Specializing in combat, the Warrior has high attack and defense and can wield any weapon.
The Warrior, also known as the Fighter, is the hardiest job available to the Warriors of Light in the original Final Fantasy. It has access to the best weapons and armor available, as well as impressive Strength, Stamina, HP stats. The Warrior's main drawback is its dependence on powerful equipment, making it an expensive job to maintain.
The Warrior's sprite is depicted with red hair in the NES version, partially due to the palette limitations of the hardware. The job's hair color was changed to a dusty blond in the WonderSwan Color version and has remained as such in all subsequent releases.
Yoshitaka Amano artwork depicts a knight clad in elaborate blue armor, known as the Warrior of Light (ウォリアー・オブ・ライト, Wōria Obu Raito?). This character is believed to represent the Warrior job class, and serves as a main character for the purposes of both official artwork and representing the original Final Fantasy in other games. The Warrior of Light in the Dissidia series is based on this version.
In the Final Fantasy: Memory of Heroes official novelization, one of the Warriors of Light is a Warrior named Zest (ゼスト, Zesuto?), who leads the Warriors of Light and bears the Fire Crystal. Zest has short red hair and a righteous and courageous disposition. 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 all Warrior class party members to the rank of Knight (ナイト, Naito?). Knights can equip nearly every weapon and armor, and cast White Magic spells up to level 3. In all versions, it is recommended to promote Warriors sooner than later, as being upgraded from too high a level runs the risk of decreased spell charges (MP in later editions). The Knight's costume is largely similar to the Warrior's, with inverted colors and the addition of a cape and an ornate circlet.
The ten names for the Warrior class are:
- Argus - Location in Final Fantasy III.
- Alus - Character in Final Fantasy III.
- Banon - Character in Final Fantasy VI.
- Baron - Location in Final Fantasy IV.
- Desh - Character in Final Fantasy III.
- Doma - Location in Final Fantasy VI.
- Giott - Character in Final Fantasy IV.
- Leo - Character in Final Fantasy VI.
- Sasune - Location in Final Fantasy III.
- Zeza - Character in Final Fantasy V.
The Warrior of Light's second alternate outfit, "Classic Red", is based on the NES depiction of the Warrior. He wears a suit of red armor that leaves his arms bare, and his hair changes to a spiky red style. 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.
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.
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.
The Warrior has a Triple Triad card in the version playable via Final Fantasy Portal App.
- The sprites of the Knight form of this job from the WonderSwan Color version onwards are derived from the Knight job's appearance in Final Fantasy III.
- In the original NES version, at the party selection screen, the Warrior appears along with the Thief, the Monk, and the Red Mage—the first four jobs as listed in the game's internal ordering system—as the default party, making them the first characters to be seen in the Final Fantasy series. Later releases would include the White Mage and Black Mage as the third and fourth members of the default party, replacing the Monk and Red Mage respectively.