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.
Zidane has two victory poses, depending on if he is wielding a dagger or a thief sword. When he equips a dagger he will perform two back flips, then hold his right hand in the air. When he equips a thief sword he will spin it above his head before standing it on the ground.
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:
- 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.
The following is Zidane's basic stat growth with no equipment modifiers:
Zidane wields daggers and thief swords. He wields them 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 at the Festival of the HuntEdit
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.