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Calca inflicting Instant Death to an enemy with the use of Triton's Dagger in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years.

Instant Death (即死, Sokushi?), also called Death, Fatal, Swoon, Dead, KO, Fell, Dispatch, and Stun, refers to an attack that immediately kills its victim regardless of what HP they have remaining. Instant death attacks are recurrent throughout the series; several bosses, including final bosses, are known to use instant death moves and some summons, such as Odin and Yojimbo, can also kill instantly. Instant death spells generally do not work on bosses, however, exceptions do exist.

In most games, attacks that inflict instant death do not display damage points when hit, even if the attack would have inflicted normal damage if instant death had not taken effect. In some games, indicators such as the word "Death" or the abbreviation "KO" may appear instead of damage points.

As with the use of curative and resurrection spells, such as Raise, instant death's effect is often reversed for the undead. In some games, using an instant death ability on the undead will fully heal it in the same way that using Raise would kill it, though there are some exceptions, such as the undead in Final Fantasy XII.

AppearancesEdit

Final FantasyEdit

In addition to the abilities below, the Mindflayer can inflict Instant Death to a single target with its physical attacks.

Game Element Type Effect
Scourge Black Magic Inflicts Death to all vulnerable enemies, low rate of success.
Death Black Magic Inflicts Death to vulnerable enemies.
Quake Black Magic Inflicts Death to all enemies.
Earthquake Enemy Ability Inflicts Death to whole party.

Final Fantasy IIEdit

Game Element Type Effect
Death Black Magic Inflicts Death.
Warp Black Magic Instantly kills.
Teleport White Magic Instantly kills.
Toad Black Magic Instantly defeats enemies.
Break Black Magic Instantly kills.
Mini White Magic Instantly defeats enemies.

Final Fantasy IIIEdit

Game Element Type Effect
Mini White Magic Low chance of instantly defeat one enemy.
Toad White Magic Low chance of instantly defeat one enemy.
Raze Black Magic Inflicts Death to weaker enemies.
Death Black Magic Inflicts Death.
Lilith Rod Item Magic Casts Death when used as an item.
Zantetsuken Summon Odin Chance of causing Instant Death on one enemy.
Rend Summon Bahamut Chance of causing Instant Death on all enemies.

Final Fantasy IVEdit

Game Element Type Effect
Deathbringer Weapon May inflict Death.
Death Black Magic Inflicts Death to Weaker Enemies.
Odin Summon Magic Inflicts Death 50% of the time.
Black Fang Enemy Attack Inflicts Death.
Ninth Dimension Enemy Attack Inflicts Death. Is Reflectable.
Assassin's Dagger Weapon May inflict Death.

Final Fantasy IV -Interlude-Edit

Game Element Type Effect
Death Black Magic Inflicts Death to Weaker Enemies.
Odin Summon Magic Inflicts Death 50% of the time.
Ninth Dimension Enemy Attack Inflicts Death. Is Reflectable.

Final Fantasy IV: The After YearsEdit

Game Element Type Effect
Death Black Magic Inflicts Death to Weaker Enemies.
Odin Summon Magic Inflicts Death 50% of the time.
Black Fang Enemy Attack Inflicts Death.
Ninth Dimension Enemy Attack Inflicts Death. Is Reflectable.
Assassin's Dagger Weapon May inflict Death.

Final Fantasy VEdit

Game Element Type Effect
Death Black Magic Inflicts Death.
Banish Time Magic Inflicts Death.
Level 5 Death Blue Magic Inflicts Death on enemies whose levels are a multiple of 5. Bypasses Death immunity.
Roulette Blue Magic Inflicts Death on a random target.
Death Potion Mix Inflicts Death.
Odin Summon Inflicts Death to all enemies, if Zantetsuken is used.
Doom Sword Enemy Attack Inflicts Death as well as non-elemental damage.
Assassin's Dagger Weapon Randomly casts Death after each attack.
Death Sickle Weapon Randomly casts Death after each attack.

Final Fantasy VIEdit

This status has been given a name in the Game Boy Advance release, it appears inside the Bestiary as Death found under the Status Immunity section of the enemy entry. Because of the Vanish-Doom Bug, in the versions before the Advance remake, the Invisible status would remove the target's immunity to Death, meaning even bosses could be easily defeated this way.

Other abilities or spells that will fail on targets that are immune to Death: Air Anchor, Cave In, Cyclonic, Hailstone, Snowball, Missile, Launcher, Gravity Bomb, Shamshir, Sonic Boom, Gravity, Graviga, Break, Cockatrice, Doom, Dischord, Tiger, and Catoblepas.

Game Element Type Effect
Possess Ability Inflicts Death to one enemy or boss.
Death Magic Inflicts Death.
Banish Magic Has a chance to inflict Death on all enemies.
Lv 5. Death Lore Inflicts Death to enemies whose levels are a multiple of 5.
Roulette Lore Inflicts Death on a random target.
Oblivion Bushido Inflicts Death on all enemies.
Antlion Dance Inflicts Death
Snare Dance Inflicts Death.
Banisher Magitek Inflicts Death.
Joker's Death Slot Inflicts Death to party if it is 7-7-Bar, or inflicts Death to all enemies if it is 7-7-7. Teaches Lv 5. Death to Strago.
Air Anchor Tools Inflicts Death if target attempts to preform an action after being hit by Air Anchor.
Chainsaw (2nd version) Tools Inflicts Death.
Odin Summon Inflicts Death to all enemies.
Raiden Summon Has a higher chance of inflicting Death to all enemies.
Sabre Soul Desperation Attack Inflicts Death.
Star Prism Desperation Attack Inflicts Death.
Blaster Enemy Attack Inflicts Death.
Assassin's Dagger Dagger May inflict Death on the enemy it hits.
Ichigeki Dagger May inflict Death on the enemy it hits.
Zantetsuken Weapon May inflict Death on the enemy it hits.
Wing Edge Boomerang May inflict Death on the enemy it hits.
Zanmato Sword May inflict Death on the enemy it hits.
Memento Ring Relic Prevents Death, Zombie, and Petrify.
Safety Bit Relic Prevents Death, Zombie, and Petrify.

Final Fantasy VIIEdit

The player can withstand one of any Tonberry "Knife" attacks by using the spell Resist. This only works one time as the attack dealt by the Tonberry will dispel the effect. Since the character the Tonberry attacks is random, one can wait until it is only one step away from a party member as Tonberries tend to attack whoever is in front of them prior to the last step before using the "Knife" attack.

Game Element Type Effect
Death Magic Inflicts Death.
Death Force Enemy Skill Prevents Death.
L5 Death Enemy Skill Inflicts Death on all enemies whose levels are a multiple of 5.
Roulette Enemy Skill Inflicts Death on a random target.
Flash Command Inflicts Death to all enemies. It is the 2nd level ability of the Slash-All Materia.
Steel Bladed Sword Summon Summon Odin and inflicts Death on all enemies. If resistant, Gunge Lance is used instead.
Disintegration Summon Inflicts wind-elemental damage with a chance of Death to all enemies.
Death Joker Limit Break Inflicts Death to the player party if the player rolls two Cait Siths and a Bar in Cait Sith's Slots Limit Break.
Dragon Dive Limit Break Inflicts 6 non-elemental attacks with a chance of Death to random enemies.
Finishing Touch Limit Break Inflicts Death on all enemies. Doesn't work on all enemies.
Hyper Jump Limit Break Inflicts major non-elemental damage with a chance of Death to all enemies.
Game Over Limit Break Inflicts Death on any enemy regardless of immunities if the player rolls three Cait Siths in Cait Sith's Slots Limit Break.
Hammerblow Limit Break Ejects an enemy. Doesn't work on all enemies.
Satan Slam Limit Break Inflicts extreme non-elemental damage and a chance of Death to all enemies.
Hidden One Enemy Attack Inflicts Death.
Joker Enemy Attack Inflicts Death. Doesn't always work.
Knife Enemy Attack Inflicts Death.
L4 Death Enemy Attack Inflicts Death on party whose levels are a multiple of 4.
Scissor Attack Enemy Attack Inflicts minor non-elemental damage and Death. Used as a counterattack when HP is 50% or less.
Suffocation Song Enemy Attack Inflicts Death. Only used if Gighee is alive, and if at least one opponent has Sadness.
Safety Bit Accessory Prevents Death.
Kiss of Death Item Inflicts Death on all enemies with 68% precision.

The player can also add the instant death element to a character's physical attacks by linking Destruct Materia with Status Effect Materia in the character's weapon. Equipping the pair in the character's armor will make him/her immune to instant death, instead.

Enemies can also be killed by a single hit if the player performs the Overflow Glitch with Vincent's or Barret's ultimate weapons.

Final Fantasy VIIIEdit

Game Element Type Effect
Death Magic Inflicts Death.
Death Stone Item Casts Death.
Degenerator Blue Magic Ejects the target.
Destroy Enemy Attack Instantly kills a GF
Iai Blow Enemy Attack Inflicts Death and physical damage.
Lv? Death Blue Magic Inflicts Death on all enemies whose levels are a multiple of X. X is broken down into the following:
  • Crisis Lv 1: LV4 Death
  • Crisis Lv 2: LV3 Death
  • Crisis Lv 3: LV2 Death
  • Crisis Lv 4: LV1 Death
Lv5 Death Enemy Attack Inflicts Death on party members whose levels are a multiple of 5.
Rapture Limit Break Ejects all targets.
The End Limit Break Instantly kills any enemy.
Zantetsuken Summon When used by either Odin or Gilgamesh it inflicts instant death to all targets (the eject immunity is involved rather than death immunity). Odin can use it against the player party if the player runs out of time while battling him.

The player can add the instant death effect to physical attacks by junctioning 100 Death spells to a character's status attack.

Final Fantasy IXEdit

Game Element Type Effect
Death Black Magic Inflicts Death.
LV5 Death Blue Magic Inflicts Death on enemies whose levels are a multiple of 5.
Roulette Blue Magic Randomly inflicts Death on a target.
Death Cutter Enemy Attack Inflicts major non-elemental damage and Death.
Snort Enemy Attack Ejects its target.
Avenger Weapon Has Death as an Add-Status.
Iai Strike Sword Arts Instant Death to an enemy if successful.
Zantetsuken Summon Odin has a chance of inflicting Instant Death depending on the number of Ore in the party inventory.

Final Fantasy XEdit

Game Element Type Effect
Death Black Magic Inflicts Death.
Death Fury Overdrive Inflicts Death several times.
Pain Anima Skill Inflicts non-elemental damage and Death. Dark Anima can use it against the party in the International, PAL, and HD Remaster versions, in which case it inflicts Death regardless of immunity.
Zanmato Yojimbo Skill Instantly kills any target. Dark Yojimbo can use it against the party in the International, PAL, and HD Remaster versions, in which case it also ignores Auto-Life.
Banish Enemy Attack Inflicts Death to Aeons.
Blaster Enemy Attack Inflicts Death.
Crush Spike Enemy Attack Inflicts non-elemental damage and Death.
Fangs of Hell Enemy Attack Inflicts Death, ignores Deathproof.
Giga-Graviton Enemy Attack Ends game instantly.
Glyph Mine Enemy Attack Inflicts Death if a party member is standing on a pillar when a mine explodes.
Hades Claw Enemy Attack Inflicts non-elemental damage as well as Death and Poison.
Heavenly Strike Enemy Attack Inflicts Delay. In the International, PAL, and HD Remaster versions, adds Death, Confuse, and Power Break, and only used by Dark Shiva.
Hyper Blaster Enemy Attack Inflicts Death, ignores Deathproof.
KO Punch Enemy Attack Inflicts non-elemental damage and Death.
Mega Death Enemy Attack Inflicts Death to party.
Megaton Punch Enemy Attack Inflicts non-elemental damage and Death.
Passado Enemy Attack Inflicts non-elemental damage. Adds Death in the International, PAL, and HD Remaster versions.
Voodoo Enemy Attack Damages aeons with a chance of Instant Death. Used by Tonberry.
Deathtouch Auto Ability 50% chance of Death when attacking physically. Can be customized onto a weapon with 30 Farplane Shadows.
Deathstrike Auto Ability Inflicts Death when attacking physically. Can be customized onto a weapon with 60 Farplane Winds.
Deathward Auto Ability 50% chance of preventing Death. Can be customized onto armor with 15 Farplane Shadows.
Deathproof Auto Ability Prevents Death. Can be customized onto armor with 60 Farplane Winds.
Farplane Shadow Item Casts Death.
Farplane Wind Item Casts Death on multiple random enemies.

Final Fantasy X-2Edit

Game Element Type Effect
Death Arcana Inflicts Death.
Carrier Flurry Paine's Pet Inflicts Death.
Death Flurry Paine's Pet Inflicts non-elemental damage and Death.
Zantetsu Bushido Inflicts Death.
Shin-Zantetsu Bushido Inflicts Death to all enemies.
PuPu Platter Rikku's Mascot Inflicts Instant Death to all enemies.
Arsenic Knife Paine's Mascot Inflicts Instant Death.
Death Petals Floral Fallal Inflicts Death.
Death Missile Machina Maw Inflicts Death.
Death Full Throttle Inflicts Death.
Death Blast Enemy Attack Inflicts damage equal to remaining HP and Death.
Gun Payback Enemy Attack Inflicts physical damage and Death to a Gunner, Gun Mage, or Alchemist.
Killer Fang Enemy Attack Inflicts physical damage and Death.
Mage Payback Enemy Attack Inflicts physical damage and Death to a White or Black Mage.
Russian Roulette Enemy Attack 1st version. Inflicts physical damage and Death.
Sword Payback Enemy Attack Inflicts physical damage and Death to a Warrior, Samurai, or Dark Knight.
Deathproof Auto Ability Prevents Death.

Final Fantasy XIEdit

Game Element Type Effect
Atma of Cloak and Dagger Atma Bestows "minor" Resist Death.
Atma of the Einherjar Atma Bestows "superior" Resist Death.
Atma of the Winged Gloom Atma Bestows "major" Resist Death.
Dark Sun NM Skill Inflicts Death on anyone in range.
Death Dark Magic Inflicts Death.
Deathly Glare NM Skill Inflicts Death as a gaze attack within a conal area.
Death Prophet Enemy Skill Inflicts Death on anyone in a conal area.
Eihwaz Ring Equipment (Ring) Has a small chance to resist Death attacks.
Extremely Bad Breath NM Skill Inflicts Death on players in range.
Heimdall's Doom Weapon (One-handed Sword) Has a small chance to inflict Death.
Mortal Blast NM Skill Inflicts Death as a gaze attack within a conal area.
Pavor Nocturnus Diabolos Skill Inflicts Dispel and has a small chance of inflicting Death; success rate increases if target is asleep.
Perdition Enemy Skill Inflicts Death.
Shadow Ring Equipment (Ring) Has a small chance to resist Death attacks.
Svaha Notorious Monster Melee attacks have a very low chance of inflicting Death.
Tera Slash NM Skill When used by Arch Dynamis Lord, has a chance to inflict Death on those hit by it.
Thar She Blows Enemy Skill Inflicts Death on those within a frontal area.
Twilight Scythe Weapon (Scythe) Has a small chance to inflict Death on normal hits or physical weapon skills.
Tyrant Tusk NM Skill Deals Dark elemental damage and inflicts Bio status, but if the target would fall to less than half HP as a result of this damage, the damage is negated and victim simply dies instead. Apparently unaffected by Resist Death effects.
Zantetsuken Odin Skill Inflicts Death on anyone in range. Will simply deal damage to Notorious Monsters and others immune to Death.

Final Fantasy XIIEdit

Game Element Type Effect
Death Arcane Magic Inflicts Death.
Warp Time Magic Banishes targets.
Bonecrusher Technick Some of user's HP is sacrificed to inflict Instant Death on a foe.
Telega Boss Skill Banishes party member.
Kill Boss Skill Inflicts Death on vulnerable enemies.
Death Strike Boss Skill Inflicts Death on vulnerable party members.
Crushing Fangs Enemy Skill Chance of Instant Death.
Prime Level Death Boss Skill Instant Death to party members whose levels are a prime number.
Dimensional Rift Enemy Skill Chance of Instant Death.
Darkja Boss Skill Dark-elemental damage to all party members as well as inflicting Blind and Instant Death. Used by Zodiark.
Death Strike Boss Skill Instant Death. Accuracy lowered by target's Shell. Used by Yiazmat.
Warp Mote Item Banishes targets.
Deathbringer Weapon May cause Instant Death.
Assassin's Arrows Weapon May cause Instant Death.
Assassin's Dagger Weapon May cause Instant Death.
Phoenix Down Item When used with Nihopalaoa accessory causes Instant Death.

All of Yiazmat's physical and rake attacks have 5% of inflicting instant death. In addition, Raise and Arise can cause Instant Death to undead enemies, Raise with 70% success rate, and Arise with 35%.

Final Fantasy XIIIEdit

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Game Element Type Effect
Death Full ATB Skill, Enemy Ability Inflicts Instant Death with a low rate of success, inflicts non-elemental damage when it fails.
Zantetsuken Gestalt Ability Inflicts Instant Death on all enemies with low HP, inflicts non-elemental damage otherwise.
Progenitorial Wrath Enemy Ability Inflicts Instant Death with a 50% rate of success, inflicts non-elemental damage when it fails.

Final Fantasy Type-0Edit

Kill sights cause instant death to enemies when in battle with them. To initiate a kill sight the cursor has to be red when the player attacks.

Final Fantasy TacticsEdit

Game Element Type Effect
Death Black Magic Inflicts Death.
Magma Surge Geomancy Deals fire-elemental damage with a chance of inflicting Death.
Northswain's Strike Holy Sword, Swordplay Deals non-elemental physical damage with a chance of inflicting Death.
Finishing Touch Limit Deals non-elemental physical damage with a chance of inflicting Death.
Suffocate Subdual Arts Inflicts Death, 100% hit rate.
Bioga Befoul, Bio, Magicks Deals non-elemental magick damage with a chance of inflicting Death.
Dark Whisper Enemy Ability Deals dark-elemental magick damage with a chance of inflicting Death.
Heave Enemy Ability Deals non-elemental physical damage with a chance of inflicting Death.
Valhalla Weapon May inflict Death on the enemy it hits.

Final Fantasy Tactics AdvanceEdit

Game Element Type Effect
Death Alchemy Skill Instantly KOs one target.
Roulette Blue Magic Instantly KOs a unit chosen at random on the battlefield.
Last Breath Corner Instantly KOs one target.
LV5 Death Enemy Attack Instantly KOs any target in range with a level divisible by 5.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the RiftEdit

Game Element Type Effect
Death Arcane Magick Instantly KOs one target.
Last Breath Assassination Instantly KOs one target.
Roulette Blue Magick Instantly KOs a unit chosen at random on the battlefield.
Mirror Items Survivalism Instantly KOs one target when used with a Phoenix Down.

Final Fantasy Mystic QuestEdit

FFMQ Fatal Icon
Game Element Type Effect
Life White Magic Inflict Fatal on single enemy target.
Doom Dance Enemy Ability Inflicts Fatal.
Doom Gaze Enemy Ability Inflicts Fatal.
Doom Powder Enemy Ability Inflicts Fatal.
Corrode Gas Enemy Ability Inflicts Fatal.

The Final Fantasy LegendEdit

Game Element Type Effect
Hyper Cannon Inflicts Dead to all enemies.
Death Magic Book Inflicts Dead to one enemy.
Saw Assorted Others Inflicts Dead to an enemy if it hits.
King Armor Grants resistance to FFL Strength IconFire, FFL Strength IconIce, FFL Strength IconElec, FFL Strength IconPoison, FFL Strength IconStone, FFL Strength IconPara, FFL Strength IconWeapon, and FFL Strength IconQuake.
Arthur Armor Grants resistance to FFL Strength IconStone and FFL Strength IconPara.
Dragon Helmet Grants resistance to FFL Strength IconStone, FFL Strength IconPara, FFL Strength IconWeapon, and FFL Strength IconQuake.
Band Helmet Grants resistance to FFL Strength IconFire, FFL Strength IconIce, FFL Strength IconElec, FFL Strength IconPoison, FFL Strength IconStone, FFL Strength IconPara, FFL Strength IconWeapon, and FFL Strength IconQuake.
Aezis Shield Grants the party FFL Strength IconStone, FFL Strength IconPara, FFL Strength IconWeapon, and FFL Strength IconQuake resistance with 100% success.
King Shield Grants the party FFL Strength IconIce, FFL Strength IconStone, FFL Strength IconPara resistance with 255% success.
Stop Enemy Ability Inflicts Dead to an enemy group.
D-Beam Enemy Ability Inflicts Dead to an enemy group.
D-Fangs Enemy Ability Inflicts Dead to an enemy group.
Saw Enemy Ability Inflicts Dead to an enemy group.
FFL Strength IconAll Enemy Ability Resists Fire, Ice, Elec, Pois, Ston, Para, Weapon, and Quake.
FFL Strength IconChange Enemy Ability Resists Ston, Para, and Weapon.
FFL Strength IconPar/Wp Enemy Ability Resists Para and Weapon.
FFL Strength IconPara Enemy Ability Resists Dead, Blin, Slep, Conf, Curs, and Para.

Final Fantasy Legend IIEdit

Game Element Type Effect
Wizard Staff Inflicts Stun to all enemies.
ChainSaw Assorted Others Inflicts Stun; cannot cut if Str < Def - 9; or against FFLII ResistanceWeapon if Str < 2 x(Def - 4).
Death Magic Book Inflicts Stun on non-undead (Skelton, Zombie, O-Bake).
Erase Enemy Ability Inflicts Stun; one group.
FatalGas Enemy Ability Inflicts Stun; one group.
X-Gaze Enemy Ability Inflicts Stun; one group.

Final Fantasy Legend IIIEdit

The target is instantly killed and becomes Fell.

Game Element Effect Description
Fatal Can inflict Fatal Kills one enemy.
LifeA Can inflict Fatal Kills one enemy.
Dispel Can inflict Fatal Attacks one enemy.
Dance Can inflict Fatal Attacks one enemy.
XPowder Can inflict Fatal Kills one enemy.
X-Gaze Can inflict Fatal Kills one enemy.
X-Flash Can inflict Fatal Kills one enemy.
X-Heat Can inflict Fatal Kills one enemy.

Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of LightEdit

The player gains access to instant death moves with the Death spell, the Ranger's Smashing Blow (25% chance), Monk's Ghost Army and the Bandit's Deadly Blow attack. The Party Host's Pot Luck command has a random chance of executing Sudden Death that kills all opponents instantly.

Some of the tougher bosses use instant death attacks against the party, such as the Leviathan, that has a chance of instantly KOing a party member with its physical attacks.

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