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ZidaneMirror-FFIX

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.

AbilitiesEdit

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

StealEdit

FFIX Confusion

Zidane steals an Ore from a Lamia.

Steal items from enemy.
—Description

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.

SkillEdit

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).

TranceEdit

Zidane-ffix-trance

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.

StatsEdit

The following is Zidane's basic stat growth with no equipment modifiers:

Level HP MP Speed Strength Magic Spirit Magic Stones +
2 131 37 23 21 18 23
3 168 40 23 22 19 23
4 199 41 23 22 19 23
5 233 42 23 22 19 23
6 280 46 23 23 20 24
7 319 48 23 23 20 24
8 375 52 23 24 21 24
9 419 54 23 24 21 24
11 531 60 24 25 22 24
12 575 62 24 25 22 25
13 641 67 24 26 23 25
14 683 69 24 26 23 25
15 722 70 24 26 23 25
16 789 75 24 27 24 25
17 826 77 24 27 24 26
18 892 81 24 28 25 26
19 930 83 24 28 25 26
21 1049 90 25 29 26 26
22 1096 92 25 29 26 26
23 1184 98 25 30 27 27
24 1237 100 25 30 27 27
25 1292 102 25 30 27 27
26 1395 108 25 31 28 27
27 1457 111 25 31 28 27
28 1570 118 25 32 29 28
29 1639 121 25 32 29 28
31 1841 132 26 33 30 28
32 1920 135 26 33 30 28
33 2002 139 26 33 30 28
34 2150 147 26 34 31 29
35 2232 151 26 34 31 29
36 2375 160 26 35 32 29
37 2448 163 26 35 32 29
38 2515 166 26 35 32 29
39 2651 173 26 36 33 30
41 2837 184 27 37 34 30
42 2884 186 27 37 34 30
43 2928 188 27 37 34 30
44 3050 195 27 38 35 30
45 3090 197 27 38 35 31
46 3208 204 27 39 36 31
47 3243 205 27 39 36 31
48 3274 207 27 39 36 31
49 3387 214 27 40 37 31
51 3521 221 28 41 38 32
52 3539 222 28 41 38 32
53 3553 223 28 41 38 32
54 3648 229 28 42 39 32
55 3656 229 28 42 39 32
56 3750 236 28 43 40 33
57 3756 236 28 43 40 33
58 3761 236 28 43 40 33
59 3853 243 28 44 41 33
61 3947 249 29 45 42 34
62 3949 250 29 45 42 34
63 3950 250 29 45 42 34
64 4038 257 29 46 43 34
65 4039 257 29 46 43 34
66 4040 258 29 46 43 34
67 4129 264 29 47 44 35
68 4130 264 29 47 44 35
69 4219 271 29 48 45 35
71 4221 272 30 48 45 35
72 4310 278 30 49 46 36
73 4311 279 30 49 46 36
74 4400 285 30 50 47 36
75 4401 286 30 50 47 36
76 4402 286 30 50 47 36
77 4491 293 30 51 48 36
78 4492 293 30 51 48 37
79 4581 300 30 52 49 37
81 4583 301 31 52 49 37
82 4672 308 31 53 50 37
83 4673 308 31 53 50 38
84 4762 315 31 54 51 38
85 4763 315 31 54 51 38
86 4764 316 31 54 51 38
87 4854 322 31 55 52 38
88 4855 323 31 55 52 38
89 4944 330 31 56 53 39
91 4947 331 32 56 53 39
92 5036 338 32 57 54 39
93 5037 338 32 57 54 39
94 5127 345 32 58 55 40
95 5128 345 32 58 55 40
96 5129 346 32 58 55 40
97 5219 353 32 59 56 40
98 5220 353 32 59 56 40
99 5338 359 32 59 56 40 72

EquipmentEdit

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.

QuestsEdit

Zidane at the Festival of the HuntEdit

FestivaloftheHunt

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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