Of gunblades, the finest model is the Lion Heart. It requires rare items to be remodeled to its highest quality.
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The Lion Heart (ライオンハート, Raionhāto?) (also written as Lionheart) is a recurring weapon in the Final Fantasy series. It first appeared in Final Fantasy VIII and is widely known for being Squall Leonhart's strongest gunblade.
In its most iconic appearance as Squall's weapon, the Lion Heart is a gunblade whose blade is in a translucent gradient from dark blue at the edge to white near the middle of the blade. The frame of the gun portion is modeled with features incorporating the Revolver, Squall's starting weapon. These include a black gripped handle base, a breach, barrel, and magazine port similar to the M16 assault rifle, various grips to accentuate various positions of wielding—including an extended handle-like stock to a rifle-saber hybrid handguard near the magazine—and a design finish to incorporate the Griever emblem, a lion carved on the side and a wing protrusion emerging from the top. Squall's version of the Lion Heart appears to be able to switch between different fire settings. This can be seen most apparently in the Play Arts toy version of the weapon.
- 1 Appearances
- 1.1 Final Fantasy VIII
- 1.2 Final Fantasy X
- 1.3 Final Fantasy XI
- 1.4 Final Fantasy XIII
- 1.5 Final Fantasy XIV
- 1.6 Final Fantasy XV
- 1.7 Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
- 1.8 Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)
- 1.9 Pictlogica Final Fantasy
- 1.10 Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade
- 1.11 Final Fantasy Record Keeper
- 1.12 Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
- 1.13 Mobius Final Fantasy
- 2 Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances
- 3 Merchandise
- 4 Gallery
- 5 Similar weapons in the series
- 6 Etymology and symbolism
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Lion Heart is Squall's ultimate weapon, made from rare materials around the world. It allows access to all of Squall's finishing moves during his Renzokuken Limit Break, and enables his strongest finisher, the Lion Heart.
Items required to remodel a gunblade to Lion Heart are an Adamantine, Dragon Fang x4 and Pulse Ammo rounds x12. The cost of the upgrade is 2000 gil. Adamantines are procured from Adamantoises and the Minotaur card. Dragon Fangs are available from various dragon-type enemies, though mostly at certain levels: Blue Dragons (all levels), Grendels (<Lv.30) and T-Rexaurs (mid level). Pulse Ammo is made with Ifrit's Ammo-RF ability from various rare items, Energy Crystals being among the most plentiful of them near endgame, obtained from Elnoyles fought in Esthar City.
Though time-consuming, the necessary ingredients and Guardian Force abilities can be amassed before the end of disc 1. Once the items are obtained, the Lion Heart can be made in any junk shop regardless of whether one has read Weapons Monthly, 1st Issue (found in a Laguna flashback at the Lunatic Pandora Laboratory late into the game).
Lionheart is a great sword in the class of powerful armaments known as aeonic weapons.
Once the weapon of a l'Cie, this gunblade allows instant staggering of enemies near their stagger threshold.
The Lionheart is a model of gunblade obtainable by Lightning at the beginning of Chapter 12. It can also be bought at Plautus's Workshop for 28,000 gil. At max level it dismantles into Ceramic Armor (x7) and an Uraninite.
It has the trait Quick Stagger, which allows Lightning to immediately Stagger an enemy with any strike when the stagger gauge is at 90% full. It does not have the highest Strength and Magic stats among her weapons. Its upgraded version is the Ultima Weapon.
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The Weathered Lion Heart is a gunblade for gunbreakers. It can be acquired in the Tempest if the player has reached level 80 as a gunbreaker and completed the quest The Light of Inspiration. There is currently no way to upgrade it beyond its weathered form.
|Weathered Lion Heart||GNB Lv. 80
Item Level 430
|Physical Damage: 114||Auto-attack: 106.4||Delay: 2.8|
|Repair/Melding Discpline: Blacksmith||Dyeable: No||Unique|
Lion Heart is a firearm obtained by completing Final Fantasy XV: Episode Prompto DLC scenario (it is added to every save file thereafter). It alludes to Squall's ultimate weapon from Final Fantasy VIII by having a similar design. It deals more damage when HP is low, which may also allude to Final Fantasy VIII, where Squall's Limit Break command is available in critical health, and his Lion Heart unlocks his ultimate Renzokuken finisher.
|Lion Heart||Firearms||262||2||Strength: +9|
Damage bonus when the wielder has low HP: Damage + (30 + 9n% where n is every percentage point reduction under 30% HP)
Stays in inventory from the start of a new game
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A high-performance prototype firearm developed exclusively for high-ranking officials. Deals more damage when HP is low.
Sword wielded by knights of a legendary king.
The Lionheart appears as a knight sword for Paladins, Templars and Defenders. It has 34 Attack, 2 Defense, 1 Magic Resistance, and teaches Defense to Paladins and Defenders. It can be bought at the shop.
A sword wielded by knights loyal to a hero-king of old.
Lion Heart is a weapon usable by Paladins, Templar and Defenders. It has 38 Attack and increases Defense by 2 and Resistance by 1. It is the Rank E item of the "Battle-tested Swords" section of the Bazaar, and requires a Tarkov Crystal, a Zirconium and a Dragon Bone to unlock, and is then bought for 1220 Gil in the shop. It teaches Defend to Paladins and Defenders.
Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)[edit | edit source]
Squall wields the Lion Heart in his EX Mode, gaining the "Lion Heart (RANGE)" and "Lion Heart (HIT)" abilities. These extend the range of Squall's melee attacks and boost the power of the trigger function when Squall lands a melee attack, doubling the power of each blast.
The Lionheart is also Squall's level 100 exclusive weapon obtained from the shop by trading the Punishment weapon, Unshelled Bullet x5, and Bless Orb x5. The Lion Heart increases the player's Attack by 68, increases EX Force Absorption by 30%, and gives Squall the Sneak Attack ability.
Squall wields the Lion Heart as his EX Mode weapon, with its effects unchanged. The Lion Heart is also his level 100 weapon.
Gunblades are unique weapons that hail from a faraway world, and this one is said to be the greatest of them all. The elegant blade has a bluish tint, and—befitting the name—the hilt is emblazoned with the mark of a lion. In the world from which they originate, gunblades are often modified to augment their powers, but trying to build a Lion Heart requires some of the rarest materials in the land.
Lion Heart is a Great Sword obtained as Squall's Trust Master. It provides 150 ATK, requires both hands to wield, has a damage range of 100-160%, gives +50% Accuracy, and increases Limit Burst gauge by 2 every turn when equipped to Squall.
Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances[edit | edit source]
Kingdom Hearts series[edit | edit source]
A Keyblade called the Lionheart can be obtained by defeating Cloud and Leon (Squall) in the Hades Cup. It has high attack power, increases Sora's max MP, and increases his magic and summoning powers. In Chain of Memories, the Lionheart Attack Card can be found in bonus boxes in Traverse Town during Sora's Story, which has high attack but performs poorly in combos. A similar weapon called the Sleeping Lion can be acquired in Kingdom Hearts II from Leon in Hollow Bastion before the second visit to Space Paranoids. It has decent attack strength and magical abilities, and increases the amount of strikes Sora can deliver in a combo.
Both Keyblades, despite their names, look more like the Revolver, Squall's starting weapon in Final Fantasy VIII, and not the Lion Heart, and use Squall's leonine Griever emblem as the basis for their designs. The Sleeping Lion in particular has a bladed edge along its length unlike the majority of Keyblades, and a gun barrel set into the handle, making it appear similar to the Revolver. The Sleeping Lion also bears some resemblance to the Twin Lance weapon Squall can receive in Final Fantasy VIII, as it has a hollow gap running through the center of the blade.
When fought in the Colosseum cups, Leon will occasionally power up his gunblade, surrounding the blade with a bright blue and gold aura, which makes it appear similar to the Lion Heart.
Lionheart is a gun that can be equipped by Ryuma.
Merchandise[edit | edit source]
The Lion Heart is included in the Play Arts Arms set along with four other ultimate weapons. Its blade is not blue like in its other appearances, but metallic-gray like the Revolver.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Similar weapons in the series[edit | edit source]
The Ras Algethi gun in Final Fantasy XII appears to be based on the Final Fantasy VIII Lion Heart with aspects of the Revolver's design. Though classified as a gun and thus only being used in ranged combat, it bears a large blue blade running along the length of the barrel, a wing design on the hammer, and a handle similar to the Revolver with a chain and wing emblem attached to the end.
The Brotherhood sword that Wakka gifts to Tidus in Final Fantasy X bears some resemblance to Lionheart. Both blades are a fluorescent blue and have a unique design attached to the top of the blade (Lionheart bears a wing, Brotherhood has something stylized to match Spira's overall design sense, but looks like a bird).
Etymology and symbolism[edit | edit source]
Lion Heart means to possess or display courage, being able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching.
The name in the Final Fantasy series comes from Squall, who has a lion theme to his character represented also in his ultimate weapon, the Lion Heart. The use of the color of blue in the weapon's depictions may stem from western symbolism, representing trust, security, peace, harmony, and the term of "true blue", meaning to be faithful and devoted.