This legendary sword Esper radiates a strange light turning enemies into items.Esper section (PS)
Unlike most espers, the Ragnarok does not appear as a living creature. Instead, it is a sword that appears metallic, and takes the shape of a claymore. It has golden guards and a dark gray and red grip.
The Ragnarok came into the possession of the owner of the weapons shop in Narshe in the World of Ruin. When the party came to Narshe and met with him, he showed them the magicite and commented that he could give it to them as is, or melt it down and forge it into a sword blade. The party was given the option of which they preferred.
The option of which to take - the sword or the magicite - comes with numerous pros and cons. The sword is an extremely powerful weapon and can be bet at Dragon's Neck Coliseum to obtain the Lightbringer, the most powerful weapon in the game, even more powerful than the character-exclusive "ultimate weapons" obtained in Dragons' Den in the Game Boy Advance and later releases. The magicite is the only esper to teach Ultima, the most powerful spell in the game, and its summon ability allows the player the means to farm other rare items, some of which cannot be farmed in any way except by using Ragnarok.
The importance of the choice is lessened in the Game Boy Advance and subsequent versions, because the Ragnarok can be stolen from Lady in the final battle. As the player is allowed to save their game after defeating Kefka, the Ragnarok sword can be farmed, and thus it is preferable to take the magicite.
Ragnarok costs 6 MP to summon and uses Metamorphose (Metamorph in the Super NES and PlayStation translations), which transforms an enemy into one of four items. There are 32 possible "sets" of items an enemy can be morphed into (though sets 12, 13, and 15 are unused), and a separate chance for the success rate of Metamorphose that is different for each enemy. Assuming the ability hits, which item the enemy is turned into among the four possible choices is random.
Ragnarok is the only esper in the game to teach the Ultima spell. The only other way to learn it is from the Paladin Shield.
- Ultima x1
Sword that may cast Flare upon striking an enemy.Description
Ragnarok as a weapon can be equipped by Terra, Locke, Edgar, and Celes. It has 255 Battle Power, gives +7 to Strength, Stamina, and Magic, +3 to Speed, and +30 to Evasion and Magic Evasion. It enables the Bushido and Runic commands and consumes 20 MP when attacking to perform an automatic critical hit. Additionally, it has a chance to randomly cast Flare after an attack. Ragnarok is affected by the capture glitch.
The Lightbringer is generally regarded as superior to the Ragnarok, as it offers an additional +4 Speed and +20 Evasion and Magic Evasion. However, the Ragnarok is still a very powerful weapon in its own right, and Flare is generally a stronger spell than Holy, which the Lightbringer casts when attacking. Thus, it may be preferable to keep the Ragnarok over the Lightbringer, depending on the player's preference.
Behind the scenes
Ragnarok is a recurring sword in the series. Ragnarök is an event in Norse mythology that is similar to the Apocalypse. It is an event that is set off by the death of the god Balder, which was orchestrated by Loki. The Ragnarok was a final clash of all the major entities of Norse mythology. This caused all of the human spirits up in Valhalla to come down for the final battle.
This bloody encounter ebbs with the destruction of the universe and Balder along with a little handful of entities that are put in the bodies of children and only contain memories of the world before Ragnarok. Those entities would become mortal, and would live again in a new world of plenty and just existence.