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- “Wards against evil have been carven deep into this giant sword.”
- —Description, Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift
- “Legendary katana tempered in the depths of the earth.”
Cyan can equip the Zanmato in the Advance port of Final Fantasy VI. It is the strongest katana available, Holy-elemental, and yields an attack power of 245, +7 Strength and Stamina, +30% Evasion, and enables the Bushido and Runic commands. It can be found in the Dragons' Den by defeating the Holy Dragon, or it can be obtained by betting the Godhand in the Dragon's Neck Colosseum.
Zanmato is not an equippable weapon in Final Fantasy X, but the aeon Yojimbo can use it as an attack. Yojimbo will be more likely to use better attacks in general, including Zanmato, if his Overdrive is full.
This attack is similar to Zantetsuken, but, unlike it, Zanmato defeats all foes, even bosses, in one hit, regardless of protection against death. Its odds of occurring depend on the opponent's Zanmato "level", which ranges from 1 to 5 in the original Japanese and North American versions, or from 1 to 6 in the PAL, International and HD versions.
Zanbato is a generic high level Great Katana. It shares its model with the Hagun, a very powerful (and expensive) Great Katana.
Zanmato is an Artefact in Final Fantasy Tactics. The indecipherable script engraved into this enchanted blade identifies it as the weapon once used to slay a demon in a single blow. It is a talwar-type sword of immense size.
- “Giant sword engraved with words of destruction.”
Zanmato is a katana that can be equipped by Ninjas and Assassins. Furthermore, it teaches the Assassin Job class Ultima Masher, at the cost of 999 AP. It provides +22 Attack, +2 Magic, increases Holy resistance and halves Dark damage, and is Holy-elemental. It can be obtained after completing Mission #029: Wanted!, from raising Smithing to level 50, or by stealing it from an enemy during Mission #27: Royal Valley.
Zanmato returns as a katana in the sequel, and can still be equipped by Ninjas and Assassins, as well as the new Parivir Job. It still teaches the Ultima Masher ability to Assassins. Illua uses this weapon in her last fight. The Ninja leader of the Duelhorn warband, Maquis the Phantasm uses this weapon throughout the whole Duelhorn storyline, except when he first loses his memory in the Lethean Draught mission.
This katana can be obtained by first placing a Lightwing Crystal, Bundle of Needles, and an Aqua Galac on the bazaar. Once unlocked in the shop, it can be purchased for 5,800 gil. The Zanmato gives +8 to the Magic stat, is of the Holy element, and grants immunity to Dark.
The name Zanmato (demon-cutting sword) is a pun based on Zanmato (horse cutting sword). Properly called a Zanbatō, it is a weapon supposedly made to cut down a horse and its rider in one swing. It is actually adopted from the Chinese Zhanmadao. The word 'ma' can both mean horse and demon depending on pronunciation.
"魔刀" (Ma-gatana) means "Magic Sword". But "魔" (Ma) alone means "demon" or "evil spirit"(equivalent to "Oni") and "刀" (Katana) alone means "sword"(equivalent to "Ken").