- “The mightiest of Samurai. Attacks include SlayerEdge and Gale Cut. Also a master of ninja arts such as Water Edge.”
- —Final Fantasy VI PlayStation Bestiary entry
Samurai Soul attacks by using Gale Cut and by throwing Fire Scrolls, Water Scrolls, and Lightning Scrolls, doing heavy damage to the entire party every turn. If struck by magic three times it counters by throwing a powerful katana, then using Gil Toss. If attacked normally six times it uses Assassin Blade, an Instant Death attack that ignores immunity. After enough time passes the Samurai Soul gains the Blink, Reflect, and Haste statuses, making it even more deadly.
Though its list of abilities is impressive, the Samurai Soul has two crippling weaknesses: it can be poisoned, so using Bio on it will eventually cause it to take several thousand damage a turn, and it is vulnerable to Confuse, meaning confusing it will cause Samurai Soul to use Assassin Blade on itself, killing itself in one hit. Sketching it with Relm may also work to use Assassin Blade.
1st Turn: Water Scroll (33%) or Attack (33%) or Gale Cut (33%)
2nd Turn: Attack (33%) or Lightning Scroll (33%) or Shockwave (33%)
3rd Turn: Lightning Scroll (33%) or Flame Scroll (33%) or Water Scroll (33%)
4th Turn: Attack (33%) or 1000 Needles (33%) or Flame Scroll (33%)
If Timer >= 40 (only done once per battle):
- Monster flashes
- Display message: Samurai Soul's power increases!
- Gains Blink, Reflect, and Haste status
If attacked by "Attack": Attack (33%)
- Increase Var1 by 1
If attacked by "Magic" or "Lore": Attack (33%)
- Increase Var3 by 1
If Var3 >= 3:
- 1st Turn: Throw: Ashura or Kunai
- 2nd Turn: Target: All Characters
- Gil Toss (100%)
- Set Var3 = 0
If Var1 >= 6:
- Set Var1 = 0
- Target: Random Player
- Assassin Blade (100%)
Samurai were the military nobility of medieval and early-modern Japan. They were not just great swordsmen, but also powerful horse archers, virtually unbeatable. If near death in battle, or after having committed a serious offense to their lord, or other various actions have brought shame to them, they would commit a ritual suicide known as seppuku, slicing their stomachs open with a short wakizashi, while another person, known as the second, decapitates them. This ceremonial suicide, which was usually performed in front of spectators, was used voluntarily by samurai to die with honor.
It has also been known as Katana Soul.Katana is the Japanese word for "sword", but is also commonly used to denote a group of sword types originating from Japan. They bear a distinctive curved, single edged blade with a flat shaped guard, a simple handle wrapped in cloth, and subtle designs that distinguish their identities from other blades. Most are named based on the blacksmith who forged them.