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Yang Fang Leiden is a Monk from Final Fantasy IV.

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

ProfileEdit

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.

AppearancesEdit

Final FantasyEdit

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. Monks can equip nunchaku, making it one of the few times 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

The Monk is a job gained from the Wind Crystal. Monks are highly proficient in the martial arts. Although they are only able to equip claws and knuckles, they are highly adept at using their bare hands in combat. Armor selection is also limited. The amount of damage dealt to the target depends on the type of enemy, ranging from large to small amounts.

Final Fantasy IVEdit

Yang Fang Leiden is 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".

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, Soldier Monks, and Super Monks.

Final Fantasy IV -Interlude-Edit

Yang is a monk and retains all of his skills from the previous game. Two other monks also join the party as temporary party members and are labeled as Monk A and Monk B.

Final Fantasy IV: The After YearsEdit

Yang is 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

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's job wasn't listed in the North American Super Nintendo version. In the Final Fantasy III Nintendo Player's Guide, his job is given as Blackbelt. The English Game Boy Advance version retained the job titles and Sabin is a Monk. Sabin is a student to a martial arts master Duncan, who also trained his son, Vargas. Sabin uses the Blitz, 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

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

Monks appear only in the Zodiac versions. 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

FFXIV Monk Icon The Pugilist is a Discipline of War, 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 Hext. The Monk job can be unlocked by using this class.

Final Fantasy Type-0Edit

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Eight's fighting style is similar to that of a monk in that he fights using knuckles. In addition, Class Fifth is attributed to the monk class. Ryid Uruk is a member of Class Fifth, and their class moogle also represents the class.

Final Fantasy TacticsEdit

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

White Monk is a job available to bangaa. White Monks prefer using their fists in combat and are one of two jobs that can ward off the undead for good, the other being the Archer. However, they are the only job that cannot equip headgear.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the RiftEdit

White Monk is a job class for the bangaa, and is one of the two starting jobs available for them. White Monks use knuckles for weapons and cannot wear caps or helmets. They have several healing abilities that can allow the unit to substitute for a White Mage in times of need.

Master Monk is a bangaa job and an upgrade of the White Monk. Its main skillset is Martial Arts, and it can perform various up-front actions, such as bypassing an enemy's counterattack with Cross-counter while dealing massive damage and attacking twice in one turn with Pummel.

Final Fantasy Tactics SEdit

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Crystal DefendersEdit

While weaker than soldiers, White Monks deal blows which damage multiple foes, but cannot reach aerial targets.
—Online description
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Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of LightEdit

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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

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

Bravely Default: Praying BrageEdit

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Bravely Second: End LayerEdit

The Monk is a job obtained after defeating Barras Lehr.

The Monk specializes in fighting unarmed and with knuckle-type weapons, and all other aptitudes are medium to low. The Monk's HP and physical attack are its best stats, with abilities that can further increase HP and/or attack damage. The Monk's main skillset is Martial Arts.

Final Fantasy DimensionsEdit

Monk is a job class.

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Final Fantasy Dimensions IIEdit

Maina gets an alternate costume based on the Monk job from the "Phantom Beast Great Decisive Battle!" event. The Monk costume is based on Ursula's outfit from Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. The outfit can only be seen when Maina is equipped with the "Monk Equipment" accessory. Whoever equips the accessory will gain 20 critical, along with 60 attack and speed.

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 appears 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

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The Monk is a job 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.
—Description

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

Final Fantasy Record KeeperEdit

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A martial artist whose highly-trained body is his most deadly weapon. The monk's high attack power and stamina make him an excellent front-line warrior.
—Character profile.

Monk appears as a Core character. It can be recruited as the First Time Reward for completing Istory Falls on Classic difficulty in FF V track of the Core Dungeons.

Final Fantasy ExplorersEdit

Monk is a job 1★ Tutorial Quest, "Ability Mutations Exam". A damager-type job, it has high HP and Strength, but low physical defense. It is suited for the fast-paced strength of fighting with knuckles.

Final Fantasy Explorers-ForceEdit

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Mobius Final FantasyEdit

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Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

Monk appears with Earth-elemental cards.

Triple TriadEdit

Monks from the series appear on Triple Triad cards in the version playable via Final Fantasy Portal App.

Non-Final Fantasy guest appearancesEdit

Square Enix Legend WorldEdit

Square Enix Legend World - Monk (FFXI) SR

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

Knights of the CrystalsEdit

The Monk appears on a normal card and White Monk appears on a gold card.

Samurai RisingEdit

Samurai Rising - Monk

The Monk appears as a job. This job specializes in short-range attacks. It has low MP, but high attack power.

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EtymologyEdit

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.

In martial arts, the black belt is a way to describe a graduate of a field where a practitioner's level is often marked by the color of the belt. The black belt is commonly the highest belt color used and denotes a degree of competence. It is often associated with a teaching grade though frequently not the highest grade or the "expert" of public perception.

Karate is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Kingdom. It developed from the indigenous Ryukyuan martial arts under the influence of Chinese Kung Fu, particularly Fujian White Crane.