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List of Final Fantasy VIII Weapons

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Zell Dincht reacquiring weapons for the party

The weapon equipment list in Final Fantasy VIII is the smallest of its kind in the Final Fantasy series, including the weapons equippable by temporary characters. There is a total of 35 equippable weapons (13 if one discounts the weapons that are upgraded versions of the original weapon). The weapon system also differs from the other games in that specific rare items are needed to upgrade the weapon. The Weapons Monthly magazines scattered around the world inform about the required items to upgrade the different weapons, although it is not necessary to read the magazines to get the better weapons; it is enough to only own the required parts. Upgrading a weapon in the Steam version earns the player the achievement Handyman.

For list of weapon modeling items see Junk Shop.

Gunblades Edit

Difficult to manage requiring a lot of skill. These weapons belong to Squall Leonhart and Seifer Almasy. All gunblade models have a 255% hit rate.

Squall's Gunblades Edit

Weapon Image Strength Hit Rate Cost Limits Description Items Required
Revolver Revolver-ffviii-squall 11 255 100G Rough Divide The gunblade's original model. What it lacks in power, it more than makes up for with its reliability. M-stone Piece x6
Screw x2
Shear Trigger ShearTrigger-ffviii-squall 14 255 200G Rough Divide, Fated Circle An improvement over the Revolver, Shear Trigger uses the same blade as the Revolver, but the gun aspect is now more powerful. Steel Pipe x1
Screw x4
Cutting Trigger CuttingTrigger-ffviii-squall 18 255 400G Rough Divide, Fated Circle This Cutting Trigger is made by replacing the blade of the Revolver with the powerful Cutting Sword. Mesmerize Blade x1
Screw x8
Flame Saber FlameSaber-ffviii-squall 20 255 600G Rough Divide, Fated Circle, Blasting Zone The Flame Saber got its name from its red blade. This gunblade is very similar to the Cutting Trigger, but instead features the handle and gun mechanism from the Shear Trigger. Betrayal Sword x1
Turtle Shell x1
Screw x4
Twin Lance TwinLance-ffviii-squall 22 255 800G Rough Divide, Fated Circle, Blasting Zone The Twin Lance is a gunblade forged with two blades. The two blades work synergistically to inflict severe damage. Dino Bone x1
Red Fang x2
Screw x12
Punishment Punishment-ffviii-squall 24 255 1,000G Rough Divide, Fated Circle, Blasting Zone The Punishment looks almost identical to the Twin Lance, but is lighter and more powerful. The only gunblade more powerful than this is the Lion Heart. Chef's Knife x1
Star Fragment x2
Turtle Shell x1
Screw x8
Lion Heart LionHeart-ffviii-squall 30 255 2,000G Rough Divide, Fated Circle, Blasting Zone, Lion Heart Of gunblades, the finest model is the Lion Heart. It requires rare items to be remodeled to its highest quality. Adamantine x1
Dragon Fang x4
Pulse Ammo x12

Seifer's Gunblade Edit

Weapon Image Strength Limits Description
Hyperion FF8 Hyperion Render 12 No Mercy, Demon Slice, Bloodfest, Zantetsuken Reverse This gunblade uses a semi-automatic pistol, resembling a Beretta rather than a revolver as a handle, and it also has a unique blade. Seifer uses it differently from Squall's gunblades, in a backhand slash rather than a forward one, although this may just be his fighting style and not due to the weapon's design mechanic, and he also uses it with one hand rather than two. Due to a lack of mention in any source material involving gunblades it is unknown whether this is an actual model type or a custom designed model for Seifer's personal use.

Blaster Edges Edit

Wrist mounted ranged weapons; Rinoa's preferred form of offense.

Weapon Image Strength Hit Rate Cost Description Items Required
Pinwheel Pinwheel-ffviii-rinoa 11 99 100G A weapon that can be used from a distance and have many advantages. The Pinwheel is one of the more basic projectile weapons. M-stone Piece x3
Valkyrie Valkyrie-ffviii-rinoa 14 101 200G Valkyrie is a projectile weapon that can fly straight at the enemy using its stabilizing fins. The blade is extremely deadly. Shear Feather x1
Magic Stone x1
Rising Sun RisingSun-ffviii-rinoa 18 103 400G The Rising Sun is similar to a circular saw. It is made by upgrading the Pinwheel. It is capable of slicing into enemies like a spinning saw and dealing a devastating blow. Saw Blade x1
Screw x8
Cardinal Cardinal-ffviii-rinoa 24 104 800G The Cardinal is the latest line of projectile weapons. The wide fins provide more stability and accuracy compared to the Valkyrie. Its greater accuracy causes more damage. Cockatrice Pinion x1
Mesmerize Blade x1
Sharp Spike x1
Shooting Star ShootingStar-ffviii-rinoa 28 107 1,000G Now we show you the finest projectile weapon, the Shooting Star. Don't let the angel wing motif fool you, it's a deadly weapon. Windmill x2
Regen Ring x1
Force Armlet x1
Energy Crystal x2

Gloves Edit

Blunt and to the point; Zell's area of expertise.

Weapon Image Strength Hit Rate Cost Description Items Required
Metal Knuckle MetalKnuckle-ffviii-zell 12 98 100G A punch can be a deadly weapon, but it can be made even more effective by wearing this, the Metal Knuckle. These gloves are widely used. Fish Fin x1
M-Stone Piece x4
Maverick Maverick-ffviii-zell 15 99 200G With the Maverick, the combatant can deliver direct punching blows to the enemy. The gloves are made of black leather and have metal plates on the knuckles. Dragon Fin x1
Spider Web x1
Gauntlet Gauntlet-ffviii-zell 20 101 400G The Gauntlet is covered with layers of steel. It is a fighting glove for delivering heavy rather than smooth blows. Dragon Skin x1
Fury Fragment x1
Ehrgeiz Ehrgeiz-ffviii-zell 25 103 800G Ehrgeiz is the most powerful fighting glove. It allows the wearer to deliver optimal hits based on his or her abilities. Adamantine x1
Dragon Skin x4
Fury Fragment x1

Whips Edit

The artful and precise weapon of Quistis.

Weapon Image Strength Hit Rate Cost Description Items Required
Chain Whip ChainWhip-ffviii-quistis 12 103 100G Whips are effective against enemies that are close or far away. This Chain Whip has a simple design, but is very reliable in battle. M-stone Piece x2
Spider Web x1
Slaying Tail SlayingTail-ffviii-quistis 15 104 200G This whip, the Slaying Tail, is known for its tremendous speed and power. It is named after Sleipner, the horse of the legendary GF Odin. Magic Stone x2
Sharp Spike x1
Red Scorpion RedScorpion-ffviii-quistis 20 105 400G The Red Scorpion is a unique whip made of rare materials. Its strength comes from the Dragon Skin, while its flexibility comes from the Ochu Tentacle. Ochu Tentacle x2
Dragon Skin x2
Save the Queen SaveTheQueen-ffviii-quistis 25 107 800G Save the Queen is the most powerful whip in the world. It is made with Malboro's Tentacles which are the most ideal material for making whips. Malboro Tentacle x2
Sharp Spike x4
Energy Crystal x4

Nunchaku Edit

Selphie's preferred weapon.

Weapon Image Strength Hit Rate Cost Description Items Required
Flail Flail-ffviii-selphie 12 98 100G Even a weakling can cause serious damage with this type of Nunchaku but they're also hard to use. This Flail has long been a favorite for beginners. M-Stone Piece x2
Bomb Fragment x1
Morning Star MorningStar-ffviii-selphie 15 99 200G The end of the Morning Star were equipped spike metal balls to cause more damage. It is a plain weapon, similar to Nunchaku, but it is fairly effective. Steel Orb x2
Sharp Spike x2
Crescent Wish CrescentWish-ffviii-selphie 20 100 400G The Crescent Wish is an extremely powerful weapon. Some rare items are required to forge the weapon. Inferno Fang x1
Life Ring x1
Sharp Spike x4
Strange Vision StrangeVision-ffviii-selphie 25 255 800G This Strange Vision is famous for its ability to hit a target with perfect accuracy. It's also famous for its rarity. Adamantine x1
Star Fragment x3
Curse Spike x2

Shotguns Edit

Irvine's weapon of choice as an accomplished gunman.

Weapon Image Strength Hit Rate Cost Description Items Required
Valiant Valiant-ffviii-irvine 12 105 100G Guns have the advantages of range, but damage is less compared to swords. The Valiant uses powerful bullets to cause damage comparable to swords. Steel Pipe x1
Screw x4
Ulysses Ulysses-ffviii-irvine 15 108 200G The Ulysses lacks style, but is a quality shotgun with tremendous fire power. The inelegant design was necessary to absorb the powerful recoil after firing. Steel Pipe x1
Bomb Fragment x1
Screw x2
Bismarck Bismarck-ffviii-irvine 20 110 400G Contrary to the Ulysses, the Bismarck has a sleek look. The rifle is very handy and light, but in turn requires more physical strength and energy to handle its powerful recoil. Steel Pipe x2
Dynamo Stone x4
Screw x8
Exeter Exeter-ffviii-irvine 25 115 800G Exeter comes to mind when considering high powered guns. Despite its simple design, it's a fine weapon made of many rare materials. Dino Bone x2
Moon Stone x1
Star Fragment x2
Screw x18

Other Weapons Edit

The following are the weapons usable by other characters in the game. None of these weapons can be purchased or remodeled, and are not mentioned in any issue of Weapons Monthly.

Weapon Image Strength User Description
Machine Gun MachineGun-ffviii-laguna 14 Laguna Laguna's firearm of choice used in his flashbacks.
Katal Katal-ffviii-kiros 13 Kiros Kiros's dual-blades which he uses to slice enemies twice in succession. Their actual name is the Katar.
Harpoon Harpoon-ffviii-ward 16 Ward Ward's massive weapon which he throws like a javelin.
None - 20 Edea Sorceress Edea's magical weapon, fires a blast of magical energy at the target.

Other Appearances Edit

Dissidia Final Fantasy Edit

All of Squall Leonhart's exclusive weapons in the Dissidia Final Fantasy series are Gunblades from Final Fantasy VIII - the Revolver, the Twin Lance, the Punishment, and the Lion Heart. Squall wields the Revolver in battle and exchanges it for the Lion Heart in his EX Mode.

Ultimecia's exclusive weapons in the series are Blaster Edges from the same game - the Valkyrie, Cardinal, and Shooting Star.

The Machine Gun appears as the weapon of the "Machine" set, which otherwise includes Tools from Final Fantasy VI.

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy Edit

Squall and Ultimecia retain their exclusive weapons from the original game. Laguna wields his Machine Gun in battle, and the Machine Gun is now one of his exclusive weapons.

Zell's Ehrgeiz appears as a Level 100 Grappling weapon.

Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade Edit

Many weapons from Final Fantasy VIII, including Irvine's guns, Squall's gunblades, Zell's gloves, Selphie's nunchaku, and Rinoa's blaster edges, appear as weapons in Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade.

Merchandise/Replicas Edit

Squall gunblade by SE
Seifer gunblade by SE
  • Final Fantasy Master Arms include miniaturized replicas of both Squall's Revolver and Seifer's Hyperion.
  • The Lion Heart model is included in the Play Arts Arms set along with four other ultimate weapons.
  • As Squall's primary and iconic weapon a scaled replica of the Revolver gunblade has been featured with every Squall figurine regardless of what media or game the figure is portraying.

Gallery Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Rinoa's Blaster Edge might have been inspired by similar weapons found in Rudra no Hihō on the Super Famicom, a game that was released by Square in 1996. In that game, these weapons are mounted on the arm and launch a crescent-shaped scythe at the enemy.

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