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The master's teachings, must use a Blitz technique.

Blitz is Sabin's special command in Final Fantasy VI. Input using buttons or touch inputs, Blitz relies on the player's memory to effectively use, but can be devastating. It deals damage based on Sabin's Magic stat, and is unaffected by his equipment. The optional character Gogo may also use the Blitz command. Learning all Blitzes in the now discontinued mobile/Steam version earns the Masterful Mastership! achievement. In the Pixel Remaster version leaning all Blitzes gets you the Master Monk achievement

Mechanics[]

Inputs[]

In the SNES and GBA releases, Blitz is activated by inputting a certain button combination, much like a fighting game. The player must press A to give the Blitz command, then, while the cursor is pointing at Sabin, press the proper button commands, and then press A again to execute the command. Due to the Game Boy Advance version not possessing X or Y buttons, the Blitzes which use those are input differently in with the X and Y buttons replaced with the right and left shoulder buttons or up and down on the directional pad. The PlayStation release is identical to the SNES release, aside from using its own buttons.

In the now discontinued mobile version and the Pixel Remaster version, the Blitz commands are input via choosing the arrows that appear on the screen when executing Blitz with touch. There is button feedback when hitting the buttons, and it is possible to cancel mistakes. The player's last Blitz will be repeated if Auto Battle is selected without having to manually input it again. Initially there was no in-game help on how to perform Blitzes, but this has been corrected in an update. The Diagonal inputs can be substituted with directional (U,D,L,R) inputs.

When the game is played with two players on the Super Nintendo and PlayStation versions, if one player presses any buttons while the other is attempting to input a Blitz command, the Blitz will fail.

Unlocking[]

Sabin learns new Blitzes as he levels up, similar to how Terra and Celes earn magic. The exception is Phantom Rush, which is learned regardless of Sabin's level by visiting Duncan in his cabin in the World of Ruin. If the player does not visit Duncan's cabin, Phantom Rush can still be acquired by reaching level 70 with Sabin. All Blitzes are unblockable.

List of Blitzes[]

Name Description Obtained Image
Commands
Raging Fist
(Pummel)
Physical damage to one opponent. Battle Power is 110, ignores Defense. Level 1 Raging Fist
Left Right Left
Unleashes a flurry of blows on a single enemy.
Aura Cannon
(AuraBolt)
Holy-elemental damage to one opponent. Spell Power is 68. Level 3 Aura Cannon
Down Lower-left Left
or
Down Down Left (all versions before 2014 release)
Blasts a single enemy with a bolt of holy energy.
Meteor Strike
(Suplex)
Physical damage to one opponent. Battle Power is 180, halved if there is more than one enemy. Some enemies are immune. Level 10 Meteor Strike
SNES: X Y Down Up
PS: Triangle Square Down Up
GBA: R L Down Up
iOS/Android/PC: Upper-right Upper-left Down Up
Hurls a single enemy into the ground.
Rising Phoenix
(Fire Dance)
Fire-elemental damage to all enemies. Spell Power is 42, ignores Split Damage. Level 15 Rising Phoenix
Left Lower-left Down Lower-right Right
or
Left Left Down Right Right (all versions before 2014 release)
Engulfs all enemies in spiritual flame.
Chakra
(Mantra)
Heals other party members equal to Sabin's current HP divided by the number of other party members; cures darkness, poison, silence, and sap. Due to a glitch, if Sabin is confused and uses Chakra when there is one opponent, they are healed for 9,999 HP. Level 23 Chakra
SNES: R L R L X Y
PS: R1 L1 R1 L1 Triangle Square
GBA: R L R L Up Down
iOS/Android/PC: Upper-right Upper-left Lower-right Lower-left Down Up
Restores some HP to all other party members.
Razor Gale
(Air Blade)
Wind-elemental damage to all enemies. Spell Power is 78, ignores Split Damage. Level 30 Razor Gale
Up Upper-right Right Lower-right Down Lower-left Left
or
Up Up Right Right Down Down Left (all versions before 2014 release)
Slashes at all enemies with a cutting wind.
Soul Spiral
(Spiraler)
Restores HP/MP of everyone in the party and recovers from darkness, zombie, poison, imp, petrify, doom, silence, berserk, confuse, sap, sleep, slow, stop, and frozen. Drains Sabin's HP/MP and removes him from the battle. Level 42 Soul Spiral
SNES: R L X Y Right Left
PS: R1 L1 Triangle Square Right Left
GBA: R L Up Down Right Left
iOS/Android/PC: Upper-right Upper-left Up Down Right Left
Sacrifices self to fully heal all other party members.
Phantom Rush
(Bum Rush)
Non-elemental magic damage to one opponent. Spell Power is 128, ignores Magic Defense. Level 70
or visit Duncan's Cabin with Sabin in World of Ruin.
Phantom Rush
Left Upper-left Up Upper-right Right Lower-right Down Lower-left Left
or
Left Left Up Up Right Right Down Down Left (all versions before 2014 release)
Deals massive damage to a single enemy.

Other appearances[]

Sabin's other appearances throughout the series depict him making various uses of his Blitz techniques in battle. These tend to resemble the same abilities from Final Fantasy VI in function and visuals, but are usually rebalanced for the relative game's combat system.

Other Monk characters since Final Fantasy VI have made use of abilities that were originally introduced by Sabin as a Blitz technique. Most prominently, Tifa Lockhart uses her own Meteor Strike in Final Fantasy VII. Other examples include Final Fantasy Explorers incorporating its own Aura Cannon that the player Explorer can use can use with the Knuckle weapon, and Final Fantasy Dimensions incorporating its own Raging Fist that any characters with the Monk job can use.

In Final Fantasy XIV, Monk Monks have access to the action Masterful Blitz Masterful Blitz, that allows the user to execute a variety of moves depending on the amount of different Beast Chakras opened, being Elixir Field Elixir Field with one type, Celestial Revolution Celestial Revolution with two, Rising Phoenix Rising Phoenix with three, and Phantom Rush with three and both Nadi opened.

Etymology[]

Blitz is a German word for "lightning". In English it is associated with quickness.

Behind the scenes[]

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The Best Moment of Final Fantasy 6-0

Sabin's Meteor Strike, in which Sabin suplexes an opponent, is subject to numerous in-jokes. The Phantom Train is vulnerable to it, giving Sabin the ability to suplex a train. Further, Sabin can suplex himself if he is confused.

Aura Cannon ("AuraBolt") has the same button commands as the famous "Hadouken" from Street Fighter. They are both ranged attacks, but Aura Cannon more closely resembles the more powerful "Shinkuu Hadouken" from the later X-Men vs Street Fighter and VS series games. It also visually resembles the famous "Kamehameha wave" from the Dragon Ball series.

In the same vein, the Raging Fist ("Pummel") shares the button command and name of a special move in the Art of Fighting series, and is one of the signature moves of the Kyokugenryu style of karate, practised by protagonist Ryo Sakazaki.


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