When a physical attack is successfully guarded by a hand-to-hand weapon, the damage taken from the attack is significantly reduced.
Guard skill is a combat skill that determines a player's ability to block a significant portion of the damage from an incoming physical attack while using a Hand-to-Hand weapon. The activation of guard is determined by the enemy's level and the player's guard skill. Unlike a shield block, guard can only activate while engaged to an enemy, but guard can activate on any attacking enemy in front of the player, not just the one currently targeted. When an attack is successfully guarded, the attacker's pDIF is lowered by 1.0, usually greatly reducing damage.
The job trait Tactical Guard allows a successful guard to generate additional TP return for the player.
Guard Skill Caps
|Job||Grade||Level 49||Level 99|
Note that nearly all level 99 Hand-to-Hand weapons with Item Levels 100 or higher have a significant amount of Guard Skill on the weapon, with the value proportional to the Item Level. These weapons are not listed in the tables below.
|Anchorite's Hose +1||99||Legs||MNK||22|
|Temple Hose +1||74||Legs||MNK||15|
|Melee Gaiters +1||75||Feet||MNK||14|
|Boxer's Mantle||70||Back||All jobs||10|
|Smilodon Mask||98||Head||WAR MNK THF BST NIN DNC||10|
|Gnole Crown||72||Head||WAR MNK THF BST NIN DNC||8|
|Guarding Torque||65||Neck||All jobs||7|
|Feral Mask||70||Head||WAR MNK THF BST NIN DNC||6|
|Black Adargas +1||60||Weapon||MNK PUP||5|
|Portus Annulet||94||Ring||All jobs||5|
|Tiger Mask||70||Head||WAR MNK THF BST NIN DNC||5|
|Busker's Earring||60||Earring||All jobs||5 (PUP sub job)|
|Black Adargas||60||Weapon||MNK PUP||4|
|Adargas +1||47||Weapon||MNK PUP||3|
|Guarding Earring||35||Earring||All jobs||3|