Black Belt Monk still sucks.

FF: Dawn of Souls (GBA): Playable Characters

Warrior gets all the best weapons and armors, and has tons of HP. He doesn't have magic, but who cares. He's a one-man army. He makes the game easy.


Thief is much better in the remakes than in the NES version of FF1. He gets multiple attacks right from the start which makes him a pretty effective character. Thief has lots of agility which makes him good at running and dodging attacks. He still doesn't have magic though.


Monk is all offense. Don't equip a weapon on him, let him use his bare hands, and he has very high attack. His HP and defense aren't so great compared to the Warrior though, and he has no magic.

Red Mage

Red Mage is very average. He can equip lots of weapon and armor, but not as many as Warrior. He can use magic, but not as much as White or Black Mage.

White Mage

White Mage is made for healing. Her attack and defense are terrible, except against undead where her white magic works well. She has high HP, and you can't over-emphasize how important healing is in any party, so don't rule her out.

Black Mage

Black Mage uses black magic to kill things. And he does it well. His physical attacks and defense and HP are horrible, but he can kill lots of enemies at once, which is fun to watch.


Knight uses even more armor and weapons than the Warrior, and also gets low-level white magic now, as though he wasn't strong enough.


Thief turns into Ninja, which is a major upgrade in many ways. Ninja has access to lots more weapons than Thief did, and also can use low-level black magic.


Master isn't a huge improvement on Monk; he doesn't get any magic, and can't equip much more equipment than Monk did. Master's strength is still his extremely powerful physical attacks.

(He also looks ridiculous.)

Red Wizard

Red Wizard's access to weapons and armor keeps him relevant even though he never gets access to all the magic the specialist wizards do. He is still a very average character but he has his place.

White Wizard

If you want to use the highest levels of white magic, you need a White Wizard. Some of the upper-level spells are very nice. White Wizard still lacks in offense except against undead.

Black Wizard

If you want to use the highest levels of black magic (and if only for amusement, you probably do), Black Wizard is your man. He still has horrible HP, physical attacks and defense, but he can explode things with magic which never gets old.

Jan 20, 2010 09:41 PM PST

I actually used the warrior overworld sprites for a zelda game. HEEYAAAHH!!!

Feb 05, 2010 12:20 PM PST

I beat the game with 1 ninja at lvl 99. it was a night mare

Feb 20, 2010 06:45 PM PST

That took forever, didn't it Sethkowns?

Mar 19, 2010 07:06 PM PDT

Reading this page I thought it was the comments because of the way it is set up.

Started the game with 4 Black Mages bought 4 spells (Fire, Ice, Fire, Ice) and than went to fight Garland two random battles which I ran from, Fought him with only one attack from Garland and I won the battle with all alive.

May 24, 2010 06:51 PM PDT

pliable characters are soft and cushiony.

Aug 24, 2010 06:21 AM PDT

In the Classic version, the BB/Monk was the absolute most EPIC character. But Square

(-soft,-onix,-enix) just HAD to make him suckier than the Thief was.

Feb 14, 2014 07:52 AM PST

I enjoy the GBA & PSP versions of both FF I and II.

Apr 18, 2018 03:04 PM PDT

why does red mage and wizard look hilarious? sqeenix?

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