Vanguard Job Abilities and Best Sub-Jobs | Bravely Default 2 (Bravely Default II)

Bravely Default II - Vanguard Job Abilities and Proficiencies

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!

Vanguard Overview

Vanguard Overview
・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!

Vanguard Overall Stats

HP MP Strength Defense
Bravely Default 2 HP Ratio Bravely Default 2 MP Ratio Bravely Default 2 Strength Ratio Bravely Default 2 Defense Ratio
Magic Magic Defense Healing Power Agility
Bravely Default 2 Magic Ratio Bravely Default 2 Magic Defense Ratio Bravely Default 2 Healing Power Bravely Default 2 Agility Ratio

How to Play the Vanguard

Focus on taking aggro to get buffs

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.

Vanguard Ability List

Ability Type Cost Level Effect
Cross Cut Bravely Default 2 Command Ability IconCommand 18 MP 1 Perform two physical attacks on a target in quick succession.
Shield Bash Bravely Default 2 Command Ability IconCommand 10% HP 2 Use equipped shield to perform an earth-imbued physical attack on a target and slightly delay their next turn,
Defang Bravely Default 2 Command Ability IconCommand 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 Bravely Default 2 Command Ability IconCommand 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 Bravely Default 2 Support Ability IconSupport 1 Slot 5 Taking damage in battle while not Defaulting has a roughly 30% chance of increasing physical attack power by 1-3%
Aggravate Bravely Default 2 Command Ability IconCommand - 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 Bravely Default 2 Command Ability IconCommand 26 MP 7 Perform a powerful earth-imbued physical attack on a target.
Shield Stun Bravely Default 2 Command Ability IconCommand 25% HP 8 Use equipped shield to perform a quick physical attack on a target and significantly delay their next turn.
Defensive Offence Bravely Default 2 Support Ability IconSupport 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 Bravely Default 2 Command Ability IconCommand 24 MP 10 Guarantee that an enemy's next two action will be aimed at the user.
The Gift of Courage Bravely Default 2 Command Ability IconCommand 1 BP 11 Transfers 1 of your BP to another ally
Neo Cross Slash Bravely Default 2 Command Ability IconCommand 54 MP 12 Stike an enemy twice
??? Bravely Default 2 Command Ability IconCommand 40 MP 13 Increases chance to be targeted by 50% for 3 turns (100% limit)
??? Bravely Default 2 Command Ability IconCommand 70 MP 14 Inflicts earth damage to a single target
??? Bravely Default 2 Command Ability IconCommand 1 BP 15 Attacks all enemies and lowers your chance of being targeted to minimum. Lasts until next action

The current ability list is a translation from our Japanese partners. Found any missing info? Leave a comment in the comment section below to aid our fellow warriors of light!

Best Abilities

checkmarkAggravate
checkmarkDefensive Offence
checkmarkThe Gift of Courage

Aggravate

Increases chance to get targeted. Something you'll want to happen when playing the Vanguard.

Defensive Offence

Reduces damage taken if you attack. It works extremely well with the Vanguard's identity and it solidifes its role as a tank.

The Gift of Courage

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.

Vanguard Speciality and Special Ability

Speciality

Specialities Effects
Shield-Bearer Equipping a shield does not apply stat penalties
??? 50% of target chance is added to physical attack and 10% to critical chance.

Speciality 2 Can only be learned after leveling the Vanguard to Level 12.

Special Abilitiy

Special Ability
Fault Line
Strike a single enemy with a powerful earth-imbued physical attack.
Bonus Effects
Physical Defense +30%
Conditions
Use Heroics x13

Vanguard Weapon Proficiencies

Below are the weapons proficiencies for the Vanguard job. Refer to this section to know which weapons are best suited for the Vanguard job.

sword icon bravely default 2 Bravely Default 2 Dagger Icon Bravely Default 2 Ax Icon Bravely Default 2 Shield Icon
Bravely default 2 Spear Icon Bravely Default 2 Bow Icon Bravely Default 2 Staff Icon

How to Unlock the Vanguard Job

Defeat Selene and Dag

How to Beat Selene and Dag.png

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.

How to Beat Selene and Dag

Best Sub-Jobs for Vanguard

Bard

Bravely Default II - Class Image Bard.png

The Bard's abilities, while requiring MP, doesn't really need a high magic stat to fully utilize it. This is a great sub Job for the Vanguard so it can further protect allies from death.

Freelancer

Bravely Default II - Class Image Freelancer.png
The Freelancer's ability to support the party is a valuable asset to the Vanguard. It also has a lot of HP so the Vanguard can sustain damages from attacks just by using Treat. The best ability from the Freelancer however, is Body Blow, it's an attack that deals more damage the heavier your current weight.

Bravely Default 2 Job Guides

Jobs List

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List of Jobs

Jobs
Freelancer Bravely Default 2Freelancer White Mage Icon.pngWhite Mage Black Mage Icon.pngBlack Mage Monk Icon.pngMonk
Vanguard Icon.pngVanguard Thief Icon.pngThief Bard Icon.pngBard Beastmaster Icon.pngBeast Master
Gambler Icon.pngGambler Berserker Icon.pngBerserker Red Mage Icon.pngRed Mage Hunter Icon.pngRanger
Shield Master Icon.pngShield Master Pictomancer Icon.pngPictomancer Dragoon Icon.pngDragoon Sword Master Icon.pngSword Master
Spirit Master.pngSpirit Master Salve-Maker.pngSalve-Maker Oracle.pngOracle Bastion.pngBastion
Phantom.pngPhantom Arcanist.pngArcanist Hellblade.pngHellblade Bravebearer

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