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Instant Death refers to any attack that automatically kills its victim regardless of Hit Points remaining. They are recurrent throughout the Final Fantasy games. Several bosses, including final bosses, are known to use instant death moves. The bosses include Astos, Chaos, Exdeath, and many others. Summons such as Odin, Gilgamesh, and Yojimbo also use Instant Kill attacks.

Some weapons deal damage and also have a chance of afflicting the Instant Death effect. The most common example of this is the recurring Assassin Dagger. In Final Fantasy X, the Support Abilities Deathtouch and Deathstrike can be manufactured onto a weapon which gives it the opportunity to inflict Instant Death. The Samurai abilities Shin-Zantetsu and Zantetsu in Final Fantasy X-2 are also instant death attacks. However, as with many instant death attacks, Shin-Zantetsu can be blocked with death immunity. Zantetsu cannot be blocked, but it can miss.

As with the use of light or holy spells such as Life, the effect of Instant Death is reversed for Zombies and the Undead. Using an Instant Death ability on the undead will cause it to be healed to full in the same way that using Life will cause it to die. Although in some games, such as Final Fantasy XII, the death status does not heal undead.

Certain spell effects, such as Matra Magic from Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift allow instant kills.

Appearances

The following are all moves that inflict Instant Death.

Final Fantasy

Game Element Type Effect
Death Black Magic Inflicts Death to vulnerable enemies.
Nuldeath White Magic Prevents death.

Final Fantasy II

Game Element Type Effect
Death Black Magic Inflicts Death.
Warp Black Magic Instantly kills.
Teleport Black Magic Instantly kills.
Toad Black Magic Instantly kills.
Break Black Magic Instantly kills.

Final Fantasy III

Game Element Type Effect
Raze Black Magic Inflicts Death to Weaker Enemies.
Death Black Magic Inflicts Death.
Lilith Rod Weapon Casts Death.
Zantetsuken Odin Attack Chance of causing Instant Death.
Demon Eye Leviathan Attack Chance of causing Instant Death.
Rend Bahamut Attack Chance of causing Instant Death.

Final Fantasy IV

Game Element Type Effect
Death Black Magic Inflicts Death to Weaker Enemies.
Odin Summon Magic Inflicts Death 50% of the time.

Final Fantasy V

Game Element Type Effect
Death Black Magic Inflicts Death.
X-Zone Time Magic Inflicts Death.
L5 Doom Blue Magic Inflicts Death on enemies whose levels are a multiple of 5. By passed Death-immunity.
Roulette Blue Magic Inflicts Death on a random target.
Doom Potion Mix Inflicts Death.
Odin Summon Inflicts Death to all enemies.
Doom Sword Enemy Attack Inflicts Death as well as non-elemental damage.
Assassin's Dagger Weapon Randomly casts Death after each attack.
Death Sickle Weapon Randomly casts Death after each attack.

Final Fantasy VI

Game Element Type Effect
Death Magic Inflicts Death.
X-Zone Magic Has a chance to inflict Death on all enemies.
L5 Doom Lore Inflicts Death to enemies whose levels are a multiple of 5.
Roulette Lore Inflicts Death on a random target.
Cleave Bushido Inflicts Death on all enemies.
Antlion Dance Inflicts Death
Snare Dance Inflicts Death.
Xfer Magitek Inflicts Death.
Joker Doom Slots Inflicts Death to party if it's 7-7-Bar, or inflicts Death to all enemies if it's 7-7-7. Teaches L5 Doom to Strago.
Air Anchor Tools Inflicts Death if target attempts to do a move.
Chainsaw (2nd version) Tools Inflicts Death.
Odin Summon Atom Edge. Inflicts Death to all enemies.
Raiden Summon True Edge. Inflicts a much greater chance of Death to all enemies compared to Odin.
Sabre Soul Limit Break Inflicts Death.
Star Prism Limit Break Inflicts Death.
Blaster Enemy Attack Inflicts Death.
Assassin Dirk May inflict Death on the enemy it hits.
Striker Dirk May inflict death on the enemy it hits.
Wing Edge Boomerang May inflict Death on the enemy it hits.
Scimitar Sword May inflict Death on the enemy it hits.
Memento Ring Relic Prevents Death, Zombie, and Petrify.
Safety Bit Relic Prevents Death, Zombie, and Petrify.

Final Fantasy VII

Game Element Type Effect
Death Magic Inflicts Death.
Death Force Enemy Skill Prevents Death.
L5 Death Enemy Skill Inflicts Death on all enemies whose levels are a multiple of 5.
Roulette Enemy SKill Inflicts Death on a random target.
Flash Command Inflicts Death to all enemies. It is the 2nd level ability of the Slash-All materia.
Death to Party Limit Break Inflicts Death to party if you get 2 Cait Siths and a Bar.
Dragon Dive Limit Break Inflicts 6 non-elemental attacks with a chance of Death to random enemies.
Finishing Touch Limit Break Inflicts Death on all enemies. Doesn't work on all enemies.
Hyper Jump Limit Break Inflicts major non-elemental damage with a chance of Death to all enemies.
Instant Victory Limit Break Inflicts Death on ANY enemy in the game if you get 3 Cait Siths.
Hammerblow Limit Break Inflicts Death on an enemy. Doesn't work on all enemies.
Satan Slam Limit Break Inflicts extreme non-elemental damage and a chance of Death to all enemies.
Hidden One Enemy Attack Inflicts Death.
Joker Enemy Attack Inflicts Death.
Knife Enemy Attack Inflicts Death.
L4 Death Enemy Attack Inflicts Death on party whose levels are a multiple of 4.
Scissor Attack Enemy Attack Inflicts minor non-elemental damage and Death. Used as a counterattack when HP is 50% or less.
Suffocation Song Enemy Attack Inflicts Death. Only used if Gighee is alive, and if at least one opponent has Sadness.
Safety Bit Accessory Prevents Death.
Kiss of Death Item Inflicts Death on all enemies.

Final Fantasy VIII

Game Element Type Effect
Death Magic Inflicts Death.
Degenerator Blue Magic Inflicts Death.
Lv? Death Blue Magic Inflicts Death on all enemies whose levels are a multiple of X. X is broken down into the following:
    • Crisis Lv 1: LV4 Death
    • Crisis Lv 2: LV3 Death
    • Crisis Lv 3: LV2 Death
    • Crisis Lv 4: LV1 Death
Iai Blow Enemy Attack Inflicts Death and physical damage.
Lv5 Death Enemy Attack Inflicts Death on party members whose levels are a multiple of 5.
Death Stone Item Casts Death.

Final Fantasy IX

Game Element Type Effect
Death Black Magic Inflicts Death.
LV5 Death Blue Magic Inflicts Death on enemies whose levels are a multiple of 5.
Roulette Blue Magic Randomly inflicts Death on a target.
Death Cutter Enemy Attack Inflicts major non-elemental damage and Death.
Avenger Weapon Has Death as an Add-Status.
Iai Strike Sword Arts Causes instant death to an enemy if successful

Final Fantasy X

Game Element Type Effect
Death Black Magic Inflicts Death.
Pain Anima Skill Inflicts non-elemental damage and Death.
Banish Enemy Attack Inflicts Death to Aeons.
Blaster Enemy Attack Inflicts Death.
Crush Spike Enemy Attack Inflicts non-elemental damage and Death.
Glyph Mine Enemy Attack Inflicts Death if a party member is standing on a pillar when a mine explodes.
Hades Claw Enemy Attack Inflicts non-elemental damage as well as Death and Poison.
Heavenly Strike Enemy Attack Inflicts Death, Confuse, and Power Break. Only in the International Version, and only used by Dark Shiva.
Hyper Blaster Enemy Attack Inflicts Death.
KO Punch Enemy Attack Inflicts non-elemental damage and Death.
Mega Death Enemy Attack Inflicts Death to party.
Megaton Punch Enemy Attack Inflicts non-elemental damage and Death.
Passado Enemy Attack Inflicts non-elemental damage and Death. Only in the International Version.
Deathtouch Auto Ability 50% chance of Death when attacking physically.
Deathstrike Auto Ability Inflicts Death when attacking physically.
Death Ward Auto Ability 50% chance of preventing Death.
Death Proof Auto Ability Prevents Death.
Farplane Shadow Item Casts Death.
Farplane Wind Item Casts Death on all enemies.

Final Fantasy X-2

Game Element Type Effect
Death Arcana Inflicts Death.
Carrier Flurry Paine's Pet Inflicts Death.
Death Flurry Paine's Pet Inflicts non-elemental damage and Death.
Zantetsu Bushido Inflicts Death.
Shin-Zantetsu Bushido Inflicts Death to all enemies.
Death Petals Floral Fallal Inflicts Death.
Death Missile Machina Maw Inflicts Death.
Death Blast Enemy Attack Inflicts damage equal to remaining HP and Death.
Gun Payback Enemy Attack Inflicts physical damage and Death to a Gunner, Gun Mage, or Alchemist.
Killer Fang Enemy Attack Inflicts physical damage and Death.
Mage Payback Enemy Attack Inflicts physical damage and Death to a White or Black Mage.
Russian Roulette. Enemy Attack 1st version. Inflicts physical damage and Death.
Sword Payback Enemy Attack Inflicts physical damage and Death to a Warrior, Samurai, or Dark Knight.
Deathproof Auto Ability Prevents Death.

Final Fantasy XII

Game Element Type Effect
Death Arcane Magic Inflicts Death.
Warp Time Magic Banishes targets.
Telaga Boss Skill Banishes party member.
Kill Zalera Skill Inflicts Death on vulnerable enemies.
Death Strike Boss Skill Inflicts Death on vulnerable party members.
Crushing Fangs Enemy Skill Chance of Instant Death.
Prime Level Death Boss Skill Instant Death to party members whose levels are a prime number.
Dimensional Rift Enemy Skill Chance of Instant Death.
Darkja Boss Skill Chance of Instant Death.
Warp Mote Item Banishes targets.
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