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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.

Popular culture

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

See also