This is a guide to the Vanguard Job class in Bravely Default 2 (Bravely Default II) for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to know all the details about the Vanguard Job including its abilities, specialties, stat modifiers, and weapon proficiencies!
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・Vanguard excels in defense and offense.
・They can exploit enemy weapon type weaknesses with multiple weapon types.
・Utilize different weapons to bring out the Vanguard's offensive capabilities!
|Magic||Magic Defense||Healing Power||Agility|
The vanguard's offensive capability is lower than offense specialist classes. It makes up for it with high defenses and the ability to strengthen itself when taking damage so keep on raising its chance to be targeted stat to make the Vanguard class shine.
|Cross Cut||Command||18 MP||1||Perform two physical attacks on a target in quick succession.|
|Shield Bash||Command||10% HP||2||Use equipped shield to perform an earth-imbued physical attack on a target and slightly delay their next turn.|
|Defang||Command||12 MP||3||Perform a physicl attack on a target and decrease their physical attack by 7% for five turns. Stats cannot be reduced below 65% of their base value.|
|Skull Bash||Command||12 MP||4||Perform a weak physical attack on a target and decrease their magical attack by 7% for five turns. Stats cannot be decreased below 65% of their base value.|
|Pain into Gain||Support||1 Slot||5||Taking damage in battle while not Defaulting has a roughly 30% chance of increasing physical attack power by 1-3%|
|Aggravate||Command||-||6||Increase the user's likelihood of being targeted by 25% for three turns. Stats cannot be increased beyond 200% of their base value.|
|Sword of Stone||Command||26 MP||7||Perform a powerful earth-imbued physical attack on a target.|
|Shield Stun||Command||25% HP||8||Use equipped shield to perform a quick physical attack on a target and significantly delay their next turn.|
|Defensive Offence||Support||1 Slot||9||Performing an attack with a weapon equipped will cause all damage to the user to be reduced to 70% until their next turn.|
|Enrage||Command||24 MP||10||Guarantee that an enemy's next two action will be aimed at the user.|
|The Gift of Courage||Command||1 BP||11||Give one of the user's own BP to a target.|
|Neo Cross Slash||Command||54 MP||12||Perform two powerful physical attacks on a target in quick succession.|
|Infuriate||Command||40 MP||13||Increase the user's likelihood of being targeted by 50% for three turns. Stats cannot be increased beyond 200% of their base value.|
|Quake Blade||Command||70 MP||14||Perform an extremely powerful earth-imbued physical attack on a target.|
|Ultimatum||Command||1 BP||15||Perform an extremely powerful physical attack on all targets, after which the user is less likely to be targeted until their next turn comes around.|
The Gift of Courage
Increases chance to get targeted. Something you'll want to happen when playing the Vanguard.
Reduces damage taken if you attack. It works extremely well with the Vanguard's identity and it solidifes its role as a tank.
With this ability, you can impart several BP to your attackers instead of wasting it on your own attacks that may deal weaker damage than them. It can also save allies or your own party by giving BP to allies that have negative BP.
|Shield-Bearer||Equipping a shield does not negatively affect speed, aim or evasion.|
|Attention Seeker||Physical attack power and critical chance are boosted based on the user's chance of being targeted.|
Speciality 2 Can only be learned after leveling the Vanguard to Level 12.
Strike a single enemy with a powerful earth-imbued physical attack.
|Physical Defense +30%|
|Use Heroics x 13.|
Below are the weapons proficiencies for the Vanguard job. Refer to this section to know which weapons are best suited for the Vanguard job.
Selene and Dag is a duo battle and is the first boss fight you'll encounter in Bravely Default 2. Dag is the bearer of the Vanguard Asterisk so know that your damage will not be high when fighting him.
Enrage + Fluid Stance is an easily usable combo. At the later stages of the game, you can also use the Sword Master's Ninefold Flurry to easily take thousands (or hundred of thousands) of HP thanks to Attention Seeker's damage buff. Another combo it can use is Divide Attention to copy your party's highest Target Chance stat in case you're using a tankier unit than the Vanguard/Swordmaster combo.
This might come as a surprising combo but with the Surpassing Power Support Ability, you can easily deal around 50,000 damage for 10,000 PG. A literal pay to win job combo!
|Freelancer||White Mage||Black Mage||Monk|
|Related Job Guides|
|Best Job Combos||Job Points Guide|
|Best Beastmaster Monsters Guide||Steal List Guide|
|How to Unlock the Max Job Level||List of Beastmaster Moves ＆ Effects|
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