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Highwind (ハイウィンド, Haiwindo?) is a recurring term in the Final Fantasy series. It has a variety of uses, its been used has a surname, a weapon, and an ability. Universally however, the word "Highwind" and whatever or whomever bears the name, is associated with Dragoons or characters that have dragoon traits.
Cid Highwind is a party member and fights with a spear and various Jump attacks in a manner based on Dragoons. His airship is also named Highwind. Cid's strongest Limit Break and the manual to learn it share the name as well, and the attack calls the airship to rain missiles on enemies. Obtaining the Highwind Limit Break in the PC version re-release of Final Fantasy VII unlocks the Highwind achievement.
High Wind is the name of a Galka non-player character found in Ru'Lude Gardens. He is a member of the Ducal Guard and is responsible for guarding the Archduke's Audience Chamber. An Abyssean incarnation of High Wind also exists and can be found in Abyssea - Attohwa, where he serves as a goal tracker who assists the player by tracking their completed objectives for that particular zone.
Oerba Yun Fang's Full ATB Skill is named "Highwind", Fang herself being another character who acts much like a Dragoon. Highwind has Fang leap up and descend to impale enemies with her spear, similar to the recurring Dragoon Jump attack.
Highwind Skyways is the name of the organization responsible for administrating the airship landings on the three city states.
The Highwind is a trade ship, which was shipwrecked in the Errand "Salvage The Highwind!"
Highwind is a weapon for Nine. It provides 63 Attack Power and doubles EXP. It is bought from the Akademeia SPP Post after unlocking ti for 1 ticket on the Square Enix Members site (PSP) or after landing 300 Killsight strikes with Nine (HD). In the PSP version it can also be obtained by exchanging for 5 tickets on the Square Enix Members site. It costs 20000 SPP in the PSP release, and 5000 SPP in the HD remake.
Highwind is the default name for the raft the protagonists build at the beginning of the game, as well as the default name of the player's first Gummi Ship.
Highwind refers to a very strong wind.