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Cyan Garamonde is a Samurai from Final Fantasy VI.

A warrior shows no mercy.

Dissidia Final Fantasy, Samurai Lore

The Samurai (侍 or サムライ, Samurai?), abbreviated as SAM, is a recurring job in the Final Fantasy series.


Samurai are often depicted wearing traditional Japanese attire. Their weapon of choice is the katana, but are commonly able to equip shields and heavy armor as well. Samurai abilities vary between games, but their Eastern styled techniques make for technical and "body-and-soul" attuned based abilities to accentuate a most supporting and enhancing edge to a powerful physical fighting role. A signature ability of theirs is Gil Toss, which allows them to damage their opponents by throwing money at them. They also focus on abilities with mobility and tactical advantage to gain the upper hand in battle, to nullifying attacks, crippling enemies by lowering their stats, and even to a degree of mystical abilities for magic based effects. Bushido has only appeared in three games in the series, but in those three times it is an ability attributed to the Samurai.


Final Fantasy V[]

The Samurai job is obtained after the Earth Crystal shatters. It possesses various unique abilities, including Gil Toss.

Final Fantasy VI[]

Cyan Garamonde's job was removed the North American Super Nintendo version. Within the Final Fantasy III Nintendo Player's Guide, his job is given as Knight. The English Game Boy Advance version retained the job titles and Cyan is a Samurai. Cyan is a Samurai with access to Bushido, a skillset of attacks with various effects.

Final Fantasy X[]

Auron is a Samurai with various "break" abilities, such as Armor Break, that lower enemy stats. He wields broadswords, though their weapon-type is referred to as katana; several weapons do, however, fit the description of a single-edged blade. His Overdrive is Bushido. Gil Toss is not on his Sphere Grid area, but on Rikku's, although it can still be learned by Auron.

Yuna's aeon Yojimbo fits the popular depiction of Japanese samurai, and is essentially a living incarnation of Throw Gil. The player has no control over Yojimbo's attacks, instead paying him a number of gil each turn. The gil paid, along with various other factors, will determine how powerful the attack used by Yojimbo will be.

Final Fantasy X-2[]

The Samurai dressphere can be obtained in Kilika Temple during Chapter 3. The job class makes use of many powerful physical attacks through the use of Bushido, and has several support abilities.

Final Fantasy XI[]

The Samurai (SAM) is an advanced job notable for being able to quickly accumulate TP, allow them to execute Weapon Skills and Skillchains easily. Ayame and Tenzen are NPC Samurai.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII[]

There is a set of seven garbs for Lightning that can be downloaded called the Samurai Collection. The collection includes the garbs Shining Prince, Art of War, Utsusemi, Sohei Savior, Dark Samurai, Shogun, and Flower of Battle.

Final Fantasy XIV[]

Icon. Samurai (SAM) is a DPS job introduced in Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood. It is a powerful but somewhat fragile Melee DPS job, capable of inflicting serious damage to single opponents whilst using fairly light armor.

Final Fantasy Tactics[]

In order to gain access Samurai, a unit must be a level 4 Knight, level 5 Monk, and a level 2 Dragoon. Samurai can equip katana, helmets, and armor and robes, but can not carry shields. Their special ability is Iaido, which lets the user draw out the spirits of katana weapons for various effects to surrounding targets. The katana must not be equipped in order to be used for Iaido, and upon usage, the katana has a chance of breaking.

Dissidia Final Fantasy[]

In the Duel Colosseum, when chosen, the Samurai job card removes all Boss cards from the selected area.

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy[]

The Samurai job card appears in the new Labyrinth mode, and will remove any boss or party cards in hand.

The Samurai is also an advanced job that can be assigned once unlocked for a character in a party in Quick Battle or wireless matches, granting Iai Strike on first hit.

Final Fantasy Explorers[]

Samurai is a job unlocked by crafting 150 pieces of unique equipment.

The Samurai is a high-damage dealer capable of attacking up close and from afar. Samurai can initially equip katana, spears and bows; after mastery dual spears and dual axes can be equipped.

Pictlogica Final Fantasy[]

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Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade[]

Samurai is a job available once the player has a level 10 Dragoon and a level 15 Warrior. They are a STR and AGI-type job and their preferred weapon is the katana.

Final Fantasy Artniks[]

The Samurai appears as a character card.

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Final Fantasy All the Bravest[]

Though very proud of their tradition, samurai nowadays tend to drop the thees and thous.


The Samurai is a character available to the party, he uses the Iainuki ability during battle. Unlocks at level 28.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

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A master swordsman who follows the proud and ancient way of the blade. Wielding a katana for offense, and with a broad array of armor at his disposal, the Samurai makes for a fitting vanguard in any party.

Official description.

Samurai is a playable character who can be recruited as the First Time Reward for completing Castle of Bal on Classic difficulty in the FF V realm of the core dungeons.

Mobius Final Fantasy[]

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Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[]

The Samurai job appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as Fire-elemental Forward cards. The cards depict the job from Final Fantasy Tactics, Galuf from Final Fantasy V, a Hume, a Mithra, and a Galka from Final Fantasy XI.

Related jobs[]


The Bushi (もののふ, Mononofu?) appears as a job in the Zodiac versions of Final Fantasy XII. Like the Samurai, the Bushi equips katana and act as light attackers. Though they cannot cast magick directly, they can equip Mystic Armor and have several Magick Lores on their License Board, as katana grow in strength as the user's Magick Power grows.

Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances[]

Knights of the Crystals[]

The Samurai appears on a bronze card.

Samurai Rising[]

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The Samurai appears as a job. The Samurai job has high physical defense and HP, and specializes has a short-range attacker.



Final Fantasy IX has some early concept art depicting a young girl dressed in a samurai outfit. In addition, Steiner's Sword Art resembles the Samurai job's traditional Bushido.


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.