FF16: Best Party [Explanation And Characters]

Learn everything there is about the best party members in FF16, as well as how they differ this time compared to past Final Fantasy titles.

The Best FF16 Party members mostly come down to your personal preference as, unlike many of the previous titles in the Final Fantasy series, this one does not allow you to control them. But even that aside, knowing about each of the characters that accompany Clive is integral, including his trusty hound, Torgal; there are also a couple of guest characters that join the journey on a few occasions throughout Final Fantasy 16.

Key Takeaways
  • Final Fantasy 16 does not allow you to control party members, nor do they have any special gameplay properties.
  • You can command Torgal, who will help you immensely during crowd control and for chaining combos.
  • Jill Warrick accompanies you during the battle with her Dominant of Shiva powers, freezing foes with them.
  • In the early game, you will be joined by Cid, who uses Ramuh Eikon abilities that devastates enemies with lightning attacks.
  • There are also Guest Party members that accompany you on specific sections of the main story, such as Byron Rosfield.
  • In total there are 6 party members in Final Fantasy 16.

Final Fantasy 16 Mainline Party Members

CHARACTER NAMEUNIQUE CHARACTERISTICRELATION TO CLIVEBEST FOR
TorgalTransformation sequencePet Dog of the FamilyThe Best Companion In FF16
Jill WarrickDominant of ShivaChildhood friend/Love interestThe Best Companion For Freezing Enemies
Cidolfus TelamonDominant of RamuhAccomplice and close friendThe Best Companion For AoE Dmg

How Does The Party System Work

Unfortunately, there is no actual best party member or a method for the type of party companion to bring with you in-game, as in Final Fantasy 16, you primarily control and play as the protagonist, Clive Rosfield. Your AI-controlled party members will aid you in combat with their various kinds of Eikon abilities, such as Jill using her Eikon of Shiva powers while Cid uses his Eikon of Ramuh.

However, now that the explanation is out of the way, you can most certainly issue different commands to Torgal as he will generally be by Clive’s for most of the game’s duration. For now, let’s individually look at each of the best qualities of all these best mainline party members, ones that heavily assist you during the key story moments and boss fights.

Torgal

The Best Companion In FF16.
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Torgal (Screenshot Grab: eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: Torgal accompanies you throughout the game and provides invaluable support as he can be commanded to attack and heals you.

With how far I am in the main story, you could say that Torgal is perhaps one of the best video game pet companions due to its loyalty and character lore. You can command Torgal during battle by selecting his menu from the left D-pad with the following list of abilities:

  • Sic: By pressing up on the Dpad during combat, Torgal will launch himself at the enemy with a normal attack whose animation will further be enhanced if it’s a “Perfect Sic.”
  • Heal: Not to be confused with Torgal providing you with free healing, by selecting this command from the right D-pad; you can heal Clive’s wounds which will be indicated by the dark green portion on his HP.
  • Ravage: It is a unique attack initiated by Torgal, which will essentially launch nimble enemies into the air if they’re on the ground. If you time it correctly, you can perform a “Perfect Ravage.”

To master Torgal’s command timings, I personally found that using it right after you knock down opponents or finish the combo works best, as these attacks essentially extend a portion of the combo. You will know you’ve done the perfect attacks right, as Torgal will attack in a burst animation whilst glowing. Furthermore, there is also a unique transformation for Torgal, which will occur later in the middle of the story.

  • Acts as essentially an extension of Clive’s combos.
  • Accompanies you throughout the game and heals when needed.
  • Needs to be actively controlled throughout the battle.
  • The heal value provided is very low.

Jill Warrick

The Best Companion For Freezing Enemies.
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Jill and Clive (Screenshot Grab: eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: Jill can use the abilities of Shiva Eikon in battle, assisting Clive by freezing enemies and dealing high Stagger dmg to them.

Jill Warrick is one of the central characters of FF16 and one of Clive’s closest friends, as the two share some sweet moments throughout the entirety of the main story. Jill was originally born in the Northern Territories but was taken and raised as a child in the Rosfield family by Elwin Rosfield, Clive, and Joshua’s Father. In the present events of the FF16, you learn that she is the dominant of the Shiva Eikon.

  • Jill is able to use various of Shiva’s abilities while in Human form, and these include a multitude of icicle barrage attacks.
  • In her Eikon form, seen throughout several points in the story, she is able to cast various Blizzard spells, including her ultimate attack that many series’ fans may recognize, Diamond Dust.
  • Without any spoilers needed, you can unlock the abilities of the Shiva Eikon for Clive during the main questline called “Through the Maelstrom.”

In the English voice dub, the young version of Jill is voiced by Charlotte Mcburney. Meanwhile, the adult version is voiced by Susannah Fielding.

  • Uses Ice attacks in combat, effectively freezing enemies.
  • Can be brought along in many late-game content. 
  • Jill has powerful attacks but can not be controlled.
  • Only joins your party at the end-game scenarios.

Cidolfus Telamon

The Best Companion For AoE Dmg.
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Cid (Screenshot Grab: eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: Cid launches various AoE lightning attacks of the Ramuh Eikon, very effective for crowd-control.

Cid (Cidolfus Telamon) is the outlaw or, in simple terms, the ‘leader’ of the Hideaway. You meet him right after the prologue, where he intervenes in Clive’s battle against the Ironblood forces and saves the skin of both him and Jill. Later on, while Jill is recovering, Cid will mostly accompany you on the quests in the beginning stages of Final Fantasy 16. Lastly, Cid is the dominant of the Lightning, Ramuh.

  • You can obtain the power to wield Ramuh and his abilities by completing the main storyline quest called “The Curse of the Crystals.”
  • Deals lightning dmg to enemies, stunning them in the process.
  • Cid has wide AoE attacks which are helpful for clearing groups of enemies.
  • Launches attacks randomly which can’t be controlled.
  • Cid is limited to story encounters only.

Guest Party Members

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Clive and his Uncle, Byron Rosfield (Screenshot Grab: eXputer)

Final Fantasy 16 also allows you to meet up with certain characters throughout the plot who will join Clive for a temporary time or a specific quest. They are different from the main cast of party members in the sense that they do not wield any powerful abilities and mainly use normal attacks. A couple of these NPC party companions include the likes of the following:

  • Byron Rosfield: He is the Uncle of Clive, whom you’ll meet later on in the storyline, and aids his Nephew with infiltrating the Dhalmekian Republic.
  • Sir Wade: He is one of young Clive’s closest comrades during their journey to Phoenix Gate, and you later meet up with him again in the present day as he is the chief of the resistance group called the Guardians of the Flame in Rosaria.

My Take On The Party Members Of FF16

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My FF16 Hours PSN: Liontamer55460

After going through the game and finally grabbing the Platinum Trophy after nearly 100+ hours, I could easily feel that FF16’s non-controllable Party members were both a curse and a benefit. I do miss being able to traditionally control party members in a Final Fantasy title, but given that this is an Action-focused entry with Clive as your main protagonist, it doesn’t hurt that the Party members feel rather restrictive.

For now, that concludes the guide to the FF16 Best Party and how the different party companions work with the new gameplay system. While you’re here, be sure to check out the Ability Points guide since you will need to understand it in order to farm the Bluebird for AP later on in Final Fantasy 16. Regarding the Best Tips in FF16 that I can offer from my personal experience, I strongly recommend you look up the Best Weapons first.

I hope you enjoyed reading the article, and if you have any other questions related to the guide, please let me know in the comments section below! As always, eXputer wishes you luck in Final Fantasy 16!

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