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Yang Fang Leiden is a Monk from Final Fantasy IV.

Strength can open any door.

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The Monk (モンク, Monku?), also known as Black Belt, Blackbelt, and Karate, is a job class that appears in many of the Final Fantasy games.


Monks often fight bare-handed and the few weapons they use consist of claws and knuckles that strap onto their hands. Having studied to use their own body as their weapon, Monks can deal as much damage in battle as other physical classes like Warriors and Dragoons thanks to their massive physical strength, and in some cases, bear an ability that allows them to fight barehanded on par with other warriors wielding weapons.

Monks wear light clothing consisting of robes and hats, and cannot equip heavy armor. To make up for this lack of protection, Monks have high HP. Due to the minimal use of armor and weaponry, Monks are one of the cheapest classes to maintain. Their abilities include finesse and potential based abilities, such as Kick, which damages all enemies; Chakra, which heals the Monk and/or their allies; and they can increase their attack strength with Focus or Boost. Monks counter physical attacks, and in later games have individual skillsets of various special techniques.


Final Fantasy[]

The Monk (also called Black Belt) is a physical attacker available at the beginning at the game. Eventually, the class can be upgraded to Master. Monks can equip nunchaku, making it one of the few times Monks use weapons besides claws and knuckles.

Final Fantasy III[]

The Monk is a job gained from the Wind Crystal. Monks are proficient in the martial arts and though only able to equip claws and knuckles, they are highly adept at using their bare hands in combat. Their armor selection is limited. The amount of damage dealt to the target depends on the type of enemy.

Final Fantasy IV[]

Yang Fang Leiden is the first named Monk. He hails from Fabul, a nation renowned for their ranks of warrior monks. Several NPCs in Fabul appear as monks, and Yang is fought as a boss under the name "Monk" (2D and 3D).

In the Lunar Ruins, a dungeon exclusive to the Advance and The Complete Collection releases, three monks are fought during Yang's trial: the Drillmasters, Soldier Monks, and Super Monks.

Final Fantasy IV -Interlude-[]

Yang is a Monk and retains his skills. Two other Monks also join the party as temporary party members, called Monk A and Monk B.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years[]

Yang is a Monk, and is joined by his daughter Ursula. Three other monks are also temporary party members—Monk A, Monk B, and Monk C—who share the same abilities.

Final Fantasy V[]

The Monk is a job class obtained from a shard of the Wind Crystal. It specializes in barehanded combat and has high Attack power. Monks can attack twice for each selected Attack command.

Final Fantasy VI[]

Sabin Rene Figaro's job wasn't listed in the North American Super Nintendo version. In the Final Fantasy III Nintendo Player's Guide, his job is given as Blackbelt. The English Game Boy Advance version retained the job titles and Sabin is a Monk. Sabin is a student to a martial arts master Duncan, who also trained his son, Vargas. Sabin uses the Blitz, which lets him perform various attacks if the player inputs the proper button commands.

Final Fantasy VII[]

Tifa in monk dress in Final Fantasy VII Remake.

Tifa Lockhart is a monk trained by Zangan. Her Limit Breaks consist of various physical attacks that strengthen if the player properly stops a series of slot wheels. Tifa is notable for being the first female monk in the series.

In Final Fantasy VII Remake, Tifa appears again as a playable character who uses martial arts techniques together in a combo. She is a brawler whose core mechanic is Unbridled Strength, increasing her normal attack damage and also giving her a unique technique, which can increase stagger bonus damage. Tifa retains two of her limit breaks, though she does not use slot reels to activate them, and her default Beat Rush is instead renamed Rise and Fall and used as an Unbridled Strength technique.

Tifa can wear one of three dresses during chapter 9, "The Town That Never Sleeps", in Final Fantasy VII Remake, taking place in Wall Market. Her "sporty" dress, if selected during "Alone at Last", matches the series' traditional attire for female monks.

Final Fantasy VIII[]

Zell Dincht uses his fists in battle, and his Limit Break, Duel, allows him to perform a sequence of attacks depending on which button combinations the player inputs within a time limit.

Final Fantasy IX[]

Amarant Coral is a combination of a monk and a ninja. His Flair skillset allows him to use special techniques at the cost of MP.

Final Fantasy XI[]

The Monk is a basic job, and is given four ranks depending on the player's level, beginning with White Belt. All mandragora and some beastmen are classified as Monks.

Final Fantasy XII[]

Monks appear only in the Zodiac versions. They use bare-handed attacks, but can also wield poles and White Magicks, as well as a number of Technicks. Their License Board has sixteen Battle Lores and twelve HP Lores, more than any other job.

Final Fantasy XIII[]

Snow Villiers fights bare-handed in the style of a monk and has high HP. He does not equip claws or knuckles; instead, he equips coats whose emblems augment his strength.

Final Fantasy XIV[]


The Pugilist is a Discipline of War, which focuses on hand-to-hand combat. Pugilists fight using fists and gauntlets. Important characters who use this class include the Circle of Knowing member Yda Hext. The Monk job can be unlocked by using this class.

Final Fantasy Type-0[]

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Eight's fighting style is similar to that of a monk. Class Fifth is attributed to the monk class. Ryid Uruk is a member of Class Fifth, and their class moogle also represents the class.

Final Fantasy Tactics[]

Monk is available as an off-shoot from a level 3 Knight. They gain access to numerous abilities that range from healing and reviving to damaging and debuffing enemies.

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance[]

White Monk is a job available to bangaa. White Monks prefer using their fists in combat and are one of two jobs that can ward off the undead for good, the other being the Archer. However, they are the only job that cannot equip headgear.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift[]

White Monk is a starting job class for the bangaa. They use knuckles for weapons and cannot wear caps or helmets. They have several healing abilities that can allow the unit to substitute for a White Mage.

Master Monk is an upgrade of the White Monk. Its main skillset is Martial Arts, and it can perform various up-front actions, such as bypassing an enemy's counterattack with Cross-counter while dealing massive damage and attacking twice in one turn with Pummel.

Final Fantasy Tactics S[]

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Crystal Defenders[]

While weaker than soldiers, White Monks deal blows which damage multiple foes, but cannot reach aerial targets.

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Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light[]

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The Fighter crown excels in bare-handed damage and holds the monks' Chakra ability. However, a second job, properly named Monk, appears as a magical-based job focused on empowering dead allies and enabling them to fight.

Final Fantasy Dimensions[]

Monk is a job class.

Final Fantasy Dimensions II[]

Maina gets an alternate costume based on the Monk job from the "Phantom Beast Great Decisive Battle!" event. The Monk costume is based on Ursula's outfit from Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. The outfit can only be seen when Maina is equipped with the "Monk Equipment" accessory. Whoever equips the accessory will gain 20 critical, along with 60 attack and speed.

Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)[]

In the Duel Colosseum, when selected, the Monk Job Card will cause the next battle cards that arrive to the selection area to be weaker.

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy[]

The Monk job card appears in the new Labyrinth mode, and as before reduces the next batch of battle cards to be at minimum strength.

The Monk is also a job that can be selected for a character in the player's Party for Quick Battle, Friend Cards, or wireless matches. It grants +50% physical damage, and unlocks the advanced jobs Berserker and Ninja.

Pictlogica Final Fantasy[]

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Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade[]

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The Monk is a job available from the start. The preferred weapons for the job are fists and staves. The job specializes in strength abilities. The job is involved in the requirements to unlock the Paladin and Ninja jobs.

The Black Belt also appears as a job available after obtaining a level five Berserker and a level five Dancer. The preferred weapons for the job are fists and throwing weapons. The job specializes in strength and agility abilities.

Final Fantasy Artniks[]

The Monk appears as a character card.

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Final Fantasy Artniks Dive[]

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Final Fantasy All the Bravest[]

These ascetic pugilists seek no more in life than to pound their enemies to bloody pulps.


The Monk is a character available to the party, he uses the Iron Fist ability during battle. It unlocks at level 8.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

Monk's sprite.

A martial artist whose highly-trained body is his most deadly weapon. The monk's high attack power and stamina make him an excellent front-line warrior.

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Monk appears as a Core character. It can be recruited as the First Time Reward for completing Istory Falls on Classic difficulty in FF V track of the Core Dungeons.

Final Fantasy Explorers[]

Monk is a job 1★ Tutorial Quest, "Ability Mutations Exam". A damager-type job, it has high HP and Strength, but low physical defense. It is suited for the fast-paced strength of fighting with knuckles.

Final Fantasy Explorers-Force[]

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Mobius Final Fantasy[]

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Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[]

The Monk and other related jobs, Pugilist, White Monk, and Master Monk, appear in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as Earth-elemental Backup and Forward cards.

Triple Triad[]

Monks from the series appear on Triple Triad cards in the version playable via Final Fantasy Portal App.

Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances[]

Square Enix Legend World[]

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The Monk version from Final Fantasy XI appears as a card.

Knights of the Crystals[]

The Monk appears on a normal card and White Monk appears on a gold card.

Samurai Rising[]

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The Monk appears as a job. This job specializes in short-range attacks. It has low MP, but high attack power.

Trials of Mana[]

The Monk job class is the Light job class path of Kevin. Its focus is geared more towards technical versatility, including access to the spell of Pressure Point to allow Kevin his werewolf stat increases at any time, and an all targeting Class Strike in the form of the Whirlwind Kick, a continuous onslaught of airborne spinning kicks, and the close Class Strike of the Tornado Throw, a simple over the shoulder heave maneuver. As an intermediate class, the Monk can progress either into the Light-Dark job class of the Warrior Monk, which specializes in maintaining the strategic advantage of the party, or the Lightmost Godhand, a very versatile class that can provide more direct means of support, including the use of Aura Wave to give others the chance to use Techs and can stand alone if needed. As according to in-world lore:

Finding the call to arms being that of the fighting spirit, the Monk finds solace in the belief that it is within the affairs of the heart and soul that a martial artist derives their strength from. Along with taking up the vow that justified force must be that of equal and necessary power to the fight before them that lies ahead, the Monk also turns to the ways of internal development and discipline to reinforce their affirmations and motivations. From this, Monks find the interval where willpower and spirit is turned into strength and action, and train themselves to ready their mind and heart to give their utmost conviction in battle.

Bravely Default[]

The Monk is one of the basic jobs. It is obtained alongside the White Mage by defeating Barras Lehr and Holly Whyte.

Bravely Default: Praying Brage[]

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Bravely Second: End Layer[]

The Monk is a job obtained after defeating Barras Lehr.

The Monk specializes in fighting unarmed and with knuckle-type weapons, and all other aptitudes are medium to low. The Monk's HP and physical attack are its best stats, with abilities that can further increase HP and/or attack damage. The Monk's main skillset is Martial Arts.


Etymology and origin[]

A monk is a person who practices religious asceticism, living either alone or with any number of other monks. A monk may be a person who decided to dedicate his life to serving all other living beings, or to be an ascetic who voluntarily chooses to leave mainstream society and live his life in prayer and contemplation. The concept is ancient and can be seen in many religions and in philosophy.

Monks being martial arts fighters in RPGs is largely inspired by the monks of the Chinese Buddhist Shaolin Monastery whose practice of martial arts with vows to Buddhism was said to have started with the famous ascetic Boddhidharma who included physical fitness and martial arts for health and safety of the monks upon witnessing their poor health. Alternately, inspiration may have come from the close ties of martial arts with religious teachings throughout history, such as Buddhism and Taoism, as their tenets of mercy and justified force, along with spiritual development and internal self discovery to apply into the everyday world, allowed for mental clarity for warriors to enter the battlefield without hesitation.

In martial arts, the black belt is a way to describe a graduate of a field where a practitioner's level is often marked by the color of the belt. The black belt is commonly the highest belt color used and denotes a degree of competence. It is often associated with a teaching grade though frequently not the highest grade or the "expert" of public perception.

Karate is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Kingdom. It developed from the indigenous Ryukyuan martial arts under the influence of Chinese Kung Fu, particularly Fujian White Crane.

Design and wardrobe traits of females wearing white boots or shoes in their outfits for Monk classes, from Reifa and Agnès Oblige, draws inspiration from the Capcom fighting video game Street Fighter series character Chun-Li, who is considered among the most famous of female characters within video games.