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Yang Fang Leiden is a Monk from Final Fantasy IV.

Strength can open any door.
Dissidia Final Fantasy, Black Belt Lore

The Monk (モンク, Monku?), also known as Black Belt, is a Job class that appears in many of the Final Fantasy games.


Monks are characterized by their affinity for fighting bare-handed. The few weapons they use consist of claws and knuckles that strap onto their hands. Despite their preference to fight without weapons, Monks can deal just as much damage in battle as any other physical class like Warriors or Dragoons, thanks to their massive physical strength. Monks wear light clothing consisting of robes and hats, and cannot equip heavy armor.

To make up for this lack of protection, Monks have a high amount of HP compared to other classes. Because of the minimal use of armor and weaponry, Monks are one of the cheapest classes to maintain and require little investment in new equipment. Monk abilities include Kick, which damages all enemies, Chakra, which heals the Monk and/or their allies, and they can increase their attack strength with the usage of Focus or Boost. Monks are also able to Counter physical attacks, and in later games have individual skillsets of various special techniques.


Final FantasyEdit

Main article: Monk (Final Fantasy)

The Monk, also known as Black Belt, is a physical attacker available at the beginning at the game. Eventually, the class can be upgraded to Master. Final Fantasy is notable for allowing Monks to equip nunchaku, making it one of the few games where Monks use weapons besides claws and knuckles.

Final Fantasy IIEdit

Although not addressed as such, Josef has the trademark high strength and vitality of a monk, as well as high hand-to-hand combat skill.

Final Fantasy IIIEdit

See also: Monk (Final Fantasy III) and Black Belt (Final Fantasy III)

The Monk is a class obtained from the Wind Crystal and specializes in hand-to-hand combat, equipping gloves and claws for battle. A more powerful version, called the Black Belt, can be obtained from the Earth Crystal. The Black Belt is similar to the Master in the first Final Fantasy.

Final Fantasy IVEdit

Yang Fang Leiden appears as the first named monk in the series, and hails from Fabul, a nation renown for their ranks of warrior monks. Several NPCs in Fabul appear as monks, and Yang is fought as a boss under the name "Monk" during the game.

In the Lunar Ruins, a dungeon exclusive to the Advance and The Complete Collection release, three monk enemies are fought during Yang's trial: The Drillmasters, the Soldier Monks, and the Super Monks.

Final Fantasy IV -Interlude-Edit

Yang returns as a Monk in the sequel of Final Fantasy IV, and he retains all of his skills from the previous game. Two other monks also joins the party as temporary party members and are labeled as Monk A and Monk B.

Final Fantasy IV: The After YearsEdit

Main article: Monk (The After Years)

Yang returns as a monk, and is joined by his daughter Ursula. Three other monks are also temporary party members. They are labeled as Monk A, Monk B, and Monk C and all share the same abilities.

Final Fantasy VEdit

Main article: Monk (Final Fantasy V)

The Monk is a Job class obtained from a shard of the Wind Crystal. It specializes in barehanded combat and has high Attack power. Monks can attack twice for each selected Attack command.

Final Fantasy VIEdit

Sabin Rene Figaro appears as a monk, and is a student to a martial arts master named Duncan, who also trained his son, Vargas. Sabin uses the Blitz skillset, which lets him perform various attacks if the player inputs the proper button commands.

Final Fantasy VIIEdit

Tifa Lockhart is a monk trained by Zangan. Her Limit Breaks consist of various physical attacks that increase in strength if the player properly stops a series of slot wheels.

Final Fantasy VIIIEdit

Zell Dincht uses his fists in battle, and his Limit Break, Duel, allows him to perform a sequence of attacks depending on which button combinations the player inputs within a time limit.

Final Fantasy IXEdit

Amarant Coral is a combination of a monk and a ninja, and utilizes the Flair ability, which allows him to use special techniques at the cost of MP.

Final Fantasy XIEdit

Main article: Monk (Final Fantasy XI)

The Monk is a basic Job, and is given four ranks depending on the player's level, beginning with White Belt. All mandragora and some beastmen are classified as Monks.

Final Fantasy XIIEdit

Main article: Monk (Final Fantasy XII)

Monks appear only in the International + Zodiac Job System version of the game. They are able to use bare-handed attacks as always, but also utilize poles and White Magick, as well as a number of Technicks. Their License Board has sixteen Battle Lores and twelve HP Lores, more than any other Job.

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant WingsEdit

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Final Fantasy XIIIEdit

Snow Villiers fights enemies bare-handed in the style of a monk. He does not equip claws or knuckles; instead, he equips coats with emblems that augment his strength.

Final Fantasy XIVEdit

Main article: Pugilist (Final Fantasy XIV)

The Pugilist is a Discipline of War in Final Fantasy XIV, which focuses on hand-to-hand combat. Pugilists fight using fists and gauntlets. Important characters who use this class include the Circle of Knowing member Yda. The Monk job can be unlocked by using this class.

Final Fantasy Type-0Edit

Eight's fighting style is similar to that of a monk. He fights using knuckles. In addition, Class Fifth is attributed to the monk class. Ryid Uruk is a member of Class Fifth.

Final Fantasy TacticsEdit

Main article: Monk (Tactics)

Monk is available as an off-shoot from a Level 3 Knight. They gain access to numerous abilities that range from healing and reviving to damaging and debuffing enemies.

Final Fantasy Tactics AdvanceEdit

Main article: White Monk (Tactics Advance)

The White Monk is a bangaa-exclusive class. It uses a combination of physical attacks and spiritual powers to battle.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the RiftEdit

Main article: White Monk (Tactics A2)
Main article: Master Monk (Tactics A2)

The White Monk makes a second appearance in this game. A new Job called the Master Monk is also available, and is arguably the most powerful melee class in the game.

Final Fantasy Tactics SEdit

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Crystal DefendersEdit

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Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of LightEdit

Main article: Fighter (The 4 Heroes of Light)
Main article: Monk (The 4 Heroes of Light)

In The 4 Heroes of Light, the Fighter crown excels in bare-handed damage and holds the famous monk Chakra ability. However, a second job, properly named Monk, appears as a magical-based job focused on empowering dead allies and enable them to fight.

Bravely DefaultEdit

Main article: Monk (Bravely Default)

The Monk is one of the basic jobs in Bravely Default. It is obtained alongside the White Mage by defeating Barras Lehr and Holly Whyte.

Final Fantasy DimensionsEdit

Main article: Monk (Dimensions)

Monk is a job class in Final Fantasy Dimensions.

Dissidia Final FantasyEdit

In the Duel Colosseum, when selected, the Monk Job Card will cause the next battle cards that arrive to the selection area to be weaker.

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

The Monk job card reappears in the new Labyrinth mode, and as before reduces the next batch of battle cards to be at minimum strength.

The Monk is also a job that can be selected for a character in the player's Party for Quick Battle, Friend Cards, or wireless matches. It grants +50% physical damage, and unlocks the advanced jobs Berserker and Ninja.

Pictlogica Final FantasyEdit

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Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit

FFAB Black Belt Male
See also: Monk (Airborne Brigade) and Black Belt (Airborne Brigade)

The Monk is a job in Final Fantasy: Airborne Brigade available from the start. The preferred weapons for the job are fists and staves. The job specializes in strength abilities. The job is involved in the requirements to unlock the Paladin and Ninja jobs.

The Black Belt also appears as a job available after obtaining a level five Berserker and a level five Dancer. The preferred weapons for the job are fists and throwing weapons. The job specializes in strength and agility abilities.

Final Fantasy ArtniksEdit

The Monk appears as a character card.

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Final Fantasy Artniks DiveEdit

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Final Fantasy All the BravestEdit

These ascetic pugilists seek no more in life than to pound their enemies to bloody pulps.

The Monk is a character available to the party, he uses the Iron Fist ability during battle. Unlocks at level 8.

Final Fantasy Record KeeperEdit

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Final Fantasy ExplorersEdit

Monks use physical attacks. They have low defense, but make up for it with high vitality and the ability to rush down enemies with waves of attacks.[1]

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Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

Monk appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game with Earth-elemental cards.

Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit

Square Enix Legend WorldEdit

Square Enix Legend World - Monk (FFXI) SR

The Monk version from Final Fantasy XI appears as a card in the game.



A monk is a person who practices religious asceticism, living either alone or with any number of other monks. A monk may be a person who decided to dedicate his life to serving all other living beings, or to be an ascetic who voluntarily chooses to leave mainstream society and live his life in prayer and contemplation. The concept is ancient and can be seen in many religions and in philosophy.


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