- “Protects you from various attacks”
- —Final Fantasy IX.
The Protect Ring (守りの指輪, Mamori no Yubiwa?), also known as Guard Ring, is a recurring armor and accessory in the series. It can be classified either as a ring, or as an armlet. It usually defends against Instant Death or grants the user the Auto-Protect status.
- “Ring that guards against instant death.”
The Protect Ring is an armlet that protects against Death elemental attacks, has +8 Absorb, and -1% Evade. They can first be bought for 16,000 gil at Gaia. Two more are found in the Flying Fortress, and another in the past version of the Chaos Shrine.
Note that unlike what the description states, they do not resist all Instant KO attacks, only ones that are specifically Death elemental (Death and Kill). Many Instant KO spells and abilities such as Earthquake and Break require alternate resistance protection (Earth and Petrification respectively).
- “A ring affording protection against instant death.”
The Protect Ring is an armlet that resists Fire, Thunder, Ice, Wind and Light and boosts all stats by two and can be equipped by all the jobs. It can be found in the Temple of Time and Ancients' Maze, and is a rare drop from King Behemoth.
- “Ring resistant against fire, ice, and lightning.”
The Protect Ring grants resistance to all elements to the wearer. One is found in the Lunar Subterrane, while additional others may be won from Ahriman and Magic Dragon. It provides +10 Defense, +12 Evasion, +5 Magic Defense, and +10 Magic Evasion.
In the game's original SNES version, when characters equip elemental resistant equipment, they inherently become weak to the opposite element. A character with the Protect Ring is thus weak to Fire and Ice-elemental physical attacks (however, no enemy uses physical elemental attacks so this isn't usually an issue). This is changed in the Advance version where characters are no longer weak against the opposite element.
The Protect Ring provides 10 Defense, 12 Magic Defense, 5 Evasion, 10 Magic Evasion, and +15 Stamina, as well as resistance to Fire, Ice, and Lightning. It can only be obtained by either finding it in the Subterrane or by winning it from Fiend Dragon.
- “Ring with same effect as Regen.”
The Protect Ring is an accessory and grants the wearer the Auto-Regen status and provides +10 Defense, Magic Evasion, and Magic Defense as well as +1 Weight and +5 Stamina. One can be won from Odin, while others can be found at Istory Falls, Pyramid of Moore, and the Island Shrine, and others stolen from Soul Cannon at the Phoenix Tower.
- “Ring enchanted with Protect. Casts Protect on the wearer.”
The Protect Ring is an add-on that halves the damage from all elements, as well as providing +1 Spirit, +2 Defense, +4 Evasion, +3 Magic Defense, and +6 Magic Evasion. It teaches the abilities Half MP, Long Reach, and Mag Elm Null, and can either be bought from Mene for 8,500 points, or synthesized for 40,000 gil, Rebirth Ring, and Dark Matter at Hades's Synthesis shop.
Others can be acquired by completing the Mognet sidequest by fixing Mognet Central, using a Dead Pepper at a mountain crack on the eastern part of the Lost Continent, completing the lost Nero family quest in Lindblum and by answering all of the Ragtime Mouse's questions correctly.
Any of Yuna's rings will take the name Protect Ring when its dominant abilities are Auto-Protect or SOS Protect.
- “A ring forged from a metal imbued with magick.”
The Protect Ring grants immunity to the Sleep and Doom status effects. It can be equipped by any class. It costs 5,000 gil and is available in the shops after the story battle nr. 15 and after viewing the cutscene at Lionel. It can also be found within the Lionel Castle with Treasure Hunter ability as rare item.