Vikings have the ability to lure enemies into attacking them instead of other members of the party, but it's gonna hurt!
The bearer of this certificate has mastered combat with battle hammer and axe and is deemed worthy of the title of Master Viking.
Mastery certificate description
The Viking is a job class in Final Fantasy III gained from the Water Crystal. Vikings swing giant hammers and axes and their only drawback is that they develop slower than other melee jobs. Vikings are mainly used as a "tank" for their Provoke ability and access to the strongest armor.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
NES version[edit | edit source]
- Special ability - None
The Viking does not actually have a special ability, keeping the Defend command instead.
3D versions[edit | edit source]
- Special ability - Provoke
The Provoke command increases the chance of a target enemy attacking the Viking. In addition, it also lowers the enemy's Defense, making them more vulnerable. It is best used when the Viking is in the back row, to minimize damage. The Viking could easily be turned into a meat shield by equipping two shields, placing it in the back row, and then using Provoke to divert all the damage to it while being healed by a White Mage. Other strategies involve combining it with a Bard to help heal it, as at job level 99, the Provoke Ability always works and reduces the enemy's defense by about 50%. However, with the high attack power versus low agility, the Viking may turn many conventional players away from this option.
The enemy's defense reduction is calculated using the following formula:
- Enemy Defense = Original Defense x (100 - (0.5 x JobLv))%
Additionally, the success rate of Provoke is directly related to job level:
|Job Level||Success Rate|
Stats[edit | edit source]
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Equipment[edit | edit source]
Weapons[edit | edit source]
Armor[edit | edit source]
Other appearances[edit | edit source]
Viking appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as Water-elemental Forward cards. All main characters from the 3D remake are represented.
Viking from the 3D remake appears on a Triple Triad card.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Etymology and allusion[edit | edit source]
Vikings were Norse seafarers who raided and traded from their Scandinavian homelands across wide areas of northern and central Europe, European Russia, Mediterranean littoral, North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, North Atlantic islands and as far as the north-eastern coast of North America during the late 8th to late 11th centuries. The term is commonly extended to the inhabitants of Viking home communities during what has become known as the Viking Age.
Modern conceptions of the Vikings often differ from the historical sources painting a romanticized picture of noble savages. Current popular representations of the Vikings are typically based on cultural clichés.
Every hammer used by Vikings deals lightning-element damage. This is likely a reference to Mjölnir, a magic, lightning-imbued hammer used by the Norse god of thunder, Thor.