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Cyan is a playable character in Final Fantasy VI. He is a Samurai who can unleash Bushido attacks by charging up a secondary ATB gauge—the longer Cyan charges, the more powerful the attack he uses.



Cyan focuses on physical stats: he has the fourth highest Strength, great Defense, decent Evasion and good Stamina, but his Speed—28—is the second-lowest after Strago. He also suffers from having the worst Magic stat in the game at at base 25, from being tied with Edgar for the worst Magic Evasion, and his Magic Defense is also the worst of the entire cast, even lower than Sabin's. However, his poor Magic is not too great a concern as Cyan's Bushido attacks are mainly physical, except for three (Sky, Dragon and Eclipse); this means that his Bushido skills a player will likely use most often in gameplay will not be hindered by focusing on building up Cyan's Strength rather than his Magic.

Name Initial Stats
Strength 40
Speed 28
Stamina 33
Magic 25
Attack 25
Defense 48
Evasion 6%
Magic Defense 20
Magic Evasion 1%
Escape Success 3
HP Gain 53
MP Gain 5
Level Averaging +2
Level HP MP EXP +
2 64 9 32
3 76 13 96
4 90 18 208
5 107 23 400
6 127 29 672
7 149 35 1056
8 173 42 1552
9 199 50 2184
11 254 67 3936
12 284 76 5080
13 319 86 6432
14 358 96 7992
15 402 106 9784
16 452 116 11840
17 506 126 14152
18 563 137 16736
19 624 148 19616
21 756 170 26360
22 825 181 30232
23 897 193 34456
24 973 205 39056
25 1052 217 44072
26 1134 229 49464
27 1220 241 55288
28 1310 254 61568
29 1405 267 68304
31 1604 293 83184
32 1705 306 91384
33 1807 320 100088
34 1909 334 109344
35 2012 348 119136
36 2116 362 129504
37 2222 376 140464
38 2329 391 152008
39 2437 406 164184
41 2658 436 190416
42 2771 451 204520
43 2885 467 219320
44 3001 483 234808
45 3118 499 251000
46 3237 515 267936
47 3357 531 285600
48 3479 548 304040
49 3604 565 323248
51 3862 598 364064
52 3993 613 385696
53 4126 627 408160
54 4260 640 431488
55 4396 652 455680
56 4533 663 480776
57 4672 673 506760
58 4814 682 533680
59 4958 690 561528
61 5250 703 620096
62 5398 708 650840
63 5548 713 682600
64 5700 719 715368
65 5853 725 749160
66 6008 732 784016
67 6164 739 819920
68 6322 746 856920
69 6482 754 895016
71 6804 770 974536
72 6959 778 1016000
73 7110 786 1058640
74 7255 793 1102456
75 7395 800 1147456
76 7531 807 1193648
77 7663 813 1241080
78 7789 819 1289744
79 7909 825 1339672
81 8139 836 1443368
82 8249 841 1497160
83 8357 846 1552264
84 8462 851 1608712
85 8564 856 1666512
86 8664 861 1725688
87 8762 866 1786240
88 8857 872 1848184
89 8949 878 1911552
91 9127 890 2042608
92 9214 896 2110320
93 9299 903 2179504
94 9382 911 2250192
95 9464 920 2322392
96 9544 930 2396128
97 9627 941 2471400
98 9713 953 2548224
99 9801 966 2637112


Cyan begins equipped with an Ashura, Buckler, Leather Cap and Leather Armor. His equipment draw is limited to katanas and the Zantetsuken. His armor draw consists of shields, helmets, and heavy armor. His ultimate weapon is the Zanmato.

Cyan's choice of weaponry is largely irrelevant—the battle power of his equipped weapon has no impact on the power of his Bushido attacks, which are universally superior to normal attacks. Only the Murasame, Mutsunokami, and the Zanmato, offer him any stat boosts, and the latter two are found at the end of the final dungeon and in the Dragons' Den bonus dungeon. The Kazekiri is notable as a weapon, but more for what utility it offers Gau than what Cyan can do with it. While the Zantetsuken has use as a means to inflict Instant Death, Cyan's strongest Bushido has an identical effect.

Cyan's weaponry is scarce in the World of Ruin—no shops sell katanas and no treasure chests contain one, they can only be stolen from or dropped by a handful of enemies and bosses. If the player accidentally gets rid of any katanas they have early in the World of Ruin, Cyan will be unable to use Bushido commands until they find him one.

Cyan's full access to all shields and heavy armor gives him great defensive utility. Shields like the Aegis Shield and Force Shield allow him to take magical hits well, and the Genji Armor gives good defenses and valuable stat bonuses. Cyan has a handful of light equipment options that should not be overlooked. In the early areas of the game he has access to the Twist Headband and Power Sash, and in late game can wear the Red Cap. These three pieces, as well as the Genji Armor, greatly improve Cyan's Strength, Stamina and Speed, the three stats he most needs boosts for.


Swords Katanas Universal


Shields Helmets Body Armor


Cyan performs Flurry, one of his Bushido techniques.

Cyan's unique ability is Bushido, which has some mechanical differences in different releases. In the Super NES and Game Boy Advance versions, when Bushido is selected a menu appears with an ATB gauge numbered one through eight. The gauge slowly fills until the confirm button is pressed again; when it is, Cyan's command is input and he will perform that level Bushido. If the bar fills to the end of the gauge, the gauge depletes and starts over. In the defunct mobile and Steam versions, when Bushido is selected, up to eight icons appear representing the Bushido commands Cyan currently knows. The player selects an icon, and Cyan will begin charging, represented by an ATB gauge over his command menu filling over and over, once for each "level" of the input Bushido skill, until he charges enough to use the attack. In the Pixel Remaster port, the player selects one of Cyan's Bushido techniques from a command menu, and he then takes time to charge the attack before executing it, with no visual indicator of how long it will take for him to attack.

In the SNES, PS and GBA versions, Bushido can be cumbersome to use as it demands a lot of time to charge the higher level skills. Enemies and allies are still able to act while the Bushido gauge is open, even if "Wait" mode is selected for the Active Time Battle system, and allies will have to wait to receive commands until Cyan is done charging. In later versions, the player can command other party members while Cyan charges, so Bushido is still slow to execute, but does not interfere with the rest of the party. Bushido charges at the same speed between all versions of Final Fantasy VI, but take slightly longer in the defunct mobile and Steam releases; this is because the gauge that fills takes an equivalent amount of time to reach the next numbered technique in the SNES and GBA ports, as opposed to being able to execute the command as soon as the current numbered technique is reached.

Cyan learns Bushido skills as he levels up, and upon completing the Dreamscape in the World of Ruin, he learns all his Bushido skills instantly. Cyan's Bushido skills are unaffected by his Battle Power or the strength of his equipped weapon.

Cyan's initial Bushido skill, Fang, is a defense-ignoring physical attack, so it will usually be superior to Cyan's normal attacks. His other Bushido skills have circumstantial uses, but all have their utility. Flurry is a four-hit attack that can deal heavy damage, and Dragon is powerful enough to restore a large amount of Cyan's HP and MP. Cyan's strongest techniques, Tempest and Oblivion, are extremely useful. Tempest deals four physical attacks that ignore defense, and Oblivion inflicts Instant Death on all enemies. With good training to Cyan's Strength, Tempest can deal several thousand damage a strike, and gives Cyan an attack that is the equivalent of the Master's Scroll without needing the relic. While these higher-level Bushido techniques take a long time to charge, this disadvantage can be offset by using abilities with long animations, which will causes all enemies and allies to wait before attacking while Cyan will continue to charge his Bushido.

Cyan's Desperation Attack is Tsubame Gaeshi. It deals magical damage to one enemy.

AI party member[]

During three battles in the Imperial Camp, Cyan is controlled by the AI and acts following an AI script:

Attack Turns:

1st Turn: Fang (33%) or Attack (33%) or Attack (33%)

If attacked by anything: Attack (33%) or Nothing (66%)



Cyan at the Siege of Doma.

In the World of Balance, Cyan is playable in Sabin's segment of the Three Scenarios during the Siege of Doma. He is controlled separately from Sabin for two points and then joins him near the end of the Imperial Camp. After the Battle for the Frozen Esper he is available as a party member for the rest of the World of Balance.

In the World of Ruin, the player must find Cyan in Mt. Zozo. His location is learned by speaking to Lola in Maranda, and then attaching her letter to a carrier pigeon that will fly to Zozo where a man outside the "Inn" will sell the party the key item Rust-Rid, with which they can open the door at the top of the "Cafe" building to enter Mt. Zozo. When the party finds Cyan at the summit of Mt. Zozo, if there is an empty slot in the party he will join them, otherwise he will appear aboard the Falcon.

Story role[]

Cyan has three lines of unique dialogue when meeting Ramuh in Zozo. Because of how the game decides which unique dialogues to show (it is based on the character's index number), Cyan's unique dialogue, when he has any, will take priority over all other characters except Locke.

Cyan has several unique lines when meeting Setzer for the first time, but they do not override any others that may trigger from other party members. He also has unique dialogue in the Magitek Research Facility when confronting Kefka and hearing the accusation Celes was an Imperial spy.

If Cyan attends the Imperial banquet, there is a brief scene where he and General Leo converse.

When the party unlocks the treasure chest in Cyan's cave on Mt. Zozo, if he is currently in the active party the scene will be extended with Cyan emerging from the party and being embarrassed over the contents of the chest.

If the party returns to Lola's house after recruiting Cyan and he is in the active party, he speaks to Lola. It is also possible to switch the letter on the desk with the letter that Cyan took from his cave, confessing his lies to Lola.

When the party dresses up Gau to meet his father, Cyan will speak in the scene if he has been recruited. He does not need to be in the active party for his dialogue to trigger.

Cyan is required to be in the party with three other characters to trigger the Dreamscape quest when sleeping in the barracks of Doma Castle. If there are fewer than three others, the quest will not start.

Psycho Cyan bug[]

Cyan's Bushido is the source of the "Psycho Cyan bug".