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Ashura as seen in Final Fantasy XII.

This fiery sword has kindled the blood-rage in many. It is a testament to its quality that it always finds a new owner afterward.

The Ashura (阿修羅, Ashura?), also known as Asura, Ahura or Asura Knife, is a recurring katana featured several times in the Final Fantasy series. It is often the weakest katana in the games it appears in.

AppearancesEdit

Final FantasyEdit

A sword whose name embodies battle.
—Description

The Ashura is the weakest katana, and can be used by Warrior, Thief, Red Mage, and their class upgrades. It has an Attack of 25, and can only be dropped from the Pharaoh in the Dawn of Souls, 20th Anniversary and iOS versions.

In the Easy Type version, it was renamed to Shinobi Katana.

Final Fantasy IIIEdit

The Ashura is the weakest katana and it can be equipped by the Ninja, Dark Knight, and Onion Knight. It has an Attack of 100, and is found in Falgabard and in Falgabard Cave.

Final Fantasy IVEdit

Katana named after the avatar of war.
—Description

The Ashura (also known as the Ahura or simply as Middle blade in the SNES version) is a katana equippable by Edge. It is the second weapon available to him, and provides an Attack and Accuracy of 40. It can be found in the Tower of Babil, and bought in Tomra for 7,000 gil. This weapon is metallic.

Final Fantasy IV -Interlude-Edit

Ashura returns in the sequel of Final Fantasy IV. The katana can only be equipped by Edge and he comes initially equipped with it. It has an attack power of 32 and a accuracy of 40.

Final Fantasy IV: The After YearsEdit

The Ashura returns as a weapon used by the ninjas, and provides 32 Attack and 40% Accuracy. It can be bought for 7,000 gil in Eblan or found in Edge's Challenge Dungeon.

Final Fantasy VEdit

Katana named after the avatar of war. Can be used two-handed.
—Description

The Ashura is a katana equippable by Samurai. It can be found in Castle Tycoon or bought in Regole, Castle of Bal, Quelb, Castle Surgate, or Jachol. It boosts 39 Attack, 42 Hit Rate, and has a 12% chance of dealing a critical hit.

Final Fantasy VIEdit

Katana named for an avatar of war.
—Description

The Ashura is Cyan's initial equipment, it can also be stolen from Kamui. It has an attack power of 57, and enables the Bushido and Runic commands.

Ashura is also one of the weapons thrown by the Outsider, which deals moderate non-elemental damage to one target.

Final Fantasy VII G-BikeEdit

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Final Fantasy XEdit

Any of Auron's katanas can be customized into the Asura when it features any two of the Counter abilities.

Final Fantasy XIEdit

The Ashura is a mid-level great katana, crafted by goldsmiths.

Final Fantasy XIIEdit

The Ashura is the weakest ninja sword, and does Dark-elemental damage. It has 51 Attack, and requires the Ninja Swords 1 license and 40 LP to use. Ninja Swords are among the fastest weapons with 1.97s charge and 1.2s action time; only daggers are faster. It can be bought in Nalbina Fortress, Mt Bur-Omisace, and Rabanastre for 5,600 gil.

In the International Zodiac Job System version, only the Shikari class can equip the Ashura, by acquiring the Ninja Swords 1 license for 100 LP.

Final Fantasy TacticsEdit

A katana with a brilliant white blade.
—Description

The Ashura is the weakest katana, having an attack power of 7. It can be bought from the outfitters for 3,000 gil. The katana's Iaido ability is called Spirit Blade, which deals non-elemental magick damage.

Final Fantasy Tactics AdvanceEdit

Fiery sword that leads its wielder to battle.
—Description

The Ashura is a katana available to the Ninja and Assassin classes. It teaches Fire Veil to Ninjas. It adds +33 to Attack and can be brought from Cyril for 5,600 gil and from any other town for 6,300 gil.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the RiftEdit

Ashura returns as a katana that provides 33 Attack and is Fire-elemental. It teaches Blade Bash to Parivirs and Fire Veil to Ninjas, and can be bought for 780 gil in the shop after creating it in the Bazaar.

Final Fantasy Tactics SEdit

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Final Fantasy Crystal ChroniclesEdit

Ashura is an artifact found early on which increases the Strength of the character by one.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a KingEdit

Asura is a level 75 dagger that provides +62 Attack and is bought for 4,500 gil.

Final Fantasy DimensionsEdit

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Final Fantasy Legends: Toki no SuishōEdit

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Dissidia Final Fantasy (2015)Edit

A pair of Ashura swords appears as an alternate weapon skin alongside the Ogre Staff and Serpent Sword for the Onion Knight available upon reaching level 7.

Pictlogica Final FantasyEdit

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Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit

Ashura is a rare katana. At its base, it has an Attack of 860 and a Defense of 910. Its max level is 60, it has a cost of 12, and it has a normal leveling rate.

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Final Fantasy ArtniksEdit

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Final Fantasy Record KeeperEdit

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Final Fantasy ExplorersEdit

A katana of uncompromising craft that is easy to wield and sharp as can be.
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Final Fantasy Brave ExviusEdit

A katana that shares the same name as the war gods that the ninja revere. Though it bears an impressive moniker, the katana itself is quite ordinary and has no real special abilities. Its use is widespread since basically anyone who handles it can wield it. However, most people probably use it more for the divine protection it provides, rather than its actual battle power.
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Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

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EtymologyEdit

Ashura is the Japanese pronunciation of Asura. Asuras (Sanskrit: आसुर) are deities and beings found in Central, Eastern, and South Asian mythology, with a long history of tradition, syncretization, and adaptation. Originating from Zoroastrianism, an ancient Iranian religion, there are two types of gods: the asuras (the gods of light) and the devas (the gods of darkness); Asura Mazda is the highest asura while Ahriman is the highest deva.

Adapted into Hindu religion, asuras at first were seen as the deities of moral and social phenomena who competed with the devas. Overtime, in contrast with Zorastrianism, asuras are known as evil while the devas are the good deities with their reputations to be known as the lowest tier of deva, associated with malign passions, materialistic pursuits, and carnal pleasures.

Adapted into Buddhism, asuras grew to be known as powerful but violent beings, and as one of the six reincarnations in the cycle of Samsara. They are described as possessed with anger and jealousy while living in a world where peace and resolution is non-existent, and due to these aspects, it is seen to be as one of the Four Unhappy/Cursed Births by the karma of one who engages in war and bloodshed. Unlike former incarnations, there are said to be good and evil asuras. Good asuras are represented as wayward but well-intentioned, with its more prominent figures representing one of the Eight Legions of Buddhism that protect the Dharma. Evil asuras are said to be no different than rakshasas and demons.

Shrines and statues of Asura can be found in Japan. It appears in many Japanese anime, manga, and video games, mostly portrayed as a six-armed god wielding weapons.

Ashura being a katana derives from influence of Buddhist and Zen teachings into the samurai class and aristocracy during the early days of the Kamakura Shougante. While samurai were taught to follow the ways of Bushido—the codes, virtues and etiquette a warrior should display in their everyday life—the other side of being a samurai entailed what was known as Shurado: the knowledge that walking the path of a warrior meant facing never-ending violence, the threat of adversaries who also walked the same path, and the theological finality that one was to be reborn in the Ashura realm upon death, and the karma they had engaged in throughout their lives, all much like their mythical counterparts.

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