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Zidane is the main playable character in Final Fantasy IX. He is a Thief who wields daggers and thief swords in battle. His special command is Steal and his skillset is Skill. His Trance transforms his Skill into Dyne, which has various damage-dealing abilities. Zidane is a mandatory party member for most of the game, but can be taken out of the party for the final dungeon.


Support abilitiesEdit

Zidane, being a melee character, learns most of the Killer abilities as well as MP Attack and Counter. The Flee and thief abilities are unique to him, as well as the Protect Girls ability.

Name Learned From AP
Auto-Reflect Reflect Ring 95
Auto-Float Feather Boots 20
Auto-Haste Running Shoes 55
Auto-Regen Golden Hairpin, Brave Suit 25
Auto-Life Rebirth Ring 130
HP+20% Mantra Band, Adaman Hat, Black Belt, Battle Boots 40
Accuracy+ Power Wrist, Black Hood, Lapis Lazuli 30
Distract Judo Uniform, Reflect Ring, Diamond 30
Long Reach Thief's Hat, Protect Ring 170
MP Attack Red Hat, Battle Boots, Power Belt 45
Bird Killer Adaman Vest, Yellow Scarf 20
Bug Killer Mythril Armlet 35
Stone Killer Adaman Vest, Power Vest 30
Undead Killer N-Kai Armlet, Headgear, Ritual Hat 45
Devil Killer Chain Plate, Demon's Vest 25
Beast Killer Leather Wrist, Egoist's Armlet, Flash Hat, Black Belt, Moonstone 30
Man Eater Bandana, Coronet, Coral Ring 25
Master Thief Thief Gloves 50
Steal Gil Glass Armlet, Yellow Scarf 40
Add Status Bone Wrist, Chimera Armlet, Bracer, Feather Hat, Twist Headband, Glass Buckle 35
Gamble Defense Twist Headband, Adaman Hat, Power Vest 20
High Tide Jade Armlet, Dark Hat, Gaia Gear, Sapphire 35
Counter Ritual Hat, Power Vest, Power Belt 70
Protect Girls Butterfly Sword, Leather Shirt 35
Eye 4 Eye Flash Hat, Ninja Gear 60
Body Temp Jade Armlet, Madain's Ring, Fairy Earrings, Diamond 25
Alert Ninja Gear, Germinas Boots 40
Level Up Egoist's Armlet, Rosetta Ring, Fairy Earrings 75
Ability Up Green Beret, Brigandine, Ribbon, Lapis Lazuli 95
Flee-Gil Wrist, Desert Boots, Gold Choker 45
Insomniac Bandana, Gaia Gear, Coral Ring 30
Antibody Glass Armlet, Mantra Band, Survival Vest, Glass Buckle 20
Restore HP Brave Suit, Promist Ring 85
Bright Eyes Feather Hat, Ritual Hat 35
Jelly Dragon Wrist, Dark Hat, Circlet, Bronze Vest, Dark Gear 35
Auto-Potion Mythril Vest, Demon's Vest, Running Shoes, Gold Choker 30
Locomotion Black Hood, Golden Skullcap, Survival Vest, Demon's Vest, Ninja Gear 30
Clear Headed Green Beret, Circlet, Dark Gear, Magician Shoes 25
Mug Chimera Armlet, Thief's Hat, Survival Vest 65
Bandit Mythril Dagger, N-Kai Armlet 40


FFIX Confusion

Zidane steals an Ore from a Lamia.

Steal items from enemy.

The Steal ability allows players to steal items from an enemy. Some items can only be obtained by stealing, and sometimes, players only get one shot at stealing it. Steal can be augmented with the abilities Flee Gil, Steal Gil, Master Thief, Mug, and Bandit. Zidane's Thievery skill is directly linked to the number of successful steals performed times half of his speed; with enough steals, the player can power it up to deal 9,999 damage.

Zidane can Steal more than once from the same opponent; each opponent has between one and four items available and their list is set. Some items are easier to steal than others. After an enemy has been stolen from, it still may drop items upon defeat.

Without Bandit, the formula for Steal hitting a target is as follows:[1]

  • Atk = Level + Spirit
  • Def = Enemy Level

If Atk is equal or greater than Def, Steal is a success. If Bandit is equipped, this step is ignored and Steal will always hit the target.

After Steal has successfully hit the target, the chances for stealing from each slot is as follows:

Item Rarity Success Rate Master Thief
Very Rare 1/256 32/256 (1/8)
Rare 16/256 (1/16) 32/256 (1/8)
Uncommon 64/256 (1/4) 64/256 (1/4)
Common 256/256 (100%) 256/256 (100%)

Steal will first attempt the rare slot. If that fails, Steal moves on to the next most common slot. A successful Steal from an empty slot results in a failed Steal attempt. If the Master Thief ability is equipped, it changes the Steal rate for rare and semi-rare items to 32/256 instead, and allows Steal to ignore empty slots.

Therefore, with Bandit and Master Thief both equipped, if the target has a common item, Steal will have 100% success of stealing one of the items.


The Skill command is Zidane's unique battle skillset which gives him various abilities that enhance his role as a fighter and as a thief, like detecting what items an enemy holds for stealing and inflicting the status ailment from his weapon upon targets. When learning a Skill he also learns the adjoining Dyne attack (see below) used in Trance. If Zidane equips multiple items that teach the same ability, the rate the ability is learned is multiplied by the amount of items (e.g. equipping a Dagger and Germinas Boots simultaneously teaches Zidane the ability Flee at twice the speed).



When in Trance, Zidane's Skill command changes to Dyne. Dyne raises his physical attack power and offers attacks that can damage single or multiple enemies. Zidane's Dyne and Skill abilities are connected, as he needs to learn a Skill to unlock the corresponding Dyne.


At level 1, Zidane has 105 HP, 36 MP, 18 Magic Stones, 23 Speed, 21 Strength, 18 Magic and 23 Vitality.


Zidane wields daggers and thief swords in battle. Zidane wields his weapons in the "icepick grip" style, as opposed to the traditional "hammer grip". Whenever Zidane equips a dagger he holds it in his right hand, as the left hand wields his unique weapon, the Orichalcum. The Elite Mark Gilgamesh recognizes this as Zidane's trademark weapon, having a fake version of his own in Final Fantasy XII, which is far longer than Zidane's. Zidane's other trademark weapon is the Mage Masher, which he wields in Dissidia Final Fantasy and Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.

He can equip light armor, which consist of vests and hats.

Zidane starts out equipping Dagger, Leather Hat, Wrist and Leather Shirt.


Zidane at the Festival of the HuntEdit


Zidane at the Festival of the Hunt.

Though the player participates in the festival in Lindblum as Zidane, the party members Vivi Ornitier and Freya Crescent also take part. Zidane's prize is 5000 Gil. For Vivi to win, one must allow the Zaghnol to defeat both Freya and Zidane. For Freya to win, the easiest way is to avoid the smaller battles and ensure she strikes the killing blow on the Zaghnol. In some versions of the game Zidane must be KO'd for Freya to slay Zaghnol, otherwise it will not fall regardless of how much HP it should have left. For Zidane to be victorious, one must fight as many battles as time allows, and ensure he puts the final blow on the Zaghnol.


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