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A Desperation Attack (瀕死必殺技, Hinshi Hissatsuwaza?, lit. Dying Special Move), or Hidden Blitz as it is called in the achievements of the mobile versions, is a special attack unique to each character except Gau and Umaro in Final Fantasy VI. Desperation Attacks are the precursor to the Limit Break mechanism used in Final Fantasy VII, and most future Final Fantasy games since.

See also: Limit Break (Ability)


When a character is in Critical status, there is a 1 in 16 chance the character will perform a Desperation Attack when he or she uses the Attack command. Characters will never use their Desperation Attacks during the first 25.6 seconds of battle.

A character would automatically enter critical status when their HP drops to less than 1/8 of their max HP, but Strago Magus and Gogo can achieve critical status without losing their HP, because if the enemy has 1/20 of its max HP remaining, Strago and Gogo can use Rippler to gain it (see Rippler Bug for more information). Gogo cannot mimic Desperation Attacks.

All Desperation Attacks are unblockable and ignore Defense. If the character has any of the following statuses, they will never do a Desperation Attack: Confuse, Image, Vanish, and Zombie.

List of Desperation AttacksEdit

Desperation Attack Character Attack Power Effect
Riot Blade Terra 142 Deals magical damage to one enemy.
Mirage Dive
Locke 139 Deals magical damage to one enemy.
Tsubame Gaeshi
(Back Blade)
Cyan 140 Deals magical damage to one enemy.
Shadow Fang
Shadow 140 Deals magical damage and inflicts Sap on one enemy.
Royal Shock
Edgar 143 Deals magical damage to one enemy.
Tiger Break
Sabin 140 Deals magical damage to one enemy.
Spinning Edge
(Spin Edge)
Celes 143 Deals magical damage to one enemy.
Sabre Soul Strago - Instantly kills one enemy. It fails on enemies immune to Death.
Star Prism Relm - Instantly kills one enemy. It fails on enemies immune to Death.
Red Card Setzer 147 Deals magical damage to one enemy.
Moogle Rush
Mog 150 Deals magical damage to one enemy.
Punishing Meteor
Gogo 146 Deals magical damage to one enemy. Gogo can only use this if he/she has the Attack command equipped.

Other AppearancesEdit

Dissidia Final FantasyEdit


Terra performing Riot Blade.

In Dissidia Final Fantasy, Terra's EX Burst is Riot Blade. Terra attacks the opponent with Blizzara, then charges magical energy into her arms. The player must tap Dissidia Left Pad in tandem with the Dissidia Circle Button button to charge two power meters. If the player fills both meters within a time limit, Terra spins and whips out her arms to fire several crescent-shaped bands of energy at the opponent. Failing to fill the meters will have her fire fewer blades.

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

Terra's EX Burst is still Riot Blade.

Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit

In Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade characters from Final Fantasy VI use their Desperation Attack when they are summoned as Legends. In addition, players can obtain certain Desperation Attacks to use as abilities.

Final Fantasy All the BravestEdit

Terra, Locke, and Celes makes an appearance in Final Fantasy All the Bravest. They use their signature Desperation Attacks Riot Blade, Mirage Dive, and Spinning Edge as their primary attack.

Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

One of Terra's cards can use Riot Blade. For the discard of another Terra card, Dulling Terra and paying two Ice CP, Riot Blade does 6000 damage to a Forward of the player's choice, then they may search their deck for an Eidolon card and place it in their hand.

One of Locke's cards has Mirage Dive. For the discard of a Locke card, Mirage Dive prevents Locke from being blocked that turn.

A card featuring Celes allows her to use Spinning Edge. For two ICE CP, a Shine CP and the discard of another Celes card, Spinning Edge allows the player to choose any Dulled forward and Break it.


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