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The Defender in Final Fantasy IX.

Frills are for dresses, not swords. A practical sword for practical swordsmen.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift description

The Defender (ディフェンダー, Difendā?; or 守りの剣, Mamori no Ken?, lit. Protecting Sword), also called Defend and Defense, is a recurring knight sword in several Final Fantasy games. It usually raises the user's Defense stat or helps protect them in some way.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

A sword that casts Blink when used.

Description

Defender in Final Fantasy (PS/GBA).

The Defender is not as powerful as Excalibur or Masamune, but it casts Blink when used as an item in battle. It is usable by the Knight, Ninja, and Red Wizard jobs, and provides 30 Attack and 35 Accuracy. It is found in the Waterfall Cavern.

Due to the critical hit bug found in the original versions, the Defense sword is technically the most powerful weapon available to the Red Wizard, assuming the Masamune is given to a different character. Although the Red Wizard can also use the Sun Sword—which has slightly higher attack power—the Defense sword's high critical rate will ensure it inflicts a greater degree of damage per hit.

Final Fantasy II[edit | edit source]

A sword made for defense.

Description

The Defender is found in the Cyclone, and provides 78 Attack, 64% Accuracy, and 8% Evasion.

Final Fantasy III[edit | edit source]

The Defender is a greatsword that can be used by most Knight classes. It is bought at the Ancient Ruins and Invincible (NES version only) for 16,500 gil and is found in the Temple of Time. It casts Protect when used as an item in battle and provides 95 Attack and 5 Vitality when equipped.

Final Fantasy IV[edit | edit source]

Sword infused with defensive power.

Description

Defender in Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection.

The Defender (Sword of Protection in the Easy Type version) is a greatsword for Cecil and Kain. It is found in a monster-in-a-box chest on the third floor of the Passage of the Eidolons. It provides 105 Attack, 40 Accuracy, +15 Defense, and casts Protect when used as an item. This weapon is metallic.

In the 3D versions, it has an attack power of 105 with an accuracy of 90 with the same properties as the 2D versions. It can be equipped by Dark Knight Cecil and Golbez if hacked into the party.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years[edit | edit source]

The Defender is a sword that provides 105 Attack, 40% Accuracy, +15 Stamina, and casts Protect when used as an item. It can be equipped by Cecil, Ceodore, Kain, and Golbez. It can be found at the end of the Lunarians' second Challenge Dungeon. It is Golbez's best weapon in the Lunarians' Tale.

Final Fantasy V[edit | edit source]

Blade that sometimes parries enemy attacks. Can be used two-handed. Can be used with Spellblade.

Description

Defender in Final Fantasy V (GBA).

The Defender is a sword for Knights and Gladiators. It can be found in the right section of Fork Tower, and stolen from Sea Devil (rare) or Landcrawler (rare). Similar to the Main Gauche and Sasuke's Katana, it has a 25% chance to parry blockable enemy attacks. It provides 96 Attack, 99 Hit Rate, and casts Protect when used as an item.

Final Fantasy IX[edit | edit source]

Sword possessing a guardian angel.

Description

The Defender is one of Steiner's swords which can be bought in Bran Bal and Daguerreo for 9,340 gil. It teaches Thunder Slash and provides 65 Attack, as well as halving Ice and Lightning-elemental damage.

Final Fantasy X[edit | edit source]

The Defender is one of Yuna's rods. Her weapon is called the Defender when its dominant ability is either Counterattack or Evade & Counter.

Final Fantasy XII[edit | edit source]

In the original game the Defender is the second weakest greatsword, with the Claymore being the weakest. It can be bought at Balfonheim Port for 13,000 gil, drops from Leynir (rare), and as a reward after helping the "Miffed Moogle" at the Balfonheim chocobo stables as part of the great cockatrice escape sidequest.

The Defender has an Attack power of 91, and also grants an Evasion rating of 35, making it the second most evasive weapon, eclipsed only by the [[[Wyrmhero Blade (Final Fantasy XII)|Wyrmhero Blade]] that has a rating of 50. The Defender's combo rate, however, is only 5%, less than that of an average greatsword. Greatswords are average in attacking speed. The Defender can be equipped by characters with the Greatsword 2 license.

In the Zodiac versions, the Defender now provides 90 Attack, 37 Evade, 5 CT, 5% combo rate, and requires the Greatswords 2 license for 70 LP. It can be found as a treasure in the Cerobi Steppe (Old Elanise Road) or Feywood (The Edge of Reason), drops from Leynir (1%), and from the great cockatrice escape sidequest. It can also be rarely stolen from Orthros in Trial Mode Stage 41. It can be equipped by the White Mage, Red Battlemage, and Knight.

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings[edit | edit source]

Durable sword that strengthens defense.

Description

The Defender is Basch's default weapon. It is also part of the Tiger's Tactics Recipe Book, and requires a Durable Metal and Robust Carapace x2 to craft. It provides +80 Attack, +40 Magick, and +60 Speed. It uses a generic knightsword sprite during battle.

Final Fantasy Tactics[edit | edit source]

A broad-bladed knight's sword made from hardened steel. Jewels have been embedded in its rounded pommel.

Description

The Defender can be stolen from Dycedarg Beoulve in Eagrose Castle and from Meliadoul Tengille in the Free City of Bervenia, and poached from Elder Treant, and is also Beowulf's default weapon. It can also be obtained via Rendezvous. It is the weakest of the knight swords, but adds 60% to a character's physical Evade when used with Weapon Guard.

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance[edit | edit source]

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Unadorned, practical sword.

Description

The Defender is a knightsword that may be equipped by the Templar, Defender, and Paladin classes. It is one of the weaker and most common knightswords, a plain steel blue blade with no defining features. It can be obtained from Cyril for 4,000 gil and any other town for 4,500 gil. It teaches Nurse to Paladins for 100 AP and Hibernate to Defenders for 100 AP.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift[edit | edit source]

Frills are for dresses, not swords. A practical sword for practical swordsmen.

Description

Defender in Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift.

The Defender is one of the weakest knightswords, providing +35 Attack. It can be bought for 1,000 gil in the shop after creating it in the Bazaar after using a Wind Stone, Zinconium, and Fury Fragments, and teaches Nurse to Paladins and Hibernate to Defenders.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles[edit | edit source]

The Defender is a Clavat weapon that can forged with the Victorious Weapon scroll, Iron x2, an Ogre Fang, and 500 gil. It is one of two weapons with the Focus Attack Bash, which involves rushing to a target and smashing the foe with one's shield to then stabbing them with the sword. The other weapon is the Steel Blade.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates[edit | edit source]

A sword designed for total victory over foes. Its motto: The best defense is good offense.

Description

The Defender is a weapon for Clavats.

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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time[edit | edit source]

A sword designed for total victory over foes. The best defense is a good offense!

Description

The Defender is a relatively weak sword that can be equipped by all tribes. It provides 30 attack at level 1 and 120 attack at level 30, has 1 empty slot, and costs 600 gil to buy. It can also be created for 150 gil by using Iron x3 and Copper. When turned into a jewel, a level 3-9 Defender makes a Guard Stone 1, level 10-19 makes a Anti-Zap Stone 4, and level 20-30 makes a Small Citrine.

The Final Fantasy Legend[edit | edit source]

Defend has a sword icon before its name. It can be bought in Base Town for 48,000 GP. It has 50 uses and an attack power of 12, the damage formula for Defend is base on Strength. May block an enemy attack with 50% success.

Final Fantasy Legend II[edit | edit source]

Defend has a sword icon before its name. It can be found in Nasty Dungeon and Valhalla Palace. It has 40 uses, it also increases a Robot's HP by 117 and increases their Def by 26. The damage formula for Defend is the user's Str x14. It can also block melee attacks with 80% chance of success.

Final Fantasy Legend III[edit | edit source]

Defense (Defender in the Japanese version) has a sword icon before its name. It is the most powerful sword in terms of attack power, and it can be bought in the Dwelg Town for a large price of 25,000 GP.

Final Fantasy Dimensions[edit | edit source]

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Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)[edit | edit source]

The Defender is a level 64 sword that increases Attack by 40 and increases base Bravery by 30% at the start of a battle. It can be obtained from the shop by trading 20,160 gil, a Coral Sword, Dewdrop Pebble x3, and Transmogridust x4.

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

Defender is a level 60 greatsword that provides +55 Attack, -1 Defense, and +5% Physical Damage. It can be obtained by trading 113,800 gil, Zweihander, Sphinx Fang, and Stalwart's Desire x5.

Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia[edit | edit source]

Defender (II) is a 5★ weapon for Firion with a base CP of 35 and is classified as a sword. It teaches him the affinity ability Skillful Swordsman, which raises the BRV potency when using the command ability Seize Attack. It also improves the buff status of Max BRV Up and its duration, extends the party's BRV based on Firion's attack, and grants himself a BRV Regen when using the command ability Seize Attack+. It has a maximum level of 35.

Defender (V) is a 5★ weapon for Galuf with a base CP of 35 and is classified as a greatsword. It teaches him the affinity ability Master's Insight, which extends and improves the buff statuses granted by using the command ability Blade Block and Blade Block+, converts BRV Attack command to BRV Attack+, as well as giving himself an additional Medium Max BRV Up. It also raises the BRV potency when using Counter. It has a maximum level of 35.

Defender (IX) is an EX 5★ weapon for Steiner with a base CP of 70 and is classified as a greatsword. It teaches him the affinity ability Something to Protect, which grants the EX ability Stock Break. It has a maximum level of 35 and with each limit break, it upgrades the EX ability performance. An evolved version, called Defender+ also exists with stronger capabilities and stats.

Defender (XII) is a 5★ weapon for Ashe with a base CP of 35 and is classified as a greatsword. It teaches her the affinity ability The Blade of Revenge, which affects and improves the command ability Heaven's Wrath, as well as giving an additional Small Speed Down debuff to the targeted enemy. It has a maximum level of 35.

Defender (FFT) is a 5★ weapon for Agrias with a base CP of 35 and is classified as a sword. It teaches her the affinity ability Faithful Heart, which affects and improves the command ability Judgment Blade and Judgment Blade+ as well as raises the success rate of Paralysis debuff to the targeted enemies. It has a maximum level of 35.

Defender (FFCC) is an EX 5★ weapon for Yuri with a base CP of 70 and is classified as a sword. It teaches him the affinity ability Ring of Fates, which grants the EX ability Clavat's Sword and summons Chelinka to support in battle. It has a maximum level of 35 and with each limit break, it upgrades the EX ability performance. An evolved version, called Defender+ also exists with stronger capabilities and stats.

Pictlogica Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy All the Bravest[edit | edit source]

This blade embodies the timeless philosophy that the best defense is a good offense.

Description

Defender grants +5 to Attack. It can be equipped by Knight, Mystic Knight, Cecil, Bartz, Cloud, Squall, Seifer, Steiner, and Vaan. It uses its Final Fantasy IX design.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[edit | edit source]

WeaponCategoryLevelAttackMagicMind
Defender (IV)
Rarity 3
Swords12100
103500
205000
255800
Additional stats: Defense +3, Accuracy +89
Defender (I)
Rarity 4
Swords14600
156900
258400
309200
Additional stats: Accuracy +92
Defender (IX)
Rarity 5
Swords17500
2010900
3012600
3513500
Additional stats: Defense +5, Accuracy +95
Unique Soul Break: Thunder Slash (Steiner)
Defender (FFT)
Rarity 5
Swords18800
2012300
3014000
3514900
Additional stats: Accuracy +95
Super Soul Break: Hallowed Bolt (Agrias), ATK +10 when mastered
Defender (II)
Rarity 5
Swords18800
2012300
3014000
3514900
Additional stats: Accuracy +95
Super Soul Break: Darkborn Blade (Leon), DEF +10 when mastered
Defender (XII)
Rarity 5
Swords19300
2012800
3014500
3515400
Additional stats: Accuracy +95
Super Soul Break: Ruin Impendent (Basch), ATK +10 when mastered

Final Fantasy Explorers[edit | edit source]

A sword equipped with a shield for defense. Used by knights to keep their lieges safe.

Description

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Mobius Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy Brave Exvius[edit | edit source]

A broad sword that was brought from the distant world of Ivalice made from hard steel. The wielder of this sword has a greater chance of evading attacks. The sword is quite noticeable with its broad blade and jewel set on the base of its hilt. These swords are known as "knight's swords" in Ivalice, and was used by knights who pledged their allegiance to their masters and gods, while also holding faith in themselves.

Description

A greatsword from a faraway world. Equipping this sword boosts the defense and evasion of its wielder. It's said to have been found within the Cyclone created by the emperor of Palamecia.

FFII description

Defender is a Great Sword obtained during the Final Fantasy Tactics event, In the Name of Love. It provides 65 ATK and +5% physical evasion.

Defender (FFII) is a Sword obtained as the Trust Master reward from Dark Knight Leon. It provides 135 ATK, DEF +20%, and 10% Evasion.

Non-Final Fantasy appearances[edit | edit source]

Kingdom Hearts[edit | edit source]

The Defender is one of Goofy's shields. It has a 0.2% chance to be dropped by the Defender Heartless.

Bravely Default[edit | edit source]

A thick sword made for both high attack power and ease of defense. Simply equipping it slightly raises Defense. This makes it an effective weapon for raising the Defense of those ill suited for using shields.

Description

Defender is a sword that provides 27 P.Atk, 90 Aim, and +10 P.DEF. It can be bought in Hartschild for 5000 pg.

Bravely Second: End Layer[edit | edit source]

A thick sword made for both high attack power and ease of defense. Simply equipping it slightly raises defense. This makes it an effective weapon for raising the defense of those ill-suited for using shields.

Description

Defender is a sword that provides 25 P.ATK, 90 Aim, +5 P.DEF, and deals 50% more damage to demonkind. It can be bought in Hartschild for 2000 pg.

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Etymology[edit | edit source]

Defender means a person who defends someone or something. A name for a sword befitting knights and/or defenders of justice.

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