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A mysterious otherworldly traveler capable of formidable Limit techniques when his rage reaches a breaking point.


Soldier is a novelty job in Final Fantasy Tactics, as it is Cloud's default job. The job is named after SOLDIER, the elite unit of powerful warriors under the command of the Shinra Electric Power Company, a major antagonist in Final Fantasy VII, and the division which Cloud Strife claimed affiliation with.

Its abilities involve dealing heavy damage to a single foe, based on Cloud's Limit Breaks from Final Fantasy VII, except Cherry Blossom. It costs 6,730 JP to master.


Prerequisite Weapons Helmet Armor Equip Shields?
None Swords Hats, Ribbons Clothes No
Move Rate Jump Rate Speed Physical Evasion Rate Base Attack Base Magic Base HP Base MP
3 3 9 20% Medium Medium Medium Medium



Soldier job command. Unmatched martial skills made possible by fury pushed to its limit.


Cloud must be equipped with the Materia Blade to use these abilities.

The damage formula for Limit is as follows:

Name Range Effect Speed JP Needed
Brave Slash
2 1 34 150
A limit skill that slashes swiftly at the target.
Cross Slash
2 2 25 200
A limit skill that slices the target in a cross-cut pattern.
Blade Beam 2 1 20 250
A limit skill that inflicts damage commensurate with the damage the user has endured.
Climhazzard 2 1 15 450
A limit skill that inflicts damage commensurate with the damage the target has already suffered.
Meteorain 3 3 10 560
A limit skill that inflicts damage by summoning a meteor out of the sky.
Finishing Touch
(Finish Touch)
3 2 20 670
A limit skill that inflicts a variety of status effects.
Effect: KO, Stone, Stop.
Omnislash 3 3 7 900/1200
Another ultimate limit skill.
Cherry Blossom 3 3 5 1200/2500
The most powerful limit skill.

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
(Monster Skill)
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
(Gained JP Up)
Increase the amount of JP earned in battle. 250

Movement abilities[]

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


The Soldier is a special job capable of dealing magickal damage, with balanced stats across the board. Its Limit job command has versatile abilities to deal damage in various ways, and some also can inflict status ailments. The Soldier is unique as the only male-job (other than the Onion Knight) that can equip female-exclusive ribbons, a nod the Cloud crossdressing as a woman in the original Final Fantasy VII and its Remake. Cloud is the only playable Soldier (should the player recruit him).

Materia Blade location.

To use Limit, the Soldier must equip the Materia Blade, which is a secret treasure found at the top of Bervenia Volcano via a Chemist's Treasure Hunter ability. It also can be obtained via Melee and Rendezvous. Limit abilities have a charge time, and deal damage based on Cloud's magick attack. To maximize the Soldier's Limit damage, it is recommended to boost magickal attack as much as possible. The Black Mage's Arcane Strength support ability increases attack by 33%, while the Bard's Magick Boost reaction ability grants +1 magick attack whenever taking damage. However, Soldier benefits the most from the Time Mage's Swiftness to circumvent its slow Limit charges. With its balanced attributes, the Soldier can also make decent of use of Geomancy whose damage is calculated on both physical and magickal attack.

The Soldier's powerful abilities are offset by long charge times, with its Cherry Blossom being one of the slowest abilities in the game. In addition, Cloud's limited equipment pool means he cannot wield heavy armor, shields, or knight swords, which, combined with his average stats and minimal magick attack growth, make his abilities not as effective as other jobs', specially the "special Knight" jobs. The Materia Blade also has a poor attack rating, meaning Cloud won't be able to deal high damage with physical attacks either. The Soldier also suffers from low mobility, which can be augmented by equipping it with movement abilities, such as its own Move +1, Thief's Move +2, or even Teleport.

Other appearances[]

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

Cloud can use his Cherry Blossom ability.

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A soldier is one who fights as part of an organized, land-based, sea-based or air-based armed force. A soldier can be an enlisted person, a non-commissioned officer, or an officer in the Army.