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Look into my eyes... You're-going-to-like-me... You're-going-to-like-me... Did it work?
—Rinoa Heartilly to Squall Leonhart

Rinoa Heartilly is a playable character in Final Fantasy VIII. In battle, Rinoa wields a unique weapon called the Blaster Edge, a bladed projectile she launches from a firing mechanism on her left arm. After hitting the target, the projectile returns to Rinoa like a boomerang. Rinoa's faithful dog Angelo accompanies her in battle by attacking the enemy or aiding the party.

Rinoa is known for her trademark angel wings printed on the back of her duster sweater and, as such, her "character symbol" is a white feather that signifies the wings. She is Squall Leonhart's love interest, and is featured in the game's logo with him. Apart from the angel wings symbol and her ring, shooting stars have a significance to Rinoa. She points at a shooting star during her introductory scene, her strongest weapon is Shooting Star and one of her most powerful Limit Breaks is called Wishing Star.




Rinoa's shoulder-length black hair has three caramel highlights on both sides of her face. Her eyes are dark brown. When first met at the SeeD ball Rinoa wears an off-white halter dress, her signature necklace, a bracelet on her right wrist, and white shoes. She wears the ballroom outfit again at the Garden Festival event in Fishermans Horizon.

Her signature outfit is a long, sleeveless, blue rib-knit duster sweater with a pair of white wing designs on the back. She wears matching rib-knit arm warmers, a black tank top, a denim button-up skirt, a black ribbon on her left arm, and black cycling shorts with zippers going down the front and a pair of silver buckled black boots. Her necklace features a ring. Just before the Battle of the Gardens she receives Squall's Griever ring from Zell, who borrowed it to make Rinoa a replica. Rinoa adds the Griever ring to her necklace and wears it along with her own.

In the original North American release, Rinoa's height was listed as 161 cm (5' 3.5"), but the Final Fantasy VIII Ultimania, the latest edition released seven years after the game, has her height as 163cm (5' 4"). This is because all the character heights were converted incorrectly from the metric to imperial for the North American version of Final Fantasy VIII.


A member of the Timber resistance group Forest Owls. Uses her dog to make special attacks.
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Rinoa Sketch

Rinoa is compassionate, warm, and friendly, although she can act stubborn and naive. She was born to a well-to-do family, her father heading the Galbadian military, but she is concerned by the state of the world. Rinoa joins a resistance movement fighting Galbadia to achieve Timber's independence in a mixture of genuine desire to fight for Timber and rebellion against her father. The Owls are amateurish and she has little experience with the realities of combat, and is anxious at the prospect of fighting solo. She can be impulsive and act without thinking, which gets her into trouble. She is loyal to her friends and committed to doing what she thinks is right.

Rinoa clashes with Squall and Quistis for what she perceives as a cold and mechanical attitude and their impatience with her inexperience. Rinoa serves as a foil to Squall as a person who can freely express emotion. Although she initially dislikes him for his coldness, she grows fond of him and encourages him to open up and talk about his feelings, as well as teasing him playfully to try and break through his shell.

Although Rinoa puts up a brave front, her isolation is hinted at, having lost her mother at a young age and having a strained relationship with her father. Rinoa has many followers but not many close friends save for her dog, Angelo, leading her to bond with Squall over what they're both missing from their lives.


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I like it like this. I liked having my mom hold me. My dad, too, back when we got along. But now... Squall, you're the one who gives me the most comfort. Comfort and happiness... and annoyance and disappointment, too!
—Rinoa Heartilly
Rinoa Waiting

Rinoa in the opening FMV.

Rinoa is the daughter of Galbadia's military commander Fury Caraway and idol singer Julia Heartilly. When Rinoa was almost five, Julia died in a car accident and afterwards, Rinoa and her father grew steadily apart. At 16, Rinoa dated a SeeD cadet named Seifer Almasy from whom she learned more of the mercenary-for-hire service SeeD provides. By the time she is seventeen, Rinoa has moved away from home and presumably changed her surname to her mother's maiden name. To compound their problems, Rinoa joined the Forest Owls, a group of freedom fighters rebelling against the Galbadian government.

Rinoa meets Squall during the SeeD inauguration party at Balamb Garden where she gets him to dance. Rinoa is on an errand on behalf of the Timber Owls to convince Headmaster Cid Kramer to employ SeeD mercenaries to aid their cause. With Seifer's help she is introduced to Cid and, hearing her plight, he allows her the use of a group of three SeeDs despite the meager payment she offers in return and the complaints of the Garden Faculty.


Under contract, Squall serves as Rinoa's soldier.

The three SeeDs chosen are Zell Dincht, Selphie Tilmitt, and Squall Leonhart. While disappointed Seifer is not part of the squad, Rinoa is nonetheless elated SeeD has come to the Owls' aid. The SeeDs at first willingly assist in Rinoa's plans to kidnap Vinzer Deling, the president of Galbadia, by hijacking his train. When the president they kidnap turns out to be a fake the SeeDs' confidence in the Timber group begins to wane.

They learn the real president will make an announcement at the Timber TV Station and the Forest Owls hatch a new plan with their SeeD mercenaries watching skeptically from a distance. Squall requests to see the contract that bounds his group to the Timber Owls, only to discover they are under Rinoa's command as long as Timber remains under Galbadian oppression. Rinoa wants them to take over the newly-activated TV Station to broadcast a message of sedition, but while on their way to infiltrate the station new intelligence indicates that, due to the military presence, the plan would have to be abandoned. Squall expresses the SeeD group's misgivings of being part of such a casual organization and questions Rinoa's commitment. The argument ends with her leaving.

During the president's TV broadcast a renegade Seifer takes him hostage over the air. Squall, Selphie and Zell rush to the studio to aid Squall's former teacher Quistis who had been pursuing Seifer. Seifer is spirited away by Sorceress Edea, the president's new ally he was supposed to announce as the nation's new ambassador. Having seen the incident on the Timber TV Station screen, and discovering the Forest Owls' base destroyed, Rinoa returns looking for Seifer and the rest.


Rinoa voices her opinion on Squall's attitude.

Arriving too late to find him, she orders the SeeDs to help her lie low while the Galbadian forces search the town. Contemplating Seifer's fate leads Squall and Rinoa into another argument over their views on life before they are given word it is clear to leave town. Unable to return to Balamb Garden, the group heads to the Galbadia Garden instead. En route the two argue again, this time about Squall's cold attitude towards his teammates. Squall, Selphie, and Quistis mysteriously fall unconscious, and when they awaken, Rinoa, feeling guilty for being so hard on him, apologizes.

The group makes it to the Garden and learns Seifer has been announced executed. Rinoa reveals her past with him and the SeeDs receive new orders. Rinoa pretends to be a SeeD to avoid conflict and joins Squall's group in heading to Deling City to meet their contact, Rinoa's father, General Caraway. After meeting with the SeeDs General Caraway locks Rinoa in another room and informs the SeeDs of his plan to assassinate the sorceress, Edea Kramer.

After the briefing Rinoa escapes the room, having discovered a rare Odine Bangle in a drawer. She rushes to Quistis to tell her of her plan to stop the sorceress by tricking her to wear the bangle said to suppress a sorceress's powers. Quistis berates her, thinking Rinoa's plan is only contrived to oppose her father. Left to her own devices, Rinoa carries out her plan alone. She infiltrates the Presidential Residence, and offers the bangle to Edea as a gift. Edea renders Rinoa under her control like a puppet, and Rinoa placidly follows Edea out onto the balcony where she is designated as a sacrifice for Edea's coronation ceremony.


Rinoa insists that Squall doesn't leave her.

Edea summons two Iguions to attack Rinoa, but Squall and Irvine, a G-Garden sharpshooter who is to aid them assassinate the sorceress, save her. Squall has discovered Seifer is alive and has become Edea's Sorceress Knight, meaning he may have to kill him, but Rinoa appears indifferent. After Squall fights Seifer Rinoa and Irvine join him against Edea who renders Squall unconscious with an ice javelin. As he falls off the parade float Rinoa fruitlessly reaches out to him. The group is captured and imprisoned in the D-District Prison, barred by Irvine who escaped. Irvine returns, acting on orders from presumably Rinoa's father, to retrieve Rinoa from imprisonment and, with tenacious convincing from Rinoa, the pair assists the rest of the group's escape from the compound.

During their capture, the group learned that in retaliation for the attack on Sorceress Edea, Galbadia has targeted Balamb and Trabia Gardens in a missile attack. Splitting into two the party attempts to prevent the attack: Selphie's plan is to sabotage the missiles aimed at Balamb Garden, while Squall rushes to warn Balamb Garden of the impending attack. It is up to Squall to place Rinoa in either group. If Rinoa is sent to the Missile Base she assists the group in the base's destruction, but ultimately the mission fails and the missiles are launched. If Squall takes Rinoa to Balamb Garden, she helps him find the headmaster during a riot and activate the Garden's mobile functions to move the Garden away from the spot the missiles were programmed to target. After everything calms down Rinoa asks Squall to give her a tour of the Garden.

The party is reunited in Fishermans Horizon where the mobile Balamb Garden crashes. Squall acts as an ambassador and enacts a formal apology, but Mayor Dobe, the leader of the pacifist city, tells them to leave as their presence can only cause destruction. Galbadian soldiers invade the town and Dobe heads off to discuss peacefully with them. The soldiers do not listen, and Dobe is rescued by Squall and his team. Grudgingly, the mayor accepts their apology, and orders the city's technicians to restore Balamb Garden to full functionality. Selphie's group reunites with Squall and for a moment Squall is almost elated, something that does not go unnoticed by Rinoa.


Rinoa and Squall sit down and talk.

Squall is appointed commander of SeeD and to celebrate his friends organize a concert for his honor. If Rinoa doesn't like the band's music Rinoa and Squall argue and she runs away. If Rinoa enjoys the music she convinces Squall to trust in his friends more.

As his first command Squall liberates Balamb from Galbadian occupation. Next they head to the ruins of Trabia Garden, Selphie's home Garden, where he offers the students Balamb Garden's support. While waiting for Selphie, Rinoa voices her worries about being an interloper and a burden within the group and what would happen in the future. The others recollect their pasts and discover they were raised in the same orphanage and that Edea is the Matron who used to look after them.

The Garden embarks to Edea's Orphanage in search of clues, but is intercepted by a similarly mobile Galbadia Garden. The Battle of the Gardens ensues, and Rinoa falls off the Garden's edge, but Squall rides a Galbadian jetpack to save her and regroup with the others inside the enemy Garden. Rinoa asks Squall about his lion ring, as she is holding it for him, having obtained it from Zell for safekeeping. Squall explains it symbolizes pride and courage, and Rinoa ponders if she can become a lion too.

Sorceress Edea is defeated and Rinoa starts acting strange: she revives a defeated Seifer before collapsing. It is revealed that Edea had been possessed by another sorceress from the future known as Ultimecia, but being defeated by SeeD snapped her out of it and she becomes the SeeD's ally.


Squall rescues Rinoa in space.

Rinoa remains comatose and her condition concerns Squall who realizes he is in love with her, driving him to seek a cure. He knows Ellone, a girl he used to know from the orphanage he was raised in, can send people's consciousnesses back in time. Squall searches for her to ask her to send him in Rinoa's past to discover what happened to her. Being lead to Esthar, Squall and Rinoa are sent to the Lunar Base space station to meet Ellone.

Aboard the space station Rinoa awakens under the control of Ultimecia, as after being defeated, Edea had unknowingly passed on her sorceress power to Rinoa. Ultimecia uses Rinoa to unlock Sorceress Adel's spacebound tomb and leaves Rinoa to die in space. Cured from her coma, Rinoa ponders her impending demise before Squall contacts her telepathically with Ellone's help, telling her to activate the emergency oxygen supply of her spacesuit. Squall ditches his escape pod from the Lunar Base that is being destroyed by the Lunar Cry and intercepts Rinoa in space. The two discover the derelict Ragnarok airship which was floating aimlessly in space near them.

On board the Ragnarok Squall communicates their current situation to Esthar, and enables the ship's autopilot to return to the planet. Squall confesses many things to Rinoa about himself and Rinoa tells him he is the one who gives her the most comfort and happiness. The land base tells the two Rinoa will be seized by the Esthar government upon landing because she has become a sorceress.

Sorceress memorial

Squall prevents Rinoa from cryogenically freezing herself.

Upon landing Esthar officials take Rinoa to contain her sorceress powers in a new tomb in the Sorceress Memorial, like what they had done to Sorceress Adel before her. Fearing she would hurt anyone else or be hated by society, Rinoa allows her powers to be sealed. After being pushed into action by his friends, Squall breaks into the Sorceress Memorial as Rinoa is about to be cryogenically frozen, and takes her away with him to Edea's Orphanage.

In the flower field behind the orphanage Rinoa voices her concerns about being possessed and turning evil, but Squall makes a silent vow to become Rinoa's Sorceress Knight. Rinoa asks Squall to kill her should her worst fears come to reality, but Squall assures his enemy is Ultimecia alone. Rinoa tells Squall of a nightmare she had in which she wanted to see him, but could not find him. The couple promises to meet at the flower field should they be separated.


Rinoa, possessed by Ultimecia, on the verge of time compression.

Joining forces with Esthar, the SeeDs devise a plan to defeat Ultimecia. They invade the Lunatic Pandora on the Ragnarok and fight through Seifer and an awakened Sorceress Adel (now Ultimecia's vessel). Ultimecia orders Seifer to capture Rinoa, who is junctioned to Adel's body through Ultimecia's powers. Squall and the others defeat Adel who passes on her sorceress power to Rinoa. Ultimecia possesses Rinoa and Ellone sends Ultimecia and Rinoa back in time so Ultimecia can cast time compression, a magic spell only possible to cast if the sorceress's consciousness simultaneously exists in the past, present, and future.

The process of time compression is long, and allows for Squall, Rinoa, Zell, Quistis, Irvine, and Selphie to enter Ultimecia Castle in the future and defeat Ultimecia. The time compression unravels leaving the combatants stranded in time and they make their way back by remembering who they are and where they want to be. Rinoa reappears in the flower field where she and Squall had made their promise, but Squall is nowhere to be found. Using her sorceress powers, Rinoa transforms a flower petal into a feather that finds Squall in a void, trapped between time. She follows him to the void and brings him back to the flower field.


Rinoa and Squall kiss.

Balamb Garden celebrates SeeD's victory over Ultimecia and Squall and Rinoa stay outside on a balcony overlooking the ocean. Noticing a shooting star, much as the one he had seen on the night the pair first met, Squall smiles at Rinoa and kisses her as the Garden flies under the moonlight.

Spoilers end here.



Rinoa uses a Blaster Edge in battle. Through upgrades via Junk Shop she can come to wield other variant models. The Blaster Edge, which should be attached to her left forearm, does not appear in cutscenes. When in trouble she receives the aid of her dog, Angelo.


Rinoa wields the Blaster Edge as her default weapon. There are five types available for Rinoa to use.

While it is possible to acquire Rinoa's ultimate weapon, Shooting Star, before disc 3, it is difficult due to the player requiring a Force Armlet to upgrade.

  • Pinwheel – Initial model. Described in Weapons Monthly, April Issue.
  • Valkyrie – Described in Weapons Monthly, May Issue.
  • Rising Sun – Described in Weapons Monthly, July Issue.
  • Cardinal – Described in Weapons Monthly, August Issue.
  • Shooting Star – Described in Weapons Monthly, 1st Issue.

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

Limit BreaksEdit

Rinoa is the only character in Final Fantasy VIII to have two Limit Breaks. The first one she starts with, while the second is obtained through story progression.




Combine is Rinoa's primary Limit Break, in which Rinoa teams up with Angelo to perform a variety of attacks. To gain access to Combine moves the player has to read Pet Pals magazines and walk around with Rinoa in the party so Angelo can learn it. Learning all of Angelo's Combine skills in the Steam version earns the player the achievement Dog Trainer.

Angel WingEdit

Angel Wing is Rinoa's second Limit Break obtained late in the story. While in the Angel Wing state Rinoa's magic damage is boosted five times more powerful than usual, and puts her into a berserk spell-casting state in which she uses only magic.


Despite being the character with the least combat experience, of the main party Rinoa has some of the highest base stats at Level 100, surpassing all others in Strength, Magic and Spirit.

LV HP Str Vit Mag Spr Spd Luck
1 217 1 0 8 3 20 16
10 610 10 5 15 8 22 17
20 1038 19 10 22 14 24 17
30 1458 27 14 29 19 25 18
40 1871 35 18 35 24 27 19
50 2275 42 21 41 28 28 19
60 2672 48 24 46 31 30 20
70 3061 54 26 51 34 32 20
80 3443 59 28 55 36 33 21
90 3816 64 30 59 38 35 22
100 4181 67 31 63 39 36 22


During the battle with Adel, Rinoa is junctioned to her, immobile, because Adel is absorbing her powers. If she dies, it is Game Over.

Triple TriadEdit

Rinoa Card
TTRinoa Element None
Refine 1 refines into 3 Magic Armlets
Drop N/A
Card N/A
Level 10 (Player Card) Win General Caraway after losing the Ifrit card to him.
The CC Group in the Ragnarok airship in Disc 4.

Creation and developmentEdit

Rinoa FFVIII Art 1

Tetsuya Nomura, the main character designer for Final Fantasy VIII, struggled drawing Rinoa. He wanted to create a character who would leave an impression on the viewer; instead of a beauty, he wanted something cute. He feels some of his personal preferences were included in the design. For Rinoa he also created a "cute" vocabulary list and some ideas for her habits which were sent off to the scenario writer Kazushige Nojima.

For his part Nojima wanted to have Rinoa like books and reading; this is why she is found in the Balamb Garden library when not in the active party. One detail that did not make the Japanese-to-English translation was Rinoa's habit of forming cutesy words (much like Selphie). One such word was oHARO~ ("ohayo" (good morning) and "HELLO" put together).

Mayuko Aoki acted out most of the motion capture needed for Rinoa's FMV sequences, although Yasuko Yokoyama acted as her motion actress for the waltz scene and Hoshimi Asai performed Rinoa's stunt scenes, such as when she falls down the side of Balamb Garden.

During the game Rinoa does not have a voice, but in some FMVs, she is heard breathing. Foley artists in the USA recorded and mixed all the sounds featured in the FMV movies.

There is a dummied piece of dialogue in the scene where Squall and Rinoa are onboard Ragnarok where Rinoa tried to dissuade an assumed jealousy in Squall for her having dated Seifer in the past. When Squall did not catch on, Rinoa commented that Squall does not care about other people's pasts.[3]

Musical themesEdit

The romance between Squall and Rinoa is accompanied by a variation of Julia Heartilly's "Eyes on Me". Rinoa's introduction in Balamb Garden's dance hall is accompanied by the "Eyes on Me" variation "Waltz for the Moon", and her second introduction on the Timber Owls train is accompanied by another variant, titled "My Mind", which often is considered to be her theme.

This would continue as a pattern over the next two games, as the character themes of Garnet and Yuna would likewise be variations of "Melodies of Life" and "Suteki da ne", the themes of their respective romances with Zidane and Tidus.

Other appearancesEdit

Pocket Station memorycard iconsEdit


An icon sprite of Rinoa appears in the Pocket Station memorycard file manager.

Theatrhythm Final FantasyEdit

Theatrhythm Rinoa
As a part of the Forest Owls, Rinoa works to undermine the Galbadian government along with her fellow freedom fighters. She meets Squall when she goes to Balamb Garden to seek help for her group's plans to abduct the Galbadian president. She cannot help falling for the SeeD, yet she will find herself the unwitting inheritor of a sorceress's power, making her a liability and putting her life at risk during the war against the sorceresses.
—Online description

Rinoa appears as a playable character in the iOS version of Theatrhythm, and must be purchased to use.

Rinoa, is part of the background movie in the Event Music Sequence, "Waltz for the Moon", dancing with Squall.


Level HP Strength Magic Agility Luck
1 209 A S B C
99 5556 A S B C


Reactive Abilities
Ability Level Learned
Focus (Lv1) Initial
Brace (Lv1) Level 15
Regen (Lv1) Level 20
Focus (Lv2) Level 30
Regen (Lv2) Level 40
Brace (Lv2) Level 50
Regen (Lv3) Level 60
Focus (Lv3) Level 65
Brace (Lv3) Level 80
Proactive Abilities
Ability Level Learned
Lance (Lv1) Initial
HP Up (Lv1) Level 5
Agility Up (Lv1) Level 10
EXP Up (Lv1) Level 25
Agility Up (Lv2) Level 35
HP Up (Lv2) Level 45
EXP Up (Lv2) Level 55
HP Up (Lv3) Level 70
Agility Up (Lv3) Level 75

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain CallEdit

Rinoa returns as an unlockable character, and is unlocked by collecting Turquoise Crystal Shards.

She is a Support oriented character. Her Limit, Wishing Star, deals damage in proportion to her Magic and Agility.


Level CP HP Strength Magic Agility Luck Stamina Spirit
1 8 208 14 14 11 10 11 12
50 37 3591 114 111 89 79 88 92
99 50 5525 172 168 133 119 133 139


Reactive Abilities
Ability CP Level Learned
Counter (Lv1) 5 Initial
Cry (Lv1) 4 Level 5
Thoroughbred 7 Level 10
Counter (Lv2) 10 Level 30
Wishing Star 18 Level 40
Cry (Lv2) 14 Level 45
Spare Change 15 Level 50
Counter (Lv3) 16 Level 70
Cry (Lv3) 24 Level 80
Proactive Abilities
Ability CP Level Learned
Sinewy Etude (Lv1) 7 Initial
Elegy (Lv1) 10 Level 15
Regen (Lv1) 12 Level 20
Hero's Rime (Lv1) 18 Level 25
Sinewy Etude (Lv2) 10 Level 35
Elegy (Lv2) 15 Level 55
Regen (Lv2) 18 Level 60
Hero's Rime (Lv2) 26 Level 65
Sinewy Etude (Lv3) 15 Level 75
Elegy (Lv3) 30 Level 85
Regen (Lv3) 30 Level 90
Hero's Rime (Lv3) 35 Level 95

Pictlogica Final FantasyEdit

Rinoa appears in Pictlogica Final Fantasy as a playable character.

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Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit

Rebelled against her Galbadian military father to join the Timber resistance group, The Forest Owls. A cheerful and carefree young woman who falls in love with Squall.
—Character Description

Rinoa appears as an ally and a summonable Legend depicted in her Final Fantasy VIII default outfit and in a wedding dress. Her abilities are Angelo Cannon, Angelo Rush and Angelo Strike. Her EX abilities are Angelo Strike, Angelo Rush, Angelo Recover and Angel Wing. In battle, Rinoa is armed with her Pinwheel.

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Final Fantasy All the BravestEdit

Rinoa ATB
This vibrant young member of the Forest Owls is extremely moody after waking up.

Rinoa is an exclusive character only available from the Premium Character Shop as a random downloadable content. She uses the Angelo Cannon ability during battle.

Final Fantasy Record KeeperEdit

FFRK Rinoa
Rebelling against her father, a powerful figure in the Galbadian military, Rinoa joined the Timber resistance group known as the Forest Owls. She met Squall at the SeeD graduation party and fell in love.

Rinoa is unlocked in Parade Float on Classic during the To Slay a Sorceress event storyline of Final Fantasy VIII as the First Time Reward. Her role is Resistance Fighter.


Rinoa is primarily aligned as both a Ranger and a Black Mage, making her a great distance attack unit, but if the need arises, she can act as a mid-level White Mage.

Level HP Attack Defense Magic Resistance Mind Accuracy Evasion Speed
1 180 8 7 12 9 8 20 20 92
10 700 20 15 37 22 20 20 20 96
20 1,279 34 24 60 37 35 20 21 101
30 1,857 48 35 81 52 49 21 21 106
40 2,436 62 46 101 67 64 21 22 112
50 3,015 76 58 120 83 78 22 22 118
60 3,593 89 70 139 98 92 23 23 124
65 3,883 96 76 148 105 100 23 23 127
70 4,172 103 82 157 113 107 23 23 130
80 4,750 117 95 175 128 121 24 24 136

Rinoa can use the Support school of Physical skillset up to rarity rank 3, the Celerity school of Physical skillset up to rarity rank 2, Black Magic abilities up to rarity rank 5 White Magic abilities up to rarity rank 3.

Her initial Soul Break is Angelo Cannon, which at the expense of one Soul Gauge segment deals ranged damage to one target. The thrown Valkyrie (VIII) can grant Rinoa access to Angel Wing Bolt, which at the expense of one Soul Gauge segment unleashes a barrage of lightning bolts to multiple targets.

After Rinoa's level cap is increased she automatically gains the Record Materia, Angelo Recover, which when equipped grants the user with a chance to recover HP from normal attacks.


Rinoa can equip the following weapon types: daggers, rods and thrown.

She can equip the following armor types: hats, robes, light armor and bracers.

She can equip accessories.


Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

Rinoa appears in the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game and is represented on several cards of the Wind set.

Triple TriadEdit

Rinoa appears on Triple Triad cards in the version available via Final Fantasy Portal App. They have different values than her card in Final Fantasy VIII.

Final Fantasy VIII demoEdit

Rinoa in Dollet

Rinoa appearing in the Dollet evacuation FMV.

In the original demo of Final Fantasy VIII, Rinoa is part of the team that infiltrates Dollet and is featured in Selphie's place in the evacuation FMV. She has no Limit Break, and no spoken lines, but is the only one able to summon a Guardian Force, Leviathan.

Final Fantasy VIII technical demoEdit

Rinoa and Squall dance 1

Rinoa in a PS2 tech demo.

Squall and Rinoa appear in a technical demo for the PlayStation 2 where they reenact the waltz scene from Final Fantasy VIII to showcase the console's graphics engine.

Non-Final Fantasy guest appearancesEdit

Kingdom HeartsEdit

During the end credits of Kingdom Hearts II, Squall (going by the name Leon) receives a letter from someone, presumably Rinoa, as her trademark "angel wings" icon appears from the letter.

Itadaki StreetEdit


Rinoa, along with other Squaresoft characters from the Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest series, appears in Itadaki Street Special, a game that resembles Monopoly. It has only been released in Japan.

Rinoa reappears in this mobile-phone edition of Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Mobile. While initially not part of the player roster, she was later added on August 16, 2010, following the game's release.

Puzzle & DragonsEdit

Rinoa appeared in Puzzle & Dragons as part of the Final Fantasy collaboration. The collaboration event happened in the North American version from 2 to 15 November, 2015.

Other mediaEdit


During the ending of Dissidia Final Fantasy, when everyone is disappearing, a feather (possibly a reference to Rinoa) falls down towards Squall. He grabs hold of it and disappears with the other Warriors of Cosmos. In Shade Impulse, Squall mentions to Ultimecia and Onion Knight he made a promise to return to someone in his world, referring to Rinoa.

In Gunslinger Stratos 2, an outfit based on Rinoa appears as a costume for Ryn Rakando in the third-person shooter arcade game. Announced during a Tokyo Game Show, the costume was released as part of a Final Fantasy-themed collaboration event for the game in November, 2014.

In Star Ocean Till the End of Time, a costume themed around Rinoa's outfit is available as the 3P costume for Maria Traydor in the game. The player can unlock the costume by collecting 120 Battle Trophies.

In RWBY, a minor reference to Rinoa appears in the "Yellow" Trailer where Yang Xiao Long visits The Club and interrogates Hei Xiong if he knows the "Transient Princess". The Transient Princess is in fact the name of a Rinoa CG that Monty Oum created and the image's name references the way that Final Fantasy VIII manikins are named in the Dissidia series.

Dead FantasyEdit

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Rinoa in Dead Fantasy.

For more information, see Dead Fantasy Wiki: Rinoa Heartilly.

Rinoa appears in the second segment of the fanmade Dead Fantasy series. She uses a fanmade gunblade called the Vanishing Star for melee combat, and a fanmade Blaster Edge called the Silenced Tear for long ranged attacks. She has angel wings that enable her to fly, and can be used to protect herself and her allies.

Rinoa uses the sorceress power to conjure portals, use telekinesis and augment her magic. She debuts in Dead Fantasy II with Kairi to aid Yuna, Rikku, and Tifa against their Dead or Alive rivals. The fight ends with Rinoa conjuring portals from the moon that transport each Final Fantasy girl with their rival to another location.

The white feather symbolizing Rinoa appears within Dead Fantasy IV until the preview of Dead Fantasy VIII. The last screenshot of Rinoa shows her fighting several jets with her magic. Rinoa was set appear in a future installment Dead Fantasy VII to fight her rival, Rachel, but since Monty's death, the series ended up in a permanent hiatus. Rinoa's fighting style is based on a Chinese style Straight Sword and the way she wields her gun blade is based on a Dao Sword. Her grunts in Dead Fantasy II are from Sion Eltnam Atlasia from Melty Blood, voiced by Rio Natsuki.

Rinoa's last appearance is in Dead Fantasy Gee along with the other Final Fantasy girls dancing the song "Gee" by Girls Generation. Rinoa wears her white ballroom dress as her alternate attire, and doesn't permanently have her angel wings like in the battle footage, but they briefly appear when the lights are off. Rinoa plays the role of one of the Girls Generation member, Kwon Yuri.

Dion Rogers' RinoaEdit

Rinoa has a fanmade design known as the "Dion Rogers' Rinoa" that was popular among cosplayers. Late 2004 to early 2005 Square held a competition to see who would make the best fanart following the theme "FFanything-2". The winner would get their design turned into a pixel rendition.


In one of the windows outside the Square Enix Artnia café is a display containing a crystal chandelier, a suspended wall mirror and a candle lit dresser in front of a red curtain. Besides the dresser is a silhouetted figure of Rinoa in her "request pose" that she performed when asking for a dance with Squall.


Being one of the central characters of Final Fantasy VIII, Rinoa has featured in numerous merchandise, such as in the Final Fantasy Play Arts Action Figures, Final Fantasy Trading Arts, Final Fantasy Trading Arts Mini and other Final Fantasy VIII action figures.

Rinoa has been part of the Coca-Cola marketing campaigns where she has had several different bottle-cap figurines: chibi and regular versions, red crystal versions of each and the color of the figurine's base either yellow or red.

The Transcendent Artists Collection: Final Fantasy VIII statue features Rinoa with the Guardian Force Siren.

The Rinoa Zippo lighter is perhaps the rarest piece of merchandise; only a few hundred were ever produced. Other very rare pieces of merchandise are the ballroom scene Final Fantasy Cold Cast Collection statue and the Rinoa chrome statue, both limited at 3,000 pieces.



Before the magazine Shonen Jump revealed the name "Rinoa Heartilly" many publications translated the name as "Lenore", which means "light" (romaji transcription of "Lenore" is Rinoa).[4] The French translation of the game comes closer to this, calling her "Linoa" (also a Haitian/Tahitian female name meaning "light of the earth").

The name Rinoa may be a variation of Riona, a Gaelic Irish name meaning both "pure" and "royal". Both meanings could be attributed to Rinoa, in the angelic appearance and in the Forest Owls members referring to her as "princess".

Rinoa's surname, Heartilly, is derived from the English word "heartily". Heartily is an adverb meaning in a cordial manner, with warmth and sincerity, with zest or enthusiasm.


Rinoa library

Rinoa is in the library when she is not in the party.

  • Three of Rinoa's weapons, the Valkyrie, Cardinal and Shooting Star, are Ultimecia's exclusive weapons in Dissidia Final Fantasy.
  • Aside from the Laguna flashbacks, Rinoa is the only playable character in the present timeline to not have any connection to SeeD or Garden.
  • The character Kaldea Orchid of the Square 3D theatrical beat'em up game The Bouncer appears to lift various features from Rinoa.


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