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Final Fantasy X
The purpose of a Summoner’s pilgrimage is to visit the temples in each of the major locations in Spira. Once there, the Summoner must enter the Chamber of the Fayth and pray for the power to call upon spiritual creatures for protection. These are called Aeons. During the game of Final Fantasy X, Yuna as the ability to gain the control of up to eight Aeons. Five will be gained automatically and three can only be found with side-quests. These are very useful and very powerful spirits of the Fayths, who will come to aid during battles.
Go to the Aeons page to view detailed information about all of the Aeons.
Summoning the Aeons
After Yuna has entered a temple and received the blessing of the Fayth, the Aeon may be summoned in battle. Of course, the Summoner must pass through a Cloister of Trials to reach the Chamber of the Fayth. The Aeon is summoned to perform devastating attacks against the enemies the party encounters and its Overdrive attacks are very impressive and powerful. You can shorten the Aeon’s entrance and Overdrive scenes by going to the Config menu. By selecting the Short Option, each Aeon’s full summon animation and full Overdrive attack are only shown once so you won’t miss out anything. After that, you’ll see a short version so it won’t take up that much of your time.
If you select Yuna’s Summon command, you’ll see a list of all of the Aeons you’ve found so far. Select an Aeon, and this magical creature will then appear in its own special way and it will fight the battle for you. The Aeons have their own set of attacks and spells, which can be increased by teaching them new abilities.
The Aeons Commands
As with the characters, you can press the left directional button, you can select the special commands, such as the Overdrive commands. If you press the right directional button, you’ll have three more options: Shield, Boost and Dismiss.
The Aeons Powers
The Aeon will be able to take its turn immediately after Yuna has summoned it. The commands of the Aeon may vary, but it will start with a regular attack followed by the Summon’s special attack. Whenever the Aeon learned any Black or White Magic spells, you’ll see the Black and White Magic listed here as well. Later in the game, the Aeon will be able to learn more abilities and they will all be listed here, just like the characters.
Immunities & Auto effects
All Aeons are immune to all status ailments automatically, except curse. Further, they all possess the auto-abilities Sensor, Piercing, Break HP Limit and Break MP Limit. Of course, you can teach them more auto-abilities by advancing their ability lists.
Whenever the HP of an Aeon has dropped to 0 during battle and the Aeon is dismissed automatically, it will need some time to recover. You can, of course, speed up the process by using a Save Sphere to heal your party and thus the Aeons or by staying the night in one of the Inns of Spira. But there’s another way they’ll automatically heal themselves: fighting a certain number of battles. For example, when you summoned Valefor and he’s knocked out in battle, you’ll need to fight 8 battles for him to be revived and useable in battle. In the Aeons menu, you’ll see how many battles are left to fight before the Aeon is revived. Even by fleeing battles, the number of battles you still have to fight will be decreased. Once revived, the Aeon will have its full HP and thus full strength back. See the list below to see how many battles each Aeon has to fight in order to be revived.
You cannot teach Aeons new abilities until you’ve obtained the key item Summoner's Soul. You’ll obtain this item automatically after fighting the Summoner Belgemine in the Moonflow or in Remiem Temple if you've missed her somehow. Read more about this in the Remiem Temple’s section. After you’ve obtained this item, you’ll be able to teach the Aeons stronger spells, curative magic, support magic, as well as any special technique and skill that your characters can learn.
Tip: The Aeons cannot use healing spells at the beginning, so it might be a good idea to teach them a Cure spell or Lancet as soon as you are able to. Remember that elemental based Aeons can heal themselves with their own element. Hastega and Revive magic is useless, since Aeons always fight alone and when they’re killed, they cannot revive themselves anymore. However, it may come in handy when you want to case a Reviving spell on an enemy that has the Zombie status effect, because that’ll kill them.
Exception: You cannot teach the Aeons Yojimbo and the Magus Sisters any new abilities. Yojimbo only has his four main attacks and the sisters have lots of attacks of their own, which they randomly use.
You will increase the Aeons attributes by fighting battles with Yuna and with the Aeons. However, there's another possibility to advance their attributes without fighting. You cannot increase the Aeons attributes until you've obtained the key item Aeon's Soul, which you’ll receive after fighting Belgemine in the Calm Lands or in Remiem Temple. Read more about this in the Remiem Temple’s section. After you’ve obtained this item, you’ll be able to increase Aeons’ attributes by using Spheres.
The attributes that you can increase are: HP, MP, Strength, Defence, Magic, Magic Defence, Agility, Luck, Evasion and Accuracy. The number of Spheres required to increase an attribute will depend on how high the Aeon’s attributes are at that time. You can use the Spheres to increase low attributes or attributes you wish to advance. Also, remember that you can only carry 99 Spheres of one kind, so it’s a good idea to use up the Spheres in this way because you’ll obtain them anyway during fights and you can’t carry any more.
Increase Attributes / Learn Abilities
Go to the Aeons menu and press the circle button on your controller to access the Abilities and Attributes options. Select the option you wish to use with the directional buttons and press X to select it. Then select the Aeon you wish to increase the attributes of or teach new abilities to. If you choose Abilities, a list of Abilities they can learn will show and if you have the right amount of items needed, you can teach that new ability and select yes to teach it. If you choose Attributes, a list with all the attributes will show. Now select the attribute you wish to increase and select yes to increase that stat if you have enough Spheres to do that. Once you’ve confirmed your decision, the selected Aeon will have learned that new ability or its attribute is increased.
Tip: There’s no point in increasing Aeons’ Luck levels by using Spheres. You’d be better off concentrating on increasing Yuna’s Luck, thereby automatically increasing the Luck of the Aeons. Luck Spheres are hard to obtain and therefore they must be used wisely.
Refer to the following table to find out which stats will have the greatest increases per Aeon.
Check out the list of abilities they can learn and the Attribute costs here: Ability & Attribute Lists.
Aeon Fighting Tips
Aeons are very useful in boss battles to shield the party from high-damage attacks. Their Overdrive inflicts lots of damage, but the long recovery time sometimes means the death for the Aeon. Nevertheless, if you know that a certain attack from the enemy will wipe out all your characters, summon the Aeon just before the enemy will use that attack and sacrifice your Aeon to take the damage. Make sure the Overdrive Gauge of the Aeon is filled up to the max, so you can use your Overdrive to cause some massive damage before the Aeon is KO’d.
Also, since all Aeons are immune to almost every status effect (except for curse), summon them to fight creatures like Ochu’s, Mandragora’s and Malboro’s since they cause a lot of status effects.
As said before, elemental Aeons can heal themselves by casting their own type of Black Magic on themselves. Ifrit is therefore healed by Fire, Shiva is healed by Blizzard and Ixion is healed by Thunder.
Most Aeons’ regular attack cannot hit an enemy at a great distance. However, the special attack of the Aeons always reaches the enemy, regardless of its range.
If a fiend is about to unleash a powerful attack against the party, you can also summon an Aeon and use its Shield ability to reduce the damage. If you want, you can dismiss the Aeon again so that the characters can resume the fight.
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