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Your mistakes were twofold, I'm afraid. You sprung your trap without looking to see if the game you hunted was the one you'd snare. And you sold me short, I'm no thief. I'm a Sky Pirate.


Sky Pirate is a special job in Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions. It is Balthier's default and exclusive job that focuses on guns. It costs 6,600 JP to master. It is an enhanced combination of the Thief and Machinist jobs, with the Plunder abilities having a higher rate of stealing compared to Steal, while also boasting from superior stats and more equipment options.


A pirate who sails the open sky, free from all laws and obligations. He never lets a mark escape.

Prerequisite Weapons Helmet Armor Equip Shields?
None Guns, Swords, Polearms, Knight Swords, Knives, Crossbows, Bows Helmets, Hats Armor, Clothes, Robes Yes
Move Rate Jump Rate Speed Physical Evasion Rate Base Attack Base Magic Base HP Base MP
4 4 8 25% High Low High Low


Innate abilities[]


Sky pirate job command. Unsurpassed in gunplay and thievery. No prey goes uncaught, no target unscathed.


Plunder abilities generally have a 10% greater chance of success than normal Steal abilities.

The success rate for Plunder Heart is as follows:

The success rate for all other abilities is as follows:

Amount stolen for Plunder Gil is equal to Speed * Level.

Amount of EXP stolen for Plunder EXP is equal to Speed + 15.

Name Range Effect Speed JP Needed
Leg Shot Depends on equipped weapon 0 Now 200
Inflict damage to the legs, preventing movement.
Effect: Immobilize.
Arm Shot Depends on equipped weapon 0 Now 300
Inflict damage to the arms, preventing weapon use and spell casting.
Effect: Disable.
Seal Evil Depends on equipped weapon 0 Now 200
Petrify the cursed beings known as the undead.
Effect: Stone.
Barrage Depends on equipped weapon 1 Now 1200
Unleash 4 attacks with the emphasis on speed. Each strike inflicts half the usual damage.
Plunder Gil 1 1 Now 0
Pilfer gil from the target.
Plunder Heart 3 1 Now 250
Capture the target's heart, enthralling them.
Plunder Helm 1 1 Now 450
Purloin the target's equipped helmet.
Plunder Armor 1 1 Now 550
Purloin the target's equipped armor.
Plunder Shield 1 1 Now 450
Purloin the target's equipped shield.
Plunder Weapon 1 1 Now 750
Purloin the target's equipped weapon.
Plunder Accessory 1 1 Now 600
Purloin the target's equipped accessory.
Plunder EXP 1 1 Now 350
Filch experience points from the target.

Reaction abilities[]

Name Description Trigger JP Needed
Counter Tackle Counterattack with a tackle. Physical Attack 180

Support abilities[]

Name Description JP Needed
Equip Axes Equip axes, regardless of job. 170
Beastmaster Adds an ability to all monsters in neighboring tiles with an elevation difference of 3h or less. 200
Defend Defend oneself against an attack. Adds the Defend command. 50
JP Boost Increase the amount of JP earned in battle. 250

Movement abilities[]

Name Description JP Needed
Move +1 Increase Move by 1. 200


Leg Shot.

The Sky Pirate is a powerful and versatile special job that combines traits from Machinist and Thief, focused on dealing physical damage with a wide variety of weapons, being able to steal from opponents, and capable to crippling the movement and actions of its foes. Its high stats and equipment options makes it a force to be reckoned with. Its Leg Shot and Arm Shot can easily change the tide of battle, and enable other jobs deal more damage; Dragoons, in particular, can easily hit foes affected by Leg Shot. Balthier is the only playable Sky Pirate (should the player recruit him in The War of the Lions).

Thanks to its versatility, the Sky Pirate can be played as virtually any kind of physical attacker, melee or ranged, as it can equip guns, swords, knives, polearms, bows, and crossbows. The Sky Pirate is the only non-Knight job other than Ramza's Squire and Luso's Game Hunter capable of equipping Knight Swords; the Sky Pirate can deal the most damage in the game by equipping the Chaos Blade and using its Barrage ability, easily dealing over 2000 damage.

To get the most of the Machinist and Thief abilities from the Sky Pirate, improving its speed is key, since all its abilities' success rate depend on Balthier's Speed stat. The Archer's Adrenaline Rush is great in long fights, allowing the Sky Pirate to increase its own speed by +1 whenever taking damage. However, the Sky Pirate naturally has the highest speed growth in the game, vastly superior to any other job. This means the player can invest in other attributes, such as raw attack power.

The Sky Pirate also has second highest physical evasion of all classes, after Ninja, and tied with Agrias's Holy Knight. By equipping it with high evasion shields, cloaks, and the Shirahadori reaction ability from Samurai, the Sky Pirate becomes very hard to hit.

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Air pirates, also known as sky pirates, are a type of stock character from science fiction and fantasy. Fictional air pirates typically operate as pirates in the air, or, in general, the atmosphere of a planet, dwarf planet or moon, and travel by aircraft, as opposed to the more traditional pirates on the high seas, who travel by ship.