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Kain Highwind is a Dragoon from Final Fantasy IV.

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The Dragoon (竜騎士, Ryūkishi?, lit. Dragon Knight), also localized as Dragon Knight or Lancer, is a recurring job in the Final Fantasy series. First appearing in Final Fantasy II, they have become one of the most iconic job classes in the series.

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Dragoons are powerful physical attackers who wield spears and lances. They wear special armor meant to invoke the imagery of dragons, including helmets shaped like a dragon's head, spikes, and wing and scale designs. Dragoons are sometimes more directly tied to dragons, such as owning them as pets or otherwise befriending them.

The trademark ability of Dragoons is Jump, which allows them to leap into the air, avoiding attacks while airborne, and descending a moment later to impale enemies and deal heavy damage. Some Dragoons can upgrade Jump to Double Jump for increased damage. Another recurring Dragoon ability is Lancet, sometimes called Dragon Sword, which allows them to attack an opponent and drain their HP and MP to heal themselves. Sometimes, Dragoons use various Breath abilities to either deal elemental damage or heal their allies.

Many Dragoons in the series possess the surname "Highwind", though it is not universal. To date, Alexander Highwind Tycoon has been the only "Highwind" to have not been a Dragoon, though he is still associated with dragons. Dragoons are often protectors of others.

The town of Deist is usually depicted as a hometown of Dragoons.

AppearancesEdit

Final Fantasy IIEdit

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In their first appearance, Dragoon was not a job, but they were a group of dragon riders who fought alongside wyverns. The Emperor killed off most of the group out of fear, leaving only Ricard Highwind and his adopted son, Kain.

Final Fantasy IIIEdit

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In their first appearance as a job class, the Dragoon class has Jump as its special ability. The class is gained from the Water Crystal.

Final Fantasy IVEdit

IV Kain Highwind is a Dragoon and the leader of a company of Dragoons in the service of Baron, following in the footsteps of his father, who had also commanded the Dragoons as one himself.

Kain is the only party member able to equip spears, although he can hold swords and axes too. He can use Jump if he equips a spear.

Two dragoon NPCs are found in Baron Castle. In the 3D remake, their model is similar to Kain's, only less detailed. In all other versions, they use the same sprite as other soldiers, though still refer to themselves as dragoons.

Final Fantasy IV: The After YearsEdit

FFIVTAY Kain's dark side is a Dragoon and is temporarily playable. Kain, having taken the alias of the "Hooded Man" while he seeks his dark side, is not specified as having a job clas. After Kain defeats his dark side, he is transformed into a Holy Dragoon, a Paladin-like enhancement of the normal Dragoon class with improved stats and the ability to cast White Magic.

Due to the class being exclusive to Dark Kain, the Dragoon can equip many dark related weapons and armor used by Cecil's Dark Knight job in the previous game; however, most of these items cannot be obtained in the final game without the use of hacking.

Final Fantasy VEdit

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Dragoon is a job obtained from the shards of the Earth Crystal. They use the Jump attack, and in its first appearance in the series, the Lancet ability, though it is called "Lance" or "DragonSword".

Final Fantasy VIEdit

VI Though the game does not use a job system, the Dragoon Boots relic grants characters the Jump ability, which deals double damage when combined with spears and can be enhanced further with the Dragon Horn relic. As Edgar and Mog are the only native users of spears, they can be identified as Dragoons, though this is not as prominent as their abilities as a Machinist or Dancer, respectively. Additionally, most other characters can equip spears when using the Merit Award relic.

Final Fantasy VIIEdit

VII Though the game does not have a job system, Cid bears many traits of a Dragoon. He equips spears and lances and can use Jump attacks as his Limit Breaks, including the "Dragon" attack that drains HP and MP from enemies. In earlier development stages, his job was listed as "Pilot (Dragoon)".

Final Fantasy VIIIEdit

VIII Ward uses a Harpoon as a weapon and a Jump attack as his Limit Break, both signature skills of Dragoons.

Final Fantasy IXEdit

IX Freya Crescent is identified as a Dragon Knight and wields spears. Her lost lover, Sir Fratley, is a legendary Burmecian Dragon Knight. Freya uses the Jump ability and has the Dragon skillset, which enables her to use magical attacks including Lancet, called "Lancer".

Early concept artwork reveals that two variants of the Dragoon job were perhaps planned to have a bigger role, with humans in these roles as well. These jobs appear in unused concept artwork for Final Fantasy IX, in which a male protagonist is listed as "BAHAMUT Dragoon (male)", and a female protagonist as "LEVIATHAN Dragoon (female)".

Final Fantasy XEdit

X While there is no job system, Kimahri acts as a combination of a Dragoon and a Blue Mage. He equips spears, and his special ability is Lancet, which drains HP and MP from enemies and allows Kimahri to learn new Ronso Rages, his Overdrive and Blue Magic equivalent. His initial Overdrive is Jump.

Final Fantasy XIEdit

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Dragoon is an advanced job class that can summon pet wyverns to aid players in battle. They mainly equip light to medium armor and spears, and have abilities such as Jump and Super Jump. Also, the Absolute Virtue is a Dragoon.

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant WingsEdit

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Some enemy aegyl are Dragon Knights who can Jump and use several ranged Breath attacks, or Dragoons, who can Jump attack constantly and only appear in Midlight's Deep.

Llyud can also use the Jump and Lancet abilities among numerous others.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIIIEdit

LR One of the garbs available for Lightning is Dragoon. Its locked ability is Lancet.

Final Fantasy XIVEdit

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Dragoons are a specialization within the Lancer class, focusing in increasing its proficiency with critical hits and AoE damage, as well as adding the iconic Jump ability.

Players who have reached level 30 as Lancer and level 15 in Marauder may obtain the Soul of the Dragoon soul crystal by completing the "Eye of The Dragon" quest, and learn additional job abilities by finishing new quests that become available every five levels.

Final Fantasy XVEdit

XV A female dragoon named Aranea Highwind acts as an antagonist with the Niflheim invasion forces, diving from a military airship and attacking Noctis with a massive, mechanized lance. In interviews in Dengeki PS and Famitsu, the game's original director, Tetsuya Nomura, indicated that she was a contemporary interpretation of a Dragoon, and a member of a special forces unit within the invading army that uses unique equipment and abilities based on the various Final Fantasy jobs.

Final Fantasy TacticsEdit

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Dragoon is a physical job unlocked by leveling up to level 3 or 4 in the Thief job, depending on the version. They have a high Jump stat boosted by the Ignore Elevation ability, and can use the Jump skill to strike distant foes. Their spears give them a loner reach for physical attacks.

Final Fantasy Tactics AdvanceEdit

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This job is available to bangaa after mastering two Warrior skills. They have the highest jump stat allowing them to overcome many heights. Along with Jump and Lancet, they also have Breath attacks.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the RiftEdit

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Again a bangaa exclusive job, Dragoons are unlocked by completing Kyrra, Dragoon and can be used after mastering two Warrior A-Abilities. They are especially effective against Dragonkind.

Final Fantasy Tactics SEdit

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Crystal DefendersEdit

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While slow, a Dragoon's attacks deal massive amount of damage to targets on both the ground and in the air.
—Online description

Dragoon is a job class available for hire in the W2 and W3 stages, costing 50 gil. Though relatively slow compared to other units, they deal massive damage and can target both ground and aerial enemies.

Crystal Defenders: Vanguard StormEdit

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While not powerful, a Dragoon's attacks can reach enemies on land or in the air, even from a distance.
—Online description
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Final Fantasy Type-0Edit

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Though there is no job system, a member of Class Zero, Nine, makes use of spears, and can perform the job's iconic Jump ability. Class Second is a class specific to studying Dragoon abilities and includes Carla Ayatsugi as a student and Machina Kunagiri as a former student. The class moogle for Class Second represents the Dragoon job class.

Final Fantasy DimensionsEdit

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Barbara is a Dragoon in a tale that grants the Dragoon job to the Light Warriors. Dragoons use Breath abilities to deal elemental damage or heal allies. They retain the job's iconic Jump and Lancet abilities, but these are learned later in the job's level.

Final Fantasy Legends IIEdit

FFLTnS Wrieg gets an alternate costume based on the Dragoon job from the "Phantom Beast Great Decisive Battle!" event. The Dragoon costume is based on Kain's sprites from Final Fantasy IV. The costume can only be seen when Wrieg is equipped with the "Dragoon Equipment" accessory. Anyone who equips the accessory will gain a 20% boost to max speed, along with 30 attack & 1,000 HP.

Dissidia Final FantasyEdit

Dissidia The Dragoon Job Card, available to be selected in the Duel Colosseum, discards all cards from the selection area for a new set. The first card drawn in the new hand is also a Dragoon, allowing the player to freely cycle their hand as long as they wish. However, boss and Chaos cards cannot be discarded as usual, and the Red Mage card does not allow discarding either.

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

Dissidia012 Kain Highwind represents the Dragoon job. The Dragoon job card reappears in the new Labyrinth mode, and discards all cards except doors and goals. The first card drawn in the new hand is also a Dragoon, allowing the player to freely cycle their hand as long as they wish.

Dragoon is also a job that can be selected for a character in the player's party for Quick Battle, Friend Cards, or wireless matches. The Dragoon job grants the character the Jump Boost ability and 10% HP Drain, and is needed to unlock the Samurai job.

Pictlogica Final FantasyEdit

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Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit

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The Dragoon is a job available after obtaining a level 10 Warrior and a level 10 Thief. The preferred weapons for the job are spears and swords. The job specializes in both strength and agility abilities. This job is involved in the requirements to unlock the Samurai job.

Final Fantasy ArtniksEdit

Artniks The Dragoon appears as a character card.

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Final Fantasy All the BravestEdit

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Many feel that these knights posing as dragons should simply be dubbed lunatics.
—Description

The Dragoon is a character available to the party, he uses the Jump ability during battle. Unlocks at level 33.

Final Fantasy Record KeeperEdit

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Descendants of a race who shared a special bond with the otherwise aloof wyverns. Dragoons practice their spear techniques from the backs of their wyvern mounts, and in battle they leap down from above to strike at their foes.
—Official description.

Dragoon is playable character recruited as the First Time Reward for completing Ronka Ruins, Part 2 on Classic difficulty of the Core Dungeons. Acquiring Dragoon this way alludes to Final Fantasy V where the Ronka Ruins store the Earth Crystal which grants Bartz's party access to the job class Dragoon.

Stats
Level HP Attack Defense Magic Resistance Mind Accuracy Evasion Speed
1 120 8 7 7 5 6 20 20 83
10 746 20 18 18 13 14 20 20 90
Abilities

Dragoon can use Physical/Combat abilities up to rarity rank 4 and Other/Dragoon abilities up to rarity rank 4.

His default Soul Break is High Jump which at the expense of one Soul Gauge segment deals ranged damage to one target equal to 210% damage potency of a conventional attack.

Equipment

Dragoon can equip the following weapon types: daggers, swords, axes, and spears.

He can equip the following armor types: shields, hats, helms, light armor, heavy armor, and bracers.

He can equip accessories.

Other Dragoons

Ricard, Kain, and Freya all identify as Dragoons by occupation. Mog, Cid, Kimahri, and Fang all have strong ties to the Dragoon class and can use its respective ability type to varying degrees.

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Final Fantasy ExplorersEdit

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Mobius Final FantasyEdit

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Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's DungeonEdit

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Chocobo unlocks the Dragoon class by restoring Meja's memories. In this class, Chocobo can jump to damage enemies a short distance away, and he also possesses elemental spear skills to allow him to harry his foes.

Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

TCG Dragoon appears with several Lightning-elemental cards.

Triple TriadEdit

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Dragoon from Final Fantasy III appears on a card in the version available via Final Fantasy Portal App.

Related jobsEdit

NightbladeEdit

Nightblade (ナイトブレード, Naitobureido?) is an enemy job class in Final Fantasy Tactics used by Isilud Tengille of the Knights Templar. It combines attributes of both the Knight and Dragoon jobs.

Holy DragoonEdit

In Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, Kain defeats his dark side and transforms into a Holy Dragoon (聖竜騎士, Seiryuukishi?, lit. Holy Dragon Knight). This variation of the typical Dragoon is similar to the Paladin class. Kain dons a blue draconic suit of armor, and he gains the ability to cast White Magic. Kain's Holy Dragoon form also appears as his EX Mode in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy.

UhlanEdit

In Final Fantasy XII: International Zodiac Job System, the job class Uhlan is the closest to Dragoons, as noted by Hiroyuki Ito, the game's director. The Uhlan uses spears and heavy armor, but cannot use the Jump ability, so the director researched a different name related to spears. The job was named Uhlan, after Polish soldiers who wield spears.

LancerEdit

The Lancer (槍術士, Soujutsushi?) is a Discipline of War in Final Fantasy XIV, specializing in the use of polearms and javelins. Though they cannot use Jump, they retain the Lancet ability in the form of Life Surge. Unlike previous uses of the term "Lancer" as a localization for "Dragon Knight", here it is a literal translation of a different class—in this case, a practitioner of sōjutsu, the "art of the spear".

ValkyrieEdit

The Valkyrie (ヴァルキリー, Varukirī?) is a job in Bravely Default and Bravely Second: End Layer that specializes in spears and has access to the Jump, High Jump, and Super Jump commands.

Non-Final Fantasy guest appearancesEdit

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Grendel, Dragon Knight of the Terror Tempest.

Lord of Vermilion seriesEdit

Grendel, the "Dragon Warrior of Chaos", is a summonable monster and the final boss designed by guest illustrator Tetsuya Nomura. Described as a legendary drakeman and a dragon slayer, he was cursed and sealed beneath a city of stone by the gods, who feared his valor. He wears draconic armor and has several draconic features, including wings, claws, and a tail.

In Lord of Vermilion Re:2 he reappears with an altered design as the "Wailing Dragon Emperor". He is named after Grendel, a descendant of the biblical Cain from the epic poem Beowulf, likely a nod to Kain Highwind.

Lord of Arcana seriesEdit

Grendel appears as one of the boss monsters as the "Dragon Knight of the Terror Tempest". He is described as a dragon knight that roams forgotten battlefields, spreading chaos with his blade. One of his abilities is called Dragoon Jump. Two alternate forms of this monster, Grendel Banjax and Grendel Annihilate, also make appearances.

Grendel is featured in the logo for the Lord of Arcana sequel, Lord of Apocalypse, seemingly impaled by numerous spears.

Kingdom Hearts IIEdit

The Dragoon Nobodies allude to the Dragoon job, and their battle stance mirrors Kain Highwind's iconic pose from the original logo art for Final Fantasy IVFF4 WSC Logo. In battle, they fight with halberds and strong Jump attacks, which can be learned and used by Sora as a reaction command. The Organization XIII member who controls the Dragoon Nobodies is Xaldin, who also exhibits some traditional aspects of the Dragoon class himself, such as wielding spears as his signature weapons and specializing in aerial combat.

Legend of DragoonEdit

A PlayStation 1 game centralized around all main characters being Dragoons.

Puzzle & DragonsEdit

The Dragoon appears in Puzzle & Dragons as part of the Crystal Defenders collaboration.

Samurai RisingEdit

Dragoon is one of the jobs in the upcoming mobile action RPG.[1]

Knights of the CrystalsEdit

The Dragoon appears on a gold card.

Samurai RisingEdit

Samurai Rising - Dragoon

The Dragoon appears as a job.

MerchandiseEdit

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Dragoon.

A re-imagined Dragoon Play Arts Kai action figure includes accessory a lance, a sword, a sheath, a clawed sheath clasp, exchangeable hands and a figure display stand.

GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

"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.

The job's Japanese name is Dragon Knight (竜騎士, Ryuukishi?). Dragon knights are commonly found in Japanese editions of Western fantasy novels as a translation for terms such as "dragon knight" or "dragon rider," referring to knights and warriors who ride on dragons.

The term was likely originally localized as "Dragoon" due to the game's job name length restrictions, and to avoid confusion with the Dark Knight class, which was localized as "D.Knight," though it may have also been confused with the Japanese term for the Dragoon (竜騎兵, Ryuukihei?, lit. Dragon Cavalry). Through the course of the series, it has been localized as Lancer and Dragon Knight, though Dragoon has become the generally accepted term.

TriviaEdit

  • In games that have real life calendar, most dragoons' birthdays are in February: Nine, Cid Highwind, and Ward Zabac.
  • Though the first Dragoon appeared in Final Fantasy II, it was not until Final Fantasy III that Dragoons were given their iconic Jump ability and wielded spears as their primary weapon, as Ricard Highwind originally wielded swords. Later releases of Final Fantasy II give Ricard equal proficiency with spears, have him joined with a spear equipped, and provide spears as his ultimate weapons.

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