Saboteurs use their skills to weaken enemies. Their bag of tricks includes not only attribute-lowering abilities, but also those that inflicts status ailments, like Poison.

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Saboteur is a paradigm role in Final Fantasy XIII whose main function is to enfeeble enemies while slowing down their chain gauges. The role is symbolized with the initials SAB and the color gray.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Saboteur abilities deal a small amount of magical damage that can increase the chain gauge more effectively than a Commando while providing more chain duration than a Ravager. Each ability has a chance to inflict a status ailment, which is treated as an additional “hit” that grants a moderate bonus to the chain gauge and a large increase in the chain duration.

Being in the Saboteur role boosts the character's chances of inflicting the target with status ailments, and the boost is greater depending on the role level and how many Saboteurs are in the current formation.

Achievement icon.

Saboteur is a primary role for Vanille and Fang, and a secondary role for Lightning, Snow, Sazh and Hope.

The achievement Saboteur's Seal is earned after learning all the abilities and reaching level 5 for the Saboteur role of a single character. This can be achieved after defeating the final boss to unlock Stage 10 of the Crystarium.

AI mechanics[edit | edit source]

  • When choosing a target, Saboteurs choose targets that have the least number of status ailments inflicted upon them.
  • Saboteurs only attack when their ATB gauge is completely charged.
  • When inflicting a certain status ailment, Saboteurs cast the area-of-effect spells if there are at least three enemies not inflicted by the desired status effect, and single-target spells if there are two enemies or fewer.
  • If an enemy's notes section in the bestiary flag up a status ailment it is susceptible to, the Saboteur will cast the same spell multiple times in the queue.
  • When all status ailments flagged on the enemy's notes are inflicted (if any at all), the Saboteur will attempt to remove status enhancements from foes with Dispel. The step is ignored if the enemies do not have any status enhancements, the enemies are known to be immune to the effects of Dispel, or the Saboteur has not learned Dispel.
  • Finally, the Saboteur will mix up various spells in the same queue on opponents. Saboteurs will not choose status spells they know the target is immune to.
  • In general, Saboteurs use debuffing spells (such as Deprotect, Deshell, Poison and Imperil) if there are only a few enemies to fight, and debilitating spells (such as Pain, Fog, Daze, Curse and Slow) if faced by many opponents.
  • Once all possible status ailments the Saboteur can inflict and the opponents are not immune to are inflicted on the opponents, the Saboteur will take no further action until the status effects expire.
  • If Vanille is controlled by the computer as a Saboteur, she will never cast Death.

Role level[edit | edit source]

Below are the Crystarium Levels when each character can advance in role level.

Role Level Lightning Sazh Snow Vanille Hope Fang
1 7 7 7 1 7 1
2 9 9 9 3 9 4
3 10 10 10 5 10 6
4 10 10 10 7 10 8
5 10 10 10 10 10 10

The Saboteur's role bonus increases the success rate of all status afflictions that target enemies. This bonus applies to the status effect's base rate by multiplying the bonus factor by the base rate. If there is more than one Saboteur in the paradigm, the bonus factor is the sum of all applicable Saboteur role bonuses. The role bonus is not contributed if the party member is incapacitated, and when summoning an Eidolon, only the party leader's role bonuses count.

Level Self Party
1 +20% +4%
2 +24% +4%
3 +28% +8%
4 +33% +8%
5 +40% +12%

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Auto-hinder[edit | edit source]

Stock a set of commands focused on weakening enemies.

Description

Ability ATB Class. (Classification) Crystarium Stage
Lightning Sazh Snow Vanille Hope Fang
Deprotect 1 Debuff 7 7 2 8
Reduce target's physical resistance and deal magic damage.
Decreases resistance to physical damage by 89%. Base chance 40%.
Deprotega 3 Debuff 7 7 7
Reduce physical resistance and deal magic damage within a wide radius.
Decreases resistance to physical damage by 89%. Targets all enemies. Base chance 30%.
Deshell 1 Debuff 7 7 2 8
Reduce target's magic resistance and deal magic damage.
Decreases resistance to magical damage by 89%. Base chance 40%.
Deshellga 3 Debuff 9 7 7
Reduce magic resistance and deal magic damage within a wide radius.
Decreases resistance to magical damage by 89%. Targets all enemies. Base chance 30%.
Poison 1 Debuff 7 7 4
Poison target and deal magic damage.
Constantly damages the target's HP by draining a percentage of the target's total health, equal to roughly 1% every three seconds. Base chance 30%.
Poisonga 3 Debuff 10 8 7
Poison and deal magic damage to targets within a wide radius.
Constantly damages the target's HP by draining a percentage of the target's total health, equal to roughly 1% every three seconds. Targets all enemies. Base chance 24%.
Imperil 1 Debuff 7 7 5 9
Reduce target's elemental resistances and deal magic damage.
Decreases the target's elemental weaknesses by one class: Absorbed -> Immune -> Resistant -> Halved -> Normal -> Weakness. Base chance 30%.
Imperilga 3 Debuff 10 8 10
Reduce elemental resistances and deal magic damage within a wide radius.
Decreases the target's elemental weaknesses by one class: Absorbed -> Immune -> Resistant -> Halved -> Normal -> Weakness. Targets all enemies. Base chance 24%.
Slow 1 Debil. (Debilitation) 10 7 5
Reduce target's ATB gauge recharge rate and deal magic damage.
Reduces the rate at which the ATB gauge is filled by 50%. Base chance 30%.
Slowga 3 Debil. (Debilitation) 9 8 5
Reduce ATB gauge recharge rate and deal magic damage within a wide radius.
Reduces the rate at which the ATB gauge is filled by 50%. Targets all enemies. Base chance 24%.
Fog 1 Debil. (Debilitation) 9 7 8 7
Disable target's spell-casting abilities and deal magic damage.
Prevents use of all magical related abilities. Base chance 20%.
Fogga 3 Debil. (Debilitation) 10 9 7
Disable enemy spell casting and deal magic damage within a wide radius.
Prevents use of all magical related abilities. Targets all enemies. Base chance 15%.
Pain 1 Debil. (Debilitation) 9 7 8 8
Disable target's physical abilities and deal magic damage.
Prevents use of all physical related abilities. Base chance 20%.
Painga 3 Debil. (Debilitation) 10 9 8
Disable enemy physical abilities and deal magic damage within a wide radius.
Prevents use of all physical related abilities. Targets all enemies. Base chance 15%.
Curse 1 Debil. (Debilitation) 8 7 5
Lower target's odds of interrupting actions and avoiding interruption of own.
Increases the chance of actions being interrupted by the opponent and decreases the chances of interrupting the opponent's actions. Base chance 20%.
Cursega 3 Debil. (Debilitation) 7 7 5
Render targets within a wide radius interruption-prone and deal magic damage.
Increases the chance of actions being interrupted by the opponent and decreases the chances of interrupting the opponent's actions. Targets all enemies. Base chance 15%.
Daze 1 Debil. (Debilitation) 10 7 8
Stun target, rendering it vulnerable, and deal magic damage.
Target is unable to take action, and takes more damage from the next attack, which dispels the status. Base chance 30%.
Dazega 3 Debil. (Debilitation) 8 10 8
Stun and deal magic damage within a wide radius.
Target is unable to take action, and takes more damage from the next attack, which dispels the status. Targets all enemies. Base chance 24%.
Dispel 2 Debuff 8 6 7 5
Remove target's most recent status enhancement and deal magic damage.
Removes the most recent enhancement from an opponent. Base chance 100%.
Death All None 9
Slay target instantly, dealing magic damage instead if unsuccessful.
Instantly kills an opponent; inflicts heavy magic damage (3.64–4.00 AP (Attack Power)) if unsuccessful. Exclusive to Vanille. Base chance 1%.

Passive abilities[edit | edit source]

Ability Crystarium Stage
Lightning Sazh Snow Vanille Hope Fang
Jinx 8 7 7 7 7 7
Extend duration of a target's existing status ailments upon inflicting new ones.
When a character successfully inflicts a negative status effect on an opponent, any negative status effects already on the enemy will have their remaining length of duration increased by 5 seconds.

Other abilities[edit | edit source]

If hacked, Hand Grenade and the Potion ability are fully functional and work as intended. Hand Grenade can appear within the Auto-battle command while both Hand Grenade and Potion can manually be selected from the Abilities command. The Hand Grenade is fire-elemental.

Name ATB Cost Description
Hand Grenade 2 Deal physical damage to targets in range.
Potion Battle: 1
Menu: 2
Restores a small amount of HP to all allies.

Status effect infliction and duration[edit | edit source]

The chance to inflict a target with a status effect is:

(Base chance %) * (alteration due to target's resistance) * Chain Bonus[1]

The alteration due to resistance is equal to [(100 - Enemy Res) / 100]; if the enemy has 10 resistance against the status effect the alteration is equal to 0.90. The chain bonus is taken as a percent value, so 100% gives a multiplier of 1 while 255% gives a multiplier of 2.55. Vanille's full ATB skill, Death, ignores the chain bonus factor.

Vanille's weapons skills Improved Debuffing and Improved Debuffing II increase the chance of debuffs landing, while Fang's weapon skills Improved Debilitation and Improved Debilitation II affect debilitations.

Status effect duration is calculated by the following formula:

Base Length * Chain Bonus + (MA of the caster / 100)[1]

A higher Magic stat will result in longer-lasting ailments. Anything that directly affects the Magic stat will help, such as Faith and the Power Surge passive abilities, with Stifled Magic and Fettered Magic being an exception.

Damage calculation[edit | edit source]

Damage is calculated with:

MA * Mod * 0.81 (Will give the lowest possible damage output. To get the highest possible damage the value is instead 1.0. The actual damage is any value between these.) * Chain Bonus * Commando Role Bonus (Assuming Saboteur was switched with Commando during the Spell's animation) * Shell/Shellra (0.67 for Shell, 0.5 for Shellra and 1.0 for neither) * Sentinel ability (Added as a sum) * Fringeward (0.65 if applicable, 1.0 if not) * Daze (2.0 if applicable, 1.0 if not) * Equipment (Only applicable to characters)

In the case of Full ATB Skill Death, if the user is under the effect of an En-spell, a multiplier based on the following table will be added:

Type Resistance Elemental Resistance
Absorbed Nulled Resistant Halved Normal Weakness
Nulled 0 0 0 0 0 0
Resistant Absorbed 0 0.01 0.05 0.1 0.2
Halved Absorbed 0 0.05 0.25 0.5 1
Normal Absorbed 0 0.1 0.5 1 2
Weakness (No such enemy exists in-game) 0 0.2 1 2 4

If the target is afflicted by Deshell, its magical resistance is lowered by 89%.

Other appearances[edit | edit source]

Pictlogica Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade[edit | edit source]

Some of the characters use their Saboteur abilities.

Ability Cards
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Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Originally there were only five roles in Final Fantasy XIII, but Saboteur was later added as the designers felt its abilities were missing from the game and did not fit with the other roles.[2]

Saboteur's abilities fill the stagger gauge faster than Commando and slower than Ravager. A Saboteur can add to the chain gauge twice: whenever a spell hits the enemy it builds chain, but if the spell inflicts a status on the target as well, additional chain is gained.

In an early trailer for the English version of the game, characters were seen with the initials "TAC" in gray as their paradigm role. It can be assumed that the Saboteur role was originally referred to as "Tactician."

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Relm-ffvi-snes-battle.pngThis gallery is incomplete and requires Deprotega, Deshellga, Poisonga, Imperilga, Slowga, Fog, Fogga, Pain, Painga, Curse, Cursega, Daze, Dazega and Dispel added. You can help the Final Fantasy Wiki by uploading images.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Saboteur is someone who commits sabotage. Sabotage is a deliberate action aimed at weakening a polity or corporation through subversion, obstruction, disruption or destruction.

The paradigm role "Jammer" is possibly derived from the pilot class "Jammer" of Front Mission 5. Both share the similar role in the battle.

(邪魔, 邪魔 / じゃま?, lit. Jama) is the Japanese term for "obstacle" and "interference."

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