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Yan
ヤーン (Yān?)
Yan-ffix
Statistics
Level HP MP
72 19,465 3,378
Strength Defense Evade
25 10 7
Magic M. Defense M. Evade
25 10 9
Attack Spirit Speed
92 45 50
EXP Gil
42,673 2,218
Elemental affinities
Fire Ice Thunder Water
100% 100% 100% 100%
Wind Earth Holy Shadow Restorative
100% 100% 50% 150% -100%Absorbs
Status immunities
Petrify Venom Virus Silence Darkness
- - Immune Immune -
Trouble Zombie Death Confuse Berserk
- - - Immune Immune
Stop Auto-Life Poison Sleep Regen
- Immune - - -
Haste Slow Float Shell Protect
- - - - -
Heat Freeze Vanish Doom Mini
- - Immune - -
Reflect Grad PetGradual Petrify Eat Scan Gravity
- - - - -
Location Vile Island
Class None
Steal [100%] Ore
[25%]Nothing
[6.25%]Nothing
[0.39%]Elixir
Item dropped [100%]Phoenix Down
[37.5%]Hi-Potion
[12.5%]Ether
[0.39%]Nothing
Card dropped [12.5%] Zemzelett
Abilities Snort, Comet, Aera, Float, Virus Powder
Eat Auto-Life
Yan
ヤーン (Yān?)
Yan-ffix-friendly
Statistics
Level HP MP
61 65,535 2,588
Strength Defense Evade
22 255 255
Magic M. Defense M. Evade
22 255 255
Attack Spirit Speed
79 40 50
EXP Gil
0 0
Elemental affinities
Fire Ice Thunder Water
100% 100% 100% 100%
Wind Earth Holy Shadow Restorative
100% 100% 50% 150% -100%Absorbs
Status immunities
Petrify Venom Virus Silence Darkness
Immune Immune Immune - -
Trouble Zombie Death Confuse Berserk
Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune
Stop Auto-Life Poison Sleep Regen
Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune
Haste Slow Float Shell Protect
- - Immune - -
Heat Freeze Vanish Doom Mini
Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune
Reflect Grad PetGradual Petrify Eat Scan Gravity
- Immune Immune Immune Immune
Location Vile Island
Class Heavy
Steal Nothing to steal
Item dropped [100%]Rosetta Ring
[37.5%]Nothing
[12.5%]Nothing
[0.39%]Nothing
Card dropped [12.5%] Elixir
Abilities Give me an item, Escape, BAAAHHH!!!
Eat I no can eat!
Other information Characters do not pose on victory. Give Diamond for 50 AP.

The Yan is the name of two enemies in Final Fantasy IX. The normal Yan is a strong and hard to defeat enemy that often appears in groups. There is also the friendly Yan, but it will run away unless the party has given an offering to all the other friendly monsters. They can both be found on Vile Island, which is southwest of Iifa Tree.

FormationsEdit

Enemies Frequency AP
0783 None
Yan (#141) 11.76% 2
Yan (#141) x2 13.73% 3
Yan (#141) x3 100% 4
0784 None
Yan (#141) 11.76% 2
Yan (#141) x2 13.73% 3
Yan (#141) x3 100% 4
0785 None
Yan (#141) 11.76% 2
Yan (#141) x2 13.73% 3
Yan (#141) x3 100% 4
0786 None
Yan (#141) 11.76% 2
Yan (#141) x2 13.73% 3
Yan (#141) x3 100% 4
0920 Characters do not pose on victory.
Yan (#174) 100% 50
0921 Characters do not pose on victory.
Yan (#174) 100% 50

Normal YanEdit

Yans are sheep that appear all around Vile Island. They have small bodies and large heads and can appear alone or in groups of up to three at a time. Yans are strong and hard to defeat, especially in groups, and are considered the hardest normal enemies in the game aside from the friendly Yan.

BattleEdit

Yans have five attacks: Comet, Virus Powder, Float, Aera, and Snort. Their ATB fill fast due their high speed stat, meaning they will often attack before the party.

Comet is often lethal, dealing random damage to one target, often for a full 9999 damage. Vivi and Amarant can counter this spell with Return Magic since it can't be reflected.

Virus Powder is a nuisance, because Virus prevents the party member from earning EXP from the battle. If a party member cannot receive EXP due to Virus, their EXP share is given to the surviving Virus-free party members. Eiko becomes immune to the effects of Virus if she has Guardian Mog equipped.

Float is often used as a counterattack, but Yans can also cast it normally. It is used to render characters weak against their wind spell, Aera.

Yan's Snort attack ejects a party member from battle and, unlike in other Final Fantasy games, will cause a Game Over if all party members are expelled. Yans only use Snort as a counterattack.

StrategyEdit

Yans are weak against Sleep. Quina's Blue Magic spell Night will work most times, and will send the Yans sleeping, but the party must equip Insomniac to prevent from falling asleep as well. The Sleep won't last long, but the Yans won't wake up to magical attacks. This strategy can be combined with the Instant Death strategy. A sleeping Yan also won't counterattack.

To counter being snorted out of the battle, you need to inflict instant death to Yans while sleeping. Set all to Auto-Life, Auto-Regen and Insomniac. Have Quina cast Night, Zidane and the other 2 characters should be on standby. If successful, Yan will sleep and Zidane must quickly cast Soul Blade (Masamune) on it. Repeat this process each turn again, as Sleep only affects Yans for 1 turn. Use the remaining countdown to resurrect any fallen teammate, use Vaccine on anyone affected by Virus and make sure Quina and Zidane have enough MPs to continue what they're doing. If for some reason Zidane goes to Trance, do not use Dyne, consume his Trance gauge by using Items instead (Potion, Vaccine, Phoenix Down) until he goes back to normal. This strategy works on 1 Yan, so repeat the same process if you encounter 2-3 Yans. Remember, do not engage Yans while awake.

Because Yans are so tough and counterattack a lot, strategies that manage to one-shot them tend to work out the best.

  • Zidane: Can inflict a Yan with Doom by equipping the Masamune and using the skill Soul Blade. With Soul Blade, the Doom will hit every time. Downside is that the Yan has time to counterattack. Another good strategy is to use Annoy on one Yan when fighting them in groups, and then attack that Yan with physical attacks boosted by MP Attack. The Yan will die in two to three hits, and the other Yans will lose half of their health without countering, allowing them to be killed in one shot with a strong attack without fear of counterattack.
  • Amarant: Countdown will kill off a Yan in 10 seconds. It has 50% accuracy.
  • Dagger: Odin's Instant Death has 50% chance of working, if the party has 99 Ore in the inventory. It also hits multiple targets.
  • Vivi: Has Death that has 35% accuracy.
  • Quina: Mustard Bomb will instantly kill a Yan before it can counterattack. Frost can also be used in the same manner, allowing the player to kill a Yan instantly with a physical attack. Both spells have 30% accuracy. Quina can also cast Doom to kill off a Yan in 10 seconds. It has 25% accuracy.
  • Steiner: Iai Strike can inflict instant death with a 30% accuracy.

Freya won't have one-shot abilities, but she can heal the party and Eiko has Phoenix in case of total annihilation.

If the results from instant death strategies prove too random (Yans will counterattack if those attacks miss), one can also try the traditional damage dealing tactics. Yans, with their 19,465 HP, die of two 9999 hits. Steiner's Shock or Darkside abilities are good for that, and Climhazzard hits all targets for around 8000 HP damage, but is best used only against low health Yans. In general, it is best to concentrate on one Yan at a time, because if multiple Yans are hit by the same attack they will all counterattack.

Zidane's powered up Thievery (deals fixed damage depending on the number of successful steals and his speed stat), Freya's powered up Dragon's Crest (party must kill 100 dragons to power up Dragon's Crest to 9999 damage) and Quina's Frog Drop (deals fixed damage depending on the number of frogs caught and his/her level) can be of great help.

Dagger can also deal the full 9999 damage against all targets with Atomos, if she's on a decent level and has enough (70-80) Amethysts in the party's inventory. Summoning Atomos as first move will leave the Yans open for the next 9999 hit, but Dagger will probably be killed or snorted in the counterattacks.

Vivi can also use a similar strategy as mentioned above, with Doomsday, to inflict full 9999 damage against all targets (since they're weak against Shadow), but will also hit the allies. To prevent this the player should equip any nullify/absorb equipment (such as Pumice Pieces, Ninja Gear or Demon Mail).

Friendly YanEdit

The friendly version of the Yan can also be found on Vile Island. Unless the player has already given an offering to all the other friendly monsters, the Friendly Yan will flee. Giving the Yan a Diamond rewards them with 50 AP, completes the "friendly enemies" sidequest, and renders Ozma vulnerable to physical attacks and weak to Shadow-elemental attacks. If Ozma is beaten before meeting with Friendly Yan, it will comment the feat when the player finds it.

BattleEdit

The Yan asks for a Diamond and giving it will complete the friendly enemies quest. Alternatively the player can choose to defeat the Yan, as it is the only friendly enemy that does not run away when being attacked. If the player chooses to defeat the Yan they can claim its spoils of 50 AP and a Rosetta Ring. This can be done as many times as the player likes, for it will reappear until it is given the Diamond it asks for. This leaves the possibility of farming Friendly Yans for the AP drop to learn abilities at incredible speed.

The friendly Yan will attack the player if the Diamond is not given in a specific time frame. After asking for the Diamond multiple times, it will say "You're not giving me any?" followed by its special BAAAHHH!!! move. If attacked first, the friendly Yan will counter any attack that hits it with its signature BAAAHHH!!! move, the strongest physical attack in Final Fantasy IX, in terms of base Attack power, which is 158, that also inflicts the Silence status on the party.

StrategyEdit

The player should keep the party alive with full HP because the friendly Yan will retaliate and fight. Due to their extremely high HP and defensive stats, one should use attacks that ignore the enemy's defense, such as Zidane's Thievery, Freya's Dragon's Crest, and Quina's Frog Drop or Limit Glove. Because of the Yan's high evasion most normal attacks miss, and even when they hit they deal little damage.

The silencing effect of the friendly Yan's attack can be protected against with Loudmouth. Equipping Auto-Regen, Auto-Haste and HP+ abilities makes the battle easier. Auto-Regen can safeguard the party if they accumulate HP faster than the Yan can dish out damage. Even if friendly Yan's attack is physical, Vanish will not help, because "BAAAHHH!!!" is a special attack.

Friendly Yan is immune to most status ailments, however it can be slowed. He can also be blinded, but since "BAAAHHH!!!" is a special attack, it will not be affected by the ailment.

Friendly Yan will counter every time it receives damage, meaning the player should pace their attacks and never attack when they are on low health, using their turn to heal instead (or wait for Auto-Regen to heal the party).

It is considered impossible to defeat the friendly Yan on a LV1 challenge playthrough.

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Friendly Yan is the only Friendly Monster that will fight back if attacked.

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