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A sword that cuts through anything. Passed down from abroad a long time ago.

Zantetsuken (斬鉄剣, Zantetsuken?, lit. Slashing Iron Sword), also known as Scimitar, is a recurring weapon in the Final Fantasy series. It usually appears as a curved scimitar, either with a blue blade or a blue aura. It is the trademark weapon of Odin, wielded by him in all his appearances, and shares its name with his trademark attack, Zantetsuken. However, it can also be used by other characters, and can sometimes be equipped by the party.


Final Fantasy VIEdit

May randomly dispatch an enemy in one hit.

Zantetsuken (also called Scimitar) is obtained after defeating the Blue Dragon in the Ancient Castle, or by betting the Lightbringer in the Coliseum. It has an attack power of 208, enables the Bushido and Runic commands, and is affected by the Capture glitch.

The Zantetsuken has a 25% chance of inflicting Instant Death on the target when attacking, and uses a unique animation that depicts the enemy sprite being sliced apart. The Zantetsuken's Instant Death effect even works on undead enemies, while most other weapons that inflict the status do not. It can be equipped by Terra, Edgar, Cyan, and Celes, and is the only non-katana weapon that Cyan can equip.

Final Fantasy VIIIEdit

Gilgamesh obtains Zantetsuken from Odin in the battle against Seifer, and will from then on randomly appear during battles and use one of his four swords, one of them being Zantetsuken. It instantly defeats most enemies, but misses against most bosses and a few non-boss monsters like Tonberries and Cactuars.

Final Fantasy XIIEdit

Gilgamesh wields a replica of the Zantetsuken, with a skull marking above the hilt to signify that it is nothing more than a fake.

Final Fantasy XIIIEdit

Odin, Lightning's Eidolon, wields the Zantetsuken during the Eidolon battle with him, and when he is summoned. Once he enters Gestalt mode, Lightning fights using these blades. The blade is composed of two parts of equal size, which can be attached and detached at will. While Odin fights with these blades combined, Lightning separates them during Gestalt mode.

Final Fantasy XIII-2Edit

Gilgamesh wields a different Zantetsuken from Lightning and Odin's in the downloadable battle against him. It inflicts Wound damage. Final Fantasy XIII-2 Ultimania Omega reveals that Gilgamesh's Zantetsuken is from the Dissidia universe and is implied to have belonged to a manikin of Chaos, as it is said to be discarded by Chaos as his nails grew, but appears to be made of crystal and is "just a husk".

Final Fantasy XIVEdit

Zantetsuken is wielded by the primal Odin. In the quest FFXIV Quest IconFear And Odin In The Shroud, it comes to light that Zantetsuken is the true form of the primal, and that the "Odin" that holds it is merely a "sundered" mortal bound to the weapon, explaining how the Dark Divinity rises again with a new appearance each time. Later still, in the Forbidden Land of Eureka, it is implied that Zantetsuken may have been one of many such artifacts created by the primal Eureka.

Zantetsuken can also be acquired by players as a Paladin weapon, by successfully defeating Odin during the FATE "Steel Reign" and exchanging x5 "Odin's Mantle" items won from that FATE to an NPC in Mor Dhona. With the addition of Eureka Hydatos, a player can obtain a Shin-Zantetsuken, a larger variant of the weapon available to Dark Knight as a greatsword and to Samurai as a katana.

ZantetsukenGladiator's Arm50

Auto Attack: 29.6
Damage: 37
Delay: 2.4
Magic Damage: 29
Strength: 10
Vitality: 10
Determination: 8
Skill Speed: 17

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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of FatesEdit

A sword that cuts through anything. Passed down from abroad a long time ago.

The Zantetsu is as a weapon for Clavats with 80 power.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of TimeEdit

A sword that cuts through anything. An ancient heirloom from a distant country.

The Zantetsu is a Sword that can be used by all races. It provides 50 attack at level 1 and 130 attack at level 30, gives +5 to Stun, and has one empty slot and one slot occupied by the Samurai Lore ability. It can be obtained by finding the scroll at Ruins 2 on Normal difficulty, and then creating it for 270 gil by using Steel x3, a Black Silver, and an Adaman Tusk. When turned into a jewel, a level 3-9 Zantetsu makes a Bushidore, level 10-19 makes a Holy Stone 3, and level 20-30 makes a Will Stone 6.

Final Fantasy Dimensions IIEdit

The weapon could only be obtained in the "Sword Emperor Odin" Raid event that took place in February 2017. It provides 2,000 HP, 270 Attack and 80 Speed to anyone who equips it, along with a 12% chance to instant kill enemies.

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

Lightning's weapon transforms into the Final Fantasy XIII version of the Zantetsuken when she executes an HP attack, and she wields the swords while using her EX Burst. Her level 100 exclusive weapon is also named Zantetsuken. It provides +68 attack, +10% defense, and a Riposte effect, and can be traded for in the shop for an Omega Weapon, Survival Knife, Flash's Hope x5, and 182,800 gil.

Gilgamesh uses a different version of the Zantetsuken as one of his eight random weapons when attacking. It bears the Iai Strike ability when attacking, and thus has a chance of inflicting Bravery Break on the opponent if his attack connects.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Edit

The Zantetsuken is one of Terra's unlockable weapons. It can only be obtained by purchasing it as DLC from the PlayStation Store. Like all other characters' weapons, equipping it offers no advantages or disadvantages.

Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit

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Final Fantasy All the BravestEdit

Lightning dual-wields the Final Fantasy XIII version of the Zantetsuken when attacking in battle.

Final Fantasy Record KeeperEdit

Zantetsuken (VI)
(Iron-Cutting Sword (VI))
Rarity 5
Additional stats: Accuracy +95
Bonus effects when equipped: Adds small chance to instant KO.
Zantetsuken (V)
(Iron-Cutting Sword (V))
Rarity 5
Additional stats: Accuracy +95
Unique Soul Break: Repentance (Gilgamesh)

Final Fantasy ExplorersEdit

FFE Odin

Odin wields the Zantetsuken.

Final Fantasy Brave ExviusEdit

A katana that is said to cut through anything. A monster that appears in lore is said to hold power beyond any mere mortals. Defeating this monster requires the best of materials, a master smith to craft a weapon, and tremendous talent on the part of the challenger. In the hands of the weak, this katana is unable to cut anything, even paper, but in the hands of the resolved, the katana unleashes its powers to easily slice through said monster of lore.
FFBE Description
A sword boasting fierce sharpness from a faraway world. Though known as the weapon of the eidolon, Odin, it is said to have once been wielded by a woman who made a pact with him. As Odin transformed into a great white steed, it is said she rode him into battle, wielding the two halves of the Zantetsuken in each hand.
FFXIII description

Zantetsuken (FFBE) is a Katana that is obtained as Pyro Glacial Lasswell's STMR. It provides 174 ATK, increases Limit Burst gauge fill rate by 50%, and increases equipped Esper's bonus stats by 10%.

Zantetsuken (FFXIII) is a Sword that is obtained as Radiant Lightning's STMR. It provides 169 ATK, increases equipment ATK by 50% when dual wielding, and increases Limit Burst damage by 30%.

Non-Final Fantasy guest appearancesEdit

Phantasy Star Online 2Edit

The Final Fantasy XIV incarnation of Zantetsuken appears as a weapon as part of collaboration agreement between Square Enix and Sega.


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Zantetsuken (斬鉄剣?) is Japanese for "iron-cutting/slashing iron sword". It normally refers to a blade formed out of exotic materials rumored to be able to cut through steel and/or iron. The term was often associated with blades created by the feudal swordsmith known as Kobayashi Yasuhiro.

It has also been known as Scimitar. A scimitar is a backsword or sabre with a curved blade, originating in Southwest Asia (Middle East).

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