The parivir are swift and skillful combatants who finish their foes with flair.
Parivirs wield katanas and can inflict elemental damage and/or status effects with their sword techniques, at virtually no MP cost. Their defenses leave much to be desired, but they are considered top-notch front-line fighters.
Exploiting the right weakness (or using Geomancy), their elemental attacks can become devastatingly powerful. Parivir are set apart from other melee units; with frail defense, they are best described as "glass cannons," focusing on Speed and Attack and able to deal massive damage quickly and efficiently, but "breaking" upon impact, with a lackluster endurance for heavy attacks.
For this reason, many give them the reaction ability Strike Back with Dual Wield as support to both defend them and thoroughly discipline offenders. Although Flair abilities will not work with two blades, they already do twice the damage with one. An alternative is the Geomancy support ability, making enemies weak to an element to which they would normally be neutral, therefore offering increased damage from elemental attacks. Being an antithesis to the traditional tank (slow, yet impenetrable), it is best to combine levels of the Paladin and Parivir, making a unit that is one part defensive, one part fast and two parts deadly.
Notable Parivirs are the tutors of the job, Zengen and Ghi Yelgi.
The arsenal of the Parivir beats down foes with blindingly fast swordstrikes of deadly precision.
|Engulf the target in a whirlwind. Deals wind damage.|
|An attack with a swift and deadly swing. Has a small chance of striking a vital organ, killing the target. Requires: Bladed weapon|
|Strike the target with the face of the blade, attempting to IMMOBILIZE them. Requires: Bladed weapon|
|Strike repeatedly at the target with a flaming blade to CONFUSE them. Requires: Bladed weapon|
|Strike repeatedly at the target with a frozen blade of ice. SLOWS the target. Requires: Bladed weapon|
|Strike repeatedly at the target with a lightning-imbued blade. Drives the target into a Berserk. Requires: Bladed weapon|
|Strike repeatedly at the target with a dark-forged blade. Marks the target with DOOM. Requires: Bladed weapon|
|Unburden Soul||Sumihomura||All allies||400|
|Sacrifice the user, completely restoring all allies' HP and curing them of debuffs.|
|Strike Back||Bone Plate||Avoid all basic attacks and launch counter attack in return.||250|
|Death Strike||Bracers||Makes the user lucky. Increases chance to score a critical hit.||150|
Parivir is Sanskrit for "bodyguard". The job is called "Yojimbo" in the Japanese and Spanish versions. Yojimbo (用心棒) means "bodyguard" in Japanese.
- In Final Fantasy XII, the seeq Aekom who works in Bhujerba's Lhusu Mines mentioned a guild of bodyguards called the Parivir. Several of them can be met around this city, and their job is to guard the miners at Lhusu from the monsters who also inhabit it.
- The Flair command originally belonged to Llednar Twem in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, but the moves are completely different. The same is true for Amarant Coral in Final Fantasy IX.
- Despite being the only Samurai class, the Parivir cannot equip the samurai-styled Genji gear. Zengen, a Parivir member of The Eastwatch, who appears in various missions such as "A Lanista's Pride" and Ghi Yelgi both wear such armor, thanks to illegal possession of the passive ability "Tank".