- For videos of the various Renzokuken, please go to Limit Break (Final Fantasy VIII)/Videos#Squall.
Renzokuken (連続剣, Renzokuken?, lit. Continuous Sword), also known as Blade Flurry, is Squall Leonhart's Limit Break in Final Fantasy VIII. It was called C. Sword in the PlayStation Final Fantasy VIII demo.
When Squall begins the Renzokuken, he rushes forward, and a gauge appears on the screen. Four to eight bars of light sweep through the gauge, and pressing when the bars move into the trigger box on the left results in a critical hit. It is possible to set the trigger on automatic from the config menu, but it will sometimes miss triggers.
There is a 50% chance to perform an additional Renzokuken hit at the end, making the maximum possible hits eight, a likely allusion to the title's number.
Certain bosses have special Renzokuken sequences that are unaffected by Crisis Level. During a special Renzokuken sequence the triggers' timing is different from the regular Renzokuken sequence.
- Elvoret/Elnoyle - 6 Hits
- X-ATM092 - 4 Hits
- NORG - 6 Hits
- Jumbo Cactuar - 7 Hits
- Bahamut - 6 Hits
- Adel - 6 Hits
- Sorceress - 7 Hits
- Ultima Weapon - 7 Hits
- Griever - 5 Hits
- Ultimecia (Junctioned to Griever) - 8 Hits
- Ultimecia (Final Battle) - 7 Hits
After the Renzokuken sequence there's a chance to perform a finishing blow:
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There's a (Crisis Level * ~23.6%) chance to perform a finishing blow. Which finishing blow is used is not affected by Crisis Level, but has a fixed chance of occurring depending on which weapon Squall has equipped. Finishing blows are physical attacks and can do critical damage.
Rough Divide (ラフディバイド, Rafu Dibaido?) is Squall's initial finishing move, as well as the weakest. He charges forward and slices an enemy with a diagonal upwards cut, causing an explosion. Squall uses a backhanded slash similar to this in the game's opening when he scars Seifer.
Fated Circle (フェイテッドサークル, Feiteddo Sākuru?) is Squall's second finishing move. He jumps up into the air while charging energy into his gunblade. At the peak of his jump he spins in a circle, releasing a shockwave that damages all enemies.
Blasting Zone (プラスティングゾーン, Burasutingu Zōn?) is Squall's third finishing move. He raises his gunblade overhead, charges up and extends a pillar of energy to the outer atmosphere, then slams the gunblade into the ground to hit all enemies with the pillar.
Lion Heart (エンドオブハート, Endo obu Hāto?, lit. End of Heart) is Squall's ultimate finishing move available with his ultimate weapon (also called the Lion Heart). It strikes a single opponent 17 times, causing massive damage.
After Zell's Duel, Lion Heart is the strongest Limit Break accounting for the plus damage of the Renzokuken's four to eight hits. During optimal conditions, a total of 249,975 points of damage is possible in one attack round. Lion Heart can easily do 9999 damage per hit even with average strength and no Vit 0, making it ideal for low level runs where its damage will not be hindered by the damage cap.
In the PlayStation demo version, Squall only got four hits, the execution was without the indicator, and he had just one finisher, Fated Circle. Squall could use his Limit Break even when not in critical health, although the chance was slim.
Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)Edit
This is the end!
Squall's EX Burst is the Renzokuken, requiring him to successfully time presses of to land a potential eight hits. He finishes with a variation of Lion Heart; rather than attack enemies with several rapid attacks, it is downplayed to a single attack reminiscent of the final blow seen in the original where Squall charges energy into the Lion Heart and dashes past the opponent to strike them once, releasing a shockwave on impact.
Rough Divide, Fated Circle, Blasting Zone, and Revolver Drive are Squall's HP attacks but function differently compared to the original attacks: Rough Divide is a charge attack, and Fated Circle and Blasting Zone have much smaller ranges of impact. Squall has an alternate version of Fated Circle called Aerial Circle, which has a vertical area of effect as opposed to the horizontal.
A flurry of attacks ending in one shattering blow.
Squall retains his HP attacks and Renzokuken is normally the weakest EX Burst; Cloud and Tidus may have a weaker EX Burst depending on their HP due to their EX Mode abilities, Tifa may have a weaker EX Burst depending on her remaining EX Force, and Gilgamesh may have the weakest EX Burst when he's picking the Excalipoor. Squall gains an alternate version of Rough Divide called Revolver Drive where he charges to his opponent while steering for a brief period.
Squall can use his finisher moves.
Renzokuken is an HP attack for Squall. It consists of a 3-hit melee attack and an HP attack. The BRV attack gains 3 extra hits when BRV drops below 250% initial BRV. The ability was originally named "Blade Flurry" before it was corrected in a subsequent update.
Lion Heart is Squall's exclusive skill, learned at level 40 and costing 18 CP to equip. During Battle Music Sequences, whenever a boss-type enemy enters Lion Heart activates automatically to inflict damage based on Squall's Strength, Agility and Luck.
Squall appears as a Legend where he can use his Renzokuken techniques. In addition, players can obtain some of his Renzokuken techniques as abilities to use in battle.
- Ability Cards
- Legend Cards
Non-Final Fantasy guest appearancesEdit
Kingdom Hearts seriesEdit
Squall can charge his gunblade with energy with a technique similar to Blasting Zone where he raises his gunblade into the air and it takes on a glowing blue and gold aura. Squall's attacks increase in power and range. Squall can use an attack similar to Rough Divide where he charges forward and leaps into the air while slashing diagonally, then descends and slams his gunblade into the ground. He uses a spinning attack reminiscent of Fated Circle, but to a smaller scale and without explosions.
In Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, Sora has an attack called "Zone of Ruin" as a finish command where he summons a large glowing gold aura over his Keyblade and swings to hit enemies over a wide area. The Japanese name of the attack is "Blasting Zone".
- Ultimecia's EX Burst in the Dissidia Final Fantasy series is a variation of the Renzokuken called Time compression. It also requires the player to press repeatedly to time up to twelve potential strikes. She ends the EX Burst with Sorceress Heart (エンドオブメモリーズ, Endo obu Memorīzu?, lit. End of Memories) where she consumes the opponent in an explosion. The name parallels the name of Squall's finishing blow, Lion Heart (エンドオブハート, Endo obu Hāto?, lit. End of Heart).
- If Renzokuken is executed on the enemy Blitz while it's in charged mode, Squall receives Thunder-elemental damage. With the correct junctions, he can absorb the damage and heal himself while executing Renzokuken. Same applies with his finishing blows.