Raiden is an esper obtained by bringing the Odin magicite to the statue of the Queen in the Ancient Castle basement. The Queen will drop a tear that will hit Odin, who will transform into Raiden. Raiden's summon, Shin-Zantetsuken (True Edge in the original version), deals instant death to all opponents. Its Hit Rate is 140, works against the undead and will stall an enemy's Final Attack one turn but it will fail on targets immune to instant death. It costs 80 MP to summon, and teaches Quick at a rate of x1.
Raiden's Level Up bonus increases Vigor by 2. Because Odin is the only esper in the original game to give a Level Up bonus to Speed, many players kept him rather than transforming him into Raiden. The Advance port adds new espers, making Odin no longer the only esper with a Speed bonus.
- Main article: Raiden (Revenant Wings)
- “Lightning courses through his diminutive frame.”
- —In-game Description
Final Fantasy: Unlimited AfterEdit
Raiden appears as one of Kaze's summons in Final Fantasy: Unlimited After.
The Soil Charge Triad that the Magun must use in order to summon Raiden is:
- A bladestorm of bonds, Sword Viridian.
- Facing the road of extinction in a flash of an instant, Steel Gray.
- And finally, a wave of fresh rage, Gladius Red.
Followed by saying: "Annihilate! I summon you, RAIDEN!"
Raiden ((雷電, Raiden?) is the Japanese word for "thunder and lightning". It is also the name of the Shinto god of thunder.
In his Final Fantasy VI, his Japanese name is spelled (ライディーン, Raidīn?).
Shin-Zantetsuken involves a pun. 'Shin' could mean 'true' or 'new' meaning that an alternate name for Shin-Zantetsuken could read as "New Iron Cutting Sword" as an indicator of its upgraded form.