Final Fantasy 16: Phoenix Skills & Abilities

Explore Final Fantasy 16's Phoenix, its association with Clive Rosfield & learn how its unique abilities unlock advanced gameplay dynamics.

Phoenix is an appealing Creature that first appeared in Final Fantasy V in the series, and now also surfaced in Final Fantasy16 as well. Since its debut, it has been under the light throughout the series. “Phenix” is also referred to as Phoenix in Final Fantasy 16, this Creature is usually Summoned or sometimes appears as a Boss or a normal Enemy, playing a major story role in the whole story.

Key Takeaways
  • Phoenix, from Final Fantasy V, reappears in FF16 as an Eikon, summoned, boss, and enemy.
  • Tied to Joshua Rosfield, Phoenix’s fire powers are used by his brother Clive, the main protagonist.
  • Clive gains abilities like Phoenix Shift, Scarlet Cyclone, and Rising Flames from Phoenix.
  • Abilities, upgraded with Ability Points, affect range and hits and have unique features and stagger capacities.
  • Related battle techniques impact ground or air targets and enemy interactions.

What Is Phoenix 

Phoenix appears as an Eikon which can also be seen in the reveal trailer “Awakening”. The Phoenix is also prominently displayed in the logo of the Final Fantasy 16 game’s cover art. In FF16, the Phoenix is associated with Fire and the Dominant of Phoenix is a Young prince named Joshua Rosfield, the younger brother of the major protagonist Clive Rosfeild and the second son of the Archduke of Rosaria.

Joshua giving Phoenix  to Clive in Final Fantasy 16
Joshua gives Phoenix to Clive in Final Fantasy 16 [Image Credits: eXputer]

Skills/Abilities Clive Can Acquire From Phoenix

There are certain abilities that Clive can perform through the use of Phoenix in Final Fantasy 16 these are as follows

  1. Phoenix shift
  2. Scarlet Cyclone
  3. Rising Flames
  4. Flames of Rebirth
  5. Heatwave
Phoenix shift0★0★Harness the power of the Phoenix's Blessing to engage with the enemies while closing the gap in between. You can perform both melee attacks and magical shots while shifting.
Scarlet Cyclone2★3★Rotate fast to create a ring of fire that will burn all nearby enemies.
Rising Flames3★2★Creates a blazing wing that inflicts damage and has the ability to send lighter foes into the air.
Flames of Rebirth3★3★Storing the HP of clive, while creating a large pillar of fire that will burn all the enemies caught within the flames.
Heatwave2★2★Summon a wall of fiery liquid that can stop a wide area of incoming projectiles, then unleash a series of devastating shockwaves. The power of the waves increases when dispelling magical effects.

Here is a quick overviews on the best Phoenix abilities in FF16 that you should know:

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1. Phoenix shift

Phoenix Shift
Phoenix Shift [Image Credits: eXputer]
ElementsPhoenix Shift
FeaturesQuickly closes the gap between faraway enemies with speed. Works on both ground and flying enemies. Use the triangle button for a Shift Shot and the square button for a Shift Strike while moving.
How to IncreaseRequired AP: none, Effects: none
MasterRequired AP: 375 AP, Effects: Covers a wider range
Related Battle TechniquesShift Strike: lands successfully on ground enemies. Aerial Shift Strike: hits airborne enemies. Shift Combo: a combination of attacks originating from Shift Strikes that effectively strikes a single enemy. Aerial Shift Combo: a series of air attacks after a Shift Strike that hits a single enemy.

2. Scarlet Cyclone

Scarlet Cyclone
Scarlet Cyclone [Image Credits: eXputer]
ElementsScarlet Cyclone
FeaturesActivates powers to swiftly approach far-off enemies. Ability can be used even while under enemy attack. Amplifies strike strength and reduces damage taken by one-third.
How to IncreaseRequired AP: 475 AP, Effects: Boosting increases the number of hits
MasterRequired AP: 1000 AP, Effects: Ability can be used with other Eikon summons
Related Battle TechniquesScarlet Cyclone: hits multiple enemies within range.

3. Rising Flames

Rising Flames
Rising Flames [Image Credits: eXputer]
ElementsRising Flames
FeaturesCan send enemies soaring into the air with a cooldown period before reuse. Launched enemies can still be targeted and attacked from the ground.
How to IncreaseRequired AP: 500 AP, Effects: Boosting increases the number of hits
MasterRequired AP: 1000 AP, Effects: Ability can be used with other Eikon summons
Related Battle TechniquesRising Flames: Following a launch by the Rising Combo, the target can be struck multiple times.

4. Flames of Rebirth

Flames Of Rebirth
Flames Of Rebirth [Image Credits: eXputer]
ElementsFlames of Rebirth
DescriptionSummons a colossal fire pillar, incinerating all enemies in its range while partly healing Clive's HP.
Recommended UseHealing depends on the current HP recovery shown on the life bar in faint green. Best used when HP recovery is high or when surrounded by many foes.
Technique/CommandCollateral Flames: Deals damage to multiple enemies using Flames of Rebirth.
AP Cost / Added EffectBase: 1695 AP (no added effect), Upgrade: 2390 AP (increases number of hits), Mastery: 4250 AP (can be assigned to any Eikon).

5. Heat Wave

Heatwave [Image Credits: eXputer]
FeaturesHeightens number of shockwaves when an enemy's magical strength is overpowered by a wall of fire, reducing casting time by one-third. Capable of sending shockwaves towards faraway enemies and releasing a shockwave while rotating around an enemy.
How to IncreaseRequired AP: 620 AP, Effects: Increase the number of hits
MasterRequired AP: 1000 AP, Effects: Ability can be used with other Eikon summons
Related Battle TechniquesHeatwave Attack: Heatwave attacks will consume enemy magic when used multiple times.

At the start of FF16, Phoenix will have access to basic attacks. However, as Eikons such as Phoenix defeat enemies, they can earn Ability Points to unlock increasingly mighty fire-based abilities! Phoenix, the iconic fiery Eikon of Final Fantasy 16, deeply enhances the gameplay by infusing Clive Rosfield with its might. From rapidly bridging distances to enemies, creating fire cyclones, to launching shockwaves, Phoenix’s arsenal is vast. Its mastery offers impressive synergy with other Eikonic powers, creating an intricate web of tactical possibilities.

And I have reached the end of Final Fantasy 16 Phoenix guide where I have broken down everything players need to know about this Eikon. for more information have a look at FF16: Who Is Lord Margrave? , Level Cap: What Is Max Level? and How To Unlock & Use Odin.


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