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Through the study of Far Eastern martial arts techniques, these lone warriors have learned to devote their lives to their cause and to their blades, the mighty katana.

Official description

Samurai are an advanced job available to players who have reached level 30 in Final Fantasy XI. Samurai are significantly different than their previous incarnations. They are described as demon killers and they have abilities like Warding Circle that help raise party members resistances to demons.

The real advantages of the Samurai are their weapon, the great katana, the Store TP ability that allows them to accumulate TP faster than other melee classes, and the Meditate ability, which will almost instantly give 100% TP. Great Katanas are easy to make skillchains with, so the samurai can be a major force multiplier and a party player.

Becoming a Samurai[]

The quest involved in becoming a Samurai starts in the pirate city, Norg. Adventurers are sent on a mission to defeat a treant in the Sanctuary of Zi'Tah and a bomb in the Konschtat Highlands. They must then return to Norg and wait three Vana'diel days while their first katana is crafted. Having received this, they may change to Samurai.


Job abilities[]

Level Name
1 Meikyo Shisui
5 Warding Circle
15 Third Eye
25 Hasso
30 Meditate
35 Seigan
40 Sekkanoki
65 Konzen-ittai
Blade Bash
77 Sengikori
87 Hamanoha
95 Hagakure
96 Yaegasumi

Job traits[]

Level Name
5 Resist Blind
10 Store TP
20 Zanshin
25 Resist Blind II
30 Store TP II
35 Zanshin II
40 Demon Killer
45 Resist Blind III
50 Store TP III
Zanshin III
65 Resist Blind IV
70 Store TP IV
75 Zanshin IV
78 Skillchain Bonus
88 Skillchain Bonus II
90 Store TP V
95 Zanshin V
98 Skillchain Bonus III

Skill ratings[]

Combat Skill Rank Caps by Level
1 37 45 75 99
Great Katana A+ 6 123 138 301 424
Polearm B- 5 118 132 265 388
Sword C+ 5 114 128 245 378
Club E 4 101 114 215 300
Dagger E 4 101 114 215 300
Archery C+ 5 114 128 245 378
Throwing C+ 5 114 128 245 378
Parrying A- 6 123 138 294 417
Evasion B+ 5 118 132 281 404


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Changing Role of Samurai[]

It is originally thought that Square-Enix designed Samurai to be a tank who avoided damage primarily by use of parries. Parrying does negate all damage, but the skill is extremely hard to get to a high enough level to make this a viable option. Evidence of this theory is obvious in many of the Samurai specific armor, which have abilities and statistics that would most benefit a tank. Samurai are now used almost exclusively as damage dealers.


  • Samurai do excellent direct damage when equipped properly.
  • Original statistics that make Samurai a parrying tank still exist, should the player have the opportunity to actually level their parrying skill that high.


  • Samurai are very gear dependent, and the gear that makes them good at direct damage is generally expensive.

Support Jobs[]


Warrior is one of the most common support jobs for all Samurai. This is due to high physical statistics, notably strength, and other abilities like Berserk and Double Attack that add significantly to damage over time. The majority of Samurai will probably pick Warrior as a support job up to level 60. Beyond level 60, there are still many SAM/WARs due to other abilities, like Warcry but there are other support jobs that become more competitive at that point.


Thief is a common support job after level 60 particularly because of the combination of Sneak Attack and Trick Attack. Thief will have significantly lower damage over time because of reduced strength and lack of attack boosting abilities; however, weapon skills will be enhanced when used with sneak attack/trick attack helping the thief to become a good spike damage dealer.


Ranger offers a very different playing experience for Samurai and the support job can be beneficial in many ways. First, Rangers gain an accuracy bonus which will help the Samurai hit more often both with ranged and melee attacks. Also, Samurai have the second best ranged characteristics among bow users so they are capable of doing decent damage just as a ranged combatant. With the Samurai's Store TP ability, high delay bows can allow a samurai to do a weaponskill after 5 successful hits. Barrage also helps the Samurai gain TP quickly by allowing them to land multiple hits simultaneously. Couple this with Meditate and ranged samurai can really pour on weapon skills. The only disadvantage is that it is more costly in terms of gil.


Ninja is sometimes used by Samurai at high level for no other reason than they do not have to be healed often after doing high damage weapon skills. Ninja can also aid the soloing ability of a Samurai. With the combination of Utsusemi: Ichi, Ni, and Seigan, a Samurai can avoid damage for a very long time while still dealing out a decent amount. For some Notorious Monsters, as well as for BCNMs such as those with the avatars, Samurai/Ninja can hold its own with the more traditional tank jobs. It can be considered the spiritual successor to the "Parry" tank that Samurai was once designed to be.


In more recent years, the Dancer has become the more popular subjob for the Samurai, due to its ability to use TP for healing, buffing, which when combined with the Samurai's TP-storing abilities, make it an excellent choice, especially for soloing.

Other appearances[]

Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[]

Samurai appears with fire-elemental cards.



Samurai were the military nobility of medieval and early-modern Japan. They were not just great swordsmen, but also powerful horse archers and martial artists of other fields. Though their status was that above commoners, samurai were bound to forms of etiquette and a way of life known as Bushido, stressing honor to one's devoted and preparing oneself in the face of death.