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Cyan charging up the Bushido gauge.

Bushido techniques take time to master. New ones will be learned over time.
—Advanced Battle Tactics, Adventuring School

Bushido (必殺剣, Hissatsu Ken?, lit. Sure-Killing Sword), also known as SwdTech, is Cyan's special ability in Final Fantasy VI.


Bushido abilities are used by waiting for a numbered gauge to fill up to a number from one to eight. The longer the wait, the stronger the Bushido attack will be. In the mobile and Steam versions the player can outright choose the Bushido level and Cyan will charge his Bushido "in the background" allowing the others to act during the wait. In the previous versions, Umaro can also act during Cyan's Bushido techniques.

Cyan can use Bushido if he equips a weapon that is Bushido-compatible, but since all of Cyan's weapons are Bushido-compatible, this is rarely an issue; only when Gogo uses Bushido, or if Cyan is equipped with a Merit Award or Ultima Weapon, does one have to worry about equipping the right weapon.

Cyan learns new abilities as he levels up, and he will automatically learn all of them after the player completes the Dreamscape in the World of Ruin. Bushido have a set Battle Power or Spell Power, and do not change in effectiveness depending on the strength of Cyan's weapon. Neither having the Haste status nor increasing Cyan's Speed stat through magicite or equipment will speed up the rate at which the gauge fills.

Cyan's Bushido skill names were originally supposed to have more dramatic names, such as 超爆裂翔竜斬 (Chō Bakuretsu Hiryū Zan?, lit. Super Explosive Flying Dragon Slice).[1] Learning all Bushido abilities in the mobile/Steam version yields the Sword Master achievement.

List of Bushido skillsEdit

Name Description Obtained Image
Physical damage to one opponent. Battle Power of 120, ignores defense, and is unblockable. Level 1 FFVI iOS Fang
Perform a rapid sword thrust against a single enemy.
Perform a single non-elemental magical counterattack when attacked physically. Spell Power of 56, ignores defense, and is unblockable. The root of the Psycho Cyan bug. Level 6 FFVI Sky
Readies a devastating counterattack to unleash when next attacked.
Halves the HP of one opponent and inflicts Sap, unblockable, but fails on targets immune to Death. Level 12 FFVI iOS Tiger
Channels focused ki energy through the samurai's blade to halve a single enemy's HP.
(Quadra Slam)
Four physical attacks against random opponents. Each hit has a Battle Power of 72 and is unblockable. Level 15 FFVI iOS Flurry
Performs a flowing, 4-strike combo while floating gracefully among enemies.
Absorbs HP and MP from one opponent. Spell Power for HP damage is 49 while the Spell Power for MP damage is 12. Heals undead enemies. Level 24 FFVI Dragon
Manipulates the flow of ki energy to draw HP and MP from a single enemy.
Deals non-elemental magic damage and inflicts Stop on all opponents. It has a Spell Power of 97, is unblockable, and ignores Split Damage. The Stop ailment has a Hit Rate of 140. Level 34 FFVI Eclipse
Shapes ki energy into a shower of blades, which rains down upon all enemies.
Four physical attacks against random opponents. Each hit has a Battle Power of 70, ignores defense, and is unblockable. Level 44 FFVI iOS Tempest
Unleashes a powerful, 4-strike combo against multiple enemies.
Inflicts Death on all enemies. Hit Rate of 182, works against undead but will fail on targets immune to Death. Stalls an enemy's final attack for one turn. Level 70 FFVI Oblivion
Cleaves all enemies in two.

Other appearancesEdit

Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera OmniaEdit

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Pictlogica Final FantasyEdit

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Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit

Cyan uses his Sky, Fang, Dragon, Tempest, and Flurry Bushido skills when summoned as a Legend.

Ability Cards
Legend Cards

Final Fantasy Record KeeperEdit

Cyan's Bushido skills are his unique Soul Breaks, obtained on katanas native to Final Fantasy VI.

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Final Fantasy Brave ExviusEdit

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Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

Two of Cyan's cards have Bushido techniques as their abilities. One can use Fang, and another can use Oblivion. For the Dulling of Cyan and the discard of another Cyan card, Fang allows the player to Break an opponent's Forward of their choice during their next Main Phase 1 if Cyan is still on the field. Oblivion acts similarly—for the same activation costs as Fang, and if Cyan is on the field during the player's next Main Phase 1, he Breaks all the opponent's Forwards.



Bushidō, literally "the way of the warrior", is a Japanese word for the way of the samurai life, loosely analogous to the concept of chivalry. It originates from the samurai moral code stressing frugality, loyalty, martial arts mastery, and honor unto death.

FFVI Bushido Renaming Menu

The Fang ability on the Bushido renaming menu.

In the Japanese version the player can rename Cyan's Bushido techniques, but only in Kanji, not Kana. The Bushido renaming screen was found inside the Bushido menu where a player press the confirm button when selecting an ability. This menu was removed from the US version, and this includes all English versions of Final Fantasy VI.


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