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Lion Heart in Final Fantasy VIII.

Of gunblades, the finest model is the Lion Heart. It requires rare items to be remodeled to its highest quality.
—Weapon's Monthly Magazine

The Lion Heart (ライオンハート, Raionhāto?) (also written as Lionheart) is a recurring weapon in the Final Fantasy series. It first appeared in Final Fantasy VIII and is widely known for being Squall Leonhart's strongest gunblade.

In its most iconic appearance as Squall's weapon, the Lion Heart is a gunblade whose blade is in a translucent gradient from dark blue at the edge to white near the middle of the blade. The frame of the gun portion is modeled with features incorporating the Revolver, Squall's starting weapon. These include a black gripped handle base, a breach, barrel, and magazine port similar to the M16 assault rifle, various grips to accentuate various positions of wielding—including an extended handle-like stock to a rifle-saber hybrid handguard near the magazine—and a design finish to incorporate the Griever emblem, a lion carved on the side and a wing protrusion emerging from the top. Squall's version of the Lion Heart appears to be able to switch between different fire settings. This can be seen most apparently in the Play Arts toy version of the weapon.

In Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy XIII, the Lionheart is gold colored.


Final Fantasy VIIIEdit

VIII The Lion Heart is Squall's ultimate weapon, refined from rare materials around the world. It allows access to all of Squall's finishing moves during his Renzokuken Limit Break, and enables his strongest finisher, the Lion Heart.

Items required to remodel a gunblade to Lion Heart are an Adamantine, Dragon Fang x4 and Pulse Ammo rounds x12. The cost of the upgrade is 2000 gil.

Limit Breaks Rough Divide, Fated Circle, Blasting Zone, Lion Heart
Description Of gunblades, the finest model is the Lion Heart. It requires rare items to be remodeled to its highest quality. An excerpt of this model is mentioned in the First Issue of the Weapons Monthly Magazine.
Cost 2000

Though time-consuming, the necessary ingredients and Guardian Force abilities can be amassed before the end of disc 1. Once the items are obtained, the Lion Heart can be made in any junk shop regardless of whether one has read Weapons Monthly, 1st Issue.

Final Fantasy XEdit


FFX Weapon - Sword 5

A customized version of the Variable Steel is available for Tidus; the Lionheart is a level 10 weapon that has the Double Overdrive ability.

Final Fantasy XIEdit


FFXI Lionheart

Lionheart is a great sword in the class of powerful armaments known as aeonic weapons.

Final Fantasy XIIIEdit


Once the weapon of a l'Cie, this gunblade allows instant staggering of enemies near their stagger threshold.

The Lionheart is a model of gunblade obtainable by Lightning at the beginning of Chapter 12. It can also be bought at Plautus's Workshop for 28,000 gil. At max level it dismantles into Ceramic Armor (x7) and an Uraninite.

It has the trait Quick Stagger, which allows Lightning to immediately stagger an enemy with any strike when the stagger gauge is at 90% full. Though it does not have the highest Strength and Magic stats among her weapons, Quick Stagger makes it valuable. Its upgraded version is the Ultima Weapon.

Level Strength Magic Current Exp. Exp. To Next Level Exp. To ★
1 8 8 0 1,500 63,060
2 11 11 1,500 1,674 61,560
3 14 14 3,174 1,848 59,886
4 17 17 5,022 2,022 58,038
5 20 20 7,044 2,196 56,016
6 23 23 9,240 2,370 53,820
7 26 26 11,610 2,544 51,450
8 29 29 14,154 2,718 48,906
9 32 32 16,872 2,892 46,188
10 35 35 19,764 3,066 43,296
11 38 38 22,830 3,240 40,230
12 41 41 26,070 3,414 36,990
13 44 44 29,484 3,588 33,576
14 47 47 33,072 3,762 29,988
15 50 50 36,834 3,936 26,226
16 53 53 40,770 4,110 22,290
17 56 56 44,880 4,284 18,180
18 59 59 49,164 4,458 13,896
19 62 62 53,622 4,632 9,438
20 65 65 58,254 4,806 4,806
68 68 63,060 Scarletite 0

Final Fantasy Tactics AdvanceEdit


FFTA Lionheart
Sword wielded by knights of a legendary king.
—In-game description

The Lionheart appears as a knight sword for Paladins, Templars and Defenders. It has 34 Attack, 2 Defense, 1 Magic Resistance, and teaches Defense to Paladins and Defenders. It can be bought at the shop.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the RiftEdit


Lionheart FFTA2
A sword wielded by knights loyal to a hero-king of old.

Lion Heart is a weapon usable by Paladins, Templar and Defenders. It has 38 Attack and increases Defense by 2 and Resistance by 1. It is the Rank E item of the "Battle-tested Swords" section of the Bazaar, and requires a Tarkov Crystal, a Zirconium and a Dragon Bone to unlock, and is then bought for 1220 Gil in the shop. It teaches Defend to Paladins and Defenders.

Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)Edit



Squall wields the Lion Heart in his EX Mode. Wielding the Lion Heart gives Squall the "Lion Heart (RANGE)" and "Lion Heart (HIT)" abilities. The range boost increases the range of Squall's melee attacks, while the second ability increases the power of the trigger function when Squall lands a melee attack, doubling the power of each blast.

The Lionheart is also Squall's level 100 exclusive weapon. To obtain it, the player must trade in the Punishment weapon, Unshelled Bullet x5 and Bless Orb x5. The Lion Heart increases the player's Attack by 68, increases EX Force Absorption by 30%, and gives Squall the Sneak Attack ability.

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

Dissidia012 Squall again wields the Lion Heart as his EX Mode weapon, with its effects unchanged. The Lion Heart is retained as his Level 100 weapon.

Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit


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Non-Final Fantasy guest appearancesEdit

Kingdom Hearts seriesEdit

A Keyblade called the Lionheart can be obtained by defeating Cloud and Leon (Squall) in the Hades Cup. It has high attack power, increases Sora's max MP, and increases his magic and summoning powers. In Chain of Memories, the Lionheart Attack Card can be found in bonus boxes in Traverse Town during Sora's Story, which has high attack but performs poorly in combos. A similar weapon called the Sleeping Lion can be acquired in Kingdom Hearts II from Leon in Hollow Bastion before the second visit to Space Paranoids. It has decent attack strength and magical abilities, and increases the amount of strikes Sora can deliver in a combo.

Both Keyblades, despite their names, look more like the Revolver, Squall's starting weapon in Final Fantasy VIII, and not the Lion Heart, and use Squall's leonine Griever emblem as the basis for their designs. The Sleeping Lion in particular has a bladed edge along its length unlike the majority of Keyblades, and a gun barrel set into the handle, making it appear similar to the Revolver. The Sleeping Lion also bears some resemblance to the Twin Lance weapon Squall can receive in Final Fantasy VIII, as it has a hollow gap running through the center of the blade.

When fought in the Colosseum cups, Leon will occasionally power up his gunblade, surrounding the blade with a bright blue and gold aura, which makes it appear similar to the Lion Heart.

Blood of BahamutEdit

Lionheart is a gun that can be equipped by Ryuma.


Play arms lionheart

The Lion Heart is included in the Play Arts Arms set along with four other ultimate weapons. Its blade is not blue like in its other appearances, but metallic-gray like the Revolver.



Lion Heart means to possess or display courage, being able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching.

The name in the Final Fantasy series comes from Squall, who has a lion theme to his character represented also in his ultimate weapon, the Lion Heart.


  • The Ras Algethi gun in Final Fantasy XII appears to be based on the Final Fantasy VIII Lion Heart with aspects of the Revolver's design. Though classified as a gun and thus only being used in ranged combat, it bears a large blue blade running along the length of the barrel, a wing design on the hammer, and a handle similar to the Revolver with a chain and wing emblem attached to the end.

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