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Archetypes (Fighter)

The following table lists the archetypes for the fighter class. Racial prerequisites are in bold.

Table: Fighter Archetypes

ArchetypeDescription
Airborne AmbusherDriven by suspicion and hatred, aegyl doggedly guard their territories, making deadly use of their flight. Using swift strikes from above, aegyl plummet onto their foes with lethal force. Available only to aegyl fighters.
BreakerWithin all creatures lies the desire to break things. From an early age, one of the most common forms of expression is destruction. Some people lean into that primal desire. They are known as Breakers, and woe to anyone who stands in their way.
DefenderA defender focuses on both offense and defense, blending weapon and shield in perfect balance to impede his enemies while delivering deadly blows, and even turning the shield itself into a formidable weapon. These fighting school benefits apply when wielding a weapon and a shield simultaneously.
Demon HunterEither from necessity from an invasion or lack of pizza money, men and women alike pick up the mantle of Demon Hunter to track down and kill the outsiders who invade their lands. Imbued with the strength of demons and blessed with the greatest weapons of both man and monster, these hunters are best equipped to deal with oblivion on earth.
Dirty FighterThe dirty fighter laughs at concepts like honor and fair play. He cares only for victory, no matter how he achieves it, and spends as much time mastering sneaky combat maneuvers as he does drilling with weapons or learning how to wear armor. Available only to seeq fighters.
FoehammerWhile the axe is the most famous dwarven weapon, the hammer is at the heart of dwarves' heritage as forgemasters and warriors alike. Available only to dwarf fighters.
GladiatorMost fighters battle out of necessity, with each battle a contest of life and death. Some, however, fight for glory and for the adulation of the crowd. The gladiator is both a cunning warrior and a consummate performer, knowing life and death are balanced not only on a sword’s edge, but also on the cheers or jeers of the crowd.
LanistaTo hear most lanistas talk, battles are won by heart and grit, by sharp iron and mighty hews. Yet the lanista knows that the key to victory is the mind behind the mettle, the training that guides the blade, and the knowledge of when and where to strike.
MercenaryMercenaries fight for money or other recompense instead of fighting for ideological interests, whether they agree with or are against the existing government. Still, gold buys loyalty. As a result, they are well equipped and dedicate themselves to training in small-unit tactics, quickly communicating strategies and tricks to handle any threat to their charges.
Monster HunterLike a bounty hunter following his own rules, a monster hunter tracks down elusive prey using his wits and delivers long-overdue retribution while easily ignoring his own injuries thanks to the joy he receives from a job well done.
Nimble StrikerThese warriors are proficient with a wide variety of weapons, but they are especially adept with swords. Disdaining the use of heavy armors, this fighting style focuses on quick movements, prodigious leaps, and dexterous sword-play.
Sea WolfA sea wolf is a pirate who focuses on shipboard combat relying on his strength of arms over his agility. He specializes in traditional pirate weapons, but often wears heavier armor than is normally seen on a ship. A sea wolf moves and fights easily in his armor, however, even in the water. Captains value sea wolves because of the skill they exhibit in defending the ship and in boarding actions. Available only to roegadyn fighters.
ShinSectShinra Security Division (egregiously shortened to ShinSect) is one of the many semi-military divisions found in Shinra Inc. Unlike their more military brethren, ShinSect deals with internal security, riot suppression and general security of various installations. Technically, ShinSect is a Branch Division under the Investigation Sector of the General Affairs Department (aka: The Turks) and are to report to them directly. In practice, the Turks tend to call on them seldom and mostly just make sure all the proper paperwork is in order and that everyone’s doing their job. Trained almost exclusively to minimize the potential collateral and to take alive any prisoners (if need be), these hardcore men and women tend to be often overlook by media in favor of the more ‘charismatic’ Divisions. But what they lack in fame, they make for with fervor.
SquireFighters had to start their humble beginnings somewhere, as a squire. Some take it as a full-fledged duty.
StormbreakerWarriors who walk in the tempest unafraid draw the power of the storm into themselves and become stormbreakers.
Swarm FighterGnaths know there’s strength in numbers, and they rarely send fewer than two gnaths out on patrol. This reliance on one another extends to combat tactics too— overwhelming numbers and tight quarters are the gnath fighter’s friends. Scuttling between the legs of friend and foe alike, the swarm fighter is an unshakable combatant. Available only to gnath fighters.
VikingThe sagas of the northern people are filled with stories of mighty warriors sailing south to raid the peoples of warmer climes and returning with longships filled with plunder. The northerners call these warriors vikings, and their deeds are sung in the longhouses during the long winter nights. A viking strikes fear into the heart of her foes, and in battle can fly into a terrible rage. Many vikings wear the pelts of bears or wolves, drawing on the strength and ferocity of these beasts in battle. Vikings do not wear heavy armor, but are skilled at fighting with an ax or spear in conjunction with a shield.
WarriorOn the northernmost edge of Abalathia’s Spine exists a mountain tribe renowned for producing fearsome mercenaries. These men and women learn to harness their inner-beasts and translate that power to unbridled savagery on the battlefield. In former times which saw war waged ceaselessly in Eorzea, the warriors featured prominently on the frontlines of battle. With the arrival of peacetime, however, their art has descended into the shadows of obscurity, where it remains to this day.