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Murasame

Statistics

Murasame
(Great Katana) All Races
DMG: 72 Delay: 420 HP -5% Trans Fire+15
Additional effect: Water damage
Lv. 70 SAM / NIN
Damage Per Second: 10.29
TP Per Hit: 107

Other Uses

Resale Price: ???~??? gil

Synthesis Recipes

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Used in Recipes

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Desynthesis Recipes

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Obtained from Desynthesis

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How to Obtain

Auction House Category: Weapons > Great Katana ( )

Dropped From

Name Level Zone
Ash Dragon (NM) 85 Ifrit's Cauldron

Historical Background

Murasame

Murasame has no relation to either Muramasa or Masamune. It is the name of a sword that originally appeared in a famous 19th century fictional work, the Nanso Satomi Hakkenden. In this series, the blade of the Murasame is constantly wet, allowing it to cut more smoothly and preventing it from binding. This reference can be seen in the added effect: water damage of this sword.

The confusion between this sword and one of Japanese history and legend, Muramasa, likely stems from the very similar names. In the 1981 RPG genre defining game Wizardry, a blade erroneously appears as the Murasama blade. It is unclear to this day whether the typo was meant to reference Murasame or Muramasa. Nevertheless, the names refer to distinct and unrelated weapons.

Muramasa, while not appearing in any Final Fantasy title, is the name of a historic Japanese swordsmith (and his blades) in the late 16th century. Muramasa, though brillant, was considered insane and his swords fell out of favor when the Shogunate was created due to his weapons being responsible for many of the Shogun's friends' deaths (they were renowned for their sharpness). In Japanese legend, a Muramasa blade and a Masamune blade were placed into a river, and a passing monk noted that while the Muramasa blade would cut any leaf or fish that happened to flow down its path, the leaves would whirl around the Masamune blade unharmed; the Masamune blade would not hurt anything undeserving of death. Muramasa blades were thus considered bloodthirsty weapons, eventually coming to be thought of as demonic, cursed with having to draw blood before they could be returned to their sheath. Muramasa and Masamune blades themselves are also actually unrelated, much as the Murasame: legend states that Muramasa was a student or rival swordsmith of Masamune, though this is a historical embellishment since Muramasa lived about 2 centuries after Masamune.

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