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Specializing in combat, the Warrior has high attack and defense and can wield any weapon.
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The Warrior, also known as the Fighter, is the most versatile member of the Warriors of Light in the original Final Fantasy. He has access to the best weapons and armor available. He also has impressive Strength and Stamina and the most HP out of any character class. His main drawback is his dependence on powerful equipment, making him a rather expensive class to maintain.

The Fighter's sprite was originally depicted with red hair in the NES version, partially due to the palette limitations of the hardware. He was depicted with dishwater blond hair in the WonderSwan Color version and has remained as such in all subsequent releases. His artwork, as the Warrior of Light (ウォリアー・オブ・ライト, Wōria Obu Raito?), depicts him of having dark blue armor and horns on his helmet.

In the Final Fantasy: Memory of Heroes official novelization, the Fighter's name is given as Zest (ゼスト, Zesuto?). He leads the Warriors of Light and bears the Fire Crystal. He has short red hair and is righteous and courageous in nature. Honest, straightforward and prone to tunnel vision, unlike the other three, he has no memories of his past.


After completing the Citadel of Trials, Bahamut, the Dragon King, upgrades him to the rank of Knight (ナイト, Naito?). As a Knight, he is able to equip nearly every weapon and armor and is able to cast low-level White Magic spells. In all versions, it is recommended to promote the Fighter sooner than later, as being upgraded too late runs the risk of decreased spell charges (MP in later editions). The costume looks exactly the same except inverted colors and a head ornament and a cape.

Name originsEdit

In the Dawn of Souls and subsequent remakes, there are ten optional auto-names for the different character classes. Each name is a reference to another character or location name in the Final Fantasy series.

The ten names for the Warrior class are:

In addition, the name Cloud from Final Fantasy VII was used in screenshots for the Final Fantasy Origins manual.

Other appearancesEdit

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

The Warrior of Light's second alternate outfit, "Classic Red", is based on the NES depiction of the Warrior. He wears red armor that leaves his arms bare and his hair changes to spiky red hair. In his EX Mode, Class Change, his appearance changes to that of the Knight, with his body becoming more muscular and his hair being slicked back.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NTEdit

The Warrior of Light's alternate outfit, "Warrior of Beginnings", is an updated version of Classic Red, with slightly-altered armor and an altered hairstyle. Its alternate colors are white or blue, both of which slightly lighten the Warrior of Light's red hair.

Final Fantasy Record KeeperEdit

The Warrior of Light receives a "Classic Red" Wardrobe Record based on the NES Warrior in a special 30th Anniversary Dungeon. The Wardrobe Record also appears when using Warrior of Light's "Classic of Light" Ultra Soul Break.

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Triple TriadEdit

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The Warrior has a Triple Triad card in the version playable via Final Fantasy Portal App.

Non-Final Fantasy guest appearancesEdit

Monster Hunter 4 UltimateEdit

MH4U Collab WoL Purrity Armor

As part of a collaboration between Capcom and Square Enix, Tetsuya Nomura was asked to design various new armor types for the playable characters, and their feline companions.

For Palico Support Nomura created the Purrity Palico Armor set, which is based on the Warrior of Light.



  • The sprites of the Knight form of this job from the WonderSwan Color version onwards look similar to Cecil Harvey's sprites as a Paladin in Final Fantasy IV except with a different head ornament.
  • In the original NES version, at the party selection screen, the Fighter appears along with the Thief, the Black Belt and the Red Mage as the default party, making them the first characters to be seen in the Final Fantasy series.