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Flail, Final Fantasy VIII.

Nunchaku (ヌンチャク, Nunchaku?) are a recurring weapon type in the Final Fantasy series that appear as pair of sticks joined by chain or rope.

Nunchaku are eastern world hand-to-hand fighting weapons, making the use of short rods and staves to be flailed and swung to inflict damage. While also consisting varieties like the tripartite sansetsukon, they may cover truncheon weapons like tonfa, and even similar weapons with different features and designs. In the Final Fantasy series, nunchaku are often wielded by Monks and their related classes.


Final Fantasy[]

The Nunchaku.

Nunchaku appear as weapons for Monks, Masters, and Ninja. Due to the way Barehanded damage is calculated for Monks, however, equipping nunchaku will actually decrease a Monk's attack power after early levels.

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Final Fantasy III[]

Three types of nunchaku that are available in the beginning of the game as a weapon for Monks. These weapons are only found in the original NES version, having been removed for the 3D remake.

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Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-[]

Nunchaku (Male) wields nunchaku as his weapon of choice.

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Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-[]

Shelke the Transparent uses EM Sabers that are attached to a rope similar to a nunchaku, though they closely resemble the iconic lightsabers of the Star Wars franchise.

Final Fantasy VIII[]

Selphie uses an over-sized nunchaku as her weapon of choice. They are referred to as 'Shinobou' in the English PAL version, as at the time of release, nunchaku were illegal in the UK. In the Italian, German, Spanish, and French versions, they're still referred to as 'Nunchaku'.

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Final Fantasy Legend III[]

There are two nunchaku that appears.

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Other media[]

Fighter McWarrior from the webcomic 8-Bit Theater often jokes about putting nunchucks and swords together to form the "Sword-chucks". Though the idea was at first ridiculed by his peers, Fighter successfully used them to do battle against Kary, the Fiend of Fire. In another joke, the weapon shop owner for the first town mentions the only non-wooden item he has are nunchucks. When Red Mage asks why nunchucks, an eastern weapon, are being used in a western-medieval style setting, the owner replies "why do you think I still got a whole crate of them?".