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Bravely Default
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Vincent Lau
First Published: 14-02-2014 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 20-03-2018 / 09:04 GMT
Version: 1.0 (????) 20-09-2018 / 13:29 GMT

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Job and Ability List (Part 1)

Job and Ability List (Part 1)

Knight (Chivalry)

The chivalrous Knight specialises in Defence and protecting its allies. Its Physical Defence is the highest of all the jobs, while its HP, Strength and Mind are quite high too. With this spread, the Knight excels in tanking against physical enemies, while putting up adequate offence and healing capabilities.

For the early part of the game, having a Knight in the party is a good idea due to their bulky Defence and good Attack. You will also want, potentially, all your characters to gain a Level as a Knight so they learn Two-Handed, a very useful ability that raises the Attack of certain one-handed weapons.

Later, Knights will get outclassed by superior jobs and their Speed leaves much to be desired. However, they’re in a league of their own once they gain access to Dual Shields, raising their Defence to epic levels and Super Charge, which deals damage according to Defence. Who says defence can’t be offence too?

Specialty: Protect Ally

If an ally with less than 20% of their maximum HP takes a single-target attack, the Knight will take the attack instead. Assuming your Knight isn’t taking a beating, this ability is perfect for keeping your weakened allies in play. Of course, if your ally is above the threshold, they won’t benefit from this–nor when they take an attack that hits your whole party.

Level 1: Stomp

Type : Command

Cost : None

Attack one enemy to do 1.25 times the damage, but your character’s Physical Defence and Magic Defence drops by 25% for two turns. This is a decent damaging move early on, especially considering the fact that it costs nothing. The reduced Defence shouldn’t worry your Knight much, but be wary when using it in the presence of enemy spell-casters.

Level 2: Two-Handed

Type : Support

Cost : 1 slot

If a character equips a sword, axe, spear, staff or katana when they have a free hand, their weapon’s Attack rating is doubled. This ability is essential for increasing your damage output and should be learned by each character ASAP, unless they’re a healer or spell-caster.

How it works is that each character has two hand slots–their Right Hand and Left Hand. You can equip weapons to a character’s Right Hand and Left Hand and shields in their Left Hand. However, with this ability, if you leave their Left Hand empty, the character will wield the relevant weapon with both hands to up their Attack.

Level 3: Physical Defence 10% Up

Type : Support

Cost : 1 slot

Raises the character’s Physical Defence by 10%. Now the enemy’s physical attacks will hurt less.

Level 4: Ironclad

Type : Command

Cost : None

At the beginning of the turn, your character will raise their Physical Defence up to 150% for the entire turn. This sort of functions like Default, but without your character gaining BP. It’s mainly useful when combined with Protect Ally to take damage for a low HP ally while keeping your Knight safe from harm.

Level 5: Protect Ally

Type : Support

Cost : 1 slot

If an ally with less than 20% of their maximum HP takes a single-target attack, the character with this ability will take the attack instead. Yup, it’s the Knight’s Specialty in ability form. Ever wanted to see a White Mage protect an ally? Now you can… Obviously we wouldn’t recommend that, except for entertainment purposes.

Level 6: Shield Strike

Type : Command

Cost : 6 MP

Attack one enemy and raise your character’s Physical Defence by 25% for two turns; only usable with a Shield equipped. A great way to hurt an enemy and buff your Knight at the same time.

Level 7: Shield Lore

Type : Support

Cost : 1 slot

Raises the armour aptitude for Shields to S. Now your character can gain the highest Defence bonus for Shields in any job. This could be useful for your healer if they’re equipped with a Shield, so they get the best Defence possible.

Level 8: Vengeance

Type : Command

Cost : 1 BP

Hit all enemies with a physical attack; the more allies in the K.O. state, the higher your damage.

  • No fallen allies: 0.75 times damage
  • 1 fallen ally: 1.5 times damage
  • 2 fallen allies: 2 times damage
  • All but your character has fallen: 2.5 times damage
As its name suggests, this is a revenge-based move when your characters have fallen to the bitter enemy. It's mainly useful against tricky mobs that wiped out your party and the Knight is the only one standing. Otherwise, it's still a fairly decent move so long as one ally has fallen and more effective the more enemies there are.

Level 9: Sword Lore

Type : Support

Cost : 1 slot

Raises the arms aptitude for Swords to S. Now your character can gain the highest Attack bonus for Swords in any job.

Level 10: Full Cover

Type : Command

Cost : None

For one turn, when a selected ally is hit by a single-target physical attack, the user will take the hit instead, but only suffer half damage. This is a more reliable way of protecting your weak or low HP allies against physical-based enemies, especially those that don’t have group-hitting attacks. The description doesn’t mention this, but it’s used at the beginning of the turn too.

Level 11: Dual Shields

Type : Support

Cost : 1 slot

The character can equip a Shield onto both hands and not just the Left Hand. This is terrific for bolstering your character’s Defence, allowing them to shrug off most physical attacks. The downside is that it cripples their Physical Attack–that is, unless the character uses Super Charge, which is learned later…

Level 12: Physical Defence 30% Up

Type : Support

Cost : 3 slot

Raises the character’s Physical Defence by 30%. Equip Dual Shields for overkill Defence.

Level 13: Chivalrous Spirit

Type : Support

Cost : 1 slot

Each time the user uses Protect Ally, Full Cover or White Knight (Merchant ability), their Physical Defence is increased by 25% for five turns. This ability is neat if you’re intent on protecting your allies from physical enemies.

Level 14: Super Charge

Type : Command

Cost : 1 BP

Attack one enemy with a physical attack that converts double the user’s Physical Defence into Physical Attack. This ability is the only way you’ll do reliable damage with Dual Shields; it’s also good for any high Defence characters in general.