Many people think Final Fantasy is one of the best JRPG series. One of the main reasons for this is that the franchise has a long history. The first game in this series came out in 1987; since then, it hasn’t stopped surprising us. One of the main reasons Final Fantasy has stayed popular for so long is that the games have always done their best to change with the times and add new features to keep them as fresh as possible.
The Job System in Final Fantasy V is a great example of this, as it became one of the most interesting parts of the game. Fans of a series like Final Fantasy are very dedicated and will go above and beyond to learn everything there is to know about all of the games in the series. But, I likely didn’t know about the 10 things below about Final Fantasy V.
Exdeath was meant to resemble a devil centaur.
One fascinating part about Exdeath is that the design he ended up with was nothing like what he had in mind. Exdeath was made into a demonic centaur because the people who made the characters went too far in the fantasy direction. This design was thrown out in favor of one that looked more like a person. Still, parts of the design that looked like a centaur were added to his final boss form.
Combining four barbarians with a kitchen knife results in an intriguing situation.
Final Fantasy V gave players a lot of freedom when it came to customizing jobs. This made it possible for many different party setups, some of which are just crazy. For example, players won’t be able to control their characters with the four Berserker setup so every battle will be an Auto-Attack party.
But if the player has one of their characters equip a Chicken Knife, the Escape ability might go off. But this causes a bug in the game that makes all damage disappear. Since neither side can kill the other, this ends the game.
Faris’ original idea was about a woman gambler.
Faris was supposed to be a female gambler at first, but Square had a lot of trouble fitting this character into the world of Final Fantasy V. So, her history was changed to make her a pirate.
Ted Woolsey said he’s sorry he can’t translate Final Fantasy V.
Ted Woolsey is one of the most well-known names in the JRPG community. He translated games like Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Trigger, which are very popular. But he never had the chance to do the same with Final Fantasy V because it was never released in the West. Woolsey was very upset by this and even said that passionate gamers could have attacked him on the street for not putting out this much-loved product.
Final Fantasy VI’s Setzer was modeled after this character.
Even though Faris turned into a pirate, Square wasn’t going to give up on the idea of a gambler in Final Fantasy VI. Final Fantasy VI was a better place for this character, so Setzer Gabbiani got this character with a male twist.
There are some things in the game that aren’t used.
Like most early Final Fantasy games, Final Fantasy V has several items that have been taken out of use but are still in the game files. There is a Mythril Staff, a Hematic Shield, a Sabre, and an item called “Final Fantasy” that no one knows what it does.
Sakaguchi told more about Gilgamesh’s past in an interview.
Gilgamesh is among the most famous characters in the series, and he first appeared in Final Fantasy V. Sakaguchi talked in depth about Gilgamesh’s past in an interview. He was raised in a village where every person was a warrior, and the best warriors were given the Genji Equipment. Genji armor is one of the most durable because it has been used for hundreds of years in blood, sweat, and dust.
The Japanese version of Exdeath was called Exodus.
In the Japanese version of the game, the bad guy had a different name than the English version. Exdeath is called Exodus in Japan, which is interesting because there is an esper in Final Fantasy XII named Exodus who looks like Exdeath. In Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, there is also an Exodus in the form of a Totem, which makes it look like Exdeath’s tree form.
Yggdrasil inspired Exdeath’s Tree Form.
Anyone who knows Norse mythology knows that Exdeath’s tree form is based on Yggdrasil. Of course, unlike Exdeath, Yggdrasil is a very important part of the universe because it is the beam that holds everything up.
Final Fantasy V was meant to come out in the West as Final Fantasy Extreme.
The game was not released in the West because the people in charge thought it was too hard for Western gamers. Even though Final Fantasy IV didn’t sell very well in the West, it didn’t help. There were plans to re-release Final Fantasy V in the West as Final Fantasy Extreme, a hard-core game version. However, this idea never came to fruition.