Amarant is a playable character and a boss in Final Fantasy IX. He is the last party member to join. His special ability is Throw, which allows him to throw a weapon—either an equipable weapon or a special throwing weapon—at an enemy to deal heavy damage. His skillset is Flair, which has abilities for both offense and defense. His versatility makes him a good party member to include for taking on the game's toughest challenges, such as Ozma or the final boss.
Amarant learns skills that enhance his physical fighting abilities, such as the HP-boost abilities, Killer abilities, Cover and counterattack skills. His Counter ability takes longer to learn compared to the other characters, but all his weapons have Counter. Unusual among the physical fighters, he learns Return Magic and Healer. His unique skills are Power Throw and Power Up that power up his special skills, Throw and Chakra.
Amarant's skillset is Flair, which can be used for offense (raw damage or to inflict status ailments) or defense (healing HP/MP and revive), making him versatile in battle, and allowing him to switch between attack and support.
The amount of damage Throw does is based on the following formula:
Throw will do 1 damage if Amarant is in Mini status, and half damage if hitting a target with Protect. The bonus is 50% greater if the target is an aerial enemy, or if Amarant is equipped with the Power Throw ability.
In Trance, Flair becomes Elan. It is identical to his Flair abilities, but affects all targets, either enemies or allies.
Amarant has excellent physical stats, surpassing Zidane in HP and Strength.
For armor he equips hats, armlets, and light armor.
- Light armor
- Battle Boots
- Black Belt
- Coral Ring
- Dark Matter
- Desert Boots
- Fairy Earrings
- Feather Boots
- Germinas Boots
- Glass Buckle
- Gold Choker
- Madain's Ring
- Magician Shoes
- Power Belt
- Promist Ring
- Protect Ring
- Pumice Piece
- Rebirth Ring
- Reflect Ring
- Rosetta Ring
- Running Shoes
- Yellow Scarf
Boss and enemy
Zidane fights Amarant as a boss under the name "Scarlet Hair" in Madain Sari. After being defeated, Zidane invites him to the party.
Amarant is the last party member to join. He joins after the party fells Soulcage and returns to Madain Sari, where Amarant challenges Zidane to a duel and then joins after losing, though he will not pose after victorious battles until after completing Ipsen's Castle as part of the story. Amarant is never the party leader.
The conversation with Amarant changes slightly when he is confronting Zidane at Madain Sari's Eidolon Wall, based on whether the player read his wanted poster in Treno earlier. It doesn't matter if it was read as Steiner or as Dagger.
During the time the party splits to tackle all elemental shrines simultaneously, Freya and Amarant head to the Fire Shrine and face the Fire Guardian. However, the scenario is not playable. During the "You're Not Alone" segment, Freya and Amarant join Zidane for the set battle against Amdusias.