- "Sewn of white mage's thread; it is possible to make one of these hats without the ears, but no one with any sense at all would consider wearing it."
- —Description, Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift
The Cat-Ear Hood (ネコみみフード, Nekomimi Fūdo?), also known as the Cat-Hood, is a recurring piece of equipment in the Final Fantasy series. It is a trademark white hood with red cat ears worn by White Mages and similar job classes. While it is occasionally a piece of equipment, most times it is part of a job's design shown in artwork or sprites.
- "Hood resistant against ice."
The Cat-Hood is exclusive to the Advance and Complete Collection releases, and is Porom's strongest helmet. It resists Ice-elemental damage and grants +7 Defense, +16 Magic Defense, +8 Evasion, +18 Magic Evasion, and +5 Speed. It can only be found in the Cave of Trials.
- "Hood that doubles the gil obtained after battle."
In its first appearance as an equippable item, the Cat-Ear Hood, called the Cat Hood in the Super NES release, is a helmet exclusive to Relm. It resists Ice, Fire, Thunder, Holy, Earth, and Wind damage, increases Speed by 2, Magic by 4, Defense and Magic Defense by 33, Evasion by 10%, and doubles the amount of gil the party earns from enemies.
If the party has gil stolen from them by an enemy, such as Mugbears, the gil they win back at the end of the battle is also doubled. The easiest way to acquire the Cat-Ear Hood is by betting Impartisan in the Dragon's Neck Coliseum and defeating the Weredragon. The Cat-Ear Hood can also be won by betting the Saucer, but this requires the player to defeat a Brachiosaur. Betting a Cat-Ear Hood will reward the player with the Merit Award after defeating a Slagworm.
The Cat-ear Hood is an accessory, located on the Accessories 20 License in the upper-right corner of the License Board. It increases Vitality by 20 and Speed by 50. It can be bought from the Clan Provisioner for 30,000 gil once the player has attained the clan rank of High Guardian, or in the Bazaar by trading seven Virgo Gems, two Einherjariums and three White Incenses.
- "White hat with furry ears. Made of magical thread."
Though called the White Hat, the image of the equipment matches up with the iconic hood. It grants +4 Weapon Defense and +14 Magic Resistance, and can be acquired from completing Mission #296: Hat For A Girl.
The White Hat returns, unchanged from Tactics Advance. The Cat-Ear Hood is also part of the Seer's attire. White Hat can be bought for 4200 gil in the shop after creating it in the Bazaar after using a Lightwing Crystal, Star Fragments, and White Thread.
Three distinct Cat-Hoods appear - the Pastel Cat Hood, Black Cat Hood, and Grey Cat Hood. Each subsequent version of the Hood gives larger defense and stat boosts than the one prior, with the Grey Cat Hood providing 51 defense, +3 to Attack, and +5 to Magic. Fur Coats with the same color schemes are also in the game, and their Scrolls are also associated with "kitties".
- "A cute hood with cat ears on top. For all tribes."
The Cat Ears provide 9 defense, 3 magic, and 6 magic defense at level 1, while at level 30 they provide 54 defense, 15 magic, and 36 magic defense. They also have one empty slot and costs 470 gil to buy. It may also be created for 120 gil by using up three Mu Furs and one Odd Angled Eye. When turned into a jewel, level 3-9 Cat Ears makes a Magic Stone 1, level 10-19 makes a Wisdonium, and level 20-30 makes a Time Stone 6.
The Black Cat Hood provides 17 defense, 5 magic, and 12 magic defense at level 1, while at level 30 it provides 57 defense, 15 magic, and 42 magic defense. It also has one empty slot and costs 920 gil to buy. It can also be created for 230 gil by using up five Mu Furs, two Cockatrice Feathers, and three Dark Dusts. When turned into a jewel, level 3-9 Black Cat Hood makes a Planter, level 10-19 makes a Ward Stone 3, and level 20-30 makes an Anti-Time Stone 6.
The Gray Cat Hood provides 21 defense, 6 magic, and 14 magic defense at level 1, while at level 30 it provides 63 defense, 13 magic, and 41 magic defense. It also has one empty slot and can be bought for 1,140 gil. It may also be created for 290 gil by using up one Mu Fur, one Cockatrice Feather, and five Moogle Plants. When turned into a jewel, level 3-9 Gray Cat Hood makes a Quickener, level 10-19 makes an Anti-Time Stone 3, and level 20-30 makes a Ward Stone 5.
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The Cat-ear Hood is a level 71 Hairpin. It lowers HP by 237 but raises Bravery by 281. It can be traded for with three Topaz, four Bright Powders and a Lamia's Tiara.
Cat-ear Hood appears as a level 60 Hairpin that provides -248 HP, +278 Bravery, and +50% Bravery Recovery. It can be obtained by trading 54,960 Gil, Lamia's Tiara, Elemental Jewel, and Witch's Desire x5.
The Cat-ear Hood is worn by the Seer class in its sprite.
Chocobo wears the hood while a White Mage.
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