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Vikings have the ability to lure enemies into attacking them instead of other members of the party, but it's gonna hurt!
—In-game description
The bearer of this certificate has mastered combat with battle hammer and axe and is deemed worthy of the title of Master Viking.
—Mastery certificate description

The Viking (バイキング, Baikingu?) is a job class in Final Fantasy III. It is gained from the Water Crystal. Vikings swing giant hammers and axes with ease. Their only drawback is that they develop slower than other melee jobs. Vikings are mainly used as a "tank" for their Provoke ability and access to the strongest armor.

AbilitiesEdit

NES versionEdit

  • Special Ability - None

The Viking does not actually have a special ability, keeping the Defend command instead.

3D versionsEdit

The Provoke command increases the chance of a target enemy attacking the Viking. In addition, it also lowers the enemy's Defense, making them more vulnerable. It is best used when the Viking is in the back row, to minimize damage. The Viking could easily be turned into a meat shield by equipping two shields, placing it in the back row, and then using Provoke to divert all the damage to it while being healed by a White Mage. Other common strategies involve combining it with a Bard to help heal it, as at job level 99, the Provoke Ability always works and reduces the enemy's defense by about 50%. However, with the high attack power versus low agility, the Viking may turn many conventional players away from this option.

The enemy's defense reduction is calculated using the following formula:

Enemy Defense = Original Defense x (100 - (0.5 x JobLv))%

Additionally, the success rate of Provoke is directly related to job level:

Job Level Success Rate
1-20 60%
21-40 70%
41-80 80%
81-98 90%
99 100%

StatsEdit

Level Strength Agility Vitality Intellect Mind Level Strength Agility Vitality Intellect Mind
NES version 3D versions
1 15 10 20 5 5 1 5 5 5 5 5
10 21 14 27 7 10 10 11 9 10 9 10
20 27 18 35 9 14 20 20 14 17 14 15
30 33 22 43 11 19 30 30 18 24 18 20
40 39 26 51 13 23 40 40 22 31 22 24
50 45 30 59 15 28 50 50 26 38 26 29
60 51 34 67 17 32 60 60 29 44 29 34
70 57 38 75 19 37 70 70 33 51 33 38
80 63 42 83 21 41 80 80 37 58 37 43
90 70 46 91 23 46 90 90 41 65 41 48
99 75 50 98 25 50 99 99 45 71 45 52

EquipmentEdit

WeaponsEdit

Weapons
Hammers Axes
  • Hammer
  • Dragon Hammer
  • Triton Hammer
  • Platinum Hammer
  • Blessed Hammer
  • Mighty Hammer
  • Viking Axe
  • Battleaxe
  • Dual Tomahawk
  • Rune Axe
  • Demon Axe
  • Dual Haken

ArmorEdit

Armor
Shields Head Body Arms
  • Leather Shield
  • Mythril Shield
  • Ice Shield
  • Demon Shield
  • Diamond Shield
  • Aegis Shield
  • Crystal Shield
  • Leather Cap
  • Mythril Helm
  • Shell Helm
  • Ice Helm
  • Feathered Hat
  • Viking Helm
  • Diamond Helm
  • Ribbon
  • Crystal Helm
  • Bronze Bracers
  • Mythril Gloves
  • Gauntlets
  • Power Bracers
  • Diamond Gloves
  • Protect Ring
  • Crystal Gloves

Other appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

TCG Viking appears with Water-elemental cards. All main characters from the 3D remake are represented.

Triple Triad (Portal App)Edit

029a Viking

Viking from the 3D remake appears on a Triple Triad card.

GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

Vikings were Norse seafarers who raided and traded from their Scandinavian homelands across wide areas of northern and central Europe, European Russia, Mediterranean littoral, North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, North Atlantic islands and as far as the north-eastern coast of North America during the late 8th to late 11th centuries. The term is commonly extended to the inhabitants of Viking home communities during what has become known as the Viking Age.

Modern conceptions of the Vikings often differ from the historical sources painting a romanticized picture of noble savages. Current popular representations of the Vikings are typically based on cultural clichés.

TriviaEdit

  • Final Fantasy III marks the series' first appearance of the Viking job class.
  • Every hammer used by Vikings deals lightning-element damage. This is likely a reference to Mjölnir, a magic, lightning-imbued hammer used by the Norse god of thunder, Thor.