- "After this game... I'm retiring. I promised myself this would be my last tournament. Win or lose, I'm quitting Blitzball. But you know, since we're here, we might as well win!"
In the English localization, his name is pronounced [ˈwɑː.kə].
Appearance and PersonalityEdit
Wakka is tall and muscled, with brown skin, brown eyes and long reddish-orange hair styled into a coif. He wears the uniform of his Blitzball team, the Besaid Aurochs, with his own alterations (presumably as he is the Captain). The outfit consists of a yellow vest top cut away at the stomach, yellow shoulder pad on his left shoulder, blue and yellow baggy trousers gathered above the ankle, brown armbands on each wrist- with a blue and yellow armguard over the left one- and open sandals.
A skilled Guardian, fighter, and Blitzball player, Wakka is 24 years old and grew up on the Isle of Besaid along with Yuna, Lulu, and his brother Chappu. Wakka is of what would be considered Austronesian descent in our world and is characterized by a long reddish-orange coif and a Besaid Island accent. As such, he uses such speech-mannerisms as saying "brudda" for "brother" and finishing sentences with "ya?", which could be his way of saying "right" or "okay". He bears a deep grudge against the Al Bhed (but, oddly, he doesn't notice that Rikku is one of them before it is revealed on the way to Macalania) simply because they do not follow Yevon.
He greatly depends on Yevon's religion and guidance for his decisions, making him appear fairly socially conservative. As a result, he has been intentionally kept in the dark about Yuna's half-Al Bhed heritage. Even though he is old-fashioned, used to living on an island, he has a big heart and tries to cheer the party up, though it does not always work. For example, he makes Tidus feel worse about missing his home by saying, "But you from the Zanarkand Abes - that was a good one, huh?" He also infuriates Rikku by accident when trying to ease her sorrows about Home being destroyed.
Wakka became like an adopted brother to Yuna, together with Lulu, and they grew up on Besaid. He lost his parents to Sin, and tried to be like a parent to his brother Chappu. Chappu and Lulu were in love, though Chappu was killed by Sin. It is because of Chappu's death, as well as the fact that he chose to fight with an Al Bhed Machina weapon over the sword Wakka had given him, that Wakka's hatred for the Al Bhed was shifted from religious prejudice to a more personal grudge. When Yuna decides to become a summoner, Wakka becomes one of her Guardians, in order to avenge Chappu, together with Lulu and Kimahri.
- "Hey! You okay?"
- —Wakka's opening lines
Prior to the game's events, Wakka and his brother Chappu's parents are killed by Sin, leaving neither of them with any memory of their mother or father. Years later, after Braska's Calm begins, Wakka, Lulu, and Chappu meet Yuna, Braska's daughter; and Kimahri Ronso, who was charged by the dying Auron to escort Yuna to Besaid. This is also around the time Wakka and Chappu joined the Besaid Aurochs, a "horrendously ill-fated" blitzball team. One year prior to the main events of the game, Chappu, who'd enlisted into the Crusaders, is killed in Djose, shocking Wakka. Later, he, along with Lulu, attempt to stop Yuna from becoming a summoner, though they eventually give in.
Wakka meets Tidus when he first washes up on Besaid, and due to Tidus' blitzball skills and resemblance to Chappu, Wakka quickly bonds with him, forming a brotherly friendship. He is unnerved when Tidus mentions his home city's name, Zanarkand. Wakka chalks up Tidus's behavior to his recent encounters with Sin, and explains Sin is a monster that rose about a thousand years ago, destroying the machina cities, including Zanarkand, as a result of human crimes and use of machina. Wakka leads Tidus to the village, hoping to have him join the Besaid Aurochs. As the team has a twenty-three year losing streak, they desperately need Tidus' help, even more so now that Wakka is planning to leave the Aurochs to become a full-time guardian. Tidus accepts and joins the Aurochs.
After wandering around the town and speaking to the townsfolk, Wakka directs Tidus to the Besaid Temple, a branch of the Spiran religion of Yevon. Whilst there, Tidus learns that the apprentice summoner who had begun her trial in the Temple hasn't returned - in fact, "A day's already gone by". Despite the priest's orders to stay out, Tidus goes through the Temple's Cloister of Trials in the hopes of rescuing the summoner.
Wakka, being a guardian himself, goes after Tidus, meeting at the lift near the Chamber of the Fayth. They arrive just as the summoner, Yuna exits the chamber. That night, Tidus overhears Lulu berating Wakka over his interest in Tidus. She believes Wakka is only protecting him out of memories for his dead brother, Chappu, whose face resembles Tidus's. Her thoughts may not be misplaced, as Wakka later gives Tidus Chappu's sword, Brotherhood.
Wakka takes Tidus along during the pilgrimage out of hopes that somebody will recognize him at the blitz tournament at Luca. During the first match there, Yuna is kidnapped by the Al Bhed Psyches, apparently to force the Aurochs into surrendering the match. While Wakka handles the game, Tidus goes with Lulu and Kimahri to hunt them down.
After rescuing Yuna from the Al Bhed by defeating the Oblitzerator, Tidus learns Yuna is half-Al Bhed, and is warned to keep Yuna's heritage a secret from Wakka - "he never had much love for the Al Bhed". Lulu sends a signal to Wakka, who wins the game just in time, ending a 23-year losing streak without Tidus's help. After the second match, a group of fiends is unleashed upon the stadium. Tidus and Wakka go off to fight the beasts and are given the surprise aid of Auron, whom Wakka calls the "best guardian there ever was".
- "This is great. I can't believe I've been traveling with an Al Bhed! A heathen!'"
- —Wakka, upon finding out Rikku's origins.
During the trip, Wakka gets more and more resentful of the Al Bhed, especially during "Operation Mi'ihen", and generally needs Lulu to cool him down. After crossing the Moonflow, Tidus encounters Rikku, who becomes Yuna's newest guardian. The other members of the group keep Rikku's heritage a secret from Wakka. After Al Bhed attack them on their way to Macalania Temple, Wakka finally finds out that Rikku is an Al Bhed.
Disgusted by the "heathen", he begins to badmouth her. Frustrated, Tidus tries to tell Wakka that Rikku is not just some Al Bhed, and that she is actually a good person—"she's just Rikku!" Angry that no one else is taking his side, Wakka heads to Macalania Temple on foot, while everyone else rides on the machina sleds left behind in the attack.
At Macalania, the party comes upon the sphere Yuna had retrieved, which shows Seymour murdered his father in order to succeed him as Maester. Wakka is the only one hesitant about fighting Seymour, since he is a Maester. Yuna and the rest of the party confronts Seymour outside the Chamber of the Fayth, and, with the Blizzard Aeon Shiva, kill him, much to Wakka's own shock. After escaping, he blames Rikku for their being dubbed traitors, though Tidus angrily reminds him that, "It's not Rikku's fault, either!"
However, he begins to soften his attitude towards the Al Bhed when he discovers that their kidnapping of summoners was meant to save them from their inevitable deaths, going so far as to lash out in rage at the Guado during their attack on the Al Bhed Home and attempts to comfort Rikku when she mourns the senseless destruction the Guado are causing. When he finds out that Yuna is half-Al Bhed, Wakka gets confused and slowly realizes that his hatred of the Al Bhed is unjustified. He is horrified and disbelieving when they find out the truth about Yevon and Seymour's betrayal and begins doubting if the teachings are true. Before entering Sin, he makes peace with Rikku and the other Al Bhed. Like the rest of the party, he is also saddened at Tidus's fate, having made a brotherly bond with him.
- "There's something I wanna say before the fight. I... I guess I didn't know anything about the Al Bhed. Didn't know anything, didn't wanna listen to anything. I was a big jerk. So, I... Well, uh... I'm sorry, ya? Please forgive me."
- —Wakka, before fighting Sin.
After Sin is defeated and Yevon is disbanded, he settles down on Besaid with Lulu.
- "I'm gonna be a father soon, you know. Gotta pull it together, ya?"
- "Memories are just memories ya?... If we're dying to protect one memory, we risk losing them all."
- —Wakka to Rikku
Wakka is now Lulu's husband, and since she is about to have a baby, Wakka is more worried than ever. Since his parents died at an early age, he knows nothing of parenting. He seeks the aid of Yuna and the Gullwings to help him settle matters about his past by finding a sphere of his parents that he heard of from Chappu when they were children.
Wakka clashes with Beclem, a member of the Youth League who has been sent down to train the Aurochs. During the time fiends are pouring out of the temple Beclem wants to burn the temple down, but Wakka ventures inside alone to try and stop the fiends by himself, although he ends up getting help from the Gullwings.
When the baby is born, Wakka receives a sphere of Chappu's last message from Beclem, telling him that their parents' sphere was a lie that he made up to make him angry and told him to merely be his brother instead of a surrogate parent. This message allows Wakka to finally get it together and become a reliable father. That same night, he names his son Vidina, the Al Bhed word for "future", perhaps as the final sign of closure to his brother's death and his changed opinion of the Al Bhed. He, along with everyone in Besaid, welcomed Tidus home after he was given another chance at life on Spira.
- "Yuna's blitzball-toting guardian. His training has honed the accuracy and power of his shots, which can take down both fast-flying fiends and enemies afar. He's a competent and versatile fighter, but he has yet to win an argument with Lulu."
- —Scan description
Ever the sportsman, Wakka uses sports gear as his weapons and armor in battle. He uses various blitzballs as his weapons, and, as such, is the only character who can reliably hit aerial monsters with basic attacks for much of the game. Since the blitzball is a ranged weapon, Wakka is also one of three characters in the game, save for aeons, who can hit out-of-range enemies (the others being Lulu with her magic and Kimahri with his Lancet ability).
Also a tactician, he can inflict status ailments, sometimes simultaneously with his weapon. For defense, Wakka relies on the armguard he wears on his left forearm. Wakka's Overdrive is Slots. Despite his fair strength and accuracy, Wakka also has a decent Magic stat, making him a balanced character. Wakka also has the highest default Luck stat in the game. When counter-attacking whether the fiend is in the air or on the ground, Wakka holds the ball with both hands and swings it downward upon the fiend. He does this when countering underwater as well, and uses a regular underwater attack when encountering a fast underwater fiend e.g. Maelspike.
Wakka's Sphere Grid area runs near Lulu's and Auron's, and his Sphere Color is yellow. The unique abilities that are in Wakka's default position on the grid include skills that inflict the status effects Blind, Silence, and Sleep. He also gains draining skills.
|Aim||Improves party's Accuracy.||Dark Attack||Deals damage, and carries a chance to inflict Darkness for 3 rounds.|
|Silence Attack||Deals damage, and carries a chance to inflict Silence for 3 rounds.||Sleep Attack||Deals damage, and carries a chance to inflict Sleep for 3 rounds.|
|Dark Buster||Deals damage, and always inflicts Darkness on any non-immune creature for 1 round.||Silence Buster||Deals damage, and always inflicts Silence on any non-immune creature for 1 round.|
|Sleep Buster||Deals damage, and always inflicts Sleep on any non-immune creature for 1 round.||Extract Ability||Deals physical damage, and makes an enemy drop Ability Spheres.|
|Drain||Absorbs HP from the target.||Osmose||Absorbs MP from the target.|
|Triple Foul||Deals damage, and automatically inflicts Sleep, Darkness, and Silence on any non-immune creature for 3 rounds.|
Wakka can equip Blitzballs and Armguards. He starts off with 618 HP, 10 MP, 10 points in Defense and Magic, 14 points in Strength, 5 points in Magic Defense and Evasion, 7 points in Agility, 19 points in Luck and 25 points in Accuracy.
For much of the game, Wakka is the only character who can reliably hit flying foes with physical attacks.
- Main article: Wakka/Quotes
In addition to being one of Yuna's guardians and childhood friends, Wakka is also a professional blitzball player and captain of the Besaid Aurochs, a team that – as of the beginning of Final Fantasy X – went 23 years without winning a single game. Wakka's goal as captain is to have the team do their best, without it mattering whether they win or lose. It is not until Tidus arrives that the Aurochs begin to focus on achieving victory.
Wakka retires from Blitzball after the Luca tournament so he can focus on being a Guardian. Despite this, he can be recruited back onto the Aurochs later in the game. Wakka may have officially come out of retirement after the events of Final Fantasy X, as is somewhat implied by Yuna wondering aloud if "Wakka and the gang" were at the Blitzball season opening in Final Fantasy X-2. He is on the hidden Besaid Aurochs team, but Beclem is as well, so the hidden team may not be the official lineup.
Wakka also has a unique Blitzball technique called Aurochs' Spirit which adds the sum of the SH of all the original Aurochs currently on the team to Wakka's own SH.
With his high EN and SH, Wakka is best in a forward position. He has the first level "Venom Shot" from the beginning. However, he is a pushover defensively. Also, at a salary of 1 gil per game, he is the cheapest recruitable player.
|Airship - Bridge|
|Coin No.||62||Coin Value||9|
|Location||Win from the Bevelle Core Sphere player in the Luca Stadium.|
Wakka's theme is simply called "Wakka's Theme". However, he is the only main character whose theme is not featured in the game's original soundtrack. It is one of several extra songs that can only be found online or earned in Luca's Sphere Theater.
Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit
Kingdom Hearts seriesEdit
- For more information, see Kingdom Hearts Wiki: Wakka
Wakka plays a minor role in the Kingdom Hearts series. Together with Riku, Tidus and Selphie, he spends his days playing on the Destiny Islands and sparring with Sora. He is skilled with a ball, and together with Tidus, he is inventing an "underwater ball sport". When Sora, Riku, and Kairi leave the island, Wakka, Tidus, and Selphie are left behind.
Wakka reprises his role in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories albeit as a memory fragment. He is only briefly mentioned in Kingdom Hearts II by Selphie, commenting to Kairi that "Tidus and Wakka are all wrapped up in their ball game" when asking her to go to the smaller island with her.
- Wakka makes a cameo in Dissidia Final Fantasy as a tutor from the in-game manuals. Along with Rikku he explains how to use the shop. A Ghost Card also bears Wakka's name, and is a Level 100 Tidus that has the Sphere and Blue Gem items to be won through battlegen. Tidus's four exclusive weapons are all named after Wakka's weapons.
- Despite being called "tubby" by Rikku in Final Fantasy X-2, there seems to be no signs of his increased weight due to the programmers not creating a new character model for him.
- Wakka is the only character in Final Fantasy X to have an eponymous theme that is not heard anywhere in the course of the game, not even in any optional events outside of the main story. However, Wakka's Theme does exist as a track that can be played in Luca's Sphere Theater.
- Despite player being able to recruit playable Final Fantasy X characters in Final Fantasy X-2: International + Last Mission, Wakka is the only character who cannot be recruited.
- Wakka, Tidus and Rikku are the only three members of the entire party in Final Fantasy X who can battle fiends underwater.
- Wakka was the first character to address Tidus directly.
- Wakka is the only character to join in Final Fantasy X with no armor equipped.
- Wakka shares his English voice actor with Kimahri Ronso, along with Migelo of Final Fantasy XII. In both versions, Wakka's voice actor also voiced Gilgamesh in his Final Fantasy XIII-2 appearance, the English voice actor having also voiced him in Final Fantasy XII.
- Wakka's weapon and armor names have a 'sports' theme surrounding them, such as T.K.O. (technical knock-out) or Official Ball.