" in the game itself, though.

Dissidia Final Fantasy

Rydia makes a small cameo in her child form in Dissidia Final Fantasy as a tutor from the in-game manuals. She exchanges information on Summoning and Summonstones with Edward.

Lord of Vermilion II

Rydia appears as a card and summonable creature in the sequel to Lord of Vermilion, along with other characters from Final Fantasy IV as part of a special cross promotion. Her card is marked as Super Rare, and has an Attack and Defense of 35.

Virtual World

Users in Square-Enix Members Virtual World community can make their character appear as Rydia.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Rydia is one of a small handful of characters to undergo a permanent physical change during their respective game, with her sprite and unit portrait changing as well.
  • Rydia is the only Summoner to focus on Black Magic other than her summons, as the Summoners after her (Princess Garnet and Eiko Carol of Final Fantasy IX and Yuna of Final Fantasy X) focus on White Magic.
  • There are some ambiguities regarding Rydia's age. In all versions of Final Fantasy IV it is specified that in the Feymarch, time moves faster. Rydia's aging is also made apparent in her change of speech and thought patterns, shown most clearly in the DS release. Thus, chronologically only seven real years have passed since Rydia was born, but due to the advanced passage of time in the Feymarch, she is physically and mentally an adult. Much ado has been made of her nearly identical appearance 17 years later in The After, but as other characters of similar age are largely unchanged save for their clothing, it is unlikely there is a deep reason behind her appearance.
Rydia as seen in the icon used for the DS menu.
  • Young Rydia is used in the icon for Final Fantasy IV for the DS when the player opens the game on their menu. A tiny Bomb is seen beside her.
  • Rydia is one of the three characters whose appearance belies their true age. The others are Vincent Valentine and Fran.
  • Rydia had a different menu portrait in the mobile phone release of The After Years, which seemed to be based directly off her official artwork.
  • Rydia has a grand total of six different menu portraits across all the releases of Final Fantasy IV, tying her with Cecil for the largest number in the series.

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

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