This holy war between demon, devil, and goddess damages friend and foe alike.

Final Fantasy VI PlayStation esper section

Crusader is an esper in Final Fantasy VI who can be acquired as a magicite.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Crusader is made up of three entities, Demon (鬼神, Kishin?) is on the left, Devil (魔神, Majin?) is on the right, and Goddess (女神, Megami?) in the upper middle. Their names are given as such in the PlayStation version bonus feature of the esper section, and the artworks are titled in the Ultimania under those names[1]. These are the same titles as the ones for the Warring Triad.

The "damages friend and foe alike" from the PlayStation bonus section can refer to the Warring Triad battling each other and mortals getting caught among their fighting during the War of the Magi, and for this reason it damages both parties.

In Final Fantasy Dimensions II Demon, Fiend, and Goddess's summon attacks are 天地崩壊・鬼神 (Tenchi Hōkai: Kishin?, lit. Collapse of Heaven and Earth: Demon), 天地崩壊・魔神 (Tenchi Hōkai: Majin?, lit. Collapse of Heaven and Earth: Devil), and 天地崩壊・女神 (Tenchi Hōkai: Megami?, lit. Collapse of Heaven and Earth: Goddess) respectively, which is the same as Crusader's special attack. Similar to Crusader; Demon, Fiend, and Goddess will attack all enemies and allies. In addition, the Goddess's artwork on her summon stone is posed similar to the goddess figure of the Crusader esper.

Obtained[edit | edit source]

The Crusader is obtained immediately once the eight legendary dragons are defeated.

Battle[edit | edit source]

Crusader is summoned into battle.

Crusader costs 96 MP to summon. Its attack is Cleansing (Purifier in the original translation), which deals non-elemental magic damage to both the enemy party and the ally party. Its Spell Power is 190 (the highest out of any spell or ability in the game, save for Kefka's Forsaken and Gilgamesh's Enkidu in the Advance and succeeding versions). It is unblockable and ignores Split Damage.

It is not recommended to summon Crusader, unless if the player is under the Reraise effect, since its attack may kill the party.

Magicite[edit | edit source]

Crusader is equippable as a magicite, and teaches the following spells:

On leveling up, it provides a +50% boost to MP.

Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances[edit | edit source]

Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Portable[edit | edit source]

Crusader is a chance card in Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Portable, the card's ability: Upgrade your target house value by 50%.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The terms "Crusader" and "Jihad" are both associated with the historic "holy wars" fought between the Christian Europeans and Islamic Middle-Easterners for control of the holy land, the birthplace of Jesus Christ. "Crusader" (meaning "under the cross" because they were wearing a cross on their outfit) was a term used to describe the soldiers of the Crusades, the European term for the holy wars.

Crusader is called "Jihad" in the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VI and renamed due to censorship. "Jihad" refers to a method used by practitioners of Islam to wage religious warfare on non-Muslims; the Crusades were once viewed as holy wars, so the meaning is not significantly changed. Jihad's literal meaning in Arabic is 'struggle', and it is also a term to describe the inner conflict a Muslim undergoes to make him/herself a better person.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Final Fantasy 20th Anniversary Ultimania Vol.1, p.318
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