As the principal protagonist of her saga, Lightning represents it in series compilations, crossovers, anthologies, and other works by Square Enix, and by others in collaboration with Square Enix. The following is a list of works in which Lightning has appeared outside the Final Fantasy XIII series.
Lightning appeared during the Lightning Strikes event to commemorate the release of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Final Fantasy XIV producer, Naoki Yoshida, said the sidequest was tied directly into the Lightning Saga, but not linked with the lore and story of Final Fantasy XIV.
The rewards from this event consisted of Lightning and Snow's costumes as well as a set of weapons from the trilogy.
Since Patch 2.1, the female playable characters can have Lightning's hairstyle by using the Aesthetician's service.
Lightning appears as a legendary (5-stars) card. It used to be the most powerful card with its total number of 36 (9 A 7 A) before Square Enix quickly decreases it to 27 (9 1 7 A) during an emergency server maintenance they had shortly after the Gold Saucer update.
|Totaltotal stats of the card||27|
|Description||"It's not a question of can or can't. There are some things in life you just do."|
|Obtain||Win the Manderville Tournament of Champions.|
Lightning appeared as a recruitable character. She was of the Visitor race and had Guardian Corps and Savior as her main jobs. Her attacks were Dual Shot and Crimson Blitz respectively, and her ability was Army of One.
Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)Edit
Tetsuya Nomura and his staff originally wanted to include Lightning in Dissidia Final Fantasy, but left her out to avoid revealing her abilities before Final Fantasy XIII was released.
Lightning is one of the warriors summoned by Cosmos to oppose Chaos, and stands as the sole character 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.
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 a playable character and a representative of Final Fantasy XIII. She is classed as an Assasin character. She no longer uses the gun mechanism of her weapon due to her new playstyle. Her second form has her wearing her Knight of Etro outfit and wielding her Overture gunblade. Her third outfit is the Equilibrium and her sword Crimson Blitz.
Lightning appears as a playable character.
A member of the Guardian Corps which protect Cocoon, a floating continent where people live in paradisaical peace. Events lead to her receiving the curse of the Pulse fal'Cie from the underworld and being pursued by the very Sanctum forces that she herself has been a loyal part of. As she runs from these authorities, her Focus is revealed and it drives her to stand in defiance of the sacred beings her people call gods.
Lightning appears as a default playable character.
Lightning has great all-around stats and abilities, but she's ultimately outclassed by other characters that excel in their field. She's one of three characters to possess the rare ability Hero's Rime, which boosts the stats of all party members. All of her abilities cost high CP, however, so the must player must gain more experience for her, or utilize other characters that fare better with the abilities.
Known as 'Lightning', this soldier and her sister met an unimaginable fate: to be chosen as a Pulse l'Cie and made enemy to all they know. Yet even if she must fight the whole world, her resolve will not falter.
Lightning is awoken by Bhunivelze and made "savior" - and robbed of something precious in the process. As the world nears an end that even almighty God cannot prevent, Etro's former champion takes on her final battle.
Lightning is a playable character, and is one of the few characters to have a 2nd variation. Her 1st variation is her appearance in Final Fantasy XIII, donning her Guardian Corps attire, and is available from the start, while her 2nd version is the main representative of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, wearing her Equilibrium outfit, and can be available from the start by transferring save data from the second demo of Curtain Call. However, if the player did not select either among their party of four, or download the demo for the latter, she can later be unlocked by collecting Red and Green Crystal Shards, respectively.
Lightning is 21 years old, kupo.
Lightning is an ally and a summonable Legend. She is depicted in her Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII outfits, an event-related Santa outfit and a Samurai outfit. She has also been depicted as wearing the following garbs from Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII: Equilibrium, Hidden Justice, Red Mage, Blue Mage, Miqo'te Dress and SOLDIER 1st class. She can be unlocked in the Japanese version by purchasing the correct issue of Mobage. Her abilities are Army of One, Crushing Blow, Gestalt Drive, Imperilga, Launch, Lightning Strike, Smite, Thunderfall, Elementa and Flourish of Steel. Her EX abilities are Flourish of Steel, Watera, Aeroga Blast, Cross-slash ver. Lightning, Thundaga, Lightning Strike, Magic Slash, Smite and Crushing Blow.
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 obtained from inviting a certain number of friends to play Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade.
She was 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.
- Ability Cards
- Legend Cards
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 available as a drop from Orphan. It grants +10 attack to the same people as the Blazefire Saber.
A former member of the Guardian Corps, a peacekeeping force in Cocoon. Lightning cuts her ties with the Corps and rebels against the Sanctum to save her beloved sister who has been branded l'Cie.
Lightning is a playable character who could be first be recruited during the Challenge Event Lightning Strikes as the First Time Reward for completing the event's Vile Peaks Delusions stage on Classic difficulty. She has also appeared in the Challenge Events Fang's Oath, Dangerous Beauty, Defying Destiny and Flash of Defiance.
Lightning appears as a summon.
Lightning appears as a non-player character as well as a substitute character obtainable during the Final Fantasy XIII collaboration event, where her appearance is triggered by equipping her Ultimate Hero Job card. Her job type is Ranger, with skills of a Ranger, a Hunter, an Assassin, a Thief, a Dancer, a Viking, and a Neophyte Ranger selectable.
The main character Wol can wear her Knight of Etro armor and Echo can wear her outfit from Final Fantasy XIII. Lightning's Echo can only be obtained if the player has drawn a Final Fantasy XIII Legend Job card via lottery.
While Lightning's Echo, Echo not only takes on Lightning's likeness with high-tech faerie wings, but her vocal tone as well, with references to Final Fantasy XII and Lightning herself.
- No. 257: "A woman who appears in the tales of a world where the gods toy with humanity's fate. Lightning is a soldier from the floating continent of Cocoon, ruled by servants of the gods known as the fal'Cie. Her unsociable and serious demeanor often makes her seem indifferent to those around her, when in reality she hides a gentle soul that drives her to face peril boldly to protect those she loves. Lightning gave up her post as a soldier to save her sister Serah, who had become a prisoner of the fal'Cie, and boarded a train full of unjustly exiled citizens to defy the fate the gods had chosen for her."
- No. 258: "A woman who appears in the tales of a world where the gods toy with humanity's fate. Lightning chose to fight against the gods' servants. the fal'Cie, to save her sister Serah. Unfortunately, this resulted in Lightning herself being cursed as a "l'Cie." The l'Cie were believed to be the enemies of peace; thus Lightning and her fellow l'Cie came to be persecuted by various enemies. Although not always in agreement, the l'Cie formed strong bonds with one another, seeking to fulfill their Focus in defiance of the gods."
- —Entries for different versions of Lightning.
Lightning's stats at her highest levels are as follows, with no passive abilities taken into account*Actual stats may be higher:
|Rarity||Level||HP||MP||ATK||DEF||MAG||SPR||Attack Hits||Drop Check*Maximum LB crystals drop per hit|
|5★||80||2781 (+300)||121 (+50)||112 (+20)||97 (+20)||95 (+20)||93 (+20)||5||2|
|6★||80||3615 (+450)||157 (+75)||145 (+30)||126 (+30)||123 (+30)||120 (+30)||5||2|
Lightning can equip the following weapon types: daggers, swords, great swords, katanas, bows, spears and guns.
She can equip the following armor types: light shields, hats, helms, clothes, light armors and heavy armors.
She can equip accessories.
- Limit Burst
|5★||Army of One||Base: Physical damage (2.7x) to one enemy. Decrease DEF (20%) for 3 turns to one enemy|
Max: Physical damage (3.65x) to one enemy. Decrease DEF (39%) for 3 turns to one enemy.
|6★||Army of One||Base: Physical damage (2.9x) to one enemy. Decrease DEF (30%) for 3 turns to one enemy.|
Max: Physical damage (4.1x) to one enemy. Decrease DEF (54%) for 3 turns to one enemy.
- Awakening Materials
|Fairies' Writ x20|
Rainbow Bloom x10
Calamity Gem x10
Prismatic Horn x5
Divine Crystal x5
A tough warrior who saves the twins from a potentially grisly end. She strikes so swiftly that her foes are blinded by the light.
Lightning appears as a summonable Champion. She wears her Equilibrium outfit from Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and wields her Crimson Blitz in battle. She also wears her Guardian Corps outfit from Final Fantasy XIII during the ending credits. When summoned, she uses Gestalt Drive on an enemy. She is a member of the League of S and encounters Lann, Reynn and Tama during their travels in the Eclipse Region. Her sister lives with Snow in a village found within the Eclipse Region. She is voiced by Maaya Sakamoto in the Japanese release and Ali Hillis in the English release.
Having been sent on a request to dispatch Odin, Lightning is bested in battle and has her blade snapped into two by the powerful mirage. Lann and Reyn try to help her out during an intervention but are disrupted by an abrupt Zantetsuken. Following Odin's exit from the intervention, he encounters Lightning again and challenges her once more to battle. Lightning conjures Ramewl, a mirage relative of Ramuh who enchants Lightning with the lightning element. Upon doing so, Lann and Reyn manage to intervene and defeat Odin, with Lightning giving her thanks to their mysterious presence.
- Who's Who
- CV: Ali Hillis / Maaya Sakamoto
- Age in Nine Wood Hills: 21
- Notes: Virtuous / Looks out for other people / On the stoic side / Genius with a sword / One of this age's greatest warriors
- Reading Into the Outfit
- Lightning is looking great in her outfit from LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII. But does that mean her soul might actually be over 500 years old? No wonder it only took her 21 years in Grymoire to become something of a living legend—and that was before the twins awakened her.
- Lightning's superhuman skills drew the attention of Quistis and Squall, who tracked her down and persuaded her to lend her strength to the League of S.
- First World of Origin
- FINAL FANTASY XIII
Lightning appears as a summonable Champion.
There are several cards depicting Lightning: five Lightning-elemental cards, including a promotional card from V-Jump, and four Shine-elemental cards, not including a limited release.
Th Lightning-elemental cards depict her Final Fantasy XIII appearance, her portrait from Final Fantasy XIII-2, and a promo artwork from Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and her default garb, 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.
Lightning appears as an opponent and on Triple Triad cards in the version available via the Final Fantasy Portal App. On Easy she uses the rule Same. On Normal she uses Same and Chaos. On Hard she uses Same, Plus and Chaos and the rare five star cards of herself can be won from her, among other cards. She uses the trading rule One.
Lightning appears in Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Mobile as a rank "A" opponent and she appears in Itadaki Street: Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary voiced by Maaya Sakamoto. She is the only Final Fantasy XIII character to appear.
Square Enix Legend WorldEdit
Lightning from Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII makes an appearance as a card.
Puzzle & DragonsEdit
Lightning and her Blazefire Saber appeared as part of the Final Fantasy collaboration. She was first introduced in the collaboration event took place in the North American version from March 21, 2016 to April 3, 2016. Lightning's Blazefire Saber was an enhance material that was obtainable from Orphan's Second Form and could have been used to enhance Lightning's active skill.
She was obtainable as a 6-star ranked unit named "Lightning", with an attacker and healer type and a light element. After evolving her for the first time, she becomes a 7-star ranked unit named "Knight of Etro, Lightning", with an attacker and healer type and dual light elements. In her last evolution, she becomes an 8-star ranked unit named "Savior, Lightning", with an attacker and healer type and dual light elements.
As a 6-star ranked unit, Lightning wears her Guardian Corps uniform and wields the Blazefire Saber while emitting an aura of light. Her active skill is No room for doubt. and her leader skill is Army of One. Upon being evolved to a 7-star ranked unit, Lightning wears her Knight of Etro armor and wields the Overture. Her active skill is No room for doubt. and her leader skill is Legion of One. After being evolved to an 8-star ranked unit, Lightning wears her Equilibrium outfit and wields the Crimson Blitz. Her active skill is No room for doubt. and her leader skill is Overclock Army of One.
Lightning appears as part of the Final Fantasy collaboration.