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Defend (ぼうぎょ, Bōgyo?), also known as Guard (まもる, Mamoru?) , Parry, and Defending, is a recurring status in the Final Fantasy series, usually caused by the ability of the same name. Characters in this status take a defensive stance that causes them to take less damage.
Defend is a temporary status that wears off when the character's next turn comes up. When the player choose the command to defend, this status is used. The status is also applied after using Brace. While under this status, the defense of the character increases by a factor of 2.
Defend is caused by the Brothers' ability. It grants the character immunity to physical attacks and halves magical damage. If the user is attacked by a physical attack that would cause a status effect, the status effect will never be applied. The status lasts until the character picks their next move.
The unit has assumed a defensive stance, enabling it to respond quickly to attacks.
The Defending status doubles the character's chance of evading an attack until his next turn. The Thief's reaction ability, Vigilance, can trigger the defending stance when the user is being attacked, as can the Squire's Defend ability.