- “Specializing in combat, the Warrior has high attack and defense and can wield any weapon.”
- —Dawn of Souls Instructions
- See also: Warrior (Job)
The Warrior (せんし, Senshi?), also known as the Fighter, is the most versatile member of the Warriors of Light in the original Final Fantasy. He has access to the best weapons and armor available, and has impressive Strength and Stamina. The Fighter also has the most HP out of any character class. His main drawback is his dependence on powerful equipment, making him a rather expensive class to maintain.
The Fighter's sprite was originally depicted with red hair in the NES version of Final Fantasy, partially due to the palette limitations of the hardware. He was depicted with dishwater blond hair in the WonderSwan Color version and has remained as such in all subsequent releases. His artwork depicts him of having dark blue armor and horns on his helmet, and the FMV depicts him with white hair.
|Weapons||Battle Axe - Great Axe - Light Axe - Mythril Axe - Hammer - Mythril Hammer - Staff - Power Staff - Crosier - Knife - Dagger - Mythril Knife - Rapier - Scimitar - Saber - Falchion - Broadsword - Rune Blade - Werebane - Coral Sword - Wyrmkiller - Long Sword - Claymore - Mythril Sword - Flame Sword - Ice Brand - Sunblade - Masamune|
|Armor||Clothes - Leather Armor - Chain Mail - Iron Armor - Knight's Armor - Mythril Mail - Flame Mail - Ice Armor - Copper Armlet - Silver Armlet - Ruby Armlet - Diamond Armlet|
|Shields||Leather Shield - Iron Shield - Buckler - Mythril Shield - Flame Shield - Ice Shield - Aegis Shield - Protect Cloak|
|Helmets||Leather Cap - Helm - Great Helm - Mythril Helm - Ribbon|
|Gloves||Leather Gloves - Bronze Gloves - Steel Gloves - Mythril Gloves - Giant's Gloves - Protect Ring|
After completing the Citadel of Trials, Bahamut, the Dragon King, upgrades the Warrior to the rank of Knight (ナイト, Naito?). As a Knight, he is able to equip nearly every weapon and armor in the game and is able to cast low-level White Magic spells. In all versions, it is recommended to promote the Warrior sooner than later, as being upgraded too late runs the risk of decreased spell charges (MP in later editions). The costume looks exactly the same except inverted colors and a head ornament and a cape.
|Weapons||All Warrior weapons, Thor's Hammer, Cat Claws, Venom Blade, Vorpal Sword, Defender, Excalibur|
|Armor||All Warrior armor, Diamond Armor, Dragon Mail|
|Shields||All Warrior shields, Diamond Shield|
|Helmets||All Warrior helms, Healing Helm, Diamond Helm|
|Gloves||All Warrior gloves, Diamond Gloves - Gauntlets - Giant's Gloves|
|White Magic||Cure - Protect - Blink - NulShock - Invis - Blindna - Silence - NulBlaze - Cura|
In the Dawn of Souls and 20th Anniversary versions as well as all subsequent remakes based on these versions, there are ten optional auto-names for the different character classes. Each name is a reference to another character or location name in the Final Fantasy series.
The ten names for the Warrior class are:
- Argus - Location in Final Fantasy III.
- Alus - Character in Final Fantasy III.
- Banon - Character in Final Fantasy VI.
- Baron - Location in Final Fantasy IV.
- Desh - Character in Final Fantasy III.
- Doma - Location in Final Fantasy VI.
- Giott - Character in Final Fantasy IV.
- Leo - Character in Final Fantasy VI.
- Sasune - Location in Final Fantasy III.
- Zeza - Character in Final Fantasy V.
In the FINAL FANTASY I · II · III Memory of Heroes novelization, the Warrior's name is given as Zest.
A high level armor set based on the Amano artwork of the Warrior is available to the two tank classes, Gladiators/Paladins and Marauders/Warriors. Most of the armor are rewards from the Labyrinth of the Ancients, in the Crystal Tower. The Helm of Light, however, is a part of the collector's edition of the game and, as such, is only level 1.
A Wind-up Warrior of Light Minion, based on the Amano appearance, and Barding of Light, for player's chocobos are the Rank 6 Veteran Rewards.
- Main article: Warrior (Final Fantasy)/Dissidia
Chaos has summoned a combined force of Final Fantasy's ultimate masters of evil. Cosmos, in attempt to protect the Crystals, has summoned warriors to thwart their plans. The Warrior of Light is one of these warriors and stands as the hero representing the original Final Fantasy, opposing Garland, and eventually rises as the leader of the Warriors of Cosmos. He is the main protagonist of the game's central storyline.
The Warrior of Light harbors no doubts or hesitations about his duty to Cosmos, and works tirelessly to find his Crystal and defeat the forces of Chaos. Though Chaos's villains appear to battle him and attempt to trick him and sway his resolve, the Warrior remains stalwart and continues onward in his quest in their wake, determined to prevail against evil. The Warrior is also the first Warrior of Cosmos to learn the true nature of the war between the gods from Garland.
The Warrior of Light's alternate outfit is a red palette swap based on an alternate artwork by Yoshitaka Amano.
The Warrior of Light reappears as a Warrior of Cosmos in the prequel to Dissidia Final Fantasy alongside all the other characters from the original. Here he is again Cosmos' guardian and the leader of the heroes. However, when the Manikins appear for the first time and threaten to overwhelm the warriors, he and Kain make a pact to defeat their comrades so they may live to the next cycle, as if they lose to the manikins they will not be revived.
When he attempts to dispatch Lightning he admits his plan to her and Cosmos, and Lightning takes the remaining heroes to stop the flow of manikins, leaving the Warrior to guard Cosmos. In the game's climax the Warrior single-handledly guards Cosmos from an army of manikins until she expends her power to destroy them and save his life.
Dissidia 012 also reveals the Warrior's true origins. He is an advanced manikin created by Cid of the Lufaine and infused with Cid's memories to give him a sense of self. Set down in World B, he is found by Garland and Prishe who fight to determine who will take him to their respective god. Prishe defeats Garland and takes the Warrior to Cosmos to be made one of her warriors. Prishe later gives the Warrior a name, but the player does not discover what it is, and by the timeline of the games he has forgotten both it and Prishe, only retaining a faint memory of an unknown person calling him by name.
In his second alternate outfit, the Warrior of Light takes off his helmet and his armor and hair are colored bright red to reflect the original NES Final Fantasy Warrior and Knight sprites. As a bonus fourth downloadable outfit, the Warrior wears his normal armor but without his helmet, as he appears in flashbacks.
- “With crystal in hand, the Warrior of Light appeared to the world when it is cloaked in a darkness long foretold of in legend. The Warrior of Light has no memory of a life before his coming to the land and no knowledge of from whence he came. Yet he shall overcome both time and space to pursue Garland and restore the light to the crystals of the world, robbed so long of their power.”
- —Online description
The Warrior of Light is a default playable character in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.
He is an Offense and Defense oriented character. His Limit, Class Change, halves all physical damage when a 70-chain is achieved.
|Brace (Lv 1)||3||Initial|
|Focus (Lv 1)||4||Initial|
|Protect (Lv 1)||7||Level 25|
|Class Change||20||Level 40|
|Brace (Lv 2)||5||Level 65|
|Protect (Lv 2)||14||Level 70|
|Focus (Lv 3)||9||Level 75|
|Brace (Lv 3)||7||Level 80|
|Protect (Lv 3)||21||Level 85|
|HP Up (Lv 1)||4||Level 5|
|Wind Rhapsody(Lv 1)||5||Level 10|
|Sacrifice (Lv 1)||5||Level 15|
|Strength Up (Lv 1)||5||Level 20|
|Wind Rhapsody (Lv 2)||10||Level 30|
|Sacrifice (Lv 2)||10||Level 35|
|Strength Up (Lv 2)||10||Level 45|
|Sacrifice (Lv 3)||16||Level 50|
|Wind Rhapsody (Lv 3)||15||Level 55|
|Strength Up (Lv 3)||16||Level 60|
Warrior of Light returns as a default playable character. If the player did not select him in their party of four, he can later be unlocked by collecting Red Crystal Shards.
He is an Offense and Defense oriented character. His Limit, Class Change, functions the same as before, halving all damage after a 70-chain is achieved.
|Focus (Lv 1)||4||Initial|
|Brace (Lv 1)||3||Level 5|
|Armor Break (Lv 1)||2||Level 20|
|Protect (Lv 1)||10||Level 65|
|Focus (Lv 2)||9||Level 30|
|Class Change||20||Level 40|
|Brace (Lv 2)||5||Level 45|
|Armor Break (Lv 2)||7||Level 60|
|Protect (Lv 2)||15||Level 65|
|Focus (Lv 3)||15||Level 70|
|Added Cut||15||Level 75|
|Brace (Lv 3)||7||Level 80|
|Armor Break (Lv 3)||12||Level 95|
Warrior of Light appears in Pictlogica Final Fantasy as a playable character.
The Warrior of Light appears as a Legend character in Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade in his Yoshitaka Amano design.
Warrior of Light appears in Final Fantasy Record Keeper.
There are trading cards in the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game that depict the Warrior of Light.
Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit
- The sprites of the Knight form of this job from the PlayStation version onwards look similar to Cecil Harvey's sprites as a Paladin in Final Fantasy IV except with a different head ornament.
- In the original NES version, at the party selection screen, the Warrior appears along with the Thief, Monk, and Red Mage as the default party, making them the first characters to be seen in the Final Fantasy series.
- In the official novelization the Warrior leads the Warriors of Light and carries the Fire Crystal.