The Orochi from Final Fantasy XII.

Ninja blades (忍者刀, Ninja Katana?), also known as ninjato, ninja swords, ninja daggers, short swords, or dirks, are recurring weapons throughout the Final Fantasy series, often exclusive to the Ninja job. Depending on the game, ninja blades are sometimes classified as daggers or swords.

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Ninja blades are katana variants, based on a theoretical real life counterpart variant, the ninjato, blades said to have been wielded and crafted by ninjas themselves to accompany their repertoire and skill. Likewise to their real life counterparts, ninja blades are straight, short, and even more agile than their larger counterparts, and often remain exclusive to their namesake job class.

Depending upon their presentation, ninja blades will often meld between hosting their own set list, commonly found in Ivalice titles, or, boast the names of creators commonly associated with katana set lists. They may deal Dark-elemental damage, keeping in theme with their shadowy and stealth-based associative class.

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Final Fantasy V[edit | edit source]

The Kodachi.

Short swords can be equipped by Freelancer and Ninja job classes. They deal damage based on Strength and Agility, like knives.

List of short swords:

Final Fantasy VI[edit | edit source]

Various ninja daggers.

Categorized as daggers, the description of Shadow's blades calls them ninja dagger, ninja sword, or ninja blade. Ninja daggers enable Runic and Bushido (although Celes and Cyan can't equip them).

List of ninja daggers:


Final Fantasy XII[edit | edit source]

Various ninja swords.

Ninja swords are fast and have high combo rates. In the original version, all ninja swords are Dark-elemental. In the Zodiac versions, only the the Yagyu Darkblade is Dark-elemental; four have no element, the Koga Blade is Earth, and the Iga Blade is Water. In Zodiac versions, the Shikari can equip ninja swords. Shikari's ninja sword licenses are locked behind Quickening licenses, and as there are four licenses and only three Quickenings, it is not possible to unlock all ninja swords for the same character.

The damage formula for ninja swords is:

Ninja swords use the Speed damage formula. Damage depends on the weapon, the user's Strength and Speed and character level. The characters' stats can vary. Vitality varies the most, by 30%, Strength varies 10%, and Speed 9%. The male characters have the highest Strength+Speed.

List of ninja swords:

Final Fantasy XIV[edit | edit source]

List of ninja's arms:

Final Fantasy Tactics[edit | edit source]

The Moonsilk Blade.

Ninja blades can be equipped by the Ninja, Sword Saint, Nightblade, and Lettie's Assassin job.

List of ninja blades:

Final Fantasy Dimensions[edit | edit source]

Ninja swords can be equipped by Ninja, and include recurring Katana.

List of ninja swords:

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Final Fantasy Explorers[edit | edit source]

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Etymology[edit | edit source]

A ninja was a covert agent or mercenary in feudal Japan who specialized in unorthodox warfare. The functions of the ninja included espionage, sabotage, infiltration, and assassination, and open combat in certain situations.

The ninjatō (忍者刀), ninjaken (忍者剣), or shinobigatana (忍刀), are allegedly the preferred weapon that the Shinobi of feudal Japan carried. It is portrayed by modern ninjutsu practitioners (including Masaaki Hatsumi and Stephen K. Hayes) and is prominently featured in popular culture. Replicas of this weapon are prominently on display in both the Koka Ninja Village Museum in Kōka, Shiga and the Iga-ryū Ninja Museum in Iga, Mie. Historically, there is no physical evidence for the existence of this "katana-like short sword legendarily used by ninja", though it is believed that they are based on the design of the wakizashi or chokutō swords.

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