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Squall is the main playable party member in Final Fantasy VIII. He is the most powerful party member due to his Renzokuken Limit Break's sheer strength and his gunblades, which have a 255% accuracy and never miss. Like other playable characters, there is also a Triple Triad card based on Squall. He is also playable in demos for Final Fantasy VIII.

Party memberEdit



Squall's gunblade in its case.

Squall uses the hybrid weapon known as the gunblade in battle. Through upgrades via junk shops he can come to wield variant models, although in cutscenes he always wields the Revolver. Gunblades provide 255% accuracy, making Squall the most proficient melee fighter as he never misses, even when afflicted by the Blind status. When pressing the R1 trigger immediately as the weapon hits an enemy, he can boost the damage dealt by 50%.

Squall's own model gunblade is unique, featuring a stenciled Griever on both sides of the blade, as well as having a chained pendant of Griever's head attached to the handle's base. The gunblade's casing is also custom, featuring an enlarged image of Squall's Griever pendant on the lid.

There are seven gunblade models available for Squall to use:

  • Revolver – Initial model. Described in Weapons Monthly, March Issue.
  • Shear Trigger – Described in Weapons Monthly, April Issue.
  • Cutting Trigger – Described in Weapons Monthly, May Issue.
  • Flame Saber – Described in Weapons Monthly, June Issue.
  • Twin Lance – Described in Weapons Monthly, July Issue.
  • Punishment – Described in Weapons Monthly, August Issue.
  • Lion Heart – Described in Weapons Monthly, 1st Issue.

Limit BreakEdit

Lionheart 2

Squall performing the Lion Heart.

Squall's Limit Break is Renzokuken. The player is prompted to tap the R1 trigger button at the correct time, indicated by a moving bar on the bottom of the screen. Squall will slash the targeted enemy four to eight times before beginning one of his four finishing moves.

The finishing move is chosen randomly, but Squall learns finishing moves in accordance to his acquiring of new gunblade models, and can only do a certain finishing move if he is wielding the gunblade model necessary to perform that technique. For instance, Squall cannot use the Lion Heart if he is not equipped with the Lion Heart gunblade.



Squall always starts at level 7 with his EXP bar half-way filled, similar to how Cloud always levels up in his first battle in Final Fantasy VII. Squall's first level up being from level 7 to level 8 may thus be an allusion to the number 8. Natural stat growth is a minor influence in Final Fantasy VIII because of the junction system, but Squall has generally high stats compared to other party members. His Hit% is always 255% because of his weapon.

LV HP Str Vit Mag Spr Spd Luck
1 223 1 1 2 1 20 15
10 616 8 8 8 7 22 16
20 1044 15 14 15 13 24 16
30 1464 21 19 21 18 25 17
40 1877 27 24 27 22 27 18
50 2281 32 28 31 26 29 19
60 2678 36 32 35 29 30 19
70 3067 40 35 39 32 32 20
80 3449 43 37 42 33 34 21
90 3822 46 39 44 35 35 21
100 4187 47 41 45 36 37 22

Triple TriadEdit

Squall Card
TTSquall Element None
Refine 1 refines into 3 Three Stars
Drop None
Card None
Level 10 (Player Card) Win Card game: Laguna Loire (Esthar City or on the Ragnarok), CC Group (on the Ragnarok (disc 4))

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