The Phantom Ghosts are the souls of dead Phantoms.
|Universe||Final Fantasy Universe|
|Homeworld||Phantom Planet/Leonid Meteor (which is a piece of the Phantom Planet)|
|Average Height||Extremely variable|
The appropriately named Phantoms are invisible to the naked eye. When the Leonid Meteor fell on Earth and sudden worldwide deaths occurred, the blame was placed on a new type of virus. Many living things suddenly died across the world — thousands of plants and animals species — disrupting the natural cycles.
Dr. Sid and his team of bio-etheric researchers were the ones who revealed the existence of Phantoms, and thanks to the advancement of bio-etheric technology six years later, the United States Military Forces (USMF) began its campaign against the Phantom invasion. Bio-etheric weapons were developed, and barrier cities were erected as defense against the invasion.
The Phantoms were a hostile race, and attacked any living thing in sight. This also included the larger ones — those resembling beasts — that can be found in the wastelands such as in Tucson. Their bodies can go through any medium — like ghosts through a wall — and if this medium happened to be a living being, the Phantom will extract the being's soul and consume it.
Dr. Sid's research discovered that the number of Phantoms remain constant; that a Phantom will reappear when killed. He also discovered that there seem to be no relationship between the "soldier" Phantoms and the beastly Phantoms that roam the wastelands. It was then concluded that the Leonid Meteor was no alien transport as they had assumed, and that the Phantom invasion was not an invasion at all.
A discovery was made by Dr. Sid on bio-etheric energy that exist in all living things. Phantoms contain a unique wave pattern, and using this information, Dr. Sid created a bio-etheric barrier that can repel Phantoms. This technology was used to create barrier cities around the world which protected the human population on Earth from the alien invasion. Phantoms are left to wander the entire Earth.
Eventually, Dr. Sid's protege Aki Ross discovered from her dreams after being infected by a Phantom, that the Phantoms are actually spirits or ghosts of aliens from another planet. A cataclysmic weapon unleashed in the midst of the civil war on the alien planet wiped out its entire population. The aliens carried on their hatred even until death, which explains why most Phantoms are hostile. The meteorite from which they arrive is actually a chunk from the alien planet, which carried with it the alien ghosts and the ghost of the alien "Gaia". At the end, the spirits Aki found and the Phantoms cancel out each other, erasing all existence of Phantoms from the planet.
- Phantom Ghost cells can infect bodies and souls.
- Phantom Ghosts eat souls.
- Phantom Ghosts cannot be destroyed, just purificated.
- A Phantom Ghost is invisible, but can turn himself visible with the radiation of a Barrier City.