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"Foreign masters of the art of bushido. They see death as part of life, and so neglect defense in favor of offense."
Ronin description, Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight

EO1Ronins

Virtuous warriors, prepared to fight to the death to protect their comrades by crushing their opponents to the ground before they have a chance to retaliate.

The Ronin (ブシドー Bushido in the Japanese version, Samurai in the European versions) are virtuous masters of the Katana, who believe that life and death are of the same leaf, and therefor sacrifice all forms of self-defense in favor of powerful melee capabilities to destroy their enemies before they have a chance to retaliate. With various combat techniques at their side, they're highly capable in various situations, allowing them to face virtually any foe with equal footing. With extensive training, the Ronin can imbue their powerful strikes with the wrath of the elements, allowing them to pinpoint enemy weaknesses and topple their foes.

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Description Foreign warriors who posses superior combat capabilities. These dangerous swordsmen can utilize various stances in battle that each grant their own bonuses to the Ronin. With extensive training, they can imbue their powerful strikes with elemental power, delivering lethal attacks in the blink of an eye.
Strengths Unmatched physical prowess, coupled with dangerous elemental strikes. They're capable in various situations, making them powerful allies through-and-through.
Weaknesses Mediocre defenses, coupled with Stances taking an entire turn to activate, effectively slowing down their lethal capabilities.

Description Similar to their capabilities in Etrian Odyssey, the Ronin return with an enhanced version of their previous stance system. While they still require deep focus to maintain their stances, new techniques and a new stance have been developed as a result of their hard work, as well as the ability to slaughter enemies with a mere glance. With these new tools at their side, the Ronin continues to stomp their enemies beneath their boots.
Strengths Unmatched physical prowess, coupled with dangerous elemental strikes. They're capable in various situations, making them powerful allies through-and-through.
Weaknesses Mediocre defenses, coupled with Stances taking an entire turn to activate, effectively slowing down their lethal capabilities, unless rectified with Grimoire Stones. Poor Luck and Tec growth hinders their ailment skills. Skills are too exclusive to be used effectively on Grimoire Stones.

Description Returning with their blades being further mastered, the Ronin have improved their stances, allowing them to attack quicker and fiercer than ever before. Their new techniques allow them to pose a greater threat to the enemy, packing a new level of formidability with their massive blades.
Strengths Unmatched physical prowess, coupled with dangerous elemental strikes. They're capable in various situations, making them powerful allies through-and-through.
Weaknesses Mediocre defenses, coupled with relatively poor TP pools, making them guzzle TP frequently.
Force Issen: With this blindingly fast sword skill, the Ronin moves as if time has stopped to deliver potentially lethal strikes to the entire enemy party.

Description Returning with a harder punch than ever before, the Ronin has acquired many new skills to make it a lethal member of any party. Although they need to take time to set up stances like before, these are accomplished through attack skills, allowing the Ronin to land strikes and shift stances at the same time. Their stances also no longer consume a buff slot, allowing them to combine a powerful stance with even more support from the rest of the party. Each stance also receives a new ultimate attack, and the Ronin is capable of executing all three attacks in quick succession using Peerless Combo.
Strengths Unmatched physical prowess and great Agility, coupled with dangerous elemental strikes. They're capable in various situations, making them powerful allies through-and-through.
Weaknesses Mediocre defenses and HP/TP pools, unless rectified with Grimoire Stones or wise skill point allotment. Low Luck hinders the strength of their ailment skills. Investment in Peerless Combo is skill point-intensive, and skills are too exclusive to be effectively used on Grimoire STones.
Force Boost Immovable: For 3 turns, stance counter does not decrease, and TP costs of stance-related attacks are halved.
Force Break Issen: Melee cut attack to all enemies, with high chance of instant kill that increases with lower target health. Unusable if the Ronin's arms are bound.

Grimoire StonesEdit

EOUEdit

Skills to generate and pass:

  • Severing Slash: Hand it to classes with much higher Technique/Luck stats and mow down random encounters without needing to lift a finger.
  • Crit Up: Best given to classes with builds focused on augmenting normal attacks.

Skills best used on a Ronin

  • Double Strike, High Caliber (Gunner): When taking stances consumes too much time, make the most of your normal attacks by landing incredibly powerful crits.
  • DEF Up, Aegis (Protector): Ronin are fragile. Offsetting this fragility and giving the ability to resist death saves on items and TP used to revive them.

EO2UEdit

Skills to generate and pass:

  • Pre-Initiative: A good passive for the faster party members.
  • Post-Initiative: Charge skills are important.

Skills best used on a Ronin:

  • Fencer, Double Attack (Landsknecht): Ronin will find themselves using their normal attack often to save on TP during random encounters.
  • Force Charge, Force Mastery (Fafnir): When used in conjunction with Peerless Combo, the force gain is enough to access Force Boost almost immediately after.
  • Elemental Sabres (Fafnir): Cheap access to elemental damage without spending time assuming stances.
  • Speed Up: Synergizes with Pre-Initiative to give the Ronin a bigger damage bonus on faster targets, and raised evasion can be a life-saver.
  • Aegis (Protector): Ronin are fragile. Giving the ability to resist death saves on items and TP used to revive them.

SkillsEdit

Skill Description Type Prerequisite
HP up Increase maximum HP. Stat Increase Available at Start
TP up Increase maximum TP. Stat Increase Available at Start
ATK up Increase physical damage. Stat Increase Available at Start
Katanas Increase katana damage. Stat Increase Available at Start
Sight Increase attack damage at night or when blinded. Passive ATK Up Lv.3
Crit up Increase chances of critical strikes. Passive ATK Up Lv.5
Ibuki Heal HP by taking a deep breath. Healing Skill HP Up Lv.3
Kesagiri Katana skill of stepping forward while slicing. Offensive Katana Skill Katanas Lv.1
Overhead Temporary overhead stance that increases attack and defense. Stance Skill Katanas Lv.3
Zamba Strong katana slice from the Overhead stance. Offensive Katana Skill Katanas Lv.5

Overhead Lv.1

Midareba Repeated katana slashes from the Overhead stance Offensive Katana Skill Katanas Lv.7

Overhead Lv.3

Orochi Execute an fire katana strike from the Overhead stance. Offensive Katana Skill Katanas Lv.10

Overhead Lv.5

Seigan Temporary Seigan stance that increases attack and defense. Stance Skill Katanas Lv.3 
Mikiri Deflect an enemy attack with a katana from the Seigan stance. Defensive Katana Skill. Katanas Lv.5

Seigan Lv.1

Koteushi Immobilize an enemy's arms with a katana from the Seigan stance. Binding Katana Skill Katanas Lv.7

Seigan Lv.3

Raizuki Execute an volt katana stike from the Seigan stance. Offensive Katana Skill Katanas Lv.10

Seigan Lv.5

Iai Temporary Iai katana stance that increases speed. Stance Skill Katanas Lv.3
Kubiuchi Chance of an instant katana kill from the Iai stance. Offensive Katana Skill Katanas Lv.5

Iai Lv.1

Gatotsu Extremely powerful, lightning-quick katana stab. Offensive Katana Skill Katanas Lv.7

Iai Lv.3

Hyosetsu Execute an ice katana strike from the Iai stance. Offensive Katana Skill Katanas Lv.10

Iai Lv.5

Mine Mine for materials at item points. Gather Available at Start

Skill Description Type Prerequisite
Katana Mastery Enables Katana skills and increases damage dealt with katanas. Mastery Available at Start
Slantwise Cut Melee cut attack to 1 enemy, enables stance-requiring skills afterward. Katana Katana Mastery Lv1
Perfect Chaser Follow all allies' normal attacks this turn with another attack. Katana Slantwise Cut Lv7
Upper Stance An overhead stance that raises physical attack for 3 turns. Stance Katana Mastery Lv5
Clear Stance A stance that raises physical defense for 3 turns.
Drawing Stance A stance that raises speed/accuracy/evasion for 3 turns.
Horse Slash Strong melee cut attack to 1 enemy. Katana, Upper Upper Stance Lv1
Flame Grater Melee cut + fire attack to 1 line. Horse Slash Lv3
Swallow Strike Multiple melee cut attacks to 1 enemy. Upper Stance Lv.5
Razor Dodge Automatically dodge enemy attacks this turn. Katana, Clear Clear Stance Lv1
Lightning Stab Melee line-piercing stab + volt attack to 1 enemy. Razor Dodge Lv3
Arm Strike Melee cut attack to 1 enemy, may bind arms. Clear Stance Lv5
Beheading Cut Melee cut attack to 1 enemy, may instantly kill. Katana, Drawing Drawing Stance Lv1
Frigid Slash Ranged cut + ice attack to all enemies. Beheading Cut Lv3
Charging Slash Melee stab attack to 1 enemy. Drawing Stance Lv5
Peerless Stance A stance that gives an all-round boost and enables all stance-requiring skills for 3 turns. Requires one of the other 3 stances to be active, cannot be extended by repeated use. Stance Katana Mastery Lv10
ATK Up Raises physical attack. Stat Up Available from Start
Crit Up Raises critical rate. Passive ATK Up Lv5
Severing Slash Occasionally kills all enemies instantly at the start of a battle. Passive Crit Up Lv5
HP Up Raises maximum HP. Stat Up Available at Start
Breath Restores HP to user and adjacent allies. Healing HP Up Lv3
TP Up Raises maximum TP. Stat Up Available at Start
Indomitable Cry May induce fear in all enemies. Battle TP Up Lv3
Mine Allows the user to find more resources while mining. Gather Available at Start

Skill Description Type Prerequisite
HP Up Increases maximum HP. Stat Increase Available at Start
TP Up Increases maximum TP. Stat Increase Available at Start
STR Up Increases strength. Stat Increase Available at Start
TEC Up Increases technique. Stat Increase Available at Start
VIT Up Increases vitality. Stat Increase Available at Start
AGI Up Increases agility. Stat Increase Available at Start
LUC Up Increases luck. Stat Increase Available at Start
Esc Up Increase chances of successfully escaping from battle. Stat Increase Available at Start
Shiraha Potentially nullifies any attack directed at the user. Passive AGI Up Lv.8

LUC Up Lv.8

Overhead Needed to learn Overhead stance skills. Mastery Skill Available at Start
Seigan Needed to learn Seigan stance skills. Mastery Skill Available at Start
Iai Needed to learn Iai stance skills. Mastery Skill Available at Start
Clarity Evasion rate increases as the Ronin loses HP. Passive STR Up Lv.5
Sayageki Bash an enemy with the katana's sheath. Offensive Katana Skill Available at Start
Zamba Strong katana slash over the head. Offensive Katana Skill Overhead Lv.1
Midareba Repeated katana slashes against a single enemy in the Overhead stance. Offensive Katana Skill Overhead Lv.10

Dead Law Lv.5

Orochi A fiery, overhead katana slash directed at a single enemy. Offensive Katana Skill Overhead Lv.5
Kienzan Fiery, overhead katana slashes directed at all enemies. Offensive Katana Skill Overhead Lv.7

Orochi Lv.5

Koteuchi Piercing katana attack in the Seigan stance that may bind an enemy's arms. Binding Katana Skill Seigan Lv.1
Getsuei Straight katana stab in the Seigan stance. Katana Skill Seigan Lv.3

Koteuchi Lv.5

Raizuki Volt-charged katana stab in the Seigan stance against a single enemy. Offensive Katana Skill Seigan Lv.5
Minakata Volt-charged katana stabs in the Seigan stance against all enemies. Offensive Katana Skill Seigan Lv.7

Raizuki Lv.5

Kubiuchi Katana slash in the Iai stance that may result in an instant kill. Offensive Katana Skill Iai Lv.1
Nukeuchi Powerful katana stab in the Iai stance. Offensive Katana Skill Iai Lv.3

Kubiuchi Lv.5

Hyosetsu Icy katana slash in the Iai stance against a single enemy. Offensive Katana Skill Iai Lv.5
Hosoyuki Icy katana slash in the Iai stance against all enemies. Offensive Katana Skill Iai Lv.7

Hyosetsu Lv.5

Dead Law Abandon defense in order to increase offense. Enhancement Skill STR Up Lv.1
Mine Mine for minerals at item points. Gather Available at Start

Skill Description Type Prerequisite Uses
Katana Mastery Enables Katana skills and increases damage dealt with katanas. Mastery Available at Start
Upper Stance Raises ATK bonus during Upper Stance. May activate at start of battle when mastered. Stance Katana Mastery Lv1
Clear Stance Raises DEF bonus during Clear Stance. May activate at start of battle when mastered.
Drawing Stance Raises speed/accuracy/evasion bonus during Drawing Stance. May activate at start of battle when mastered.
Upward Slash Melee cut attack to 1 enemy, then take Upper Stance for 2 turns. Katana Upper Stance Lv1 Arm, STR
Horse Slash Strong melee cut attack to 1 enemy. Katana, Upper Upper Stance Lv3 Arm, STR
Flame Grater Fire + cut attack to a line of enemies. Horse Slash Lv3 Arm, STR
Swallow Strike Multiple melee cut attacks to 1 enemy. Upper Stance Lv5 Arm, STR
Charging Thrust Melee stab attack to 1 enemy, then take Clear Stance for 2 turns. Katana Clear Stance Lv1 Arm, STR
Arm Strike Stab attack to 1 enemy, may bind arms. Katana, Clear Clear Stance Lv3 Arm, STR/LUC
Lightning Stab Line-piercing stab + volt attack. Arm Strike Lv3 Arm, STR
Moon Shadow Melee stab attack to 1 enemy, activates quickly. Clear Stance Lv5 Arm, STR
Sheath Strike Melee bash attack to 1 enemy, then take Drawing Stance for 2 turns. Katana Drawing Stance Lv1 Arm, STR
Beheading Cut Melee cut attack to 1 enemy, may instantly kill. Katana, Drawing Drawing Stance Lv3 Arm, STR/LUC
Frigid Slash Ranged cut + ice attack to all enemies. Beheading Cut Lv3 Arm, STR
Ground Strike Ranged bash attack to 1 enemy. Slow to activate. Drawing Stance Lv5 Arm, STR
Peerless Stance A stance that gives an all-around boost to all stats and enables all stance skills for 3 turns. Requires one of the other three stances. Cannot be extended. Stance Swallow Strike Lv1
Moon Shadow Lv1
Ground Strike Lv1
Peerless Combo Uses Swallow Strike, Moon Shadow, and Ground Strike in quick succession, then ends Peerless Stance. Strengthens along with its individual moves. Katana Peerless Stance Lv3 Arm, STR
Post-Initiative Raises evasion and damage dealt next turn. Charge Katana Mastery Lv5 Leg
Perfect Chaser Perform a follow-up attack on an enemy hit by a normal attack this turn. Katana Katana Mastery Lv10 Leg
Phys ATK Up Increases physical ATK. Stat Up Available at Start
Pre-Initiative Increases accuracy and damage to enemies that haven't moved yet. Passive Phys ATK Up Lv8
HP Up Increases max HP. Stat Up Available at Start
TP Up Increases max TP. Stat Up Available at Start
Mine Allows the user to find more resources while mining. Gather Available at Start

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