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Bravely Second: End Layer
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Vincent Lau
First Published: 14-04-2016 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 22-07-2020 / 13:24 GMT
Version: 1.1 (????) 13-08-2020 / 08:58 GMT

The Ninja is a speedy physical-based job that can dual-wield weapons with great skill. It has amazing Agility and good Dexterity and Strength, meaning it can dish out considerable damage and quickly. Although it's fairly fragile, it can evade physical hits with ease.

Dual Wield is the Ninja's first--and arguably best--trick, letting it wield single-handed weapons in both hands without suffering the penalty to attack power. Thus doubling its attack power. Its Utsusemi is the bane of physical-based foes, allowing guaranteed evasion of one physical hit.

Specialty: Dual Wield

Single-handed weapons equipped in the left and right hands do not receive the 50% penalty to attack power. This effect also applies to weapons equipped to the head or body armour slots.

Whew... no matter how you slice it, this is one amazing ability. Now that additional weapons don't receive a penalty, you effectively double your damage ouput.

Although the game doesn't advertise as such, Dual Wield also works in conjunction with Triple Wield and Quad Wield, so you can even triple or quadruple your attack power! Crazy!

Level 1: Shippujinrai

Type Cost
Command 16 MP
Attack one character at the start of the turn, dealing 1 times damage.

This fearsome move can be used to swiftly finish off weakened enemies before they get a chance to heal or cause further damage.

Level 2; Confuse Immunity

Type Cost
Support 1 slot
The user is immune to confuse during battles.

Confuse is one of the most frustrating ailments, so this is a great ability to equip. Of course, Peace Rings achieve the same result, but ability slots are more numerous compared to accessory slots.

Level 3: Shunshin

Type Cost
Command None
Increases the user's evade to maximum for 6 turns (up to 150% normally).

Confusingly, this ability doesn't allow Ninjas to evade attacks perse, unless they're facing really low level foes. What it does is drop the enemy's hit rate, causing their normal attacks to inflict less hits (and if all the hits miss, then your Ninja misses the attack outright).

Level 4: Transience

Type Cost
Support 1 slot
After the user evades an attack, the user counter-attacks dealing 1 times damage.

Not particularly useful by itself, but fun to have if you can blind the enemy. Which sadly doesn't work for most bosses.

Level 5: Dual Wield

Type Cost
Support 2 slots
Single-handed weapons equipped in the left and right hands do not receive the 50% penalty to attack power. This effect also applies to weapons equipped to the head or body armour slots.

This ability doesn't become any less amazing when used in another job. However since it costs 2 ability slots, it does limit some of the setups you could have, allowing Ninja to keep its niche somewhat.

Level 6: Utsusemi

Type Cost
Command None
The user can evade one physical attack.

An excellent ability when facing physical-oriented foes. Utsusemi and Transcience are a match made in heaven and you can pile on the blessings with the Red Mage's Turn Tables and the Swordmaster's Counter Amp.

Level 7: Comeback Kid

Type Cost
Support 1 slot
Each time the user evades a physical attack, their Physical Attack and Magical Attack each increase by 25% for three turns (up to 150%).

Another great ability you can stack on if you're running Utsusemi; a bit useless without it.

Level 8: Ikkikasei

Type Cost
Command 16 MP
Increases the user's hit count by 100% for that turn only (up to 200%).

You need to Brave or this ability is useless; to make the most of it, you should Brave three times. If you normally perform 8 hits per attack, for example, you'll now perform 16 hits, resulting in double the damage!

Watch out that the number of hits is capped at 16 and, since Ninjas are so speedy, they'll probably hit the cap without Ikkikasei. As such, ideally this should be combined with Frenetic Fighting (see later).

Level 9: Kairai

Type Cost
Command None
Choose an ally. From the start of the turn, for one turn, all of the enemy's single-target physical attacks will hit the ally instead.

When up against foes that rely on single-target attacks, this ability has a lot of strategic value. For one, you could force them to attack your Ninja with Utsusemi. Or you could redirect hits to a tank or perhaps even a Fencer or Swordmaster to trigger a counter-attack.

Level 10: Frenetic Fighting

Type Cost
Support 1 slot
The maximum number of hits in a normal attack is increased from 16 to 32.

This is a great ability that's often poorly understood. It's great for Ninjas or similarly speedy characters who are close to or surpass the normal limit of 16 hits in a normal attack. Also works well with Ikkikasei, which doubles the number of hits.

To really make this ability shine, you can combine it with the Hawkeye's Eagle Eye and the Ranger's Precision. At 32 hits, you'll get a 96% damage boost from Precision, on top of the double damage during the jump from 16 to 32 hits. Yowzers!

Level 11: Impermanence

Type Cost
Command 32 MP
Reverses buffs and debuffs for all allies or all foes for four turns. If used again, will extend the duration. The lower limit for stats is 75% and the upper limit is 150%. Does not affect Special Move, berserk or Fencer stance buffs.

This is a neat ability that can quickly turn the tables on foes. For example, if an enemy has 125% Physical Attack, this ability makes it 75%. Unfortunately, for some reason, it simply doesn't work where it matters most--against the terrifying sin beasts.

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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Square Enix
  • Platforms
    3DS
  • Genre
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    14 April 2016
  • Last Updated
    22 July 2020
  • Guide Author
    Vincent Lau

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Two years after the Heroes of Light calmed the Four Crystals, Luxendarc is at peace. Agnes Oblige is now Pope of the Crystal Orthodoxy, working with the Duchy of Eternia to maintain peace and prosperity in the land.

But there are those who do not wish for peace. The Glanz Empire and its leader Kaiser Oblivion kidnap Pope Agnes despite the efforts of her protector Yew Geneolgia and set out to conquer Eternia. Yew survived the attack and wakes up a week later, determined to rescue his beloved Pope Agnes and stop the advancing Empire once and for all. And so your journey begins…

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