fisticuffs? as in the ability? its a bit like the shild skill, crossed with weapons. basicly, you fight better with no weapon with it. I think the above person was thinking. Fisticuffs are skills that can be used when the character is weaponless. NOTE: Each strength Appearances. Dragon Quest IX. Fisticuffs are not a weapon like brass knuckles. They are the absence of a weapon. Just don't equip anything and you character will fight with their fists.