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GokuuPole-ffxii

The Gokuu Pole in Final Fantasy XII.

A great monk once blessed this pole with powerful charms for destroying evil.

Gokuu Pole (ゴクウの棒, Gokuu no Bō?), also known as Simian Staff and Ruyi Bang, is a recurring weapon in the series. It is oftentimes a mid-ranked pole that provides excellent attack power.

AppearancesEdit

Final Fantasy XIIEdit

XII The Gokuu Pole is a mid-ranked pole that provides +63 Attack and 12% combo rate. Poles' attack speed is average at 2.47s charge and 1.2s action time.

It can be bought for 9,000 gil at Phon Coast and Archades, and requires 30 LP and the Poles 3 license in order to equip.

Final Fantasy TacticsEdit

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One strike from this pole can cause the target to lose his faith.
—Description

The Gokuu Pole is a mid-ranked pole that provides +10 Attack, 20% Weapon Defense, and can inflict Atheist when attacking with it. It can be bought for 7,500 gil at an Outfitter on Chapter 3 onwards, won from the battle at Orbonne Monastery, or found as a rare treasure at Free City of Bervenia.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the RiftEdit

TA2 The Gokuu Pole is a mid-ranked pole that provides +44 Attack, +2 Defense, +2 Evasion, and +2 Speed. It can be used by the Master Monk, Geomancer, Chocobo Knight, Dancer, and Heritor, and teaches the abilities Artifice's Embrace for 200 AP to the Geomancer and Withering Strike for 400 AP to the Master Monk. It can be obtained from the Bazaar through the Uncommon Poles C category.

Bravely DefaultEdit

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A quarterstaff fashioned to resemble a legendary weapon said to have been used by the Monkey King. It does not lengthen and contract at will as told of in legends, but it is an unexpectedly effective weapon. [Effect when equipped: +Modifier when attacking multiple targets]
—Description

The Simian Staff is not technically the same as the Gokuu Pole; however, it is worth a mention as it is another pole derived from the same mythological item as the Gokuu Pole. The Simian Staff's Japanese name is (不如意棒, Fu'nyoibou?, lit. Un-ruyi pole), where a Ruyi is a Buddhist ceremonial scepter; an "un-ruyi" would therefore be an impious scepter.

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Bravely Second: End LayerEdit

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Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

Dissidia012 The Gokuu Pole is a level 60 pole that provides -248 HP, +49 Bravery, and +48 Attack. It can be obtained from the shop by trading 92,640 gil.

Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit

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Final Fantasy ExplorersEdit

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EtymologyEdit

The Gokuu Pole originates from the weapon of the trickster hero Sun Wukong (そん ごくう (Son Gokū?) in Japanese) from the popular Chinese classic tale, Journey to the West. A pole known as the Ruyi Jingu Bang (如意金箍棒, Cintamani Golden-bound Cudgel?), it was originally the Dragon King Au Guang's keepsake and remained as a pillar held in his underwater palace on the ocean floor, once used by the Yu the Great in his pursuit and studies of flood control.

Weighing 18,000 pounds, or nearly 8.5 metric tons, capable of changing its size, obedient of its master's command, and capable of splitting into many, the pole was considered ultimately worthless and impossibly unwieldy, and remained so until Sun Wukong changed its size at his command.

Its ability to bestow the Atheist status is a reference to Journey to the West's themes and Sun Wukong's traits of defiance and rebelliousness against the heavenly kingdoms upon their discrimination and snobbery.

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