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I'm fairly sure that Final Fantasy X is the first game in the series where you were able to swap characters in and out during a fight, but I'm not certain if it's the only one.

Are there any other games in the series where swapping in "inactive" characters during a battle is possible?

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No, it is not. Final Fantasy XII lets you switch characters in the middle of battle in pretty much the same fashion - to replace fallen allies or just to alter who is taking the brunt of attacks.

I don't know about the ones that come after, but one's enough to say no. ♪

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    You can switch a live character out as well though, not only if they die? In FFX a character can only be swapped when it's their turn, so if they die you can't take them out without first raising them (and having them survive until their next turn).
    – Chad Birch
    Feb 10, 2011 at 20:23
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    @Chad Yes, you can swap out live characters. However, since there's no "turn-based" system here, instead the restriction is that you can't swap out someone who is being actively targetted by an enemy attack. But like FFX, you can't take out a character who is dead until you raise them.
    – Grace Note
    Feb 10, 2011 at 20:25
  • Hmm, I'd completely forgotten about that.
    – Brant
    Feb 10, 2011 at 20:42
  • @GraceNote Are you sure? I remember being hit at way low level by a Thundara blast and my entire team going down, and the game prompting me to replace them with a new team.
    – Jim Dagg
    Apr 8, 2014 at 13:45
  • @Jim I don't see that contradicting anything that I said. In case it is confusing, in the last sentence of my earlier comment, "take out" refers to moving into the active party, not out of it.
    – Grace Note
    Apr 8, 2014 at 14:09
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Final Fantasy X-2 and Final Fantasy XIII both allow characters to freely change roles/jobs/classes/paradigms/whatever mid-fight, but not the characters.

Before the final battle in Final Fantasy VI (FF3 US), you were asked to make a list of all the characters in the game. When you moved from one stage of the fight to the next, any dead characters were swapped out for the next one on your list. This was a one-time thing that only happened for the final battle, though.

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  • Similar thing happens in FFVIII during the final battle - Your KO'd characters get banished after a couple turns and replaced with another at random.
    – Marty
    Aug 12, 2013 at 3:23

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