Ifrit, also spelled efreet, also ifreet, afrit (Arabic: ʻAfrīt: عفريت, pl ʻAfārīt: عفاريت), are a kind of Jinn mentioned in the Qur'an.
Afrit in the Qur'an
Afrit is mentioned in the Qur'an, [Sura An-Naml:39. (27:39)
An ‘Afrît (strong one) from the jinn said: "I will bring it to you before you rise from your place. And verily, I am indeed strong, and trustworthy for such work."
It's a Qur'anic passage where King Solomon asks various creatures who can bring the throne of the Queen of Sheba to him fastest. The Afrit was outperformed by prayer:
- One with whom was knowledge of the Scripture said: "I will bring it to you within the twinkling of an eye!" Then when Solomon saw it placed before him, he said: "This is by the Grace of my Lord - to test me whether I am grateful or ungrateful! And whoever is grateful, truly, his gratitude is for (the good of) his ownself; and whoever is ungrateful, (he is ungrateful only for the loss of his ownself). Certainly my Lord is Rich (Free of all needs), Bountiful. Sura An-Naml:40. (27:40)
Ifrit in contemporary popular mythology
Ifrits in contemporary popular mythology are jinn spirits that embody fire. They consider themselves superior to all races because they supposedly "came first," and they resent deeply that humans have found magical ways to take control over them. Even when tasked, they show an ironic and malicious attitude, tending to subvert their masters' orders every time they can.
They often appear as individuals of superhuman beauty and strength, but are very difficult to deal with.
Use in computer games
In computer games. the Jinn are often broken into five classes (jinn, jann, ifrit, maryut, and shaitan), each more powerful than the previous. This typology, though widely used in fiction and role-playing games appears to be of Europe an origin and has no real basis in Arabic lore. The Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual also has a class hierarchy, in which the Ifrit is a more powerful monster than the jinn and the jann.
Specific Uses in Video Games
- In wikipedia:Age of Wonders an efreet can be summoned.
- In wikipedia:Devil May Cry, Ifrit is a demon of fire (as in the Final Fantasy series), manifested in the form of gauntlets used by Dante as combat melee weapons.
- wikipedia:The Story of Thor (also known as Beyond Oasis) contains a powerful wikipedia:fire spirit called Efreet whose fire-based attack can be used to help the player.
- In wikipedia:3DO's turn-based strategy game wikipedia:Heroes of Might and Magic III, Efreet are available as troops. They are extremely powerful and are one of the strongest forces available to users of the "Inferno" army list, which consists of demonic creatures. They and "wikipedia:Genies" hate each other, and do 50% extra damage to each other in combat as a race-based attack bonus. Genies can cast random beneficial spells on allies, Efreeti have fire shields.
- In wikipedia:Heroes of Might and Magic IV, there is a choice in the 'Asylum' town between efreeti and Nightmares. They are identical in abilities to their Heroes of Might and Magic III counterparts, except for the bonus against genies.
- In the Tales series (which includes wikipedia:Tales of Phantasia, wikipedia:Tales of Destiny, wikipedia:Tales of Eternia, and wikipedia:Tales of Symphonia, among others), Efreet is one of several summon spirits that a summoner can form a pact with and then summon in battle.
- In wikipedia:HeXen, afrits are small wikipedia:gargoyle-like demons able to shoot fireballs.
- In wikipedia:Spiderweb Software's wikipedia:Avernum series, an Efreet is a demon above a Mung Demon but below a wikipedia:Haakai in power, who breathes fire and has a powerful melee attack. Like all other demons, they are immune to fire magic and resistant to Mage spells, but are vulnerable to the Priest spells "Smite" and "Cloud of Blades." In Avernum 2, players can fight them with Arrows of Light, Bolts of Light, and the powerful greatsword, Demonslayer. In Avernum IV, Demonslayer is the only quick way to kill Efreeti.
- In wikipedia:Baldur's Gate II, an Efreeti Bottle can be acquired (as loot or by wikipedia:pickpocketing) from a wikipedia:Djinni named Taquee in Trademeet. The bottle can be used to summon an Efreeti ally once per day.
- In Gunbound, Ifrit is a flag avatar with +9 popularity and +12 attack. It is a fiery ghost that floats by your side, pointing forward.
- In wikipedia:Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean, the Efreeti Saber is an attack which has a high fire rating.
- In Lost Kingdoms 2 efreet is a genie like attack card thats shoots three fireballs.
- In Shadow Hearts, Ifrit is the mid-level fire spirit.
- In wikipedia:Sonic and the Secret Rings there is a boss called the Ifrit Golem that, according to the game, is a Djinn that controls fire and is fused with old machinery that Sonic cannot harm due to the magical Fire Arrow in his chest. However, Sonic calls upon a storm with a Water Blue Ring obtained later in the game, weakening the Ifrit enough to be defeated. It resides in the Evil Foundry stage, in a large cauldrin of lava.
- In wikipedia:Ragnarok Online there's a boss monster named Ifrit which inhabits Thor's Volcano.
- In wikipedia:MapleStory, an Ice/Lightning mage can summon a create named Ifrit for support.
Ifrit in Square Enix projects
In many wikipedia:computer role-playing games by wikipedia:Square Enix, a wikipedia:Japanese wikipedia:video game producer, Ifrit is an upper level demon who could always control the element of fire, often summoned by a summoner (or "caller") to aid the characters in battle. His usual appearance is that of a horned demon (excluding Final Fantasy IV). In most games, Ifrit is human-like, but in others, he is based off of a beast, such as being feline-like in Final Fantasy VIII and canine-like in Final Fantasy X. His attacks include 'Meteor Strike' and the more popular 'Hell Fire'
Variations in Other Games
Ifrit in other popular culture
- The wikipedia:MS-08TX Efreet is a wikipedia:Zeon wikipedia:Mobile Suit in the wikipedia:Gundam anime series.
- The word "afrit" is used by wikipedia:Jonathan Stroud in his wikipedia:Bartimaeus Trilogy as a subdivision in summonable spirits. There are 5 "levels" of known spirits, wikipedia:imp?wikipedia:foliot?wikipedia:djinn?afrit?wikipedia:marid. They are powerful spirits which only very potent magicians can summon, most of whom are unable to summon anything more powerful than a djinn.
- "Efreet" appear in the wikipedia:Magic: The Gathering wikipedia:collectible card game as a creature type. An example of a card of this type is Serendib Efreet.
- "Efreets" were shown in Disney's wikipedia:Aladdin TV series, but were closer to wikipedia:Elementals in nature than fire wikipedia:demons or wikipedia:genies; As they were not all evil, and there was one for different facets of nature (Ice, stone, etc.).
- The character Zhangpo in wikipedia:Drakengard 2 has a pact partner that is an Ifrit (although the Ifrit isn't shown during the game).
- "Efreet" (singular "Efreeti") are a type of monster in the wikipedia:Dungeons & Dragons wikipedia:role-playing game. In the game, efreet are an evil wikipedia:subrace of wikipedia:genies, representing elemental fire, while wikipedia:djinn represent elemental air, wikipedia:marids water, dao earth, and wikipedia:jann are a mixture of all elements).
- "Efreet" is one of the 25 Islands described in the wikipedia:2002 book by wikipedia:Clive Barker, wikipedia:Abarat.
- "Efreet" is one of the four Armlet spirits in the game wikipedia:Beyond Oasis.
- "Efreet" is one of the monsters defeated by Dark Shneider in the anime "Bastard".
- "Efreet" appears in wikipedia:C.S. Lewis's wikipedia:The Chronicles of Narnia. They are one of the creatures present with the wikipedia:White Witch at the Stone Table.
- "Ifrit" is one of wikipedia:The Infershia Pantheon in "wikipedia:Mahou Sentai Magiranger" as well as his wikipedia:Power Rangers: Mystic Force counterpart, Magma.
- "Ifrit" is used in wikipedia:Neil Gaiman's novel, wikipedia:American Gods. The ifrit drives a New York taxi cab, and gives a ride to a man named Salim who has just come to America. Salim hates his life and is contemplating suicide. Salim recognizes the driver as an ifrit after seeing his fiery eyes. The ifrit claims he cannot grant wishes and resents that people believe he can. He comes to Salim's hotel room at night and the two make love. In the morning the ifrit is gone, but he has left his belongings and identity to Salim, effectively fulfilling Salim's wish for a different life.
- "Ifrit" are the most evil tribe of wikipedia:djinn in wikipedia:P.B. Kerr's wikipedia:Children of the Lamp.
- "Afreet" is the name of an abstract wikipedia:electronic music project, based in Austin, Texas .
- "Ifrit" is used in wikipedia:Rachel Caine's wikipedia:Weather Warden series, describe a dead Djinn.
- In the episode "wikipedia:Je Souhaite" of the wikipedia:The X-Files series, a genie reveals to wikipedia:Fox Mulder that, as a young girl in the early 15th century, when she wished for a great power and a long life from a genie, which she referred to as an "Ifrit", she herself was turned into a genie.
- "Efreet" was a fire elemental in the online MMORPG wikipedia:Ultima Online
- "Ifurita" is an ancient creature, spoken of as a Demon God, in the Arabic Mythology-inspired anime series wikipedia:El-Hazard
- "Ifrit" was going to be summoned in "The Decline of Videogaming" for the soul purpose of setting Tom on fire. Again.
- "Ifrit" is the name of a summoned god in the graphic novel, "Under the Glass Moon".
- "Ifrit" is the name of a Montreal based Death Metal Band.