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Death Penalty is Vincent Valentine's ultimate weapon obtained in Lucrecia's Cave. The cave can be accessed in disc 2, either by a submarine or a colored chocobo. Vincent must be in the party to witness a cutscene, after which the player must fight ten random battles and return to the cave, where Vincent finds the Death Penalty along with his LEVEL 4 Limit Break. Death Penalty's power is boosted after every enemy it kills. Due to a glitch, if enough enemies are killed, the Death Penalty can kill any enemy with a single hit, including superbosses.
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It is interesting to note that though the gun is a rifle, Vincent wields it with only one hand like a pistol due to a lack of a two-handed animation. The weapon is affected by the Vincent Mug Glitch.
Unlike the original design, which focused on being a rifle, the new version features it to be a large handcannon-esque revolver, its make completely in metal, while sporting five unraveling barrels that comes to form a cross motif, and a wicked, menacing, and devilish aesthetic using sharp and sleeked adornments, all in metallic grey and dark black.
Death Penalty is easily the most powerful weapon in the game, firing large deadly beams doing 2,000 damage to almost every enemy. As a drawback, it never deals Critical Hits, has a magazine of only 6, cannot be customized, and its ammo cannot be purchased.
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The Death Penalty is the strongest gun in the game, a Level 100 weapon that can be traded for an Arcturus, Fomalhaut, an Eden's Cuirass, and 177,840 gil. It lowers HP by 328 and DEF by 1, boosts BRV by 79 and ATK by 67, and increases the Assist Gauge Duration time by 30%.
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- "An ideal world has no need of this gun's ability to turn sorrow and regret to power."
Death Penalty grants +15 to Attack. It can be equipped by Setzer, Balthier, Sazh, and Magitek Armor.
One of Vincent's cards can use Death Penalty as an ability. For a cost of Dulling Vincent, discarding another Vincent card, and paying five Light CP, Death Penalty lets the player choose any number of Forwards with a total cost of 7 or less, and Breaks them.
The Death Penalty, known formally as Capital Punishment, is one of the highest sentences laws and states can give out to offenders and criminals, as a form of punishment, and to halt political dissent. The use of its name on the gun variety of weapons in Final Fantasy also likely refers to the use of fullisading, or firing squads to execute the sentence, in addition to referring to weaponry powerful enough to perform such a task. The incarnation of Final Fantasy XI's Death Penalty is also reminiscent of the execution method, "Blowing from [the] Gun", where one is tied to the mouth of a cannon and shot with it, ensuring a quick death.