The ultimate sword, used by a legendary king. It was forged in another world.
Final Fantasy IX description
The Excalibur II (エクスカリバーＩＩ, Ekusukaribā II?), also called Excalibur2, is a recurring weapon in the Final Fantasy series. Like Excalibur, it is usually one of the most powerful swords and is Holy-elemental.
- 1 Appearances
- 1.1 Final Fantasy IX
- 1.2 Final Fantasy XII
- 1.3 Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
- 1.4 Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift
- 1.5 Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)
- 1.6 Pictlogica Final Fantasy ≒
- 1.7 Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade
- 1.8 Final Fantasy Record Keeper
- 1.9 Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
- 2 Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances
- 3 Gallery
- 4 Etymology
Appearances[edit | edit source]
The Excalibur II is the most powerful weapon available, equipped by Steiner. It has an attack power of 108, its element is Holy, and teaches Minus Strike, Climhazzard, and Stock Break. It is a well adorned sword, with a red-orange hilt and an opaque-green blade. Obtaining it yields The Ultimate Sword achievement/trophy in the versions that support an achievements system.
Requirements[edit | edit source]
Excalibur II is one of the hardest weapons to obtain, as it cannot be bought from a shop or dropped or stolen from any monster. The only way the player can obtain the Excalibur II is to make it to the final dungeon, Memoria, into the room Gate to Space (where the party fights Lich) without exceeding 12 hours of playtime. Once Lich is defeated, the player must search the pillar on the right of the room to receive the sword. A message is left near the sword for Gilgamesh, written by Enkido, which reads:
To Brother Gil - Bro, I found the sword, like you told me. But there were two. One of 'em had a lame name, Something II. It was a dingy, old thing with flashy decorations, something you'd probably like. So I went with Excalipur. I'll be back after I find the Tin Armor.
Challenge[edit | edit source]
Playing to the final dungeon in under 12 hours is a challenge on the PlayStation version, however, it is even more difficult on PAL where the game runs at a 5/6 speed of NTSC due to a lower frame rate caused by the 50/60 Hz conflict, while the internal clock still runs at normal speed. This essentially requires the challenge to be completed in less than ten hours if it ran at the NTSC frame rate.
A trick to help reduce the time required is to open and close a PS1 or PS2 disc tray during an FMV scene to skip it as the internal game time is active during these sequences and will shed the time saved. The FMVs make up about 35 minutes to game time. However, this cannot be done on the PS3 as opening the disc tray prompts the system to return to the menu screen, or on the digital downloaded version from the PlayStation Network.
The Steam and mobile release makes the challenge substantially easier as cutscenes can be skipped, random encounters can be disabled, the player can stat boost their party members to defeat enemies quicker, the battle intros can be disabled, and the player can speed up their game by five times without affecting the internal clock. Even without speeding up the game, it is easily possible to claim the sword in under nine hours by making use of all other enhancements. In these versions, claiming the sword earns the player the achievement The Ultimate Sword. Usage of enhancements does not prevent the player from earning the achievement, however, as with all such enhancements, it is at the player's discretion whether such use constitutes cheating.
The Excalibur II is not technically missable, although it is missable within reason. It is possible to reset the game clock to allow a player to gain the Excalibur II again if missed the first time by allowing the game's internal clock (not the displayed time) to overflow and restart from the beginning. However, this means 232 / 60 seconds (over two years) of gameplay, assuming that the game is continually on for that time.
Perfect game[edit | edit source]
If one is going after a "perfect" game save, there is much more that needs to be considered, such as many items, key items, and such cannot be obtained after their respective disc. This is made harder by the fact that to get the S rank medal, one will need to have not missed much treasure. Another issue is achieving "perfect stats"; if one is to make the most of a character's stat potential one must play a "level 1 game" until disc 4, when the best stat-boosting equipment becomes available.
There are four battles where EXP must be gained: the three battles fought in Pandemonium, and Tantarian. So players have to choose what characters absorb what EXP. So "perfect stats" and the issues mentioned above make the challenge probably the hardest challenge available in Final Fantasy on pre-Steam/mobile versions.
For years, this challenge was thought impossible on the PAL PlayStation version, but later it was shown that a PAL playthrough is possible, but extremely difficult. Similarly, the challenge is possible in the PS-one "classics" downloaded version, but difficult due to the inability to skip FMVs.
Location: Weapon Master in Treno Card Stadium (disc 4).
Excalibur II is a name of a weapon used by Gilgamesh, but this name only appears in the Japanese version; the English calls it "NOT USED". It is a fake version of Tournesol, one of the strongest weapons. Excalibur II has 30 points in Attack Power and inflicts Sap on hit.
Improved version of Excalibur. Very sharp.
Excalibur2 is the strongest knightsword and provides +87 Attack, +3 Magic, +4 Speed, and +5 Evade. It can be obtained after completing the post-game mission, "Mission 98: The Hero Blade".
An improvement upon perfection, this knight's blade has been honed to a razor-sharp edge.
Excalibur II makes another appearance under the name "The Fallen Angel". It is obtained during the Frimelda quest chain, and is referred to as Frimelda's weapon. It can be bought for 17,800 gil in the shop after creating it in the Bazaar after using a Lightwing Crystal, Mythril, and Hero Tonic, and provides +72 Attack, +4 Speed, +3 Magick, and +5 Evasion.
Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)[edit | edit source]
Excalibur II is one of the strongest swords. It is a level 99 sword with an ATK of 67. It gives +100% Experience Gain, and can be used by Warrior of Light, Emperor, Onion Knight, Cecil, Cloud, Squall, and Tidus. It can be obtained as a drop from defeating the Steiner Friend Card.
Excalibur II is a level 100 sword, but still maintains the same effects as the first game. It can be equipped by Warrior of Light, Emperor, Onion Knight, Cecil, Cloud, Squall, Tidus, Zidane, Exdeath, Lightning, Vaan, Laguna, Kain, Gabranth, and Gilgamesh. It can be obtained as a drop from defeating the No. 1 Moogle Friend Card.
A knight's sword from the faraway world of Gaia. The blade holds an unusual green tone to it. This sword is known back in the world of Gaia as being the strongest of all knight swords, and is also notorious for how difficult it is to obtain.
Excalibur II is a Great Sword that is obtained as Steiner's Trust Master. It provides 130 ATK and is Light-elemental.
Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances[edit | edit source]
A holy sword given to a great king by the Lady of the Lake, it is the counterpart to the blade with the selfsame name pulled from a great stone. Possessed not only of incredible power, it is bestowed with the blessings of the earth and sea, signifying its wielder as the rightful ruler of the world.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Excalibur is King Arthur's sword, the one he obtained from the Lady in the Lake, after the one he pulled from the stone broke. Excalibur itself is thought to be derived from Caladbolg, which in itself may be drawn from the Welsh Caledfwlch, which can be latinised as Caliburnus. The legends state the sword was virtually peerless and only passed to the chosen. However, King Arthur was mortally wounded while wielding the sword by his son, Mordred in the battle of Camlann. Upon his death, it was either Sir Lancelot or Sir Griflet who, after much hesitation about discarding such a powerful sword, returned the Excalibur to the Lady in the Lake.The