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Final Fantasy VIII


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To acquire Tonberry you’ll need to visit the Centra Ruins and dispatch 18+ Tonberry enemies, after which the Tonberry King might show up. Tonberry King will appear immediately after you kill a lesser Tonberry, so you’ll need to be prepared to continue fighting after vanquishing each Tonberry. Once you’ve defeated the Tonberry King you’ll acquire the Tonberry GF, who attacks with its iconic Chef’s Knife, dealing non-elemental damage (base power 60) to a random enemy.

Tonberry Stats

Level HP Attack
30 2,596 1,492
100 8,350 3,855

Tonberry Base Compatibility

Squall Quistis Zell Selphie Rinoa Irvine
540 520 500 660 540 530

Tonberry Compatibility Factors

Compatibility Factor Source
Opposed GF --
Compatibility Items Chef’s Knife
Favored Magic --
Opposed Magic --

Tonberry Abilities

As another late game GF, it should be no surprise that Tonberry has an odd mix of abilities, including not a single stat junction. For what its worth, Tonberry does come with Eva+30% and Luck+50% already learned.

LV Down and LV Up are two of Tonberry’s more iconic abilities, as they allow you to manipulate the enemy’s level in combat. LV Down is useful for weakening foes so they’re easier to fight, or so they don’t give you much XP if you’re trying to keep your levels down. LV Up, on the other hand, can allow low-level parties to acquire gear from high-level enemies. It can be used repeatedly, and the more times you use it on a single enemy, the greater the effect.

Other, less novel (but still useful) abilities possessed by Tonberry include Auto-Potion (character uses restoratives when damaged), Initiative (character starts battle with their ATB bar filled) and Move-HP Up (character regenerates HP as they walk).

Tonberry’s most interesting abilities have to do with shopping, however. Haggle will reduce the cost of items at stores, while Sell-High will increase the value of items you sell. Familiar will cause some merchants to sell rare goods they’d otherwise not sell (especially the Esthar Pet Shop) and Call Shop allows you to summon a shop from the main menu at any time. Decreasing the cost of items and increasing the sale value of items you sell make the infinite Gil loop even more lucrative, while Familiar will allow you to purchase items you can later refine into stat boosting items via GFAbl Med-RF.

Ability AP
Magic --
GF --
Draw --
Item --
Auto-Potion 150
Initiative 160
LV Down --
LV Up --
Move-HP Up 200
Eva+30% 150
Luck+50% 200
SumMag+10% 40
SumMag+20% 70
SumMag+30% 140
GFHP+10% 40
GFHP+20% 70
GFHP+30% 140
Boost 10
Haggle 150
Sell-High 150
Familiar 150
Call Shop 200
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  • Publisher
    Square Enix
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS1, PS4, Switch, XB One
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  • Guide Release
    15 March 2019
  • Last Updated
    4 June 2022
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Follow the exploits of Squall, a resident of Balamb Garden and SeeD aspirant whose first contract as a professional mercenary expands into a fight to save the world from an evil sorceress.

This guide will cover the main quest-line chronologically, giving advice on leveling (and how to avoid it), where to find the best spells, how to acquire all GFs and defeat all bosses. In addition the guide will cover all side quests and will also include in-depth mini-guides for Chocobo World and Triple Triad. By following this guide you can aspire to the following:

  • Complete walkthrough of the main questline.
  • All side quests and optional content.
  • How to defeat both of the game’s superbosses.
  • Information on how to acquire each GF and a discussion of their abilities, including where to assign them.
  • Information on Triple Triad, including the location of every card in the game and how to best use them.
  • Low-level run information.
  • Information on min-maxing stats.
  • A mini-guide for Chocobo World.
  • Information on all characters, including stats and how to acquire all their weapons and limits.
  • Triple Triad guide.

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