Saboteur concentrates on debuffing and debilitating enemies. Oerba Yun Fang and Oerba Dia Vanille major in the role, but Fang focuses on debilitation, while Vanille focuses on debuffing. Sazh Katzroy can learn all single-target Saboteur abilities, while Hope Estheim all area-of-effect abilities. Lightning only learns all debuffing abilities, while Snow Villiers only learns debilitation abilities.
Saboteur retains its task from the first installment, and additionally can reduce target's maximum HP with wounding attacks. However, debilitation abilities are now exclusive to Paradigm Pack monsters. Serah can learn all debuffing abilities and both Wound spells, while Noel can only learn single-target debuffing abilities and Wound. Saboteur monsters can also use physical-based abilities and Endless Nightmare. Lightning in the Lightning's Story: Requiem of the Goddess DLC scenario has a role based on the Saboteur called Sorcerer.