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Rakshasa Blade from FFXV Episode Ardyn

Rakshasa Blade is the sword of Ardyn Izunia in Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn and its anime prologue, although he presumably also uses it as part of his Armiger in Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ignis. The sword is named in Episode Ardyn.

Apart from its red color, the weapon is identical to the Blade of the Mystic, the royal arm of Somnus Lucis Caelum, the Founder King of Lucis and Ardyn's brother. The Archives describe it thusly:

A sword that has stayed at Ardyn's side for roughly two thousand years, flying forth at his command. One half of a pair, the Rakshasa Blade was forged alongside the Blade of the Mystic, beloved blade of Ardyn's younger brother Somnus Lucis Caelum. Both blades possess different properties, forming a devastatingly destructive arsenal when wielded together. While one can assume both swords were imbued with the hope that the Brothers Caelum would rule in tandem, envy and ambition ultimately tore the two apart.

In Final Fantasy XV -The Dawn of the Future-, it is revealed that the pair of longswords was bestowed upon the brothers by their parents.

GameplayEdit

The player can wield the sword as their melee weapon in Episode Ardyn. Completing the episode gains the "Mutant Rakshasa Blade" for use in the main game as a greatsword. It uses the same multi-hit warp-strike as the Blade of the Mystic, and doesn't cost HP to use; however, it uses the default slow greatsword combos, and its net attack power is slightly weaker in exchange for added magical stat boosts. As the weapon is classified as a greatsword and not a royal arm, it is affected by enemies' weaknesses and resistances, aside from the warp-strike itself, which always deals neutral damage.

NameCategoryAttackCriticalModifiers/NotesValueObtain
Mutant Rakshasa Blade
Mutant Rakshasa Blade from FFXV
Greatswords3283Max HP: +124
Max MP: +32
Strength: +25
Magic: +52
Spirit: +21
Dark Resistance: 58%
When wielded in battle, the blade exudes red miasma. The warp-strike is the same as with the Blade of the Mystic royal arm; the blade sends out three projections that damage the target before Noctis warps. The warp-strike also ignores greatsword resistances/weaknesses
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A blade patterned after the one wielded by Ardyn. Transforms warp-strikes into multi-hit attacks.

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Etymology and symbolismEdit

Rakshasa are gigantic demons from Hindu and Buddhist mythology. They are powerful beings aligned with evil, who live on human flesh and spoiled food. The creatures make an important appearance in the epic of Ramayana.

The name is in juxtaposition to Somnus's Lucii form, although the connection is not apparent in the English localization. In Japanese, Somnus's Lucii is known "the Yaksha King"; Yaksha is a class of nature-spirits, usually benevolent, who take care of the natural treasures hidden in the earth and tree roots in Hindu, Jain and Buddhist texts. The Yakshas are described in Hindu literature as the brothers of Rakshasas.

TriviaEdit

  • Rakshasa Blade is one of the few weapons unique to Ardyn, others being a large red scythe, his dagger, and the Cerberus-0.
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