Hit (ヒット数, Hittosuu?) is a recurring term in the Final Fantasy series. First appearing in the original Final Fantasy, Hit tells the player how many times a unit strikes the enemy on their turn. Each hit inflicts a certain amount of damage, but the damage is tallied up and the total amount of damage is shown on the screen at the end of the unit's turn. The hit count is usually increased by Haste.
The higher Accuracy of a unit will cause it to obtain more hits, and units in the first two positions will have a greater hit ratio.
The weapon skill level determines how many chances a character has to strike an enemy. Accuracy determines how likely an attack is to hit, and the target's Evasion stats determine how many hits it can avoid and the chance of each evasion attempt succeeding. There is a minor bug in later versions that can give inaccurate numbers of weapon hits when a shield is also equipped.
Again, higher Accuracy will cause more hits, and using different types of weapons will also differ the hit count.
There is no visual numerical counter that appears during battle, but the number of hits is use for the Arrow and Harp upon hitting an enemy. The number of hits is related to the Attack Multiplier a character has. Rosa using the Aim command will ensure that the number of hits will be equal to her Attack Multiplier, regardless of the accuracy or hit rate of the current bow she has equipped.
The number of hits is the number of arrows or music notes that appears on the target. It should be noted that the maximum Attack Multiplier a character can have is nineteen, so that is how many the player can see on the target.
A character using a melee weapon can hit the foe multiple times on their turn. Enemies can also combo their physical attacks. Each combo hit takes about 0.5 seconds to execute and the combo stops when the opponent dies.
Ranged weapons can't do hit combos, but they can do critical damage instead, and some weapons can't do either. Each weapon has its own Hit Combo rate, usually determined by the weapon type. Espers' regular attacks never deal combos or critical hits.
The accessory Genji Gloves boosts the chance of performing a hit combo; the values below are multiplied by 1.8 with Genji Gloves equipped; without the Genji Gloves, the values are multiplied by 0.7.
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The above numbers tell the chance of a hit combo happening, but don't deal with the actual number of hits. When a character's HP is low the chance of performing a combo remains the same, but the number of hits in a combo increases.
|Number of Hits||HP > 25%||HP 12.5-25%||HP 6.25-12.5%||HP < 6.25%|
The number of hits rises when the character's HP is very low. The player can exploit this by purposely lowering a character's HP to below 6.25% of their maximum before a battle, equip a high-combo weapon and Genji Gloves, and open a battle with a long chain of combos. The strategy can be enhanced by having another character with Lure to attract the enemies' attacks.
The hit count for attacks depends on the character's AGI. For every ten points of AGI a character has, they gain the possibility to add one more hit to their attack, increasing the damage dealt. For standard attacks, a hit can miss if the user's accuracy isn't high enough, or the enemy's evade is too high. However, for physical abilities, only the maximum amount of hits possible is taken into account for damage.
The Onion Knight uses the Hit system during battle. The more hits he does, the more damage he does. A greater amount of hits also increases how quickly his ATB gauge fills; for example, getting 1 Hit makes it charge very slowly, but getting the maximum of 16 hits makes his next turn come nearly instantly.