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Kuja
Kuja/Dissidia
Kana クジャ
Romaji Kuja
Japanese Name Kuja
Original Game Final Fantasy IX
Story Difficulty
EX Mode Trance
EX Burst Final Requiem
Japanese Voice Actor Akira Ishida
English Voice Actor JD Cullum
Dissidia Final Fantasy Character
"Talent can sometimes be cruel."
—Kuja


Kuja is one of the villains fighting for the side of Chaos in Dissidia Final Fantasy. With porcelain skin and long, silver hair, he has an elegant appearance. However, this beauty is strictly external--Kuja is cruel, assertive, narcissistic, and extremely envious of Zidane. He fights using graceful spells that are as much style as substance. Due to his relative youth and inexperience, the other villains look down on Kuja, but he considers them animals and strives to prove himself their superior. Unable to understand the bond his rival Zidane shares with Squall and Bartz, he lays traps to test Zidane's resolve and separate him from his friends.

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Attire

Kuja's appearance is identical to his original artwork, simply more refined. However, his hair is more silver than lavender as it appeared in Final Fantasy IX. His alternate costume has more bluish tones, matching his original concept artwork, and his Trance form is also purple instead of red. His Manikin version, Capricious Reaper, is purple as well.


Story

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow. (Skip section)
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Destiny Odyssey

Kuja appears before Squall.

Ultimecia taunts Kuja for being nothing but talk, revealing to him that he was created mortal, infuriating him and convincing him to ensnare Zidane in a trap. At first, he targets Squall in the Dimensional Castle to plan on using him as a bait to ensnare Zidane, since he is working alone. Squall rejects and they both fight. In his defeat, Kuja decides Squall is no use and concocts a plan with Kefka to capture Zidane using a fake Crystal. However, Bartz falls into the trap instead with the other villains antagonizing Kuja even more over his failure to the point where he almost fights them, but he restrains himself. As a result, on Kefka's suggestion, Kuja turns to Exdeath to let Bartz find a fake Crystal and let him escape, using Bartz as a ploy to trap Zidane again.

Kuja fights Zidane

Kuja taunts Zidane with the prospect of being alone, unable to protect his friends, and leaves Zidane in his solitude. Garland speaks to Kuja, warning him that the two of them, as with all the other villains, are prisoners of fate. This convinces Kuja that the other villains are not as superior to him as they think, stating he was destined to take the "leading role," and that he will emerge victorious in his plan to prove himself superior to them, almost causing tussle between the two were it not for Jecht wanting in on the fight.

Zidane escapes and meets up with Kuja again, having not fallen into hopelessness as Kuja had wanted. Zidane tells Kuja he isn't afraid as he believes in his friends, and implies the other villains are Kuja's friends. This enrages Kuja, as he decides to kill Zidane himself. When Zidane prevails and claims his Crystal, he asks why Kuja doesn't believe in relying on friends. Kuja simply says he doesn't see the point, as in the end everyone is ultimately alone, and departs.

Shade Impulse

Zidane offers Kuja his help

Kuja encounters Zidane for the final time during the second chapter of Shade Impulse. Zidane approaches Kuja at the Crystal World, and Kuja challenges him to a battle. Kuja loses to Zidane and upon his defeat he feels that he has lost everything and asks that Zidane put an end to his existence. Zidane, however, approaches Kuja and offers to help him up. Kuja closes his hand in return and comments about how he will never understand Zidane. Kuja also tells Zidane to continue and comments that he knows Zidane wants to grab something else with his hand. As he fades, Kuja wonders if he might be able to return to their home world as well.


Battle

See also: Kuja/Dissidia/Quotes.

Kuja is described as a "Graceful Glider," as he can attack while moving and glide through the air. This is crucial to Kuja's Brave attacks, which change in effect and power depending on his distance from the opponent, letting him set up devastating combos. His HP attacks consist of attacks from Final Fantasy IX that seal the enemy, dealing Brave damage, before inflicting the final blow.

Boss

Main article: Kuja (Dissidia Boss)

Kuja is fought in Destiny Odyssey VIII and IX, Shade Impulse, Distant Glory, and Inward Chaos.

Brave Attacks

Move Type CP (Mastery) AP for Mastery Obtained Description Image
Strike Energy (ground) Ground 30 (15) 180 Initial Quickly slings five holy orbs at the opponent, then follows up with one of two moves. If close to the opponent, then Kuja rises and strikes multiple times with the orbs. Otherwise, Kuja knocks the opponent around with three flare explosions
Additional Effects: Chase (Close followup), Wall Rush (Far followup)
Remote Flare (ground) Ground 30 (15) 180 Initial Surrounds the opponent with five exploding flares
Additional Effect: Wall Rush, Absorb
Snatch Blow (ground) Ground 30 (15) 180 Level 3 Fires five holy orbs to strike opponents from a distance and reel them in, following up with a barrage of holy orbs from a distance or a large flare sphere that damages the enemy on contact for a bit before it explodes
Additional Effects: Chase (Far followup), Wall Rush (Close followup)
Snatch Shot (ground) Ground 30 (15) 180 Level 12 Sends two fireballs at the opponent. If close to the opponent after at least one fireball hits, then Kuja rises and strikes multiple times with holy orbs. Otherwise, Kuja knocks the opponent around with three flare explosions
Additional Effects: Chase (Close followup), Wall Rush (Far followup)
Burst Energy (ground) Ground 30 (15) 180 Level 29 Summons a quick flare explosion right in front of Kuja, then follows up with a barrage of holy orbs from a distance or a large flare sphere that damages the enemy on contact for a bit before it explodes
Additional Effects: Chase (Far followup), Wall Rush (Close followup)
Ring Holy (ground) Ground 20 (10) 120 Level 33 Fires three rings of light at the opponent
Snatch Shot (midair) Aerial 30 (15) 180 Initial Sends two fireballs at the opponent. If close to the opponent after at least one fireball hits, then Kuja rises and strikes multiple times with holy orbs. Otherwise, Kuja knocks the opponent around with three flare explosions
Additional Effects: Chase (Close followup), Wall Rush (Far followup)
Ring Holy (midair) Aerial 20 (10) 120 Initial Fires three rings of light at the opponent
Strike Energy (midair) Aerial 30 (15) 180 Level 6 Quickly slings five holy orbs at the opponent, then follows up with one of two moves. If close to the opponent, then Kuja rises and strikes multiple times with the orbs. Otherwise, Kuja knocks the opponent around with three flare explosions
Additional Effects: Chase (Close followup), Wall Rush (Far followup)
Burst Energy (midair) Aerial 30 (15) 180 Level 16 Summons a quick flare explosion right in front of Kuja, then follows up with a barrage of holy orbs from a distance or a large flare sphere that damages the enemy on contact for a bit before it explodes
Additional Effects: Chase (Far followup), Wall Rush (Close followup)
Snatch Blow (midair) Aerial 30 (15) 180 Level 20 Fires five holy orbs to strike opponents from a distance and reel them in, following up with a barrage of holy orbs from a distance or a large flare sphere that damages the enemy on contact for a bit before it explodes
Additional Effects: Chase (Far followup), Wall Rush (Close followup)
Remote Flare (midair) Aerial 30 (15) 180 Level 33 Surrounds the opponent with five exploding flares
Additional Effect: Wall Rush, Absorb

HP Attacks

Move Type CP (Mastery) AP for Mastery Obtained Description Image
Seraphic Star (ground) Ground 40 (20) 180 Initial Throw an orb of magic that hits multiple times and explodes
Additional Effect: Absorb
Flare Star (ground) Ground 40 (20) 180 Level 24 Summon five fireballs that travel up and slam down around opponent
Additional Effect: Wall Rush
Ultima (ground) Ground 40 (20) 300 Level 38 Conjure a barrage of magical orbs to fall on opponent
Flare Star (midair) Aerial 40 (20) 180 Initial Summon five fireballs that travel up and slam down around opponent
Additional Effect: Wall Rush
Seraphic Star (midair) Aerial 40 (20) 180 Level 9 Throw an orb of magic that hits multiple times and explodes
Additional Effect: Absorb
Ultima (midair) Aerial 40 (20) 300 Level 44 Conjure a barrage of magical orbs to fall on opponent

EX Mode

Final Requiem

Kuja's EX Mode is his Trance form from Final Fantasy IX. During EX Mode he gains the ability Hyper Glide, which allows him maintain altitude longer when gliding, and Auto Magic, which enables him to cast Holy orbs when gliding or falling, and Flare orbs when jumping or landing. The orbs also stagger the opponent if they are blocked.

Kuja's EX Burst is Final Requiem, where a fury of repeated Flare Star attacks are cast as Kuja conducts. The player is required to rapidly press Image:Circle-button.png to successfully chain them together, finishing with a Holy spell, which leads into an Ultima spell.

Equipment

Kuja is able to equip the following: Daggers, Rods, Staves, Bangles, Hats, Hairpins, Clothing, and Robes.

Exclusive Weapons

Name Level Stats (JP Version) Stats (US Version) Effects (JP Version) Effects (US Version)
パニッシャー
Punisher
53 HP +185
ATK +34
DEF +2
HP +185
ATK +35
DEF +1
Magic Damage +10%.
Gimmick Damage Reduction +10%.
EX Force Absorption +15%.
鯨の髭
Whale Whisker
95 HP +290
ATK +61
DEF +2
HP +290
ATK +62
DEF +1
Magic Damage +15%.
Gimmick Damage Reduction +20%.
EX Force Absorption +20%.
テラの遺産
Terra's Legacy
100 HP +307
ATK +67
DEF +1
Magic Damage +20%.
Gimmick Damage Reduction +30%.
EX Force Absorption +30%.
Back to the Wall Effect.


Gallery

Allusions

  • As he fades in Shade Impulse, Kuja subtly hints at Zidane's constant skirt-chasing, as well as Princess Garnet.
  • The poem he recites at the beginning of his Shade Impulse scene is the exact same poem he states just before Bahamut attacks Alexandria in Final Fantasy IX.
  • As with Zidane, two planets can be seen fusing during Kuja's EX Burst, alluding to Terra assimilating Gaia. However, opposite to Zidane, it is the red planet Terra that emerges as the dominant planet in the fusion.
  • His attacks, all themed after the spells Holy and Flare, reference the Black Magic and White Magic at his disposal as Trance Kuja. His HP attacks are all attacks he uses in Final Fantasy IX- Seraphic Star's appearance of a burst of white energy is based on the appearance of the Holy spell in Final Fantasy IX, and Holy is a spell Trance Kuja uses. Finally, Ultima is the spell Trance Kuja uses when defeated, and it makes up three of his attacks in Dissidia: an HP attack, his Chase HP attack, and the final blow of his EX Burst.
  • Kuja's pre-battle message, “If I die, I won’t have to be afraid anymore. But I’m not gonna die alone…“, references his line during the Trance Kuja battle before unleashing Ultima on the party.
  • When fighting Terra, he muses “A poor bird without wings…” like he did towards Princess Garnet.
  • Kuja's ultimate weapon, Terra's Legacy, refers to his home planet he destroyed in Final Fantasy IX. His second strongest weapon, Whale Whiskers, is the name of the strongest rod that can be used by Princess Garnet in Final Fantasy IX. Kuja's third weapon, the Punisher, curiously is taken from Final Fantasy VI instead, and is a rod used by Banon.
  • Kuja's pose when ending his EX Burst is similar to the post he takes in Final Fantasy IX when he destroys Terra
  • At the beginning of Destiny Odyssey IX-1, Ultimecia goads Kuja by saying he is "no more than a vessel, a flawed one at that", and Kuja's response is to accuse her of lying. This roughly parallels Kuja's conversation with Garland in Final Fantasy IX, where Garland tells Kuja he is a mortal and Kuja refuses to believe him at first.
  • If fighting as Kuja against Garland, the latter will remark "I sense you are haunted by your fate." This is a reference to the end of Disc Three of Final Fantasy IX, in which Kuja learns of his mortality and is driven into an insane rage.
  • When fighting Exdeath as Kuja, the former will say "Clinging so tightly to mortality." This shares the same reference as Garland's introduction to Kuja.
  • Golbez, should he be Kuja's opponent, comments, "Envy binds the two of you." This short line is a reference to Kuja's jealousy towards Zidane in that Zidane was chosen to be the reaper of Gaia's souls over Kuja. This envy prompted Kuja to abandon Zidane on Gaia when the latter was only an infant, before the events of Final Fantasy IX.
  • The beginning of Kuja's victory pose is similar to his original Amano artwork

Trivia

  • Kuja, at 24, is the youngest of the Warriors of Chaos, and is frequently mocked by them for his inexperience.
  • Kuja, like Jecht, Golbez and Cloud of Darkness, is one of the four Warriors of Chaos that fades after his defeat in Shade Impulse on good terms with his equivalent Warrior of Cosmos. It should be noted that, like Jecht and Golbez, Kuja is also related to a Warrior of Cosmos, being Zidane's Genome "brother."
  • Kuja is the only character that can glide in mid air without being in his EX form.
  • In Shade Impulse, Kuja vanishes in a flash of blue light, similar to the way the heroes do. Jecht vanishes in this same way.
  • Kuja is the only character that uses no physical attacks whatsoever.
  • Kuja is one of three characters with the exact same set of moves in midair as on the ground. The other two are Exdeath and Ultimecia.



This article uses material from the "Kuja/Dissidia" article on the Final Fantasy wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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