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Tenzen is a non-playable character from Final Fantasy XI. He is a Hume Samurai introduced in the Chains of Promathia expansion. Tenzen hails from the Far East of Aradjiah, a faraway land that the Emptiness has begun to devour. Wielding a katana holding the Avatar Phoenix, Tenzen travels to the nations of the Allied Forces of Altana in hopes of stopping the looming threat.


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A skilled Samurai from an unknown nation to the Far East. His land is being overrun by the Emptiness, and he comes to Jeuno seeking help, as they are known to have harnessed the power of the Mothercrystals. Tenzen is also the guardian of Phoenix, as the avatar's spirit inhabits his sword. Every soul the sword claims serves to uphold Phoenix's lifeforce.

Thus, when people started falling prey to the Emptiness in Tenzen's homeland, they were sacrificed in Phoenix's name, which is a source of great doubt for him. He plays a major role in Chains of Promathia, as he initially tries to stop Selh'teus from spreading the Emptiness further. Having spoken with the remaining Terrestrial Avatars, he comes to believe that Prishe is the Keeper of the Apocalypse. Bahamut suggests that the Keeper should be sacrificed to stop the return of Promathia.

Therefore, Tenzen attempts to kill Prishe, but eventually repents, and helps the rest of the group defeat the Twilight God. Deeply moved by all he has witnessed, and still feeling guilt for his misguided actions, he then asks his teammates for forgiveness, before returning to his homeland.


Involved in Missions
  • Promathia Mission 3-2: Vessel Without a Captain
  • Promathia Mission 3-5: Darkness Named
  • Promathia Mission 4-1: Sheltering Doubt
  • Promathia Mission 4-2: The Savage
  • Promathia Mission 4-3: The Secrets of Worship
  • Promathia Mission 7-5: The Warrior's Path

Other appearances[]

Final Fantasy XIV[]

A samurai named Tenzen is mentioned in the legend of the Four Lords, said to have turned to them for aid in driving a host of oni into the sea.

Pictlogica Final Fantasy[]

Tenzen appears in Pictlogica Final Fantasy as a playable character. His initial weapon is the Sakura.

Final Fantasy Artniks[]

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Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[]

Triple Triad[]

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Tenzen appears on a Triple Triad card in Final Fantasy Portal App.

Behind the scenes[]

Tenzen came in ninth place in a Final Fantasy XI NPC Popularity Contest held by Square Enix in June 2013. Current players of the game were given an opportunity to vote for their favorite NPC and share ideas for stories involving these characters.



Tenzen means "complete heaven" in Japanese, derived from "tiānquán" in Chinese.

Tenzin is Tibetan name which means "defender of the faith" or more applicably, "upholder of the teachings". It's popularity derives it being the first name of the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso.