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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List of short swords:
List of ninja daggers:
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:
Ninja blades fall under the rogue's arms category along with daggers, and are used by rogues and ninjas. They always come in pairs, with the character wielding one in each hand.
Notable rogue's arms:
- Vamper's Knives
- Sasuke's Blades
- Spurs of the Thorn Prince
- Elemental Knives
List of ninja blades:
- Ninja Blade
- Ninja Longblade
- Sasuke's Blade (War of the Lions)
- Koga Blade
- Iga Blade
- Orochi (War of the Lions)
- Moonsilk Blade (War of the Lions)
Ninja swords can be equipped by Ninja, and include recurring Katana.
List of ninja swords:
- Sasuke's Blade
- Ame no Murakumo
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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.A
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.The