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A former sergeant of the Guardian Corps that goes by the name of Lightning. In an effort to save her one and only sister, she gives up everything she has to battle against destiny. While her unsociable demeanor once made her seem unapproachable, she realizes that she is not alone during her journey, ultimately opening her heart to others.
Lightning wears a primarily white Guardian Corps military uniform, adorned with several belts and buckles and a red cape on her left shoulder.
Her alternate costume is her attire as a Knight of Etro in Final Fantasy XIII-2. Lightning wears silver and gold armor with a large feathered sash. The Goddess's Grace shield is part of her costume but has no effect on gameplay.
Lightning joined Edgar's Returners, sharing their skepticism in the explanations given by the gods and Mog. She is first seen fighting Garland on the way to Capta Est Tower. Though Mog's party encounters her several times as they traverse the volcanic caverns and ascend the tower, she elects to continue her running battle with Garland on her own. Lightning engages Garland in a final battle next to the Torsion at the tower's peak. The battle between two summoned champions agitates the Torsion and causes it to go out of control, and Dark Bahamut emerges. After Mog's party helps her defeat it, Lightning begins traveling with them full-time.
When Serah appears in Utopia Niveus, Lightning insists on protecting her, even though Serah is there after her own journey and protests that she is capable of fighting herself. Lightning continues to wear herself down until the other warriors join Serah in lecturing her, and she reluctantly agrees to stop trying to cover every attack. Later, Snow helps convince her that she should trust in Serah's abilities rather than continue viewing her as a little sister who needs protecting. When Lenna joins the party, Lightning commiserates with Faris over worrying about reckless sisters, though Serah is irritated at the evident hypocrisy.
In Act 2, Caius attempts to harness the properties of the gods' world, supposedly to atone for his misdeeds in his own. He attempts to convince his old foes and the Akademeia students to join him in undoing the events of their most painful memories. Although Lightning has no memory of him or Etro, she doesn't accept his intentions. After several encounters with the Dark Manikins, Lightning recalls her experiences as Etro's Champion through the Brilliance they bestow upon her. This cements her refusal to accept Caius, and they defeat him.
- Command abilities
Sparkstrike - 3-hit melee Lightning BRV attack. Grants Ravager (Raises MAX BRV and Speed) for 3 turns
Flourish of Steel - 3-hit BRV + HP attack. Grants Commando (Raises MAX BRV and Attack) for 3 turns
- Passive abilities
- Lightning is one of the few characters to be wielding a different weapon compared to her signature one in her alternate skin artwork. She instead wields her EX weapon.