Aside from White Mage, Monk is one of the best early game jobs in Bravely Default II. Monks are physical powerhouses that can deal devastating damage, even when they’re not equipped with a weapon. Once you know how to unlock the Monk job in Bravely Default II, you’ll be able to tear through enemies without much of a problem.

You’ll earn a new Asterisk — and access to the Monk job — after you defeat Horten, the second boss of the game. If you held your own against Selene and Dag, you shouldn’t have too much trouble with him, but there are still a few things you’ll want to keep in mind.

If you hit Horten with a physical attack, he can hit back with a counterattack, putting your party at risk. Because of this, it’s a good idea to have a few magic users in your party. It can also be helpful to equip your party members with the Flame Talisman, which you can pick up at the Halcyonia shop. This item will help to protect you against Horten’s powerful fire attacks.

You’ll also want to make sure you have a Vanguard in your party. Not only does this class have excellent defense, but it has access to Earth attacks, which Horten is weak to.

You’ll get your first Earth attack, Shield Bash, at Level 2. When you hit Level 7, you’ll have access to Sword of Stone, a powerful attack that can really come in handy during this fight. (If you need to grind Job Points quickly, this strategy will help.)

Hit Horten with the right attacks, and the fight should be over pretty quickly. Once the fight is over, the Monk job will be unlocked, and you’ll reach the end of the game’s Prologue.

While you can make any of your four characters a Monk — they all have the same base stats — Adelle is an especially good fit for this role. That’s because she starts out with an accessory that boosts her HP, which lets her unleash the most powerful Monk attacks without putting herself at risk.

I’ve found the Monk job to be indispensable ever since I unlocked it, and I’m guessing you will too. The boss fights ahead are tougher, and the damage a Monk can deal could mean the difference between life and death.

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