Rebelling against her father, a powerful figure in the Galbadian military, Rinoa joined the Timber resistance group known as the Forest Owls. She met Squall at the SeeD graduation party and fell in love.
Rinoa is a playable character in Final Fantasy Record Keeper who was first unlocked in Parade Float on Classic difficulty during the To Slay a Sorceress Challenge Event as the First Time Reward. She was also offered upon completion of the Bonus Quest, "Complete Balamb Garden 1 Elite (VIII)", and was later reissued in Broken Chains and Rains of Ruin. She occasionally appears fused with Adel as a boss.
The first dedicated Black Mage and Summoner from her delegation, Rinoa focuses her Soul Break skills on multi-hit and area-of-effect attacks; and in so doing can be a devastating force in battle. She is slightly faster than her mentor in Edea; yet despite having higher HP, Rinoa lacks Defense and Resistance. Even so, she has a diverse skillset that can help her party in a pinch.
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Rinoa can use Support skills up to rarity rank 3, Celerity skills up to rarity rank 2, Black Magic spells up to rarity rank 5, White Magic spells up to rarity rank 3, Summoning spells up to rarity rank 5, Sharpshooter abilities up to rarity rank 5, and Witch abilities up to rarity rank 5.
Her default Soul Break is Angelo Cannon, which at the expense of one Soul Gauge segment deals ranged damage to one target. The thrown Valkyrie (VIII) can grant Rinoa access to Angel Wing Bolt, which at the expense of one Soul Gauge segment unleashes a barrage of lightning bolts to multiple targets.
After Rinoa's level cap is increased she automatically gains the Record Materia, Angelo Recover, which when equipped grants the user with a chance to recover HP from normal attacks.
She can equip accessories.