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Although able to equip all weapons, this sad warrior excels at none, and is far from being the most powerful.


Onion Knight is a job from Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions. It has basic stats and no real abilities. It has hidden potential, in that its power depends on the number of other jobs the unit has mastered.

To get one job level, the character must master two jobs; to attain the maximum Onion Knight level, the character must master fourteen jobs. However, mastering the Squire, Chemist, Mime, or Dark Knight will not count towards leveling up an Onion Knight. Maximizing the Onion Knight is arduous work, and is intended for late use in the game.


Prerequisite Weapons Helmet Armor Shields
Lv. 6 Squire, Lv. 6 Chemist All All All Yes

Note: The Onion Knight can equip every piece of equipment. Males can even equip female-exclusive equipment.

Move Rate Jump Rate Speed Physical Evasion Rate Base Attack Base Magic Base HP Base MP
3 (Base), 4 (Mastered) 3 (Base), 4 (Mastered) 8 (Base), 10 (Mastered) 5% (Base), 30% (Mastered) Low (Base), High (Mastered) Low (Base), High (Mastered) Low (Base), High (Mastered) Average


The Onion Knight learns no abilities and is unable to equip abilities of any kind. Onion Knights' special ability being able to use any kind of equipment, and is the only job class to equip the famed Onion equipment.


The Onion Knight is potentially the strongest job in the game. Despite having no abilities, not gaining experience points for levels and being unable to equip abilities from other jobs, it can deal the most damage once maxed, as well becoming virtually unkillable with the Onion equipment; the main drawback is that this equipment is only available via Melee and/or Rendezvous.

It starts as the weakest job, having minimal stats. As the character masters other jobs, the Onion Knight progressively becomes stronger, and once fourteen jobs have been mastered, its stats become the highest in the game.

Alternatively, in the mobile version, one can beat the game and use post-game equipment from the Poachers' Den to be strong without mastering jobs for stat boosts. An elemental gun (like Glacial Gun) can be used to compensate for range (mounting chocobos also gives more movement/jump)/stat limitations given status/elemental buffs, such as the Sage's Ring will have the character do adequate damage (while absorbing magic attacks) and be protected (Onion Armor has Protect, Shell, Regen, and Reraise, and Onion Shield has the highest block percentage).

Other appearances[]

Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[]

Onion Knight appears with a Fire- and an Ice-elemental card.

Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances[]

Knights of the Crystals[]

Onion Knight appears as a card in the Ivalice Special Arena has a limited-time special arena with eighteen floors.



The onion, also known as the bulb onion or common onion, is used as a vegetable and is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Allium.

The adjective of onion refers to the Japanese metaphoric idiom of poverty, aptly named the "Onion Life", "peeling away one layer at a time and crying all the way". Alternatively, the term could come from the slang phrase "to know one's onions", meaning to be very versatile.