Masamune in Final Fantasy VIII.

Masamune (正宗, Masamune?), also known as Masmune, is a recurring ability in the series. It is one of the trademark attacks for Gilgamesh, and usually inflicts heavy non-elemental damage while ignoring the target's Defense. It is generally one of four abilities that Gilgamesh will use at random.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy VI[edit | edit source]

Masamune is one of the abilities of Gilgamesh that is chosen at random. It deals heavy non-elemental damage to all enemies, having a Spell Power of 99 and ignoring the target's defense. It costs 99 MP to use as with all of Gilgamesh's abilities. Masamune is the second sword to drop onto the battlefield, and if Gilgamesh uses this attack. Masamune will glow yellow before Gilgamesh attacks the enemy party with it.

Final Fantasy VIII[edit | edit source]

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Gilgamesh "Masamune" from FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered

Masamune is one of the abilities of Gilgamesh chosen at random, and it deals heavy non-elemental damage to all enemies, having a base power of 100.

The damage formula is:[1]

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

Masamune is the special ability of Gilgamesh, which inflicts heavy non-elemental physical damage to one enemy while ignoring defense.

Final Fantasy XIII-2[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy XIV[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy Tactics[edit | edit source]

Masamune is an Iaido skill usable by the Samurai job. When used, it causes the effect Ethereal Embrace, which bestows Regen and Haste upon all allies in an area of effect of 3 with no charge time. It costs 900 JP (740 in the PSX version), and in the PSX version, the wielder may shout, "Sword of fury, inject power! Masamune!"

Final Fantasy Legend II[edit | edit source]

Masmune has unlimited uses; it increases a Robot's HP by 99 and Str by 22 when equipped on them. It can be found in Valhalla Palace after defeating Odin. Masmune deals at least 500 damage or more damage regardless defense or modifiers the target possess.

Final Fantasy Dimensions II[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade[edit | edit source]

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Mobius Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

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Etymology[edit | edit source]

The Masamune is named after Masamune Okazaki, a legendary Japanese blacksmiths of the Kamakura Era employed under the Kamakura Shogunate. He was famous for his forging process of soshu kitae and nijuba, the strongest method for the body of katana, layering different consistencies of carbon steel for tensile composition and in such a way they were forged twice, and cultivating the aesthetics of katana through having refined and merged traits of quality with those of beauty.

His works were often compared to those of Muramasa, though always the better of the two. According to legend, the two swordsmiths set a sword of their making into a nearby stream as contest to see who made the better sword, with Masamune's blade said to have ignored all things that came near it. Though Muramasa belittled Masamune, a monk came to be the final judge and praised Masamune's swords for having benevolence. From this tale, Masamunes are said to be the marks of an internal peaceful and calm warrior, the opposite of Muramasas.

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