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|Final Fantasy XI Spell|
|Effect:||Grants three or four shadow images that each absorb a physical or single-target magical attack.|
|Casting Time:||1.5 Seconds|
|Recast Time:||45 Seconds|
It creates four (for main-job Ninja) or three (for subjob Ninja) Copy Images that absorb attacks directed at the caster, causing them to miss completely. Utsusemi status guarantees that each copy image will cause a single physical hit to miss (with some exceptions for certain enemy special abilities, like Spiral Spin, which ignore shadows without erasing them), and Utsusemi also protects from single-target magic spells and attacks, causing them to miss, with some exceptions for special abilities, like for Ifrit's Meteor Strike. Utsusemi status will be instantly erased by -ga spells, such as Firaga and Sleepga.
- "Semi" means "Cicada," an insect that sheds a brittle, lifelike shell. It's a rather artistic meaning when one considers the spell's use.
- The tool for this spell, "Shihei", means paper soldier. This alludes, presumably, to a paper decoy.
- "Utsusemi" can also be translated roughly into being able to transfer something. In this case, the something is damage. "Shihei" or "toy soldiers" is the item used to transfer the damage.
- "Utsusemi" can also be translated to "Projection": you "project" images of yourself to protect yourself.
Utsusemi (空蝉?) is Japanese for "cast-off cicada shell".