|Age||20, 21 (Episode Zero -Promise-)|
21 (Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2)
1021 (Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII)
|Weapon||Blazefire Saber gunblade (Final Fantasy XIII)|
Traditional gunblade (Final Fantasy XIII-2)
|Ultimate Weapon||Omega Weapon|
|Height||5' 7" (171 cm)|
|Home||Bodhum; Valhalla; Nova Chrysalia|
|Primary Roles||Commando, Ravager, Medic|
|Exclusive Skill||Army of One; Legion of One|
|Japanese Voice actor(s)||Maaya Sakamoto|
|English Voice actor(s)||Ali Hillis|
|Final Fantasy XIII Character|
- "This solitary young woman speaks little of herself - even her true name is a mystery. She is known to others simply as 'Lightning'."
- —Online Description
Lightning, real name Claire Farron (Eclair Farron in the Japanese version), is the main protagonist of Final Fantasy XIII, as well as the narrator and a temporary playable character in Final Fantasy XIII-2. She is to become the protagonist again for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.
In Final Fantasy XIII, Lightning tries to save her younger sister Serah who was made a l'Cie, only to be turned one herself. In Final Fantasy XIII-2, Lightning serves as a knight protecting the goddess Etro in Valhalla from her fated rival, Caius Ballad. In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, the world is said to end in thirteen days, and it is up to Lightning to save it.
Appearance and PersonalityEdit
Final Fantasy XIIIEdit
- "Lightning. It flashes bright, then fades away. It can't protect. It only destroys."
- —Lightning to Hope
Lightning is a young woman with long, light pink hair, and pale aqua-colored eyes. Lightning's eye color has been officially addressed as blue, though in the FMVs and promotional art they often appear green due to green aspects around the pupil. She has a navel piercing, although this is difficult to see from her in-game model. Lightning no longer has the piercing in Final Fantasy XIII-2 or Lightning Returns.
In Final Fantasy XIII, she wears a variation of the standard Guardian Corps uniform. A green metallic pauldron over her left shoulder bearing yellow stripes symbolizes her previous rank as a sergeant. She carries her gunblade in a black case which hangs off her belt, and wears a necklace with a lightning bolt pendant. Her l'Cie brand is located slightly above her left breast.
Lightning is determined, concentrated and independent. Initially, she is cold and standoffish, distancing herself from her companions. Much of her motivation is fueled from what she perceives as failing to protect Serah and wanting to make things right, which leads her to lash out at those she believes are responsible for that and the subsequent Purge: namely, the Sanctum, its fal'Cie and, to a point, Snow Villiers, due to his relationship with Serah and his failure to protect her as he promised. Over time, Lightning begins to show compassion and trust others, and sees the errors in her approach. Ultimately, she becomes the leader and, to a degree, protector of the other Pulse l'Cie as they journey to challenge their fate.
Final Fantasy XIII-2Edit
Lightning wears a silver and gold Valkyrie-like suit of armor with a shield on her right arm. She has a new gunblade modified to look more like a traditional sword, which has Etro script on it.
Personality-wise, Lightning has learned to trust others and ask them for help. She expresses her emotions more rather than keeping them bottled up inside her.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIIIEdit
In Lightning Returns, Lightning will have a number of different of costumes. Her default outfit, Equilibrium, is similar to what she wore in Final Fantasy XIII-2. She has a red shield on her left arm and her sword is red and yellow, similar to Noel's Flame Fossil dual swords. The logo appears on her outfit a number of times; on her chest, her sword and her shield.
Other outfits include the Dark Muse outfit that gives Lighting a camouflage jacket, knife, and a lattice style shield, and the Shadow's Dust costume that resembles samurai armor.
Lightning's father died when she was young, and her mother died from an unknown illness when she was fifteen. With no other family to turn to, Lightning had to raise her younger sister, Serah. To get over the pain of her parents' deaths and to become an adult as quickly as possible, she changed her name from Claire Farron to "Lightning".
After graduating from high school, Lightning joined the Guardian Corps Bodhum Security Regiment under Lieutenant Amodar, where she attained the rank of sergeant, and was scheduled for officer training. However, she began to lose sight of her goals, and worked many hours while spending little time with Serah.
- "You became a l'Cie, so now you're gonna marry this idiot? And you think I'm gonna buy that? Full points for originality. But, don't forget. If you really are a l'Cie, it's my job to deal with you."
- —Lightning to Serah
After the Bodhum monster-fighting group NORA rescues her from an aquatic ambush, Lightning meets Snow Villiers, their leader and Serah's boyfriend. Lightning remains unimpressed as she has never approved of NORA acting like vigilantes, and unsuccessfully demands for him to stop dating Serah.
As Lightning's twenty-first birthday approaches, she begins to feel guilty for her lack of attention to Serah, feeling she got involved with Snow to quell her loneliness. A few days later, the Cavalry is hunting down Vanille and Lightning suspects it may have something to do with the "incident" at Euride Gorge.
While attending Bodhum's fireworks festival, Lightning learns of a Pulse-related incident at the nearby Vestige being kept under wraps by the Sanctum, but Amodar warns her not to investigate. The next day on Lightning's birthday, Serah reveals she has been branded as a l'Cie, and that she and Snow are engaged. Thinking Serah is lying about her brand to give herself an excuse to wed Snow, Lightning drives her away, leaving her alone to open her birthday present from Serah: a survival knife.
When the Sanctum announces a Pulse fal'Cie is residing within the Pulse Vestige, Lightning realizes Serah had been telling the truth. After learning the Sanctum plans to Purge the entire town to Pulse, Lightning tries to find Serah but Snow reveals she is being held captive inside the Vestige. Although military personnel are exempt from the Purge, Lightning resigns from the Guardian Corps and volunteers to be Purged with the civilians as a cover to get into the Hanging Edge, where the Vestige is being moved, so she can rescue Serah before she is taken out of reach.
- "This l'Cie curse, it took everything from me. My future. My dreams. I didn't want to think. So I fought instead. As long as I was fighting, nothing else was real. I was running away."
- —Lightning to Hope
With her ally Sazh Katzroy, the two derail the Purge train and fight their way through the PSICOM forces to reach the Vestige. Snow is also there seeking to save Serah, and has been followed by Hope Estheim and Vanille. The five find Serah, but she enters crystal stasis, meaning she must have completed her Focus. The group confronts and destroys the Pulse fal'Cie Anima, but are branded l'Cie before it perishes. The Hanging Edge collapses into Lake Bresha, which crystallizes upon impact with the fallen Vestige.
The five believe their Focus is to destroy Cocoon. Snow stays behind to try and dig the crystallized Serah out of the lake while the others find an airship at the lake's edge. The pursuing PSICOM ships attack and the party crashes in the Vile Peaks. The group splits up, with Lightning going off alone to head to the Cocoon capital Eden and destroy its namesake fal'Cie that controls the Sanctum, blaming it for the Purge and her current fate. Accompanied by Hope and unable to send him back due to the pursuing PSICOM forces, Lightning's anger at her situation causes her Eidolon, Odin, to manifest. Lightning and Hope defeat the Eidolon together.
In the Gapra Whitewood, Lightning gives Hope her survival knife to boost his confidence. Hope reveals his plan to take revenge on Snow, whom he blames for his mother Nora's death, but Lightning tries to dissuade him. In Palumpolum, the two sneak into the underground Nutriculture Complex, where they see the fal'Cie Carbuncle. Lightning realizes she had been a fal'Cie pawn since birth and that her anger is over having her masters turn against her and tells Hope their goals of vengeance are over.
Soldiers led by Yaag Rosch ambush them, with Rosch intending to publicly execute the Pulse l'Cie to pacify worried Cocoon civilians. Snow and Fang intervene and save them. Lightning escapes with Fang while Hope goes with Snow, and the pairs decide to meet up at Hope's house. Lightning learns Fang is not only a Pulse l'Cie but an actual Gran Pulse citizen. Fang says she and Vanille were crystallized there centuries before after completing their Focus, but woke up in Cocoon without knowing how or why. Fang assures Lightning that Serah will wake from crystal stasis, and the two rendezvous with Snow and Hope. Lightning gets her knife back from Hope and the group proceeds to Hope's home. Lightning tends to the injuries Snow received from protecting Hope and apologizes for her behavior towards him. PSICOM forces attack the house and the group is saved by the Cavalry and brought aboard their airship, the Lindblum, piloted by their leader Cid Raines, who aided Fang and Snow earlier.
They learn Sazh and Vanille are being held captive on the Palamecia, and that Primarch Galenth Dysley is overseeing the transport. The four infiltrate the Palamecia, rescue Sazh and Vanille, and confront Dysley. Dysley reveals himself as the fal'Cie Barthandelus, leader of the Cocoon fal'Cie. Barthandelus explains their Focus is to destroy Cocoon by turning into the beast known as Ragnarok and killing Orphan, the fal'Cie that keeps Cocoon afloat.
The party flees on a small airship, which autopilots them through Eden into the Fifth Ark on orders from Dysley. The group meets with Raines in the Ark, who reveals he, too, is a l'Cie, branded by Barthandelus with the Focus of aiding them, but he plans to rebel against his Focus by killing them. Barthandelus desires for Cocoon's destruction so the deaths of its inhabitants would summon the Maker, the creator of fal'Cie and humans who has abandoned them. Raines battles the group and is defeated, transforming into crystal despite having defied his Focus. The group finds a ship with a gate leading to Gran Pulse, and descends to the world below hoping to find aid in their quest.
After a week of searching they find Pulse devoid of human life. They head to Oerba, Vanille and Fang's home village, but find it abandoned. The group is confronted by Serah, who refers to Lightning by her birthname and begs the group to destroy Orphan to summon the Maker and save the world from despair. Serah is revealed to Dysley in disguise, who announces he has resigned as Primarch and appointed a revived Raines in his place to incite a civil war. He has his familiar Menrva transform into an airship for the group to return to Cocoon, and they do so to try and stop Dysley's plans.
Sazh crashes the airship into the Eden Grand Prix, and the party makes their way through Eden to Orphan's Cradle among the ensuing chaos. In the depths of the Cradle they find Dysley, who summons the crystallized Dajh and Serah before the party and destroys them. Denouncing it as an illusion, the party fights Barthandelus and destroys him. His defeat awakens the sleeping Orphan, who wishes to be destroyed after centuries of not having a life, and attacks them.
Fang submits to Orphan's demands and agrees to become Ragnarok. Lightning and the others aside from Vanille are turned into Cie'th, and attack Fang as Orphan tortures her to try and force her to transform. Fang's incomplete transformation is not strong enough to kill Orphan, and the Cie'th party members are restored to save her and fight Orphan again as its shell falls apart. Orphan is vanquished and Cocoon begins to fall. Lightning and the others float away as Vanille and Fang transform into a complete Ragnarok, using their power to stop Cocoon's descent.
On Pulse, Lightning and the others are crystallized but return to human form to witness Cocoon suspended by a giant crystal pillar formed by Ragnarok to keep it from being destroyed. As Cocoon civilians descend to Pulse on airships, Lightning reunites with Serah and begins to apologize to her, but is cut short when Snow reminds they "have a wedding to plan". Snow reassures Lightning he will make Serah happy, and Lightning congratulates them.
- "But you know we can't just leave you, right?"
- —Lightning to Fang and Vanille
Lightning vows to find a way to save Vanille and Fang from the crystal pillar. She believes the answer lies hidden away somewhere on Gran Pulse, and perhaps she could discover other Pulsian survivors as well.
Lightning worries how they are no longer l'Cie, and believes it will be a long and difficult journey. After seeing Serah is in good hands with Snow, she decides to take up the task on her own. Lightning comes to the conclusion Serah and the others will be tied down with new responsibilities and would not be able to accompany her.
- "I took their lives just because I didn't want to die. I felt that it was a sin, but I deluded myself, saying I had no choice. I had selfishly decided the weight of life and selfishly convinced myself of it. I didn't even stop to think that their lives were sacrificed for mine. It was all me... so sinful and arrogant."
Lightning is soon caught in a paradox and dragged into the abyss by chaos. She is removed from history, and everyone except Serah believe her to be either dead or crystallized along with Vanille and Fang, and all that is left of her is her survival knife.
In actuality, Lightning fell through the Historia Crux and ended up in Valhalla, the realm of death and chaos dislodged from time. Wandering along the shore, Lightning comes across a moogle named Mog who challenges her to a duel and promptly loses. Touched by Mog's innocence, Lightning has him follow her.
Mog tells Lightning about Valhalla, the Void Beyond, and the goddess Etro. Lightning and Mog encounter Odin, who challenges Lightning to a battle, during which she learns to cast magic naturally. She defeats Odin and uses him as a means of transport to Etro's temple, where Lightning is challenged by Bahamut. During the fight, Lightning loses her weapon, prompting Mog to come to her aid. He transforms into a bow for her to use and Lightning overcomes Bahamut.
Lightning stands before the goddess's throne and is briefly made one with Etro. Lightning comes to know of the goddess's isolation (having been abandoned by her father, Bhunivelze), her love towards mankind, the unintended suffering she caused Yeul and Caius, and the memory of the countless people who have died.
Lightning comes to realize Etro sees her and her friends as sinners for killing people during their time as l'Cie, but released them from crystal stasis after giving Vanille and Fang the strength to become Ragnarok. Through the Eyes of Etro, Lightning sees the future, an era facing destruction, Yeul's death, herself being defeated by Caius in battle, and Serah trapped in a dream unable to wake up. Lightning's Guardian Corps uniform disappears and a suit of armor materializes on her body. Lightning chooses to stay in Valhalla to contain the memories of the deceased and fight to save the future as a way to atone for her sins, and becomes the goddess's knight.
- "This man, Caius Ballad. He seeks to destroy all hope, and bring an end to the future. Though the battle might be endless, I will never give up. Etro has chosen us—her champions. And we cannot fail."
- —Lightning to Noel and Serah
Armed with a new gunblade, Lightning is now Etro's protector and guards the goddess from Caius, Yeul's immortal Guardian who wants to kill Etro to destroy the timeline. Lightning has a vision of a young man falling through the Historia Crux and Caius summons an army of monsters challenging her to battle. Caius transforms into Chaos Bahamut, though Lightning overcomes him.
During her battle against Caius, Lightning sees Etro's Gate appear over Etro's temple and a person falling out. She recognizes it as the young man she had seen in her vision, Noel Kreiss. Lightning saves him from falling and tells Noel about Serah and asks him for his help. Showing him a Time Gate below the shrine, she gives him Mog along with instructions to find Serah, give Mog to her, and bring her to Valhalla. When Caius returns and summons a meteor over the shrine, Lightning urges Noel to jump into the gate. She summons Odin to throw her into the meteor's path but it crushes the shrine, leaving Lightning's fate unknown.
Noel finds Serah and together they embark on a quest to find their way to Valhalla. Lightning eventually appears from a portal before Serah, Noel and Mog in New Bodhum at 700 AF, and tells them they are in a future she had failed to save. She explains that Orphan's demise and Fang and Vanille's sacrifice to save Cocoon opened the portal to Valhalla. She says Etro closed the door to prevent Valhalla's chaos from pouring out into the world, but as a result Lightning was brought to Valhalla. She tells them the goddess is dying and if Etro vanishes completely, all hope for the world would be lost.
Lightning says Caius plans to destroy Etro and open the door again, unleashing chaos into the mortal world. She says the door would open wide enough if a large amount of people died at once, which would be possible if Cocoon fell. If Caius were to succeed, the world would be infected with chaos and time, life, and death would become meaningless; thus making the world like Valhalla. Lightning entrusts Noel and Serah to stop Caius in the mortal realm while she deals with him in Valhalla.
In the Vile Peaks, Lightning blames herself for the paradox that caused the disappearance of an Academy anti-paradox team, the Blitz Squadron, while they were scouting the area in 10 AF to deal with a distortion. She appears in the area at 10 AF, just before Noel and Serah engage the paradox, a dark imitation of Odin called Twilight Odin. In 200 AF, after they defeat Twilight Odin's true form, Lightning is released from the burden of Odin's shadow twin. She recalls how she once fought alongside the men in Blitz Squadron and finds comfort in how they still remember her.
When Mog reveals a phased-out image of Lightning in the Vile Peaks, she tells Serah and Noel about how as a l'Cie, she first thought fighting for what she believed in alone was the only way, but later saw the error in her ways. Being all by herself in Valhalla, she holds on to the memories of Serah and her friends to stay strong in her battle against Caius. Lightning tells Serah she misses her and prays for the day when they can be together again, and disappears.
Back in Valhalla, Lightning continues her fight with Caius. Seeing a vision of Serah's death by her Eyes of Etro, a shocked Lightning is subdued by Caius before chaos consumes her. She comes to in the remains of Etro’s temple, where she finds Serah's soul restrained and surrounded by chaos, manipulated by the spirits of Yeul. The chaos forms into a manifestation of Caius that Lightning proceeds to battle.
Caius transforms into Chaos Bahamut and flies towards the beach where Lightning continues to fight him. After dispatching of her opponent, Lightning mounts Odin and demands Yeul to let Serah go, but she and Odin are swallowed by chaos. Lightning is made to realize her actions caused her sister's death. As she floats through the Historia Crux, Lightning contemplates her belief that carrying out Etro's will would atone for her past sins and concludes there is nothing left for her, not even hope.
After Serah and Noel's first battle against Caius in Valhalla, they are consumed by a wave of darkness and sent falling into an abyss of light. Lightning appears and saves them, urging them to keep hope alive before vanishing.
Mourning over Serah's body, Lightning sees Serah's spirit on Etro's throne who reveals she knew she would die, but chose to keep fighting for the chance for them to reunite. As Serah's spirit fades away, she tells Lightning she must not give up hope and always remember her, promising they will meet again.
To ensure Serah's memory lives on, hold on to their wish to be together again someday, and preserve the world's existence in Etro's place as her true atonement, Lightning sits on the goddess's throne and enters crystal stasis; waiting for the day she will awaken at the end of eternity. Gran Pulse is engulfed in chaos and in time is transformed into Nova Chrysalia, the merged form of Gran Pulse and Valhalla.
- "You should know who I am. Or, should I say, what I am. These are the final thirteen days."
- —Lightning at the end of the announcement trailer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.
After spending five centuries in crystal stasis, Lightning awakens to find herself in Nova Chrysalia. She learns the world is going to end in thirteen days, and it is up to her to save it. She is given a new suit of armor and task by Bhunivelze to be a savior and guide the souls of humanity to the new world that will replace Nova Chrysalia at the end of the final thirteen days.
Final Fantasy XIIIEdit
- "Out of my way!"
- —Lightning in battle
- See also: Lightning (Final Fantasy XIII)/Crystarium.
Lightning majors in the Commando, Ravager and Medic roles. Compared to most of her companions she has high physical and magical attack stats (the second highest attack stat behind Fang, and tied for the second highest magic stat with Vanille), making her best role the Commando due effectively using both Attacks and Ruin spells of an equal and high level of power, although her weapons give the lowest stat boosts. Lightning has relatively low HP gain compared to the others and when everyone's stats are maxed out, only Hope will have less HP than her.
Magic-wise, Lightning is utilitarian, able to use all four elemental "-strike" attacks, all elemental magic to the "-Ra" rank, as well as Thundaga. Lightning's Full ATB Skill, Army of One, increases the target's stagger gauge based on the current chain count. She is also a skilled offensive Synergist, learning all of the basic protection spell save Veil and learning the "En-" series of spells. Despite her low HP, Lightning can be a surprisingly good Sentinel, she learns all of the role's Auto-Abilities, and when pairing the Elude Ability with the Nimbletoe Boots, she can avoid a large amount of damage from enemies.
- Base Statistics
- "The storm is here!"
- —Lightning before performing Zantetsuken with Odin's Gestalt Mode
- Main article: Eidolon (Final Fantasy XIII)#Odin
Lightning's Eidolon, Odin, is a large armored knight with a two-bladed sword joined at the hilt, and in Gestalt Mode he transforms into the horse Sleipnir, which Lightning rides while wielding Odin's sword split in two. When not in Gestalt Odin uses a combination of Thunder based spells and physical attacks. Lightning has multiple ways to help with both her Ravager role to boost the enemies' chain gauge, and her Commando role to keep the gauge high.
Lightning's initial weapon, Blazefire Saber, has multiple inscriptions that read "Invoke my name - I am Spark" and "blinding instant" written in the Pulsian alphabet. In Cocoon writing, her name, Lightning, is also engraved on the weapon.
Final Fantasy XIII-2Edit
Lightning is briefly controlled by the player during the prologue where she fights Chaos Bahamut and Caius. Lightning wields a new gunblade given to her by the goddess Etro that has engraved writing in Etro scripts: "Gladius in turba aetern a induratus vincula inserepabilia rum", which translates to "The blade forged in everlasting chaos shall cleave the unbreakable chain" in English. While her previous weapon was kept in a holster slung from her belt, Lightning's new gunblade can be summoned and dispelled at will.
Lightning appears in downloadable content as a "recruitable monster" who joins Serah and Noel after they defeat her in the Coliseum, appearing in her Guardian Corps attire from the original game. Lightning joins the party as a Ravager, and has the Feral Link ability Army of One, her Full ATB Skill from Final Fantasy XIII.
Lightning returns in the downloadable episode "Lightning's Story: Requiem of the Goddess". She initially has at her disposal four roles: Paladin, Mage, Shaman, and Knight, but, at level 3, the Conjurer role and, at level 6, the Sorcerer role are unlocked.
All roles are enhanced versions of existing roles: Paladin of Commando's, Mage and Shaman of Ravager's, Knight of Sentinel's, Conjurer of Synergist's, and Sorcerer of Saboteur's. Lightning can perform Legion of One by means of Feral Link, rather than being a full ATB skill.
Lightning has a different method of development than Serah and Noel; after gaining enough Crystogen Points, Lightning will level up and upgrade her stats and learn new abilities or roles, similarly to older Final Fantasy titles. She gains Crystogen Points whether she wins or loses.
Lightning has a second recruitable monster form in her Valkyrie armor. Unlike her Coliseum counterpart, she is a Commando with the Feral Link Legion of One. She can be obtained by defeating Chaos Bahamut with a five star rank with Lightning's level at 9 or lower. Occasionally, when this Lightning defeats an enemy, it may burst into feathers when turning into crystal.
Lightning is the only "monster" with the Uncapped Damage passive ability, which allows her to theoretically break the 99,999 damage limit, and Immovable MAX, which makes her almost immune to interruption. Her main strength, however, is her attacking and casting speed that more than compensates for her low Strength and Magic stats in comparison with other DLC monster Commandos.
|Traits||Early Peaker, Strong, Divine|
|Feral Link||Legion of One (Unleash a devastating flurry of blows. Damaging varies by situation. Input type: Complex)|
|Crystarium Development Graph|
- Main article: Lightning (Final Fantasy XIII-2 Boss)
A copy of Lightning is fought as a downloadable content (DLC) boss in the Coliseum alongside Amodar. Once defeated Lightning can be recruited as a Ravager into the Paradigm Deck. Lightning comes complete with an arsenal of Ravager spells, and physical variations of the spells she would normally have. Her Feral Link is Army of One, a special attack of hers that was her full ATB skill in the previous game.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIIIEdit
Lightning is the sole playable character in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. In the field, she can crouch, jump, climb, and perform other actions akin to those featured in stealth adventure games. In battle, Lightning is able to perform Paradigm Shifts, changing her attire and equipped abilities. She also gains new attacks, such as Light Slash and Heavy Slash.
Creation and DevelopmentEdit
Early in development, Lightning was meant to be a flirtatious character with more sex appeal. To make Lightning a more serious heroine in the veins of previous heroes, Cloud Strife and Squall Leonhart, Fang's character - which was originally a man - was rewritten as a woman, and some of Lightning's traits were transferred to her. The final version of her character was made less Asian-looking than originally conceived, and her original silver hair color was given to Hope Estheim in favor of pink.
During development, Lightning's real name was to be "Averia", referring to a species of flowering plants. At this stage, "Éclair" was used during auditions in place of Averia to keep the name secret. Lightning's real name in the English version of Final Fantasy XIII was changed to Claire due to the word "Éclair" being used to refer to a type of pastry in English-speaking countries, a problem not present with the Japanese name due to different romanization.
Lightning's initial concept was a 'strong woman' — it was personality-based instead of plot-driven, unlike the initial concepts for some other Final Fantasy heroines of the past. After her character's mindset and role were locked down, Square Enix turned to Tetsuya Nomura for the character design. Director Motomu Toriyama has said that, "With Lightning, one look at the design made me say 'This is it!' She looked so cool and strong that there was no need for any retakes." Despite Toriyama's claim, Lightning's appearance has developed from its initial concept. Square Enix released an initial CG render of Lightning before any of the other characters were seen; when the rest of the cast were revealed, Square released another render of Lightning with some notable differences from the initial release: In the early materials she had slightly less feminine traits, her hair was a faded crimson rather than pink, and her eye color was a lighter shade of blue. Though her outfit remains the same, its overall color scheme was lightened.
In Final Fantasy XIII-2, Lightning's new outfit was designed by Isamu Kamikokuryo in cooperation with Tetsuya Nomura, who drew a rough outline of her armor. Kamikokuryo then added a number of details. Kamikokuryo originally designed Lightning's new outfit as a qipao, but he was told the design did not fit in the atmosphere of the game.
In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Lightning's default "Savior" outfit was designed by Tetsuya Nomura and the design is said to be play on her light, speed, and elegance. Director Motomu Toriyama wanted something that emphasized Lightning going into her final battle, the red and white components of Lightning's original outfit from Final Fantasy XIII, and represented Lightning using the word 'strength' as the main focus. Using the red color to represent strength and line the inside of Lightning's outfit, Nomura designed her new armor to have more of an impact, with the final result being about half white and half red. He was instructed to design Lightning's armor based on "a leather body suit" and the arms off a spinal column. Lightning's alternate costumes were designed by Toshiyuki Itahana.
The idea for Lightning to have a sword that can transform into a gun relates to the game's Eidolons; one of the gameplay themes chosen for Final Fantasy XIII was transformation, and the Eidolons can turn into vehicles; if summons could transform, they thought weapons should be able to as well.
Lightning's house was originally meant to be a visitable location in Final Fantasy XIII, but ended up being cut from the final product. Concept art from Final Fantasy XIII Ultimania Omega shows Lightning lives in a peanut-shaped house standing over water with a portion of the roof opening up.
Final Fantasy XIIIEdit
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In Final Fantasy XIII, "Lightning's Theme" is an acoustic orchestral variant of the main battle theme, "Blinded By Light". Her theme displays the fragile interior she tries to suppress. The melody is interwoven with many different tracks and appears in several forms in the game.
A "prototype" version of her theme titled, "M33 Lightning NW Version", can be found on the Final Fantasy XIII: Original Soundtrack PLUS album. A piano arrangement of her theme called "Lightning's Theme ~ Blinded By Light", is found on the Piano Collections: Final Fantasy XIII album. The track also received a chiptune arrangement from SQ Chips2's bonus CD.
Final Fantasy XIII-2Edit
|"Lightning's Theme ~Unprotected Future~"|
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In Final Fantasy XIII-2, "Lightning's Theme ~Unprotected Future~" is a slower, more melancholy and harmonious rearrangement of her original theme. The theme plays during Serah and Noel's encounter with Lightning in New Bodhum 700AF, and as the background theme for the area following the encounter. In "Requiem of the Goddess", it plays as Lightning floats through the Historia Crux after her fight against Chaos Bahamut.
Lightning's battle theme is "Knight of the Goddess" that plays in the game's tutorial battle when Lightning battles Chaos Bahamut in Valhalla.
A special edition PlayStation 3 featuring an image of Lightning was released on December 17th 2009 in Japan. On the day of the US release of Final Fantasy XIII, a special edition Xbox 360 featuring Lightning on a faceplate was released. The faceplate was only available through preorder on certain websites and stores.
Released a month after the game's release, the 50ml bottle of ~Lightning~ eau de toilette was contained in an imprinted glass bottle with a strap with Lightning's pendant. The scent is described as a "sweet peach smell followed by rose and then a feminine musk".
The lightning bolt pendant Lightning wears in Final Fantasy XIII has been released as official merchandise. The pendant is made of .925 silver, is accented with a gold and black rhodium coating and within the pendant there are three cubic zirconia which can roll up and down if the pendant is shaken.
A Final Fantasy XIII-2 bundle was released in Japan on December 15th, 2011 with a black 320GB PlayStation 3 Slim with an image of Lightning. Lightning's Final Fantasy XIII-2 merchandise include a Play Arts action figure and a coffee tumbler.
On December 14, 2010, all Japanese Square Enix Members with an "Ultimate" status on their name received a special Christmas present from Tetsuya Nomura: an art plate with an original illustration of Lightning with the text, "She must not be forgotten". On September 22, 2011, North American Square Enix Members with an "Ultimate" status also received the Lightning illustration.
Lightning appears in Dissidia Final Fantasy as a set of two player icons to represent Final Fantasy XIII, along with Noctis for Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Ace for Final Fantasy Type-0, though these icons can only be obtained through passwords.
Tetsuya Nomura and his staff originally wanted to include Lightning in Dissidia Final Fantasy, but ultimately decided to leave her out to avoid revealing her abilities before Final Fantasy XIII was released.
- Main article: Lightning (Final Fantasy XIII)/Dissidia
Lightning appears as a playable character in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy. She is one of the warriors summoned by Cosmos to oppose Chaos, and stands as the hero representing Final Fantasy XIII. Initially traveling with Tifa, Laguna, and Vaan, Lightning is left behind when she battles Kuja. Shortly after an army of manikins sweeps over the land, Lightning is attacked by Kain after discovering he has already defeated Bartz.
Returning to Cosmos to tell her what is happening, Lightning faces the Warrior of Light, who reveals he and Kain are putting the others to sleep on purpose to avoid them falling to the manikins and risking not being revived in the next cycle of the war. Lightning rejects this plan and leads Kain, Tifa, Laguna, Yuna and Vaan to the Lands of Discord, where the six sacrifice themselves to seal the portal to The Void the manikins are emerging from.
Lightning's alternate outfit gives her white hair and a more subdued color scheme to match her concept art by Yoshitaka Amano. Her second alternate costume gives her the generic female Guardian Corps uniform, a dull orange and brown outfit with a cap. As a fourth bonus outfit available with purchase of The 3rd Birthday, Lightning dresses as Aya Brea, wearing torn blue jeans and a midriff bearing sleeveless black shirt.
Nomura has stated he personally would include Sazh in a Dissidia sequel over Lightning, but his only request for such a game would be Kain Highwind from Final Fantasy IV - Kain and Lightning were the first two new characters confirmed for Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy.
Lightning is the default Final Fantasy XIII playable character in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.
|Cure||30||8||Reactive (Magic)||Activated when HP gauge drops below 75%. Restores 10% of the HP gauge. Will only trigger once during a stage.|
|Fire||1||7||Reactive (Magic)||Activated in BMS each time you receive GOOD or better on 30 Touch Triggers. Deals magic damage. (Low strength)|
|Fira||60||14||Reactive (Magic)||Activated in BMS each time you receive GOOD or better on 34 Touch Triggers. Deals magic damage. (Medium strength)|
|Thunder||15||7||Reactive (Magic)||Activated in BMS each time you receive GOOD or better on 20 Slide Triggers. Deals magic damage. (Low strength)|
|Thundara||75||14||Reactive (Magic)||Activated in BMS each time you receive GOOD or better on 24 Slide Triggers. Deals magic damage. (Medium strength)|
|Blizzard||45||7||Reactive (Magic)||Activated in BMS each time you receive GOOD or better on 12 Hold Triggers. Deals magic damage. (Low strength)|
|Blizzara||80||14||Reactive (Magic)||Activated in BMS each time you receive GOOD or better on 16 Hold Triggers. Deals magic damage. (Medium strength)|
|Counter (Lv 1)||5||5||Reactive (Physical)||Activated in BMS when you receive MISS on 3 Triggers. Deals physical damage up to 5 times per stage. (Medium strength)|
|Counter (Lv 2)||50||10||Reactive (Physical)||Activated in BMS when you receive MISS on 3 Triggers. Deals physical damage up to 5 times per stage. (Full strength)|
|Counter (Lv 3)||85||16||Reactive (Physical)||Activated in BMS when you receive MISS on 3 Triggers. Deals physical damage up to 5 times per stage. (Extra strength)|
|Libra (Lv 1)||20||20||Reactive (Magic)||Used when you clear the BMS in the Chaos Shrine. If you get a Dark Note, one dropped item will be shown from the start.|
|Omega Weapon||40||18||Reactive (Limit Break)||Parameters increased while equipped. Adds 75 to Strength and 75 to Magic.|
|Bluff||25||15||Proactive (Special)||Active for the entire length of the stage. Multiplies effects of magic-type abilities by 1.5. Only applies to the equipping character.|
|Agility Up (Lv 1)||10||4||Proactive (Augment)||Increases parameters while equipped. Adds 40 to Agility.|
|Agility Up (Lv 2)||55||8||Proactive (Augment)||Increases parameters while equipped. Adds 70 to Agility, but drops Strength by 30.|
|Sinewy Etude (Lv 1)||1||7||Proactive (Song)||Active for the entire length of the stage. Increases the Strength of all of the party members by 15.|
|Sinewy Etude (Lv 2)||65||10||Proactive (Song)||Active for the entire length of the stage. Increases the Strength of all of the party members by 20.|
|Sinewy Etude (Lv 3)||90||15||Proactive (Song)||Active for the entire length of the stage. Increases the Strength of all of the party members by 25.|
|Hero's Rime (Lv 1)||35||18||Proactive (Song)||Active for the entire length of the stage. Increases all parameters (Strength, Magic, Agility, and Luck) of all party members by 12.|
|Hero's Rime (Lv 2)||70||26||Proactive (Song)||Active for the entire length of the stage. Increases all parameters (Strength, Magic, Agility, and Luck) of all party members by 18.|
|Hero's Rime (Lv 3)||95||35||Proactive (Song)||Active for the entire length of the stage. Increases all parameters (Strength, Magic, Agility, and Luck) of all party members by 24.|
- "Lightning is 21 years old, kupo."
Lightning appears as an ally and a summonable Legend in Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade. She is depicted in both her default Final Fantasy XIII and default Final Fantasy XIII-2 outfits, as well as an event-related Santa outfit and a Samurai outfit. She can be unlocked in the Japanese version by purchasing the correct issue of Mobage. Her abilities are Army of One, Crushing Blow, Imperilga, Launch, Lightning Strike, Smite, Thunderfall, and Flourish of Steel. She was first introduced as an event ally in the event, Winter Holiday Campaign while wearing an exclusive Santa suit. Leveling her up in this event granted the player the Lightning II summon stone, along with each level-up at a specified number granting players an additional summon stone. The Lightning III summon stone was also obtained from inviting a certain number of friends to play Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade.
She was also present as an ally during the coinciding events, Final Fantasy Special Event Parts 1 & 2 - Shattered World and Final Fantasy Special Event Parts 1 & 2 - Showdown, in which she was unlocked by clearing the Sunleth Waterscape stage. In this event, her overdrive granted players a massive increase in their attack. Leveling her up to 99 in these events granted the player her individualized SSR weapon, Jatayu. In battle, Lightning is armed with her Blazefire Saber and uses the abilities Smite and Flourish of Steel.
- "This lady of the Bodhum Security Regiment is a true pro, and far from a yes-woman."
Lightning is an exclusive character only available from the Premium Character Shop as a random downloadable content, she uses the Lightning Strike ability during battle. Her Blazefire Saber is available as a drop from Beta Behemoths in the Archylte Steppe map. It grants +4 attack to the Warrior, Red Mage, Blue Mage, and Onion Knight classes and to Firion, Terra, Celes, Zidane, Tidus, Ashe, and Lightning. Her Omega Weapon is also available as a drop from Orphan. It grants +10 attack to the same people as the Blazefire Saber.
There are several cards depicting Lightning in the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game: four Lightning-elemental cards, including a promotional card from V-Jump, and two Shine-elemental cards, not including a limited release.
The three Lightning-elemental cards depicting her Final Fantasy XIII appearance portrait her as a Ravager, while the Shine cards present her as a swordsman and as a knight of Etro. The promotional card from V-Jump presents her as a knight.
Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit
Itadaki Street MobileEdit
Lightning appears in Itadaki Street Mobile. She is the only Final Fantasy XIII character to appear in the game.
The 3rd BirthdayEdit
In the The 3rd Birthday, the main character Aya Brea has several different outfits she can wear. One of these is Lightning's outfit. Just like any other outfit for her in the game, this outfit can be torn up as she takes damage. Lightning's l'Cie marking is revealed as more damage is done to this outfit. She can also use Lightning's Blazefire Saber in gun mode.
|Final Fantasy XIII|
|Final Fantasy XIII-2|
|Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII|
"Claire" is a French name, the feminine form of the common name Clair. As the feminine name, Claire directly translates as "clear", while Clair can mean light-colored, bright and pale, among other meanings. "Éclair" is a French word that means "lightning", but is also the name of a type of bakery pastry, which explains why she is renamed "Claire" in the Western releases. The surname "Farron" comes from the Gaelic language, meaning "thunder". The combination of the two references thunder coming after the lightning.
- Lightning's hairstyle resembles the shape of the crystalised Cocoon, which is also the logo of Final Fantasy XIII.
- As shown in the first Final Fantasy XIII trailer, Lightning had a Gravity Bomb device at her disposal, which could be used to generate an electrical shield in battle or manipulate time and gravity.
- Lightning's eidolith crystal is the shape of a pink rose bloom, and red petals can be seen when she summons Odin and changes it into Sleipnir in Gestalt Mode.
- Her crystal is used for the "Superstar" trophy/achievement.
- In Final Fantasy XIII Episode Zero -Promise-, it is mentioned Lightning is better at housework than Serah, but Serah is the better cook.
- In her official CG render, Lightning is not wearing her lightning bolt necklace, though it is present in her render on the Final Fantasy XIII summary website.
- Jonathan Jacques-Belletête, the art director of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, another game franchise owned by Square Enix, drew an artwork of Lightning for the New York Comic Con 2011 "East Meets West" panel of her l'Cie brand, which is never actually shown in the game. Isamu Kamikokuryo, the art director of Final Fantasy XIII, also drew an artwork of Deus Ex, which was revealed in the same event.
- Lightning, along with Cid Raines, are the only l'Cie who never have their l'Cie brands revealed onscreen during the events of Final Fantasy XIII.
- Art director Isamu Kamikokuryo consistently draws Lightning and Serah with blonde hair in concept art, despite their more "official" appearances. Additionally, Kamikokuryo's Lightning concept art for Final Fantasy XIII-2 has a black armor with gold or white outlines. This may have contributed to Lightning's design in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII where she has a black armor.
- Lightning appears on the 500th cover of Dengeki Playstation magazine with Noel, Serah, Noctis, Machina Kunagiri, and Rem Tokimiya.
- Lightning's render for Final Fantasy XIII-2 has her sword and shield in opposite hands. She also holds her sword in her left hand on the cover box art for Final Fantasy XIII.
- In a live action PlayStation advertisement, titled "Michael" - PS3 Long Live Play, Lightning is seen listening to a story told by Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series and her gunblade is placed on the weapon rack as the soldiers are entering the tavern.
- Lightning shares her Japanese voice actor with Aya Brea from The Third Birthday, Aerith Gainsborough from the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, and Diva from Final Fantasy Type-0. Additionally Aya and Lighting wearing each other's outfits is a reference to their shared actors.
- Lightning on Etro's throne at the end of Final Fantasy XIII-2 resembles the Final Fantasy XIII promotional artwork of her sitting in the Narthex, and the Final Fantasy XIII-2 Ultimania Omega has a piece of artwork depicting Lightning on Etro's throne in the same pose.
- Similar to her sister Serah, Lightning's official render isn't used in the menu screen in Final Fantasy XIII-2 and instead an alternate render from Final Fantasy XIII is used.
- Lightning, Sazh, Hope, Snow and Noel appeared as models for the Showcase Prada 2012 Men's Spring/Summer Collection.
- All models in Final Fantasy XIII-2 are of lower resolution than those in its predecessor. The game data includes Final Fantasy XIII's high-res model of Lightning that is never used anywhere, which was likely used as a place-holder throughout production.
- Lightning is the consistent playable character in all three games of the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy.
- According to Motomu Toriyama at a presentation for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Lightning is considered a role model in Japan due to her courage, speed and elegance.
- Lightning's Mask is an adornment for monsters which can be found in Void Beyond after completing Final Fantasy XIII-2.
- Lightning was voted Japan's number one favorite Final Fantasy female character.
- ↑ http://finalfantasy-xiii.net/2010/02/04/official-final-fantasy-xiii-character-artwork-and-information.html
- ↑ http://www.novacrystallis.com/?p=3893
- ↑ http://www.siliconera.com/2013/01/15/lightning-returns-final-fantasy-xiii-has-a-frenemy-and-changeable-costumes/
- ↑ http://ps3.ign.com/articles/102/1027527p1.html
- ↑ http://www.rpgamer.com/features/insidegaming/tslatteryint.html
- ↑ http://www.vg247.com/2011/03/30/toriyama-final-fantasy-leading-ladies-looks-come-second/
- ↑ http://www.xbox.com/ja-JP/Marketplace/Product/ff13-2/interview2
- ↑ http://www.novacrystallis.com/?p=4060
- ↑ Q&A: FFXIII's Yoshinori Kitase and Isamu Kamikokuryo
- ↑ http://thelifestream.net/dissidia-final-fantasy-ultimania-translations/1756/chapter-ex-director-section-ii-part-6-interview-with-tetsuya-nomura-p696-699/
- ↑ WordReference Online Dictionary
- ↑ Think Baby Names
- ↑ http://www.novacrystallis.com/?p=4139
|Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII|
|Main playable character|
|Bhunivelze - Chocolina - Etro - Hope Estheim - Lumina - Noel Kreiss - Serah Farron - Snow Villiers|
|Bhunivelze - Dead Dunes - Luxerion - Wildlands - Coliseum|
|Chocobo - Cie - Oracle Drive - Order|
|Break - Knockdown - Lightspeed - Style|
|"Blinded By Light" - "Will to Fight"|
|Abilities - Achievements and Trophies - Characters - Enemies - Translations - Garb - Quests - Wallpapers|