By Spencer . May 23, 2007 . 6:45pm
Final Fantasy fan service at its best or worse if you hate crossovers, all three cameo characters captured in one picture. It’s an open secret that players can find Cloud from Final Fantasy VII, Ruso / Luso from Final Fantasy Tactics A2 and Balthier from Final Fantasy XII in Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions. Cloud has his Limit breaks like omnislash for his special job command, but what about Ruso and Balthier?
Luso is a little disappointing since he doesn’t have any “new” skills. I was hoping we would get a chance to see special skills from Final Fantasy Tactics A2 in the Lion War, but that is not the case at all. His job is Mob Hunter and his special command is Engage. But all of his abilities are the same as Ramza’s fourth special Squire class. Some of the status boosting commands are useful, like boosting his own speed and I guess it’s cool to have another character who can cast Ultima even though it isn’t that powerful of a spell.
Balthier is pretty powerful, but he doesn’t disrupt game balance as much as Orlandu. His class Sky Pirate is a mix of Mustadio’s engineer class and the thief class. In Balthier’s target command he can use leg aim to inflict don’t move status and arm aim to prevent enemies from attacking. He also has all of the thief abilities like steal heart, which causes the charm status and the always useful steal weapon command. Balthier also has one original ability Midareuchi, better known as disorder shot or X-Fight. When Baltheir uses this skill he attacks four times in a row, but each hit does ½ damage. Basically, you get double damage when you use it, but you need to obtain 1200 JP before you can unlock it.
I also got the Onion Knight class by leveling up the squire and chemist jobs past level six. When you change one of your characters to an Onion Knight they lose ALL of their abilities. No reaction skills, no movement bonuses and you’re limited to choosing fight only. Right now it’s not all that useful, but I hear when you find the Onion equipment you can create a tank character.