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Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age description

Shikari is a License Board in the Zodiac versions of Final Fantasy XII, represented by the zodiac sign of Pisces.

Shikari has access to 137 licenses, which require 8,016 LP to unlock, as well as up to 10 additional licenses through summon licenses costing 690 LP, and 4 additional licenses costing 520 LP through Quickening licenses (however, a character only has three Quickenings, and thus the player needs to forsake one of the licenses hidden behind the Quickenings).

Profile[]

Shikari's main weapons are daggers and ninja swords. Shikari equips light armor and can use all three Swiftness licenses, and can equip many shields. By purchasing Esper licenses, it can learn the Protectga and Shellga spells and use guns. Shikari has access to the second highest HP augment, behind Monk with all of them; it is the only job, other than Monk, with access to the third highest HP augment without Espers or Quickenings. Ninja swords have a consistently higher combo rate than other weapons until the highest weapon tier, when weapons added in the Zodiac expansion combo more often.

Shikari cannot wield the most powerful shields, can only cast two white magick spells, and has few augments for boosting attack power. It is the only job whose four Quickening licenses unlock a separate section of weapon licenses[note 1] each, making it impossible to acquire all weapon licenses for the job. Shikari is thus the only job that cannot unlock all licenses on its board. Forgoing Ninja Swords 1 is no loss for the informed player, for those weapons cannot be found until the same time or later than Ninja Swords 3 and 4. The Lhusu Mines Site 9, where the Iga Blade (Ninja Swords 3) is found, and the Stilshrine of Miriam, for the Ashura (Ninja Swords 1), are both accessible after the party reaches Mt Bur-Omisace, and the Koga Blade (Ninja Swords 2) is available even earlier, and the other Ninja Swords 1 weapons are found after the Ashura. Iga and Koga Blades have the same stats apart from their elements, so the player could instead choose one and do without the other. Ninja swords can only be found in treasure chests, the one exception being the Mesa, bought at the Bazaar.

In The Zodiac Age the player can choose two License Boards for each party member.

Coupling Shikari with White Mage, Red Battlemage, Black Mage, or Bushi allows the character to equip the Yagyu Darkblade (Dark-elemental weapon) and the Black Robes (Dark damage boosted by 50%) at the same time, making for an ideal set-up for fighting Yiazmat. This setup also heals any teammate with dark-absorbing gear by attacking them, sort of like measures.

Despite ninja blades' high combo rate, the massive +50 Speed bonus the Germinas Boots provides is a greater benefit to damage dealt with ninja blades than Genji Gloves, so access to Genji equipment is an unnecessary consideration when coupling Shikari with another job.

The Dark-augmentation part of the Shikari pairings with White Mage, Red Mage, Black Mage, or Bushi can also be pulled off by pairing those same jobs with a Machinist using Dark Shot.

Shikari can also benefit from coupling with a job that provides heavy armor and a higher number of Battle Lores. Coupling Shikari with Time Battlemage gives the Shikari heavy armor, five more Battle Lores, crossbows to attack flying enemies, and greatly increased utility from being able to cast all Time and Green Magicks. Coupling Shikari with Foebreaker gives high Strength and HP and hand bombs for the early game or as an alternative to Telekinesis. Foebreaker also has the shield licenses Shikari is missing: Shell Shield, Zodiac Escutcheon and Ensanguined Shield. Pairing Shikari with Uhlan gives Shikari some heavy armor and covers every element, and spears can hit flying enemies.

The highest possible Evasion is achieved by pairing Shikari with Foebreaker or Knight to wear their shields on one hand and the Shikari's Main Gauche dagger (with 50 Evasion) in the other. When a more offensive posture is desired, the Shikari can switch to ninja swords or the Knight's greatswords with their knockback and rapid strikes.

License Board[]

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License list[]

Equipment[]

Name Description LP cost
Daggers (1) Allows character to equip Dagger. 15
Daggers (2) Allows character to equip Mage Masher and Assassin's Dagger. 20
Daggers (3) Allows character to equip Chopper and Main Gauche. 35
Daggers (4) Allows character to equip Gladius and Avenger. 45
Daggers (5) Allows character to equip Orichalcum Dirk and Platinum Dagger. 60
Daggers (6) Allows character to equip Zwill Crossblade. 80
Shikari Nagasa & Mina Allows character to equip Shikari Nagasa and Mina. 220
Guns (5) Allows character to equip Spica and Antares. 90
Guns (6) Allows character to equip Arcturus and Fomalhaut. 100
Ninja Swords (1) Allows character to equip Ashura, Sakura-saezuri, Kagenui, and Orochi. 100
Ninja Swords (2) Allows character to equip Iga Blade. 120
Ninja Swords (3) Allows character to equip Koga Blade. 120
Yagyu Darkblade & Mesa Allows character to equip Yagyu Darkblade and Mesa. 180
Light Armor (1) Allows character to equip Leather Cap and Leather Clothing. 10
Light Armor (2) Allows character to equip Headgear, Headguard, Chromed Leathers, and Leather Breastplate. 15
Light Armor (3) Allows character to equip Leather Headgear, Horned Hat, Bronze Chestplate, and Ringmail. 20
Light Armor (4) Allows character to equip Balaclava, Soldier's Cap, Windbreaker, and Heavy Coat. 25
Light Armor (5) Allows character to equip Green Beret, Red Cap, Survival Vest, and Brigandine. 30
Light Armor (6) Allows character to equip Headband, Pirate Hat, Jujitsu Gi, and Viking Coat. 40
Light Armor (7) Allows character to equip Goggle Mask, Adamant Hat, Metal Jerkin, and Adamant Vest. 50
Light Armor (8) Allows character to equip Officer's Hat, Chakra Band, Barrel Coat, and Power Vest. 60
Light Armor (9) Allows character to equip the Thief's Cap, Gigas Hat, Ninja Gear, and Gigas Chestplate. 70
Light Armor (10) Allows character to equip the Chaperon and Minerva Bustier. 75
Light Armor (11) Allows character to equip the Crown of Laurels and Rubber Suit. 80
Light Armor (12) Allows character to equip the Renewing Morion and Mirage Vest. 90
Light Armor (13) Allows character to equip the Dueling Mask and Brave Suit. 110
Shields (2) Allows character to equip Bronze Shield and Round Shield. 20
Shields (3) Allows character to equip Golden Shield, Ice Shield, and Flame Shield. 25
Shields (4) Allows character to equip Diamond Shield, Platinum Shield, and Dragon Shield. 30
Shields (5) Allows character to equip Crystal Shield and Kaiser Shield. 35
Shields (6) Allows character to equip Aegis Shield and Demon Shield. 40
Shields (7) Allows character to equip Venetian Shield. 65
Accessories (1) Allows character to equip Orrachea Armlet. 5
Accessories (2) Allows character to equip Bangle and Firefly. 20
Accessories (3) Allows character to equip Diamond Armlet and Argyle Armlet. 25
Accessories (4) Allows character to equip Battle Harness and Steel Gorget. 35
Accessories (5) Allows character to equip Tourmaline Ring and Embroidered Tippet. 35
Accessories (6) Allows character to equip Golden Amulet and Leather Gorget. 35
Accessories (7) Allows character to equip Rose Corsage and Turtleshell Choker. 40
Accessories (8) Allows character to equip Thief's Cuffs and Gauntlets. 45
Accessories (9) Allows character to equip Amber Armlet and Black Belt. 30
Accessories (10) Allows character to equip Jade Collar and Nishijin Belt. 40
Accessories (11) Allows character to equip Pheasant Netsuke and Blazer Gloves. 45
Accessories (12) Allows character to equip Gillie Boots and Steel Poleyns. 60
Accessories (13) Allows character to equip Berserker Bracers and Magick Gloves. 60
Accessories (14) Allows character to equip Sage Ring and Agate Ring. 70
Accessories (15) Allows character to equip Ruby Ring and Bowline Sash. 70
Accessories (16) Allows character to equip Cameo Belt and Cat-ear Hood. 70
Accessories (17) Allows character to equip Bubble Belt and Fuzzy Miter. 80
Accessories (18) Allows character to equip Sash and Power Armlet. 80
Accessories (19) Allows character to equip Indigo Pendant and Winged Boots. 100
Accessories (20) Allows character to equip Opal Ring and Hermes Sandals. 115
Accessories (21) Allows character to equip Quasimodo Boots and Nihopalaoa. 130
Accessories (22) Allows character to equip Germinas Boots and Ring of Renewal. 160
Ribbon Allows character to equip Ribbon. 215

Magick[]

Name Description LP cost
White Magick 12 Allows character to cast Protectga and Shellga. 110

Technicks[]

Name Description LP cost
1000 Needles Deal 1,000 damage to one foe. 40
Bonecrusher Consume HP to reduce the HP of one foe to 0. 30
First Aid Restore HP to one HP Critical ally. 20
Gil Toss Throw gil, damaging all foes in range. 30
Libra Reveal more detailed target information. 25
Revive Full consume user's HP, reviving and full restoring HP of one KO'd ally. 40
Shades of Black Cast a random black magick on one foe. 70
Stamp Inflict one foe with any harmful status effects on the user. 40
Traveler Deal damage based on total steps taken to all foes in range. 50
Telekinesis Deal ranged damage with melee weapons. 80

Augments[]

Name Description Amount LP cost
+30/70/110/150/190/230/270/310/350/390/435 HP Increases max HP by 30/70/110/150/190/230/270/310/350/390/435. 11 20/30/40/50/60/70/80/90/100/115/130
Battle Lore Increases physical attack damage. Str+1 6 30/30/30/30/50/50
Magick Lore Increases magick potency. Mag+1 5 30/30/30/30/50
Shield Block Increases chance to block with a shield by 5%. 2 25/45
Focus Increases strength when HP is full. 1 30
Last Stand Increases defense when HP critical. 1 70
Adrenaline Increases strength when HP critical. 1 65
Spellbound Increases duration of status effects. 1 30
Brawler Increases attack power when fighting empty-handed.[note 2] 1 90
Swiftness Reduces action time by 10%. 3 30/50/50
Phoenix Lore Phoenix Down restore more HP.[note 3] 2 30/50
Martyr Gain MP after taking damage.[note 4] 1 30
Inquisitor Gain MP after dealing physical damage.[note 4] 1 30
Headsman Gain MP after defeating a foe.[note 5] 1 30
Potion Lore 1-2-3 Potions restore 10%/15%/25% more HP. 3 20/35/70
Remedy Lore 1 Remedies remove Sleep, Sap, Immobilize, and Disable. 1 20
Remedy Lore 2 Remedies remove Petrify, Confuse, and Oil. 1 30
Remedy Lore 3 Remedies remove Stop, Doom, and Disease. 1 70

Espers and Quickenings[]

Name Licenses unlocked LP cost
Quickening Ninja Swords (1) 50
Quickening Ninja Swords (2) 75
Quickening Ninja Swords (3) 100
Quickening Yagyu Darkblade & Mesa 125
Belias None 20
Mateus Gil Toss 30
Zalera +435 HP 30
Adrammelech Shades of Black 35
Shemhazai Guns (5) and Guns (6) 50
Hashmal Bonecrusher 50
Cúchulainn White Magick 12 50
Zeromus None 65
Exodus Stamp 65
Famfrit None 100
Chaos None 100
Ultima Phoenix Lore (x2) 115
Zodiark None 200

Etymology[]

Shikari is a Hindi word meaning hunter. The shikaris are native hunters who also serve as guides.

A shikari is originally the leader of a kind of hunting group in Hokkaido called matagi. I saw a news feature about matagi on television; they didn't give a very good impression of the hunters, and it looked like that culture was on the verge of disappearing; I didn't want to see that. So I thought that if I could get a word related to the matagi into the game, people might look that up on the internet and learn something about what the matagi actually are. That's how I got that name.

Hiroyuki Itō, the director of Final Fantasy XII International Zodiac Job System.[1]

Notes[]

  1. Ninja Swords 1, Ninja Swords 2, Ninja Swords 3, Yagyu Darkblade and Mesa
  2. Without Brawler, a character's barehanded attack power is as follows:
    With the Brawler augment purchased, power increases to:
  3. Base=20% of Max HP
    1 Phoenix Lore=30% Max HP
    2 Phoenix Lores=40% Max HP
    3 Phoenix Lores=50% Max HP
  4. 4.0 4.1 Damage 1–499=1 MP
    Damage 500–1499=2 MP
    Damage 1500–2599=3 MP
    Damage 3000–4999=4 MP
    Damage 5000–5999=5 MP
    Damage 6000–6999=7 MP
    Damage 7000-7999=10 MP
    Damage 8000–8999=15 MP
    Damage 9000–9998=20 MP
    Damage 9999+ =30 MP
  5. MP recovery = Enemy's level / 4

References[]

  1. Hiroyuki Ito interview from the Final Fantasy XII International Ultimania (Translation)
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