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You may wonder how such a rough-hewn blade cuts so cleanly. It is because the sword knows no such doubt.
A small katana designed for easy use.
The Kotetsu is a sword equippable by the Thief and Red Mage classes and their upgrades. In the GBA and PSP/iOS remakes, it can be dropped from Cerberus in the Earthgift Shrine. It has an Attack Power of 22.
The Kotetsu is a dark sword used by the Dark Knight class. Like all dark swords, it is effective against dividing enemies. It can be found in Bahamut's Lair, Cave of Shadows, and Falgabard. It provides a 105 boost to Attack.
Shorter katana with emphasis on ease of use.
Kotetsu returns in the sequel of Final Fantasy IV. The katana can only be equipped by Edge and he comes initially equipped with it. It can be found in the Cave of Eblan. It has an attack power of 40 and a accuracy of 40.
Shorter katana with emphasis on ease of use. Can be used two-handed.
Modest katana designed for ease of use.
Cyan Garamonde can equip the Kotetsu, which may be bought in Narshe, Mobliz, and Nikeah for 800 gil. It has an attack power of 66, and enables the Bushido and Runic commands. It is Cyan's second weakest weapon.
Kotetsu is also one of the weapons thrown by the Outsider, which deals moderate non-elemental damage to one target.
The Kotetsu appears as a generic low-level great katana usable by Samurai.
The Kotetsu is the cheapest and weakest katana with an Attack power of 50, and requires the Katana 1 license to equip. It can be bought in Rabanastre and Jahara for 3,800 gil, and dropped from Werewolves (very rare). All katana have 2.39s charge, and 1.2s action time, making them average when it comes to attacking speed.
A katana whose blade is adorned with a breathtaking carving of a tiger.
The Kotetsu (Koutetsu Knife in the PlayStation version) has an attack power of 8, it can be bought from the outfitters for 3,000 gil from Chapter 2 and onwards. The katana's Iaido ability is called Binding Darkness, which deals non-elemental magick damage.
Crudely forged, but deadly sharp blade.
The Kotetsu is used by Assassins and Ninja. The Assassin can learn one of its best skills, Rockseal, from this katana. It has an Attack power of 37 and can be bought for 8,000 gil from Cyril and 9,000 gil everywhere else.
The Kotetsu can be equipped by Assassin and Ninja, the new Parivir job. It teaches Skyfury Blade to Parivirs for 300 AP, Wood Veil to Ninjas for 200 AP and Rockseal to Assassins for 450 AP. It provides +34 Attack and +5 Defense, and can be bought for 4,800 gil in the shop after creating it in the Bazaar after using a Body Ceffyl, Moon Ring, and Goldcap.
A sword diligently forged by skilled artisans. Its polished blade reflects just like a mirror.
The Kotetsu is a Clavat-only weapon that provides +130 Attack. It can be made using the Noble's Weapon scroll.
A sword forged with the utmost care. It is a masterpiece created for connoisseurs.
Kotetsu is a mid-ranked sword that can be used by any race. It provides 93 attack at level 1 and 150 attack at level 30, +5 to Stun, and has one empty slot. It can be created for 790 gil by using Steel x5 and Black Gold x3 (Hard or Very Hard mode). When turned into a jewel, a level 3-9 Kotetsu will make an Assassinite, level 10-19 makes a Fortune Fluorite, and level 20-30 makes Big Charjade.
Swords made by the master smith Norimune from the lost land of Wa are known as Kiku-ichimonji Norimune. They are said to be slender and refined, but legends never mention the existence of a straight sword by Norimune. If it truly is of his making, it is an epoch-making find.
This katana bears the name of a master smith from the land of Wa, a long-lost island nation.
Kotetsu's straight edge, known for devastating sharpness, is said to be capable of splitting stones and iron helms. The secret of its making has been lost, so no new blades of this kind are being produced.
The Kotetsu is Gilgamesh's level 90 exclusive weapon. It provides +63 Attack, +34 Bravery, -1 Defense, and EX Force Absorption +5%. It can be traded for 158,000 gil, an Osafune, an Electrum, and Giant's Dream x5.
The edge of this legendary blade never wears, nor does its brilliant light wane.
Kotetsu grants +2 to Attack. It can be equipped by Samurai, Ninja, and Auron.
A katana of ideal make that no force can ever break.
A katana that, although short, cuts very well. Originally it was meant to be equipped as a spare weapon to replace a warrior's main blade should it be damage and rendered unusable. However, its convenient size made it easy to carry and facilitated fighting in narrow spaces, which led many people to begin carrying the Kotetsu as their main weapon. This blade is so popular that it is not uncommon to see cheap replicas of it for sale.
Non-Final Fantasy appearancesEdit
Nagasone Kotetsu was a Japanese swordmaker of the early Edo period. Kotetsu worked as an armorer for some time, but later switched to swordmaking. His swords were known for their great strength and their ability to cut through helmets. However, Kotetsu's swords were often faked, and they were so well faked that even Kotetsu himself is said to have not been able to tell the difference.
"Ko" (虎) means "Tiger" while "Tetsu" (鉄) means "Iron". "虎" alone can also be pronounced "Tora". Literally, Kotetsu means "Tiger Iron" or "Iron of the Tiger" in Japanese.