I control my fate!
Army of One (シーンドライブ, Shīn Doraibu?, lit. Scene Drive) is Lightning's signature attack that first appeared in Final Fantasy XIII where Lightning lunges at the enemy and performs multiple hits in quick succession. It resembles other Final Fantasy protagonists' trademark attacks, such as Cloud Strife's Omnislash, Squall Leonhart's Renzokuken, or Tidus's Blitz Ace.
"Legion of One" in Final Fantasy XIII-2 can be considered an upgraded version of "Army of One". A "legion" is one of many military units that together constitute an army, meaning there are fewer people in a legion than in an army. However, the word "legion" relates to Lightning's more mythical appearance in Final Fantasy XIII-2 as opposed to sci-fi setting of Final Fantasy XIII.
I'm no one's slave!
Army of One is Lightning's full ATB skill. It is part of her Ravager Crystarium tree, and deals 11 hits of physical damage against a single opponent. The game calculates every hit separately so it can be effectively used with Random: Instant Chain and both variations of Attack: ATB Charge. Army of One has a special effect when used against a staggered foe, gaining a boost in its ability to accumulate chain bonus and it can rapidly fill the enemy's gauge to 999.9%.
The attack manifests as several fast strikes from Lightning's gunblade, as well as heavy kicks (to a combined total of 12 strikes). The exact mechanics of the technique are as follows:
- Two upward diagonal attacks followed by a roundhouse kick
- Left side-slash, right side-slash, followed by a gunshot
- Backflip kick transitioned into a roundhouse kick, followed by a wide side-slash
- Finished by a spinning slash that connects three times
If Army of One is performed midair, it has the same appearance as a ground attack, meaning Lightning lands midair and also pushes off the air for her back-flip kick.
Army of One is a physical attack that uses Lightning's Strength stat to calculate damage. It ignores physical resistance, but also ignores physical weaknesses; it will deal 100% damage whether it is resistant, normal, or weakness. Army of One can be affected by Commando bonus, Bravery/Bravera, and Debrave, but it is not affected by Deprotect, Protect on enemy, or enhanced element statuses like Enfire.
Shifting to Commando role during the attack animation will deal more damage, and will still increase the chain bonus at the same rate.
Say your prayers.
Army of One is also Lightning's Feral Link that unleashes a flurry of blows. It is performed by input of button commands. To get Lightning in the party the player must download her battle—Operation XIII-2—as extra content.
Blade of the goddess!
In the downloadable content scenario, "Requiem of the Goddess", Lightning can perform an upgraded version of Army of One, known as Legion of One ("Scene Drive Kai" in the Japanese release) as a Feral Link. It has a minor drain effect converting 3% of the dealt damage as user's HP.
Lightning can still use Legion of One when recruited as a Paradigm Pack ally from defeating the final boss of "Requiem of the Goddess" on Level 9 or lower, but it does not include the minor drain effect.
The maximum Synchronization rate the player can achieve with Legion of One in both forms is about 350.0%.
Press while Overclock is active to unleash a devastating flurry of blows.
Army of One is an EP ability available while the EP ability Overclock is activated and consumes an additional EP. It is obtained at the start of Day 8. When activated, Lightning unleashes a barrage of slashing attacks on enemies while freely switching between the three Schemata equipped to her and replenishing HP. The auto ability Arsenal of One boosts the damage done by Army of One. One can use Army of One just before Overclock ends to get the most out of the EP spent.
Try this on! Get lost!
Army of One is one of Lightning's Bravery attacks, under her Ravager role. It uses the animation from Final Fantasy XIII and has two versions: ground attack and midair attack. It has a slow start-up, followed by Lightning spinning towards opponents while slashing, then performing a series of attacks using both the sword and gun forms of her weapon to launch the enemy, beginning a Chase Sequence. The player can shift paradigm during the sequence to deal more Bravery damage. Lightning learns the ground version at level 27 and the midair version at level 35, both costing 20 CP to equip and 130 AP to master.
I'll crush you!
Army of One is Lightning's EX Skill that has a drain effect restoring HP. It deals Bravery damage with a 60 second cooldown. The exact mechanics are as follows: a downward slash followed by three side slashes transitioning into a backflip kick and three slashes, finishing off with an upward slash that knocks the opponent away.
Army of One is an exclusive reactive ability that costs 18 CP to equip. It is activated in Battle Music Sequences (BMS) when a boss-class enemy appears. It deals damage in direct proportion to Strength, Agility, and Stamina. It is learned by Lightning #2 (level 40).
Army of One is the former U.S. Army recruiting slogan. This relatively short-lived recruiting slogan was used from 2001 to 2006.
- The player can obtain the achievement An Army of One in Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by completing a mission solo with no reserves.
- In ScrewAttack!'s One Minute Melee - Lightning vs Wonder Woman, Lightning uses Army of One's Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII iteration and Legion of One from Final Fantasy XIII-2.