Imp equipment consists of the Impartisan, Tortoise Shield, Saucer, and Reed Cloak. In the original SNES release, they were called the Imp Halberd, Tortoise Shld, Titanium, and Imp Armor. They can only be acquired from various monsters in the World of Ruin. The Impartisan can be won from Tyrannosaurs or stolen from Greater Mantises. The player can also steal Reed Cloaks from Tyrannosaurs, which can be bet at Dragon's Neck Coliseum to win a Tortoise Shield, and can then be bet for a Saucer. Saucers can also be stolen from Tumbleweeds, and the Tonberries. Tonberry and Cactuar enemies can be metamorphed into the equipment.
Imp armors absorb Water and teach the Imp spell. The Impartisan has an attack power of 253, only surpassed by three other weapons (Ragnarok, Lightbringer, and Ultima Weapon). The three armor pieces possess the highest defensive statistics of any other piece of equipment; the only exceptions are the Force Shield (which provides higher magic defense than the Tortoise Shield) and the Snow Scarf (which provides higher defense than the Reed Cloak). On top of everything, the equipment is universal, meaning anyone can equip them, even Gau, who cannot normally equip weapons.
Imp equipment are ignored by the Optimize option in the equipment menu. These Imp Equipment only "activate" when equipped on a character with the Imp status. When equipped on a human, the Impartisan only has an attack power of 13, and the armor only provide a single point of defense (although they still provide magic defense). Only when afflicted by the Imp status, the true values of the equipment take effect. A character equipped with the full set of Imp equipment and in Imp status cannot cast spells but will have maxed out defense, magic defense and battle power. Only attacks that ignore defense, inflict status ailments, or inflict Death can harm them, making them practically invincible in the average battle, as any other attack would only do a single point of damage. Since the Impartisan is a spear, it gets the attack bonus from Jump.
All four pieces of Imp equipment appear, and if the whole set is equipped, the combination Imp's Blessing is created, which increases the wearer's EX Force absorption range by 15m.
It takes an imp to coax this spear to its full poten—ew! Why is it all slimy?
Impartisan grants +3 to Attack. It can be equipped by Dragoon, Kain, and Imp. The Imp also wields the Impartisan in battle when attacking.
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