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


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. According to the 20th Anniversary Ultimania, the Crusader contains a fragment of the power of the Warring Triad, but the three beings that appear when summoning Crusader do not greatly resemble the Triad.[1].


The only information on Crusader comes from a scholar in Albrook that found a 1000-year old text: "Eight dragons seal away its awesome might...the might of the one called Crusader... And when the eight shall fall, the one again shall rise..."

When the party defeats the eight legendary dragons, they automatically receive the Crusader magicite.


Crusader costs 96 MP to summon. Its attack is Cleansing (Purifier in the Super NES and Playstation versions), which deals non-elemental magic damage to both the enemy party and the ally party. Its spell power is 190, and it is unblockable and ignores Split Damage. Its level up bonus is +50% MP.

Crusader is entirely useless as a summon; due to its high power it will likely kill the entire party, unless they have Reraise status or extremely high Magic Defense. Even with the party able to survive Crusader's summoning, it is still bound by the damage cap, and by the time the player acquires it, the party has many other means to deal maximum damage to all enemies each turn without Crusader. Its level up bonus is not very useful either: except for a few specific levels a character will only gain 10-15 MP at level up, so it would take many levels with Crusader to have a noticeable benefit.


Unless the party goes out of their way to enter Kefka's Tower earlier in the game and defeat the Skull Dragon and Gold Dragon, Crusader will likely not be obtained until late in the game. By this time the party likely has access to Ultima, which is superior to Meteor in almost every way; the only difference is that Meteor ignores split damage and is not vulnerable to Runic, but Ultima has such higher power than Meteor that it will likely deal maximum damage to all enemies in spite of the split damage penalty. Some unusual strategies could be employed with Meltdown by giving the party equipment to absorb fire or wind-elemental damage, allowing Meltdown to damage all enemies and heal the party.

Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances[]

Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Portable[]

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%.



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.


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