A Desperation Attack (瀕死必殺技, Hinshi Hissatsuwaza?, lit. Near-Death Special Skill), or Hidden Blitz as it is called in the achievements of the mobile and Steam versions, is a special attack unique to each character except Gau and Umaro in Final Fantasy VI. Desperation Attacks are the precursor to the Limit Break mechanism used in Final Fantasy VII, and most Final Fantasy games since. Performing a Desperation Attack on all party members who have one in the mobile/Steam version earns the A Chance in a Pinch achievement.
- 1 Mechanics
- 2 List of Desperation Attacks
- 3 Other appearances
- 3.1 Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)
- 3.2 Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call
- 3.3 Pictlogica Final Fantasy
- 3.4 Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade
- 3.5 Pictlogica Final Fantasy
- 3.6 Final Fantasy Record Keeper
- 3.7 Final Fantasy All the Bravest
- 3.8 Final Fantasy Explorers
- 3.9 Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
- 3.10 World of Final Fantasy
- 3.11 Mobius Final Fantasy
- 3.12 Final Fantasy Trading Card Game
- 4 Gallery
- 5 Etymology
When a character is in Critical status, there is a 1 in 16 chance they will perform a Desperation Attack upon the Attack command. Characters will never use their Desperation Attacks during the first 25.6 seconds of battle.
A character would enter critical status when their HP drops to less than 1/8 of their max HP, but Strago and Gogo can achieve critical status without losing their HP, because if the enemy has 1/20 of its max HP remaining, Strago and Gogo can use Rippler to gain it (see Rippler bug for more information). Gogo cannot mimic Desperation Attacks.
List of Desperation Attacks
|Desperation Attack||Character||Attack Power||Effect|
|Riot Blade||Terra||142||Deals magical damage to one enemy.|
|Locke||139||Deals magical damage to one enemy.|
|Cyan||140||Deals magical damage to one enemy.|
|Shadow||140||Deals magical damage and inflicts Sap on one enemy.|
|Edgar||143||Deals magical damage to one enemy.|
|Sabin||140||Deals magical damage to one enemy.|
|Celes||143||Deals magical damage to one enemy.|
|Sabre Soul||Strago||—||Instantly kills one enemy. It fails on enemies immune to Death.|
|Star Prism||Relm||—||Instantly kills one enemy. It fails on enemies immune to Death.|
|Red Card||Setzer||147||Deals magical damage to one enemy.|
|Mog||150||Deals magical damage to one enemy.|
|Gogo||146||Deals magical damage to one enemy.|
Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)
Terra's EX Burst is Riot Blade. Terra attacks the opponent with Blizzara, then charges magical energy into her arms. The player must tap in tandem with to charge two power meters. If the player fills both meters within a time limit, Terra spins and whips out her arms to fire several crescent-shaped bands of energy at the opponent. Failing to fill the meters will have her fire fewer blades.
Terra's EX Burst is Riot Blade.
Terra's third HP move is Riot Blade. She puts up a magical shield in front of her and if she blocks a Bravery attack, she will counter with magical blades. This attack deals more damage depending on Terra's health (lower=more damage). She can move around slightly while casting her shield.
Roughly half of the Final Fantasy VI cast have their Desperation Attacks as high-order commands, be they EX Abilities or LD Abilities.
Mirage Dive is an exclusive reactive ability that costs 18 CP to equip. It is activated in Battle Music Sequences (BMS) when a boss-class enemy appears. It deals damage in direct proportion to Magic and Agility. It is learned by Locke (level 40).
Characters from Final Fantasy VI use their Desperation Attack when they are summoned as Legends. In addition, players can obtain certain Desperation Attacks to use as abilities.
- Ability Cards
- Legend Cards
Some of the Desperation Attacks from Final Fantasy VI appear.
Some of the Desperation Attacks from Final Fantasy VI appear used by their original users.
Terra, Locke, and Celes use their signature Desperation Attacks Riot Blade, Mirage Dive, and Spinning Edge as their primary attack.
Spinning Edge is an active physical ability that inflicts neutral physical damage on single target for 7 AP. Its power increases as the wielder's HP decreases. It has low topple strength. It can be used by Reynn (Celes's Champion Jewel).
One of Terra's cards can use Riot Blade. For the discard of another Terra card, Dulling Terra and paying two Ice CP, Riot Blade does 6000 damage to a Forward of the player's choice, then they may search their deck for an Eidolon card and place it in their hand.
One of Locke's cards has Mirage Dive. For the discard of a Locke card, Mirage Dive prevents Locke from being blocked that turn.
A card featuring Celes allows her to use Spinning Edge. For two ICE CP, a Shine CP and the discard of another Celes card, Spinning Edge allows the player to choose any Dulled forward and Break it.
Sabin's Desperation Attack being named "Tiger Break" refers to the symbolism of a tiger in eastern martial arts where the dragon and tiger symbolize the balance of power. The tiger represents matter and the dragon represents spirit.
Cyan's Desperation Attack, Tsubame Gaeshi, was a famous technique mastered by Sasaki Kojirō, a famed Japanese swordsman in the Sengoku period of feudal Japan. Kojirō was best known to have been slain by Miyamoto Musashi during a duel at the island of Funajima.
Setzer's Red Card may be named after soccer where the referee sends players off by giving them a red card.