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FFT Samurai

Samurai (, Samurai?) is a balanced job in the physical classes, similar to Geomancer, in Final Fantasy Tactics. The Samurai has decent stats all round, and its action ability, Iaido, can draw spirits out of the katana to produce effects around the user. Not only can the Iaido abilities deal damage to foes, they can also recover allies' HP or bestow various status enhancements, and differentiate friend and foe like summon abilities.

There is one eighth chance that using an Iaido ability will break the drawn katana. The player only needs the katana in their inventory, not equipped, to use the ability. Iaido abilities are katana-specific, and since their power is determined by the user's Magick power rather than physical power, equipping the support ability Arcane Strength learned from Black Mage can boost their power. Samurai costs 7,100 JP to master. In Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions, the Samurai requires 8,000 JP to master.

Leveling this job to level 8, along with Dragoon, Ninja, and Geomancer, along with having 20 kills with the unit (the defeated units must turn into crystals or chests to count as a kill) and mastering Knight and Black Mage, will unlock the Dark Knight.


Following a warrior ethic from a foreign land, the samurai uses Iaido techniques to attack with his or her katana.
Prerequisite Weapons Helmet Armor Equip Shields?
Original WoL
Lv. 3 Knight,
Lv. 4 Monk,
Lv. 2 Lancer
Lv. 4 Knight,
Lv. 5 Monk,
Lv. 2 Dragoon
Katanas Helmets Armor,
Move Rate Jump Rate Speed Physical Evasion Rate Base Attack Base Magic Base HP Base MP
3 3 8 20% High Average Low High


Iaido/Draw OutEdit

Samurai job command. Unleashes the mystical powers contained within katana.

The damage/healing formula for Iaido skills are as follows:

\text{Magick Attack} \times \text{PWR}
Name Range Effect Speed JP Needed
(Asura Knife)
1 3 Now 100
Spirit Blade. A technique that releases the spirit in the user's katana, causing an unseen specter-sword to slash at the target.
Quote: "Legendary sword that kills freely! Asura!"
1 3 Now 180/200
Binding Darkness. A technique that releases the spirit in the user's katana, loosing a wave of howling dark spirits.
Quote: "Evil souls of the dark, gather here... Koutetsu!"
(Bizen Boat)
1 3 Now 260/300
Verse of Oblivion. A technique that releases the spirit in the user's katana, sending the whispering dead to feed on the target's MP.
Quote: "Nihilistic sky, inhale magic power... Bizen Boat!"
Murasame 1 3 Now 340/400
Rain of Wisdom. A technique that releases the spirit in the user's katana, raining tears of an enlightened soul to restore HP.
Quote: "No more loss of precious life... Murasame!"
(Heaven's Cloud)
1 3 Now 420/500
Cloudsea Curse. A technique that releases the spirit in the user's katana, releasing a phantom of pure mist to attack the target.
Effect: Slow.
Quote: "Yagumo rising, all who know god! Heaven's Cloud!"
Kiyomori 1 3 Now 500/600
Purifying Breeze. A technique that releases the spirit in the user's katana, bestowing the protection of its effervescent life force.
Effect: Protect, Shell.
Quote: "Innocent sword, slash evils and protect! Kiyomori!".
Muramasa 1 3 Now 580/700
Doomed Aspirations. A technique that releases the spirit in the user's katana. Only a living soul will quell its tumult.
Effect: Confuse, Doom.
Quote: "Summon all ghosts of the sword! Attack! Muramasa!"
4 8 Now 660/800
Sanguine Blossom. A technique that releases the spirit in the user's katana, wreaking havoc with its all-consuming hatred.
Quote: "Brave weapon, turn to a deadly blaze! Kikuichimoji!"
Masamune 1 3 Now 740/900
Ethereal Embrace. A technique that releases the spirit in the user's katana, bestowing physical healing and increased speed.
Effect: Regen, Haste.
Quote: "Sword of fury, inject power! Masamune!"
Chirijiraden 1 3 Now 820/1000
Raging Inferno. A technique that releases the spirit in the user's katana, which pursues the living as a band of blue flame.
Quote: "Flame-eating sword, swipe away the evils! Chirijiraden!"

Reaction abilitiesEdit

Shirahadori, despite in-game description, does work against bows/crossbows, guns, and monster attacks.

Name Description Trigger JP Needed
(Meatbone Slash)
Deal damage equal to own maximum HP when critically wounded. HP Critical 200
(Blade Grasp)
Evade non-ranged physical attacks. Physical Attack (bow and crossbow attacks excluded). 700

Support abilitiesEdit

Name Description JP Needed
Equip Katana
(Equip Knife)
Equip katana, regardless of job. 400
(Two Hands)
Wield a weapon with both hands, increasing its destructive power. 900

Movement abilitiesEdit

Name Description JP Needed
(Move in Water)
Swim through and even act in deep water. 300

Other appearancesEdit

Dissidia Final Fantasy (2015)Edit

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Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

Samurai appears with two Fire-elemental cards.

Non-Final Fantasy guest appearancesEdit

Knights of the CrystalsEdit

KotC Samurai

Samurai appears as a card in the Ivalice Special Arena has a limited-time special arena with eighteen floors.



Samurai were the military nobility of medieval and early-modern Japan. They were not just great swordsmen, but also powerful horse archers and martial artists of other fields. Though their status was that above commoners, samurai were bound to forms of etiquette and a way of life known as Bushido, stressing honor to one's devoted and preparing oneself in the face of death.

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