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The Staff Design, together with Great Axe, has only six Tiers. Only six tiers makes Staff one of two shortest ladders up which you can take weapons that have accumulated a lot of Class and Affinity bonuses, rather than just throwing those weapons away because their Design is weak or their supply is excessive. Unfortunately Staves are pretty rare considering they are the only Design focused on increasing Intelligence strength for casting spells. Staff has the useful Break Art Riskbreaker.

Of note when combining is the bottleneck at Shamanic Staff. Shamanic Staff will combine only with Summoner Baton, not the next higher tier of Bishop's Crozier. It is normal for weapons and armor in VS to have a penultimate Tier that combines productively only with itself.

Weapons found in Vagrant Story fall into one of ten categories, called Designs for the purpose of this guide. The categories each have a section here, in alphabetical order. The individual weapons within that category are arranged by Attack (STR), from weakest to strongest. The levels of weapon Designs, from weak to strong, are called Tiers for the purpose of this guide.

StaffAxeCrossbowDagger
Great AxeGreat SwordHeavy StaffMacePolearmSword


The results of Combinations of the six weapons of the Staff Design with all of the 90 weapons in Vagrant Story are shown here. A combination of a weapon Design of a particular Tier with one of the same Design and Tier results in either that same weapon, in most cases, and the next higher Tier, in the case of end-Tier weapons, but the Affinities and Classes of the ingredients are combined.
For more on the effect of combinations on Affinities and Classes, see Combine in Vagrant Story

Combination Analysis

  • Generally speaking, it can be observed that weapons belong to Design groups, such as Swords or Polearms. Within these Designs, individual weapons belong to Tiers, ranging from least powerful to most powerful. Some Designs have six Tiers, others eight or ten or even twelve.
  • Weapons of the same Design, in adjacent (consecutive) Tiers, will advance, creating a weapon of the same type but the next higher Tier.
  • Weapons in the same Tier, of any Design, are more likely to combine productively. This results, as with armor, in a Morph to another design. Unlike armor, there are often two other Morphs. These often occur from either Design being one Tier higher than the other. However, the second and third Morph may instead be from only one Design, and two or more Tiers higher.
  • A weapon in a lower tier will often 'devolve' the higher weapon to the same type but a lower tier. This is called Mismatch in these guides and can be useful if the product is rare (see the Combines section)

Table Key

  • + Progression: Same-Design combinations of consecutive Tiers that combine to make the next higher consecutive Tier of that same Design. These are usually marked with +
  • / Morph: Design A + Design B = Design C. These can be useful to turn unneeded weapon Designs into ones that can fill in gaps in Tier Progression. They occur most often near same-Tier combinations, and are often Regular, with most or even all of the combinations of same, one-apart, and two-apart Tiers giving the same Design result. Irregular Morphs often occur far away from the same Tier, and usually occur when the Design of one ingredient has many more tiers than the others, and there are therefore extra combinations above the same-Tier ones. So a combination of the fifth tier weapon of a Design that has six tiers with a sixth tier weapon of a Design with eight tiers yields a useful fifth tier product of another, third Design with six tiers. It is not a lower tier than both of them, but it is lower than one of them. The usefulness depends entirely on the availability of the product as a drop or chest item and the demand for it in the production chain of the third or other Designs; usefulness is not distinguished when marking it as a / item.
  • L and S are used for the two versions of Footman's Mace; L for Large or Long, and S for Small or Short, choice of mnemonic is up to the reader.
  • Sometimes there are two different products of the same ingredients, depending on which order the ingredients are added. The first product listed represents a combination of the first ingredient from the left, vertical column of ingredients in the first Combine slot.
  • - Mismatch; there tends to be a much heavier penalty on combinations that are close together but not consecutive, than there is for combining a very low weapon with a high one. This can be seen in the combination of the high Tier Bullova axe with Great Axes; the very lowest Great Axe combines to make a mid Tier Axe. As the Great Axes go up Tiers, the product drops in Tier. It goes up again at two Tiers below, and becomes a Morph at one Tier below.
  • = Equal Combinations potentially improve the Class and Affinities of weapons without changing their Design or Tier; Daggers are a Design that commonly produces Equal Combinations (and does not change their Material, either, due to being furthest along the chain of Design Prevalence).

Due to Prevalence, no combinations with Staves will be of the material of the Staff.

Blades Edit

Staff with Same Edit

Wizard Staff Clergy Rod Summoner Baton Shamanic Staff Bishop's Crosier Sage's Cane
Wizard Staff Wizard Staff = Wizard Staff = Wizard Staff = Clergy Rod Summoner Baton Shamanic Staff
Clergy Rod Clergy Rod = Shamanic Staff + Clergy Rod = Clergy Rod = Summoner Baton
Summoner Baton Summoner Baton = Bishop's Crosier + Bishop's Crosier Clergy Rod
Shamanic Staff Shamanic Staff = Wizard Staff Shamanic Staff =
Bishop's Crosier Sage's Cane + Wizard Staff
Sage's Cane Sage's Cane =

Axe with Staff Edit

See Crossbow Combinations, Heavy Mace Combinations, Polearm Combinations, Staff Combinations

There is a tendency for Axes combined with Staves of around the same Tier to create Crossbows, Heavy Maces, or Polearms

Design Prevalence: Combinations of Axe and Staff will be the material of the Axe, with an exception.

Rare Combinations: A SILVER Axe in the first ingredient position with a HAGANE Staff in the second will create a DAMASCUS Axe, Crossbow, Heavy Mace, Polearm, or Staff. Damascus Heavy Mace will combine with any other Design to make a Damascus weapon

Hand Axe Battle Axe Francisca Tabarzin
Wizard Staff Gastraph Bow Langdebeve Spear Battle Axe
Clergy Rod Wizard Staff Light Crossbow Sabre Mace Glaive
Summoner Baton Clergy Rod Clergy Rod Target Bow Footman's Mace 2H
Shamanic Staff Summoner Baton Summoner Baton Summoner Baton Windlass
Bishop's Crosier Shamanic Staff Shamanic Staff Summoner Baton Shamanic Staff
Sage's Cane Bishop's Crosier Bishop's Crosier Shamanic Staff Shamanic Staff


Chamkaq Tabar Bullova Crescent
Wizard Staff Francisca Tabarzin Chamkaq Tabar
Clergy Rod Battle Axe Francisca Tabarzin Chamkaq
Summoner Baton Scorpion Battle Axe Francisca Tabarzin
Shamanic Staff Gloomwing Corcesca Tabarzin Tabarzin
Bishop's Crosier Cranequin Mjolnir Trident Chamkaq
Sage's Cane Bishop's Crosier Lug Crossbow Griever Awl Pike


Crossbow with Staff Edit

See Crossbow Combinations, Dagger Combinations, Great Sword Combinations

The combinations of Crossbows and Staves are utterly uniform. There will always be a Morph if the Crossbow is one Tier higher, in which case the combine will produce a Dagger, and if the Crossbow is two Tiers higher, in which case the combine will produce a Great Sword


Gastraph Bow Light Crossbow Target Bow Windlass Cranequin Lug Crossbow Siege Bow Arbalest
Wizard Staff Spatha Battle Knife Broad Sword Light Crossbow Light Crossbow Target Bow Windlass Cranequin
Clergy Rod Wizard Staff Scimitar Scramasax Norse Sword Target Bow Target Bow Target Bow Windlass
Summoner Baton Wizard Staff Clergy Rod Rapier Dirk Katana Windlass Windlass Windlass
Shamanic Staff Clergy Rod Clergy Rod Summoner Baton Short Sword Throwing Knife Executioner Cranequin Cranequin
Bishop's Crosier Summoner Baton Clergy Rod Summoner Baton Shamanic Staff Firangi Kudi Claymore Lug Crossbow
Sage's Cane Shamanic Staff Summoner Baton Summoner Baton Shamanic Staff Bishop's Crosier Shamshir Cinquedea Schiavona


Dagger with Staff Edit

See Crossbow Combinations, Heavy Mace Combinations, Polearm Combinations, Staff Combinations

Morphs: Just about as irregular in Design-result-per-Tier as it could possibly be. The ratio of Tiers is pretty irregular, also; all of the Morphs occur in combinations with the Dagger at a higher Tier than the Staff, but with 12 Tiers to Dagger, that is not saying much. Crossbows, Heavy Maces, and Polearm

The result of these combinations will always be of the same material as the Crossbow blade; see Design Prevalence and Rare Combinations

Battle Knife Scramasax Dirk Throwing Knife Kudi Cinquedea
Wizard Staff Wizard Staff Sabre Mace / Spear / Battle Knife Scramasax Dirk
Clergy Rod Wizard Staff Clergy Rod Gastraph Bow / Footman's Mace L / Glaive / Scramasax
Summoner Baton Clergy Rod Clergy Rod Clergy Rod Summoner Baton Light Crossbow / Gloomwing /
Shamanic Staff Summoner Baton Summoner Baton Clergy Rod Summoner Baton Summoner Baton Shamanic Staff
Bishop's Crosier Shamanic Staff Shamanic Staff Summoner Baton Summoner Baton Summoner Baton Shamanic Staff
Sage's Cane Bishop's Crosier Bishop's Crosier Shamanic Staff Shamanic Staff Summoner Baton Shamanic Staff


Kris Hatchet Khukuri Baselard Stiletto Jamadhar
Wizard Staff Throwing Knife Kudi Cinquedea Kris Hatchet Khukuri
Clergy Rod Dirk Throwing Knife Kudi Cinquedea Kris Hatchet
Summoner Baton Scorpion / Dirk Throwing Knife Kudi Cinquedea Kris
Shamanic Staff Target Bow / Mjolnir / Corcesca Throwing Knife Kudi Cinquedea
Bishop's Crosier Shamanic Staff Bishop's Crosier Windlass / Griever / Trident / Kudi
Sage's Cane Shamanic Staff Bishop's Crosier Bishop's Crosier Sage's Cane Cranequin / Destroyer /


Great Axe with Staff Edit

See Great Axe Combinations, Crossbow Combinations, Heavy Mace Combinations, Polearm Combinations

Quite irregular combinations, with the one consistency being a Crossbow result when the Staff is one Tier higher than the Great Axe. When the Tiers are equal, the result is a Heavy Mace except for Bishop's Crosier plus Double Blade yielding Trident. When the Great Axe is one Tier higher, the result is more often than not, a Polearm.

All combinations will be of the material of the Great Axe as per Design Prevalence.

Guisarme Large Crescent Sabre Halberd Balbriggan Double Blade Halberd
Wizard Staff Sabre Mace / Gastraph Bow / Guisarme Large Crescent Sabre Halberd Balbriggan
Clergy Rod Gastraph Bow / Spear /
Footman's Mace L /
Glaive / Large Crescent Large Crescent Sabre Halberd
Summoner Baton Clergy Rod Light Crossbow / Gloomwing / Scorpion / Sabre Halberd Sabre Halberd
Shamanic Staff Summoner Baton Clergy Rod Target Bow / Mjolnir / Corcesca / Target Bow /
Balbriggan?
Bishop's Crosier Shamanic Staff Summoner Baton Summoner Baton Windlass / Trident / Summoner Baton
Sage Cane Bishop's Crozier Shamanic Staff Summoner Baton Shamanic Staff Cranequin / Destroyer /

Great Sword with Staff Edit

See Great Sword Combinations, Crossbow Combinations, Heavy Mace Combinations, Polearm Combinations

Irregular Morphs creating Crossbows, Heavy Maces, and Polearms

Design Prevalence: Great Swords will determine the Material in combinations with Staves

Wizard Staff Clergy Rod Summoner Baton Shamanic Staff Bishop's Crosier Sage's Cane
Broad Sword Langdebeve Wizard Staff Clergy Rod Summoner Baton Shamanic Staff Bishop's Crosier
Norse Sword Glaive / Gastraph Bow / Clergy Rod Claymore
Summoner Baton
Shamanic Staff Bishop's Crosier
Katana Broad Sword Sabre Mace / Clergy Rod Clergy Rod Summoner Baton Shamanic Staff
Executioner Broad Sword Scorpion / Light Crossbow / Summoner Baton Summoner Baton Shamanic Staff
Claymore Norse Sword Norse Sword Footman's Mace L / Summoner Baton Summoner Baton Summoner Baton
Schiavona Katana Norse Sword Corcesca / Target Bow / Shamanic Staff Shamanic Staff
Bastard Sword Executioner Katana Katana Gloomwing / Shamanic Staff Shamanic Staff
Nodachi Claymore Executioner Katana Trident / Windlass / Bishop's Crosier
Rune Blade Schiavona Claymore Executioner Executioner Mjolnir / Bishop's Crosier
Holy Win Wizard Staff Clergy Rod Summoner Baton Shamanic Staff Bishop's Crosier Sage's Cane


Heavy Mace with Staff Edit

See Heavy Mace Combinations, Crossbow Combinations, Dagger Combinations, Polearm Combinations

Morph: Even-Tier combinations yield Polearms, up to Tier six Awl Pike. With Staves one Tier higher, a Crossbow is created, up to Tier five Cranequin. With Heavy Mace one Tier higher, Daggers are created, losing one Tier to go up to Tier five Cinquedea in six Tiers

Prevalence: Heavy Mace > all. There are no Rare Combinations of Heavy Mace and other Designs

Langdebeve Sabre Mace Footman's Mace L Gloomwing
Wizard Staff Spear / Battle Knife / Sabre Mace Sabre Mace
Clergy Rod Gastraph Bow / Glaive / Scramasax / Footman's Mace L
Summoner Baton Wizard Staff Light Crossbow / Scorpion / Dirk /
Shamanic Staff Clergy Rod Clergy Rod Target Bow / Corcesca /
Bishop's Crosier Summoner Baton Clergy Rod Summoner Baton Windlass /
Sage's Cane Shamanic Staff Summoner Baton Summoner Baton Shamanic Staff


Mjolnir Griever Destroyer Hand of Light
Wizard Staff Footman's Mace L Gloomwing Mjolnir Wizard Staff =
Clergy Rod Footman's Mace L Footman's Mace L Gloomwing Clergy Rod =
Summoner Baton Gloomwing Gloomwing Gloomwing Summoner Baton =
Shamanic Staff Throwing Knife / Mjolnir Mjolnir Shamanic Staff
Bishop's Crosier Trident / Throwing Knife / Griever Bishop's Crosier =
Sage's Cane Cranequin / Awl Pike / Cinquedea / Sage's Cane =


Mace with Staff Edit

See Mace Combinations, Crossbow Combinations, Heavy Mace Combinations, Polearm Combinations

Morph: Entirely regular: Even-Tier combinations yield Crossbow, up to Tier six Lug Crossbow. With Maces one Tier higher, a Heavy Mace is created, up to Tier six Griever. With Maces two Tier higher, Polearms are created, up to Tier six Awl Pike

Prevalence: Mace determines the material

Rare Combinations: SILVER Mace in the first Combine slot and HAGANE Staff in the second gives DAMASCUS results

Wizard Staff Clergy Rod Summoner Baton
Goblin Club Gastraph Bow / Wizard Staff Clergy Rod
Spiked Club Langdebeve / Light Crossbow / Clergy Rod
Ball Mace Spear / Sabre Mace / Target Bow /
Footman's Mace S Spiked Club Glaive / Footman's Mace L /
Morning Star Ball Mace Spiked Club Scorpion /
War Hammer Footman's Mace S Ball Mace Ball Mace
Bec de Corbin Morning Star Footman's Mace S Ball Mace
War Maul War Hammer Morning Star Footman's Mace S


Shamanic Staff Bishop's Crosier Sage's Cane
Goblin Club Summoner Baton Shamanic Staff Bishop's Crosier
Spiked Club Clergy Rod Summoner Baton Shamanic Staff
Ball Mace Summoner Baton Summoner Baton Shamanic Staff
Footman's Mace S Windlass / Shamanic Staff Shamanic Staff
Morning Star Gloomwing / Cranequin / Bishop's Crosier
War Hammer Corcesca / Mjolnir / Lug Crossbow /
Bec de Corbin Footman's Mace S Trident / Griever /
War Maul Footman's Mace S Morning Star Awl Pike /

Polearm with Staff Edit

See Polearm Combinations, Crossbow Combinations, Dagger Combinations, Sword Combinations
Morph: Irregular and of poor quality, none higher Tier than six; Crossbow, Dagger and Sword
Design Prevalence: Combinations of Staff and Polearm will be the material of the Polearm. There are no Rare Combinations
Spear Glaive Scorpion Corcesca
Wizard Staff Battle Knife / Gastraph Bow / Spatha / Glaive
Clergy Rod Wizard Staff Wizard Staff Scramasax / Light Crossbow /
Summoner Baton Wizard Staff Wizard Staff Clergy Rod Clergy Rod
Shamanic Staff Clergy Rod Clergy Rod Clergy Rod Clergy Rod
Bishop's Crosier Summoner Baton Summoner Baton Clergy Rod Clergy Rod
Sage's Cane Shamanic Staff Summoner Baton Summoner Baton Clergy Rod


Trident Awl Pike Boar Spear Fauchard
Wizard Staff Glaive Scorpion Corcesca Trident
Clergy Rod Scimitar / Scorpion Scorpion Corcesca
Summoner Baton Dirk / Target Bow / Rapier / Corcesca
Shamanic Staff Summoner Baton Summoner Baton Throwing Knife / Windlass /
Bishop's Crosier Summoner Baton Summoner Baton Shamanic Staff Shamanic Staff
Sage's Cane Summoner Baton Summoner Baton Shamanic Staff Shamanic Staff


Voulge Pole Axe Bardysh Brandestoc
Wizard Staff Awl Pike Boar Spear Fauchard Voulge
Clergy Rod Trident Awl Pike Boar Spear Fauchard
Summoner Baton Corcesca Trident Awl Pike Boar Spear
Shamanic Staff Short Sword / Trident Trident Awl Pike
Bishop's Crosier Kudi / Cranequin / Firangi / Awl Pike
Sage's Cane Bishop's Crosier Bishop's Crosier Cinquedea / Lug Crossbow /

Sword with Staff Edit

See Crossbow Combinations, Heavy Mace Combinations, Mace Combinations, Polearm Combinations, Sword Combinations

Staves, of course, add the most Magic for spellcasting, and their mid-high level Riskbreak Break Art reduces RISK. Spells use up Magic Points at an unsustainable rate, but they offer damage at range that ignores enemy Class. This is better before weapons are raised to high Class levels.

Staves combine with swords of roughly the same level in numerous but unpredictable Morphs of many types, to make a Crossbow, Heavy Mace, Mace, or Polearm design.

Morph combinations of Staff blades with other blades are conceptually based on the similarity of the staff grip to other long-handled grips. This is true in the case of the available Polearm, Heavy Mace or Crossbow Morphs, and the unavailable Dagger, Sword, Great Sword or Axe, but untrue in the case of Great Axe, which is not an available Morph, and untrue in the case of Mace, which is.

Spatha Scimitar Rapier Short Sword Firangi Shamshir
Wizard Staff Sabre Mace / Spear / Spatha Spatha Scimitar Rapier
Clergy Rod Wizard Staff Gastraph Bow / Footman's Mace L / Glaive / Scimitar Scimitar
Summoner Baton Clergy Rod Clergy Rod Clergy Rod Light Crossbow / Gloomwing / Scorpion /
Shamanic Staff Summoner Baton Summoner Baton Clergy Rod Summoner Baton Summoner Baton Target Bow /
Bishop's Crosier Shamanic Staff Shamanic Staff Summoner Baton Summoner Baton Summoner Baton Shamanic Staff
Sage Cane Bishop's Crosier Bishop's Crosier Shamanic Staff Shamanic Staff Summoner Baton Shamanic Staff


Falchion Shotel Khora Khopesh Wakizashi Rhomphaia
Wizard Staff Short Sword Firangi Shamshir Falchion Shotel Wizard Staff
Clergy Rod Rapier Short Sword Firangi Shamshir Falchion Clergy Rod
Summoner Baton Rapier Rapier Short Sword Firangi Shamshir Summoner Baton
Shamanic Staff Mjolnir Corcesca Short Sword Short Sword Firangi Shamanic Staff
Bishop's Crosier Shamanic Staff Windlass / Griever / Trident / Firangi Bishop's Crosier
Sage Cane Shamanic Staff Bishop's Crosier Bishop's Crosier Cranequin / Sage's Cane Destroyer /

See Also Edit

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