Zangetsu is one of the Eblan Four in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. He is an older ninja with similar battle prowess as Edge Geraldine, whom he views as his master.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Zangetsu is an elderly man with white hair and a long white goatee. He keeps his hair tied at the back and wears large golden earrings. He wears a black clothing that is brown on the right side. He has a white and red right shoulder guard. He wears a yellow cape and carries his katana on his back.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Zangetsu has aspirations of becoming a shinobi despite being a late bloomer. He admires Edge as his master though he looks young enough to be his son.

Story[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy IV -Interlude-[edit | edit source]

Edge talks to Zangetsu among others before heading to the Cave of Eblan. Zangetsu guards the entrance to Eblan, seen if Edge goes outside the cave and heads back to the castle.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years[edit | edit source]

When Eblan receives word of Baron stealing Crystals from other nations, the Eblan Four become eager to assist Edge, and are sent on missions to gather information. Zangetsu disguises as a dwarf to freely roam King Giott's castle, and after confirming the Dark Crystal is still safe and the Tower of Babil is reactivated, he returns to the surface via a secret tunnel near the castle.

Zangetsu about to return to Eblan.

Zangetsu returns to Eblan by walking across the sea. He reunites with Edge and the other Eblan Four within the Tower of Babil, and after being forced to escape from the Mysterious Girl and Ifrit, they fall to the Underworld and into the Falcon.

In the Gathering Tale, Zangetsu watches over Porom and the other incapacitated characters below the deck of Falcon. After the Creator has been felled and the world saved, Zangetsu continues to disguise himself as a dwarf as Luca upgrades the Falcon. Zangetsu and the other Ninja Guard of Eblan renew their vows of loyalty to Edge awaiting for their next mission.

Spoilers end here.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

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Zangetsu is effective for both physical and magical combat, though he is limited to Lightning-elemental Ninjutsu attacks. Zangetsu is the only member of the Eblan Four to lack an exclusive Ninjutsu skill.

Stats[edit | edit source]

Zangetsu is above average in offensive stats, with decent Strength and Speed. His HP is greater than the mage characters but not on-par with other physical attackers. His largest asset is his very high Intelligence, which surpasses Leonora's and almost equals Golbez's.

Level HP MP Strength Speed Stamina Intelligence Spirit
9 260 52 8 11 9 8 4
20 646 114 15 17 15 14 8
30 1172 167 23 22 20 19 12
40 1851 223 32 28 26 24 16
50 2611 288 40 34 34 36 20
60 3409 360 48 40 41 49 22
70 4252 427 56 45 47 59 24
80 4639 451 59 46 49 61 26
90 4982 485 61 48 51 64 27
99 5308 517 64 49 53 66 28

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Zangetsu's kite.

Zangetsu's abilities are Ninjutsu and Human Kite, which functions identically to Jump. He is best equipped with spears for this reason, as like Jump, Human Kite does increased damage when the user is equipped with a spear. Zangetsu can perform Band abilities with the other Eblan ninjas, as well as Luca due to his time undercover at the Dwarves' Castle.

Spell Level Learned
Shock Known
Flash 11
Shadowbind 20
Blitz 42


Band Abilities
Ability Members MP Effect
Mecha-kite
  • Zangetsu (Human Kite)
  • Luca (Analyze)
15 Attack all enemies with a super-powered kite.
Gale Rush
  • Zangetsu (Ninjutsu)
  • Tsukinowa (Ninjutsu)
12 Cast Haste on all party members.
Gale Twin Break
  • Edge (Ninjutsu)
  • Zangetsu (Human Kite)
14 Attack all enemies from above.
Wheel of Elements
  • Zangetsu (Ninjutsu)
  • Tsukinowa (Ninjutsu)
  • Gekkou (Ninjutsu)
  • Izayoi (Ninjutsu)
15 Attack all enemies with fire, ice, lightning and wind.
Ultimate Art: Advent of the Phoenix
  • Edge (Mug)
  • Zangetsu (Human Kite)
  • Tsukinowa (Steal)
  • Gekkou (Shuriken)
  • Izayoi (Illusions)
20 Create a flaming phoenix to damage all enemies equivalent to lost HP of party.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Zangetsu can equip the same equipment as Edge, with the addition of spears instead of claws. Because he cannot dual wield, it is usually best to keep him equipped with a spear.

He starts with a Kodachi, a Leather Cap, a Foot Ninja Gear and Iron Gloves.

Weapons
Boomerangs Daggers Katanas Spears
Armor
Shields Head Body Arms

Boss[edit | edit source]

Zangetsu is fought as a boss, along with the remaining Eblan Four, at the beginning of Edge's Tale, as part of a training session.

Other appearances[edit | edit source]

Pictlogica Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[edit | edit source]

Zangetsu's trading card.

Zangetsu appears in the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Like the other Eblan Four, Zangetsu's name is related to the moon. Zangetsu means "morning moon" in Japanese.

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