Sword is a combat skill in Final Fantasy XI. The higher a character's sword skill, the more likely he is to score a hit and the greater damage potential he has with sword. In general, one point of sword skill equals 1 accuracy and 1 attack while using a sword.

Jobs[edit | edit source]

Sword is a basic combat skill and swords are usable by many different jobs, in general. Jobs not listed below do not have a sword ability, though there are certain weapons that may be listed as "All Job" and they can never-the-less equip them. Using them to any effectiveness is another story though. In general, of the list below, only those jobs with a B or better would probably use a sword as a main combat weapon.

Job Skill Ranking Level 1 cap Level 37 cap Level 75 cap
Paladin A+ 6 114 276
Blue Mage A- 6 114 269
Red Mage B 5 109 250
Warrior B 5 109 250
Corsair B- 5 109 240
Dark Knight B- 5 109 240
Samurai C+ 5 105 230
Ninja C 5 105 225
Bard C- 5 105 220
Dragoon C- 5 105 220
Ranger D 4 101 210
Thief D 4 101 210
Beastmaster E 4 94 200

Weapon Skills[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of weapon skills available to those characters using a sword. Some weapon skills may not be available to all classes.

Name Skill Level Info
Fast Blade 10 Two-hit attack. Damage varies with TP.
Burning Blade 30 Deals fire elemental damage to enemy. Damage varies with TP.
Red Lotus Blade 50 Deals fire elemental damage to enemy. Damage varies with TP.
Flat Blade 75 Stuns enemy. Chance of stunning varies with TP.
Shining Blade 100 Deals light elemental damage to enemy. Damage varies with TP.
Seraph Blade 125 Deals light elemental damage to enemy. Damage varies with TP.
Circle Blade 150 Delivers an area of effect attack. Attack radius varies with TP.
Spirits Within 175 Delivers an unavoidable attack. Damage varies with HP and TP.
'Vorpal Blade 200 Four-hit attack. Chance of critical varies with TP.
Swift Blade 225 Three-hit attack. Accuracy varies with TP. (Paladin only)
Savage Blade
240 Two-hit aerial attack. Damage varies with TP.
Knights of the Round Caliburn, Excalibur only Additional effect: Regen.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

A sword is a blade weapon used primarily for cutting or thrusting. The precise definition of the term varies with the historical epoch or the geographical region under consideration. A sword in the most narrow sense consists of a straight blade with two edges and a hilt. However, in nearly every case, the term may also be used to refer to weapons with a single edge (backsword).

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