Dragon knights who specialize in jumping and lance attacks.
The Dragoon (竜騎士, Ryūkishi?, lit. Dragon Knight) is a job in Final Fantasy V obtained after the Earth Crystal shatters. The Dragoon is a heavy tank job, as it has access to heavy armor as well as the Jump command, which momentarily keeps the Dragoon out of harm's way. Dragoons are one of three classes (originally two in the SNES and PS versions) to be able to equip spears, the others being Freelancer and Gladiator.
AppearanceEditKnight, wears heavy armor. The main difference is the dragon-shaped helmet and the dragon-like wings on their backs; Bartz even looks like Kain Highwind from Final Fantasy IV.
- Job command - Jump
- Innate abilities - None
- Equipment - Knives, Spears, Shields, Heavy Helmets, Clothes, Heavy Armor, Gauntlets
Jump has the character leap up the first turn, then come falling down on the enemy the next. If the character is equipped with a spear, Twin Lance, Man-Eater, Staff of Light, or Judgment Staff, they will do twice the damage. Jump ignores row, will not activate any special abilities or effects of any equipped weapons, and critical hits (including those that consume MP to force a critical) will act as normal. Spellblade effects will still apply to Jump attacks, and rods may still miss even with Jump. Weapons that deal no damage and are based on Magic, such as Harps, the Healing Staff, and the Wonder Wand, will always miss. Jump is unblockable.
Equip Lances gives characters the Dragoon's base Strength unless otherwise at a higher value.
The stat modifiers for Dragoons are:
- Strength: +18
- Agility: +5
- Stamina: +15
- Magic: -12
"Dragoon" is the traditional name for a special soldier type in classical European warfare. Unlike in Final Fantasy, the original dragoons did not fight with lances, that being the job of "lancers"—a different soldier class. Dragoons were infantry that rode on horseback, but fought on foot. Originally they fought with a musket called the "dragoon," giving them the name. The dragoons' arsenal expanded to include guns, sabres, and axes. During the Napoleonic Wars they became medium cavalry and reached the height of their popularity.
After the Napoleonic Wars, to make better use of the number of men the European military had, the dragoons were trained to use lances and lancers became obsolete. Thanks to the advances of modern warfare, dragoons lost their niche and modern dragoon units exist only for ceremonial purposes.