- "Sticks and stones may break your bones, but this will protect you from almost everything else."
- —Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift description
The Ribbon (リボン, Ribon?) is a recurring accessory and armor in the Final Fantasy series, although sometimes it appears as an attribute to equipment, and has appeared as an ability. Regularly, the Ribbon prevents the character from being afflicted by Statuses. It will not, however, always protect from boss attacks in certain cases. Some games have an upgraded version, called the Super Ribbon, as well.
- "Ribbon that wards off special attacks."
The Ribbon is an accessory taking the place of helmets. It has the same defensive value as a mere Leather Cap, but it effectively resists all elemental damage and most Instant Death attacks. It can be found in Waterfall Cavern, Sunken Shrine and Flying Fortress.
- "A ribbon affording protection against all manner of special attacks."
The Ribbon is a helmet first found when the party defeats the Lamia Queen in Altair; several more can later be collected from this same boss when it appears as a regular enemy in Pandaemonium. Death Riders, which appear in the same dungeon, also drop them. Furthermore, a Ribbon is available in a treasure chest in Pandaemonium, but the chest is guarded by Astaroth.
In the Dawn of Souls version and later, the player can also obtain several Ribbons in the bonus mode, Soul of Rebirth, by defeating the Lamia Matriarch or Orukat in the final dungeon, the Unknown Palace.
Ribbon provides a boost of 10 for the Defense stat.
The Ribbon is a helmet any job class can equip, and while it only offers mediocre Defense, it prevents many status ailments. There are a total of five Ribbons. One is found in the forbidden land of Eureka, while the other four are found in the World of Darkness (and each guarded by a Xande's Clone).
- "Ribbon that prevents various status ailments."
Ribbons are headgear that can be equipped by anyone. Two are found in chests guarded by the two Lunasaur enemies in the Lunar Subterrane. A Ribbon can also be discovered in the Lunar Ruins. The Bog Witch and Dark Sage enemies can drop the item on rare occasions, as can the Worst Malboro enemy exclusive to the Advance version.
Ribbon returns in the sequel of Final Fantasy IV. It can be equipped by every character. It can be found in the Lower Section of the Tower of Babil. It has a defense of 9, magic defense of 12, evasion of 2, and magic evasion of 12. It grants protection to most statuses with exception of Doom, Sap, Berserk, Slow, Paralyze, and Critical.
- "Ribbon that prevents most status ailments."
Ribbon is a headgear for Dancers and Freelancers. It, and other Dancer-specific equipment, can be worn with the Equip Ribbon ability. It protects against Instant Death, Petrify, Toad, Poison, Darkness, Old, Berserk, and Silence. It grants +12 Defense, +2 Magic Defense and Weight, and +5 Strength, Speed, Magic, and Stamina.
Ribbons can be found at Karnak Castle, Istory Falls, Regole, Pyramid of Moore, and the Sealed Temple, in Shinryu's Lair, in the Advance remake. Additional Ribbons may be stolen as rare steals from Lemure.
- "Silk ribbon enchanted with powerful protective magic. Prevents all status ailments."
The Ribbon is a Relic that prevents almost all status ailments except Stop and Freeze and other ailments that cannot be prevented in the first place. One can be stolen as a rare steal from Ultima Weapon, as well as from Guardian and Brachiosaur, while others can be morphed from Misty, Cherry, Pandora, Coco, and Level 80 Magic. Ribbon can also be found at South Figaro, the Moogle Cave in the World of Ruin in Narshe, Phoenix Cave, and Kefka's Tower.
The Ribbon is an accessory that prevents all status ailments save Slow, and can be found in Gaea's Cliff and Temple of the Ancients, and obtained by morphing Ho-chu or Master Tonberry. One can also be won from the Battle Square Special Battle by winning five Special Battles.
Ribbon is an accessory that protects Zack from all statuses except Instant Death. A more powerful version, Super Ribbon, protects from all statuses, including instant death. The Ribbon effect can also be gained by rolling 7-7-7 on the Digital Mind Wave. Ribbon is a reward for completing mission 5-4-6, and Super Ribbon is a reward for completing mission 9-6-2.
A spiritual upgrade of the Super Ribbon, the Genji Shield protects against all statuses, while absorbing all elements and granting the player Auto-Barrier and Auto-MBarrier. To get it the player must encounter and appease the Magic Pot from the mission, 7-6-6: The Determined Recruiter.
The Ribbon support ability can be taught to any Guardian Force with the Ribbon item obtained via Chocobo World. No Guardian Force naturally learns Ribbon, and it cannot be obtained through any other means, making it an ability most international players never get. When equipped, it protects the wearer against all status effects.
- "Item that always keeps Mog beside you"
- —Final Fantasy IX
For once, the Ribbon does not prevent status effects, since the player can learn abilities which immunize the characters against status ailments. Instead, Ribbon is an accessory gained from Mog, that allows Eiko to learn to summon Madeen.
In place of the usual status prevention, Ribbon in Final Fantasy IX cuts Fire, Ice, Lightning, and Holy damage by 50% and absorbs Water and Wind. Ribbon is obtained automatically through the events at Mount Gulug, and additional Ribbons are found during the Chocobo sidequest in Chocograph #24; one is given by Stiltzkin after buying everything from him on his journey, and a Ribbon can also be bought in the Treno Auction House, but only during Disc 4.
- Card 076
- Location: prize in Hippaul's racing minigame for reaching level 50, Black Mage No. 56 (disc 4, Black Mage Village cemetery), Memoria (Defense Phantom in the Recollection room, Rare Phantom in the Time Warp room)
In the PAL and International versions, Ribbon can be customized to any armor via 99 Dark Matters to make the wearer immune to Zombie, Petrify, Poison, Confuse, Berserk, Sleep, Silence, Darkness, and Doom. Notably, it does not provide any protection against Death, Curse, Power Break, Magic Break, Armor Break, or Mental Break. The Dark Aeons also sometimes drop armor with Ribbon already on it. Ribbon is the most dominant ability and second-most dominant ability combination, and therefore most armor with Ribbon equipped are named as such. The only exception is when both the Break HP Limit and Break MP Limit abilities appear customized onto the same armor.
A Shield for Tidus customized with Ribbon as the dominant ability is a Sanctuary. A Ring for Yuna customized with Ribbon as the dominant ability is a Holy Ring. A Bracer for Auron customized with Ribbon as the dominant ability is a Solidity. An Armguard for Wakka customized with Ribbon as the dominant ability is a Shutout. An Armlet for Kimahri with Ribbon as the dominant ability is a Acropolis. A Bangle for Lulu with Ribbon as the dominant ability is an Eternity. A Targe for Rikku with Ribbon as the dominant ability is an Impervious.
A Bangle for Lulu equipped with four Status proof abilities, the tenth-most dominant combination, is a Black Ribbon. It is inferior to an item equipped with Ribbon as it only prevents four of the nine statuses Ribbon can protect against, and takes up four-slots, where a Ribbon ability would only take up one. The Shield, Ring, Bracer, Armguard, Armlet, and Targe equivalents are Paladin Shield, Forbidding Ring, Undefeated, Keeper, Ronso Armlet, and Argonaut respectively.
Ribbon is an accessory and also an auto-ability for the Mascot and each special dressphere, as well as the ability gained by passing through all colored gates on the Vile Fiend Garment Grid in the International version. The Shmooth Shailing accessory gives Super Ribbon which guards against instant death as well as all other statuses, while also causing a permanent Slow effect on the user. Ribbon can be acquired through various methods later in the game, while Shmooth Shailing can only be acquired by getting 150 or more points during the concert practice event on Chapter 4.
Ribbon can be found under Bevelle, in the area with the six towers. Activating the correct three will let the player proceed on with the story, but activating and manipulating all the six towers to form a spiral path lets the player access the Ribbon. It can also be obtained through the Lightning Tower Calibration minigame on the Thunder Plains.
Ribbon also also be obtained from the following enemies: Angra Mainyu (drop), Oversouled Flailing Ochu (rare Bribe), Ultima Weapon/Oversouled Ultima Weapon (Bribe), Omega Weapon/Oversouled Omega Weapon (Bribe).
Final Fantasy XI has several types of Ribbons, also in different colors. Since to the nature of an MMORPG the player's equipment is limited by their current level to keep the game balanced. The low-level and mid-level Ribbons will give little Defense against every element, but the defended damage is easy to overlook. The Flawless Ribbon, which is very hard to get, will also give a decent amount of elemental-defense and the ability "Resist Status Ailments". Some Ribbons, such as the Noble's Ribbon, also provide a Charisma bonus, making them popular among Bards.
The license to equip Ribbons is at the end of the License Board's accessory section and costs 150 LP. It shields against all status ailments, except Instant Death, X-Zone, Stone, and prevents Lure. Ribbon can be dropped by the Lv.99 Red Chocobo or Vishno and be also found in several places, but they are very rare and usually require the Diamond Armlet to find. Ribbon chests are in Cerobi Steppe, Subterra, and Henne Mines. In the International Version, Ribbons can be found in the Special Charter Shaft of Henne Mines and at the Pharos at Ridorana.
The easiest place to get a Ribbon is on Cerobi Steppe while equipping the Diamond Armlet. Starting at the Cerobi Steppe Save Crystal, the player should head north one screen and as soon as they enter they can see a big rock a little to the right. Beyond that, even more to the right, there is another big rock with a chest right behind it. The chest has a 50% chance to spawn, and a small chance to contain a Ribbon. The player can get more than one Ribbon by repeatedly trying the chest.
- "Dainty ribbon once adored by a revered saint."
- —In-game description
The Ribbon is an accessory in Final Fantasy XIII that increases resistance to all status ailments by a set amount depending on its level, starting at 20%. One can be obtained by digging up twenty treasures with a chocobo on the Archylte Steppe. Multiple Ribbons can be obtained as rare drops from the Flowering Cactuars in the Faultwarrens, or by upgrading Entite Rings into Goddess's Favors (via the Sanctum Labs retail network), and when fully upgraded, they can be dismantled into Ribbons.
Ribbons can also be obtained as rare drops from repeatedly defeating Vercingetorix.
Ribbons can be obtained from various sources in Final Fantasy XIII-2 and have the passive ability "Resilience +40%" which increases resistance from all status ailments by 40%. They cost 100 points to equip, and so can only be equipped once all accessory Crystarium bonuses have been obtained.
They can be obtained from the following sources:
- "A ribbon that protects against status effects."
The Ribbon can only be worn by female characters and Cloud. In War of the Lions, however, this is no longer a special case, as the new Onion Knight job class can also equip Ribbons. Like its other appearances as a helmet, Ribbon provides a minimal boost to HP and protects the wearer from all status ailments.
The three hairpins - Barette, Cachusa, and Ribbon - are the only armor that the Dragonkin class can equip, aside from the PSP multiplayer-only Minerva Bustier. Ribbons can only be obtained by poaching Wild Boar.
- "This women's ribbon wards off all ailments."
The Ribbon can be obtained by leveling up Craft to Level 50, by stealing it off Ritz and Shara in Mission #023: Over The Hill, by stealing it from an Elementalist in Mission #021: Materite Now!, or as a reward for a "Town-Town-Town-Town" Treasure Hunt. Alternatively, Shara comes equipped with a Ribbon after recruiting her. In addition, the Ribbon provides +2 Defense and +5 Resistance.
The Ribbon is a hair accessory. The gria, the viera, Adelle, Frimelda Lotice, The Night Dancer,and Penelo can wear it normally; others can wear it by using the Ribbon-bearer support ability available to Seers, Tricksters, and Tinkers, making the nu mou and seeq the only races that cannot equip one.
One series of quests involves tracking down the makers of counterfeit Ribbons, and helping the Galima Pepe company harvest the materials needed for making the real thing. It is revealed that Ribbons are made (or taken) from a unique class of sweet-smelling Malboro called Cassies.
While any other accessory or piece of armor can be stolen, Ribbons are exempt. It provides protection from all debuffs, while adding 2 to the Defense stat, and 5 to Resistance stat. It can be obtained through the Memories quest, by presenting Old Man Boiboi with seven Wayfarers Logs, by filling up the first Place gauge in the auction, and the Help Wanted! quest by donating a total of 80,000 gil.
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The Ribbon is an Accessory that makes the bearer immune to all status effects. There are exactly four Ribbons, three in the final dungeon and its surrounds. It is possible to give the Ribbon to Borgin, but like all temporary party members he will not be able to remove it, and so the player should only do so if they are dedicated to a monster transformation for one or more party members (as they cannot use equipment at all).
The Ribbon is an accessory that blocks all status afflictions. It may be sold for 2000G. One is found on floor B2 of the Star Chamber. It can also be stolen from the Ogre Bear in the Animal Burrow after freeing Lilibelle from the spider's web.
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The Ribbon is level 78 a piece of head armor that lowers HP by 255 but raises Bravery by 303. It also lowers the chance of breakable items breaking by 20%. There is also a Super Ribbon, a level 99 Ribbon that lowers HP by 307, raises Bravery by 370, and lowers the chance of breakable items breaking by 30%.
Battling the Siegfried Friend Card the player can battlegen Kefka's Super Ribbon. Ribbon can be traded for at the shop for a Cat Ear Hood, three Wyvern Wings and sixteen Transmogridusts and the Super Ribbon for a Ribbon, five Bahamut's Wings and 99 Transmogridusts.
The Ribbon returns as a level 60 Ribbon that provides -268 HP, +301 Bravery, and -20% Accessory Breakability. It can be obtained by trading 56,900 Gil, Cat-Ear Hood, Pink Tail x20, and Summoner's Desire x10. The Super Ribbon also returns as a level 100 Ribbon that provides -328 HP, +369 Bravery, and -30% Accessory Breakability, and can be obtained by trading 91,400 Gil, Ribbon, Pink Tail x5, and Vision's Hopes x5.
Equipping a ribbon increases the chance of getting rare items.
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The Ribbon Saddle is armor that protects against all negative status effects.
Ribbon appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game. The card is a Final Fantasy Artniks card, but the artwork on it was originally made for Final Fantasy VII.
Ribbons are also present in Kingdom Hearts where they provide resistance against all elemental attacks and boost defense. However they are only obtainable by synthesizing.
Ribbons can also be synthesized in Kingdom Hearts II. They provide good resistance toward elemental attacks and boost defense. In the Final Mix version, they can be upgraded into even more powerful version called Super Ribbon which increase the elemental resistances and defense further.
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