This is a Combat Skill that Monks and Puppetmasters have. It decreases the amount of damage that the player takes from a melee hit when it activates, similarly to a Shield Trigger.

There is no log message for guarding an attack; the only reliable way to tell is the absence of blood after an attack on your character.

Guard only works when the player is using a Hand-to-Hand weapon (or barehand). The higher your Guarding Skill, the better the chance that it will activate. Adding AGI was thought to increase its activation rate, but has not been shown definitively to do so.

  • Guard Activation and Effect
    • Opponent's attack must bypass the character's evasion, shadows (Blink/Utsusemi), and counter for this trait to trigger.
    • Guard reduces damage by reducing the pDIF of the attack by 1.0. Verification Needed
    • This trait can activate on enemy TP attacks, completely nullifying the damage. The log will say "(Monster) uses (TP move), but misses (Player)". It is also possible to get a guard skillup from an AoE TP move targeted at someone else in the party (as long as Hand-to-Hand weapons/bare hands are drawn and facing the enemy).
    • A guard proc on multi-hit TP moves will NOT nullify the full damage; it nullifies only 1 hit of a multi-hit TP move (though it is possible to proc on more than one hit).
    • If under Petrification, Sleep (Status Effect), Stun (Status Effect), or Terror, characters will still be able to guard attacks just like any other defensive skill. If attacked and a character guards for "0" damage, the character will not wake up.

Job Ratings

Job Skill Rank Cap at Lv.1 Cap at Lv.29 Cap at Lv.43 Cap at Lv.47 Cap at Lv.55 Cap at Lv.95
Monk A- 6 90 132 144 178 389
Puppetmaster B- 5 84 138 ? ? 370

Equipment that enhances this Skill

By Amount Added

Name Skill Increase
+232 +162 +15 +14 +12 +10 +8 +7 +6 +5 +4 +3 +2
Oatixur CheckCheck.gif
Ninzas +1 CheckCheck.gif
Temple Hose +1 CheckCheck.gif
Melee Gaiters +1 CheckCheck.gif
Melee Gaiters CheckCheck.gif
Boxer's Mantle CheckCheck.gif
Temple Hose CheckCheck.gif
Gnole Crown CheckCheck.gif
Guarding Torque CheckCheck.gif
Feral Mask CheckCheck.gif
Black Adargas +1 CheckCheck.gif
Busker's Earring CheckCheck.gif
Tiger Mask CheckCheck.gif
Black Adargas CheckCheck.gif
Adargas +1 CheckCheck.gif
Guarding Earring CheckCheck.gif
Adargas CheckCheck.gif

By Equipment Slot


Level Name Jobs Bonus
47 Adargas MNK/PUP +2
47 Adargas +1 MNK/PUP +3
60 Black Adargas MNK/PUP +4
60 Black Adargas +1 MNK/PUP +5
99 Ninzas +1 MNK/PUP +162
99 Oatixur MNK/PUP +232


Level Name Jobs Bonus
70 Tiger Mask WAR/MNK/THF/BST/NIN/DNC +5
70 Feral Mask WAR/MNK/THF/BST/NIN/DNC +6
72 Gnole Crown WAR/MNK/THF/BST/NIN/DNC +8


Level Name Jobs Bonus
65 Guarding Torque All +7


Level Name Jobs Bonus
60 Temple Hose MNK +10
74 Temple Hose +1 MNK +15


Level Name Jobs Bonus
71 Melee Gaiters MNK +12
75 Melee Gaiters +1 MNK +14


Level Name Jobs Bonus
70 Boxer's Mantle All +10


Level Name Jobs Bonus
35 Guarding Earring All +3
60 Busker's Earring All +5

Cheers that enhance Skill Gain Rate

Guard Video

This video shows high guard activation and damage reduction:


References and Guides