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Luneth from Final Fantasy III as a Knight.

The Knight (ナイト, Naito?), also known as Paladin and sometimes abbreviated as PLD (, Na?), is a recurring job in the series. It is generally an upgrade to the Warrior.


The Knight job is generally seen as an upgrade to the Warrior, but lacks the strict offensive focus of the job, gaining supportive abilities.

Knights are characterized by equipping swords, daggers, knight swords, shields, and heavy armor, and having high physical stats. Knights normally appear clad in heavy armor and battle circlets. A Knight can use Cover to protect his team, as well as low-rank White Magic.

Overtime, several variations on the Knight job have emerged, taking on various fields of specialty and playing on its hybridization of roles.

  • Paladins are holy-aligned knights with greater defensive and supportive abilities, functioning essentially as a higher level Knight.
  • Dark Knights are the opposites of Paladins, wielding dark magic and forsaking defense and health for powerful attacks and offensive positions.
  • The Mystic Knight can imbue his blade with both White and Black Magic to attach status and elemental effects to his attack.
  • Dragoons, or "Dragon Knights", wield spears and use Jump skills.


Final Fantasy[]

The Knight is an upgrade to the Warrior job. It can equip all of the Warrior's equipment, as well as stronger swords and armor, has more physical power, and can use up to level 3 White Magic.

Final Fantasy III[]

The Knight is a job gained from the Fire Crystal. Knights are mighty warriors who are experts in close-range combat. They are dependable allies who can defend themselves, as well as shield fellow party members during harsh ordeals. Knight is considered a powered up version of the Warrior job.

Final Fantasy V[]

When the Wind Crystal shatters, the Knight job class is granted to the party. The class focuses on strong attacks and defending abilities.

Final Fantasy IX[]

Adelbert Steiner has access to Cover and Knight Swords, as well as serving as a knight to Garnet Til Alexandros XVII.

Final Fantasy XI[]

Artwork of an elven Paladin by Yuzuki Ikeda.

The Paladin (PLD) is an advance job that can be obtained from completing the "A Knight's Test" quest. The job serves a tank role in combat, having access to several defensive skills and strong heavy armor. In addition, Paladins can also utilize a moderate pool of White Magic spells.

Notable Paladins in the game include Curilla V Mecru, Trion I d'Oraguille, and Valaineral.

Final Fantasy XII[]

In the Zodiac versions, the Knight is a License Board specializing in the use of heavy armor and swords. The board also contains certain high-level White Magick licenses.

Final Fantasy XIII-2[]

Lightning's downloadable scenario, Lightning's Story: Requiem of the Goddess, give her a menagerie of new roles, mostly to relate to the "mythic" theme of her current predicament. Of these, Knight is her Sentinel analogue, reducing damage received and giving her the Immortality ability, effectively blocking all damage.

Final Fantasy XIV[]


The Paladin (PLD) is the job upgrade of the Gladiator class, being available after obtaining the Soul of the Paladin soul crystal from completing the "Paladin's Pledge" quest at level 30. Paladins retain all of the Gladiator weaponskills and abilities, and also gain support skills like Cover, as well as powerful restorative and offensive magic (albeit at a high MP cost).

Final Fantasy Tactics[]

The Knight job is available early on and is a good physical attacker and uses abilities targeted at a foe's stats and equipment. It can wield heavy armor, swords and the very powerful knight swords, and learns abilities to equip them outside of the job.

Final Fantasy Type-0[]

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Class First moogle of the Cranberry Knights represents the Knight job class.

Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light[]

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The Paladin job is usable and focuses on defending itself and its allies.

Final Fantasy Dimensions[]

The Paladin is a Warrior of Light exclusive job unlocked from completing "The Knight" chapter. The job allows characters to use the Holy Sword command set in battle, having access to a variety of physical attacks and powerful defensive abilities. The character Gawain is a Paladin when he joins the party as a guest.

The Paladin job is named Knight in the Japanese version. Gawain is a Paladin, and when he first appears in battle his name appears as "Knight", however the Japanese name is "Burtgang Knight" with "Knight" written as 騎士 (Kishi?).

Final Fantasy Dimensions II[]

Morrow gets an alternate costume based on the Knight job from the "Phantom Beast Great Decisive Battle!" event. The costume can only be seen when Morrow is equipped with the "Knight Equipment" accessory, and provides a 40% boost to max HP and 90 to attack power.

Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon[]

The Knight is a class with very high defense and moderate attack power. It wields an arsenal of offensive abilities.

Dissidia Final Fantasy[]

To represent the original Final Fantasy, the Warrior class was chosen to be a character. He is simply named the Warrior of Light. During EX Mode, his class is upgraded to the Knight, which grants him defensive blessings and holy swords that attack his opponent are summoned during his combos.

In the Duel Colosseum, when selected, the Knight job card increases the card selection area by one. Effect is lost after losing a battle or when the card is no longer selected.

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy[]

The Knight job card appears in the Labyrinth mode, and increases the card selection area by one while in effect.

The Warrior of Light's new alternate outfit as a Warrior's EX Mode is based on the original Final Fantasy incarnation of the Knight.

The Knight is also an advanced job that can be selected for a character in the player's party for Quick Battle, Friend Cards, or wireless matches. As an advanced job, the Knight is unlocked by an earlier character passing along the Warrior or White Mage job to the next party member with the other job. The Knight grants +2 ATK and DEF.

Pictlogica Final Fantasy[]

Knight appears as a job. The Knight from Final Fantasy Tactics also appears as an enemy.

Final Fantasy Artniks[]

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Final Fantasy Artniks Dive[]

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Final Fantasy All the Bravest[]

The massive sword of this seasoned warrior proves that size does indeed matter.


The Knight is a character available to the party. He uses the Critical ability during battle, and is unlocked at level 12.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

Knight's sprite.

These valiant warriors take the brunt of enemy attacks. Their hardiness makes them among the most durable members of any party, and with abilities that enable them to protect their allies, they can help keep the entire party on their feet.


The generic Warrior class appears as a Core character. He is unlocked after completing the Chaos Shrine on Classic in the world of the original Final Fantasy as the First Time Reward.

Final Fantasy Explorers[]

Knight is one of the jobs unlocked after the 1★ Tutorial Quest, "Ability Mutations Exam". A tank-type job, they have a good balance of physical offense and defense, though their magical stats are poor. Because of this, they are often in the front line drawing attention away from their more fragile allies.

Final Fantasy Explorers-Force[]

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Final Fantasy Brave Exvius[]

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Mobius Final Fantasy[]

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Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[]

The Knight job appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as Water- and Ice-elemental Forward cards.

Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances[]

Minna to BIOHAZARD Clan Master[]

As a crossover collaboration with Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade, the Resident Evil smartphone card battle RPG Minna to BIOHAZARD Clan Master boasts character Chris Redfield as a Knight. This is likely in correlation with being a S.T.A.R.S. Team member, how he was one of the first to witness the effects of the viral bioweapons Umbrella created, and being one of the signature characters of Resident Evil, was the first to actively lead the cause against the use of viral bioweapons entirely, including undercover espionage, being one of the major founders of the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance, and consistently engaging in official anti-bioweapons and anti-terrorism duties on the field into the future.

Triple Triad[]

Knights from the Final Fantasy III 3D version and Final Fantasy Grandmasters appear on Triple Triad cards in the version playable via Final Fantasy Portal App.

Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances[]

Bravely series[]

The Knight is a job in Bravely Default and Bravely Second obtained after defeating Argent Heinkel. It specializes in swords and shields and its abilities involve improving physical and magical attack and defense. It also appears in Bravely Default: Praying Brage and Bravely Default: Fairy's Effect.

Behind the scenes[]

Cyan Garamonde's job was removed from the North American Super Nintendo version of Final Fantasy VI. Within the Final Fantasy III Nintendo Player's Guide, his job is given as Knight. The English Game Boy Advance version retained the job titles with Cyan correctly labeled as a Samurai.



A knight is a mounted soldier in armor who served his sovereign or lord in the Middle Ages. The word comes from Old English cniht ("boy" or "servant"), a cognate of the German word Knecht ("servant, bondsman, vassal"). In most European languages (with the notable exception of English), the word for "knight" comes from "horse", thus implying that a knight is a "noble horseman" or a "horse-mounted nobleman".