Strength can open any door.
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.
The Monk (also known as 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.
Although not addressed as such, Josef has the trademark high strength and vitality of a monk, as well as high hand-to-hand combat skill.
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.
Yang Fang Leiden is the first named Monk in the series. 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".
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.
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.
Monks appear only in the Zodiac versions. They use bare-handed attacks as always, but 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While weaker than soldiers, White Monks deal blows which damage multiple foes, but cannot reach aerial targets.
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.
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.
Monk is a job class.
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)Edit
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.
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.
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.
The Monk appears as a character card.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monk appears with Earth-elemental cards.
Monks from the series appear on Triple Triad cards in the version playable via Final Fantasy Portal App.
Non-Final Fantasy guest appearancesEdit
Square Enix Legend WorldEdit
The Monk version from Final Fantasy XI appears as a card.
The Monk appears on a normal card and White Monk appears on a gold card.
The Monk appears as a job. This job specializes in short-range attacks. It has low MP, but high attack power.
Etymology and originEdit
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.A
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.
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.In martial arts, the
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.