Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities

Job classes offer a range of Final Fantasy Tactics reaction abilities to help defend and protect your characters in battle from enemy attacks. Although effects of these skills vary from defensive saves and counterattacks to last-minute restorative spells, they all have one thing in common: their execution is based partly on luck and partly on experience. Even though an attack is supposed to trigger them, that doesn’t mean it will all the time.

The Final Fantasy Tactics reaction abilities list below breaks down each ability by its name, description, trigger, JP cost, job class required, and rating. You can also find a downloadable icon beside each ability name.

Ability Name Description JP Job Rating
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon Counter Tackle Counters a physical attack with a Dash attack’s body blow. 180 Squire StarStar
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon Auto Potion When a character receives and form of HP damage, he or she uses the lowest-level potion available. 400 Chemist StarStarStarStar
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon Weapon Guard Allows character to evade an attack with an equipped weapon (not always successful). 200 Knight StarStarStar
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon Speed Save When a character takes HP damage, it raises his or her Speed by 1. 800 Archer Star
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon Arrow Guard Increases the character’s chances of evading a Bow/Crossbow attack. 450 Archer StarStarStar
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon HP Restore Restores HP to the character when an attack brings him or her down to critical levels. 500 Monk Star
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon Counter Character counters an enemy’s physical attack with one of his or her own. 300 Monk Star
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon Hamedo Gives the character a chance to attack before being attacked. 1,200 Monk StarStarStar
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon Regenerator An attack that causes HP damage. This allows the character to receive Regen status, gradually restoring his or her HP. Adds: Regen. 400 Priest Star
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon Counter Magic The character counters with the same magic attack he or she receives. 800 Wizard StarStar
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon Critical Quick The character’s AT is elevated to next position when his or her HP totals fall within critical levels. 700 Time Mage Star
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon MP Switch Character loses MP instead of HP when attacked. 400 Time Mage StarStar
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon MP Restore Like HP Restore, an attack that leaves the character in critical condition causes full restoration of MP. 400 Summoner Star
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon Caution Receiving an enemy’s attack causes the character to take up a defensive position that halves all damage. 200 Thief Star
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon Gilgame Heart Character receives from the enemy the same amount of Gil as HP damage incurred. 200 Thief Star
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon Catch Character can catch and keep items thrown across the battlefield. It’s possible to pick up rare items too! 200 Thief Star
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon Finger Guard Character plugs his or her ears to dodge Talk Skill (word based) attacks. 300 Mediator Star
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon Absorb Used MP Restores character’s MP by the same amount the enemy used to cast its spell. 250 Oracle StarStarStar
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon Counter Flood Character counters a physical attack by invoking the appropriate geomancy effect. 300 Geomancer StarStar
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon Dragon Spirit When a character receives HP damage, that character casts the Reraise status. 560 Lancer StarStar
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon Meatbone Slash When critical, allows the character to damage the target in the amount of his or her max HP. 200 Samurai Star
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon Blade Grasp Allows the character to evade physical attacks other than Bow/Crossbow attacks. 700 Samurai StarStarStarStar
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon Sunken State Character hides and becomes Invisible once he or she receives HP damage. Adds: Invisible. 900 Ninja StarStarStar
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon Abandon Raises the character’s evade percentage, allowing him or her to dodge attacks more easily. 400 Ninja StarStar
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon Distribute When the character’s HP are maxed, he or she shares any excess HP with his or her allies. 200 Calculator StarStar
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon Damage Split Character shifts damage received from him- or herself to the enemy. 300 Calculator StarStar
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon A Save Rasies the character’s physical attack power when attacked by the enemy. 550 Dancer StarStarStar
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon Brave Up This raises the character’s Brave level when attacked by the enemy. However, since it’s considered to be a Dancer skill, only female warriors may use it. 500 Dancer StarStarStar
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon MA Save Raises a character’s magic attack power when he or she takes HP damage. However, since it’s considered to be a Bard skill, only male warriors may use it. 450 Bard StarStar
Final Fantasy Tactics Reaction Abilities Icon Faith Up Raises a character’s Faith level when he/she’s hit with a magical spell. This ability has its good points and bad: It raises his or her magical power, but it also makes him or her more susceptible to enemy magic. 500 Bard StarStar