- “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!”
Wakka [ˈwɑː.kə] is a playable character, and one of Yuna's guardians in Final Fantasy X. He who also appears in a smaller role Final Fantasy X-2, as well as Final Fantasy X: Eternal Calm and Final Fantasy X -Will-. Wakka is the only playable character from Final Fantasy X who cannot be recruited in Final Fantasy X-2: International and Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster.
Appearance and PersonalityEdit
Wakka is tall and muscled, with tan skin, brown eyes, and long reddish-orange hair styled into a coif and girted with blue headscarf. He wears the uniform of his blitzball team, the Besaid Aurochs, with alterations (presumably as he is the captain): a yellow vest top cut away at the stomach, a yellow shoulder pad on his left shoulder, blue and yellow baggy trousers gathered above the ankle, brown wristbands with a blue and yellow armguard over the left arm, and open sandals. He wears a dolphin necklace. In Final Fantasy X HD Remaster, Wakka's model has been updated with detail added to his headscarf and hair. His face has been rounded and his skin, lips, beard, and eyes have been touched-up.
Wakka is of what would be considered Austronesian descent in our world and is characterized by a Besaid Island accent. He uses speech-mannerisms like "brudda" for "brother" and finishes sentences with "ya?". He begrudges the Al Bhed for what happened to his brother, Chappu, but rationalizes his hatred for Al Bhed not following Yevon.
Wakka's goal as captain to a blitzball team is to have the team do their best without it mattering whether they win or lose. It is not until Tidus arrives the Aurochs begin to focus on achieving victory.
Wakka depends on Yevon's religion and guidance making him socially conservative and thus is intentionally kept in the dark about Yuna's half-Al Bhed heritage. He has a big heart and tries to cheer the party up, though it does not always work. Traveling Spira with Yuna's party his world-view broadens and he begins to see the hypocrisy behind his previous actions.
Wakka has grown more lax in his lifestyle, and is said to have gained weight. Despite being called "tubby" by Rikku the programmers had not created a new character model for him. The game's final FMV sequence also fails to show him as having gained weight, although it does show his hair has begun to gray, something not present in his character model.
Wakka is plagued by insecurity as his new role as leader of Besaid in a quickly changing Spira where old traditions are going out of style, and his impending fatherhood. He tries to deal with his issues alone, but with the help of the Gullwings comes to trust his own judgment.
- “Hey! You okay?”
- —Wakka's opening lines
Having lost their parents to Sin with no memory of them, Wakka grew up on the island of Besaid with his younger brother, Chappu, and fellow orphan Lulu. Wakka became more of a parent than a sibling to Chappu, who despite it all would have preferred Wakka adopt more of a sibling role. When Yuna was brought to Besaid by Kimahri Ronso, Wakka treated her like a younger sister. That year he and Chappu joined the Besaid Aurochs, a "horrendously ill-fated" blitzball team. Some years later, motivated by his need to protect Lulu after proclaiming his love to her, Chappu enlisted with the Crusaders and died fighting Sin in Djose. As Chappu discarded the Brotherhood sword Wakka had gifted him for an Al Bhed machina weapon, Wakka bears a personal grudge against the Al Bhed. When Yuna decides to become a summoner Wakka initially disapproved of her choice, but decides to becomes one of her guardians to avenge Chappu.
Wakka meets Tidus when he washes up on Besaid, bonding with the youth due to both his blitzball skills and resemblance to Chappu. Tidus claims to hail from Zanarkand but Wakka is unnerved and chalks up Tidus's behavior to Sin's memory altering toxin. Wakka tells Tidus of Sin and the destruction of the ancient machina cities, including Zanarkand, as a result of human crimes and use of machina. Wakka leads Tidus to the village and persuades him to join the Besaid Aurochs. As a team with a twenty-three year losing streak, they need Tidus's help even more so now when Wakka is planning to leave the Aurochs to become a full-time guardian.
Despite Tidus violating the temple rules in his ignorance, Yuna obtains her first aeon, Valefor, becoming a full-fledged summoner. That night, Lulu berates Wakka over his interest in Tidus as she believes Wakka is only protecting him out of memories for his dead brother. Her thoughts may not be misplaced, as Wakka later gives Tidus Chappu's sword, the Brotherhood. Intending to have one last go as a Besaid Auroch, Wakka takes Tidus along for Yuna's pilgrimage out of hopes somebody will recognize him at the blitz tournament in Luca. Yuna sets out for her pilgrimage, first stopping at Kilika Temple, and after obtaining Ifrit the journey continues to Luca's blitzball tournament.
During the Aurochs' first match Yuna is kidnapped by the Al Bhed Psyches to force the Aurochs into surrendering the match. While Wakka handles the game Tidus accompanies Lulu and Kimahri to save Yuna and upon recovering her Lulu sends a signal to Wakka, who wins the game just in time, ending a twenty-three-year losing streak without Tidus's help. Though a tired Wakka takes a sit during the final match giving up his spot for Tidus, he comes to Tidus's aid when fiends are unleashed upon the stadium. Tidus and Wakka are given the surprise aid of Auron, whom Wakka calls the "best guardian there ever was".
After the tournament Wakka bids his goodbyes to the Aurochs to become a full-time Guardian. When he witnesses to the "Operation Mi'ihen", Wakka's resentment to the Al Bhed grows while learning of Luzzu's role in Chappu's death, with Lulu needing to cool him down.
- “This is great. I can't believe I've been traveling with an Al Bhed! A heathen!'”
- —Wakka, upon finding out Rikku's origins.
After crossing the Moonflow, Wakka greets Rikku as the newest member of their party unaware she is an Al Bhed with the others hiding her heritage from him. An Al Bhed attack on their way to the Macalania Temple forces Rikku to reveal her Al Bhed nature and Wakka is disgusted to find himself traveling with a "heathen". Further furious that everyone else knew and are not taking his side, Wakka heads to the temple on foot while the others use the Al Bhed machina sleds. When the party comes upon the sphere Yuna had retrieved from Jyscal Guado, they learn Seymour murdered his father to succeed him as Maester, and he attacks them and the party retaliates. The only one of the group who was hesitant about fighting Seymour, Wakka is shocked they have killed a Maester and blames Rikku for being branded traitors of Yevon by the enraged Guado.
Wakka continues to distrust Rikku until she guides the group to the Al Bhed Home where they find it is under attack by the Guado. Seeing Rikku mourning over her dead kin, Wakka comforts her before lashing out at the Guado. Wakka comes to understand the Al Bheds' motive for kidnapping summoners to stop their pilgrimage, and after learning that Yuna is half-Al Bhed, he realizes his hatred is further unfounded.
The party make their way to Zanarkand but instead of completing the pilgrimage and obtaining the Final Aeon, Yuna rejects the Final Summoning as a false rite to keep Spira in a neverending cycle of suffering, the party set out to destroy Sin via the Al Bheds' airship. Prior to the final battle, Wakka makes his peace with the Al Bhed Cid and along with the rest of the party, is saddened to see Tidus disappear after Yu Yevon has been felled.
After Sin is defeated and Yevon disbanded, Wakka settles down on Besaid with Lulu. A few years later, Lulu is pregnant with Wakka's child and the visiting Rikku comments on the father-to-be's waist size.
- “I'm gonna be a father soon, you know. Gotta pull it together, ya?”
Since his parents died when he was young, Wakka knows nothing of parenting and worries how to be a good father to his soon-to-be-born child. Wakka seeks the aid of Yuna and the Gullwings to help him settle matters about his past by finding a sphere recording of his parents he heard of from Chappu when they were children. Wakka clashes with Beclem, a member of the Youth League who has been sent to train the Aurochs. Beclem used to know Chappu in the Crusaders and heard many good things about Wakka from him, but upon meeting Wakka in person Beclem is disappointed. When fiends begin pouring out of the temple Beclem wants to burn it down, but Wakka ventures inside alone to try and stop the fiends by himself, although he ends up getting help from the Gullwings. Afterward Beclem reprimands Wakka for his recklessness, as he has a family to look after now, and Wakka agrees that the temple may have to be destroyed if the fiend outpour ever happens again.
When the baby is born, Wakka receives a sphere of Chappu's final message from Beclem, telling him their parents' sphere was a lie he made up to make him angry, and told him to merely be his brother instead of a surrogate parent. The message allows Wakka to get it together and become a reliable father. 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, welcomes Tidus home after he is given another chance at life on Spira.
Chuami and Kurgum are being sent to Besaid by Baralai to meet with Yuna and Lulu and Wakka, who take the two to her. Kurgum shows Yuna a movie sphere with a recording of a shoopuf at the Moonflow that had died long ago but mysteriously reappeared causing Yuna to believe the shoopuf had been "beckoned".
Kurgum asks Yuna to accompany him and Chuami back to Bevelle and address the Spiran Council and Wakka goes with them. As Chuami, Kurgum, Yuna and Wakka pass the Moonflow they see the shoopufs and a crowd of onlookers, where half of the people are illusions created by the pyreflies, and witness a reunion scene with a father and daughter and the illusion of the girl's mother. In Bevelle they find Sin has been reactivated, possibly called back to Spira by someone's wish. After Yuna meets with Tidus and breaks up with him, Chuami and Kurgum part ways with the latter accompanying Yuna and Wakka, and the former returning to Besaid with Tidus.
- “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
Wakka uses sports gear as his weapons and armor in battle. He uses blitzballs as weapons, and 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 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), and the only one who can do so using physical attacks. Wakka, Tidus and Rikku are the only three members of the party in Final Fantasy X who can battle fiends underwater.
Wakka can inflict status ailments, sometimes simultaneously, with his weapon. For defense, Wakka relies on the armguard. Wakka's Overdrive is Slots. He has fair Strength and Accuracy, and a decent Magic stat, making him a balanced character. Wakka 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.
- Note: Values in parentheses are node stat bonuses.
|Stat||Base Value||Sphere Grid|
|HP||618||4218 (3600)||4018 (3400)|
|MP||10||170 (160)||110 (100)|
|Strength||14||54 (40)||45 (31)|
|Defense||10||30 (20)||31 (21)|
|Magic||10||33 (23)||39 (29)|
|Magic Defense||5||9 (4)||5 (0)|
|Agility||7||32 (25)||23 (16)|
|Luck||19||20 (1)||19 (0)|
|Evasion||5||16 (11)||15 (10)|
|Accuracy||25||50 (25)||52 (27)|
- See also: List of Final Fantasy X Weapons#Wakka's Blitzballs and List of Final Fantasy X Armor#Wakka's Armguards
Wakka can equip blitzballs and armguards. Through his use of a blitzball, Wakka can perform the Attack command on "out-of-range" enemies, like in the first battle against Sin.
Wakka is the only character to join in Final Fantasy X with no armor equipped. Wakka's weapon and armor names have a sports theme, such as T.K.O. (technical knock-out) or Official Ball.
Wakka's Sphere Grid area runs near Lulu's and Auron's, and his sphere color is yellow. The unique abilities in Wakka's default position on the grid include skills that inflict the status effects Blind, Silence, and Sleep. He also gains HP-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.|
- Main article: Wakka/Quotes
Wakka is 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 game. Wakka retires from blitzball after the Luca tournament so he can focus on his guardian duties, but can still be re-recruited into the Aurochs later. Wakka may have officially come out of retirement after the events of Final Fantasy X, as Yuna wonders if "Wakka and the gang" were at the blitzball season opening in Final Fantasy X-2. He is on the hidden Besaid Aurochs team alongside Beclem, so the hidden team may not be the official lineup.
Wakka 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, but he is a pushover defensively. 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.|
Creation and DevelopmentEdit
In the Japanese version, Wakka is voiced by Kazuya Nakai. In the English versions he is voiced by John DiMaggio who also provides the voice for Kimahri Ronso. In both versions, Wakka is voiced by the same actor who voices the recurring character Gilgamesh.
In the Kingdom Hearts series, while Kazuya Nakai resumes the voice role, Wakka is voiced in the English version by Dee Bradley Baker who voiced characters in Final Fantasy X-2.
"Wakka's Theme" was composed by Nobuo Uematsu. 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.
"Although I don't remember exactly because it was quite a long time ago — in the early stages of game development process, many songs are created based on visualization of different game scenes," music director Keiji Kawamori has explained. "At that time, I believe we decided to go with another track that was better suited for the scene. As a result, this track was not used ultimately."
"Wakka's Theme" was arranged by Uematsu for Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster and is available not only via Luca's Sphere Theater, but on the soundtrack as well.
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 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 named after Wakka's weapons.
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Wakka is represented in Aqua-elemental cards. He is depicted in his Final Fantasy X promotional poster art alongside Tidus and the Besaid Aurochs, and in his official artwork, as well as in his Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade artwork.
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 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.