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Orator job command. Manipulates enemies through skilled rhetoric.
—Description

Speechcraft (話術, Wajutsu?, lit. Art of Conversation), also known as Talk Skill, is the action ability from Final Fantasy Tactics used by the Orator job. Using Speechcraft, the Orator can either boost the party's morale, or lower the opponent's. Speechcraft is also the only way to recruit monsters into the player's party. Speechcraft skills have a low success rate compared to other abilities.

The same abilities that can recruit monsters can be used to recruit all enemy units, monster and human alike, in any random encounter and also many plot battles. Although the Invitation ability, like other Speechcraft abilities, has a low success rate compared to other classes, the success rate appears to depend primarily on zodiac compatibility, without regard for PA, MA, Faith, Brave, or overall character exp level, meaning this strategy can reach maximum efficacy early. A single success is all it takes to "defeat" any enemy, permanently, whereas dealing damage may require multiple successful attacks on enemies with high HP, and even once they have been defeated, it remains possible for their allies to raise them with magic or Phoenix Downs. Recruited enemies can be immediately dismissed at the end of battle.

AbilitiesEdit

Name Range Effect Speed JP Needed
Entice
(Invitation)
3 1 Now 100
A speechcraft skill that persuades a foe to become an ally.
Effect: Traitor.
Success Rate: 20 + Magic Attack
Stall
(Persuade)
3 1 Now 100
A speechcraft skill that persuades a foe to wait before acting. Resets the target's CT count.
Success Rate: 30 + Magic Attack
Praise 3 1 Now 200
A speechcraft skill that praises the target's feats and strengths, increasing his or her Bravery.
Amount: +4 Bravery
Success Rate: 50 + Magic Attack
Intimidate
(Threaten)
3 1 Now 200
A speechcraft skill that plays upon the doubts and fears of the target, decreasing his or her Bravery.
Amount: -20 Bravery
Success Rate: 90 + Magic Attack
Preach 3 1 Now 200
A speechcraft skill that explains the nature of divine miracles, deepening belief and increasing Faith.
Amount: +4 Faith
Success Rate: 50 + Magic Attack
Enlighten
(Solution)
3 1 Now 200
A speechcraft skill that decreases Faith by using cold logic and secular doctrine.
Amount: -20 Faith
Success Rate: 90 + Magic Attack
Condemn
(Death Sentence)
3 1 Now 500
A speechcraft skill that convinces the target that his or her demise is soon at hand.
Effect: Doom.
Success Rate: 30 + Magic Attack
Beg
(Negotiate)
3 1 Now 100
A speechcraft skill that spins tales in return for gil.
Amount: Level x Speed
Success Rate: 90 + Magic Attack
Insult 3 1 Now 300
A speechcraft skill that infuriates with foul invective.
Effect: Berserk.
Success Rate: 40 + Magic Attack
Mimic Darlavon
(Mimic Daravon)
3 1 Now 300
A speechcraft skill that uses dull tales to induce slumber.
Effect: Sleep.
Success Rate: 40 + Magic Attack

EtymologyEdit

Speechcraft is the art, skill or science of speech or language.