Astute students of combat, Swordmasters can easily anticipate enemy movements and deliver powerful counterattacks.
Official site's description.
Anticipate enemy movement to unleash powerful counterattacks!
D's Journal job description.
The Swordmaster is a battle-focused job that specializes in katanas, daggers, and swords. Its main gimmick is its ability to counter after receiving some hits, resulting in taking BP from future turns being less dangerous and its subsequent abilities usually strengthen or use this affinity to another facet. With its straight A's in armor aptitude, the Swordmaster boasts relatively strong defensive capabilities, but its magic stats are weak as a result.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
As its Samurai concept dictates, characters in the Swordmaster job wear long and flowing robes that have various ties and cloths strewn about them.
Proficiency[edit | edit source]
Stats[edit | edit source]
Equipment[edit | edit source]
Abilities[edit | edit source]
|Nothing Ventured||1||—||Halve the damage you sustain if hit by a physical attack during the turn this ability is used and counterattack with double the damage of a conventional attack.|
|Abate Earth||2||1 slot||Reduce damage taken from earth attacks. Note that you will not receive further reduction if this ability is used along with items with similar effects. Earth nullification effect take precedence over reduction effects.|
|Katana Lore||3||1 slot||Raise arms aptitude for katanas to S.|
|Squeaky Wheel||4||1 BP||Reduce the target's BP by one. For bosses and some enemies, the success rate falls to 30%.|
|Multitask||5||2 slots||Has a 25% chance to follow up with an additional attack when making a conventional attack.|
|Counter||6||2 slots||Has a 60% chance to counterattack, when taking a single-target physical attack, and deal the same damage as a conventional attack.|
|Confusion Immunity||7||1 slot||Confer immunity to confusion during battles.|
|Before Swine||8||—||Halve the damage you sustain if hit by a magic attack during the turn this ability is used and counterattack with three times the damage of a conventional attack. Does not apply to reflected magic damage.|
|Counter Amp||9||1 slot||Raise the damage dealt by counterattacks to 1.5 times normal. This is effective even for counterattacks other than the swordmaster's.|
|Know Thine Enemy||10||—||Counterattack with four times the damage of a conventional attack if hit by a single-target attack from the selected enemy the turn this ability is used.|
|Redoubled Effort||11||2 slots||The higher your BP, the more the power of your physical attacks rises.|
0 BP or less: no effect
1 BP: x1.1
2 BP: x1.21
3 BP: x1.33
4 BP: x1.46
|The Worm Turns||12||—||Counterattack with 7.5 times the damage of a conventional attack if hit by an enemy attack when your HP is below 20% during the the turn this ability is used. Does not apply to reflected magic damage.|
|Slow and Steady||13||1 slot||Raise Speed to maximum for two turns when using Default.|
The upper limit for Speed is 150%.
|Free Lunch||14||—||For two turns, there is no MP cost.|
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Etymology[edit | edit source]
Samurai were the military nobility of medieval and early-modern Japan. They were not just great swordsmen, but also powerful horse archers and martial artists of other fields. Though their status was that above commoners, samurai were bound to forms of etiquette and a way of life known as Bushido, stressing honor to one's devoted and preparing oneself in the face of death.
The majority of Swordmaster abilities named are in reference to famous quotes, koans, idioms, and anecdotes of wisdom; to each release's language, they bear the same moral and advice given under different sayings.
- "To catch a sea bream with a shrimp", is given "Nothing ventured, nothing gained", although the more fitting English term would be "Getting something for nothing". The more appropriate Japanese term for the English idiom would be "To catch a tiger cub, you must go into a tiger's den".
- "The nail that sticks out gets hammered down", is given "The squeaky wheel gets the grease".
- "Doing It Along The Way", is given the term "Multitask".
- "Reciting Buddhist prayers in a horse's ear", is given "Do not cast pearls before swine, lest they be trampled beneath their feet". "In one ear, out the other" is a more direct anecdote; a Japanese saying with themes similar to its English counterpart would be "Giving coins to a cat".
- "Serpents follow the road of snakes", is given "Know Thine Enemy". A direct anecdote would be "It takes one to know one".
- "A Cornered Rat Bites the Cat", is given "Even a worm would turn".
- "Haste Makes Waste", is given the more solution based term "Slow and steady wins the race".
- "The Governor of Satsuma" is a historical idiom, where in irony, the military academy founded by Saigo Takamori of Satsuma, the han which started the Bakumatsu revolutions that lead to the dawn of the Meiji Restoration, saw the Satsuma Rebellion happen due to the abolition of rice stipends for the samurai caste, where Satsuma samurai who followed Saigo to Tokyo became appointed to high positions, and where fifty students of lower samurai proceeded to stage a revolt in light of this. At the end of it all, such a rebellion saw Saigo perished in its last battles, forced Japan off of the gold standard into printing paper fiat money, and established the end of the samurai's power. For this tragedy, the aesop gained from all of this can be summed in the simple term, "There is no such thing as a free lunch".
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- It can be safely guessed that the Swordmaster job comes from the in-game long lost nation of Wa, as with the weapon of the Katana.