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A warrior with godlike-power riding a noble steed. His Atom Edge cuts foes in two.

Final Fantasy VI PlayStation esper section

Odin is an esper in Final Fantasy VI who can be acquired as a magicite. He can be transformed into the Raiden magicite.

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Odin is a demonic figure who wears dark grey armor. He rides on a dark brown horse, and carries a large sword (presumably the Zantetsuken) and shield.

Story[]

A thousand years ago during the War of the Magi, Odin was one of several espers in service to the citizens of an ancient castle. Unbeknownst to Odin, the castle's queen had fallen in love with him but love between human and espers was a taboo subject, so she kept her feelings hidden.

During a siege of the castle, their espers were defeated until only Odin remained; though wounded from a previous battle, they had no choice but to rely on him to turn back the attackers. Odin took up defense in the throne room and felled several soldiers, until an unknown sorcerer arrived. The two battles and Odin used his Zantetsuken on the sorcerer, but it had no effect. The sorcerer then petrified Odin, leaving his remains on the steps of the thrones.

After the apocalypse, Figaro Castle came upon a cavern containing the ruins of the ancient castle and the party investigated. When they touched Odin's petrified remains, they crumbled into a magicite shard. Upon discovering the petrified form of the queen in a hidden passage, she shed a tear that imbued Odin with power, transforming him into Raiden.

Gameplay[]

Odin costs 70 MP to summon, and casts Zantetsuken (Atom Edge in the SNES and PlayStation translations) to inflict Instant Death on all enemies with a hit rate of 110. It stalls the target's final attack one turn, and fails on targets immune to instant death. When leveling up, he provides a +1 boost to Speed.

Odin's summon is not particularly useful; by the time the party obtains him, they will have Banish, which has an identical effect for a slightly lower hit rate. However, he is remarkably useful for his Speed boost - in the Super NES and PlayStation versions, Odin is the only esper to offer a boost to Speed. For players wishing to train up the party's Speed, it is advisable to skip upgrading Odin to Raiden for a time. In the Game Boy Advance and subsequent releases, the Cactuar magicite gives a superior +2 Speed, so Odin's importance is greatly lessened.

Spells[]

Meteor's usefulness is eclipsed by Ultima, which is superior in almost every way; the major difference is that Meteor ignores split damage while Ultima does not, but Ultima has such higher power than Meteor it will still outdamage it most times. However, Odin is relatively easy to obtain at any time the player wishes to venture into the Ancient Castle, while Ultima is a later-game acquisition, requiring a trek through the Phoenix Cave to recruit Locke before one of the two items that teaches Ultima can be obtained.

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

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Etymology[]

In Germanic mythology, Odin (from Old Norse Óðinn) is a widely revered god. In Norse mythology, from which stems most of our information about the god, Odin is associated with healing, death, royalty, the gallows, knowledge, battle, sorcery, poetry, frenzy, and the runic alphabet, and is the husband of the goddess Frigg.

Odin's attack is called Zantetsuken. Zantetsuken (斬鉄剣?) is Japanese for "iron-cutting/slashing iron sword". It normally refers to a blade formed out of exotic materials rumored to be able to cut through steel and/or iron. The term was often associated with blades created by the feudal swordsmith known as Kobayashi Yasuhiro.

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