A martial artist refined both in body and mind, the Monk specializes in barehanded fighting techniques.Dawn of Souls instructions
The Monk excels in unarmed combat and is the only job in Final Fantasy to never learn any sort of magic. It is focused on being a pure powerhouse, and with investment to level it up, can be the most physically powerful job in the game, surpassing the Warrior and its upgrade, the Knight.
In the original NES version of Final Fantasy and the Pixel Remaster version, the Monk wears blue robes with a black belt, brown bracers and a blue headband, and has brown hair. The Master looks identical to the Monk but with a more muscular figure and a taller-looking sprite. The MSX2 port gives the two dark blue robes, purple bracers, and green hair.
The Playstation Origins port updates the designs for the Monk and the Master, and these sprites are also used for the Game Boy Advance Dawn of Souls port. The Monk wears dark purple robes with a belt, headband, and bracers, which are colored red, and they have brown or dark blond hair. The Master wears a sleeveless blue coat with gold trim, a red belt and bracers, and its hair is tied in a ponytail. In the Playstation Portable 20th Anniversary port, the Monk wears lightwear pale purple and blue armor with a blue-grey headband, and the Master wears similar armor with a more grey tint, a grey cape with gold trim, and no headband.
The ten names for the Monk class are:
- Arvis - Character in Final Fantasy VI.
- Cinna - Character in Final Fantasy IX.
- Drogan - Character in Final Fantasy V.
- Duncan - Character in Final Fantasy VI.
- Gorn - Character in Final Fantasy III.
- Maduin - Character in Final Fantasy VI.
- Marcus - Character in Final Fantasy IX.
- Owain - Character in Final Fantasy VI.
- Owzer - Character in Final Fantasy VI.
- Walz - Character in Final Fantasy V.
The Monk is a cheap class to maintain and upgrade; it is only able to use a limited number of weapons and armor, and cannot equip any sort of shield. To make up for this, the Monk gains a damage bonus when attacking without a weapon, and also gains a bonus to its defense based on its Stamina. Its Stamina is the highest of any job, meaning a Monk will have noticeably higher HP than other jobs. These benefits do not entirely compensate for the Monk's lack of equipment options, and its defenses are lower than other physically-inclined classes, but it is still more hardy than would be expected fighting without equipment.
After completing the Citadel of Trials, Bahamut grants the party their class change and any Monks in the player's party become Masters. In the original NES version of the game, the Master's Strength and Agility increased at a greater rate than the Monk, but its Magic Defense was much lower. These offensive benefits made the Master terrifically powerful, even able to kill the final boss in a single attack with proper buffing. The Dawn of Souls port tweaked the stat growth for various jobs and the Master gains more Magic Defense than the Monk on level up, but the Monk's Magic Defense growth is lower than in the NES version and both jobs still have low Magic Defense on the whole.
Monk appears on a Triple Triad card in the version playable via Final Fantasy Portal App.