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Bartz Klauser
Bartz Klauser/Dissidia
Kana バッツ・クラウザー
Romaji Battsu Kurauzā
Japanese Name Butz Klauser
Original Game Final Fantasy V
Story Difficulty ****
EX Mode Job Mastered
EX Burst Spellblade-Dual Wield-Rapid Fire
Japanese Voice Actor Sōichirō Hoshi
English Voice Actor Jason Spisak
Dissidia Final Fantasy Character
"Don't follow a path. Make your own."
—Bartz Klauser

Bartz Klauser is one of the heroes fighting for the side of Cosmos in Dissidia Final Fantasy. A courageous young man with a strong sense of justice, Bartz possesses the ability to mimic and combine the powers of Cosmos' warriors in battle. Searching for the Crystals with Zidane, he must contend with various traps set for him by the villains. He must also confront his nemesis, the sword-wielding warlock Exdeath, who wishes to engulf the world in the Void.


Crystal and Attire

Bartz's default design is a composite of his in-game color scheme of his Mime job class and Amano's artwork. On the other hand, his alternate outfit is directly based on a second design by Amano, which depicts him with a zebra-striped shirt and pants and white hair. In addition, the Brave Blade in his EX Burst is blue instead of red. Bartz's Manikin version, Fallacious Wanderer, is cyan.

Bartz's crystal is an ordinary purple Crystal reminiscent of the crystal shards used in Final Fantasy V to obtain a new job.


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Destiny Odyssey

Bartz offers Squall a feather as a good luck charm.

After Squall saves Bartz and Zidane from the Manikins, he is asked by them to come along to look for the Crystals together. But Squall states that he is more comfortable by himself, it is agreed by the three of them to split up while continuing their search for their Crystals. Just a moment after Bartz runs off with Zidane, he comes back and gives Squall a Chocobo feather as a good luck charm, promising that Squall would give it back when they meet again later.

Bartz and Zidane starting their competition

Wishing to transform this crisis into a bit of fun, Bartz and Zidane propose to have a contest to see who will catch a Crystal first. However, their competition was cut short, as Bartz is captured by Kefka, who then fights Zidane. After Bartz regains consciousness, he finds himself in the hands of the Warriors of Chaos. Overhearing a conversation between Kefka and Kuja that Bartz's capture was a mistake and that the trap was meant for Zidane, Bartz makes his escape. Later on, Bartz overhears a discussion between the Emperor, Ultimecia, and Sephiroth concerning the fellow villains that fight only for destruction. At first Bartz thinks the Emperor and Sephiroth are fighting over Ultimecia; he is then spotted and makes his escape, and the Emperor and Ultimecia hope that pursuing Bartz would lead them to Exdeath, who was holding a Crystal that Bartz snatches away without a second thought. Bartz then runs into Golbez and fights him before continuing to look for Zidane.

Bartz fights Exdeath

Bartz eventually finds Zidane and is surprised to see that Squall is with him. But when Bartz shows him a Crystal he has caught, they find out that it was no more than a trap that teleports Zidane to the mercy of Kuja. Bartz laments that all of this was his fault and Squall gives him back the Chocobo feather before running into Exdeath. Bartz, tired of running, decides to fight and defeat him. After this, his Chocobo feather turns into his Crystal.

Shade Impulse

Bartz returns to his homeworld.

Bartz, Squall, and Zidane reunited with the other Warriors of Cosmos before all of them approached Cosmos, who is then disintegrated by Chaos. Realizing that Cosmos sacrificed her life and that it is up to them, the Warriors run through their enemies one more time before eventually defeating Chaos himself. After finding themselves near Castle Cornelia in the reformed world of the original Final Fantasy, Bartz fades back to his home, Lix, as he walks into a forest.


See also: Bartz Klauser/Dissidia/Quotes.

Bartz's fighting style is that of a "Mime," as he mimics and combines the attacks of the other Warriors of Cosmos in order to create his own combos, which are versatile and fast-paced. On top of that all of his attacks have an extra support ability on them, which further lets players customize his abilities. His HP attacks are original attacks from other characters, and for his Chase Sequences, he simply uses punches and kicks. He also has an impressive ground speed, but it's inferior to that of Onion Knight, Tidus and Zidane. A slight drawback is that most of his moves are close-ranged, limiting his ranged capabilities. His only long-range attacks are from Terra.


Main article: Bartz (Boss)

Bartz is fought in Distant Glory and Inward Chaos.

Brave Attacks

Move Type CP (Mastery) AP for Mastery Obtained Description Image
Ascendent Lance Ground 35 (15) 120 Initial [Minor Physical Shield effect] Throws shield forward, then slashes with lance 6 times to knock enemy away
Additional Effect: Wall Rush
Reel Impulse Ground 35 (15) 120 Initial [EX intake range +1m] Throws an axe, then jumps and slashes opponent with Mage Mashers
Additional Effect: Wall Rush
Climbarrel Ground 35 (20) 120 Level 3 [Chase bravery damage +10%] Slides forward with Buster Sword, then stabs three times with Gunblade
Additional Effect: Chase
Solid Ascension Ground 35 (20) 120 Level 10 [Minor Counterattack effect] Slashes with Gunblade four times, then uses Crystal Sword to slash the enemy twice and launch them into the air
Additional Effect: Chase, Wall Rush
Storm Shot Aerial 35 (15) 120 Initial [Jump Times Boost effect] Spins with Mage Masher, then stomps with Brotherhood
Additional Effect: Wall Rush
Holy Aerial 25 (10) 120 Initial [Minor Jump Boost effect] Shoots five balls of light that home in on the opponent
Additional Effect: Chase
Slidehazard Aerial 35 (15) 120 Level 28 [Wall Rush bravery damage +10%] Slides while slashing the enemy in air with Brotherhood, then thrusts Buster Sword downward

Additional Effect: Wall Rush

HP Attacks

Move Type CP (Mastery) AP for Mastery Obtained Description Image
Soul Eater Ground 45 (25) 180 Initial [Wall Rush HP damage +10%] Stabs with Shadowblade, then shoots a ball of dark power into the enemy (Derived from Cecil)
Additional Effect: Wall Rush
Flood Ground 45 (25) 180 Level 19 [Minor Magic Shield effect] Water erupts from below the opponent (Derived from Terra)
Wind Shear Aerial 45 (25) 180 Initial [Minor Speed Boost effect] Spins with Onion Sword at high speed (Derived from Onion Knight)
Additional Effect: Wall Rush, Absorb
Paladin Force Aerial 45 (25) 180 Level 38 [Minor Midair Evasion Boost] Shoots a projectile of light, then flies around while slashing with Light Sword, followed by a downward slam (Derived from Cecil)
Additional Effect: Wall Rush

Brave to HP Attacks

Move Type CP (Mastery) AP for Mastery Chains from Description Image
Flare Aerial 45 (25) 180 Holy [Minor Back to the Wall effect] Traps enemy between chains of Flare, then follows with a burst of flames (Derived from Onion Knight)

EX Mode

Spellblade-Dual Wield-Rapid Fire

Bartz's EX Mode consists of Mastering his Job Class, coloring his cape red, representing the Mime job class and gaining three floating stars above his head. It grants him the Regen status and access to Goblin Punch, a quick, short-ranged HP attack which is performed by pressing R + Image:Square-button.png‎. As is tradition with the attack, the damage it does increases if Bartz and his opponent are at the same level.

Bartz's EX Burst allows him to use Spellblade-Dual Wield-Rapid Fire, an incredibly powerful combination of abilities commonly used in Final Fantasy V. Bartz imbues his friends' weapons with elemental energy and attacks his opponent eight times. In order for it to be perfectly executed, four pairs of D-Pad commands must be input correctly in quick succession. He finishes off the Burst by combining all his mimicry weapons into the Brave Blade for a final attack.


Because he is a Mime, Bartz is able to use any sort of equipment, except for the the ones which are unique to the other characters and the female exclusive equipment.

Exclusive Weapons

Name Level Stats Effects (JP Version) Effects (US Version)
50 ATK +36 BRV +20% at the start of battle.
LUK +1.
Regen +30%.
92 ATK +63 BRV +30% at the start of battle.
LUK +2.
Regen +40%.
Dorgann's Blade
100 ATK +68 BRV +40% at the start of battle.
LUK +3.
Regen +50%.
Cat Nip Effect.



  • Bartz's artwork and EX Burst depicts him with the Brave Blade. In Final Fantasy V, the Brave Blade was a weapon in the game that decreased in strength as the player fled from battle. Ironically, Bartz spends much of his storyline hiding from and fleeing from the various villains, perhaps a reference to the Brave Blade's counterpart, the Chicken Knife, which grew stronger as the player fled from battles.
  • Bartz makes several references to Boko, his pet Chocobo from Final Fantasy V. For example, Bartz carries around one of Boko's feathers as a good luck charm. Also, when Bartz starts his EX Burst, he begins by performing a Choco Kick, accompanied by the whirling feathers and the "kweh" of a Chocobo, along with its footprints in the background.
  • The element of Wind is used many times by Bartz as an expression, referencing his association with this element in Final Fantasy V.
  • For Bartz's EX Burst, he empowers the weapons of his fellow heroes with the magic of the elements for eight attacks, a reference to several abilities in Final Fantasy V reflected in the name of the attack. In Final Fantasy V, Spellblade lets the player enchant a weapon with magic, Dual-Wield lets the player equip two weapons at once, and Rapid Fire lets the player attack with a weapon four times. These three abilities can only be used all at once by the Freelancer or Mime classes (hence Bartz's EX Mode), and when combined let the player launch eight magic-augmented attacks at once. As Bartz is the character in Final Fantasy V whose base stats are the most inclined toward physical attacks, this combination of abilities is generally considered the strongest setup for Bartz in his own game.
  • Two of Bartz' strongest exclusive weapons are nods towards the Warriors of Dawn, and his father, Dorgann Klauser, who was a member of the Warriors of Dawn himself. Bartz's artwork for the game is also in the same pose as Dorgann's original artwork.
  • Before Bartz' departure in the game's ending, he is seen throwing a tree branch on the ground and walking into a forest. This is a reference to the event where Bartz used a key item named the Guardian Branch, in order to enter the Great Forest of Moore in Final Fantasy V.
  • The "Goblin Punch" attack available in Bartz's EX Mode uses the same visual effects of white stars used to display a hit in Final Fantasy V. The Goblin Punch attack is furthermore a reference to Final Fantasy V being the first game in the series to use Blue Magic.
    • Furthermore, the fact that all of his attacks grant him minor support abilities is similar to Blue Mages from Final Fantasy XI and was most likely inspired by them.
  • Bartz's ability to use the weapons of the other heroes may refer to Gilgamesh, who also uses the signature weapons of previous protagonists in Final Fantasy XII, and who first appeared in Final Fantasy V.
  • Bartz's line, “You are who you are. Have faith in yourself“, is reminiscent of his spoken line upon discovering Faris' true gender.
  • In the Japanese version of the game, Bartz references his fear of heights when confronting Kuja, asking him to “quit flying around like that.“
  • Bartz says "I better stay on my toes" in Destiny Odyssey V, a phrase Galuf often said.
  • When Bartz finds the Leviathan summonstone in his story mode, he exclaims "Sweet Cosmos, it's a talking rock!", a reference to his amazement when he met Ghido: "Sweet Christmas, it's a talking turtle!"
  • In a cutscene before the final battle with Exdeath in Destiny Odyssey V, Bartz poses with his arms forward exactly like the original game's battle sprites.
  • When battling Jecht, Bartz sometimes says "Now, let's fight like men!" as a reference to one of Gilgamesh's famous lines.
  • As Bartz begins his EX Burst, he raises his arms, and the eight swords he uses for the burst fly out in four directions, turn into spherical magic, and fly back into him. This is roughly identical to the animation used for Spellblade in Final Fantasy V. The weapons that he uses turn into four colored lights: red, blue, yellow, and green. These reference the colors of the Crystals in Final Fantasy V.
  • On the back of Bartz's pauldron, there is a wing that is in the shape of a chocobo's head.
  • At the beginning of Destiny Odyssey V, Bartz wakes up in a pool of what looks to be stars in space, similar to how the party wakes up in the void before and after the final battle with Exdeath.
  • Bartz victory pose is the same one seen in the Amano artwork of him.


  • Almost all of Bartz's Brave attacks combine two attacks used by the other heroes. Most are named by combining the names of the attacks he is copying, and mimic the attack patterns of the originals:
    • "Reel Impulse" combines Firion's "Reel Axe" with Zidane's "Storm Impulse."
    • "Storm Shot" combines Zidane's "Storm Impulse" with Tidus' "Full Slide."
    • "Slidehazzard" combines Tidus' "Full Slide" with Cloud's "Climhazzard."
    • "Climbarrel" combines Cloud's "Climhazzard" with Squall's "Solid Barrel."
    • "Solid Ascension" combines Squall's "Solid Barrel" with Warrior of Light's "Ascension."
    • "Ascendent Lance" combines Warrior of Light's "Ascension" with Firion's "Reel Axe."
  • Of all his Brave attacks "Holy" is the only Brave attack that is not a combination of two attacks. It is an identical copy of the original attack used by Terra. It only becomes a combination after mastering it and learning Flare, and even then, it is a chain attack, unlike his other moves, and does not use a portmanteau name. However, it is still almost completely based on Terra's "Holy Combo" because it chains to Flare as well.
  • After he masters it, Bartz's Holy acts much like Terra's Holy Combo in that both moves chain Holy into Flare, but Bartz's chain is a Brave to HP chain from Holy to Flare, using Onion Knight's version of Flare, whereas Terra's is a self chaining Brave attack. Furthermore, her Holy combo attack further combos from Flare into Ultima, which Bartz' chain does not do.
  • Oddly, Bartz performs some moves with the opposite hand: Cecil uses Soul Eater with his sword in his right hand, for instance, but Bartz holds it in his left.
  • Bartz ties with Zidane on who gets their crystal first. In the story timeline, they take sixth, tieing in their competition to see who can find their Crystal first.
  • Although it is depicted in his artwork, Bartz only uses the Brave Blade when he is using his EX Burst. He otherwise uses the Crystal Sword in his Victory Pose, and the Mage Masher, Onion Sword and Crystal Sword in his extended opening pose.
  • The only other Warrior of Cosmos whose weapon Bartz doesn't use is Terra's, possibly because she fights using magic and doesn't use her sword except for Chase Sequences. Her sword is also missing from Bartz's EX Burst, when he combines the weapons of the other heroes into the Brave Blade, though it is possible that he uses her magic abilities to imbue the weapons with the elements. Firion's Blood Sword is also missing from his EX Burst, and is replaced by Guy's Axe. In this, Firion's weapon is the only one used in the EX Burst that is not a sword or sword-derivative.
  • Bartz quotes his comrades when using their attacks, and even mimics their tone of voice.
  • Bartz is the only character who receives his Crystal in a different fashion—through the chocobo feather that he lends to Squall, although he still has to defeat Exdeath in order to obtain it.
  • Bartz is the only character who gains an additional HP attack while in EX Mode and the only Warrior of Cosmos who has a special attack in EX Mode.
  • Bartz's EX Burst is mistakenly referred to as "Master Mime" in the menu.
  • In the Battle Tips menu, Penelo states that Bartz, due to his antics and personality, reminds her of Vaan.
  • Bartz is the only character who summons weapons in-battle, aside from when Jecht re-summons his sword after he uses Ultimate Jecht Shot.
  • Bartz is the only chracter to be able to cast Blue Magic, which is of course Goblin Punch in EX Mode.

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