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Introduction

Far across the rolling waves, towards the rising sun, there lies the island nation of Hingashi. In the distant past, the realm's great lords vied for supremacy over its sea-girt confines in a long and bloody conflict. And taking to battle in their lieges' names were noble swordsmen whose art was forged in the crucible of war: the samurai. Eventually, the nation was unified under one banner, and these warriors came to wield their katana not upon fields as part of an army, but upon streets as protectors of the peace. But as a neglected blade grows dull with rust, so too do men forget their purpose. Amidst waning memories of the old ways, a determined few hold fast to their convictions, hands by katana grips, awaiting the moment for steel to sing.

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Samurai frame icon.png Samurai (SAM) is a job introduced with the Stormblood expansion and unlockable at level 50. It is one of five melee DPS jobs and does not have a base class.

General information

Unlock

Equipment

The samurai is a disciple of war and wears armor "of Striking" (shared with Monk frame icon.png Monk) while using accessories "of Slaying" (shared with Dragoon frame icon.png Dragoon, Reaper frame icon.png Reaper, and Monk frame icon.png Monk). They use katana as weapons.

Weapon Armor Accessories
Samurai's Arms Head
Body
Hands
Legs
Feet
Bracelets
Earrings
Necklace
Ring

Quests

Quest Type Level Quest Giver Unlocks Rewards
The Way of the Samurai Job quest 50 Ul'dahn Citizen Samurai
Samurai (Simple) Adventurer Plate
Samurai (Simple) Adventurer Plate
1 Soul of the samurai icon1.png  Soul of the Samurai
1 Mythrite uchigatana icon1.png  Mythrite Uchigatana
1 Nameless armor coffer (il 115) icon1.png  Nameless Armor Coffer (IL 115)
Master Musosai Job quest 50 Musosai
The Sands of Debt Job quest 52 Musosai
Blood on the Deck Job quest 54 Musosai
A Fraudster in the Forest Job quest 56 Musosai
Tears in the Snow Job quest 58 Musosai
The Face of True Evil Job quest 60 Momozigo Meditate.png  Meditate
Sam i am i icon1.png  SAM I Am I
Samurai - Part 1
Samurai - Part 1
A Dignified Visitor Job quest 60 Momozigo
Trials of the Sekiseigumi Job quest 63 Momozigo
Matsuba Mayhem Job quest 65 Makoto
The Hunt for Ugetsu Job quest 68 Makoto
The Battle on Bekko Job quest 70 Makoto Hissatsu- Guren.png  Hissatsu: Guren
Sam i am ii icon1.png  SAM I Am II
Samurai - Part 2
Samurai - Part 2
1 Myochin attire coffer (il 290) icon1.png  Myochin Attire Coffer (IL 290)
The Legend of Musosai Sidequest 80 Makoto Sam i am iii icon1.png  SAM I Am III
Samurai - Part 3
Samurai - Part 3
1 Heavens eye materia vii icon1.png  Heavens' Eye Materia VII
1 Savage aim materia vii icon1.png  Savage Aim Materia VII
1 Savage might materia vii icon1.png  Savage Might Materia VII

Actions

PvE actions

Action Acquired Quest requirement Level Type MP Casting Recast Range
Radius
Description
Hakaze.png  Hakaze Samurai frame icon.png SAM 1 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Range icon.png 3y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 200.
Additional Effect: Increases Kenki Gauge by 5
Jinpu.png  Jinpu Samurai frame icon.png SAM 4 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Range icon.png 3y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 120.
Combo Action: Hakaze
Combo Potency: 280
Combo Bonus: Grants Fugetsu
Fugetsu Effect: Increases damage dealt by 13%
Duration: 40s
Combo Bonus: Increases Kenki Gauge by 5
Third Eye.png  Third Eye Samurai frame icon.png SAM 6 Ability Instant 15s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Reduces the amount of damage taken by the next attack by 10%.
Duration: 4s
Additional Effect: Increases Kenki Gauge by 10 when hit
Enpi.png  Enpi Samurai frame icon.png SAM 15 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Range icon.png 20y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers a ranged attack with a potency of 100.
Enhanced Enpi Bonus Potency: 260
Additional Effect: Increases Kenki Gauge by 10
Shifu.png  Shifu Samurai frame icon.png SAM 18 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Range icon.png 3y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 120.
Combo Action: Hakaze
Combo Potency: 280
Combo Bonus: Grants Fuka
Fuka Effect: Reduces weaponskill cast time and recast time, spell cast time and recast time, and auto-attack delay by 13%
Duration: 40s
Combo Bonus: Increases Kenki Gauge by 5
Fuga.png  Fuga Samurai frame icon.png SAM 26 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Range icon.png 8y
Conal AoE in front of the user 8y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 90 to all enemies in a cone before you.
Additional Effect: Increases Kenki Gauge by 5
Gekko.png  Gekko Samurai frame icon.png SAM 30 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Range icon.png 3y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 120. 150 when executed from a target's rear.
Combo Action: Jinpu
Combo Potency: 330
Rear Combo Bonus: 380
Combo Bonus: Increases Kenki Gauge by 10
Combo Bonus: Grants Getsu
Iaijutsu.png  Iaijutsu Samurai frame icon.png SAM 30 Weaponskill 1.3s 2.5s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Executes a weaponskill depending on current number of Sen stored in Sen Gauge.
1 Sen: Higanbana
2 Sen: Tenka Goken
3 Sen: Midare Setsugekka
Mangetsu.png  Mangetsu Samurai frame icon.png SAM 35 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Range icon.png 0y
Point Blank Circle around the user 5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100 to all nearby enemies.
Combo Action: Fuko
Combo Potency: 120
Combo Bonus: Grants Fugetsu
Fugetsu Effect: Increases damage dealt by 13%
Duration: 40s
Combo Bonus: Increases Kenki Gauge by 10
Combo Bonus: Grants Getsu
Kasha.png  Kasha Samurai frame icon.png SAM 40 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Range icon.png 3y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 120. 150 when executed from a target's flank.
Combo Action: Shifu
Combo Potency: 330
Flank Combo Potency: 380
Combo Bonus: Increases Kenki Gauge by 10
Combo Bonus: Grants Ka
Oka.png  Oka Samurai frame icon.png SAM 45 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Range icon.png 0y
Point Blank Circle around the user 5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100 to all nearby enemies.
Combo Action: Fuko
Combo Potency: 120
Combo Bonus: Grants Fuka
Fuka Effect: Reduces weaponskill cast time and recast time, spell cast time and recast time, and auto-attack delay by 13%
Duration: 10s
Combo Bonus: Increases Kenki Gauge by 10
Combo Bonus: Grants Ka
Yukikaze.png  Yukikaze Samurai frame icon.png SAM 50 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Range icon.png 3y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 120.
Combo Action: Hakaze
Combo Potency: 300
Combo Bonus: Increases Kenki Gauge by 15
Combo Bonus: Grants Setsu
Meikyo Shisui.png  Meikyo Shisui Samurai frame icon.png SAM 50 Ability Instant 55s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Execute up to 3 weaponskill combos without meeting combo prerequisites. Does not affect Iaijutsu or Ogi Namikiri.
Duration: 15s
Additional Effect: Successfully landing Gekko grants Fugetsu, and successfully landing Kasha grants Fuka
Maximum Charges: 2
Hissatsu- Shinten.png  Hissatsu: Shinten Samurai frame icon.png SAM 52 Ability Instant 1s Range icon.png 3y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 250.
Kenki Gauge Cost: 25
Hissatsu- Gyoten.png  Hissatsu: Gyoten Samurai frame icon.png SAM 54 Ability Instant 10s Range icon.png 20y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Rushes target and delivers an attack with a potency of 100.
Kenki Gauge Cost: 10
Cannot be executed while bound.
Hissatsu- Yaten.png  Hissatsu: Yaten Samurai frame icon.png SAM 56 Ability Instant 10s Range icon.png 5y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100.
Additional Effect: 10-yalm backstep
Additional Effect: Grants Enhanced Enpi
Duration: 15s
Kenki Gauge Cost: 10
Cannot be executed while bound.
Meditate.png  Meditate Samurai frame icon.png SAM 1Quest: The Face of True Evil 60 Ability Instant 60s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Gradually increases your Kenki Gauge.
Duration: 15s
Additional Effect: Grants stacks of Meditation when used in combat, up to a maximum of 3
Kenki Gauge not affected when used outside battle.
Effect ends upon using another action or moving (including facing a different direction).
Cancels auto-attack upon execution.
Triggers the cooldown of weaponskills upon execution. Cannot be executed during the cooldown of weaponskills.
Hissatsu- Kyuten.png  Hissatsu: Kyuten Samurai frame icon.png SAM 62 Ability Instant 1s Range icon.png 0y
Point Blank Circle around the user 5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 120 to all nearby enemies.
Kenki Gauge Cost: 25
Hagakure.png  Hagakure Samurai frame icon.png SAM 68 Ability Instant 5s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Converts Setsu, Getsu, and Ka into Kenki. Each Sen converted increases your Kenki Gauge by 10. Can only be executed if under the effect of at least one of the three statuses.
Ikishoten.png  Ikishoten Samurai frame icon.png SAM 68 Ability Instant 120s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Increases Kenki Gauge by 50.
Grants Ogi Namikiri Ready
Duration: 30s
Can only be executed while in combat.
Hissatsu- Guren.png  Hissatsu: Guren Samurai frame icon.png SAM 1Quest: The Battle on Bekko 70 Ability Instant 120s Range icon.png 10y
Line AoE from the user to the action target 10y
Delivers an attack to all enemies in a straight line before you with a potency of 500 for the first enemy, and 25% less for all remaining enemies.
Kenki Gauge Cost: 25
Shares a recast timer with Hissatsu: Senei
Hissatsu Senei.png  Hissatsu: Senei Samurai frame icon.png SAM 72 Ability Instant 120s Range icon.png 3y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 860.
Kenki Gauge Cost: 25
Shares a recast timer with Hissatsu: Guren.
Tsubame-gaeshi.png  Tsubame-gaeshi Samurai frame icon.png SAM 76 Ability Instant 60s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Repeats the previously executed iaijutsu with increased potency.
Maximum Charges: 2
Can only be executed immediately following Iaijutsu.
Triggers the cooldown of weaponskills upon execution. Cannot be executed during the cooldown of weaponskills.
Shoha.png  Shoha Samurai frame icon.png SAM 80 Ability Instant 15s Range icon.png 3y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 560.
Can only be executed after accumulating three stacks of Meditation by executing Iaijutsu, Meditate, or Ogi Namikiri while in combat.
Meditation effect fades upon execution.
Shares a recast timer with Shoha II.
Shoha II.png  Shoha II Samurai frame icon.png SAM 82 Ability Instant 15s Range icon.png 0y
Point Blank Circle around the user 5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 200 to all nearby enemies.
Can only be executed after accumulating three stacks of Meditation by executing Iaijutsu, Meditate, or Ogi Namikiri while in combat.
Meditation effect fades upon execution.
Shares a recast timer with Shoha.
Fuko.png  Fuko Samurai frame icon.png SAM 86 Weaponskill Instant 2.5s Range icon.png 0y
Point Blank Circle around the user 5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100 to all nearby enemies.
Additional Effect: Increases Kenki Gauge by 10
Ogi Namikiri.png  Ogi Namikiri Samurai frame icon.png SAM 90 Weaponskill 1.3s 2.5s Range icon.png 8y
Conal AoE in front of the user 8y
Delivers a critical hit with a potency of 860 for the first enemy, and 75% less for all remaining enemies.
Grants a stack of Meditation, up to a maximum of 3.
Can only be executed while under the effect of Ogi Namikiri Ready.
※Action changes to Kaeshi: Namikiri upon execution.
Kaeshi Namikiri.png  Kaeshi: Namikiri Samurai frame icon.png SAM 90 Ability Instant 1s Range icon.png 8y
Conal AoE in front of the user 8y
Delivers a critical hit with a potency of 860 for the first enemy, and 75% less for all remaining enemies.
Triggers the cooldown of weaponskills upon execution. Cannot be executed during the cooldown of weaponskills.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

Iaijutsu

Iaijutsu are weaponskills which consume all Sen, and each of them require a certain amount to be used.

Action Acquired Quest requirement Level Type MP Casting Recast Range
Radius
Description
Higanbana.png  Higanbana Samurai frame icon.png SAM 30 Weaponskill 1.3s 2.5s Range icon.png 6y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 200.
Additional Effect: Damage over Time
Potency: 45
Duration: 60s
Additional Effect: Grants a stack of Meditation, up to a maximum of 3
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Tenka Goken.png  Tenka Goken Samurai frame icon.png SAM 40 Weaponskill 1.3s 2.5s Range icon.png 0y
Point Blank Circle around the user 8y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 300 to all nearby enemies.
Additional Effect: Grants a stack of Meditation, up to a maximum of 3
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Midare Setsugekka.png  Midare Setsugekka Samurai frame icon.png SAM 50 Weaponskill 1.3s 2.5s Range icon.png 6y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers a critical hit with a potency of 640.
Additional Effect: Grants a stack of Meditation, up to a maximum of 3
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Kaeshi Higanbana.png  Kaeshi: Higanbana Samurai frame icon.png SAM 76 Ability Instant 60s Range icon.png 6y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 200.
Additional Effect: Damage over Time
Potency: 45
Duration: 60s
Effect cannot be stacked with Higanbana.
Triggers the cooldown of weaponskills upon execution. Cannot be executed during the cooldown of weaponskills.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Kaeshi Goken.png  Kaeshi: Goken Samurai frame icon.png SAM 76 Ability Instant 60s Range icon.png 0y
Point Blank Circle around the user 8y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 300 to all nearby enemies.
Triggers the cooldown of weaponskills upon execution. Cannot be executed during the cooldown of weaponskills.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Kaeshi Setsugekka.png  Kaeshi: Setsugekka Samurai frame icon.png SAM 76 Ability Instant 60s Range icon.png 6y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers a critical hit with a potency of 640.
Triggers the cooldown of weaponskills upon execution. Cannot be executed during the cooldown of weaponskills.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

Limit Breaks (PvE)

See also: Limit Break
Action Acquired Level Type MP Casting Recast Range
Radius
Description
Limit break icon1.png  Braver Melee DPS role.png Melee DPS 1 Limit Break Level 1 2s Instant Range icon.png 8y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack that deals 100% the damage of Braver.
Limit break icon1.png  Bladedance Melee DPS role.png Melee DPS 1 Limit Break Level 2 3s Instant Range icon.png 8y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack that deals 220% the damage of Braver.
Limit break icon1.png  Doom of the Living Samurai frame icon.png SAM 1 Limit Break Level 3 4.5s Instant Range icon.png 8y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack that deals 350% the damage of Braver.

Melee DPS role actions (PvE)

See also: Role actions
Action Acquired Level Type MP Casting Recast Range
Radius
Description
Second Wind.png  Second Wind Melee DPS role.png Melee DPS
Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS
8 Ability Instant 120s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Instantly restores own HP.
Cure Potency: 500
Leg Sweep.png  Leg Sweep Melee DPS role.png Melee DPS 10 Ability Instant 40s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Stuns target.
Duration: 3s
Bloodbath.png  Bloodbath Melee DPS role.png Melee DPS 12 Ability Instant 90s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Converts a portion of physical damage dealt into HP.
Duration: 20s
Feint.png  Feint Melee DPS role.png Melee DPS 22 Ability Instant 90s Range icon.png 10y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Lowers target's physical damage dealt by 10% and magic damage dealt by 5%.
Duration: 10s
Arm's Length.png  Arm's Length Melee DPS role.png Melee DPS
Physical Ranged DPS role.png Physical Ranged DPS
Tank role.png Tank
32 Ability Instant 120s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Creates a barrier nullifying most knockback and draw-in effects.
Duration: 6s
Additional Effect: Slow +20% when barrier is struck
Duration: 15s
True North.png  True North Melee DPS role.png Melee DPS 50 Ability Instant 45s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Nullifies all action direction requirements.
Duration: 10s
Maximum Charges: 2

PvP actions

Action Acquired Quest requirement Level Type MP Casting Recast Range
Radius
Description
Yukikaze (PvP).png  Yukikaze (PvP) Samurai frame icon.png SAM 30 Weaponskill Instant 2.2s Range icon.png 5y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 3,000.
※Action changes to Hyosetsu while under the effect of Kaiten.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar
Gekko (PvP).png  Gekko (PvP) Samurai frame icon.png SAM 30 Weaponskill Instant 2.2s Range icon.png 5y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 4,000.
Combo action: Yukikaze or Hyosetsu
※Action changes to Mangetsu while under the effect of Kaiten.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Kasha (PvP).png  Kasha (PvP) Samurai frame icon.png SAM 30 Weaponskill Instant 2.2s Range icon.png 5y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 5,000.
Combo action: Gekko or Mangetsu
※Action changes to Oka while under the effect of Kaiten.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Ogi Namikiri (PvP).png  Ogi Namikiri (PvP) Samurai frame icon.png SAM 30 Weaponskill 1.3s 20s Range icon.png 8y
Conal AoE in front of the user 8y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 8,000 to all enemies in a cone before you.
Potency is increased by 50% when attacking only a single target.
Additional Effect: When attacking two or more targets, creates a barrier around self that absorbs damage equivalent to a heal of 8,000 potency
Duration: 10s
This weaponskill does not share a recast timer with any other actions.
※Action changes to Kaeshi: Namikiri upon execution.
Hissatsu Soten (PvP).png  Hissatsu: Soten (PvP) Samurai frame icon.png SAM 30 Ability Instant 10s Range icon.png 20y
Line AoE from the user to the action target 0y
Swiftly charges forward, dealing damage with a potency of 4,000 to targets in your path.
Additional Effect: Grants Kaiten
Duration: 10s
Maximum Charges: 3
Cannot be executed while bound.
※Yukikaze changes to Hyosetsu while under the effect of Kaiten.
※Gekko changes to Mangetsu while under the effect of Kaiten.
※Kasha changes to Oka while under the effect of Kaiten.
Hissatsu Chiten (PvP).png  Hissatsu: Chiten (PvP) Samurai frame icon.png SAM 30 Ability Instant 30s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Reduces damage taken by 25% and delivers an attack with a potency of 2,000 every time you suffer damage.
Duration: 5s
Additional Effect: Afflicts target with Kuzushi
Kuzushi Effect: Increases damage you deal target by 25%
Duration: 4s
Mineuchi (PvP).png  Mineuchi (PvP) Samurai frame icon.png SAM 30 Ability Instant 20s Range icon.png 5y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Deals damage to target equal to 10% of their current HP.
Ignores the effects of Guard when dealing damage.
Deals damage with a potency of 4,000 to players riding a machina and non-player combatants.
Additional Effect: Stun
Duration: 2s
Meikyo Shisui (PvP).png  Meikyo Shisui (PvP) Samurai frame icon.png SAM 30 Ability Instant 20s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Grants Meikyo Shisui and Midare.
Meikyo Shisui Effect: Nullifies status afflictions that can be removed by Purify.
Duration: 3s
Midare Duration: 3
Midare Duration: 10s
※Action changes to Midare Setsugekka while under the effect of Midare
Hyosetsu (PvP).png  Hyosetsu (PvP) Samurai frame icon.png SAM 30 Weaponskill Instant 2.2s Range icon.png 0y
Point Blank Circle around the user 5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 3,000 to all nearby enemies.
Additional Effect: Bind.
Duration: 2s
Can only be executed while under the effect of Kaiten
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Mangetsu (PvP).png  Mangetsu (PvP) Samurai frame icon.png SAM 30 Weaponskill Instant 2.2s Range icon.png 0y
Point Blank Circle around the user 5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 8,000 to all nearby enemies.
Combo Action: Yukikaze or Hyosetsu
Can only be executed while under the effect of Kaiten.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Oka (PvP).png  Oka (PvP) Samurai frame icon.png SAM 30 Weaponskill Instant 2.2s Range icon.png 0y
Point Blank Circle around the user 5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 5,000 to all nearby enemies.
Combo action: Gekko or Mangetsu
Additional Effect: Absorbs 100% of damage dealt as HP
Can only be executed while under the effect of Kaiten.
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar
Midare Setsugekka (PvP).png  Midare Setsugekka (PvP) Samurai frame icon.png SAM 30 Weaponskill 1.3s 2.2s Range icon.png 8y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 16,000.
Can only be executed while under the effect of Midare
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Kaeshi- Namikiri (PvP).png  Kaeshi: Namikiri (PvP) Samurai frame icon.png SAM 30 Weaponskill Instant 2.2s Range icon.png 8y
Conal AoE in front of the user 8y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 8,000 to all enemies in a cone before you.
Potency is increased by 50% when attacking only a single target.
Combo Action: Ogi Namikiri
Additional Effect: When attacking two or more targets, creates a barrier around self that absorbs damage equivalent to a heal of 8,000 potency
Duration: 10s
※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.

Limit Break (PvP)

Action Acquired Level Type MP Casting Recast Range
Radius
Description
Zantetsuken (PvP).png  Zantetsuken (PvP) Samurai frame icon.png SAM 30 Limit Break Instant 10s Range icon.png 20y
Circle AoE around the action target 5y
Swiftly charges forward, dealing damage to target and all enemies nearby it with a potency of 24,000.
If target is afflicted with Kuzushi, deals damage equal to 100% of their maximum HP..
Combo Action: Ogi Namikiri
Ignores the effects of Guard when dealing damage.
The additional effect of Kuzushi cannot be applied to players riding a machina and non-player combatants.
Can only be executed when the limit gauge is full.
Cannot be executed while bound.

Common actions (PvP)

Action Acquired Level Type MP Casting Recast Range
Radius
Description
Standard-issue Elixir (PvP).png  Standard-issue Elixir (PvP) Any class frame icon.png ANY 30 Ability 4.5s 5s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Restores your HP and MP to maximum. Casting will be interrupted when damage is taken.
Recuperate (PvP).png  Recuperate (PvP) Any class frame icon.png ANY 30 Ability 2,500 Instant 1s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Restores own HP.
Cure Potency: 15,000
Purify (PvP).png  Purify Any class frame icon.png ANY 30 Ability Instant 30s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Removes Stun, Heavy, Bind, Silence, Half-asleep, Sleep, and Deep Freeze.
Additional Effect: Grants Resilience
Resilience Effect: Nullifies status afflictions that can be removed by Purify
Duration: 5s
Can be used even when under the effect of certain status afflictions.
Guard (PvP).png  Guard (PvP) Any class frame icon.png ANY 30 Ability Instant 30s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Reduces damage taken by 90% and grants immunity to Stun, Heavy, Bind, Silence, Half-asleep, Sleep, Deep Freeze, and knockback and draw-in effects.
Duration: 5s
Movement speed is reduced by 50% for the duration of this effect.
Effect ends upon reuse, using another action, or when the effect duration expires.
Sprint (PvP).png  Sprint (PvP) Any class frame icon.png ANY 30 Ability Instant 1.5s Range icon.png 0y
Single Target or AoE not yet specified 0y
Increases movement speed. Effect ends upon reuse or execution of another action.

Traits

PvE traits

Trait Acquired Quest requirement Level Effect
Kenki Mastery.png  Kenki Mastery Samurai frame icon.png SAM 52 Increases Kenki Gauge when landing select weaponskills or when taking damage while under the effect of Third Eye.
Kenki Mastery II.png  Kenki Mastery II Samurai frame icon.png SAM 62 Increases Kenki Gauge when landing all weaponskills excluding Iaijutsu.
Way of the Samurai.png  Way of the Samurai Samurai frame icon.png SAM 66 Increases the potency of Hakaze to 200, Jinpu to 120, and Shifu to 120.
Enhanced Iaijutsu.png  Enhanced Iaijutsu Samurai frame icon.png SAM 74 Reduces Iaijutsu cast time to 1.3 seconds.
Enhanced Jinpu and Shifu.png  Enhanced Fugetsu and Fuka Samurai frame icon.png SAM 78 Improves Fugetsu's damage increase to 13% and Fuka's reduction to weaponskill cast time and recast time, spell cast time and recast time, and auto-attack delay to 13%.
Enhanced Tsubame-gaeshi.png  Enhanced Tsubame-gaeshi Samurai frame icon.png SAM 84 Allows the accumulation of charges for consecutive uses of Tsubame-gaeshi.
Maximum Charges: 2
Way of the Samurai II.png  Way of the Samurai II Samurai frame icon.png SAM 84 Increases the potency of Gekko, Kasha, and Yukikaze to 120.
Fuga Mastery.png  Fuga Mastery Samurai frame icon.png SAM 86 Upgrades Fuga to Fuko.
Enhanced Meikyo Shisui.png  Enhanced Meikyo Shisui Samurai frame icon.png SAM 88 Allows the accumulation of charges for consecutive uses of Meikyo Shisui.
Maximum Charges: 2
Enhanced Ikishoten.png  Enhanced Ikishoten Samurai frame icon.png SAM 90 Grants Ogi Namikiri Ready upon successfully landing Ikishoten.
Duration: 30s

Combos

Performing actions in a certain order increases potency and applies combo bonuses.

Hakaze.png => Jinpu.png => Gekko.png = Increases damage dealt while also granting Getsu and increasing the Kenki Gauge.

Hakaze.png => Shifu.png => Kasha.png = Reduces weaponskill cast time and recast time while also granting Ka and increasing the Kenki Gauge.

Hakaze.png => Yukikaze.png = Significantly increases the Kenki Gauge and grants Setsu.

Fuko.png => Mangetsu.png = Hits multiple enemies and increases damage dealt while also granting Getsu and increasing the Kenki Gauge.

Fuko.png => Oka.png = Hits multiple enemies and reduces weaponskill cast and recast time while also granting Ka and increasing the Kenki Gauge.

Job mechanics

Official Lodestone Job Guide (Always up-to-date)

Sen & Kenki Gauge is Samurai's Job Gauge.

Sen Gauge

Upon learning the action Gekko at level 30, the Sen Gauge will be displayed. Learning Kasha at level 40 unlocks second Sen and Yukikaze at level 50 unlocks final Sen.

Using certain combo actions will accumulate up to three different Sen:

Additionally, using Meikyo Shisui allows you to use last weaponskill of the combo without actually executing full combo, while still granting you Sen.

Sen can be used to perform different Iaijutsu moves, depending how many Sen has Samurai accumulated: one for Higanbana (damage over time), two for Tenka Goken (AoE attack), and three for Midare Setsugekka (single-target attack).

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Simple Mode

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Kenki Gauge

Upon learning the trait Kenki Mastery, the Kenki Gauge will be displayed, indicating the amount of Kenki you have accumulated.

Kenki is accumulated upon executing certain weaponskills and by ability Ikishoten. Kenki can be used to execute actions Hissatsu: Shinten, Hissatsu: Kyuten, Hissatsu: Senei, Hissatsu: Guren, Hissatsu: Yaten and Hissatsu: Gyoten.

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Simple Mode

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When you learn the action Shoha, the Meditation Gauge will be displayed, indicating the number of stacks of Meditation you have accumulated while in combat.

Stacks are acquired by executing Iaijutsu, Meditate, or Ogi Namikiri (acquired at level 90), and are expended after executing Shoha (acquired at level 80) when three stacks have been acquired.

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Simple Mode:

Meditation gauge simple pve1.png Kenki and Meditation Gauge

Achievements

This job is associated with the following achievements:

Name Points Task Reward Patch
Bushido blade i icon1.png  Bushido Blade I 5 Achieve samurai level 50. - 4.0
Bushido blade ii icon1.png  Bushido Blade II 5 Achieve samurai level 60. - 4.0
Bushido blade iii icon1.png  Bushido Blade III 5 Achieve samurai level 70. - 4.0
Bushido blade iv icon1.png  Bushido Blade IV 5 Achieve samurai level 80. - 5.0
Bushido blade v icon1.png  Bushido Blade V 5 Achieve samurai level 90. - 6.0

Notable Samurai

Gallery

Lore

On the island nation of Hingashi, the realms great lords vied for supremacy over a long and bloody conflict. And taking to battle in their lieges' names were noble swordsmen whose art was forged in the crucible of war: the samurai. Eventually, the nation was unified under one banner, and these warriors came to wield their katana as protectors of their homeland’s peace.

History

Primarily, “samurai” refers to a position of standing in Hingashi society—a martial vassal who serves his liege in return for certain privileges. The word itself derives from the root “saburau” meaning “to serve,” which reinforces the fundamental nature of their status. Records of this arrangement became common some six hundred years ago, but examples of the samurai art of combat can be found even earlier in history.

The fighting style—distinct from mainland practices—was founded by warriors who favored the katana, and honed over lifetimes of conflict. As well as devising techniques to infuse their uniquely curved blades with “Kenki,” samurai also mastered the meditative state of “Sen,” which paved the way for “Iaijutsu” and other elevated forms of swordsmanship. The samurai arts eventually found purchase on the continent, and saw the birth of numerous variant schools. In a realm coddled by relative peace, however, the title of samurai has become largely hereditary, leading to fears that this once hard-earned honor is being replaced by empty tradition.

Equipment

Myochin Armor

Crafted into the haori-and-hakama style by armorers of the longstanding Myochin clan, this set of armor is common garb for present-day samurai. Whilst it appears little more than a decorative kimono, the cloth is woven in such a way as to promote the flow of aether.

Kiku-ichimonji

Kiku-ichimonji was forged by a legendary Hingan swordsmith, the proof of which can be found in the engraved signature—the character for “ichi” or “one.” The sword features a broad point, and an elegant, undulating temper pattern along the length of the blade, whilst the sheath’s serpentine ornamentation amplifies the wielder’s energies when performing Iaijutsu.

Katayama

This masterpiece was forged by the Katayama branch of the Ichimonji school of swordsmiths. Although Kiku-ichimonji, a katana crafted by their forebears, is considered superior in sharpness and beauty, Katayama (or in full, Katayama-ichi-monji) is still celebrated for its exquisite workmanship. The blade changed hands many times, until one wielder carried it on a warrior’s pilgrimage to the west, where it was lost for long years. It was later discovered that in his quest to find worthy opponents, the overconfident samurai had entered where no man should tread, and perished at the culmination of an epic battle.

Nameless Armor

This most elementary set of armor was designed for samurai initiates. The togi and hakama are both woven with enchanted silk to enhance the wearer’s sensitivity to the flow of aether, effectively aiding the novice in learning to recognize the sensation of Kenki gathering in blade and sheath. Dyed entirely in black, the color of the attire mutes any lurid splashes of blood—either from the enemy, or the wearer himself—to help stave off panic in the inexperienced once the rush of battle has faded.

Tricks of the Trade

Doom of the Living

All those who live are fated to die. The samurai portrays the foe’s life with innumerable slashes of the blade, ends that life with a single, aether-infused stroke, and then sheathes her weapon in a symbolic depiction of transience.

Hissatsu: Kyuten

One of the samura’s formidable Hissatsu techniques, Kyuten is a word which expresses nine directions—the eight compass points joined by the center. Devised to cut down all surrounding enemies with a single strike.

Tenka Goken

A form of Iaijutsu wherein the samurai fashions his katana’s accumulated aether into phantom blades, and strikes as if wielding the five swords of legend—the Tenka Goken.

Midare Setsugekka

Setsu. Getsu. Ka. It is said when one occupies all three states of Sen, the thread of a foes life comes into focus. This sublime Iaijutsu was devised to cut that thread.

Musosal

  • Race (Clan): Hyur (Far Eastern)
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 78
  • Epithet: None

A master swordsman hailing from Hingashi, Musosai traveled to Eorzea in search of a pupil to carry on the fighting techniques he had spent a lifetime perfecting, To that end, Musosai employed the aid of Momozigo, an Uldahn showmaster, to organize a tournament in the Coliseum. It was later revealed that Musosai was the one known as “Kogarashi,” a noble samurai who righted wrongs across Hingashi, a man nevertheless forced to abandon his homeland following the evils perpetrated by Ugetsu, his former student. Racing against illness and the march of old age, Musosai had departed for foreign shores to seek a worthy successor to his legacy.

Ugetsu Tachikake

  • Race (Clan): Hyur (Far Eastern)
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 31
  • Epithet: Slayer of a Thousand Souls

A talented swordsman, and leader of an insurgent group. Alongside his teacher, Master Musosai, a young Ugetsu embarked on a pilgrimage to confront injustice across Hingashi, but was instead incensed by the corruption he witnessed strangling his homeland. Reasoning that those in power had grown greedy and complacent over long years of peace, Ugetsu vowed to bring down the bakufu in fire and blood. He gathered a band of like-minded fellows, and began executing dignitary after dignitary in a string of assassinations. His philosophy of cutting out the old to make way for the new earned him few allies, however, and his methods became ever more extreme. A confrontation with the Sekiseigumi saw him slay Captain Kongo, but Ugetsu finally met his end at the hands of a fellow pupil of Musosa, aided by Makoto—a Sekiseigumi samurai who was, in truth, his own sister, Kagetsu.

Kenki

In the lands of the Far East, one’s atheric flow is often referred to as “ki.” The Kenki of the samurai is a harnessing of these energies, allowing the swordsmen to accumulate ki within their blades and thence unleash various deadly techniques. In this respect, such “Hissatsu” might be interpreted as a martial form of magecraft.

Iaijutsu

These techniques are performed by building aether in a sheathed katana, and then unleashing the entire store of energy the instant the blade is drawn. Executing Iaijutsu correctly requires complete control over one’s state of mind—a feat achieved by entering a battle trance known as “Sen.” Samurai attain such meditative mastery only through intense discipline and training. [1]

Samurai's Panoply

Myochin Haori

The handsome gold embroidery here strikes a pleasing contrast with the vermilion of the haori. Ensconced in a plain wooden sheath at the rear is a shortsword to be used should ever the samurai find himself facing dishonor.

Myochin Tekko

The leather tekko is worn on the left hand, for this is the hand which grips the scabbard when performing Iaijutsu. On its reverse is a design drawn in powdered mythril on lacquer, intended to assist the samurai in channeling aether to his blade.

Myochin Geta

Geta are one example of traditional Far Eastern footwear. Each simple sandal consists only of a wooden block with three “eyes” through which cord is threaded, yet holds to the foot quite well with the strap placed between the toes.

Form & Function

In an age when much of Hingashi was embroiled in bitter conflict, samurai would don full suits of armor similar to that shown here. Now, with the nation unified and at peace, the loyal warriors rarely have need of such robust protection, and generally prefer the much less cumbersome combination of haori over hakama. The haori was originally a simplified version of the military jin-baori, and was worn by samurai solely on formal occasions. As it was adapted for a wider audience, it saw the reinstitution of several martial characteristics that had made the jin-baori so suitable for combat—in particular, enhanced aether flow. Because a samurai’s abilities involve the manipulation of aetherial energies—Iajutsu and Hissatsu oft being classified as unique schools of magic—habiliments that enable the increased flow of aetherial energies are as vital to the samurai as the protection they provide. In that sense, the haori is not so different from a mage’s robe. A samurai, however, is much less likely to forego defense against close-range attacks, and so will generally opt to wear leather or plate mail underneath the haori. [2]

External links

References

  1. Encyclopaedia Eorzea: Volume II, page 187-188
  2. Encyclopaedia Eorzea: Volume II, page 231