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Masters of hand-to-hand combat who intuitively counterattack.

The Monk (モンク, Monku?) is a job in Final Fantasy V obtained after the Wind Crystal shatters. It is the strongest of the light armor-wearing jobs, possessing the highest Stamina modifier, and is tied with the Gladiator for highest Strength, making mastery of Monk important for using Freelancer and Mime late game.

Monks are among the cheapest jobs to buy for, as they do not have a need to equip weapons or many armor pieces. The downside is that Monks lack in Defense, but make up for this with high HP.

Mastering the Monk job on all characters in the mobile and Steam versions earns the player the achievement "Don't Think, Feel!".


FFV Bartz Monk iOS FFV Lenna Monk iOS FFV Galuf Monk iOS FFV Faris Monk iOS FFV Krile Monk iOS

The Monk class gives party members more unique clothes than other jobs with a Far Eastern flair. Bartz wears a headband, a green vest and pink trousers. Lenna wears a red dress similar to a Chinese qipao and wears her hair in the odango fashion, similar to Ursula's in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. Faris wears a white gi with red outlines, while Galuf goes shirtless while wearing a red belt and black trousers. Krile wears a red dress similar to Lenna's, but also with white pants and a bow in her hair.


The monk's job command launches a flying kick at all enemies for minor damage. This is the only job command in the game that can't be learned by leveling up the job, and thus can only be used as a Monk, or as a Mime mimicking it. If the Monk is attacked physically, Counter will cause the monk to attack the attacking enemy back. Barehanded is the monk's trademark ability, allowing a unit to have high attack power while not having anything equipped.

Focus removes any random spellcasting and special abilities of weapons. Any weapons that deal damage based on Magic, such as rods and the Blood Sword, do not get damage boosts from using Focus. Spellblade effects as well as critical hits (this also includes MP-based criticals) still work as normal. Barehanded gives the equipper base Freelancer Strength + 26. Chakra has a base spell power of 30. Counter has a 50% chance of activating, and will never activate special commands, such as the abilities of the Thief Knife or Chicken Knife, and the Twin Lance will only hit once rather than twice.

The stat modifiers of Monks are:

  • Strength: +26
  • Agility: +1
  • Stamina: +26
  • Magic: -23

Upon mastering the job, the Freelancer and Mime will gain the Monk's base Strength and Stamina, as well as having innate Counter without having to equip it. They will also gain the Monk's base Agility unless they already have a higher bonus from another mastered job.

Level-up abilitiesEdit

Level 1 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Focus
Advance Name Focus
Anthology Name Store
RPGe Name BuildUp
AP Required 15
Type Command
Description Focus energies for a hit with twice the attack power.
Information For its first turn, the monk will stand there, gathering power. When it has gathered enough, it will attack the enemy, with twice more power than usual.
Level 2 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Barehanded
Advance Name Barehanded
Anthology Name Barefist
RPGe Name Brawl
AP Required 30
Type Passive
Description Gain the same attack power as monks when unarmed.
Information Allows for any job to fight with the same attack power as a monk, after removing all equipped weapons.
Level 3 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Chakra
Advance Name Chakra
Anthology Name Chkra
RPGe Name Mantra
AP Required 45
Type Command
Description Healing energies recover HP and cleanse the body of poison and darkness.
Information Heals the users HP and cannot target any other character. Also, it heals Poison and Darkness.
Level 4 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Counter
Advance Name Counter
Anthology Name Counter
RPGe Name Counter
AP Required 60
Type Passive
Description Automatically counter when hit.
Information Allows other jobs to counterattack whenever hit with a physical attack.
Level 5 Ability
Mobile/PC Name HP +10%
Advance Name HP +10%
Anthology Name HP 10%
RPGe Name HP +10%
AP Required 100
Type Passive
Description Increase maximum HP by 10%.
Information Increases the character's Max HP by 10%.
Level 6 Ability
Mobile/PC Name HP +20%
Advance Name HP +20%
Anthology Name HP 20%
RPGe Name HP +20%
AP Required 150
Type Passive
Description Increase maximum HP by 20%.
Information Increases the character's Max HP by 20%.
Level 7 Ability
Mobile/PC Name HP +30%
Advance Name HP +30%
Anthology Name HP 30%
RPGe Name HP +30%
AP Required 300
Type Passive
Description Increase maximum HP by 30%.
Information Increases the character's Max HP by 30%.

Other appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy ArtniksEdit

Artniks The Monk appears as a character card.

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Final Fantasy Record KeeperEdit


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Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

TCG The Monk job from Final Fantasy V appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game.

Triple TriadEdit

095a Monk

The Monk appears on a Triple Triad card in the version available via Final Fantasy Portal App.



  • The achievement "Don't think, feel!" is a reference to martial artist and actor Bruce Lee.
  • The Monk and the White Mage are the only jobs that can't equip knives without the use of equipment abilities.

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