icon Kikoku  

Type: Relic

(Katana) All RacesLv.75 NIN

Hidden and Additional Effects

  • Attacks performed using the Kikoku will occasionally deal three times normal damage.

Final Fantasy XI

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yes you can
# May 05 2007 at 12:30 AM Rating: Decent
I'm on the Rogetsu and have tossed a couple more relics since my upgrades so yes you can have more than one as long as they aren't on the same upgrade.
# Apr 02 2007 at 10:23 AM Rating: Decent
k i'm sorry but i really need to clear this up. "Kikoku" doesn't mean "Returning to one's country" or whatever. "Kikoku" = "Demon Cry/Wail"
# Apr 29 2007 at 5:07 AM Rating: Decent
Actually, Kikoku does mean to return to one's country.

帰国 They are literally "return" "country/homeland". However, you are right in that this is not what FFXI's Kikoku is. I did a little hunt for kanji to see if there was legitamcy with your claim (as it'd make alot more sense), and found another Kikoku:

é¬¼å“ Which is literally "ogre/demon" "wail/whimper/weep". So we're both right. As Kikoku (return) is an actual word that refers to a subpopulace of JP culture though, I'm sure you can understand where the misconception came from; compared to Kikoku (wail) that is a manipulation of ON readings. There was a movie called this; that helped me hunt down the kanji.


For those curious, the kanji for Metsu (Shoujahitsumetsu) is:

They mean 'life' 'some/one' 'eventually' 'ruin/extinction'. Effectively, "all living things eventually die". The verb for extinction is 絶滅する (zetsumetsusuru). Good times.
Elaboration of Meaning
# Feb 27 2007 at 7:55 PM Rating: Decent
As stated, Kikoku means 'to return to one's country'. Can't elaborate on that, as I'm not sure what it conotatively implies.

'Metsu' is the NA/EU shortened version of the JP(real) weaponskill (the kanji, I'm sure, use an On reading, and this is probably Kun) Shou ja hitsu metsu, which does translate to: "All living things must eventually die". The Metsu is the verb "to become extinct".
# Nov 24 2006 at 6:47 PM Rating: Decent
I've found my calling...

...This is my new insentive to endgame NIN...

Wish me luck.
I'm sooooo gonna get this...
# Oct 16 2006 at 9:56 PM Rating: Good
207 posts
Oh yeah from here on out im devoting every ounce of energy I have to getting this katana. And my guess at a rough translation combination of kikoku and metsu given what ppl have already posted.....Katana made to send all living things to their final resting place.
# Oct 07 2006 at 6:31 PM Rating: Decent
44 posts
why did it have to be a kunai and not an actual katana? >.<
# Sep 06 2006 at 8:25 AM Rating: Decent
"Drool" Ohhh Ahhh Gimme Gimme Gimme, Can Have It? I Can Only Someday Wish To Own quite A Lovely Weapon...
# Jul 14 2006 at 9:05 PM Rating: Decent
Hello um, i have a thief and was wondering as long as i was 75, and had nin subbed, could i still use this item?, or would i have to have a nin at 75 as main instead of thf to use it
# Oct 11 2006 at 1:57 PM Rating: Decent
*cough YOUR AN IDIOT cough*

how the HELL do you not know that?
besides, do you have an UNLIMITED amount of gil to spend for this?
# Jul 23 2006 at 9:57 PM Rating: Decent
40 posts
Your main job must be a ninja level 75 to use this weapon
# Apr 12 2006 at 2:19 AM Rating: Good
so shouldn't we get a second relic since after all, we live for dual wield....? or is that asking too much?
Dual Wield Relic (almost)?
# May 11 2006 at 1:44 PM Rating: Excellent
18 posts
Yes... I know you can't have two Kikokus. ~.^ Rare/Ex. However, I've seen the question, and I don't believe it was quite clear enough to obtain an answer.

The scenario: Once you've got your Kikoku, is it possible to begin the weapon upgrade quest again from the beginning, and end with one Kikoku, and one Yoshimitsu? Even counting Fudo's higher Crit rate, the combination would do more damage over time, as well as having a higher Paralysis chance.

Question is... Is this possible? Or does the Rare/Ex cover the entire family? (Meaning, is it even possible to obtain a new Ihintanto if you've earned the Kikoku?) And also, is the upgrade quest repeatable, or are you only able to obtain the Kikoku once? One would imagine it should be possible, if you should (heaven forbid) accidentally drop your Kikoku. (Ignoring the fact you'd have to be brain-dead to even have the potential of considering it.)

If anyone has done part/all of a weapon upgrade quest, and can confirm whether or not you can reobtain the Ihintanto and/or upgrade that to the level below the one you're working on, that'd be sweet.

Edited, Thu May 11 13:41:58 2006
Dual Wield Relic (almost)?
# Nov 26 2006 at 1:01 AM Rating: Decent
Yes you can get a second Ihintanto after upgrading the first one.I currently have mimizuku and Ihintanto.From what I understand each upgrade stage from each weapon is treated as a seperate quest meaning if you start katana you cant start dagger till you finish the current stage of katana.So you could theoretically start a second relic katana stage 2 upgrade quest after finishing the first ones stage 3.
RE: Dual Wield Relic (almost)?
# Jun 26 2006 at 9:23 PM Rating: Decent
actually it was more along the lines of having a twin katana....like the AF1 katana. you get two.
; ;
# Mar 13 2006 at 5:01 PM Rating: Default
seeing the relic katana makes me cry
{Found it!}
# Feb 16 2006 at 5:36 AM Rating: Good
722 posts
Rvision on Quetzalcoatl has this. Saw him/her with it the other day and took a screenshot of it.
Blade: Metsu
# Oct 31 2005 at 4:33 PM Rating: Decent
399 posts
Someone told me that Blade: Metsu is a 20-fold WS. Can anyone confirm this? lol.
Blade: Metsu
# Sep 13 2006 at 6:39 PM Rating: Decent
found a video of some guy doing blade: metsu in ballista :P
RE: Blade: Metsu
# Nov 02 2005 at 6:48 PM Rating: Decent
Sadly to say, Blade: Metsu is not a 20-hit ws(lol as much as I'd like to ay it is). It is a 4- or 5-hit ws I believe. But it still looks cool, let me assure you. I'll let you know this: its very gassy and purple looking, with a big explosion at the end. I can't really explain it better than that, but thats the best I can do XD
RE: Blade: Metsu
# May 29 2006 at 8:54 PM Rating: Decent
Blade: Metsu creats 2 purple orbs in front of enemy. the Katana then strikes one causing an explosin which chain reacts exploding the second.
RE: Blade: Metsu
# Jul 04 2006 at 3:34 AM Rating: Decent
1,573 posts
Friend has it, says its 1 hit only.

Since its comming from the source, im guessing its right.
THF75 RDM75 BRD75 DRK75 NIN70(Garuda)

70 Rogue Night Elf. Defiantkillz {Altar of Storms}
70 Shaman Tauren Phailure {Lethon}
70 Paladin Blood Elf Ushikirimaru {Lethon}
70 Hunter Night Elf Graceful(Sen'Jin}
70 Mage Undead Goofygoober {Lethon}
Relic WS effects
# Oct 19 2005 at 10:04 PM Rating: Decent
now before ya go judging me negatively, I want everyone to know that this information was retrieved through the POLutils program. I found it pretty interesting myself, but it's up to you whether or not you want to believe it:

katana- Blade: Metsu- Temporarily enhances Subtle Blow Effect (??? I'm not sure either -_-).

G. Katana- Tachi: Kaiten- Temporarily increases amount of TP stored with each hit.

Sword- Knights of the Round- additional effect: regen.

G. Sword- Scourge- additional effect: temporarily improves critical hit rate

Axe- Onslaught- Lowers targets accuracy. Additional effect: increases Attack.

G.Axe- Metatron Torment- Lowers targets defense. Additional effect: lowers damage taken from enemies.

Scythe- Catastrophe- Drains targets HP. Additional effect: Haste.

Polearm- Geirskogul- Additional effect: Shock Spikes.

Club- Randgrith- Delivers a Shield Break attack. Additional effect: temporarily improves Accuracy.

Staff- Gate of Tartarus- Lowers targets attack. Additional effect: Refresh.

Bow- Namas Arrow- Additional effect: improves Ranged Accuracy.

Gun/Xbow- Coronach- Additional effect: temporarily lowers enmity.

Hand to Hand- Final Heaven- Temporarily improves Subtle Blow effect.

Dagger- Mercy Stroke- Temporarily improves Critical hit rate.

Keep in mind that I can in no way be 100% positive that these are ALL correct. However, considering the program that I am using is reading straight from the FFXI .dat files, I would hope that this information is correct. In any case, enjoy! ^^

Edited, Thu Oct 20 17:21:21 2005
RE: Relic WS effects
# Dec 25 2005 at 10:34 PM Rating: Decent
"katana- Blade: Metsu- Temporarily enhances Subtle Blow Effect (??? I'm not sure either -_-)." yes NINs do get subtle blow, pretty useful if you have 2 attacks
# Sep 11 2005 at 7:00 PM Rating: Decent
omg ive seen this thing in action is bearly even funny on occational hits it has a DMG amplifier of x3 so with 1 normal hit he did upto 460 DMG it was bearly funny. Crazy Sh*t..
Vids of relic ws
# Aug 15 2005 at 1:38 PM Rating: Decent
i found this site with all these ws of the relics in there
Check out this
# Aug 04 2005 at 5:26 PM Rating: Excellent
Everyone wants to see pics of the final Relic Weapons, well I got a hold of a website that has pics of people (very filthy rich ones) that already have the final product.

click here

Rate up if you can, people rated me down cause i said i got a NM drop. if you dont believe me, check a NM page where someone didnt get rated down for it >.>
RE: Check out this
# Aug 08 2005 at 9:05 PM Rating: Good
Where's the GKT?!?!?!! Everyone rate him down because that thing is incomplete. ^^ just kidding... maybe
2x relic
# Jul 20 2005 at 6:32 AM Rating: Decent
im assuming you could finish the quest for this once, and then (hopefully) quest a second one up to its second best stage so you could essentially get 2 relic weapons, and the free use of Metsu outside of dynamis... someone head me up on that if its not possible... ill post this under the other forms of it
RE: 2x relic
# Sep 22 2005 at 8:50 PM Rating: Good
722 posts
No, all the stages of the katana are rare/ex. Rare means can't have more than one of it.
RE: 2x relic
# Sep 29 2005 at 3:28 AM Rating: Decent
i meant finish one, then get a second
kikoku / Metsu
# May 05 2005 at 9:10 AM Rating: Decent
i have a small vid of Kikoku and Blade: Metsu in action, i just dont have anywhere to host it

if someone can give me a spot to host it ill upload it so you guys can see
please tell >.<
# Mar 29 2005 at 12:32 AM Rating: Decent
Does anyone know the discription of Blade: Metsu?
RE: please tell >.<
# Aug 15 2005 at 1:34 PM Rating: Decent
umm if u wanted to knoe wat it means my friend told me it ment "All Living Things Must Die"
RE: please tell >.<
# Mar 07 2006 at 6:58 PM Rating: Default
lol *Readies Blade: Metsu*
Additional Effect: Mijin Gakure-ga

Ultimate Weapons
# Mar 28 2005 at 1:12 AM Rating: Excellent
96 posts
So since this is rare you can't dual wield two. So for a Ninja at level 75, you would dual wield this and what else if you want the most damage?
RE: Ultimate Weapons
# Jun 05 2005 at 11:10 PM Rating: Default
A Fudo.
RE: Ultimate Weapons
# Jun 15 2005 at 10:35 AM Rating: Decent
312 posts
An unlocked Senjuinrikio would be better offhand than a Fudo.
RE: Ultimate Weapons
# Oct 10 2005 at 1:41 PM Rating: Decent
or one of the 2 katana with 201 delay and +STR..
because lower delay on #2 means more chances #1 will hit
# Mar 15 2005 at 9:38 AM Rating: Decent
god i want this katana bad, might take a while though........ ; ; ......... time to get back to lvling then do dynamis's like crazy....
# Jan 31 2005 at 4:19 AM Rating: Default
BTW Its not the Katana that gives you the Ability to use Blade: Metsu, Its the quest for getting the katana that gives u the ability to use Blade: metsu, The katana is EX so u cant bye it u have to quest it......so i was told

Edited, Mon Jan 31 05:00:34 2005
RE: Katana
# May 09 2005 at 2:32 PM Rating: Excellent
586 posts
It is my understanding that when the final stage of a relic weapon is equipped, then the final WS can be used. I don't think you have access to the WS unless the weapon is equipped (or the version before final if you're in dynamis).
RE: Katana
# Apr 19 2006 at 1:24 PM Rating: Excellent
Then again, if you quested this katana and aquired it what reason could you possibly have for not equipping it?
RE: Katana
# Aug 01 2006 at 2:37 PM Rating: Decent
399 posts
If you died and deleveled to lv74.
metsu video
# Jan 08 2005 at 1:04 AM Rating: Default
anyone know anybody who has this and has a video of blade metsu in action?
ninja weapons
# Oct 27 2004 at 7:26 PM Rating: Default
i thought ninja's get 2 katanas relic weapons? i know one looks like a normal katana the other one looks like a knife katana like the one you get at the begining but all cool looking

can some one help me on this?
RE: ninja weapons
# Mar 01 2005 at 11:25 PM Rating: Decent
217 posts
I'm assuming you saw that on the model viewer. It's actually a Dagger-class weapon called a "Kard" (link=http://ffxi.allakhazam.com/db/item.html?fitem=4413][/link]). It looks pretty cool, low delay and good damage for that level. A really good knife for Bard too.
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