- “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 is a playable character, and one of Yuna's guardians in Final Fantasy X, who also appears in Final Fantasy X-2 in an NPC role; 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.
In the English localization, his name is pronounced [ˈwɑː.kə].
Appearance and PersonalityEdit
Wakka is tall and muscled, with tan 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): 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.
Wakka is of what would be considered Austronesian descent in our world and is characterized a Besaid Island accent. He uses such speech-mannerisms as "brudda" for "brother", and finishing sentences with "ya?". He bears a grudge against the Al Bhed for what happened to his brother, Chappu, but rationalizes his hatred for Al Bhed not following Yevon.
Wakka depends on Yevon's religion and guidance for his decisions, making him socially conservative. As a result, he 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 by Yuna to have begun gaining weight. Despite being called "tubby" by Rikku there are no signs of his increased weight due to the programmers not creating a new character model for him. The game's final FMV sequence also fails to show him as having gained any weight, although it does show his hair has begun to gray, which isn't 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 increasingly 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
Wakka is 24 years old and grew up on the Isle of Besaid along with Yuna, Lulu, and his brother Chappu. Wakka and Lulu became like an adopted siblings to Yuna after she was brought to Besaid by Kimahri Ronso. This is around the time Wakka and Chappu joined the Besaid Aurochs, a "horrendously ill-fated" blitzball team.
Wakka, Lulu, Chappu and Yuna were are all orphans, Wakka and Chappu having lost their mother and father to Sin leaving them no memory of them. Wakka raised his brother Chappu, who fell in love with Lulu but ended up enlisting with the Crusaders and being killed by Sin in Djose. Chappu had cast aside Yevon's teachings and fought with an Al Bhed machina weapon over the sword Wakka had given him, which lead to Wakka's hatred for the Al Bhed shifting from religious prejudice to a personal grudge. When Yuna decides to become a summoner, although he initially disapproved of her choice, Wakka becomes one of her guardians to avenge Chappu.
Wakka meets Tidus when he washes up on Besaid. Due to Tidus' blitzball skills and resemblance to Chappu, Wakka bonds with him and is unnerved when Tidus mentions he hails from 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 need Tidus's 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.
Wakka directs Tidus to the Besaid Temple, a branch of the Spiran religion of Yevon, where Tidus learns the apprentice summoner who had begun her trial in the Temple, hasn't returned. Despite the priest's orders to stay out, Tidus goes through the Temple's Cloister of Trials to rescue the summoner.
Wakka, being a guardian himself, goes after Tidus, meeting at the lift near the Chamber of the Fayth. Summoner Yuna exits the chamber, having obtained her first aeon, Valefor. That night, Tidus overhears Lulu berating 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.
Wakka takes Tidus along for Yuna's pilgrimage out of hopes somebody will recognize him at the blitz tournament at Luca. During the first match Yuna is kidnapped by the Al Bhed Psyches 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 Tidus learns Yuna is half-Al Bhed, and is warned to keep Yuna's heritage a secret from. Lulu sends a signal to Wakka, who wins the game just in time, ending a twenty-three-year losing streak without Tidus's help. After the second match, a group of fiends is unleashed upon the stadium. Tidus and Wakka 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 needs Lulu to cool him down. After crossing the Moonflow, Tidus encounters Rikku, who becomes Yuna's newest guardian. The other members keep Rikku's heritage a secret from Wakka. After Al Bhed attack them on their way to Macalania Temple, Wakka discovers Rikku is an Al Bhed and, disgusted by the "heathen", badmouths her. Tidus tells Wakka Rikku is a good person and , 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 from Jyscal Guado, which shows Seymour murdered his father to succeed him as Maester. Wakka is the only one hesitant about fighting Seymour, since he is a Maester of Yevon. They confront Seymour outside the Chamber of the Fayth, and kill him, much to Wakka's shock. After the incident Yuna has no chance to send Seymour and they are chased out by enraged Guado. Wakka blames Rikku for their being dubbed traitors.
Wakka softens his attitude toward the Al Bhed when he discovers their kidnapping of summoners was to save them from death. Wakka lashes out at the Guado during their attack on the Al Bhed Home and attempts to comfort Rikku when she mourns the destruction the Guado are causing. When he finds out Yuna is half-Al Bhed, Wakka realizes his hatred of the Al Bhed is unjustified. He is horrified when they discover 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. He is also saddened when Tidus disappears after Yu Yevon has been felled, having made a brotherly bond with him.
After Sin is defeated and Yevon disbanded, he settles down on Besaid with Lulu.
- “I'm gonna be a father soon, you know. Gotta pull it together, ya?”
Wakka and Lulu have married, and since she is about to have a baby, Wakka is more worried than ever. Since his parents died when he was young, he knows nothing of parenting and seeks the aid of Yuna and the Gullwings to help him settle matters about his past by finding a sphere 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. During the time fiends pour 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 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.
- “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 various 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 ability), and the only one who can do so using physical attacks.
Wakka 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 has 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.
Wakka, Tidus and Rikku are the only three members of the party in Final Fantasy X who can battle fiends underwater.
Equipment and StatsEdit
- Main article: List of Final Fantasy X Weapons#Wakka's Blitzballs
- Main article: List of Final Fantasy X Armor#Wakka's Armguards
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.
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 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 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 the Aurochs begin to focus on achieving victory.
Wakka retires from blitzball after the Luca tournament so he can focus on his guardian duties. 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 it is somewhat implied by Yuna wondering 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 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.|
Wakka's theme is simply called "Wakka's Theme". 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.
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Wakka is represented in two 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.
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.
- 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.