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Arts of War (戦技, Sengi?), also known as Battle Skill and Battle Tech, is a recurring skillset in the series. In the Ivalice Alliance games, it can be a great support ability for ranged units to have as they can "rend" equipment and stats from a distance.
In the PlayStation version, the first four abilities are useless against enemies that cannot equip armor or weapons (i.e. "monsters"). This was changed in the PSP version. The Dual Wield ability (acquired using the Ninja Job) allows the player to take two chances at "rending" equipment and statistics. For example, players can rend an enemy's speed twice in one turn.
The formula for the success of breaking an item is as follows:
The formula for the success of reducing stats are as follows:
|Head Break||Rend Helm||A technique that destroys the item equipped on the target's head.||Depends on equipped weapon||0||Now||300|
|Armor Break||Rend Armor||A technique that destroys the item equipped on the target's body.||Depends on equipped weapon||0||Now||400|
|Shield Break||Rend Shield||A technique that destroys the target's equipped shield.||Depends on equipped weapon||0||Now||300|
|Weapon Break||Rend Weapon||A technique that destroys the target's equipped weapon.||Depends on equipped weapon||0||Now||400|
|Magic Break||Rend MP||A technique that reduces the target's MP.||Depends on equipped weapon||0||Now||250|
|Speed Break||Rend Speed||A technique that reduces the target's Speed.||Depends on equipped weapon||0||Now||250|
|Power Break||Rend Power||A technique that reduces the target's physical attack power.||Depends on equipped weapon||0||Now||250|
|Mind Break||Rend Magick||A technique that reduces the target's magickal attack power.||Depends on equipped weapon||0||Now||250|
Soldier & warrior command. Soften up enemy defenses.
|First Aid||Shortsword||Disinfects wounds to heal HP and remedy status.||100||-||Self|
|Powerbreak||Barong||Weakens a target's weapon attacks.||200||-||Weapon Range|
|Mindbreak||Buster Sword||Reduces target's magic power.||200||-||Weapon Range|
|Magicbreak||Ancient Sword||Deals damage to MP.||200||-||Weapon Range|
|Speedbreak||Silver Sword||Reduces target's speed.||200||-||Weapon Range|
|Mug||Diamond Sword||Damages target and steals carried gil.||300||-||Weapon Range|
|Provoke||Blood Sword||Provokes enemy until they fly into a berserker rage.||300||-||1|
|Sensor||Burglar Sword||Detects hidden equipment held by enemy.||300||-||4|
The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise attributed to Sun Tzu, a high-ranking military general, strategist and tactician. The text is composed of 13 chapters, each of which is devoted to one aspect of warfare. It is commonly known to be the definitive work on military strategy and tactics of its time.