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What are the best (most damage) weapons for each of the characters in the original Final Fantasy?

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These answers assume vanilla/classic original Final Fantasy. I've honestly never played any of the ports/reissues to know what's availiable in the bonus content or if anything has changed

Black Belt/Master: Bare Hands

Everyone Else: Masamune

Sadly, you only get one Masamune, so give the Masamune to your White or Red Mage/Wizard, and for the rest, use these 'Second Best' options, listed roughly in order of 'who not to give a Masamune to' if someone else in the party can use it, from least deserving (has the best alternative) to most.

Fighter/Knight: Excalibur

Thief/Ninja: Katana

Black Mage/Wizard: Cat Claw

White Mage/Wizard: Thor's Hammer

Red Mage/Wizard: Defense Sword

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Why give it to a mage, which will use magics instead of normal attack? –  Lohoris Feb 20 '11 at 17:43
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@Lo'oris: In the original FFI, mages are pretty much required to attack "normally". Magic is very restricted: you only have a certain number of casts per magic level (of course, higher magic levels allow fewer casts), and the only way to recover is by resting is by using a cottage (which cost 2000 gil each) or going to an inn. You can't just nuke everything out of orbit and then drink a potion to recover your MP whenever you run low. –  Michael Madsen Feb 20 '11 at 18:50
    
@Michael: oh thx, I guess I didn't play it enough to remember that –  Lohoris Feb 20 '11 at 19:04
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This website has a chart of weapons and which characters can equip them. The Masamune has the highest attack stat (56) and can be equipped by all characters, so I would assume it's the strongest.

The Xcalbrer is the second strongest weapon with an attack stat of 45, and can only be equipped by Knights. The Katana has an attack stat of 33 and can be equipped by Ninjas.

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Unfortunately I don't know if there are any magic attack stats on weapons, so maybe there is a better option for mages / wizards. –  Kevin Y Aug 24 '10 at 20:45
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Weapons don't have any benefit to magic stats in the original Final Fantasy, though some, like Thor's Hammer have indispensable On Use effects in combat. –  LessPop_MoreFizz Aug 24 '10 at 20:46
    
Is that a complete list? I thought there was a Murasame or something like that. And I am pretty sure there was something stronger than the Masmune. Also I did not realize anyone could use the Masmune... I never went to get it on my 4 Black Mage playthrough. –  Jack Aug 24 '10 at 20:50
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@Kevin if you're going to link a website, please provide a summery of the data it contains, there is no way to guarantee that link won't go stale. –  tzenes Aug 24 '10 at 20:52
    
I must be going nuts, I could have sworn I remember my ninja dual wielding the Masamune and the Murasame in the original NES version of the game. All sources point to me having faulty memory. –  Jack Aug 24 '10 at 21:07
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