How to Beat Martha | Bravely Default 2 (Bravely Default II)

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This is a guide to Martha, a Boss battle in Bravely Default 2 (Bravely Default II). Read on to know how to beat Martha, its strengths and weaknesses, and the best strategy against Martha.

Martha Basic Info

Martha Strengths, and Weaknesses, and Obtainable Items

Vulnerabilities
Dark Fire Dagger Bow
Half Damage
Wind Lightning Spear
Immunity
No Immunities
Absorbs
No Damage Type Absorbed
Items Dropped Hermes Sandals
Stealables None available

How to Beat Martha

Martha Recommended Jobs, Abilities, and Equipment

Recommended Jobs

Best Jobs
Shieldmaster Icon Shieldmaster Gambler Icon Gambler Beastmaster Icon Beastmaster Thief Icon Thief

Recommended Sub-Jobs

Best Sub-Jobs
Freelancer Icon Freelancer White Mage Icon White Mage Vanguard Icon Vanguard -

Recommended Abilities and Items

Best Abilities/Items
Defender of the People (Shieldmaster)
Use this every turn!
Godspeed Strike (Thief) Solar/Lunar-Powered (White/Black Mage) Enrage (Vanguard)
Jackpot (Gambler Special Ability) Curaga Spears Off the Leash

List of Abilities

Martha Movesets

Jump Jumps to the sky and becomes untargetable. Launch an attack to the enemy on the character's next turn.
Sonic Thrust Damages all targets.
Thunder Thrust Lightning attack against a single target.
Spirit Surge Damages the enemy's HP and MP and absorbs it.
Angon Damages and ignores a target's defense.

Martha Strategy

Always Prepare a Curaga

Martha can deal AOE damage via Sonic Thrust. Despite the name, it's actually a sweep attack that will hit your whole party for a decent amount of damage.

Martha Counters Damaging Abilities at 2nd Phase

After the first cutscene, Martha will start using Spirit Surge which will drain the target's HP and MP. This is also used as a counter attack to all damaging abilities.

Once you reach this phase, it is vital to follow all the steps below.

Hide behind your Shieldmaster

Shield Master Defender of the People
Martha can counterattack literally any damaging move you use against her with Spirit Surge which can rapidly deplete your MP. There are two ways to do prevent this which are:

  • 1. Use Defender of the People and count the number of counters Martha does (maximum of 3). This will allow your Shieldmaster to block 3 attacks until the Shieldmaster's next turn. Use this to your advantage as the Defender of the People move does not cost MP!
  • 2. Use Bodyguard and assign only one character for offense. A nice strategy is to use Bodyguard on a character that know Vanguard's Enrage ability. With this, you only need to have your Shieldmaster guard one character, leaving them more open to use other moves as well such as White Mage or Bard buffing moves.

Manage your MP!

MP is the most crucial resource in this fight which is why the Shieldmaster's Defender of the People strategy is highly recommend. You should also use Treat to characters that gets their MP stolen from them (or Ethers if you have a lot of them).

Non-MP Abilities are Highly Recommended

Using the Beastmaster's Off the Leash can allow you to attack Martha without triggering her counter. Monsters with dark or fire damage can deal great damage and allow you to avoid taking damage. Aside from the Gambler's ablity to refill everyone's MP to full via the Jackpot Special ability, the Gambler can also attack Martha without using MP. Other classes that use BP like the Freelancer or those that use HP based skills like the Monk are also great choices for the fight.

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