Genji Equipment (げんじ, Genji?), also known as Samurai Equipment, is a recurring set of heavy armor that appears in almost all Final Fantasy games. Genji equipment is always either the best or one of the best sets of equipment, available in limited supplies. It is usually obtained (or stolen) from the recurring boss Gilgamesh. It is described as armor from a far-away land, and consists of a Shield, Helm, Gloves and Armor. The sword of the set, Genji Blade or Genji Katana, also appears on occasion but not as often as the rest of the set.
Genji equipment can be obtained only in the Dawn of Souls and 20th Anniversary remakes of the original Final Fantasy. They can be found only in the bonus dungeons of each release. Additionally, one can win a Genji Armor from Warmech in the aforementioned remakes.
Genji equipment can be found inside chests protected by the four final bosses on Pandaemonium, or in the secret minigame after the spell Toad is leveled up to 16 (GBA, PSP, and iPhone version only).
Originally translated as Samurai equipment, it was corrected to Genji in all subsequent remakes. The complete Genji set can be found in the Lair of the Father, and Kain comes with a set equipped when he joins the party after the defeat of the Giant of Babil.
The only way to get Genji equipment is to steal it from Gilgamesh. Therefore in any of the four battles against Gilgamesh where he actually has the gear offers a small window for acquisition of Genji Equipment.
According to the fifth "Chocobo's FF Laboratory" feature published in the November 1993 edition of V-Jump, the Genji Equipments were ancient and precious sets of equipments from Gilgamesh's village, and were usually passed on to the village's best warriors when they proved their worth in battle. It is said that the centuries of "blood, sweat and dust" accumulated on the Genji Equipments have made them extremely resistant.
Genji equipment appears in Final Fantasy VI in both the original and Advance port. The complete Genji equipment can be stolen or won from Gilgamesh. Although the Helmet, Armor, and Shield are all equippable armor and among the best in the game, the Genji Glove is a Relic that gives the Dual Wield ability.
Genji equipment is one of the best equipment in Crisis Core.
- Genji Helm: The Genji Helm can eventually be purchased from the Net Shop Shade for a hefty 1 million gil, but it can only be purchased the first time you visit the shop. When equipped, it grants auto-Libra and 0 AP/MP Cost.
- Genji Armor: The Genji Armor is acquired once all slots on the DMW are filled to 100% and the player accesses the DMW menu. When equipped, it sets the HP limit to 99,999 and grants auto-Endure and Regen.
- Genji Glove: The Genji Glove is found in a treasure chest in mission 9-6-4. When equipped, it sets the damage limit to 99,999 and grants auto-Critical.
- Genji Shield: The Genji Shield is probably the most difficult piece of equipment to get. The player has to encounter the random enemy Magic Pot in mission 7-6-6 and appease it. It will ask Zack to use Gil Toss, Costly Punch, to deal 99,999 damage, and finally to use Sephiroth's DMW move, Octaslash. Using any other damage-causing DMW will make the Magic Pot run. When the player has the Genji Shield equipped, it will enable Auto Barrier and Auto MBarrier, and make Zack immune to all Status Effects and will absorb all elemental attacks.
Genji equipment can be obtained in this game from several Chocograph treasures available via the Chocobo Hot and Cold side quest. Also, the player may steal the entire set from Maliris, Kraken, and Lich in Memoria, although solely as bosses, and not the crystallized regular enemies encountered in the Crystal World. Steiner and Freya are the only characters able to equip the Genji equipment.
Location: Disc 1, 2, 3, 4: Alexandria Skipping Rope Girls (When Vivi or Eiko is skipping get 100 points to get the Genji card)
Disc 3:Treno Card Stadium (rarely used by Card Freak Cil)
Disc 4: Memoria
Genji armor can be customized for Tidus, Auron, and Kimahri when "Break HP Limit" is the dominant ability. These are the Genji Shield, Genji Bracer, and Genji Armlet. Auron also has a weapon called the Genji Blade, which has Triple Overdrive.
Genji equipment is referenced in the game as a National Treasure, and is related to the Feast of Swords annual event (usually late April).
There is only one way to acquire the Genji Equipment in this game, by stealing the pieces from Gilgamesh. Similar to the predecessor, the Genji equipment consist of Genji Helm, Genji Shield, Genji Armor, and Genji Gloves. Each set of Genji Equipment can be stolen after every cinematic while fighting Gilgamesh, even the first time he is fought.
The Genji Glove is an accessory that grants the Uncapped Damage ability, allowing the user to go beyond the 99,999 damage limit. Only 3 can be acquired. Dismantling at star level can get the player a Trapezohedron, which is used to make every ultimate weapon. It can be obtained from Cie'th Stone mission 51, 62 and 63.
Serah Farron wields the Genji Bow as part of her downloadable content weapons. It allows Serah to attack more frequently. It can be upgraded to Genji Bow Kiku, Genji Bow Sakura, and True Genji Bow. The Genji Glove returns as an 70 capacity accessory, providing 12% resistance to both physical and magical attacks.
As of the 1.02 update, the Genji Shield is purchasable from Chocolina in the Coliseum; it has 70 capacity and grants 16% elemental resistance. As of the 1.04 update, Genji Helm (70 capacity, Str/Mag+12%) and Delicate versions of the gloves (30 capacity, 6% resist), shield (30 capacity, 4% element resist), and helm (30 capacity, 5% Str/Mag) are now for sale. The delicate versions also make it possible to use their "Warrior's Wisdom" and "Warrior's Spirit" synth, which improves the bonuses from Genji items while the user is critical.
In the US version, the Genji Equipment can be stolen from Marquis Elmdore. In the original Japanese version, Elmdore had the hidden Maintenance ability and thus the equipment could not be gotten at all. The War of the Lions remake was based off the original, and thus cannot be stolen from Elmdore either; it can instead be obtained in the new Multiplayer mode. The Genji Armor can also be obtained in the new sidequest at Lionel Castle in Chapter 4, after defeating Aliste Rosenheim.
Genji equipment can be obtained as mission rewards. The Genji Armor can teach Reflex to the Paladin Job.
The Genji Gloves can be obtained and grants +10 Defense, +3 Magick, and +5 Resistance. The Genji Helm grants +2 Attack, +19 Defense, and +9 Resistance. The Genji Armor grants +2 Attack, +58 Defense, +12 Resistance, and teaches Reflex for Paladins and Raptors. The Genji Shield grants +10 Evasion, +2 Attack, +5 Defense, and +7 Resist.
The Samurai Helmet and Samurai Armor are the strongest ranked armor in their respected categories, and they are found in the later areas of the game.
The shield is called Samurai and it has a shield icon before its name. It can be bought in Edo for 26000 GP. It has 50 uses, blocks melee and Ston with 99% chance of success, adds 99 HP to Robots, and increases their Def by 22. It also provides resistance to Change.
Called Samurai in the game, the Samurai Shield, Samurai Helmet, Samurai Armor, and Samurai Glove are all late-game and high rank equipment.
Jack's ultimate weapon is the Genji Blade. Genji Armor can be obtained in 2nd Playthrough - Machina's Fight mission (Defeat Gilgamesh 10 times Genji Helm can be obtained in 2nd Playthrough - Machina's Fight mission (Defeat Gilgamesh 10 times in "Impossible" difficulty)
The Warrior Sallet, Shogun Sallet, Warrior Harness, and Shogun Harness represent Genji Equipment.
The Genji Shield is a level 85 shield that provides 60 Defense and costs 4,224 gil to buy.
The Genji Helm, Genji Shield, and Genji Armor appear here as well as the Genji Blade. They can be traded for in the shop after finishing Inward Chaos, or acquired by defeating the Gilgamesh Friend Card. When any three pieces of the Genji set are equipped at once, they activate the "Soul of Yamato" combination, increasing Luck by three, Regen rate by 20%, the rate at which EX Cores appear, and giving the "HP to Brave" ability.
Gilgamesh wields the Genji Blade as one of his eight weapons and is used randomly when attacking and in his EX Mode. It's appearance is based on Auron's Genji Blade. When he attacks with it, it depletes a small amount of the opponent's EX Gauge with every hit.
The Genji set still consists of the Genji Blade, Shield, Helmet and Armor. It can be created with Heike set elements (similar to Dissidia), Samurai's Spirit and Gilgamesh's Battlegen accessories. It can also quite easily be obtained through defeating Lv.100 CPU opponents such as Sephiroth and Exdeath.
Genji Shield from Final Fantasy IV is a Rarity 5 shield.
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The word genji has a variety of historical significances in Japanese culture. The Minamoto Clan was also called the Genji Clan, and Minamoto was a surname commonly bestowed on the children of the Emperor that were not eligible for the throne. A book titled The Tale of Genji also exists, often considered the first novel, which follows royal figures. Genji is also a short period in Japanese history, lasting only a single year from 1864-1865.
Benkei is said to have posted himself at Gojō Bridge in Kyoto, where he disarmed every passing swordsman, eventually collecting 999 swords. On his 1000th duel, Benkei was defeated by Minamoto no Yoshitsune, a son of the warlord Minamoto no Yoshitomo. Benkei is wellknown for wearing heavy armor while he was with Minamoto no Yoshitomo.
The character Gilgamesh derives influence from Benkei, and is associated with the Genji equipment in the series.
The equipment set has also been known as Samurai Equipment. Samurai were the military nobility of medieval and early-modern Japan. They were not just great swordsmen, but also powerful horse archers, virtually unbeatable. If near death in battle, or after having committed a serious offense to their lord, or other various actions have brought shame to them, they would commit a ritual suicide known as seppuku, slicing their stomachs open with a short wakizashi, while another person, known as the second, decapitates them. This ceremonial suicide, which was usually performed in front of spectators, was used voluntarily by samurai to die with honor.
- ↑ V-Jump, "Chocobo's FF Laboratory" (チョコボのＦＦ研究室), November 1993, p.188-192.
- ↑ http://www.siliconera.com/2011/11/21/find-final-fantasy-xiii-2s-genji-bow-in-a-treasure-chest-at-gamestop/