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For the summon, see Tonberry (Summon).

The Tonberry (トンベリ Tonberi), sometimes known as Pug or Dinglberry, is a recurring enemy from the Final Fantasy series. Its debut was in Final Fantasy V, and has appeared in most games since. The Tonberry has since become one of the more recognized and formidable enemies in the series.

Tonberries are quite small, usually no taller than a meter. It typically has green skin and a round head with a small snout and round yellow eyes; it walks on two legs and resembles, to some small degree, a bipedal lizard (though without a visible mouth). However, it always wears a hooded cloak, usually plain brown or grey in color, and its dolphin-like tail can be seen peeking out from beneath the hem. A Tonberry always carries two things: a lantern in one hand to light its way through the caves in which it dwells, and a long, sharp knife in the other.

Tonberries counterattack attacks with Karma, or Everyone's Grudge, the damage from which increasing according to the number of monsters the recipient has killed in the course of the game. This allows them to easily do massive damage. Their best known attack is Chef's Knife, which usually kills a character in one blow. The Tonberry must reach the character to use the attack however, and slowly walks towards them each turn until they get close enough. Coupled with Everyone's Grudge, which can kill a character in its own right, and their typically high HP, Tonberries can be very dangerous foes. Usually the best thing to do when encountering a Tonberry is to run.



Final Fantasy V

Main article: Tonberry (Final Fantasy V)

In the monster's debut, it was mistranslated as Dinglberry. However, in the GBA remake it was properly renamed Tonberry.

Final Fantasy VI


Originally known as Pug in Final Fantasy VI, later translated as Tonberry in the Game Boy Advance port. It counters attacks with the Lore Step Mine, but sometimes uses this move unprovoked, and it counters magic with Holy. Tonberries usually attack solo, although they can appear in threes. There is also a stronger variant. In the Final Fantasy Anthology release, the Bestiary refers to them as Tonberries, although the name Pug is kept otherwise.

Final Fantasy VII

A Tonberry in Final Fantasy VII

Tonberries of Final Fantasy VII appear in the Gold Saucer Battle Square and the Northern Cave. There is also a stronger variant called Master Tonberry. Both variants approach slowly and use Everyone's Grudge as a counter to attacks. When it gets close, it uses Knife to kill a character.

Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-

Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-

Tonberries appear in large numbers in three special missions, as well as a single Master Tonberry.

A Tonberry also appears as one of the things you can summon from the DMW. Unfortunately for Zack, the summoned Tonberry tries to attack him, but he ends up tripping on a small rock, causing the Tonberry knife to fly through the air and hit the enemy.

Final Fantasy VIII

Tonberry (Final Fantasy VIII)

Tonberries appear as regular enemies. The king of Tonberries also appears as a boss which is fought to obtain the Guardian Force Tonberry.

Final Fantasy IX

Main article: Tonberry (Final Fantasy IX)

Tonberries in Final Fantasy IX attack in trios and quartets.

Final Fantasy X

Tonberry (Final Fantasy X)

Final Fantasy X contains three variations of Tonberries, including a special creation in the Monster Arena. These tonberries have access to the ability "Voodoo", which instantly kills a summoned Aeon.

Final Fantasy X-2

It is also possible to speak to some Tonberries in this game.

Sphere Break

Tonberry Coin
Coin No. 35 Coin Value 4
Trait Quota x2
Location Win from the Shinra Core Sphere player in the Luca Stadium.

Found in the Eastern or Northern Expanses of the Bikanel Desert.

Final Fantasy XI

Tonberry (Final Fantasy XI)

In Final Fantasy XI, Tonberries are actually the remains of the Kuluu and Zilart races, mutated by the intense magic released from the crystals during an event known as the Meltdown, which nearly destroyed Vana'diel. Tonberries in Final Fantasy XI are notoriously well-known for using Everyone's Grudge, which does more damage the more tonberries a player has killed so far (thus the reason why they are constantly avoided even by the most experienced of players), but through a quest players can reset the factor for this ability to zero. Players are also able to talk to Tonberries on special occasions, making it the second Final Fantasy that allows the player to converse with them, first one being X-2.

Final Fantasy XII

The Tonberry is a codename for the pilot of an air-to-ground offensive machine, which is fought in the game-controls tutorial. In this game, Square Enix took a step away from the more familiar Tonberry.

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings

"The past has a way of catching up to you."
—In-game description

The Tonberry appears as a level 2 non-elemental melee Esper in this game. Its normal attack is Knife, which lowers stamina and deals damage to one foe, and its special is Karma, which deals damage to one foe based on the number of the target's kills.


The Tonberry is or was set to appear in this spinoff installment.

Final Fantasy XIII

Main article: Tonberry (Final Fantasy XIII)

A Tonberry appears as an enemy in Final Fantasy XIII. It faces the party after killing a Cie Corpse the party hunts as a mission, and is fought in its stead.

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance


Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift

Main article: Tonberry (Final Fantasy Tactics A2)

Tonberries and Tonberry Kings appear in Tactics A2. One of them has even posted a notice in the pub, desiring revenge for all the fallen monsters Clan Gully has fallen, a reference to its ability, Karma. When the petitioner is met in person, it croaks out "Everyone who has fallen...all their hate...IS YOURS!"

Crystal Defenders

Main article: Tonberry (Crystal Defenders)

Tonberries appear as basic enemies, in W1 and W2, in Crystal Defenders

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles

Tonberry (Crystal Chronicles)

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers

  • Tonberry
  • Tonberry Amok
  • Tonberry Queen

Non-Final Fantasy Appearances


In this rare Square space racing game for the SNES (with music composed by Uematsu), the Tonberry is a playable character.

Kingdom Hearts

In Kingdom Hearts, a gummi ship by the name of Tonberry can be obtained when traveling between worlds.

Kingdom Hearts II

In Kingdom Hearts II there is a gummi ship that can be won by getting a rank S on Mission three in one of the gummi ship levels by the name of tonberry. It also bears a resemblance to the monster.

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