The Excalibur, a knight sword.

A Knight Sword in Final Fantasy IV. Knight swords (騎士剣, Kishi Ken?), also called knightswords, are a group of weapons from the Final Fantasy series. Most Knights and similar knight classes use knight swords. The most prominent example is the mighty Excalibur.

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Knight swords are weapons distinguished from their original makes. Finding their sizes between that of a greatsword and a regular sword, they are also highly decorated and revered, reserved for for the honorable and worthy hands of the Knight and its related classes, including the Paladin. In addition to its noble associations, the knight swords in some games deal Holy-elemental damage. Knight swords' dualistic counterparts are the dark swords.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy V[edit | edit source]

The Apocalypse.

Icon. Knight swords can be used by Freelancers, Knights and Gladiators. Like regular swords, they deal damage based on the attacker's Strength.

Final Fantasy IX[edit | edit source]

The Ultima Sword.

FFIX Knight Sword Icon.png Knight swords are used by Steiner and Beatrix, although the latter only has one sword: the Save the Queen.


Final Fantasy XI[edit | edit source]

The Burtgang.

A subclass of one-handed swords, knight swords usually are exclusive to Paladins, Dark Knights, and sometimes Warriors. There aren't many, as one-handed swords are split into scimitars, rapiers, short swords, and shotels.

Notable examples include:

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

Basch can equip knight swords.

Final Fantasy Tactics[edit | edit source]

The Defender.

Knight swords are more powerful than the normal swords, but depend on the user's Bravery stat, the higher the stronger. They give support abilities to the wielder, such as Auto-Protect and Auto-Haste. These swords can be equipped by story characters, such as Ramza, Count Orlandeau, or Luso, and characters utilizing the Knight job.

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance[edit | edit source]

The Save the Queen.

Knight swords can be equipped by hume Paladins and bangaa Defenders, and Templars. They are less expensive at Cyril and Sprohm.

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

The Arch Sword.

Knight swords and greatswords return as weapons equippable by the Paladin, Defender, and Templar classes, while greatswords are now equippable by the Lanista and Ravager classes as well.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

A sword is a blade weapon used primarily for cutting or thrusting. The precise definition of the term varies with the historical epoch or the geographical region under consideration. A sword in the most narrow sense consists of a straight blade with two edges and a hilt. However, in nearly every case, the term may also be used to refer to weapons with a single edge (backsword).

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