Strago is a playable character in Final Fantasy VI. He is a Blue Mage, able to mimic the magical attacks of monsters. He joins the party late in the World of Balance before the game shifts to the World of Ruin.

Battle[edit | edit source]

Stats[edit | edit source]

Strago's stats are all-around poor. His Speed and Stamina are the worst in the game and he has the third-worst Strength after Relm and Gogo. His other stats are subpar with the exception of Magic and Magic Defense, which are above average.

Name Initial Stats
Strength 28
Speed 25
Stamina 19
Magic 34
Attack 10
Defense 33
Evasion 6%
Magic Defense 27
Magic Evasion 7%
Escape Success 3
HP Gain 35
MP Gain 13
Level Averaging +2
Level HP MP EXP +
2 46 17 32
3 58 21 96
4 72 26 208
5 89 31 400
6 109 37 672
7 131 43 1056
8 155 50 1552
9 181 58 2184
11 236 75 3936
12 266 84 5080
13 301 94 6432
14 340 104 7992
15 384 114 9784
16 434 124 11840
17 488 134 14152
18 545 145 16736
19 606 156 19616
21 738 178 26360
22 807 189 30232
23 879 201 34456
24 955 213 39056
25 1034 225 44072
26 1116 237 49464
27 1202 249 55288
28 1292 262 61568
29 1387 275 68304
31 1586 301 83184
32 1687 314 91384
33 1789 328 100088
34 1891 342 109344
35 1994 356 119136
36 2098 370 129504
37 2204 384 140464
38 2311 399 152008
39 2419 414 164184
41 2640 444 190416
42 2753 459 204520
43 2867 475 219320
44 2983 491 234808
45 3100 507 251000
46 3219 523 267936
47 3339 539 285600
48 3461 556 304040
49 3586 573 323248
51 3844 606 364064
52 3975 621 385696
53 4108 635 408160
54 4242 648 431488
55 4378 660 455680
56 4515 671 480776
57 4654 681 506760
58 4796 690 533680
59 4940 698 561528
61 5232 711 620096
62 5380 716 650840
63 5530 721 682600
64 5682 727 715368
65 5835 733 749160
66 5990 740 784016
67 6146 747 819920
68 6304 754 856920
69 6464 762 895016
71 6786 778 974536
72 6941 786 1016000
73 7092 794 1058640
74 7237 801 1102456
75 7377 808 1147456
76 7513 815 1193648
77 7645 821 1241080
78 7771 827 1289744
79 7891 833 1339672
81 8121 844 1443368
82 8231 849 1497160
83 8339 854 1552264
84 8444 859 1608712
85 8546 864 1666512
86 8646 869 1725688
87 8744 874 1786240
88 8839 880 1848184
89 8931 886 1911552
91 9109 898 2042608
92 9196 904 2110320
93 9281 911 2179504
94 9364 919 2250192
95 9446 928 2322392
96 9526 938 2396128
97 9609 949 2471400
98 9695 961 2548224
99 9783 974 2637112

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Strago's weapons draw is limited to rods, maces, and some daggers. His armor options consist of universal shields, robes, and creature costumes that are exclusive to him and Relm. He joins the party equipped with a Mythril Rod, Mythril Shield, Plumed Hat, and a Cotton Robe. His ultimate weapon is the Stardust Rod.

Strago's weapons do not deal much damage on their own due to his low Strength, but he can use his various magical rods to cast spells when attacking. The Healing Rod has high power and ignores defense, which lets him be powerful against undead and heal the party without need for magic or items. The Magus Rod offers +7 Magic, the highest boost possible, and can be acquired early in the World of Ruin and in multiples for Strago to dual wield via a Genji Glove.

The creature costumes exclusive to Strago and Relm are very effective for the points where they can be acquired, and the Behemoth Suit gives +6 to all stats and has defenses comparable to Genji Armor, improving on Strago's worst traits. Coupled with the proper hat and shield, Strago can overcome his poor base stats and be just as effective as any other character, though his niche remains spellcasting.

Weapons[edit | edit source]

Daggers Rods Maces Universal

Armor[edit | edit source]

Shields Helmets Body Armor

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Animated sprite of Strago using a Lore (SNES/PS/GBA).

Lore is Strago's variant of Blue Magic. When he sees an enemy use a certain attack, at the end of the battle he will learn it as a Lore. Strago must actually "see" an enemy use a Lore he can learn to learn it—if he is afflicted with KO, Petrify, Zombie, Darkness, Sleep, Confuse, Berserk, Stop, Hidden, Frozen, or Rage (though Strago cannot use Rage in a normal playthrough) at the time the Lore was used, he will not learn it. However, if he "sees" the Lore being used and is then afflicted with one of these statuses when the battle ends, he will still learn the Lore. Strago is able to learn compatible Lores used by Gau under the effect of Rage, and by Relm via Sketch and Control.

Strago's Lores offer him a level of versatility not available to other party members through magic or espers. He has easy access to water and wind-elemental attacks, and through manipulation of the party's gil, Lv.? Holy can be used to hit all enemies with a powerful holy-elemental attack. Grand Train is a non-elemental attack that is functionally a weaker version of Ultima, but easier to learn and with a slightly lower MP cost. Defensively, White Wind can be just as effective as a high-level healing spell if used properly, and Mighty Guard grants the party useful stat buffs. Dischord is useful for item farming, as it halves the enemy's level and makes Steal more likely to succeed.

Strago's Lores all have the benefits of bypassing Reflect and Runic, which makes him a good teammate for Celes when planning to make heavy use of her Runic ability. He is also a good choice to fight the Gold Dragon in Dragons' Den, as he can use White Wind to heal the party, ignoring the Gold Dragon's permanent Runic status, and he can use Tsunami and Aqua Breath to hit the Gold Dragon's weakness to water.

Strago's Desperation Attack is Sabre Soul. It deals no damage and inflicts Instant Death on a single target.

Quests[edit | edit source]

Recruitment[edit | edit source]

In the World of Balance, Strago joins the party in Thamasa at the start of the Burning Home. He is a required character until completion of the Esper Caves.

In the World of Ruin, Strago is found in at the Cultists' Tower. The player must enter the area with Relm in the party, and she will call out to Strago and bring him to his senses and he will rejoin the party.

Story role[edit | edit source]

When the player regains the Blackjack after the story events at Thamasa, a new NPC will be in the town, Gungho, an old friend of Strago's. If Strago is in the party when speaking to him, a brief cutscene will play where the two speak.

If Strago and Relm are in the party when the party visits Thamasa in the World of Ruin, a cutscene will initiate of Strago learning Gungho was injured by Hidon, a monster that lives on Ebot's Rock. After viewing this scene, a cave will appear on Ebot's Rock north of Thamasa. Hidon is the only enemy who uses Strago's ultimate Lore, Grand Delta. The path to Hidon is blocked by a treasure chest that demands the party feed it Coral before it will let them pass, but the chest will not move unless Strago is currently in the party.

When the party first enters Kefka's Tower, Strago has dialogue in the cutscene that occurs. If he is not recruited, Celes has additional dialogue similar to his.

If the player did not re-recruit Strago, Relm's scene when fleeing Kefka's Tower in the ending is different.

Gallery[edit | edit source]


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