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Noctis enters Armiger.

Armiger (ファントムソード召喚, Fantomu Sōdo Shōkan?, lit. Summon Phantom Swords (Royal Arms)), known in pre-release material as Armiger Arsenal, and also known as the Power of Kings, is the means to wield the royal arms all at once. It is Noctis's Limit Break in Final Fantasy XV.

MechanicsEdit

You're done for.
—Noctis, conjuring the Armiger

The player needs to collect at least three royal arms for Armiger to become available. Before Armiger can be used, the player must first fill up the Armiger bar by attacking enemies. Once it is full, Armiger can be activated during battle by pressing L1 + R1 or Left bumper + Right bumper. Using Armiger for the first time earns The Power of Kings achievement/trophy.

Armiger summons spectral versions of the royal arms around Noctis. For 10 seconds (can be increased to 15 seconds with upgrades from the Ascension Grid), it augments Noctis's strength, speed and HP regeneration rate, turns all of his movements into warps, makes his warp-strikes more powerful, and prevents him from falling into the Danger state should his HP hit 0.

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Noctis's full Armiger against the Leviathan.

Before the Armiger bar depletes, Armiger Chain can be activated by pressing L1 + R1 or Left bumper + Right bumper. This allows the party to briefly take up a royal arm each and attack as one. Killing enemies with Armiger Chain used to yield 100 EXP per kill, but this was raised to 3000 EXP per kill in patch 1.21.

The last stage of the Armiger Chain is:

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Armiger Chain.

First attack:
Sword of the Wise - Prompto
Axe of the Conqueror - Gladiolus
Sword of the Wanderer - Ignis
Blade of the Mystic - Noctis
Second attack:
Star of the Rogue - Prompto
Sword of the Tall - Gladio
Mace of the Fierce - Ignis
Bow of the Clever - Noctis
Third attack:
Scepter of the Pious - Prompto
Shield of the Just - Gladio
Katana of the Warrior - Ignis
Trident of the Oracle - Noctis
Final attack:
Sword of the Father - Noctis

In the second part of the Leviathan battle during Chapter 9, Noctis wields every royal arm, including ones he hasn't obtained yet. If a player can execute a complete combo, Noctis will finish using the same attack pattern he uses when finishing a combo with the Sword of the Father.

In Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae, Armiger Arsenal drains Noctis's MP and ends when it is fully depleted. The final game instead uses the Armiger bar, a separate gauge with no connection to MP.

Royal armsEdit

Special weapons fit for a king, each boasting its own unique properties.

Royal arms can be equipped by Noctis. Using them as normal weapons drains his health when he attacks with them (when he is player controlled; AI-controlled Noctis with character swap loses no HP), but they come with relatively high attack power and are the only weapons that can ignore enemy resistances. The royal arms are wielded at once during Armiger, during which Noctis doesn't lose health from wielding them.

NameAttackCriticalModifiers/NotesValueObtain
Sword of the Wise
(Sword of the Wise King)
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1943Max HP: +100
Vitality: +30
Magic: +30
Spirit: +30
A sword that performs preemptive warp-strikes to close the distance quickly
Buy: —
Sell: —
Reward: Main quest: Legacy
A king built a mighty wall and protected the realm. This was his sword. It devastates foes with preemptive warp-strikes.
Axe of the Conqueror
(Blade of the Chaos King)
Axe-of-the-Conqueror-Menu-FFXV
4832Strength: +60
Vitality: -80
A polearm that performs slow but powerful attacks, at the expense of defense
Buy: —
Sell: —
Reward: Main quest: The Power of Kings
A king performed great feats of arms, expanded his realm, and made his people prosper. This was his halberd. It wreaks havoc with slow but mighty blows.
Bow of the Clever
(Bow of the Winged King)
Bow-of-the-Clever-FFXV
2037Magic: +80
Shot Resistance: 50%
A bow that fires piercing arrows while allowing the wielder to move freely about the battlefield
Buy: —
Sell: —
Find: Balouve Mines
A king was versed in myriad arts both martial and intellectual. This was his crossbow. The bearer skewers foes while flitting around the battlefield.
Swords of the Wanderer
(Twin Swords of the Lion King)
Swords-of-the-Wanderer-Menu-FFXV
1534Vitality: +50
Spirit: +50
Dual swords that can transform into a single weapon to deliver powerful blows
Buy: —
Sell: —
Find: Greyshire Glacial Grotto
A king was quick like the wind and went where no man had gone before. These were his blades. Apart they rain fury-together they delivered thundering blows.
Blade of the Mystic
(Sword of the Yaksha King)
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3966Max HP: +150
Vitality: +30
Dark Resistance: 20%
A longsword with the ability to increase the wielder's Strength through a unique self-buff
Buy: —
Sell: —
Reward: Main quest: The Archaean
A king rose to protect the world with the Oracle. This was his sword. When swung, it enhances the wielders prowess.
Star of the Rogue
(Throwing Sword of the Crouching Dragon King)
Star-of-the-Rogue-Menu-FFXV
1772Fire Resistance: 20%
Ice Resistance: 20%
Lightning Resistance: 20%
A shuriken capable of dealing multiple hits in rapid succession either on different targets or on the various body parts of a single target
Buy: —
Sell: —
Find: The Myrlwood
A queen spurned the public eye and took to the shadows. This was her shuriken. From near and far, it traces deadly arcs to the left and right.
Sword of the Tall
(Largesword of the Dynast King)
Sword-of-the-Tall-Menu-FFXV
5182Max HP: +200
Spirit: -30
Fire Resistance: -40%
Ice Resistance: -40%
Lightning Resistance: -40%
Dark Resistance: -40%
A greatsword that deals multiple hits with each blow
Buy: —
Sell: —
Find: Costlemark Tower
A king was built like a mountain, towering over all others. This was his greatsword. The resonating blade rips and tears through foes.
Shield of the Just
(Shield of the Merciful King)
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2511Max HP: +1000
Max MP: -50
Strength: -100
Vitality: +200
Shot Resistance: 10%
Fire Resistance: 10%
Ice Resistance: 10%
Lightning Resistance: 10%
Dark Resistance: 10%
A shield that enables cover status when guarding, enabling HP recovery at the cost of MP
Buy: —
Sell: —
Find: Tomb of the Just
A queen devoted herself to peace and was loved by all. This was her shield. It deflects blows and bolsters recovery when raised in defense.
Mace of the Fierce
(Battering Vehicle of the Demon/Fierce King)
Mace-of-the-Fierce-Menu-FFXV
3342Max HP: +300
Shot Resistance: -50%
A mace with the ability to deal grievous breakage to body parts/appendages
Buy: —
Sell: —
Find: The Rock of Ravatogh
A king was gentle before his people but an ogre on the battlefield. This was his mace. It deals crippling blows to mighty foes.
Scepter of the Pious
(Staff of the Holy King)
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2373Magic: +150
Dark Resistance: 50%
A scepter that takes different forms to perform a variety of attacks
Buy: —
Sell: —
Find: Malmalam Thicket
A king ruled the realm according to divine law and worked hand in hand with the Oracle. This was his staff. It smites foes with a blade of light.
Trident of the Oracle
Trident-of-the-Oracle-FFXV
3885Max MP: +60
A polearm that produces an afterimage capable of performing additional attacks
Buy: —
Sell: —
Reward: Main quest: Breath of the Glacian
A strong and noble woman was loved by the world. She granded succor to the stars and brought man and god together. This was the trident of her line. It makes allies of the wielder's holograms.
Katana of the Warrior
(Katana of the War King)
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3613Spirit: +100
Fire Resistance: 25%
Ice Resistance: 25%
Lightning Resistance: 25%
Dark Resistance: -50%
A longsword that attacks quickly and relentlessly after startup
Buy: —
Sell: —
Reward: Main quest: The Hand of the King
A king was changed forever when his beloved queen was taken from him prematurely. This was his katana. It is drawn and strikes in a single heartbeat.
Sword of the Father
(Sword of the Father King)
Sword-of-the-Father-FFXV
1416Strength: +100
Magic: +100
A sword that increases its wielder's Strength after Finishers
Buy: —
Sell: —
Reward: Main quest: Zegnautus Keep
A king was father to the Chosen One, and nurtured the light that would shine upon all creations. This was his mighty sword. It makes the great greater.

Ascension GridEdit

Auto
Armiger
Crystarium Branch 2
24
Iron Armiger
Crystarium Branch 1
48
Armiger Action
24
Armiger Harvester
Auto
Armiger Chain
Crystarium Branch 1
24
Armiger Warchain
Crystarium Branch 3
48
Armiger Chain Reaction
99
Armiger Sagechain
72
Armiger Freechain


Name Effect
Armiger Enter Armiger mode when the Armiger bar is full. Temporarily boosts attributes.
Armiger Action Gain 1 AP every time you use Armiger.
Armiger Chain Special group attack requiring a full Armiger bar.
Armiger Chain Reaction Gain 1 AP every time you use Armiger Chain.
Armiger Freechain Gain unlimited MP for 60 seconds after executing Armiger Chain.
Armiger Harvester Boost Armiger bar gain from attacks by 30%.
Armiger Sagechain Double EXP from Armiger Chain kills.
Armiger Warchain Boost Armiger Chain damage by 50%.
Iron Armiger Reduce Armiger bar depletion during Armiger mode by 30%.

Armiger UnleashedEdit

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Armiger Unleashed.

Armiger Unleashed is an enhanced version of the Armiger available for Noctis in the Windows and Royal Editions. It is unlocked by equipping The Founder King's Sigil. Armiger Unleashed lasts much longer than the regular Armiger and Noctis gains access to powerful combos and techniques that break the damage limit, but unlike in regular Armiger, Noctis can fall into the Danger state, which will also cancel Unleashed.

StoryEdit

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Only those of Lucian royal blood can use Armiger, as only the members of this lineage are bequeathed the power of past kings. The ancient kings' power is enshrined in royal tombs scattered throughout the world and the weapons they house are special. Every new king's duty is to collaborate to the collective power of kings by adding their own royal arm to the mix, and princes embark on trips across the land to collect the arms of their forebears from their royal tombs. Many of the weapons have been lost, however, the location of their tombs unknown.

As depicted in Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV, young Noctis saw his father wield the power of the crystal weapons. He knows that he, as the heir to the throne, will be able to do so as well. Lucian kings wield the power of the Crystal, and through it gain various supernatural abilities, the ability to wield crystalline weapons that manifest out of thin air being one of them. It is a power passed to the new king by the souls of the former kings. The weapons of former kings are enshrined in royal tombs scattered throughout Lucis. The power of the royal arms, combined with the power of the Crystal, can destroy the Starscourge,[1] which became known as the prophecy of the True King.

After Niflheim steals the Crystal and kills King Regis, Noctis sets out to reclaim his kingdom by collecting the royal arms of his forebears and to forge covenants with the Astral gods. He gains the power to use Armiger, and when Ravus Nox Fleuret confronts him at the Aracheole Stronghold, Noctis displays his power of kings to intimidate him, but Ravus is unfazed. During Noctis's battle against the Leviathan he enters a sustained mode of Armiger with the help of Oracle Lunafreya Nox Fleuret and the souls of the past kings. It almost expends all of his life force until Lunafreya rushes to heal him.

As depicted in Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ignis, while Noctis is unconscious following his battle with Leviathan, his friend Ignis Scientia faces Ardyn Izunia, who unexpectedly shows off his ability to use Armiger. Ardyn reveals his identity as Noctis's ancient immortal ancestor whose soul has been corrupted by Starscourge, becoming the very embodiment of it. Ardyn fights Ignis with the power of kings, but Ignis survives by lending power from the Ring of the Lucii for a blood price.

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The royal arms.

Noctis eventually faces Ardyn at the Citadel to fulfill his destiny as the True King. The two duel both wielding the power of kings, but Noctis defeats Ardyn by striking him with each royal arm, delivering the final blow with the Sword of the Father. Noctis summons the spirits of the old kings to kill him so he can purge Ardyn's soul in the afterlife. The royal arms appear around the throne, like they do when Noctis uses Armiger. He takes the arms to the realm beyond by having the spirits of the past kings plunge them into his body, and once the Caelum lineage is united in the afterlife, the combined powers of the kings and the Crystal erase the Starscourge.

Spoilers end here.

DevelopmentEdit

Versus XIII Noctis VS Robe Man

Noctis and a man in white summoning weapons from thin air.

Noctis's ability to wield multiple crystalline weapons at once has been present ever since the Final Fantasy Versus XIII E3 2006 trailer where the game was revealed. He was opposed by a man in a white cloak, and Stella Nox Fleuret, both whom displayed similar skills to Noctis to summon phantom weapons from thin air. The man in the white robe became Ravus Nox Fleuret in the final game.

Other appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy XV Episode DuscaeEdit

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Armiger Arsenal.

Several unique weapons must be collected before Noctis can use Armiger Arsenal. Each weapon unlocks a new ability to use with Armiger. The player can find Phantom Swords from the environment, and finding four maxes out the Armiger. In the final game, "Arsenal" was dropped from the ability name, and the weapons are not referred to as Phantom Swords. The Phantom Swords are unique to the demo.

Weapon Description Location Abilities
Aqesiro Sword that slices through space and time, allowing its wielder to warp at will. Already equipped to Noctis. Warp Strike, Warp Dodge
Secace Storied sword that strikes with waves of resonance. Calls forth the formidable power of the Knightswords. Cliff northeast of Digythe Haven. Armiger Arsenal
Galatine Gallant greatsword that cuts through thin air to find its mark. Calls forth the protective power of the Knightshield. Southeastern portion of Fociaugh Cavern. Knightshield
Rhongomyniad Lance that nimbly negates damage using displacement. Calls forth the preventive power of the Knightguard. Defeat Deadeye. Knightguard

Brotherhood Final Fantasy XVEdit

Noctis throw one of his sword while using Armiger Arsenal

Noctis uses Armiger Arsenal.

In a flashback Noctis has of his childhood, King Regis drives away the marilith daemon by summoning numerous weapons to him at once. As an adult, Noctis faces off against the same daemon by using Armiger. Noctis wields Blood Edge and the Soul Saber, rather than his royal arms.

A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XVEdit

Armiger can be used by Regis Lucis Caelum and even by Ardyn Izunia. The player progresses through a series of stages defeating monsters and daemons, string combos together, juggle enemies in the air, and use magic. Regis can summon an ally whenever his combo count reaches 8, and he can use Armiger whenever it reaches 24. If he summons an ally before using Armiger, they will join the attack. If all three allies are summoned before Armiger, they will execute the powerful Bonds of Battle.

Final Fantasy Dimensions II Edit

While not referred to by name, the Armiger Arsenal appears when a character performs the Phantom Sword ability taught from the Noctis Phantom Stone.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NTEdit

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Armiger automatically activates after Noctis's HP falls below a certain amount. While active, Noctis's royal arms will also attack when he performs Bravery attacks.

Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera OmniaEdit

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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy All-Star CarnivalEdit

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Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit

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Final Fantasy Record KeeperEdit

FFRK Summon Armiger

Armiger is Noctis's Overstrike Soul Break, learned from the Sword of the Father (XV). When invoked, Noctis dives diagonally toward a target at high speed, and upon impact strikes with tremendous force that can break the damage cap. Noctis then enters Armiger Mode, gaining a bubble shield for 30% of his Max HP worth of damage, and raising his Attack a moderate amount while the shield is in play.

Final Fantasy Brave ExviusEdit

Rather than summoning the same royal arms that appear in Final Fantasy XV, Noctis's Armiger shows the four "Phantom Swords" obtained in the Episode Duscae demo.

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Non-Final Fantasy guest appearancesEdit

For Whom the Alchemist ExistsEdit

FWTAE Noctis

Noctis is an obtainable character during the Final Fantasy XV collaboration event. He wields seven royal arms in Armiger.

GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

Armiger is a word of Latin origin that means "bearer, armed." In the art of heraldry, it refers to an individual granted the right to use a coat of arms upon proving his or her worth.

In the final game, the royal arms are named after the moniker of the king who wielded it, but in Episode Duscae the phantom swords had traditional names:

Secace is the sword Lancelot used to battle the Saxons at Saxon Rock.

Galatine is synonymous with "Galatyn." Galatyn means "Gawain's sword" in Scotland.

Rhongomyniad belonged to King Arthur. Its name is a combination of the words "spear" and "slayer."

TriviaEdit

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Ultima Sword.

  • The Astral Bahamut is associated with multiple swords. His summon attack is Ultima Sword that has massive glowing blades rain down on the enemy, somewhat similar to how the glowing weapons surround the wielder in Armiger. Lucian kings' ability to wield multiple weapons at once with Armiger could thus be a power originating from Bahamut, although not all of the royal arms are swords.
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Kenny's "Armiger".

  • For April Fools 2017 Square Enix announced "Episode Kenny" where the player would play as Crow's Nest mascot Kenny Crow whose Armiger would be summoning crystalline fish.


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