|A.K.A||Ming-Wu, Mindu, Minh|
|Ultimate Weapon||Staff of Light|
Stardust Rod (Soul of Rebirth)
|Final Fantasy II character|
- “A white mage from the magical land of Mysidia, Minwu draws on his vast knowledge and powerful spellcasting ability to support the rebel forces in their cause. He has also proven a courageous ally, often volunteering to partake in dangerous missions.”
- —Final Fantasy II 20th Anniversary instruction manual.
Minwu, known officially in Japan as Ming-Wu, known as Mindu in the Origins version, and called Minh in the Neo Demiforce fan translation, is one of the temporarily playable characters from Final Fantasy II, as well as the protagonist of Soul of Rebirth. A White Wizard from Mysidia, he works as Fynn's Royal Mage, and after Fynn's takeover by the Palamecian Empire, he becomes Princess Hilda's right-hand man who will do anything to help the Wild Rose Rebellion.
Minwu is alluded to in several other installments, always as a great mage of lore.
Appearance and PersonalityEdit
Final Fantasy IIEdit
- “All those who live must some day die. It is our fate.”
Minwu has long served the Fynn royal family as their personal mage and healer. Fleeing Fynn with Princess Hilda and the King during the Empire's attack, he helps set up the rebel base in Altair. When Hilda finds Firion and his friends badly beaten in the woods near Fynn, Minwu heals their wounds, sensing "a strong life force" within Firion.
After Hilda accepts Firion, Maria and Guy into the resistance, Minwu accompanies them to Salamand, and further to the Semitt Falls to find mythril for their cause. They fight their way through the falls, and manage to rescue enslaved peasants from Salamand from the Empire and obtain the mythril. After returning to the Rebellion, Minwu joins the party into infiltrating the Empire's operations at Bafsk and sabotaging the Dreadnought. However, once they reach the behemoth airship, its construction has been already been concluded.
Once the party returns to Altair, they discover the King of Fynn's injuries have worsened, and Minwu stays in Altair to attend to the King. After the party destroys the Dreadnought and rescues Hilda alongside Gordon, the King of Fynn dies of his wounds, and with his final breath, tells Minwu to travel to Mysidia to find the Ultima Tome. Minwu agrees to his king's last request and sets out straight away.
The party eventually follows Minwu's quest after Fynn's liberation and hear he's departed for the Mysidian Tower in Mysidia. There, he finds a seal blocking the way to the Ultima Tome, and waits for the party to arrive. He offers to break the seal, using all of his power, at the cost of his own life. Telling the rest of the party not to mourn, he perishes in the Chamber of the Seal.
However, this was not the end of his journey. Not much later, Minwu awakes in a strange cave similar to the Jade Passage, and encounters the Prince of Kashuan, Scott, and together they descend the cave, eventually finding Josef of Salamand and later the Dragoon Ricard Highwind. Due to these encounters he realizes he is now dead. He also learns of recent events through Ricard Highwind, such as the Emperor's death and revival as the Lord of Hell. Together, the four fight their way through the path to hell and eventually reach a settlement where they meet Cid, who together with Wild Rose soldiers, established and defend Machanon.
Minwu finds a portal to an area resembling the Chamber of the Seal at the Mysidian Tower, the place where he died. Inside they encounter the Ultima Weapon, who, once defeated, grants Minwu an Ultima Tome. Back in Machanon they find another portal leading to a strange palace, which Minwu deducts to be Pandaemonium, the palace of hell. At the top of the structure they find the Emperor's light side, who tells them they have been chosen into Heaven, not unlike him, whose soul has been split into Good and Evil, and sent to both Heaven and Hell.
Minwu also learns that unlike what he thought, he has been traveling through the passage to Heaven, Raqia, and the palace of Heaven, Arubboth. The Emperor offers the party a heavenly afterlife, but suddenly a vision of Firion, Maria, Guy and Leon fighting the Hell Emperor awakes Minwu. The party engages the Light Emperor in battle, so as to banish the Emperors. Upon his defeat, Minwu can finally rest in peace knowing that the future of the world is in good hands.
In the game's official novelization Muma no Meikyū Minwu's role is quite different. As the entire Ultima plot was cut, Minwu never dies in the novel. Instead, Minwu meets the Emperor's mother, Airu, whom the Emperor had banished to live on the Palamecian deserts after ascending the throne. Airu is looking for a way to save her son, and together with Minwu creates a crystal that has the power to purify the land of demon influence. Even if it is too late to save the Emperor, Airu and Minwu's crystal is used to destroy the Stone of Iludia, which is revealed to be the resting place of Satan who keeps corrupting all of the Palamecian Emperors, making them evil.
An elderly Minwu appears in this book.
Minwu joins the party knowing several White Magic spells in high levels, but without any experience with weapons or shields. He also has very high Spirit and Magic, so his magical proficiency will quickly grow. His ultimate weapon in the Arcane Labyrinth is the Staff of Light, while in Soul of Rebirth he acquires the Stardust Rod.
Depending on Minwu's stats, the Staff of Light may be preferable to the Stardust Rod, as it boosts Minwu's Agility while the Stardust Rod does not, but the Stardust Rod gives a great booster to Magic, Spirit and Intelligence than the Staff of Light. Minwu is a good choice to teach the Ultima spell to in Soul of Rebirth, as his many high-level spells greatly increase Ultima's power.
Optimal Key Terms for Arcane LabyrinthEdit
|Good Fortune||Promising||Quite Well||Auspicious||Superb|
Minwu makes a cameo in Dissidia Final Fantasy as a tutor from the in-game manuals, explaining the battle set-up to the player with Gordon. Minwu is also the name of a Ghost Card. The Minwu ghost is a Level 100 Firion, and has the Yellow Gem and Wild Rose to win by battlegen. Minwu's shield is also used by Firion.
Minwu returns in the prequel to Dissidia Final Fantasy as a tutor from the in-game manuals, now explaining the basics of Story Mode.
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- “A White Wizard from Mysidia, the town of mages, who serves the Kingdom of Fynn. After his own homeland is destroyed by the Palamecian Empire, he works together with Firion and the others as a vital member of the rebellion. Following the final words of the fallen king of Fynn, he embarks for the Mysidian Tower to find what awaits there.”
- —Online description
Minwu appears as an unlockable character in Theatrhythm, and is earned by collecting Silver Crystal Shards. Like Firion, his appearance is based on his Yoshitaka Amano art.
He is a Defense and Support oriented character.
|Protect (Lv 1)||7||Level 5|
|Mirage (Lv 1)||3||Level 15|
|Regen (Lv 1)||20||Level 25|
|Protect (Lv 2)||14||Level 30|
|Regen (Lv 2)||25||Level 55|
|Mirage (Lv 2)||5||Level 70|
|Regen (Lv 3)||30||Level 85|
|Mirage (Lv 3)||7||Level 90|
|Protect (Lv 3)||21||Level 95|
Minwu returns as an unlockable character, and must now be unlocked by collecting Purple Crystal Shards.
He is a Defense and Support oriented character.
|Protect (Lv 1)||10||Level 10|
|Pray (Lv 1)||10||Level 15|
|Protect (Lv 2)||15||Level 45|
|Pray (Lv 2)||18||Level 50|
|Protect (Lv 3)||20||Level 75|
|Pray (Lv 3)||27||Level 80|
|Shell (Lv 1)||8||Initial|
|Magic Up (Lv 1)||4||Level 5|
|Spirit Up (Lv 1)||4||Level 20|
|Regen (Lv 1)||12||Level 25|
|Shell (Lv 2)||13||Level 35|
|Magic Up (Lv 2)||8||Level 40|
|Spirit Up (Lv 2)||8||Level 55|
|Regen (Lv 2)||18||Level 60|
|Shell (Lv 3)||23||Level 70|
|Spirit Up (Lv 3)||14||Level 85|
|Regen (Lv 3)||30||Level 90|
Minwu is an ally and a summonable Legend in Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade. He is depicted in his default Final Fantasy II outfit. His EX ability is Ultima.
Minwu appears in the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game with his Theatrhythm Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls artworks.
- Prior to the DS release of Final Fantasy IV, the designers notes found in the Final Fantasy IV Settei Shiryou Hen outline that a Sage named Minwu is the founder of Mysidia. This idea was seemingly discarded or retconned by remakes of the game.
- In Final Fantasy IX, the comment viewable in the inventory on the Protection Bell is signed by "Philosopher Minu". This refers to Minwu, but the connection is lost in translation in the English localization.
- One of the artefacts obtained from an Errand in Final Fantasy Tactics is the Orb of Minwu, which appears to be based on a magatama. The description of the Orb of Minwu is as follows:
- “The soul of Minwu, the First Mage, is said to be sealed within this stone. As such, it is sometimes called the Soul of Minwu. An orb only in name, it is in actuality comma-shaped”
- In Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, there is an accessory called Mindu Gem that blocks a number of status ailments and halves lightning damage. It is interesting to note that the localization went with the Origins spelling of his name.
- Ming-Wu is the founder of Mysidia in Chocobo Racing, and is responsible for the division of the great Crystal.
- The non-Square Enix game 3D Dot Game Heroes contains a reference to Minwu in the form of "Newmin" who sacrifices himself to allow the player to receive the Ultima Book, which is otherwise useless.
- In Final Fantasy IV: The After Years the unnamed white mage who joins Ceodore states "Stand back please" before breaking the seal to Devil's Road, mirroring Minwu's act of breaking the Ultima Seal.
- In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, the Soul of Thamasa Head Accessory is upgraded to the Soul of Minwu upon obtaining it for a third time through New Game+. The Soul of Minwu increases the number of magic attacks before a combo finale but reduces maximum HP by 50% for the Schema it is equipped to.
"Ming" is a Chinese name which is directly translated as 'enlightenment', while "Min" means 'clever, sharp'. The alternate transliteration 'Minh' is Vietnamese but means the same thing. "Wu" is a common Chinese surname meaning 'shaman'. Both of these pertain to Minwu.
The name "Minwu" bears a resemblance to the name Menw, a name which belonged to King Arthur's court magician and counselor who often traveled with and accompanied him on his quests.
- The male costumes of the Mystic Knight job class in Final Fantasy V resemble Minwu's attire.
- Minwu is the first playable mage in the series with a name and storyline.
- To date, Minwu is also the only playable male storyline White Mage in the series, as all others are female.
- Minwu is the first temporary playable character in the series.