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A woman who appears in the tales of a world where the gods toy with humanity's fate. Lightning is a soldier from the floating continent of Cocoon, ruled by servants of the gods known as the fal'Cie. Her unsociable and serious demeanor often makes her seem indifferent to those around her, when in reality she hides a gentle soul that drives her to face peril boldly to protect those she loves. Lightning gave up her post as a soldier to save her sister Serah, who had become a prisoner of the fal'Cie, and boarded a train full of unjustly exiled citizens to defy the fate the gods had chosen for her.
—Lightning (5★) description

Lightning is a summonable vision and optional playable character in Final Fantasy Brave Exvius. She serves as a character representative from Final Fantasy XIII. She was the first 5★ base character, introduced some time before the event The Hanging Edge, in which she was a bonus unit along with other Final Fantasy XIII characters.

Gameplay

Lightning is a 5-7★ Rare Summon, available since September 2016. Her job is listed as l'Cie, and her role is Physical Damage. She has no innate element or status ailment resistances. Lightning's default attack is a 5-hit attack with her Blazefire Saber in her 5-6★ form, and with Omega Weapon in her 7★. Her Trust Master reward is the Aurora Scarf (which enables the equipped unit to attack twice with its default attack). Her Super Trust Master reward is the Omega Weapon (FFXIII) sword, with an Attack Power of 176.

Her awakening materials are the following:


Stats

Lightning's stats at her highest levels are as follows (with no passive abilities taken into account), along with the maximum amount of stat points that can be increased through pot-enhancements:

Rarity Level HP MP ATK DEF MAG SPR Drop Check*(Maximum burst stone drops per hit)
5★ 80 2781 (+300) 121 (+50) 112 (+20) 97 (+20) 95 (+20) 93 (+20) 2 FFBE Limit Burst crystal
6★ 100 3615 (+450) 157 (+75) 145 (+30) 126 (+30) 123 (+30) 120 (+30) 2 FFBE Limit Burst crystal
7★ 120 4699 (+600) 204 (+100) 192 (+50) 171 (+50) 159 (+50) 163 (+50) 2 FFBE Limit Burst crystal


Abilities

Lightning has four ability slots. She has affinity to all three types of magic: White (Lvl 3-4), Black (Lvl 6-7) and Green Magic (Lvl 3-4).

Rarity 5★
Trait Lv. Learned
Sparkstrike 6
Flamestrike 18
Froststrike 24
Thundaga FFBE Black Magic affinity 38
ATK +30%*(Passive) 42
Blitz 46
Cura FFBE White Magic affinity 56
Auto-Refresh*(Passive) 74
Crushing Blow 80
Rarity 6★
Trait Lv. Learned
Lightspeed*(Passive) 1
Counter-Strike*(Passive) 20
Galestrike 26
Electric Blitz 48
Ice Blitz 48
Heat Blitz 48
HP +20%*(Passive) 65
Aero Blitz 72
Dual Wield*(Passive) 100
Rarity 7★
Trait Lv. Learned
Knight of the Aurora*(Passive) 101
Lightning Strike 105
Endless Army 110
MP +20%*(Passive) 115
L'Cie Brand*(Passive) 120
Ability Awakening

Lightning has three traits that can be enhanced: Crushing Blow, Blitz and Lightspeed.

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Limit Burst

Army of One (シーンドライブ, Shīn Doraibu?, lit. Scene Drive) is Lightning's Limit Burst. A damage and debuff-type ability, it is a long attack that deals physical damage to a single enemy, and decreases its DEF for three turns. It consists of either twelve hits (5★) or twenty hits (6-7★).

The damage modifier and how much the enemy's DEF is reduced will depend on Lightning's LB level:

Rarity Name Change in Effect Cost
5★ Army of One Base (Lv. 1) Damage dealt (2.7x); decrease stat by 20% 14 FFBE Limit Burst crystal
Max (Lv. 20) Damage dealt (3.65x); decrease stat by 39%
6★ Army of One Base (Lv. 1) Damage dealt (2.9x); decrease stat by 30% 16 FFBE Limit Burst crystal
Max (Lv. 25) Damage dealt (4.1x); decrease stat by 54%
7★ Army of One Base (Lv. 1) Damage dealt (15.1x); decrease stat by 45% 26 FFBE Limit Burst crystal
Max (Lv. 30) Damage dealt (18x); decrease stat by 74%


Equipment

Lightning can equip the following weapon types: daggers, swords, greatswords, katanas, bows, spears and guns.

She can equip the following armor types: light shields, hats, helms, clothes, light armor and heavy armor.

She can equip accessories.

She has three exclusive ability materias: Attacker, Defender, and Thunderfall. Exclusive to Final Fantasy XIII units, Attacker and Defender will increase her ATK/MAG and her DEF/SPR by 10%, respectively. In contrast, Thunderfall is exclusive to Lightning: an attack materia, it enables her to deal Lightning magic damage (2.1x) to all enemies, and decrease their resistance to that element by 50% for three turns. All three materias were available for purchase at King Mog's shop during the event The Hanging Edge.

Assessment

As one of the earliest 5★ base rarity units, Lightning used to be a decent unit, but outclassed easily over time. She has multiple abilities that cover multiple elements which makes her quite utilitarian, her main weakness however, are her overall low modifiers and inability to chain properly, as her main ability Crushing Blow, has irregular frames and low hit count. Her enhancements give her a mild damage boost and evasion, but a useful 75% Lightning imperil on Crushing Blow, which is useful but not enough to make her relevant by herself.

At 7★ rarity, Lightning gets a major update, earning massive ATK boosts, and modifier changes on most of her moves. Her new move, Endless Army is a powerful chainer from the Quick Hit family and also tremendously buffs Lightning at the same time, thus making her much more useful, although she is also outclassed rather easily by other 7★ damage units, but nonetheless remains a decent unit.

One of Lightning's major strengths is her innate Dual Wield, being one of the earliest units to have it, which makes her flexible on building. Also due to a free sample being easily supplied to players by completing rookie quests, Lightning is theoretically one of the easiest units to level to 7★, thus greatly increasing her overall usefulness for all players.

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