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Wards against evil have been carven deep into this giant sword.

The Zanmato (斬魔刀, Zanmatō?), also known as Zanbato, is a recurring weapon in the Final Fantasy series. It is usually associated with Samurai, and may inflict instant death.


Final Fantasy VIEdit


Legendary katana tempered in the depths of the earth.

Cyan can equip the Zanmato in the Advance port. 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 by betting the Godhand in the Dragon's Neck Colosseum.

Final Fantasy XIEdit

XI Zanbato is a generic high level great katana. It shares its model with the Hagun, a very powerful (and expensive) great katana.

Final Fantasy TacticsEdit

FFT Zanmato is an Artefact. 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.

Final Fantasy Tactics AdvanceEdit


Giant sword engraved with words of destruction.

Zanmato is a katana that can be equipped by Ninjas and Assassins. Furthermore, it teaches Ultima Masher to Assassins for 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.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the RiftEdit

TA2 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 selling 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.

Pictlogica Final FantasyEdit


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The name Zanmato (demon-cutting sword) is a pun based on Zanbato (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").

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