Why is it that we use the name of a certain vegetable to refer both to those who excel and also those without experience in the ways of the world? It is a well-known fact that all heroes in all tales disliked vegetables as children. Their legend begins with their overcoming of this weakness, and then continues with a journey filled with hardships. That noble vegetable, the onion, lives on as a symbol of hardships overcome, and as the mark of a true hero.
Onion Queen bestiary, On the Subject of Names, Final Fantasy XII
The Onion Knight (玉葱剣士, Tamanegi Kenshi?) is a recurring job class in the Final Fantasy series. Similar to the Freelancer class, the job has no real abilities and cannot equip good equipment aside from the fabled onion equipment, which is exclusive to them. Their real strength is revealed after reaching level 90, when their stat growth skyrockets. By level 99, an army of Onion Knights are nearly invincible, having max stats. In the 3D remake of Final Fantasy III they can learn any magic spell (excluding summoning spells), similar to the Sage class.
The four nameless main characters of the original Nintendo Entertainment System version of Final Fantasy III and the Onion Knight (オニオンナイト, Onion Naito?) of the Dissidia and Theatrhythm games based on them, are the only notable Onion Knights.
- 1 Appearances
- 1.1 Final Fantasy III
- 1.2 Final Fantasy VI
- 1.3 Final Fantasy X
- 1.4 Final Fantasy XII
- 1.5 Final Fantasy XIV
- 1.6 Final Fantasy Tactics
- 1.7 Final Fantasy Tactics S
- 1.8 Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
- 1.9 Bravely Default
- 1.10 Bravely Second: End Layer
- 1.11 Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)
- 1.12 Theatrhythm Final Fantasy
- 1.13 Final Fantasy Artniks
- 1.14 Final Fantasy All the Bravest
- 1.15 Final Fantasy Record Keeper
- 1.16 Final Fantasy Explorers
- 1.17 Mobius Final Fantasy
- 1.18 Chocobo's Dungeon 2
- 1.19 Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon
- 1.20 Final Fantasy Trading Card Game
- 1.21 Triple Triad
- 2 Non-Final Fantasy appearances
- 3 Gallery
- 4 Etymology
- 5 Allusions
Appearances[edit | edit source]
In the original version, the Onion Knight is the default job. While it has no special abilities and limited equipment, its stats grow immensely once the player reaches level 99.
In the 3D remake, the Onion Knight is a secret job obtained through Mognet with the Freelancer replacing it as the default class. The Onion Knight can use nearly any piece of equipment and its stats grow by a large margin once the characters' levels reach the 90s.
A sprite resembling the Final Fantasy III Onion Knight occasionally appears in the loading section of the PlayStation version. The Onion Knight has a full spritesheet, minus the chocobo riding sprite.
The Onion Knight is a doll and Lulu's Celestial Weapon. The original Onion Knight sprite is on the doll's shield. Upgrading Onion Knight to second tier allows Shiva to surpass her damage limit, while attaining the weapon's maximum power allows Lulu to also deal up to 99,999 points of damage with a single attack.
Fully upgraded, the Onion Knight gives Lulu the following abilities:
The second page for the bestiary entry of the enemy Wild Onion is a message from an Onion Knight named "Nakhiro". In addition, the Onion Queen's second bestiary page elaborates on the Final Fantasy lore and the meaning of the onion within the series.
A set of Onion Knight attire can be obtained, including the Onion Helm, Onion Doublet, Onion Gaskins, and Onion Pattens. Each piece is optimal rank 1 with above average stats. The Onion Helm was available as a limited time bonus with the game's Collector's Edition, while the other equipment pieces can be obtained through normal gameplay. According to item descriptions, this attire is a replica of the uniform of the onion knights of the fallen Allagan Empire.
The Onion Knight is a job whose level increases by mastering other jobs exclusive to the War of the Lions version. When every other job is mastered, the Onion Knight becomes the strongest job class. It cannot learn any abilities by itself, but can equip every piece of equipment.
The Lilties resemble Onion Knights, having onion-like heads. They populate the city of Alfitaria in the original game and in Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers. They are the most prosperous of the tribes and, unlike the other tribes, have both a royal family and a standing army of knights.
Onion Shirt is an outfit for Tiz Arrior that can be purchased from the Adventurer for 200,000 pg after upgrading the armor shop in Norende to its maximum level. Equipping it will make Tiz appear clad as an Onion Knight regardless of what class he is currently in, though it has no effect on his stats. He will also don the outfit during cutscenes.
Onion Knight Garb returns as an outfit for Yew Geneolgia. It can be bought for 990,000 pg in Chapter 3, or could be obtained for free by pre-ordering the game in certain regions. As in Bravely Default, Yew takes on the appearance of a Red Onion Knight in battle, on the field, and during cutscenes. It overrides whatever job's costume he is currently in.
Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)[edit | edit source]
The Onion Knight is the character representing Final Fantasy III. As the character never had an official name in the original game, his title is simply his job class. He appears as a Warrior of Cosmos, and rivaled by the Cloud of Darkness.
The Onion Knight reappears as a playable character.
The Onion Knight is a playable character and as a representative of Final Fantasy III.
The female Onion Knight from Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions appears as an obtainable card.
This legendary amateur knight certainly looks the part, but lacks the skills.
The Onion Knight is a character available to the party, he uses the Attack ability during battle. He unlocks at level 70.
Onion Knight's ability card requires four Earth Elements to be used and casts Earth Sword, a simple attack which deals Earth-elemental damage to one enemy. Onion Knight's card Auto-Ability is HP Up.
Onion Knights appear as common enemies in the dungeons.
A portrait of the original Onion Knight sprite is on the wall behind Dardola in his cafe (only visible the moment he loses his memories and as Chocobo enters his memories).
Onion Knight appears with cards of all elements except Dark.
Onion Knight from Final Fantasy III appears on a Triple Triad card in the version playable via Final Fantasy Portal App.
Non-Final Fantasy appearances[edit | edit source]
A costume of the Onion Knight in his Dissidia Final Fantasy attire appears.
The Onion Knight in the form of an anthropomorphic onion makes an appearance as Duelle the "Onion Warrior", who roams the world of Fa'Diel armed with a spear.
Square Enix Legend World[edit | edit source]
The Onion Knight makes an appearance.
An Onion Kid appears, having suffered many times through Black Mage's actions. It is later revealed he is the past incarnation of Sarda, the misfortunes the Light Warriors inflicting on him as a child caused him to develop a deep hatred for them and study magic for years to claim revenge.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Etymology[edit | edit source]
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
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.