With Final Fantasy IV being one of the most respected titles in the series, Kain Highwind has made more than a dozen appearances across compilations, anthologies, and other works from Square Enix. The following is a list of Kain's many appearances.
Kain's dark side appears as one of the monsters that can be summoned by Mira after being purchased as downloadable content. He takes on his appearance from The After Years. Kain is a melee summon with somewhat low attack; however, with his fast speed and cost of one slot on a tower floor, investing some NP to summon and max out the levels of an army of Kains makes for a very effective melee force.
Kain appears as a wind-elemental God-type summon.
Kain appears as a playable character. He is officially on the side of Cosmos, but works with Golbez to help the Warriors of Cosmos survive to the next cycle of war by attacking and defeating them before the Manikins do, as they will not be revived if beaten by the manikins. Kain defeats Bartz, Firion, and Zidane, and he is implied to beat most of the other original Warriors of Cosmos, before Tifa, whom he rescues from an encounter with Ultimecia, talks him into returning to the survivors and admitting what he's done. At this time, Kain accompanies them to the Lands of Discord, and the group sacrifices themselves to seal the portal the manikins are emerging from.
Kain's first alternate outfit, Noir Dragoon, is based on Dark Kain, giving him dark blue and red armor, while his second alternate outfit, Light Seeker, is his "Hooded Man" attire, a blue and white robe with a brown cape.
Tetsuya Nomura stated prior to the announcement of Dissidia 012 that Kain was considered as a candidate to appear in the original Dissidia, either as a secret character or the antagonist representing Final Fantasy IV. He was ultimately excluded, but Tetsuya Nomura has said he personally wanted Kain in the game and that Kain would be in a sequel to the game if one were made.
Kain is a playable character and a representative of Final Fantasy IV. He is classed as a Speed-type character.
Kain appears as a playable character.
Cecil's best friend and dearest rival. He feels deeply, but is ill-practiced in expressing that which he feels. Though he swears to stand by Cecil in his revolt against their unjust king, his heart is consumed by his secret love for Rosa and as a result of this weakness his conflicted mind is easily taken over by Golbez.
Kain has the highest raw strength tied with Sephiroth, and possesses good agility which can be boosted further. Most of his abilities focus solely on power, so the player can safely prioritise Kain as a pure enemy crusher. As a downside, he lacks a Limit Break and his ability slots are limited.
Ability Slots: 3 (2 Reactive, 1 Proactive)
- iOS stats
|Focus (Lv1)||4||Level 10|
|Brace (Lv1)||3||Level 15|
|Brace (Lv2)||5||Level 60|
|Focus (Lv2)||9||Level 70|
|Brace (Lv3)||7||Level 75|
|Focus (Lv3)||13||Level 80|
|Counter (Lv3)||16||Level 85|
|Strength Up (Lv1)||5||Initial|
|Wind Rhapsody (Lv1)||5||Level 5|
|Lance (Lv1)||8||Level 20|
|Sacrifice (Lv2)||10||Level 30|
|Strength Up (Lv2)||10||Level 35|
|Wind Rhapsody (Lv2)||10||Level 40|
|Lance (Lv2)||14||Level 45|
|Sacrifice (Lv3)||16||Level 50|
|Strength Up (Lv3)||16||Level 55|
|Lance (Lv3)||20||Level 65|
Cecil's friend and rival since childhood and commander of the dragoons of Baron. He is controlled by the enemy and uses base betrayal to deliver the Crystals to his dark master, but he will atone before the end.
Kain returns as an unlockable character, and is now obtained by collecting Turquoise Crystal Shards.
While Kain gains a number of defensive skills, his high Strength coupled with obtaining a Limit Break that synchs with his power ensures he's a still a force to be reckoned with. A major downside is that his Agility has been drastically reduced, and his Spirit is the weakest of all playable characters, making him vulnerable to magic-based enemies.
Kain receives his Limit Break from Dissidia 012, Dragoon's Pride, dealing damage to boss-type enemies in direct proportion to Strength, Agility, and Level.
|Weapon Break (Lv1)||3||Level 15|
|Chakra (Lv1)||5||Level 25|
|Counter (Lv1)||5||Level 30|
|Berserk (Lv2)||10||Level 35|
|Dragoon's Pride||18||Level 40|
|Brace (Lv1)||3||Level 45|
|Weapon Break (Lv2)||6||Level 65|
|Brace (Lv2)||5||Level 70|
|Chakra (Lv2)||9||Level 75|
|Berserk (Lv3)||15||Level 80|
|Weapon Break (Lv3)||10||Level 95|
Kain returns as an unlockable character, and is now obtained by collecting Light Crystal Shards.
His limit, Dragoon's Pride, has been altered, dealing damage to boss-type enemies in direct proportion to Strength and Agility only.
|Lv||Ability 1||Ability 2||Support|
|1||Sacrifice I||Lance I||Focus I|
|5||Sacrifice I||Lance I||Focus I|
|10||Sacrifice I||Lance I||Weapon Break I|
|15||Berserk I||Lance I||Weapon Break I|
|20||Berserk I||Lance II||Weapon Break I|
|25||Berserk I||Lance II||Weapon Break I|
|30||Berserk I||Lance II||Focus II|
|35||Sacrifice II||Lance II||Focus II|
|40||Sacrifice II||Counter II||Focus II|
|45||Sacrifice II||Counter II||Weapon Break III|
|50||Berserk II||Counter II||Weapon Break III|
|55||Berserk II||Counter III||Weapon Break III|
|60||Berserk II||Counter III||Focus III|
|65||Berserk III||Counter III||Focus III|
|70||Berserk III||Lance III||Focus III|
|75||Berserk III||Lance III||Focus III|
|80||Berserk III||Lance III||Focus III|
|85||Berserk III||Lance III||Focus III|
|90||Dragoon's Pride||Lance III||Focus III|
|95||Dragoon's Pride||Lance III||Focus III|
|99||Dragoon's Pride||Lance III||Focus III|
Cecil's close friend—and friendly rival. The resourceful commander of Baron's Dragoons, a highly efficient squad on par with the Red Wings, he is manipulated by Golbez into becoming Cecil's adversary.
Kain appears as a Legend character. He uses Jump and Double Jump to assist the player. The spear Kain is depicted with in his Yoshitaka Amano artwork and in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy is available as a weapon. It was given away as a reward for leveling up Kain to Lv.99 during Part 2 of the Shattered Worlds FF Special Event as an SSR ranked weapon called the Wyvern Spear.
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Cecil cares for this commander of the Baron Dragoons, despite his many deceits.
Kain is an exclusive character only available from the Premium Character Shop as a random downloadable content, he uses the Blaze Jump during battle.
Kain is the gifted captain of an elite airship squad, the Baron's Dragoons. He is also Cecil's friend and rival--a rivalry that turns real when Golbez manipulates Kain to stand against his old companions.
Kain is a standard character, also appearing as an early boss. He is automatically recruited as the First Time Reward for completing Mist Cave on the Classic difficulty track. He has also appeared in the Challenge Events The Burning Blade and A Summoner Grown, although many players may have received a Greater Growth Egg in his place. The only advantage to his recruitment in these events was a much earlier acquisition of his Memory Crystal.
Kain is an excellent starting warrior with good HP, Attack, and Defense stats throughout his progression, with the added bonus of a high Speed stat. This allows him to strike most foes before they can strike back. Although spears are his preferred arms, Kain can also wield swords to deal just as much damage to an enemy party.
His default Soul Break is Double Jump which at the expense of one Soul Gauge segment deals physical damage to a single target equal to 140% of a conventional attack. The spear Blood Lance (IV) allows Kain to use Lancet which at the expense of one Soul Gauge segment deals physical damage to a single target equal to 400% of a conventional attack and absorbs 50% of the damage dealt as HP.
He can equip accessories.
A young man from a distant world where two moons rise in the sky. Leader of the dragoons, the elite regiment of Baron, he is both a loyal friend and strong rival to Cecil. While possessing a strong sense of justice, he is not at ease expressing his emotions to others. Disillusioned at the actions of their king, he and Cecil both defect from their homeland, but become separated. He reappears as Cecil's adversary, his true motivations unknown.
Kain appears as a vision obtainable through summoning. A 3-5★ Rare Summon, his job is listed as Dragoon and his role Physical Damage. Kain has no natural resistance to status ailments or elements. His Trust Master reward is the Gungnir spear, which has an Attack power of 90.
His awakening materials are the following:
- 4★: Beast Meat x20, Esper Cryst x10, Litrock x8, Heaven's Ash x3, Sacred Crystal x3
- 5★: Litrock x20, Heaven's Ash x10, Sacred Crystal x10, Fury Seed x5, Holy Crystal x5
Kain's stats at his highest levels are as follows (with no passive abilities taken into account), along with the maximum amount of stat points that can be increased through pot-enhancements:
|Rarity||Level||HP||MP||ATK||DEF||MAG||SPR||Drop Check*Maximum LB crystals drop per hit|
|3★||40||1620 (+)||66 (+)||69 (+)||65 (+)||52 (+)||51 (+)||2|
|4★||60||2090 (+)||85 (+)||89 (+)||84 (+)||67 (+)||65 (+)||3|
|5★||80||2717 (+)||110 (+)||112 (+)||95 (+)||87 (+)||84 (+)||4|
Depending on his rarity, Kain has two (3★), three (4★) or four (5★) ability slots. He has affinity to White Magic (Lvl 1-3).
|Traits (Special - Active)|
Upon awakening, Dragon Dive will have its original damage power (2.1x) increased to (2.6x). Dragon Dive will further raise its power to (3.1x). It requires Power crysts as materials.
Upon awakening, Dragoon Spirit will increase the damage boost (120%) for his Jump-type attacks to 150%. Dragoon Spirit will have an added effect of increasing Kain's elemental resistance to Fire, Ice and Lightning by 20%. It requires Support crysts as materials.
- Limit Bursts
Kain's Limit Burst is a damage-type ability. He deals physical damage to a single target. Depending on his rarity, he may deal seven (3★) or eleven (4-5★) hits to the enemy.
|3★||Whirling Lance||Base (Level 1): Damage dealt (2x)|
Max (Level 10): Damage dealt (2.45x)
|4★||Dragon Fang||Base (Level 1): Damage dealt (2.2x)|
Max (Level 15): Damage dealt (2.9x)
|5★||Dragon Fang||Base (Level 1): Damage dealt (2.7x)|
Max (Level 20): Damage dealt (3.65x)
He can equip accessories.
Lord of VermilionEdit
Kain appears as a card and summonable creature in Lord of Vermilion II, along with other characters from Final Fantasy IV as part of a special cross promotion.
Cain, which can be promoted to Dragoon Cain, are units and their ability is Jump.