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.

  • Guard Activation and Effect
    • Opponent's attack must bypass 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 Exclamation
    • 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 weapons are drawn and facing the enemy).
    • Guard proc on Multihit TP moves will NOT nullify the full damage. It nullifies only 1 hit of multihit TP move.
    • If under 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 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
Ninzas +1 CheckCheck
Temple Hose +1 CheckCheck
Melee Gaiters +1 CheckCheck
Melee Gaiters CheckCheck
Boxer's Mantle CheckCheck
Temple Hose CheckCheck
Gnole Crown CheckCheck
Guarding Torque CheckCheck
Feral Mask CheckCheck
Black Adargas +1 CheckCheck
Busker's Earring CheckCheck
Tiger Mask CheckCheck
Black Adargas CheckCheck
Adargas +1 CheckCheck
Guarding Earring CheckCheck
Adargas CheckCheck

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

Guard Video

This video shows high guard activation and damage reduction:

All About Guard

All About Guard

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