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Laguna Loire
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Portrait Lagunamenu
Japanese Name ラグナ・レウァール
Romaji Raguna Rewāru
Hometown Deling City
Date of Birth January 3rd
Age 27 (in flashbacks)
44 (in main story)
Blood Type B
Height 175 cm (5'9")[1] or 181 cm (5'11) [2]
Eye Color Green
Hair Color Dark brown
Weapon Machine Gun
Ultimate Weapon
Limit Break Desperado
Final Fantasy VIII Character
I speak with passion, from the heart! That's what matters most.
—Laguna Loire

Laguna Loire is a temporarily playable character in Final Fantasy VIII. For most of the game the player experiences Laguna through playable flashbacks explained to the player as the main characters' dreams. He wields a machine gun.

Appearance and PersonalityEdit

An energetic man with a big heart. Uses a machine gun. Fires bursts at enemies to help party members in danger.
Scan description
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Laguna has shoulder-length dark hair and green eyes. Laguna's in-game render depicts his hair as black, but in his menu portrait and concept art it is cocoa brown. As a Galbadian soldier Laguna wears the regular blue uniform without the helmet. His civilian attire consists of a medium blue jacket with white studs and grooves, white undershirt, brown pants, black boots and dog tags. As he ages Laguna adopts a casual appearance, wearing a baby-blue button-up shirt with khaki slacks and sandals with his hair tied back, still sporting his dog tags.

Laguna's machine gun is a standard Galbadian machine gun he wields during his travels in Final Fantasy VIII. During a minigame Laguna briefly fights with a gunblade. In Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy Laguna continues to use his machine gun as his primary weapon, but also has an arsenal of different firearms and explosives: shotgun, a close range weapon capable of being charged up to increase its range and damage; sniper rifle, which, aside from shooting directly at the target, can aim at walls, the ground and ceilings to make the bullet ricochet, and, like the shotgun, the rifle can be charged up to shoot multiple bullets; sticky bombs, special grenades that stick to the target before blowing up, and a miniature Ragnarok Cannon, a scaled version of the Ragnarok airship that works as a portable laser cannon. When performing his EX Burst Laguna rides the Ragnarok cannon while blasting the opponent with laser beams.

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Laguna, Kiros, and Ward.

Laguna is cheerful, generous and kind-hearted. He is respected among his comrades, Kiros Seagill and Ward Zabac, although they scorn him at times for his impulsive attitude, but ultimately rely on him for guidance and direction. Laguna is courageous in the face of danger and especially when his friends are in trouble. When given time to think about the danger he is in, Laguna can become hesitant, but he is always willing to put his life on the line for the sake of justice.

Laguna makes up phrases on the fly whenever he does not know the correct word to a phrase. Laguna's friends laugh at him for his mistakes to which Laguna usually becomes embarrassed and ends the conversation. He is known for his inability to talk to women, though he exclaims it is only "beautiful women" around whom he gets nervous. When Laguna gets nervous his right leg cramps up.

StoryEdit

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As a Galbadian soldier Laguna participated in the effort to invade Timber, but his dream was to become a traveling journalist and write about his experiences. In the army Laguna was best friends with Kiros Seagill and Ward Zabac and the three formed a platoon where they shared each other's dreams and ambitions. Throughout their time together the three frequently fell victim to Laguna's clumsy nature. Laguna was enraptured by Deling City hotel's lounge pianist, Julia Heartilly, who returned his feelings but all of their interactions ended awkwardly due to Laguna's nervousness.

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Julia playing the piano as Laguna looks on.

One night, at the behest of Kiros and Ward, Laguna walked up to Julia while she was playing, and though his leg cramped up and he was forced to retreat, Julia invited him up to her room to talk. The two shared their life dreams before confessing they had always watched each other from afar, but their romance was cut short when Laguna, Kiros and Ward were called away to Centra to inspect a mysterious excavation site Esthar had set up.

Laguna and his friends ventured to the excavation site and discovered Esthar was unearthing a monolithic crystal structure. The trio got trapped on a precipice and Laguna urged his friends to jump to the water below as he could see Galbadian vessels. While Kiros and Ward made the jump Laguna's descent was less graceful and he plummeted to the waters, gravely injuring himself. Laguna was separated from his friends and washed up on a shore where a woman named Raine found him and, together with her adopted daughter, Ellone, looked after him.

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Kiros arrives at Winhill.

For the next six months Laguna was bed-ridden while Raine nursed him back to health. He bonded with her and Ellone, who referred to him as "Uncle Laguna". The working men in the town of Winhill had been sent off to the Sorceress War and so Laguna became the self-appointed "Monster Hunter of Winhill". He declared Raine as his commander and Ellone as his assistant-commander, but never let either go out with him on his hunting.

After another six months rolled by, Kiros, who had been searching for Laguna ever since he recovered eleven months ago, found him and told him what has been going on with Ward and Julia. Ward had lost his voice and become a janitor at the D-District Prison while Julia had become a famous singer/songwriter and married General Caraway from the Galbadian army after her "true love" never returned from war.

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Raine and Laguna are betrothed.

Laguna took Kiros out on a monster hunting mission and the two talked about Laguna's plans of becoming a journalist. Upon returning to Raine's house, the two eavesdropped Ellone asking if Raine will marry Laguna. Afterwards Kiros noted a change in Laguna. Laguna and Raine fell in love and Laguna proposed to her. The two married, but one day Sorceress Adel's forces kidnapped Ellone to Esthar while Laguna was away with Kiros getting his first article published in the Timber Maniacs magazine. Laguna promised Raine he would bring Ellone back to Winhill, without knowing Raine was pregnant. Laguna and Kiros recruited their old friend Ward and the search for Ellone began.

The three encountered difficulties in getting into Esthar. They participated in a movie deal to raise money for their travels where Laguna fought a Ruby Dragon with a gunblade, a weapon he hadn't used since his training at a military academy. Laguna met with Edea Kramer in her orphanage and asked her to keep an eye out for Ellone, as well as Sorceress Adel, as she was looking for a successor for her sorceress power. Laguna became separated from Kiros and Ward and wound up in Shumi Village where he befriended the village Moombas, attempting to teach them to speak. The Moombas learned only one word, "Laguna", which they exclaimed whenever they saw him. During many of Laguna's travels he at times felt a mysterious surge of power, and came to refer to it as "the fairies". Unbeknown to him, the feeling was the future Ellone sending Squall Leonhart to inhabit him in an attempt to change the past.

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Laguna rescues Ellone.

Laguna reunited with Kiros and Ward and they found a way into Esthar by crossing the Horizon Bridge, but were captured and imprisoned within the Lunatic Pandora Laboratory where they joined the resistance against Sorceress Adel. Laguna was appointed their leader after displaying kindness to a Moomba, and staged a jailbreak. Laguna found Ellone, who had been kept safe by Dr. Odine who wanted to study her power to send a person's consciousness back in time.

To capture Sorceress Adel the resistance constructed an armored cryo-capsule, placing it inside the Sorceress Memorial. They crafted a simulacrum of Ellone, whom Adel was searching to continue her reign of terror through a successor, and used it as a bait. Once Adel was informed Ellone was being held inside, she arrived to see the fake Ellone, and Laguna pushed her into a cryo-tomb (later known as Adel's Tomb) where she was flash-frozen.

Laguna was appointed the new president, replacing Adel's former reign. Laguna sent Ellone back to Winhill where she stayed with Raine who gave birth to Laguna's child. Raine died soon after and Ellone and the child were sent to Edea's orphanage on Centra. Laguna later heard Raine had died and Ellone had been taken to an orphanage, but never learned of his son.

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Laguna finally meets Squall in Esthar.

Laguna remained the president of Esthar for the next seventeen years, and because of his duties to uphold a policy of seclusion and neutrality for his nation, he could not get away to see Ellone who had been hidden away from the world to protect her on the White SeeD Ship. Ellone regrets the way the events unravelled and upon meeting Squall at Balamb Garden, concocts a plan to try and change the past using her special ability. She sends Squall back in time to inhabit the Laguna of the past, but although she discovers changing the past is impossible, she learns how much Laguna had loved her. She resolves to venture to Esthar to reunite with him and tell him of his estranged son.

Ellone leaves the White SeeD Ship and arrives in Esthar and is sent to the Lunar Base to reunite with Laguna, where she presumably tells him about his son. Squall arrives at the base soon after with a comatose Rinoa, seeking Ellone's powers to revive her, and though Laguna interacts with Squall and his friends he has his space suit on, concealing his identity. As the Lunar Cry begins the space station is evacuated and Laguna again loses contact with Squall and Ellone.

Laguna meets Squall face-to-face when his SeeD party are called to Esthar for a mission to defeat Sorceress Ultimecia who has been reaching into their era from the future to wreak chaos. Laguna and Dr. Odine have come up with a plan to send the SeeD to the future to vanquish her, and hints he and Squall will have a lot to talk about later. Laguna aids Squall's party in infiltrating the Lunatic Pandora where Adel, being possessed by Ultimecia, is being held after her tomb fell during the Lunar Cry incident. When Ellone sends Ultimecia's consciousness back in time it triggers the time compression, which lets Squall and his friends travel to the future and defeat her once and for all.

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Laguna watches Balamb Garden fly over head.

Laguna returns to Winhill to visit Raine's grave in the nearby fields, the same place he had proposed to her. He is joined by Ellone, Kiros and Ward, while Balamb Garden soars overhead.

Though not directly confirmed, it is heavily implied Laguna's estranged son is Squall. When Laguna left Winhill Raine was pregnant, and both the baby and Ellone were taken to Edea's orphanage, which is where Squall grew up. Kiros remarks Squall resembles his mother and should be grateful he doesn't look like his father, implying he knows Squall's parents. Laguna mentions Ellone has "told him everything", and tells Squall that once Ultimecia is defeated the two of them have a lot to talk about. This would also explain several other connections between them, such as a Moomba recognizing Squall's blood as Laguna's in D-District Prison, as it is stated in the Information section of the menu that Moombas can recognize people after having tasted or smelled their blood. Squall's mind is the one always connected to Laguna's when Ellone uses her powers to send Squall back in time, and Laguna also possesses Squall's Triple Triad card.

BattleEdit

Desperado

Laguna is playable in the dream sequences and always takes over Squall's junctions. Battles fought as Laguna have unique battle music.

Desperado – Laguna's Limit Break – damages all enemies at once. He first pulls out a hand-grenade, arms and tosses it into the middle of his opponents, then shoots a grappling hook above him and, as he swings from side to side on the grapple, fires multiple rounds with his machine gun down upon his enemies. Laguna jumps off the rope and lands with his back towards the foes as the grenade explodes, dealing damage to all enemies. It has a base attack power of 140.

StatsEdit

LV HP Str Vit Mag Spr Spd Luck
1 184 2 1 2 1 22 14
10 577 9 8 8 7 24 15
20 1005 16 14 15 13 25 15
30 1425 22 19 21 18 27 16
40 1838 28 24 26 22 28 17
50 2242 33 28 31 26 30 18
60 2639 37 32 35 29 31 18
70 3028 41 35 39 32 33 19
80 3410 44 37 42 33 34 20
90 3783 46 39 44 35 36 20
100 4148 48 41 46 36 37 21

Triple TriadEdit

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TTLaguna Element None
Refine 1 refines into 100 Heroes
Drop N/A
Card N/A
Level 10 (Player Card) Win Ellone in the Lunar Base.
The CC Group in the Ragnarok airship on disc 4.


Creation and DevelopmentEdit

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Laguna Loire and Squall Leonhart.

Kazushige Nojima planned for the two playable parties featured in the game — Squall Leonhart's present day group and Laguna Loire's group of twenty years in the past — to contrast with one another. Laguna's group consists of characters in their late twenties who have plenty of combat experience and are close friends who have fought together for a time and trust one another. Squall's party on the other hand is young and inexperienced, and Squall himself does not initially understand the value of friendship.

The concept of two main characters was planned since the beginning of the game's development. Tetsuya Nomura tried to create a contrast between Laguna's and Squall's occupations; thus, Laguna became a soldier and Squall became a mercenary student. The designers intended Laguna to be similar to the previous protagonists in the Final Fantasy series to complement Squall, who is different from previous main characters.[3]

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Laguna's green truck.

Various examples of unused backgrounds hint that Laguna may have possessed a lime-green convertible truck during his time in Winhill. Laguna's black-and-white intro picture depicts him driving said car, and the artisan in Shumi Village, one of the places Laguna spent time in, has a miniature model of it. The car can be found in the garage in Ellone's parents' house where Laguna resides during his stay at Winhill if the location is hacked into the game. The car, however, is never used as Laguna's car in the final game.

In the Debug Menu, among the FMVs listed for disc 2, are ones called Laguna/Squall watching the moon. When played, they show scenes from the Battle of the Gardens — indicating these FMVs were left out. There also exists a promotional CG artwork that depicts Squall and Laguna looking at the night sky, which may have been part of this unused FMV at one point. There are also dozens of unused battle formations with Esthar soldiers being fought in Esthar City. This evidence, combined with an unused background of the Great Salt Lake as still as a lake, the missing FMV, and the scrapped Winhill scenarios, indicates that a good portion of Laguna flashback scenes may have been deleted before the final game's release.

Musical ThemesEdit

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Laguna's theme is "The Man with the Machine Gun", which is used as the battle theme for the scenes in which the player controls Laguna's party. The song has also appeared in the Dissidia Final Fantasy series, in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy and in Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon, and has appeared in numerous arranged albums and been performed in Final Fantasy concerts.

Other AppearancesEdit

Pocket Station Memorycard IconsEdit

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An icon sprite of Laguna appears in the Pocket Station memorycard file manager.

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

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Main article: Laguna Loire/Dissidia

Laguna appears in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy as a new warrior fighting for Cosmos. He acts as a brotherly figure to the other warriors, mediating them and offering advice, but is at odds with Lightning and Squall, who dislike his carefree attitude. Laguna and Vaan travel together but are separated before Laguna meets the Cloud of Darkness.

Denying his attraction to her and admitting he fights only to return home and not out of a personal interest in Cosmos's victory, the Cloud of Darkness is intrigued by him and tells him where the manikins are coming from, desiring to see if he will seek them out knowing it is a suicide mission. Laguna relays this information to the other Warriors of Cosmos, and six of the survivors find the portal the manikins are coming from and sacrifice themselves to close it, Laguna among them.

Though Laguna interacts with Squall in the Reports, neither is aware of their true connection.

Laguna's first alternate outfit is his Galbadian soldier uniform, giving him a blue outfit with gray armor on the arms and torso. His second alternate outfit is his attire while president of Esthar, a light blue shirt with khaki pants. As a bonus fourth outfit available for download, Laguna dons his Sorceress Knight armor from the film he stars in one of the flashbacks in Final Fantasy VIII, a full suit of plate armor with a purple skirt-like covering over the thighs.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain CallEdit

Theatrhythm CC Laguna

Laguna is an unlockable character, and is unlocked by collecting Gold Crystal Shards.

He is an Offense and Support oriented character. His Limit Break, Desperado, deals damage in proportion to his Strength and Vitality.

StatsEdit

Level CP HP Strength Magic Agility Luck Vitality Spirit
1 8 189 15 8 10 10 11 10
50 39 3333 118 63 79 82 92 81
99 50 5030 175 93 118 121 137 121

AbilitiesEdit

Reactive Abilities
Ability CP Level Learned
Cheer (Lv 1) 8 Initial
Focus (Lv 1) 4 Initial
Chi Blast (Lv 1) 5 Level 15
Counter (Lv 1) 5 Level 25
Focus (Lv 2) 9 Level 30
Cheer (Lv 2) 10 Level 35
Desperado 18 Level 40
Chi Blast (Lv 2) 10 Level 55
Counter (Lv 2) 10 Level 65
Auto-Potion 15 Level 70
Spare Change 15 Level 75
Focus (Lv 3) 15 Level 80
Cheer (Lv 3) 12 Level 85
Chi Blast (Lv 3) 15 Level 95
Proactive Abilities
Ability CP Level Learned
Sinewy Etude (Lv 1) 7 Level 5
Lance (Lv 1) 8 Level 10
Vitality Up (Lv 1) 4 Level 20
Sinewy Etude (Lv 2) 10 Level 45
Lance (Lv 2) 14 Level 50
Vitality Up (Lv 2) 8 Level 60
Sinewy Etude (Lv 3) 15 Level 90


Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

Laguna appears in the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game and is represented in four Ice-elemental cards, one of them being Promotional. In his regular cards, he is depicted in his Dissidia artwork, his Final Fantasy VIII artwork and his Yoshitaka Amano artwork. His promotional card features the promotional poster where he is opposite from Squall.

MerchandiseEdit

The Banpresto Final Fantasy VIII Laguna Loire figures were released in 1999, and has Laguna on a black stand touting his machine gun. These were won from crane catcher games in Japan. Also in 1999 Kotobukiya released Laguna Loire 1/6 Scale Figure of Laguna, and Bandai released an official action figure the same year. Manufactured by Banpresto, a Laguna keyholder also exists, available briefly from crane catcher games in Japan.

The first Final Fantasy themed Coca-Cola marketing campaign brought Final Fantasy figures attached to Coca-Cola products sold in shops, the first edition containing characters from Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII, thus including Laguna. The variants were "deformed", (big head, disproportionate body) "real" (more realistically proportioned) and "crystal" (solid red figurines).

A physical version of Triple Triad was released as merchandise, containing Laguna's card.

GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

Laguna is the Romanian, Czech, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Tagalog and Spanish word for "lagoon", a shallow body of salt water separated from larger seas by small sandbanks or coral reefs. This is fitting as both his wife and son share a name linking to water, although the word Laguna is a feminine noun in each language. His surname, Loire, may come from the French river.

Additionally, "Laguna" is a Spanish term for a "mental blackout"; periods where one loses consciousness and is unable to remember what happened during that time when one wakes up. This resembles how Squall and his party lose consciousness every time they are entering a Laguna dream.

In Basque, laguna means "the friend".

Further contrast between the two protagonists can be seen in the etymology of their names: "Laguna" refers to a serene body of water, and "squall" refers to a tempestuous windstorm.

Laguna's name in Japanese, (ラグナ, Raguna?) is spelled the same as the first three characters in the name of the Ragnarok (ラグナロク, Ragunaroku?). This is noted in-game when Laguna says, "I always wanted to ride that thing. Plus the name sounds so cool!".

TriviaEdit

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Laguna fights a Ruby Dragon with a gunblade.

  • The film Laguna and his friends were in while raising money would directly inspire the dream of Squall's rival, Seifer Almasy, who became inspired to become a Sorceress Knight like the character Laguna played, who, according to the Final Fantasy VIII Ultimania, was named "Zefer", similar to "Seifer". This is why, if one looks closely, Seifer has the same battle stance as Laguna did when playing in the film — Seifer copied his stance from Laguna's portrayal.
  • When approaching his office within the presidential palace in Esthar City, a detailed portrait of downtown Winhill is placed above the doors. If Squall's party visits Winhill in present times they find the town guarded by two SeeD drop-outs, having been hired by a foreign benefactor, likely meaning Laguna.
  • Laguna's Limit Break, Desperado, is the Japanese name of Sazh Katzroy's Full ATB Skill in Final Fantasy XIII. The name was changed in the English releases.
  • In Dissidia Final Fantasy, a Ghost Card bearing Laguna's name can be fought. The Laguna ghost is a Level 24 Squall, equipped with Mythril equipment and the Machine Gun weapon, a reference to Laguna's signature artillery. The accessories White Gem and Occult Fan can be won from the ghost via battlegen. The quote on the card "Just for that, you're gettin' the Cuchi-cuchi treatment" is what Laguna said to Ward during their escape from Esthar soldiers in Centra Excavation Site. The Occult Fan alludes to the magazine that can be collected in the Esthar presidential palace.
  • Laguna was originally planned to appear in Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, and a scenario was planned where he would be the one in charge of the Mirage Arena. However, due to his inclusion in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, he was left out.[4]
  • The player can find Timber Maniacs magazine issues scattered around the world with articles Laguna submitted during the time he was looking for a way to get to Esthar to save Ellone. Reading the magazines adds new chapters to Selphie's Sir Laguna's Page that can be read from the study panel in Balamb Garden's classroom.

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