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Flail, Final Fantasy VIII.

Nunchaku (ヌンチャク, Nunchaku?) are a recurring weapon in the Final Fantasy series that appear as pair of sticks joined together by a chain or rope.


Nunchaku are eastern world hand-to-hand fighting weapons, making the use of short rods and staves to be flailed and swung to inflict damage. While also consisting varieties like the tripartite sansetsukon, they may also cover truncheon weapons like tonfa, and even similar weapons with different features and designs.

These weapons are often wielded by Monks and their related classes.


Final FantasyEdit


Nunchaku FFI Art

The Nunchaku.

Nunchaku appear as weapons for Monks. However, due to how barehand damage is calculated, it is usually better for Monks to avoid using them at all cost.

List of nunchaku:

Final Fantasy IIIEdit

III Three types of nunchaku that are available in the beginning of the game as a weapon for Monks. These weapons are only found in the original NES version, having been removed for the 3D remake.

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Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-Edit

FFVIIBC Nunchaku (Male) wields nunchaku as his weapon of choice.

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Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-Edit

FFVIIDoC Shelke the Transparent uses EM Sabers that are attached to a rope similar to a nunchaku, though they closely resemble lightsabers.

Final Fantasy VIIIEdit

VIII Selphie Tilmitt uses an over-sized nunchaku as her weapon of choice. They are referred to as 'Shinobou' in the PAL version, as at the time, nunchaku were illegal in various parts of the world.

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Final Fantasy Legend IIIEdit

FFL3 There are two nunchaku that appears.

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  • Fighter McWarrior from the webcomic 8-Bit Theater often makes jokes about putting nunchucks and swords together to form the "Sword-chucks". Though the idea was at first ridiculed by his peers, Fighter successfully used them to do battle against Kary, the Fiend of Fire.
    • In another joke, the weapon shop owner for the first town mentions the only non-wooden item he has are nunchucks. When Red Mage asks why nunchucks, an eastern weapon, are being used in a western-medieval style setting, the owner replies "why do you think I still got a whole crate of them?".

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