Kefka Palazzo is one of the villains fighting for the side of Chaos in Dissidia Final Fantasy and Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy. An insane sorcerer with a complete lack of scruples, his attacks are generally magic-based, but more chaotic than basic spells. Coupled with his erratic movements, Kefka's main skill seems to be to annoy his opponents with his contemptuous manner. He shares his goal to destroy everything with other villains, but he handles any hindrance with extreme prejudice, regardless of the offender's alliegance. Kefka's short-term goal is to use the power of his rival, Terra, to further his plans and seize control of her again.
While Terra is his rival in the original Dissidia, his main rival in the 012 storyline is Vaan, whom he blames and subsequently detests for breaking Terra free of his control.
Kefka's appearance in Dissidia is drawn from his original Amano artwork rather than his Final Fantasy VI sprites. His clothing is colorful with a variety of polka-dots and stripes, with red and yellow being predominant. His trademark blond hair and white and red facial makeup are present, and his lips are outlined in bright purple in a manner resembling a 'Glasgow smile' (where scarring extends from the sides of the mouth in a 'smile').
Kefka's first alternate costume, "Zebra Tights," is based on an alternate Amano design and resembles his Final Fantasy VI battle sprite. Kefka wears an outfit with more blue and white colors with a red, white, and blue ruffle around his neck and a white cape. His EX Mode in this outfit is a darker purple God form with a purple loincloth, white angel wings, and red and black demon wings.
Kefka's second alternate outfit, "Snobbish Turban," is based on another alternate Amano art, and resembles Kefka's Final Fantasy VI field sprite. He wears an outfit colored in various shades of green with gold and some red details, puffed sleeves, and a green and yellow skullcap. His EX Mode in this form is based on Rest, one of the two final opponents in the chain of enemies leading up to Kefka in the final battle in Final Fantasy VI. Kefka has light blue-gray skin with a dark blue loincloth, golden angel wings and black demon wings.
Kefka's manikin version, Phantasmal Harlequin, is red.
Kefka's is described as a Mad Mage. His attacks consist of various magical projectiles that move in erratic patterns and hit over large areas, allowing him to catch opponents by surprise. His attacks usually have a lag when used, or leave Kefka stationary while he manipulates the attack, leaving him vulnerable to counterattacks. Another drawback is that Kefka has slow ground movement, and many of his Bravery attacks can be blocked. As an upside, when they do hit his Brave attacks often do high damage.
Fires an orb of ice at the ground that shoots forward and rebounds off walls. In EX Mode, the orb bounces along the ground, can Wall Rush for additional damage
Fires three fireballs that change direction in the air. In EX Mode, the fireballs each split into three after being fired. Can initiate a chase
Fires a string of lightning bolts at enemies. In EX Mode, fires twice. Can initiate a chase
Charge and fire a single fireball that tracks enemies and hits multiple times. In EX Mode, fires two fireballs.
Summon a barrage of lightning bolts around enemies. In EX Mode, strings of lightning bolts home in at the enemy. Can initiate a chase
Scatter Spray Blizzaga
Fire a block of ice that shatters over a wide area. In EX Mode, shards will strike opponent a second time after breaking. Can Wall Rush for extra damage
Fire an orb of energy that explodes over a wide area. In EX Mode, the orb explodes three times and travels farther; can Wall Rush for additional damage
Summons five fireballs to fall to the ground and bounce towards the opponent. In EX Mode, the fireballs bounce higher and farther, can initiate a chase.
Unleashes a wave of explosions toward an opponent. Uncharged versions run along the ground while the fully charged version pursues the opponent even if they are in the air. In EX Mode, stops briefly near the opponent before moving again suddenly.
Summons three triangles to converge around enemies. In EX Mode, Kefka summons triangles twice.
Flip and sprout wings to stab enemies, can Wall Rush for additional damage
Conjure a field of energy that tracks opponents, dropping magical orbs on them from above. In EX Mode, the orbs turn in the air to track opponents, can Wall Rush for additional damage
EX Mode - Power of Destruction!
Recovers HP over time during EX Mode.
Doubles Critical Hit Rate while in EX Mode
Glides through the Air by holding X
Augments his spells to hit over larger areas or to fire more projectiles. This makes Kefka's spells even more erratic and difficult to dodge.
Kefka summons up the immense power of the three gods. It requires the memorization and input of three button commands. If the buttons are inputted incorrectly he will instead use the weaker "Forsaken", his special attack in the final battle, but if the buttons are correct, he will use Light of Judgment.