Commando is a Paradigm role in Final Fantasy XIII. The role's main function is to deal damage and slow the pace the enemy's chain gauge decreases. The Commando has the least command abilities among the six roles, being the most straightforward of all. It is symbolized with the initials COM and the color Red.
When the party has multiple attackers, the Commandos will usually hit different targets maximizing the number of enemies whose chain gauge decreases at a slower rate. Merely being in the Commando role boosts the person's physical and magical power and the benefits extend to other party members to a lesser degree. The bonus depends on the Commando's role level. If the Paradigm has more than one Commando the bonus is the sum of all applicable Commando bonuses.
Commandos deal slightly more damage with melee than with magic if their strength and magic stats are equal. However, the difference is negligible, and characters with higher magic than others have strength will still deal more damage with Ruin than the others with physical attacks.
- See also: Ravager (Final Fantasy XIII), Sentinel (Final Fantasy XIII), Synergist (Final Fantasy XIII), Saboteur (Final Fantasy XIII), and Medic (Final Fantasy XIII).
- See also: Commando (Final Fantasy XIII-2).
The Crystarium Levels when each character can advance in role level.
Damage bonus per different role levels. Commando gets a boost in damage depending on their role level, and the bonus extends to other party members. If the party has more than one Commando the Commandos get both their personal bonus for being a Commando, plus the party Commando bonuses from the other Commando(s). The role bonus is not contributed if the party member is incapacitated, and during summoning an Eidolon, only the party leader's role bonuses count.
|Powerchain||"Attack" and "Ruin" are more effective when attacking a foe with 0 chain gauge.||1||6||8||-||-||7|
|Lifesiphon||Recover one ATB slot when defeating a foe.||1||8||-||-||7||6|
|Faultsiphon||Recovers 20% of an ATB slot when attacking a foe afflicted with a status ailment.||2||-||-||7||7||8|
|Launch||Performing "Attack" on a Staggered foe hits the enemy into the air.||3||-||5||-||-||5|
|Ravage||When the party has a Ravager who is currently not KOed, "Blitz" and "Ruinga" become more effective.||3||-||8||-||7||6|
|Smite||When a foe being hit into the air is recovering from stagger, "Attack" deals large amount of damage.||4||-||7||-||-||5|
|Blindside||When starting a series of attacks on a foe not targeting the attacker, "Attack" and "Ruin" become more effective. Does not work on staggered foes.||6||-||8||7||-||8|
|Scourge||When a foe is recovering from Stagger, "Attack" deals large amount of damage.||6||6||6||7||7||6|
|Jeopardize||When attacking a staggered foe, gain increased chain bonus.||7||6||8||7||8||8|
|Deathblow||When attacking foes below a certain HP threshold, there is a chance to kill them in one hit; if target's remaining HP is less than 1.2 times the damage that would have been dealt, damage will become 1.5 times the normal.||-||-||5||9||-||7|
|Adrenaline||When the Commando's HP is above 70%, physical and magical power is increased by 20%.||-||8||5||8||-||5|
|Attack||1||1.2||Deal physical damage to one foe.||1||3||1||7||7||5|
|Blitz||2||1.8*||Deal physical damage to target and nearby foes. In Sazh's case, deal multiple physical damage to all foes in a 30° fan centered on target.||1||3||8||-||7||5|
|Ruin||1||1.0||Deal magical damage to one foe.||1||3||1||7||7||5|
|Ruinga||3||2.2||Deal magical damage to target and nearby foes and launch staggered or small enemies into the air.||8||9||8||10||9||8|
|Sovereign Fist||All||2.0/0.5||A powerful attack dealing damage based on and resets the foe's Stagger and Chain. (Exclusive to Snow.)||-||-||9||-||-||-|
|A powerful attack which does damage based on and resets the foe's Stagger and Chain. (Exclusive to Fang.)||-||-||-||-||-||9|
- When choosing a target, if the party leader is a Ravager, Sentinel, or Saboteur, the computer-controlled Commando will always choose the party leader's target. If the party leader is a Medic or Synergist, the computer-controlled Commando will choose a random target and continue attacking that target until it is either defeated or the leader shifts role. If the party leader is another Commando, the computer-controlled Commando will select a different target to the party leader's target if there is more than one opponent.
- The computer-controlled Commando usually attacks when their ATB gauge is full. The only exception is when their target is about to recover from Stagger, in which case they choose one single attack per turn.
- The computer-controlled Commando will always select abilities it believes will deal the most damage from the data it has available. When attacking a solitary target, the Commando will favor Attack over Ruin if Strength and Magic are close. If Magic is higher they will favor using Ruin.
- If the opponent is more resistant to physical attacks than to magic, the Commando will always use multiple Ruin spells. The only exception is if the opponent is Staggered when the computer-controlled Commando will always use Attack as its first command to launch the opponent.
- If the target's physical and magical vulnerabilities are not currently known, the Commando will always use Ruin first, then the remaining commands will be Attack.
- Assuming the abilities are learned, if there is at least one other opponent close to the chosen target just before the Commando's turn, they will use Blitz instead of Attack, or Ruinga instead of Ruin.
- The computer-controlled Commando will never use Sovereign Fist or Highwind.
- Spanish: Castigador - Punisher
- Italian: Attaccante - Attacker
- French: Attaquant - Attacker
- German: Brecher - Breaker
- Chinese: 攻擊者, Gongjizhe - Attacker
- In an early trailer for the English version of the game, characters were seen with the initials "GLA" in red as their Paradigm role. It can be assumed that the Commando role was originally referred to as "Gladiator".