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The Chef's Knife, also known as Tonberry's Knife, Kitchen Knife, Knife (ほうちょう, Hōchō?), or Cleaver, is a weapon of the Tonberry and a recurring ability in the Final Fantasy series. In most cases, Chef's Knife is a deadly non-elemental attack.
The Knife, originally known as the Cleaver, is Tonberry's attack. It can only use the ability once it has moved close enough to the player. Knife attacks several times, ignores Defense and inflicts Sap.
The Knife enemy ability is an attack of the Tonberries and the Master Tonberries. An ordinary Tonberry cannot attack the player until it has moved close enough. Once in close enough, the attack inflicts Instant Death to the target.
The Tonberry enemies fought in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- will use the Knife attack, this time known as Kitchen Knife.
The enemy ability and the summon work the same. The Tonberries, most commonly fought in Centra Ruins, use the attack. Tonberries will walk forward on most turns, using Everyone's Grudge as a Counter-attack. Once it has come close enough, it can use its Chef's Knife attack to deal large, non-elemental damage.
Once the Tonberry King is defeated, the player will obtain the Tonberry summon. Its attack is the Chef's Knife and it functions just as the infamous Tonberry attack does. The damage can be increased by Boost and leveling up Tonberry's stats. The attack is also accompanied by a "Doink" sound for comedic purposes.
The Chef's Knife can be stolen from and dropped by the Tonberry enemy and modified from their cards. Chef's Knives will increase a character's compatibility with the summon by three and can also be made into Death spells and AP Ammo.
While Tonberry beastmen have a devastating short-ranged stabbing attack, called Throat Stab (急所突き, Kyuusho Tsuki?, lit. vitals stab), that reduces a player's health to 5% and resets enmity, it is (unusually) not an example of the Chef's Knife. However, there are several different items that are some form of Chef's Knife.
The Hocho (包丁, Houchou?, lit. Chef's Knife), a very valuable and sought-after Katana equippable only by Ninjas of level 57 or higher, is rarely dropped by the tonberry ninja Notorious Monster Sozu Sarberry. Besides its weapon damage of 30 with a delay of 227, it offers one very unique bonus: +3 to cooking skill. Since no other job can wield anything comparable, in Vana'diel ninjas make the best chefs.
The quest "You Call That a Knife?", involves fetching a chef's knife for a tonberry who has lost his. The player must obtain a Tonberry Board (a chef's cutting board) and deliver it to the tonberry Chef Nonberry, gaining the key item "Nonberry's Knife" in exchange.
The Orobon (Final Fantasy XI) NM Nuhn may drop another ninja-only katana, the Oninohocho (鬼の庖丁, oni no houchou?, lit. ogre's chef's knife). It requires level 73, has damage 30, delay 227, and offers +4 Evasion and +2 Enmity.
Finally, the Thinker NM Ruminator in Abyssea drops the strongest chef's knife of them all, the Hochomasamune (庖丁正宗, houchou masamune?, lit. Masamune-made chef's knife). It too is a ninja-only katana, requiring level 80 to wield and possessing damage 45, delay 222, and giving bonuses of +10 to DEX and 10% Fast Cast.
The Tonberry in Final Fantasy XIII appears when the player goes to kill the Undying Zenobia. Zenobia comes up from the ground and is promptly stabbed in the foot by the Tonberry and dies. The angry fiend then attacks the party with multiple attacks, one of which is Chef's Knife.
Tonberry is also an enemy in the game and uses various knife attacks on the party.
Slightly different from the version in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Knife reduces a target's health to 10% of of the unit's current HP. This is only used by the Tonberries. The more dangerous Butcher Knife, also used by the Tonberries, reduces a target's HP to 1.
Knife is a physical attack that damages one enemy, it also has a chance of inflicting Sleep.
Knife is the enemy ability that is used by the Tonberry and Master Tonberry during battle.