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Brandt as a Merchant from Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light.

The Merchant (商人, Shōnin?) is a recurring job class in the Final Fantasy series. Though non-player merchants and shopkeeps have existed since the series' inception, no playable characters took on the role until the spin-off title Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light.

Merchants are typically depicted as wearing either flowing work tunics or formal clothes—top hats and suits for males, and dresses with large sun hats for females. Their strength tends to be average all around, not favoring any particular stat one way or the other, and though they do not adhere to any one specific weapon type, they are most proficient with staves, daggers, and spears in Bravely Default.

Their abilities revolve around money, either by spending it to invoke a specific effect in battle or using passive abilities to increase the amount of money found. Although they learn some offensive skills, they are primarily a support class that is able to find items mid-fight and change the rules of combat in their allies' favor.

AppearancesEdit

Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of LightEdit

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FFT4HoL Merchant Icon

The Merchant Job makes its first appearance and is obtained after defeating the Arch Demon in Urbeth. They have the ability to find gems in the middle of battle, as well as potentially very powerful skills that allow them to inflict damage and negate all damage received by spending a portion of the party's total money.

Bravely DefaultEdit

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The Merchant job is obtained after defeating Erutus Profiteur in Ancheim. They are able to buy and immediately use healing items during battle, and have a number of support and money-gaining abilities.

Bravely Second: End LayerEdit

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The Merchant is an asterisk obtained after defeating Erutus Profiteur. It is a money job, both gaining it in notable amounts, and consuming it at a high rate with their Commerce abilities. It has an S-Rank in spears, staves, and daggers.

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EtymologyEdit

A merchant is a person who trades in commodities produced by other people to earn a profit. A merchant historically was anyone who was involved in business as long as industry, commerce, and trade have existed.

Merchant comes from the Latin mercans ("a buyer"). Its Japanese name, shōnin, can be translated as either merchant, trader, shopkeeper, or businessperson.