A Desperation Attack (瀕死必殺技, Hinshi Hissatsuwaza?, lit. "Dying Special Move") is a special attack unique to each character except Gau and Umaro in Final Fantasy VI. It is the precursor to the Limit Break mechanism used in Final Fantasy VII, and most future Final Fantasy games since. 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.
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 retrieve it (see Rippler Bug for more information).
- See also: Limit Break (Ability)
List of Desperation AttacksEdit
|Character||Desperation Attack||Battle Power||Effect|
|Terra||Riot Blade||142||Deals magical damage to one enemy.|
|139||Deals magical damage to one enemy.|
|140||Deals magical damage to one enemy.|
|Shadow||Shadow Fang||140||Deals magical damage and inflicts Sap on one enemy.|
|Edgar||Royal Shock||143||Deals magical damage to one enemy.|
|Sabin||Tiger Break||140||Deals magical damage to one enemy.|
|143||Deals magical damage to one enemy.|
|Strago||Sabre Soul||-||Instantly kills one enemy. It fails on enemies immune to Death.|
|Relm||Star Prism||-||Instantly kills one enemy. It fails on enemies immune to Death.|
|Setzer||Red Card||147||Deals magical damage to one enemy.|
|Mog||Moogle Rush||150||Deals magical damage to one enemy.|
|146||Deals magical damage to one enemy. Gogo can only use this if he/she has the Attack command equipped.|
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 in tandem with the 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.
Terra's EX Burst is still Riot Blade. Gilgamesh can use Tsubamegaeshi as a Bravery attack.
Terra and Locke appear in Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade as Legends. Terra uses Riot Blade and Locke uses Mirage Dive.
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.
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.