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Frills are for dresses, not swords. A practical sword for practical swordsmen.
—Description, Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift

The Defender (ディフェンダー or 守りの剣, Difendā or Mamori no Ken?), also called Defend and Defense, is a recurring Knight Sword appearing in several Final Fantasy games. As its name implies, it usually raises the Defense stat of the user or helps protect them in some way.


Final FantasyEdit

A sword that casts Blink when used.

The Defender is not as powerful as Excalibur or Masamune, but it casts Blink when used as an item in battle. It is usable by the Knight, Ninja, and Red Wizard Jobs, and provides 30 Attack and 35 Accuracy. It is found in the Waterfall Cavern.

Due to the critical hit bug found in the original versions of Final Fantasy, the Defense sword is technically the most powerful weapon available to the Red Wizard, assuming the Masamune is given to a different character. Although the Red Wizard can also use the Sun sword — which has slightly higher attack power — the Defense sword's high critical rate will ensure it inflicts a greater degree of damage per hit.

Final Fantasy IIEdit

A sword made for defense.

The Defender is found in the Cyclone, and provides 78 Attack, 64% Accuracy, and 16% Evasion.

Final Fantasy IIIEdit

The Defender is a greatsword that can be used by most Knight classes. It is bought at the Ancient Ruins and Invincible (NES version only) for 16,500 gil and is found in the Temple of Time. It casts Protect when used as an item in battle and provides 95 Attack and 5 Vitality when equipped.

Final Fantasy IVEdit

Sword infused with defensive power.

The Defender is a greatsword for Cecil and Kain. It is found in a monster-in-a-box chest on the third floor of the Passage of the Eidolons. It provides 105 Attack, 40 Accuracy, +15 Defense, and casts Protect when used as an item. This weapon is metallic.

Final Fantasy IV: The After YearsEdit

The Defender is a sword found at the end of the Lunarians' second Challenge Dungeon. It is Golbez's best weapon in the Lunarians' Tale.

Final Fantasy VEdit

Blade that sometimes parries enemy attacks. Can be used two-handed. Can be used with Spellblade.

The Defender is a sword for Knights and Gladiators. One is found in the right section of Fork Tower, and can be rarely stolen from Sea Devils or Landcrawlers. Similar to the Main Gauche and Sasuke's Blade, it has a 25% chance to parry blockable enemy attacks. It provides 96 Attack, 99 Hit Rate, and casts Protect when used as an item.

Final Fantasy IXEdit

Sword possessing a guardian angel.

The Defender is one of Steiner's swords which can be bought in Bran Bal and Daguerreo for 9,340 gil. It teaches the Thunder Slash]] ability and provides 65 Attack, as well as halving Ice and Lightning-elemental damage.

Final Fantasy XEdit

The Defender is one of Yuna's rods. Any of her weapons turns into the Defender when its dominant ability is be either Counterattack or Evade & Counter.

Final Fantasy XIIEdit

The Defender is the second weakest greatsword, with the Claymore being the weakest. It can be bought at the Port at Balfonheim for 13,000 gil. Defenders are also rarely dropped by the Leynir, and one is rewarded when helping the "Miffed Moogle" at the Balfonheim chocobo stables as part of the Great Cockatrice Escape sidequest.

The Defender has an Attack power of 91, and also grants an Evasion rating of 35, making it the second most evasive weapon in the game, eclipsed only by the Wyrmhero Blade that has a rating of 50. The Defender's combo rate, however, is only 5%, less than that of an average greatsword. All greatswords have 2.47s charge, and 1.2s action time, making them average what it comes to attacking speed.

The Defender can only be equipped by characters with the Greatsword 2 license. In the game's Zodiac Job System version, the Defender can be equipped by the White Mage, Red Mage, and Knight.

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant WingsEdit

Durable sword that strengthens defense.
—In-game description

The Defender is Basch's default weapon. It is also part of the Tiger's Tactics Recipe Book, and requires one Durable Metal and two Robust Carapaces to craft. It provides +80 Attack, +40 Magick, and +60 Speed. It uses a generic knightsword sprite during battle.

Final Fantasy TacticsEdit

A broad-bladed knight's sword made from hardened steel. Jewels have been embedded in its rounded pommel.

The Defender can be stolen from Dycedarg Beoulve in Eagrose Castle and from Meliadoul Tengille in the Free City of Bervenia, or obtained after poaching an Elder Treant, and it is also Beowulf's default weapon. It is the weakest of the Knight Swords, but adds 60% to a character's physical Evade when used with Weapon Guard.

Final Fantasy Tactics AdvanceEdit

Unadorned, practical sword.
—In-game description

The Defender is a Knightsword that may be equipped by the Templar, Defender, and Paladin Job classes. It is one of the weaker and most common knightswords, being only a plain steel blue blade with no defining features. It can be obtained from Cyril for 4,000 gil and any other town for 4,500 gil. It teaches Nurse to Paladins for 100 AP and Hibernate to Defenders for 100 AP.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the RiftEdit

Frills are for dresses, not swords. A practical sword for practical swordsmen.
—In-game description

The Defender is one of the weakest knightswords in the game, providing only +35 Attack. It can be bought for 1,000 gil in the shop after creating it in the Bazaar after using a Wind Stone, Zirconium, and Fury Fragments, and teaches the ability Nurse to Paladins and the ability Hibernate to Defenders.

Final Fantasy Crystal ChroniclesEdit

The Defender is a Clavat weapon that can forged with the Victorious Weapon scroll, two chunks of iron, an ogre fang, and 500 gil. It is one of two weapons with the Focus Attack Bash, which involves rushing to a target and smashing the foe with one's shield to then stab him with the sword. The other weapon is the Steel Blade.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of FatesEdit

A sword designed for total victory over foes. Its motto: The best defense is good offense.

The Defender is a weapon for Clavats.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of TimeEdit

A sword designed for total victory over foes. The best defense is a good offense!

The Defender is a relatively weak sword that can be equipped by all tribes. It provides 30 attack at level 1 and 120 attack at level 30, has 1 empty slot, and costs 600 gil to buy. It can also be created for 150 gil by using up three Iron and Copper. When turned into a jewel, a level 3-9 Defender makes a Guard Stone 1, level 10-19 makes a Anti-Zap Stone 4, and level 20-30 makes a Small Citrine.

The Final Fantasy LegendEdit

The weapon Defend has a sword icon before its name. It can be bought in Base Town for 48,000 GP. It has 50 use and an attack power of 12, the damage formula for Defend is base on Strength. May block an enemy attack with 50% success.

Final Fantasy Legend IIEdit

The weapon is called Defend and it has a sword icon before its name. It can be found in Nasty Dungeon and Valhalla Palace. It has 40 use, it also increases a Robot's HP by 117 and increases their Def by 26. The damage formula for Defend is the user's Str x14. It can also block melee attacks with 80% chance of success.

Final Fantasy Legend IIIEdit

The weapon is called Defense (Defender in the Japanese version) in the game and it has a sword icon before its name. It is the most powerful sword in terms of attack power, and it can be bought in the Dwelg Town for a large price of 25,000 GP.

Bravely DefaultEdit

A thick sword made for both high attack power and ease of defense. Simply equipping it slightly raises Defense. This makes it an effective weapon for raising the Defense of those ill suited for using shields.

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Final Fantasy DimensionsEdit

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Dissidia Final FantasyEdit

The Defender is a level 64 sword that increases Attack by 40 and increases base Bravery by 30% at the start of a battle. It can be traded in the shop for 20,160 gil, a Coral Sword, three Dewdrop Pebbles, and four Transmogridusts.

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

Defender returns as a level 60 Greatsword that provides +55 Attack, -1 Defense, and +5% Physical Damage. It can be obtained by trading 113,800 gil, Zweihander, Sphinx Fang, and five Stalwart's Desires.

Pictlogica Final FantasyEdit

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Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit

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Final Fantasy All the BravestEdit

This blade embodies the timeless philosophy that the best defense is a good offense.

Defender grants +5 to Attack. It can be equipped by Knight, Mystic Knight, Cecil, Bartz, Cloud, Squall, Seifer, Steiner, and Vaan. It uses its Final Fantasy IX design.

Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit

Kingdom HeartsEdit

The Defender is one of Goofy's shields. It is gained by defeating the Defender Heartless so that it may drop it.


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