An ultimate weapon (最終武器, Saishuu Buki?, lit. last weapon) is a widely used term to refer to a single weapon model that objectively surpasses all others of its kind in both usefulness and power. In most installments of the Final Fantasy series, each type of weapon features a single ultimate weapon, and it is possible to pinpoint an ultimate weapon from each available weapon type in the game.
Ultimate weapons are often unique and available through sidequests, which may range from item creation to being found at the defeat of optional bosses and/or optional dungeons. In most cases, the series' most powerful weapons have recurred even if in name only. Re-releases commonly offer new ultimate weapons not present in the games' original releases.
Until the Dawn of Souls release for the Game Boy Advance, the best weapon was the Masamune, which had the greatest attack power and could be equipped by every job. However, the Excalibur could easily deliver more damage despite its lower attack power due to being effective against all weaknesses.
In the Dawn of Souls release several new weapons were included, and among them the Ultima Weapon, whose attack power was bound to the wielder's current HP, and thus could reach an attack power of 99, far surpassing any other weapon, and could be equipped by every advanced job.
In the 20th Anniversary version, new pieces of equipment were added as rewards for the Labyrinth of Time sidequest, but only one weapon surpasses the Ultima Weapon in attack power: the Barbarian Sword. It can be equipped by Warriors, Knights, Red Mages, and Red Wizards.
The best weapons changed with successive re-releases. Until the Dawn of Souls release, the best weapon was the Masamune, and, like all weapons, could be equipped by every character.
In the 20th Anniversary release for the PlayStation Portable and mobile platforms, new ultimate weapons were released for every playable character of the main storyline, obtainable through the Arcane Labyrinth sidequest.
|Minwu||Staff of Light||Staff|
As in the Dawn of Souls release, the playable characters of the Soul of Rebirth mode will keep their equipment from a normal cleared save, and as such, it is possible to keep Minwu's, Josef's and Ricard's weapons from the Arcane Labyrinth, considering they had them equipped as they left the party.
A character's equipment is limited by their job. The most powerful weapon is the Shuriken, which always deals 9999 damage, but can only be used by Ninja, and is consumed upon use. However, several other powerful weapons are available.
In the original release, strongest weapon was the Onion Sword, which could be equipped by the namesake Onion Knight. Many weapons of comparable power to the Onion Sword, and accessible to many jobs can be found at Eureka, each protected by strong bosses.
In the 3D remake new sidequests were released, involving a new character, the Legendary Smith. Through these sidequests new powerful job-exclusive weapons and armor became available, obtainable by maxing a job's level with any character. A new ultimate weapon, the Ultima Weapon, offers significantly greater stat boosts than the Onion Sword at the expense of one unit of attack power. Each of the mentioned weapons can only be obtained once.
- Legendary Smith weapons
The ultimate weapons for the main final party can be found at the Lunar Subterrane, the final dungeon. Both Rosa and Rydia have access to a pair of weapons that each maximize their physical and magical prowess, however, only one of the two can be found as treasure, while the other is a drop from a randomly encountered enemy. Meanwhile Cecil, Kain, and Edge can find weapons that optimize their melee skill.
|Kain||Holy Lance||Spear||Find: Lunar Subterrane (defeat Plague Horror)|
|Rydia||Dragon Whisker||Whip||Drop: Blue Dragon, Fiend Dragon|
|Stardust Rod||Rod||Find: Lunar Subterrane (defeat Behemoth)|
|Cecil||Ragnarok||Sword||Find: Lunar Subterrane (defeat Dark Bahamut)|
|Rosa||Artemis Bow||Bow||Drop: Moonmaiden|
|Sage's Staff||Staff||Find: Lunar Subterrane|
|Edge||Murasame||Katana||Find: Lunar Subterrane (defeat White Dragon)|
|Masamune||Katana||Find: Lunar Subterrane (defeat Ogopogo)|
In the Advance and Complete Collection releases, two new bonus dungeons were added. The first, the Cave of Trials, contains powerful weapons for the returning party members that could rejoin Cecil's party at Mysidia's Tower of Prayers after the defeat of the Giant of Babil.
A new post-game optional dungeon, the Lunar Ruins, contains powerful and exclusive weapons for each character, obtained in treasure chests or as rewards from the dungeon's character-specific trials.
|Kain||Abel's Lance||Spear||Kain's Trial|
|Cid||Flare Sledgehammer||Hammer||Cid's Trial|
In the 3D remakes, the five final characters' ultimate weapons were significantly changed: while Kain, Cecil and Edge's respective weapons were powered, Rosa's Artemis Bow and Rydia's Dragon Whisker lost their penalties to magic stats, and the Sage's Staff became weaker than the Rune Staff in every aspect.
The remake also added a new ultimate weapon equipable by both Cecil and Kain, the Onion Sword.
There are twelve weapons known as "Sealed Weapons" held in Kuza, the Sealed Castle. Boomerang is the only weapon type not to have a corresponding Sealed Weapon. However, these are not the most powerful weapons.
- Assassin's Dagger has 78 Attack and a 25% chance to inflict Instant Death. It can be used by all jobs except Monks and White Mages.
- Apollo's Harp can be wielded by Bards and Freelancers only, has 42 Attack, deals extra damage against the Undead and Demons, and ignores row.
- The Excalibur can be used by Freelancers, Knights, and Gladiators, boosts Attack by 107 and Strength by 5, and is Holy-elemental.
- The Rune Axe, wielded by Freelancers, Gladiators, and Berserkers, raises Strength by 68 and Magic by 3, and uses MP to always hit critical.
- Yoichi's Bow can be used by Freelancers, Gladiators, and Rangers. It ignores row, has a 30% chance of critical hit, and raises Attack by 98, and Strength and Speed by 3.
- Sasuke's Katana is wielded by Ninjas and Freelancers. It may block attacks and has 96 Attack and 3 Speed.
- The Sage Staff can be used by Freelancers, White Mages, Time Mages, Red Mages, Chemists, Oracles, and Mimes. It only has 50 Attack, but raises the power of Holy-elemental attacks while equipped, deals double damage to the Undead, and casts Raise when used as an item.
- Masamune, used by Freelancers, Gladiators, and Samurai, has a 15% chance of critical hits, has the user always go first, has 104 Attack, and casts Haste when used as an item.
- The Magus Rod, wielded by Freelancers, Mimes, Time Mages, Black Mages, Blue Mages, Red Mages, and Necromancers, has merely 37 Attack, but increases the power of attacks of every element by the wielder except Water and Holy elemental.
- The Holy Lance is Holy-elemental and boasts 107 Attack and 3 Strength. It can only be used by Freelancers, Gladiators, and Dragoons.
- Gaia's Bell, only used by Freelancers and Geomancers, has just 32 Attack, but boosts Earth-elemental attacks by the user and has a 25% chance of casting Quake instead of attacking.
- Lastly, the Fire Lash is the sealed Beastmaster weapon and can be also used by Freelancers. It boosts Attack by 79, and Strength and Speed by 2. It also ignores row and has a 32% chance of casting Firaga when attacking.
The most powerful weapons are obtained by defeating a strong boss or finding them from the bonus dungeon introduced in Final Fantasy V Advance, Sealed Temple.
Artemis' Bow was the most powerful bow in the SNES/PS versions, found in the Istory Falls or stolen from Dragon Aevis, but in the Advance/mobile/Steam releases Fairy's Bow is more powerful and is obtained by defeating Grand Aevis.
In the SNES/PS versions Murakumo is the most powerful katana, stolen from Yojimbo or the final boss, but Mutsunokami is the most powerful katana in the Advance/mobile/Steam versions, and is found in Sealed Temple Lethe Court - Shadowed Gate.
In the SNES/PS versions Ragnarok was the most powerful knight sword, obtained by defeating Shinryu in the final dungeon, or stealing from the final boss, Neo Exdeath. The Advance/mobile/Steam versions have an even more powerful sword, the Apocalypse, found from the Sealed Temple.
Man-Eater was the most powerful knife in SNES/PS versions, stolen from Alchymia or found in the Interdimensional Rift, but the Gladius surpasses it in the Advance/mobile/Steam versions, being found from the Arena in Sealed Temple.
Demon's Rod is the most powerful rod in the Advance/mobile/Steam versions, found in Sealed Temple.
Kagenui is the most powerful short sword, found in the Sealed Temple Heart of Ronka B1 area.
Dragon Lance is the most powerful spear in the SNES/PS versions, stolen from Crystal Dragon, Jura Aevis, or Neo Exdeath's middle section, but it is surpassed by the Longinus in the Advance/mobile/Steam versions, found in Sealed Temple Hall of Tranquility area.
Judgment Staff was the most powerful staff in the SNES/PS versions, stolen from Black Warlock, Istory Lythos or Exdeath, but is surpassed by the Mace of Zeus in the Advance/mobile/Steam versions, found from the Ruined Shrine in the Sealed Temple.
Regular swords don't have a Sealed Weapon. In the SNES/PS versions Enhancer was the strongest sword, stolen from a Sword Dancer or found in Istory Falls or Interdimensional Rift. In the Advance/mobile/Steam versions Ultima Weapon is the strongest sword, obtained from the superboss Neo Shinryu.
The Lightbringer and the Ultima Weapon are the two strongest weapons. The Lightbringer has an attack power of 255, gives +7 boosts to all stats, and +50% boost to Evasion and Magic Evasion, as well as dealing critical hits using MP, being Holy-elemental and randomly casting Holy, dealing the same damage from the back row, and having a perfect hit rate. It can be obtained by betting the Ragnarok in the Coliseum.
The Ultima Weapon can be found in the Cave to the Sealed Gate in the World of Balance. The Ultima Weapon pierces defense and deals more damage based on the user's current HP, and eventually becomes the most powerful weapon at high enough levels. At lower levels and HP, however, it can often be outclassed by other weapons.
In the Advance, mobile and Steam versions, all characters except for Gau and Umaro have unique ultimate weapons found in the Dragons' Den, obtained after defeating a certain boss within, or alternatively by betting another ultimate weapon in the Dragon's Neck Coliseum. None of the weapons are statistically better than the Lightbringer, however.
- Terra's Apocalypse has an attack power of 250, gives +7 boosts for Strength and Magic and +20% boosts for Evasion and Magic Evasion, and consumes MP when attacking for a critical hit. It is won by defeating Red Dragon or by betting the Save the Queen in the Coliseum.
- Locke's Zwill Crossblade has an attack power of 220, gives +3 boosts for Strength and Stamina, a +7 boost for Speed, a +30% boost for Evasion, and a +20% boost for Magic Evasion, is Wind-elemental, and randomly inflicts Sleep when attacking. It is obtained by defeating Gold Dragon or by betting the Oborozuki in the Coliseum.
- Edgar's Longinus has an attack power of 235 and gives a +7 boost for Strength and +3 boosts for Speed and Stamina, however, no damage bonus is granted for Jump. It is won by defeating Storm Dragon or by betting the Gungnir in the Coliseum.
- Sabin's Godhand has an attack power of 220, gives +7 boosts for Strength and Stamina and a +3 boost for Speed, and is Holy-elemental. It is won by defeating Earth Dragon or by betting the Zanmato in the Coliseum.
- Shadow's Oborozuki has an attack power of 225 and gives +7 boosts for Strength and Speed, a +50% boost for Evasion, and a +10% boost for Magic Evasion. It is won by defeating Flan Princess or by betting the Zwill Crossblade in the Coliseum.
- Cyan's Zanmato has an attack power of 245, gives +7 boosts for Strength and Stamina and a +30% boost for Evasion, and is Holy-elemental. It is won by defeating Holy Dragon or by betting the Godhand in the Coliseum.
- Celes's Save the Queen has an attack power of 240, gives +7 boosts for Stamina and Magic and +40% boosts for Evasion and Magic Evasion, and consumes MP when attacking for a critical hit. It is won by defeating Blue Dragon or by betting the Apocalypse in the Coliseum.
- Setzer's Final Trump has an attack power of 215, gives +4 boosts for Speed and Stamina and a +3 boost for Strength, and consumes MP when attacking for a critical hit. It is won by defeating Ice Dragon or by betting the Scorpion Tail in the Coliseum.
- Mog's Gungnir has an attack power of 240 and gives +7 boosts for Stamina and Magic, however no damage bonus is granted for Jump. It is won by defeating Neslug or by betting the Longinus in the Coliseum.
- Strago's Stardust Rod has an attack power of 180, gives a +7 boost for Magic and a +4 boost for Stamina, and randomly casts Meteor when attacking. It is found in a chest in the Dragons' Den or by betting the Angel Brush in the Coliseum.
- Relm's Angel Brush has an attack power of 170, gives +7 boosts for Magic and Speed, and randomly casts Muddle when attacking. It is won by defeating Plague or by betting the Stardust Rod in the Coliseum.
- Gogo's Scorpion Tail has an attack power of 225, gives +4 for Strength, Speed, Stamina, and Magic, and is Poison-elemental, thus it may randomly cast Bio when attacking. It is won by defeating Skull Dragon or by betting the Final Trump in the Coliseum.
Ultimate weapons are distinguishable for having unique damage algorithms, as well as eight linked Materia slots with zero Materia growth. Because of the weapons' unique damage algorithms, the damage they deal can be lower than that of other weapons under certain circumstances, making them not always the ideal weapon to equip. Unlike most other damage modifiers, each character's ultimate weapon applies the damage modifier after all other modifiers, instead of modifying the attack strength of the weapon itself.
This "raw damage" is then modified by the attack's strength (1 if it is a normal attack) and other modifiers. At full HP, the weapon would deal 4x damage and 1x damage at about 1/3rd HP.
Barret's ultimate weapon, the Missing Score, is found inside the Sister Ray just before battling Helletic Hojo, but Barret must be in the party to receive it. It deals more damage the more AP the Materia loaded onto it contain. Because of its unique damage algorithm, Missing Score is subject to the overflow glitch that can let Barret kill any opponent in one hit.
Tifa's ultimate weapon is the Premium Heart obtained by examining a machine in the abandoned building that has a sign "ITEM" outside in Wall Market. It can be obtained after the player has found the Key to Midgar buried in Bone Village, which becomes available when the party has the Highwind.
The damage that is dealt by Premium Heart is calculated as follows:
The maximum Limit Bar Units is 255 regardless of Limit level (the Limit level simply adjusts the rate at which the bar fills). When the bar is full, the weapon does roughly 1-4x of its normal damage depending on the Limit level, and would do 1/16 of that damage when the Limit bar is empty. Unlike most weapon damage modifiers, this modifier doesn't solely adjust the weapon's attack power, but the character's final attack power, which includes Tifa's Strength and weapon attack bonus.
There may be a bug with the formula as the way it is written, the "1" value has almost no effect. If the formula was instead : , the weapon would do 1x its normal damage when the Limit bar is empty and up to 5x damage with a full level 4 Limit gauge. The actual formula causes Tifa to do less than normal damage unless her Limit bar is at least 1/4th full at Limit level 4, which many players consider worse than a non-ultimate weapon. The God's Hand, Tifa's "second best" weapon, has 255% accuracy, which makes it ideal to use with Deathblow for an automatic critical hit. Tifa's Powersoul deals double damage if Tifa's in Near-Death status, and if Tifa has Death-sentence status it quadruples the damage. Both multipliers stack. Powersoul can be found in Mt. Nibel in the area Materia Keeper is fought. Another of Tifa's weapons, the Master Fist, deals more damage the more status ailments Tifa is afflicted with, and can be found in Shinra Headquarters shop on disc 2.
Aeris's ultimate weapon, Princess Guard, can be found in room four of the clock room in the Temple of the Ancients on disc 1. It is the only ultimate weapon that has Materia growth and has fewer than eight linked Materia slots. It deals more damage if her allies are KO'd.
Yuffie's ultimate weapon, the Conformer, can be found in the Gelnika, accessible via the submarine. It does more damage the higher level the opponents are, and ignores the Morph damage penalty. When used against allies it deals 1 HP damage but there is no attack sound and no damage numbers are displayed.
Cait Sith's ultimate weapon, the HP Shout, can be found on the 64th floor of the Shinra Headquarters. The megaphone can only be obtained after Cait Sith becomes a playable character, so it cannot be obtained until the party revisits the headquarters on disc 2. It deals more damage based on how close Cait Sith is to full HP.
The Death Penalty, Vincent's ultimate weapon, is found in ???. The player must trigger a storyline event there by visiting the cave with Vincent in the party, and then fight ten random encounters and return to the cave to obtain the weapon. Death Penalty's power is boosted after every enemy Vincent kills. Due to a damage overflow glitch, if enough enemies are killed, the Death Penalty can kill any enemy with a single hit, including superbosses.
This is then modified by the attack's power; for normal attacks, the multiplier is 1.0. For a plot graph of this formula see here. To reach a base 1.0 damage multiplier, Vincent would need 768 kills. To get 4.0 damage multiplier, Vincent would require 6,912 kills.
The number of Vincent's kills is capped at , but, as the division by 128 is actually a right bits shift by 7 (logarithm in base 2 of 128), only the quotient is considered. This means the Power stat raises by every 128 kills; in particular the maximum power is granted as soon as Vincent has killed enemies, since , which is greater than the cap. For a physical attack the Technique Power is always 16, therefore in that scenario the maximum power is .
Cid's ultimate weapon, the Venus Gospel, can be obtained by talking to the man who was staring at the rocket after it has been launched. If the player speaks to the man three times, he will give the player Cid's ultimate weapon. It deals more damage based on how close Cid is to full MP.
As it is not a requisite to read the corresponding Weapons Monthly magazines before the weapons can be modeled in a junk shop, the characters' ultimate weapons can be crafted as early as the player collects the required items (often the easiest done by modifying Triple Triad cards). This means everyone but Irvine can potentially obtain their strongest weapon on disc 1.
However, the weapons' attack stats are not significant due to the Junction system, making only Squall's Lion Heart and Selphie's Strange Vision notable among them; Lion Heart for providing Squall his ultimate Renzokuken technique, and Strange Vision having natural 255% accuracy.
Squall's Lion Heart requires Adamantine x1, Dragon Fang x4 and Pulse Ammo x12 to make and costs 2,000 gil. Adamantine can be obtained from Adamantoises in beaches north of Dollet, or by modifying Sacred's card. Dragon Fangs are obtained from LV1-19 Grendels, LV20-29 T-Rexaurs, or Blue Dragons on any level. Pulse Ammo must be refined with Ifrit's Ammo-RF from Energy Crystals, Laser Cannons or Power Generators.
Zidane's ultimate weapon is the Ultima Weapon found in an unmarked chocobo bubble on the site where the Shimmering Island used to be. After the party obtains the Invincible the island will be gone, but will still be marked on the map. If the player dives with Choco (by using a Dead Pepper exactly on the right spot), they can find the Ultima Weapon. It teaches Flee and inflicts the Sleep status when used with Soul Blade.
Tiger Racket is the strongest racket usable by both Dagger and Eiko. It is obtained from the bubble below Quan's Dwelling. The player must enter Quan's Dwelling and look down from the ledge after they have trained Choco to dark blue color. It teaches Dispel and is Wind-elemental. However, Dagger and Eiko being mage-type characters means their physical attack will always be weak, and thus Magic Racket with its +2 Magic and boost to Holy damage, may be more useful.
Steiner's ultimate weapon is the Excalibur II found in Memoria if the player inspects the pillar in the Gate to Space room with less than 12 hours on the game clock. It is Holy-elemental and teaches Minus Strike, Climhazzard and Stock Break. Because of the arduous challenge to obtain this weapon, Steiner's second best weapon, the Ragnarok, is often considered his other ultimate weapon. Found in the Chocograph 21, Outer Island. Ragnarok inflicts the Slow status when used with the Add Status ability, and teaches Shock and Thunder Slash.
The ultimate weapons are called "Celestial Weapons," and each of the seven permanent party members has a corresponding Celestial Weapon. The weapons are actually detrimental when first obtained, as they carry the No AP ability. To overcome this, each weapon must be enhanced using two corresponding key items, each named for a celestial body corresponding to the character: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
The Celestial Weapons are obtained by performing a task (although the Celestial Mirror key item must be obtained first), while the Crests are found in treasure chests and the Sigils are won by excelling in minigames and sidequests. When fully enhanced, the Celestial Weapons have four abilities attached, which are generally complementary to the wielder's personality and/or default combat style.
With the exception of Tidus's and Rikku's weapons, each Celestial Weapon allows a certain aeon to break the damage limit. Celestial Weapons ignore the defense of enemies when attacking physically. The Caladbolg, World Champion, Spirit Lance, and Godhand do damage based on how close their wielders' are to full HP. The Masamune does damage based on how low its wielder's HP is. Onion Knight and Nirvana do damage based on how close their wielders' are to full MP.
While the game's Customization feature makes it possible for players to manually create weapons with the same abilities as the Celestial Weapons, any such weapons will not take on the Celestial Weapons' names. They will not ignore defense, have any effect on aeons, or have the damage vary in different circumstances.
Final Fantasy XI does not feature singular ultimate weapons, due to its great variety of equipment and customization, but there are five particular sets of unique and powerful weapons that are highly prized and extremely difficult to obtain: the Relic Weapons, the Mythic Weapons, the Empyrean Weapons, the Ergon Weapons, and the Aeonic Weapons. All five varieties require a large amount of time, gil, or teamwork, often some combination of the three, to obtain, and all three types of weapons provide the wielder with extraordinary power and a unique Weapon Skill. Each type of ultimate weapon is associated with the content of a particular expansion or group of expansions.
Relic Weapons Edit
Relic Weapons can only be obtained by traveling into the realm of Dynamis to collect the basic variety of relic weapon. From there, the player must upgrade the weapon by giving a goblin certain items and ancient currency obtained within Dynamis. Due to the exceptionally high amount of currency required to upgrade relic weapons, people often need to purchase ancient currency from other players to acquire relic weapons within a reasonable time frame. Relic weapons are divided by weapon type. Relic weapons are the ultimate weapon type associated with Final Fantasy XI: Rise of the Zilart and Final Fantasy XI: Chains of Promathia; accordingly, jobs released from the Treasures of Aht Urhgan expansion pack and beyond are incapable of wielding them.
Mythic Weapons Edit
Mythic Weapons, arguably harder to obtain than any other type of weapon, are randomly dropped in their base version by bosses in the Nyzul Isle investigation missions. To upgrade the weapon, the player must first obtain the Captain rank in Salaheem's Sentinels. Then, the player may begin a long series of quests to upgrade the weapon to its final version. Few mythic weapons have been fully upgraded, partly because the weapon is the most difficult to obtain, and partly because there is a quest available to teach the players the weapon skill attached to the mythic weapon. Mythic weapons are divided by the job the weapon is designed for, and each weapon contains a different weapon skill. Mythic weapons are the ultimate weapon type associated with the Treasures of Aht Urhgan expansion, but two more mythic weapons were added when Final Fantasy XI: Wings of the Goddess was released for the Wings of the Goddess jobs. However, no more mythic weapons were added after that point for the remaining jobs.
Empyrean Weapons Edit
Empyrean Weapons are designed to be upgraded through a variety of trials involving slaying creatures or Notorious Monsters a number of times, sometimes under certain conditions. As the weapon becomes stronger, the trials require to upgrade the weapon increase in difficulty, often requiring groups to complete. Although the Empyrean weapons were the cheapest variety of weapon to obtain, they also require a lot of work. Like relic weapons, empyrean weapons are grouped by weapon type rather than by job. Empyrean weapons are the ultimate weapon type associated with the Abyssea expansions, and accordingly they cannot be wielded by the jobs released after that.
Ergon Weapons Edit
Ergon weapons are the equivalent of mythic weapons for the Final Fantasy XI: Seekers of Adoulin jobs Geomancer and Rune Fencer. Accordingly, there are only two of them. Each involves a unique quest and the acquisition of numerous items from Adoulin content.
Aeonic Weapons Edit
Aeonic weapons are the ultimate weapon type associated with the final expansion, Final Fantasy XI: Rhapsodies of Vana'diel. Unlike the other ultimate weapon types, which require immense quantities of a specific upgrade item (ancient currency for relics, alexandrite for mythic, heavy metal plates for empyrean, and high-purity bayld for ergon), aeonic weapons require that the strongest Notorious Monsters in the game be defeated without the aid of Primeval Brew. Since one must have extremely powerful equipment to manage this feat, aeonic weapons virtually require that at least one of the other, more expensive, ultimate weapons be completed first. Because there are no more expansions, and hence no more jobs, after Rhapsodies of Vana'diel, aeonic weapons can be equipped by every job in the game. Like relic weapons, they are grouped by weapon type rather than by job.
Each weapon type can be considered to have an "ultimate" version. New ultimate weapons were added to the Zodiac versions.
The Zodiac Spear is the strongest weapon and spear with 150 Attack Power. In the original version, it is found in the Necrohol of Nabudis when the player doesn't open any of the forbidden chests. Zodiac Spear can also be found in a random treasure in the Henne Mines, but it has very low chance to spawn (0.01%). In the Zodiac versions, the forbidden chest concept was removed, and the spear is obtained from the Rare Game sidequest.
Another notable weapon is the Tournesol, the ultimate greatsword. It isn't as strong as the Zodiac Spear, with an Attack Power of 140, however, it has a better chance of doing hit combos. It can only be obtained by selling Gemsteel x3, Empyreal Soul x3 and Serpentarius x3, and bought for 600,000 gil at the bazaar.
The Wyrmhero Blade is another powerful greatsword with the Attack Power of 130, and a very high evasion of 50%. It can be obtained by collecting Lu Shang's Badge from the fishing minigame, The Godslayer's Badge from slaying Yiazmat, and the Omega Badge from slaying Omega Mark XII and then selling them. The weapon will then appear in the Bazaar for purchase. The weapon has a lower attack power than the Tournesol and a very slow charge time, which, coupled with its difficult requirements (the player needs to have already defeated the obvious monsters to use it on), severely limits its usefulness. However, it has inherent Bravery and Faith, and the highest combo rate of 80%, giving it an edge in some circumstances over the Tournesol and other ultimate weapons.
Scorpion Tail is the ultimate weapon in the axes and hammers category with 119 Attack Power. It is bought from the bazaar for 60,000 gil after selling Charged Gizzard x3, Wyrm Bone x3 and Scorpio Gem x4.
Euclid's Sextant is the ultimate measure with 35 Attack Power that gives its wearer the automatic Bubble status. It is a reward for Wild Malboro hunt and found in a chest on the Cerobi Steppe (Diamond Armlet is needed).
Masamune is the ultimate katana and has the highest chance to deal hit combos, especially when coupled with the Genji Glove accessory. This makes it useful for enemies that have damage caps, such as the later stages of Yiazmat, where combo abilities are more useful than Attack Power. Masamune is reward for the Gilgamesh hunt, or by selling Gemsteel x2, Orichalcum x3 and Mallet x2 and bought from the bazaar for 350,000 gil.
Sagittarius is the ultimate bow bought from the bazaar for 60,000 gil by selling Beastlord Horn x3, Moon Ring x3 and Sagittarius Gem x4. The Artemis Arrows are the ultimate arrows, bought for 15,000 gil from the bazaar after selling Vampyr Fang x2, Dorsal Fin x2 and Gemini Gem x3.
Gastrophetes is the ultimate crossbow stolen from Pallicant, or bought from the Outfitters Shop in Phon Coast (part of Hunt Club sidequest, must give 25 trophies to Atak). The Grand Bolts are the ultimate bolts bought for 15,000 gil from the bazaar after selling Wrath of God x2, Ring Wyrm Liver x2 and Capricorn Gem x3.
Fomalhaut is the ultimate gun found from a random treasure in the Lhusu Mines in the room Antlion is found. It can also be found from Henne Mines Phase 2, Pharos and Cerobi Steppe. The Stone Shot is the ultimate ammo bought for 15,000 gil from the bazaar after selling Mirror Scale x2, Tyrant Bone x2 and Libra Gem x3.
Volcano is the ultimate hand-bomb and reward for the Catoblepas hunt. The Castellanos is the ultimate bomb bought for 12,000 gil from the bazaar after selling Bomb Fragment x3, Frog Oil x2 and Aries Gem x3.
The Zodiac versions introduce some new weapons, some of which surpass the old ultimate weapons.
Great Trango is the new ultimate one-handed sword that is even stronger than the Zodiac Spear and has a very high combo rate. It is a rare steal from Zodiark or a random treasure in Subterra B3F southeast room. Notably, the weapon is invisible.
Kumbha is the new stronger version of Masamune. It is obtained by selling the same items to the bazaar as was needed in the original Final Fantasy XII. Unlike the Masamune, the Kumbha is a one-handed sword, not a katana.
Tula is the new strongest crossbow. It is obtained in Pharos at Ridorana - Second Ascent.
Seitengrat is the new strongest bow with 224 Attack Power and absurdly high range and 75 evasion. It is by far the strongest weapon, but is only obtained from a chest in a Skyferry with very low spawn rate (0.01%). Like the Great Trango, the Seitengrat is invisible when equipped.
Mina is the new strongest dagger that drops from Larva Eater. This weapon is identical in appearance to the Danjuro, which it replaces completely in this version.
Vrsika is the new strongest hammer that has a katana-like combo rate. It can be obtained from the bazaar after selling the same items as needed in Final Fantasy XII for the regular Scorpion Tail.
Kanya is the new strongest pole bought from the bazaar by selling the same items to the bazaar as was needed for the regular Whale Whisker in the original Final Fantasy XII.
Makara is the new strongest hand-bomb, found in Henne Mines Phase 2.
Bone of Byblos is the new ultimate mace found in Lhusu Mines - Site 5, and stolen from Yiazmat.
The Anastasia can be considered Vaan's ultimate weapon, obtained as part of the storyline after the events in the World of Illusion. It is not initially the strongest available weapon, but its stats are boosted every time the Midlight's Deep dungeon is completed. Eventually, it is possible to boost the Anastasia's stats so high Vaan can take out Yiazmat alone.
Other best weapons for characters are crafted with the help of Recipe Books, but the weapons' stats depend on the items the player uses and the questions they answer when making the weapon. A series of unsellable weapons exist, but they grant no stat boosts and are usually outclassed by customizable weapons. Some have unique attributes that make them occasionally favorable, such as a particular element or a range ability.
The upgrading system allows any lesser weapon to be upgraded to the same ultimate weapon when upgraded to the third tier of power. The ultimate weapon's properties change depending on the properties of the lesser weapon used as a base, changing the weapon's stats and passive ability. No version of an ultimate weapon is objectively the best due to the differences in stats and abilities they offer.
There are a few traits all ultimate weapons have in common regardless of which weapons they were upgraded from: they all require a Trapezohedron to be upgraded from the tier two weapon, and they all have the ability "ATB: +1" along with any other passive abilities, increasing the character's ATB gauge slots by one. As a penalty, wielding an ultimate weapon drastically decreases target times in battle, making it difficult to get higher battle rankings.
Ultimate weapons have no synthesized abilities. Ultimate weapons have high Exp requirements to increase their level, all needing more than a million EXP to reach their max level, and many needing more than a million and a half, in contrast to lower-tier weapons, which only need a few hundred thousand EXP to reach their max level.
Below is the ultimate weapon for each character:
- Lightning: Omega Weapon
- Sazh: Total Eclipses
- Snow: Save the Queen
- Hope: Nue
- Vanille: Nirvana
- Fang: Kain's Lance
Unlike Final Fantasy XIII, weapons don't level up; instead there are usually more powerful versions of existing ones with higher bonuses to Strength and Magic and augmented weapon bonus.
|Chain Bonus Lv. 5||Gandiva|
|ATB Speed: +50%||Indrajit|
|Romulus and Remus|
|Mac an Luin|
|Improved Stagger||Arcus Chronica|
VariesStrength is equal to percentage of Fragments obtained, plus 40, with an additional bonus of 80 if all Fragments are obtained., VariesStrength is equal to percentage of Fragments obtained, plus 40, with an additional bonus of 80 if all Fragments are obtained.
VariesStrength is equal to percentage of Fragments obtained, plus 40, with an additional bonus of 80 if all Fragments are obtained., VariesStrength is equal to percentage of Fragments obtained, plus 40, with an additional bonus of 80 if all Fragments are obtained.
The Crimson Blitz transforms into the Ultima Weapon when the player completes the Four Trials in God's Sanctum on the Final Day. It has by far the best stats, but it is only obtained right before the player fights the final boss, and it cannot be brought to a New Game Plus playthrough.
Relic Weapons return from Final Fantasy XI and can be obtained through the "A Relic Reborn" quest, available after both the Main Scenario and job quests have been completed. The quest is repeatable for all weapon types, but players can only do one version of the quest at a time, to flag the quest again, they must either finish the current quest or abandon it.
Relic weapons can be upgraded to more powerful Zenith, Atma, Animus, Novus and Nexus versions through a series of quests. Once a Nexus weapon is obtained, it can be transformed into its corresponding Zodiac weapon by collecting four required upgrade materials, then finally upgraded into its finished Zodiac Zeta form. Once a relic has reached its Novus version, its secondary stats can be customized.
|Paladin||Curtana/Holy Shield||Excalibur/Aegis Shield||Almace/Ancile|
|Bard||Artemis Bow||Yoichi Bow||Gandiva|
|Black Mage||Stardust Rod||Lilith Rod||Hvergelmir|
|Summoner||Veil of Wiyu||Apocalypse||Draconomicon|
The Ultima Blade is Noctis's strongest weapon in the main game, and the second strongest weapon overall. It is upgraded by Cid and is the final version of the Engine Blade, Noctis's default weapon. To make it from Engine Blade III, the player will need a Sturdy Helixhorn, which can be obtained by breaking a Duplicorn's horn. One way to do it is to lock onto the horn part of the enemy and then warp-strike from a distance. The player will need to do three quests and then rest after giving Cid the weapon to be upgraded, and he will call Noctis to retrieve it. Cid will not call during chapters 6–8 when Iris is in the party and Gladiolus goes off on his own.
Balmung is Noctis's strongest one-handed sword obtained from an optional dungeon in the post-game.
Hyperion is the strongest greatsword for Noctis and Gladiolus in the main game, and Gladiolus already has it equipped in Chapter 14. Other weapons stronger than it can be found in the Chapter 15 optional dungeons, however, the strongest being the Apocalypse found in the Balouve Mines maze. Hyperion and Apocalypse have unique conditions to boost their power beyond what their Attack Power values do, however. Hyperion gains +15% damage per additional enemy within 65 feet radius (max + 100%), and the Apocalypse becomes stronger the less health the wielder has. This means which deals more damage is situational.
Ulric's Kukris are the best daggers in the main game for Noctis and Ignis, but also an easter egg weapon. They are obtained by returning to the opening area of Insomnia and defeating a level 85 Psychomancer after defeating the penultimate boss. The best dagger is the Zwill Crossblade, obtained in Chapter 15 from Randolph's quests.
Enforcer is the strongest firearm in the main game, obtained from Totomostro Arena. The strongest gun is Death Penalty that also has a small chance to inflict instant death. It is found in the Balouve Mines maze in Chapter 15.
Shields are used as weapons. The best shield in the main game is Black Prince, bought from Meldacio Hunter HQ and in Chapter 14. Even if the Power Shield has one point more Attack power, it doesn't have nearly as good stat boosts as the Black Prince. The best shield overall is the Ziedrich, obtained in Chapter 15 from Randolph's quests.
All of the best machinery weapons are obtained by upgrading them with Cid, the best being Drillbreaker Plus.
The royal arms are special weapons that drain Noctis's health when used as normal weapons and are used at once during Armiger. Equipping them bestows both status boosts and penalties, and thus their usefulness tends to be situational. The Sword of the Tall, obtained from Costlemark Tower, a tough optional dungeon, has the most attack power although it makes the wielder weak to elemental damage.
The ultimate weapon in each weapon category are obtained exclusively in the PSP Multiplayer modes, only a few able to be obtained during normal gameplay. Each weapon's ultimate weapon is listed below.
In the iOS version, all extra items introduced in the PSP version obtained from the Melee and Rendezvous are unlocked after beating the game. After the credits have finished rolling, the game will auto-save and all the PSP items will appear in the Poachers' Den.
|Golden Axe||Axe||Find: Melee, Rendezvous|
|Fallingstar Bag||Bag||Poach: Wild Boar|
|Omnilex||Book||Poach: Greater Malboro|
Catch: Level 95+ Ninja
|Sagittarius Bow||Bow||Find: Rendezvous|
|Wyrmweave Silk||Cloth||Poach: Tiamat|
|Gastrophetes||Crossbow||Buy: Various Outfitters (during Chapter 4) - 20,000 gil|
Find: Battle of Fort Besselat
Rare Treasure: Limberry Castle Undercroft
|Valhalla||Fell Sword||Find: Rendezvous|
|Blaster||Gun||Steal: Various units|
|Fairie Harp||Instrument||Poach: Treant|
|Chirijiraden||Katana||Find: Midlight's Deep|
Catch: Level 96+ Ninja
|Zwill Straightblade||Knife||Poach: Plague Horror|
Catch: Level 95+ Ninja
|Chaos Blade||Knight's Sword||Treasure: Midlight's Deep|
Catch: Level 98-99 Ninja
|Moonsilk Blade||Ninja Blade||Find: Melee|
|Whale Whisker||Pole||Poach: Tiamat|
Catch: Level 96+ Ninja
|Crown Sceptre||Rod||Find: Rendezvous|
|Javelin "II"||Polearm||Catch: Level 97+ Ninja|
|Staff of the Magi||Stave||Treasure: Midlight's Deep|
|Onion Sword||Sword||Find: Melee|
The ultimate weapon for each character is obtained during the third playthrough by defeating True Gilgamesh. They all have attack power in the sixties or seventies.
Each character's ultimate weapon is listed below:
- Ace: Black Trump (can inflict Instant Death)
- Deuce: Elysian Whistle (provides all magic +60)
- Trey: Yoichi's Bow (can inflict Instant Death)
- Cater: MTek-ZERO
- Cinque: Thor's Hammer
- Sice: Tezcatlipoca
- Seven: Brynhildr
- Eight: Demon Fists
- Nine: Lance of Longinus
- Jack: Genji Blade
- Queen: Celestial Saber
- King: Quicksilvers
- Machina Kunagiri: Twin Excaliburs
- Rem Tokimiya: Orichalcum Dirks
The "second best" weapons are the ultimate weapons in second playthrough as True Gilgamesh cannot be fought yet, but the Finis difficulty level is available. They cost 60,000 gil and become available in the Akademeia Armory shop after completing a specific mission in Finis difficulty. In the PSP version, they could also be unlocked by exchanging for 10 tickets on the Square Enix Members site. They have high attack power, not far behind the "true" ultimate weapons.
- Ace's Crazy Eights is unlocked after completing Mission Under Ceasefire on Finis difficulty.
- Deuce's Lamia's Flute is unlocked after completing Covering the Cadets in Finis difficulty.
- Trey's Artemis' Bow is unlocked after completing The Retreat from Roshana on Finis difficulty.
- Cater's Marvelous Shout is unlocked after completing A Fog-Laden Foray on Finis difficulty.
- Cinque's Seraphim Mace is unlocked after completing Operation MA Demolition on Finis difficulty.
- Sice's Shambhala is unlocked after completing The Clash in the Caverns on Finis difficulty.
- Seven's Beastmaster is unlocked after completing Operation Vulturnus on Finis difficulty.
- Eight's Kaiser Knuckles are unlocked after completing The Infiltration of Iscah on Finis difficulty.
- Nine's Kain's Lance is unlocked after completing The Keziah Diversion on Finis difficulty.
- Jack's Mutsunokami is unlocked after completing Operation Breakthrough on Finis difficulty. Raises Jack's HP by 30%.
- Queen's Phantasmal Blade is unlocked after completing Secret Agents Zero on Finis difficulty.
- King's Valkyries are unlocked after completing The Last Line of Defense on Finis difficulty.
- Machina's Dreadnaughts are unlocked after Machina's Struggle on Finis difficulty. Can inflict Instant Death.
- Rem's Assassin's Daggers are unlocked after completing United Front on Finis difficulty. Can inflict Instant Death.
The statistically strongest weapon obtained by Benjamin is the Excalibur, with an attack power of 125 and a Speed boost of 5. The strongest weapons of the other weapon types remain useful depending on the enemy: the Giant's Axe and Mega Grenade do increased damage against specific enemies, with the Mega Grenade also hitting all enemies in battle; and the Dragon Claw can inflict a variety of ailments upon hitting, including Petrify and Fatal for a one-hit defeat.
Like its relative games in the Ivalice Alliance, Vagrant Story also bears an ultimate weapon for each of its weapon categories. While most ultimate weapons are gained through forging them at workshops, certain categories will have a few variants of their ultimate weapon, these variants gained through only defeating various enemies bearing the weapon, and boasting stats that are up to the player to decide which is best for them. In addition, the kind of material the weapon is made of also plays a great part, with Damascus weapons bearing the strongest properties.
The Jamadhar is the ultimate dagger-type weapon, gaining only by forging two Stilettos.
The Wakazashi is the ultimate forged sword-type weapon, gained through combining two Kophesh blades. The Rhomphaia is the ultimate dropped sword, dropped in Hagane, Silver, and Damascus variations by Dark Crusaders in the Iron Maiden dungeon.
The Rune Sword is the ultimate forged greatsword-type weapon, gained through combining two Nodachi blades. The Holy Win is the ultimate dropped greatsword, dropped by the Last Crusader in the Iron Maiden dungeon.
The War Maul is the ultimate mace-type weapon, gained only through combining two Bec de Corbin blades, while the Crescent is the ultimate Axe-type weapon, gained only through combining two Bullova blades.
The Halberd is the ultimate axe-type weapon, gained only through combining two Double Blades.
The Destroyer is the ultimate forged great mace-type weapon, made through combining two Griever blades, while the Hand of Light is the ultimate dropped great mace, dropped by Minotaurs in Bronze, Iron, and Hagane variations throughout certain rooms in Lea Monde late in the game. The Hand of Light is the only weapon whose material cannot possibly achieve Damascus status due its size value, which overrides any weapon's material attributes in the forging process lower than its own, thus making it virtually impossible without the use of a cheat device.
The Brandestoc is the ultimate polearm-type weapon, gained only through combining two Bardysh blades.
The Arbalest is the ultimate bow-type weapon, gained only through combining two Siege Bow blades.
The Sage Cane is the ultimate staff-type weapon, gained only through combining two Bishop's Crosier blades.
The penultimate material, Damascus, can only be gained through combining weapons with Holy Win or Rhomphaia dropped from the Iron Maiden, carefully crafting weapons made from the material into its ultimate weapon form, or carefully crafting various weapons from lesser materials and certain categories into Damascus, with the exception of the Hand of Light. The material provides an excellent Damage Points pool, the highest stat boosts to any equipment, and a high and even Affinity rating to all enemy types, at the tradeoff of a low Phantom Points pool.
The XCalibr is Sumo's strongest weapon. It has an attack power of 85 and cannot be sold. It is automatically obtained near the end of the final dungeon, making that location the only place it can be used.
The most powerful weapon is called the Glass, this extremely powerful sword breaks after every use in the Japanese version. For North American version, the sword was instead given 50 uses before it would break. It can be found in the Tower on the 21st floor.
The ultimate weapon is called Seven and it has a sword icon before its name. The sword has 7 use and also increases a Robot's HP by 144. The damage formula is the user's Str x15. The user will attack up to 7 times, depending on Agl against one group.
It can only be dropped from Haniwa (rare) located in the Central Shrine. Haniwa appears rarely and randomly in lowest area of the shrine. Haniwa functions as a superboss similar to Warmech from the original Final Fantasy, in that it appears rarely randomly in a certain area which happens to be the final area. It's a very dangerous enemy, but is arguably not as powerful as the final boss. It has a chance of dropping the sword, which Haniwa will occasionally use against the party during battle and it will deal damage in the high thousands.
There are four swords known as "Mystic Swords": Durend, Xcalibr, Masmune, and Emperor. These swords can be found across Pureland. These swords causes double damage against certain bosses and undead enemies. They can harm even enemies who are strong against physical damage.
Each character has an exclusive level 100 weapon, with the exception of Cecil, who has two. While these weapons are given the "exclusive" classification, they are based on other weapon types in terms of offered stats, such as Firion's weapons giving a penalty to Defense in the manner of spears. In this regard, the level 100 weapons have stats equal to or surpassing the other strongest weapons in their category. They also bear additional stat boosts of some kind, and a support ability that increases the likelihood of critical hits in different circumstances. As allusions to the character's home title, the level 100 weapons are often named after their strongest weapon in their original game, or reference them in some way, such as Kefka's weapon being named Dancing Mad after his final boss theme.
These level 100 weapons can only be traded for in the shop in a three-stage series of exchanges. Each character has three exclusive weapons, the other two approximately level 50 and level 90. Acquiring the level 100 weapon involves trading the level 90 weapon and other trade items, and getting the level 90 weapon needs the level 50 weapon. The level 50 weapons can be traded for with a variety of generic equipment. A handful also demand unique level 1 weapons exclusive to their character, such as Cloud's Buster Sword.
The Ultimate Weapon also exists as a special level 99 weapon. The only equipment piece able to be equipped by all characters, the Ultima Weapon has +69 ATK, the highest in the game outside the exclusive weapons and the level 100 axes, and has a unique effect that grants the user +2 to ATK, DEF, and LUK when they are at full HP. This effective boost of +71 ATK is the highest of any weapon.
Each character once again has three exclusive weapons that must be traded for in sequence, from level 30 to level 90, to level 100. Some characters also have level 1 exclusive weapons needed for their level 30 weapons. Lightning and Cecil have two level 100 weapons. The individual stats of returning weapons are rebalanced.
The Ultima Weapon also returns as a level 100 weapon and +68 ATK. It bears the same effects as before, but other weapons have innately higher ATK boosts with other stat modifiers, so its power is comparatively less than the original game.