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Overview

The melee weapon of choice for Monk and Puppetmaster, Hand-to-Hand is a very powerful melee choice, emphasizing pure melee damage potential. Technically-speaking, Hand-to-Hand is a two-handed weapon class, but their damage and delay is calculated in a way unlike any other:

The damage of a hand-to-hand weapon differs from other weapons in that it is added to a character's natural hand-to-hand damage. A character's natural hand-to-hand damage is calculated simply by multiplying his/her Hand-to-Hand skill by 0.11 and then adding 3. When calculating the Weapon Rank, however, the number used as the Weapon Base Damage is the number displayed on the weapon plus 3, with no contribution from H2H skill.

This means, for example, that H2H damage is capped slightly lower than other weapons with equivalent damage rating. For example, Destroyers weapon rating with capped H2H skill is 53, but its damage cap is equivalent to another weapon (sword etc) with a weapon rating of 50 (since its Weapon Rank is computed using 18+3=21 instead of 53).

Note that this can be a problem when using current damage calculators for FFXI, since they assume Weapon Rank uses the same number as weapon rating or equivalent Weapon Base Damage, and would therefore give slightly inaccurate values. To fix this problem with H2H weapons and other weapons which have different weapon ranks than predicted by their weapon rating (maneater, blau dolch, etc), a damage calculator would have to ask for both the weapon rating and Weapon Rank separately instead of trying to calculate one from the other.

A Hand-to-Hand weapon's delay works in the same way as its damage. A character's natural hand-to-hand delay is set at 480, and can be reduced with a Monk's or Puppetmaster's Martial Arts. The multiple Martial Arts traits that a Monk has allow its natural delay to go as low as 300. The delay you see on an hand-to-hand weapon is the amount of delay it is adding to your natural delay.

NOTE: If a character does not have natural Hand-to-hand skill, and does not have a support job with natural Hand-to-hand skill, your attacks will only swing with one fist instead of two, but the delay will still be the same length as if it had two. e.g. A RDM/WHM with a H2H weapon only swings with one fist, but a RDM/WAR or RDM/MNK will swing with two. Further, if you have Hand-to-hand merits, a job will still be unable to swing with both fists or use Hand-to-Hand weaponskills without natural Hand-to-hand skill.

NOTE 2: While equipped with a shield a character will swig with only 1 fist and will technically be using any Hand-to-hand skill it may possess and will not have access to any weaponskill.

NOTE 3: Hand-to-hand weapons do not apply for the typical bonuses granted by the job abilities Hasso or Seigan, nor is the delay of hand-to-hand weapons reduced by Dual Wield. Martial Arts is the only job trait that affects the hand-to-hand class.


Job Ratings

Job Skill Ranking Cap at Level 1 Cap at Level 37 Cap at Level 75
Monk A+ 6 114 276
Puppetmaster C 5 105 225
Warrior D 4 101 210
Ninja E 4 94 200
Thief E 4 94 200

Equipment that Enhance this Skill

Name Lvl Slot Effects Jobs
Cestus Belt 30 Waist Latent Effect:Hand-to-Hand Skill+5 All Jobs
Faith Torque 73 Neck MND+5 Hand-to-Hand Skill+7 Marksmanship Skill+7 All Jobs

Weapon Skills

Name Skill Level Info
Combo 10 Three-hit attack. Damage varies with TP.
Shoulder Tackle 40 Stuns enemy. Chance of stun varies with TP.
One Inch Punch 75 Ignores enemy's defense. Amount ignored varies with TP.
Backhand Blow 100 Chance of critical varies with TP.
Raging Fists 125 Five-hit attack. Damage varies with TP.
Spinning Attack 150 Area of Effect attack. Range of attack varies with TP.
Howling Fist 200 Damage varies with TP.
Dragon Kick 225 Damage varies with TP.
Asuran Fists 250 Eight-hit attack. Accuracy varies with TP.
Final Heaven Caestus, Spharai Only Additional effect: temporarily enhances Subtle Blow effect.

Weapons by Level

Name Lvl Dam Del Effects Jobs
Cat Baghnakhs 1 +02 +60 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Cat Baghnakhs +1 1 +03 +51 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Cesti 1 +01 +48 Accuracy +3 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST/RNG
Cesti +1 1 +02 +43 Accuracy +4 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST/RNG
Fruit Punches Rare 1 +00 +40 Accuracy +3 MNK
Bronze Knuckles 5 +02 +96 Accuracy +2 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST
Bronze Knuckles +1 5 +03 +91 Accuracy +3 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST
Brass Knuckles 9 +04 +96 Accuracy +2 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST
Brass Knuckles +1 9 +05 +91 Accuracy +3 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST
Freesword's Baghnakhs 10 +03 +66 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Legionnaire's Knuckles 10 +04 +96 Accuracy +2, Attack +3 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST
Royal Archer's Cesti 10 +02 +43 Trans Fire +2, Accuracy +3 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST/RNG
Tropical Punches 10 +01 +00 Accuracy +10 MNK
Tropical Punches +1 10 +02 +00 Accuracy +12 MNK
Brass Baghnakhs 11 +04 +60 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Brass Baghnakhs +1 11 +05 +55 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Hydro Baghnakhs 11 +04 +60 Additional Effect with Hydro Pump: Water Damage WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Hydro Baghnakhs +1 11 +05 +55 Additional Effect with Hydro Pump: Water Damage WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Burning Cesti 12 +03 +40 Accuracy +3, Additional Effect: Fire Damage WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST/RNG
Lizard Cesti 12 +02 +48 Accuracy +3 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST/RNG
Smash Cesti 12 +02 +48 Accuracy +3, Enchantment: Attack +3 , <50/50 0:30/[30:00, 0:30]> WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST/RNG
Strike Baghnakhs 14 +05 +42 Dexterity +2 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Bastokan Knuckles 15 +05 +86 HP +2, MP +2, Accuracy +2, Attack +3 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST
Federation Baghnakhs 15 +05 +48 Accuracy +2 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Kingdom Cesti 15 +04 +33 Trans Fire +2, Accuracy +3, Attack +3 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST/RNG
Republic Knuckles 15 +06 +76 HP +3, MP +3, Accuracy +2, Attack +3 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST
San d'Orian Cesti 15 +03 +38 Trans Fire +2, Accuracy +3, Attack +2 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST/RNG
Windurstian Baghnakhs 15 +04 +57 Accuracy +1 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Hushed Baghnakhs 19 +05 +60 Additional Effect: Silence, Enchantment: Ensilence, <15/15 0:30/[10:00, 0:30]> THF/DRK/NIN
Silence Baghnakhs 19 +05 +60 Additional Effect: Silence THF/DRK/NIN
Silence Baghnakhs +1 19 +06 +55 Additional Effect: Silence THF/DRK/NIN
Cougar Baghnakhs 20 +06 +51
Ice-Icon
+4, Additional Effect: Ice Damage
WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Metal Knuckles 20 +06 +96 Accuracy +2 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST
Metal Knuckles +1 20 +07 +91 Accuracy +3 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST
Platoon Cesti 20 +04 +48 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST/RNG
Sonic Knuckles Rare 22 +06 +86 Accuracy +2, Additional Effect: Wind Damage MNK
Baghnakhs 24 +06 +60 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Baghnakhs +1 24 +07 +55 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Lynx Baghnakhs 24 +06 +30 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Poison Cesti 27 +03 +48 Accuracy +3, Additional Effect: Poison WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST/RNG
Poison Cesti +1 27 +04 +40 Accuracy +4, Additional Effect: Poison WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST/RNG
Boreas Cesti RareExclusive 30 +06 +48 Additional Effect: Wind Damage MNK
Claws 30 +07 +66 WAR/MNK/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Claws +1 30 +08 +61 WAR/MNK/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Hydro Claws 30 +07 +66 Additional Effect with Hydro Pump: Water Damage WAR/MNK/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Hydro Claws +1 30 +08 +61 Additional Effect with Hydro Pump: Water Damage WAR/MNK/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Impact Knuckles 32 +08 +86 Strength +1, Accuracy +3 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST
Katars 33 +08 +84 WAR/MNK/RDM/DRK/PUP
Katars +1 33 +09 +75 WAR/MNK/RDM/DRK/PUP
Poison Baghnakhs 33 +07 +60 Additional Effect: Poison THF/DRK/NIN
Poison Baghnakhs +1 33 +08 +57 Additional Effect: Poison THF/DRK/NIN
Poison Claws 36 +08 +66 Additional Effect: Poison THF/DRK/NIN
Poison Claws +1 36 +09 +61 Additional Effect: Poison THF/DRK/NIN
Mythril Knuckles 38 +09 +96 Accuracy +2 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST
Mythril Knuckles +1 38 +10 +91 Accuracy +3 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST
Poison Katars 38 +09 +84 Additional Effect: Poison THF/DRK/NIN
Poison Katars +1 38 +10 +81 Additional Effect: Poison THF/DRK/NIN
Vampiric Claws RareExclusive 39 +08 +60 Additional Effect: HP Drain WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Himantes 40 +04 +48 Accuracy +3 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST/RNG
Himantes +1 40 +05 +40 Accuracy +4 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST/RNG
Noble Himantes 40 +04 +48 Accuracy +3, Enchantment: TP +10 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST/RNG
Tourney Patas Rare 40 +11 +96 Vitality +3 MNK
Acid Claws 41 +09 +66 Additional Effect: Weakens Defense THF/DRK/NIN
Corrosive Claws 41 +10 +57 Additional Effect: Weakens Defense THF/DRK/NIN
Melt Claws 41 +09 +66 Additional Effect: Weakens Defense, Enchantment: Weakens Defense, <15/15 0:30/[10:00, 0:30]> THF/DRK/NIN
Mythril Claws 41 +09 +66 WAR/MNK/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Mythril Claws +1 41 +10 +61 WAR/MNK/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Beat Cesti RareExclusive 42 +04 +48 Dexterity +2, Vitality +2, Accuracy +3 MNK
Exocets RareExclusive 46 +10 +51 Dexterity +1, Agility +1, Trans Water +9 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Adargas 47 +10 +54 Vitality +1, Guard Skill +2 MNK/PUP
Adargas +1 47 +11 +49 Vitality +2, Guard Skill +3 MNK/PUP
Patas 48 +14 +96 WAR/MNK/BST/NIN/PUP
Patas +1 48 +15 +86 WAR/MNK/BST/NIN/PUP
Cross-Counters 50 +19 +96 Accuracy +3, Evasion -10, Counter +5 MNK
Retaliators RareExclusive 50 +19 +96 Accuracy +3, Evasion -10, Counter +5 MNK
Tactician Magician's Hooks 50 +15 +91 Attack +10, Defense -10 WAR/MNK/BST/NIN/PUP
Coeurl Cesti 52 +05 +48 Dexterity +1, Agility +1, Accuracy +3 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST/RNG
Darksteel Claws 52 +11 +66 WAR/MNK/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Darksteel Claws +1 52 +12 +57 WAR/MNK/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Tactician Magician's Hooks +1 52 +15 +81 Attack +10, Defense -10, Outside of Nation Controlled Area: Charisma +3 WAR/MNK/BST/NIN/PUP
Tactician Magician's Hooks +2 52 +16 +71 Attack +10, Defense -10, Outside of Nation Controlled Area: Charisma +4 WAR/MNK/BST/NIN/PUP
Torama Cesti 52 +06 +40 Dexterity +2, Agility +2, Accuracy +5 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST/RNG
Darksteel Knuckles 54 +12 +96 Accuracy +2 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST
Darksteel Knuckles +1 54 +13 +86 Accuracy +3 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST
Sainti 55 +10 +51 Accuracy +2, Evasion +1 WAR/MNK/BST/NIN/PUP
Sainti +1 55 +11 +49 Accuracy +3, Evasion +2 WAR/MNK/BST/NIN/PUP
Bone Patas 56 +16 +96 WAR/MNK/BST/NIN/PUP
Bone Patas +1 56 +17 +86 WAR/MNK/BST/NIN/PUP
Hydro Patas 56 +16 +96 Additional Effect with Hydro Pump: Water Damage WAR/MNK/BST/NIN/PUP
Hydro Patas +1 56 +17 +86 Additional Effect with Hydro Pump: Water Damage WAR/MNK/BST/NIN/PUP
Venom Claws 57 +12 +66 Additional Effect: Poison THF/DRK/NIN
Venom Claws +1 57 +13 +61 Additional Effect: Poison THF/DRK/NIN
Spartan Cesti Rare 58 +20 +113 Accuracy +2 MNK
Cermet Claws 59 +11 +51 WAR/MNK/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Cermet Claws +1 59 +12 +66 WAR/MNK/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Darksteel Katars 59 +13 +84 WAR/MNK/RDM/DRK/PUP
Darksteel Katars +1 59 +14 +75 WAR/MNK/RDM/DRK/PUP
Black Adargas 60 +13 +54 Vitality +2, Guard Skill +4 MNK/PUP
Black Adargas +1 60 +14 +49 Vitality +3, Guard Skill +5 MNK/PUP
Pagures RareExclusive 60 +14 +106 Vitality +3, Trans Water +11, Accuracy +2 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST/NIN
Puppet Claws RareExclusive 60 +12 +66 Attack +2, Besieged: Accuracy +6 WAR/MNK/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Jamadhars 61 +14 +84 WAR/MNK/RDM/DRK/PUP
Jamadhars +1 61 +15 +75 WAR/MNK/RDM/DRK/PUP
Stun Claws 62 +12 +66 Additional Effect: Stun THF/DRK/NIN
Stun Claws +1 62 +13 +61 Additional Effect: Stun THF/DRK/NIN
Venom Katars 63 +14 +84 Additional Effect: Poison THF/DRK/NIN
Venom Katars +1 63 +15 +75 Additional Effect: Poison THF/DRK/NIN
Gold Patas 64 +18 +122 WAR/MNK/BST/NIN/PUP
Gold Patas +1 64 +19 +106 WAR/MNK/BST/NIN/PUP
Darksteel Sainti 65 +12 +51 Accuracy +2, Evasion +1 WAR/MNK/BST/NIN/PUP
Darksteel Sainti +1 65 +13 +49 Accuracy +3, Evasion +2 WAR/MNK/BST/NIN/PUP
Shiva's Claws RareExclusive 65 +11 +60 Intelligence +3, Accuracy +8, Additional Effect: Paralysis WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Feral Fangs 66 +19 +96 WAR/MNK/BST/NIN/PUP
Stun Jamadhar 66 +15 +84 Additional Effect: Stun WAR/MNK/RDM/DRK/PUP
Stun Jamadhars +1 66 +16 +75 Additional Effect: Stun THF/DRK/NIN
Tigerfangs 66 +18 +96 WAR/MNK/BST/NIN/PUP
Narasimha's Cesti 67 +06 +00 Strength +1, Dexterity +1, Agility -1, Accuracy +3 MNK
Vishnu's Cesti 67 +07 +00 Strength +2, Dexterity +2, Agility -1, Accuracy +4 MNK
Dragon Claws 68 +13 +66 Trans Fire +5, Additional Effect: Fire Damage MNK
Dragon Claws +1 68 +14 +61 Trans Fire +6, Additional Effect: Fire Damage MNK
Avengers RareExclusive 69 +18 +96 Attack +10, Defense -10 WAR/MNK/BST/NIN/PUP
Adaman Sainti 70 +18 +51 Accuracy +2, Evasion +1, Automaton: Max HP Boost PUP
Behemoth Cesti 70 +07 +48 HP +15, Accuracy +3 MNK
Behemoth Cesti +1 70 +08 +40 HP +17, Accuracy +4 MNK
Gem Sainti 70 +19 +49 Accuracy +3, Evasion +2, Automaton: Max HP Boost PUP
Hades Sainti 70 +18 +51 Accuracy +7, Evasion +7, Subtle Blow +7, Enmity +7 WAR/MNK/BST/NIN/PUP
Hades Sainti +1 70 +19 +49 Accuracy +9, Evasion +9, Subtle Blow +9, Enmity +9 WAR/MNK/BST/NIN/PUP
Pahluwan Katars 70 +16 +84 Assault: DMG: +18, "Counter" +1 WAR/MNK/RDM/DRK/PUP
Rune Baghnakhs 70 +13 +60 Latent Effect: Strength +7, Latent Effect: Counter +1 WAR/MNK/BLM/RDM/THF/DRK
BST/BRD/NIN/SMN/BLU/PUP
Diamond Knuckles 71 +17 +96 Vitality +2, Accuracy +2 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST
Diamond Knuckles +1 71 +18 +86 Vitality +3, Accuracy +3 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST
Knuckles of Trials RareExclusive 71 +16 +96 Latent Effect: HP +20, Latent Effect:
Trans Earth
+10, Latent Effect: Trans Water +10
MNK
Master Caster's Baghnakhs Rare 71 +15 +66 Enhances Resist Poison Effect, Citizens of Windurst: Attack +10 WAR/MNK/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Meteor Cesti Rare 71 +08 +36 Strength +3, Vitality +4, Subtle Blow +1 MNK
Pahluwan Patas RareExclusive 71 +17 +96 Depending On Day: Increases Elemental Weapon Skill Damage WAR/MNK/BST/NIN/PUP
Martial Knuckles 72 +16 +96 TP Bonus MNK
Mighty Patas 72 +17 +96 Evasion +5, Firesday: Trans Fire +15, Firesday: Damage 22 MNK
Scogan's Knuckles 72 +15 +96 Accuracy +1, Latent Effect: Accuracy +10 PUP
Wagh Baghnakhs Rare 72 +13 +60 Latent Effect: Damage 18 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/DRK/BST/NIN/PUP
Destroyers RareExclusive 73 +05 +48 Latent Effect: Damage 18, Latent Effect: Critical Hit Rate +6% WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST/RNG
Faith Baghnakhs RareExclusive 73 +09 +113 Mind +7, Virtue Stone Equipped: Occasionally Attacks Twice MNK/NIN
Indra Katars RareExclusive 73 +19 +84 Triple Attack +1%, Additional Effect: Lightning Damage WAR/MNK/RDM/DRK/PUP
Manoples 74 +20 +122 Vitality +2 WAR/MNK/BST/NIN/PUP
Manoples +1 74 +21 +106 Vitality +3 WAR/MNK/BST/NIN/PUP
Ponderous Manoples 74 +20 +122 Vitality +2, Enchantment: Stone, <50/50 0:30/[10:00, 0:30]> WAR/MNK/BST/NIN/PUP
Kaiser Knuckles 75 +20 +86 Charisma +3, Accuracy +3 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST
Koenigs Knuckles 75 +19 +96 Charisma +2, Accuracy +2 WAR/MNK/RDM/THF/PLD/DRK/BST
Relic Knuckles RareExclusive 75 +1 +999 MNK
Militant Knuckles RareExclusive 75 +01 +96 In Dynamis: DMG: +16, Trans Water +7 MNK
Dynamis Knuckles RareExclusive 75 +16 +96 In Dynamis: DMG: +18, Trans Water +9 MNK
Caestus RareExclusive 75 +23 +96 In Dynamis: "Final Heaven" MNK
Spharai RareExclusive 75 +23 +86 Attack +20, "Final Heaven", Enhances Counter Effect MNK
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