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Final Fantasy XI Spell
Utsusemi: Ni
Utsusemi Ni
MP: 1 Shihei
Effect: Grants three or four shadow images that each absorb a physical or single-target magical attack.
Duration: 15 minutes
Casting Time: 1.5 Seconds
Recast Time: 45 Seconds
Magic Type: Ninjutsu
Element: Wind
Jobs: NIN 37

Utsusemi: Ni (空蝉の術:弐, Utsusemi no Jutsu: Ni?) is a Ninjutsu spell in Final Fantasy XI.

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.

The Utsusemi spells are one of the two main lures that makes Ninja; even those who wield two-handed weapons such as Samurai and Dragoons will often use /Ninja to avoid enemy attacks.

EtymologyEdit

  • "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.

EtymologyEdit

Utsusemi (空蝉?) is Japanese for "cast-off cicada shell".

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