This holy war between demon, devil, and goddess damages friend and foe alike.
- —Final Fantasy VI PlayStation esper section
Crusader (ジハード, Jihādo?) is an esper in Final Fantasy VI obtained by defeating the Eight Legendary Dragons and breaking their seal. Its attack, Cleansing (Purifier in the original translation), deals non-elemental magic damage to both the enemy party and the ally party. Its Spell Power is 190 (the highest out of any spell or ability in the game, save for Kefka's Forsaken and Gilgamesh's Enkidu in the Game Boy Advance version). It is unblockable and ignores Split Damage. It costs 96 MP to summon. It teaches the following spells:
Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit
Crusader appears in Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Portable.
The terms "Crusader" and "Jihad" are both associated with the historic "holy wars" fought between the Christian Europeans and Islamic Middle-Easterners for control of the holy land, the supposed birthplace of Jesus Christ. "Crusader" was a term used to describe the soldiers of the Crusades, the European term for the holy wars, while "Jihad" was the equivalent Islamic term for the same conflicts.
Crusader is called "Jihad" in the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VI and renamed due to censorship. Jihad" refers to a method used by practitioners of Islam to wage religious warfare on non-Muslims; the Crusades were once viewed as holy wars, so the meaning is not significantly changed. Jihad's literal meaning in Arabic is 'struggle', and it is also a term to describe the inner conflict a Muslim undergoes to make him/herself a better person."