- “Strength can open any door.”
- —Dissidia Final Fantasy, Black Belt Lore
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Main article: Monk (The After Years)
- Main article: Monk (Final Fantasy V)
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.
- Main article: Monk (Final Fantasy XI)
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- Main article: Monk (Bravely Default)
It has been revealed that Monk will be one of the basic jobs gained from one of the first crystals encountered in the game along with White Mage, and Black Mage.
- Main article: Monk (Dimensions)
Monk is a job class in Final Fantasy Dimensions.
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.
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.
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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.
The Monk appears as a character card.
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- “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.
Monk appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game.