Weapons once wielded by the Lucian rulers of yore, each possessing supernatural powers capable of suppressing even the deadliest of daemons. The arms now lie in tombs around Eos, resting alongside their former owners.
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The royal arms (ファントムソード, Fantomu Sōdo?, lit. Phantom Sword), also known as the Glaive of Kings, are special weapons in Final Fantasy XV Universe that only Noctis Lucis Caelum and others of his bloodline can brandish. They are the weapons of the previous monarchs of Lucis. There have been 113 kings, but there are only thirteen known royal arms that have survived till present day. The power of kings is to wield all of their collected royal arms simultaneously, an ability known as Armiger. In Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, the statues of the Old Wall wield giant versions of the royal arms. The weapons can be equipped and used in battle in Final Fantasy XV where some are obtained as part of the story and some are found in optional dungeons.
- 1 Profile
- 2 Story
- 3 Gameplay
- 4 List of royal arms
- 4.1 Sword of the Wise
- 4.2 Axe of the Conqueror
- 4.3 Bow of the Clever
- 4.4 Swords of the Wanderer
- 4.5 Blade of the Mystic
- 4.6 Star of the Rogue
- 4.7 Sword of the Tall
- 4.8 Shield of the Just
- 4.9 Mace of the Fierce
- 4.10 Scepter of the Pious
- 4.11 Trident of the Oracle
- 4.12 Katana of the Warrior
- 4.13 Sword of the Father
- 5 Musical themes
- 6 Other appearances
- 7 Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances
- 8 Behind the scenes
- 9 Merchandise
- 10 Gallery
- 11 Etymology
- 12 External links
- 13 References
Profile[edit | edit source]
There are thirteen known royal arms, each enshrined at a royal tomb, though we know the location of only a few.
Royal arms have intricate designs of contrasting precious metals and alloys, such as platinum, gold, shibuichi and shakudo mokume-gane, with fine grain and smooth surface polishes to differentiate them from other weapons. They have elaborate decorations, such as light ray indentations and wing motifs. According to legend, Somnus Lucis Caelum once fought the powers of darkness with a collection of weapons on his side and eradicated the Starscourge from the world, although it doesn't specifically denote them as the royal arms. The event is described in Cosmogony as:
There once lived a man, born to a mortal but blessed with powers divine. Conjuring a collection of glaives he dispelled the darkness plaguing our star.
The weapons have been preserved for future generations by the monarchs who wielded them, although the exact process this entails is unknown. They are usually left in royal tombs that are hidden around the nation of Lucis in hard-to-reach locations, such as caves, forests, and even on a volcano. Arms left in tombs have been known to have been broken into and stolen and thus thought lost, such as the Tomb of the Tall in Duscae. Royal arms need not be entombed to be useful to the heirs, as is seen with the Trident of the Oracle and the Sword of the Father; it is only necessary for the heir to come into contact with the weapon. Only those of the Lucis Caelum bloodline can actually brandish the arms as they were intended, although others can still handle them; Ravus was said to be unable to wield the Sword of the Father, but after solidifying his loyalty to Noctis, he wields it as a blunt weapon to fend off the daemons Emperor Aldercapt ushers upon him.
When a royal arm recognizes its rightful wielder, it will become transparent and crystalline and glows before entering the king's body in a flash of light leaving soul crystals glimmering in the air. From then on the wielder can forge the weapon from thin air, and it will appear into their grasp at will no matter where they are. They can even call upon all of the royal arms they have thus collected and momentarily wield them simultaneously, gaining the power to levitate. This state is called Armiger and it cannot usually be sustained for long. Even when not in Armiger, the king can use royal arms to warp like with a normal weapon. Noctis is the only wielder of royal arms who is known to suffer a draining effect from it. He also appears to be the only king without a royal arm, although he can add the Engine Blade to Armiger when using Armiger Unleashed.
The weapons have a transcendental presence, as they can be wielded by more than one person at once, essentially being in more than one location simultaneously. For example, Noctis and Ardyn Izunia can both wield Armiger at the same time with the exact same set of royal arms (though Ardyn's royal arms are a different color), and Noctis can use the Sword of the Father in the battle against Leviathan even if it is in Ravus Nox Fleuret's possession. The arms seem to always be proportionate to their wielder, as when the statues of the Old Wall use their royal arms, the weapons are gargantuan.
The power of kings is also to lend their power to those they are bonded to. Usually only those of the Lucis Caelum bloodline can brandish the royal arms, but with the king's blessing those joining in an attack with him can also momentarily wield them, as seen in Armiger Chain in Final Fantasy XV, and the climax of the original penultimate boss. (Ignis wields the Swords of the Wanderer in their combined state, Prompto wields the Sword of the Wise, Gladiolus wields the Axe of the Conqueror and Noctis finishes the sequence with the Sword of the Father; the reason the party wields these weapons is likely because the player is sure to have them in their inventory at this point.)
Ardyn Izunia has the same thirteen royal arms Noctis has and wields them in Armiger during his final confrontation with Noctis and in Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ignis. He uses a different set of weapons (though still called the "Royal Arms") his own DLC episode. Ardyn and his royal arms glow red as opposed to Noctis's blue, and his physical weapons are also red as opposed to platinum when wielded by Noctis. His personal arm is the Rakshasa Blade, once forged as a counterpart to the Blade of the Mystic. King Regis employs Armiger in Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV and Episode Ardyn, but doesn't use the royal arms apart from the Sword of the Father. The Founder King's Sigil transforms Noctis's Armiger into Armiger Unleashed that lets him use the Engine Blade alongside the royal arms with Armiger with unique movesets and Techniques.
Story[edit | edit source]
The power of kings goes with you, your Majesty.
Cor Leonis when Noctis Lucis Caelum obtains his first royal arm.
The Lucis Caelum bloodline was chosen by the gods of Eos, the Astrals, to save the world from the malady known as the Starscourge that transforms humans and animals alike into monsters of the dark: daemons. Daemons shed substance from their bodies that consumes sunlight, miasma, lengthening the nights. A prophecy extols the coming of the True King chosen by the Crystal when the world is covered in darkness. The Crystal is a stone the kings of Lucis are sworn to protect until the time of the prophecy, and command its power with the Ring of the Lucii said to have been given to them by the gods alongside the Crystal. The kings can forge weapons out of thin air and combine their powers across generations via the bonding of the souls and the Ring of the Lucii. Even without the ring the heirs to this bloodline can wield the royal arms, magical weapons that no one else can brandish.
The kings leave their royal arm for their descendants, usually entombed with them in royal tombs hidden across the land. The Oracles' traditional weapon, a trident, became a royal arm after the Oracle King temporarily assumed the position.
After the Empire of Niflheim invades Insomnia and steals the Crystal and King Regis is killed, his son Prince Noctis embarks on a journey to collect the weapons of his forebears and forge covenants with the Astrals to gain the power he needs to reclaim his throne. He is put on this path by Cor Leonis, the marshal of the Crownsguard, who once accompanied Regis on his travels across Lucis. Cor gives Noctis a key to the royal tombs and Noctis inherits the Sword of the Wise. Cor enlists the Hunters to comb the land in search of the lost tombs. After acquiring his first arm, Noctis asks his friend Ignis how many there are, and he answers there are as many royal arms as there have been kings of Lucis, though not all will have survived to this day.
Noctis travels Lucis and uncovers many royal tombs and collects their weapons, building his collection of royal arms and gaining the power of Armiger, which strengthens with every new weapon he finds. When he and his friends are accosted by Ravus Nox Fleuret, the high commander of Niflheim's imperial army, Noctis shows off his newfound powers by entering Armiger, but Ravus remains unfazed. Ravus holds possession of the Sword of the Father, the sword of the late King Regis, although it is reported he cannot wield it. Ravus had salvaged it from Regis's body after he had been killed.
Noctis continues his quest to Altissia where he is to rendezvous with his fiancée Lunafreya Nox Fleuret, a woman from House Fleuret who works as the Oracle. Thousands of years ago the Astrals granted powers to the first Oracle so she may heal those afflicted with the Starscourge and commune with the gods. This was time the kings of Lucis also gained their powers and the Crystal. Lunafreya believes Noctis is the Chosen King and that her mission is to guide him to fulfill the prophecy. Ravus is Lunafreya's brother who begrudges Regis and doubts Noctis has what it takes to become the True King.
Lunafreya uses the Trident of the Oracle, the Oracles' traditional weapon that is also a royal arm, to beckon the sea goddess Leviathan. Leviathan goes on a rampage around Altissia and Lunafreya uses the trident to call upon the spirits of the old kings to empower Noctis, who enters a sustained Armiger and subdues Leviathan, forging a covenant with her. Noctis obtains the Ring of the Lucii from Lunafreya who had been safeguarding it for him, but she is killed. Her body disappears into the Astral Realm and the Trident of the Oracle goes missing.
Noctis continues on his quest, and with instructions from Cor finds another royal tomb in Fodina Caestino, collecting the Katana of the Warrior. When the train he and his retinue are on comes under attack in Eusciello, he accidentally attacks his friend Prompto with the Sword of the Wise, thinking he is attacking his nemesis Ardyn Izunia.
Noctis is met by the Astral goddess Shiva on his way to the imperial capital, who bequeaths the Trident of the Oracle as she forges a covenant with him. In the capital of Gralea Noctis finds he cannot conjure weapons to his grasp as his powers have been sealed by imperial technology. He continues with the Ring of the Lucii as his only weapon and comes across Ravus's body in Zegnautus Keep, an imperial magitek laboratory. Noctis finds the Sword of the Father by Ravus and gains his final royal arm, also learning Ravus had come around to believe Noctis is the True King and had intended to bequeath the sword to him. Ravus had been killed by Ardyn, who had cut him down with his own Sword of the Father, a royal arm he already had.
Now wielding the full powers of Armiger, Noctis finds the Crystal in Zegnautus Keep where the empire had brought it, unable to use it as they had never found the Ring of the Lucii. When he approaches the Crystal he is pulled inside and disappears from the world for ten years. Daylight gradually disappears and Eos is overtaken by daemons.
Noctis returns ten years later having gained the power of the Crystal, ready to fulfill the prophecy as the True King. Noctis fells Ardyn outside the Citadel, his immortal ancestor from two thousand years ago who believed he was chosen by the Crystal. Ardyn's soul had been corrupted after he had worked as a healer and he had been cast aside, his brother being crowned the Founder King in his stead. Ardyn had continued a shadowy existence for millennia, unable to die, waiting for the coming of the True King. Ardyn summons the same royal arms Noctis wields to him and the two duel both wielding the power of kings, but Noctis emerges victorious and kills Ardyn.
Noctis ascends the throne and wedges the Sword of the Father into the floor in front of him. He summons the spirits of the past kings to him with the Ring of the Lucii and their arms appear around the throne. Each spirit of a king impales him with their royal arm, similar to how Noctis first acquired them, until he is killed by Regis wielding the Sword of the Father. His soul enters the beyond where he confronts Ardyn's soul. The royal arms the kings' spirits had plunged into his body emerge from Noctis, and the kings take up arms once again to combine their powers to erase the Starscourge from Ardyn's soul, Noctis dealing the final blow with the Sword of the Father. The prophecy fulfilled, Noctis disperses into light, the Ring of the Lucii disintegrates, the Crystal's light is returned to the planet, daemons disappear and the sun rises upon the world of Eos.
What happens to the royal arms after Noctis's sacrifice is unknown, as the Lucis Caelum bloodline has been extinguished.
In Final Fantasy XV -The Dawn of the Future-, Ardyn is the one to sit on the throne and be impaled by the royal arms to bring them to the beyond so he and the Lucii may fell Bahamut.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
The royal arms are mystical weapons embodying the power of the rulers of old. Usable only by Noctis, these weapons are incredibly powerful, but cost HP to wield. Try not to get carried away, and have curatives such as potions on hand to bring Noctis out of danger.
Note that royal arms do not induce link-strikes.
Royal arms can be equipped by Noctis. They have relatively high attack power and provide various stat buffs and debuffs, but landing attacks with them drains Noctis's health (aside from parrying). Thus, it is recommended to equip accessories and attires that boost HP recovery rate when using them as the main weapon. Royal arms deal non-elemental physical damage and have a unique weapon type that is not shown in enemy weaknesses; while they don't deal typeless damage, it is very rare for enemies to be resistant or vulnerable to royal arms (i.e. Dread Behemoth and Omega). This makes royal arms especially useful against daemons who tend to resist damage from normal weaponry. The Weapon Power of normal weapons is their attack value, but the Weapon Power of (most) royal arms is Attack + Strength (thus Str is counted twice). Every royal arm has a unique moveset, and due to their various specific properties, the royal arms' attack stat does not accurately reflect their damage output, and thus the player is recommended in trying them all out to discover their specific uses.
If Noctis's HP is below the amount of HP a certain royal arm requires, he will enter the Danger state. Like normal weapons, the player does not need to actively use the royal arm to receive its stat boosts. Royal arms do not trigger linked attacks with allies (aside from Iris and Lv.10 chocobos).
When Noctis defends while wielding a royal arm, most imperial firearm attacks will be deflected by a phantom sword. This does not cost MP and will not interrupt Noctis's animations. The phantom sword will not appear to stop Prompto's attacks while training at camp.
Most of the arms are discovered from royal tombs. Some are obtained as part of the story, and some are optional.
The arms are wielded all at once during Armiger and Armiger Unleashed. Learning Armiger Chain in the Ascension lets Noctis's party members join in a group attack where they momentarily wield the royal arms as well.
The procession of the Armiger Chain is:
- First attack:
- Second attack:
- Third attack:
- Final attack:
- Sword of the Father - Noctis
Collecting all arms earns the Faithful Heir achievement/trophy. Royal arms carry over when using Chapter Select and New Game Plus (revisiting a royal tomb to see the acquirement scene will not award a second copy of the weapon).
The player's default command when playing as Ardyn is "Royal Arms" that hurls dozens of swords at the player's target as Ardyn absorbs more energy from his opponents. Though the command is called "Royal Arms", the weapons are not actually the same royal arms the player collects in the main game, but use generic sword models from elsewhere in the game. The royal arms use Ardyn's magic stat to determine damage.
List of royal arms[edit | edit source]
Sword of the Wise[edit | edit source]
The Sword of the Wise is the first royal arm Noctis obtains. He acquires it in Chapter 2 from the Tomb of the Wise located aboveground in northern Leide. A simple sword that belonged to the Lucian king known as the Wise who raised the first Wall of Lucis, this sword reflects his simplicity and the frugality applied in his rule.
The sword performs strong preemptive warp-strikes that don't cost MP to close the distance between Noctis and the enemy quickly. Its basic combo starter is very powerful, has long reach and is fast. The short-range combo opener's "end lag" can be cancelled by walking; thus, if the player holds the analogue stick (in any direction) while releasing the attack button after every individual attack, it is possible to continuously use the opener for great damage and to stop the enemy from fighting back.
Reverse directional input has Noctis backflip away from the enemy and begin an aerial combo that opens with a warp, followed by a weak slash. As the aerial combo attack is a ranged attack but does not consume MP, it is essentially a free close-range warp-strike. The warp opener is similar to its ground counterpart but does better damage point-blank. Sword of the Wise's phase-counter is a normal slash. Its warp-strike is a normal warp-strike with a followup slash. The second hit does more damage than a regular attack, and the player is invincible during the animation.
The player can exploit the powerful ground opener and use the manual dodge roll to avoid using the phase-counter, making it a good hit-and-run weapon.
One of the statues of the Old Wall in Insomnia wields a giant version of the sword in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. Noctis uses the Sword of the Wise in a cut scene in Chapter 11 to attack "Ardyn" atop the Magna Fortia. It is also his primary weapon when performing a cross chain, and is used in several other maneuvers that execute regardless of his weapon output (warp-kills during imperial base infiltrations and unique counters when fighting Aranea).
Axe of the Conqueror[edit | edit source]
The Axe of the Conqueror is gained in Chapter 2 from the Tomb of the Conqueror found underground at the end of Keycatrich Trench dungeon in northern Leide. It is a large labrys/doublebladed halberd that once belonged to the Lucian king known as the Conqueror, a king who rose in times of chaos to unite the Lucian continent.
The axe performs slow but powerful attacks at the expense of defense. It is especially good at making enemies vulnerable, and thus triggering cross chains, which become available after the player gains this axe. Its basic combo is four slow strikes. Forward directional input has Noctis jump forward and do an aerial attack: a descending axe swing. This way the player can airstep without using MP. The axe's aerial attack can inflict vulnerability better than other weapons, and thus the player can jump to attack repeatedly if they seek to make the enemy vulnerable. Its phase-counter is a slow uppercut swing.
Warp-striking with the axe has Noctis throw it above the enemy, warp to it, and deal an overhead strike. This, however, drains an unusually large amount of health.
Noctis uses this royal arm when performing the final blow of a cross chain.
Bow of the Clever[edit | edit source]
The Bow of the Clever is an optional royal arm found in the depths of Balouve Mines in southern Leide. After felling the dungeon boss, the player can find a crack in a wall that leads to a the Tomb of the Clever. It once belonged to the king known as the Clever, who sought refinement through the arts.
The Bow of the Clever is a crossbow that fires spectral bolts towards enemies. Like other ranged weapons, the bow deals reduced damage the farther away Noctis is. Unlike most other weapons, though, it uses Noctis's magic stat in damage calculations. Magic-boosting accessories tend to be significantly stronger than strength-boosting accessories when applied here.
Its basic combo simply shoots repeatedly and it doesn't require reloading. Bolts travel through enemies and can hit multiple foes. Directional input towards any of the four cardinal directions while firing has Noctis quickstep in that direction. Noctis is invincible during a quickstep. Releasing the directional input and inputting it again during the dodge performs an MP-free airstep. Noctis will jump and begin an aerial combo where he will shoot once. Bow of the Clever's phase-counter is a shoot.
Warp-striking with the crossbow uniquely warps Noctis towards the enemy, lacking an actual strike, instead shooting four point-blank shots diagonally upward. Because it aims high, it may miss enemies that are too small, quick, or far away from Noctis after warping.
The crossbow allows good mobility to kite enemies and works best when Noctis is equipped for high magic. Its ability to hit multiple enemies at once is good for multi-encounters, but each enemy struck will also drain Noctis's health. Combining it with Ignis's Overwhelm Technique used to give the crossbow an amazing fire-rate and damage, but the player was in danger of entering Danger state as it was easy to drain all of Noctis's health this way. The bow's fast firing rate during Overwhelm was nerfed in patch 1.16.
Ardyn wields a red variant of the bow in his bestiary entry picture.
|Bow of the Clever|
(Bow of the Winged King)
|Royal Arms||203||7||Magic: +80|
Shot Resistance: 50%
A bow that fires piercing arrows, and can fire while moving in any direction. Its damage is based on the Magic stat. Warp-strike fires multiple arrows upward
|Find: Balouve Mines|
A king was versed in myriad arts both martial and intellectual. This was his crossbow. The bearer skewers foes while flitting around the battlefield.
Swords of the Wanderer[edit | edit source]
The Swords of the Wanderer are the third royal arm obtained during the main story, found in the Greyshire Glacial Grotto in Chapter 3. They are a set of dual swords that can transform into a single weapon to deliver powerful attacks, and belonged to the free-spirited king known as the Wanderer, who pioneered to lands untouched by man.
Its basic combo starts and ends with a powerful strike with the swords combined. The body of the combo is identical to that of normal daggers. Forward directional input skips to the combo finisher, which can be used to stagger enemies or break off appendages. Any other directional input has Noctis jump in that direction to begin an aerial combo that is three fast slashes. This airstep doesn't consume MP. Its phase-counter is a slash with both swords. Warp-striking with the swords has Noctis warp to the enemy, slash with both swords, and combine them for a final slash. He is invincible to damage during this.
The Swords of the Wanderer have high damage output, surpassing even the Zwill Crossblades (unless the player is at full HP or the enemy is weak to daggers), while having the same basic combo and more range.
|Swords of the Wanderer|
(Twin Swords of the Lion King)
|Royal Arms||153||4||Vitality: +50|
Dual swords functioning similar to daggers that can transform into a single weapon to deliver powerful blows
|Find: Greyshire Glacial Grotto|
A king was quick like the wind and went where no man had gone before. These were his blades. Apart they rain fury-together they delivered thundering blows.
Blade of the Mystic[edit | edit source]
The Blade of the Mystic is the fourth royal arm obtained during the main quest. It is found at the Disc of Cauthess in Chapter 4. Noctis can also unlock the sword in Close Encounter of the Terra Kind by delivering items to the Hiso Aliens. It is a longsword that boosts the wielder's strength through a unique self-buff. It was once the property of the Mystic, the first Lucian king.
Its basic combo has Noctis perform myriad slashes and stabs at medium speed and area of effect. When the player stops attacking, Noctis will hold the sword in front of him and gain +100 Strength for 10 seconds. This buff can be activated outside of combat. The blade's aerial attack is a single slash downward, and its phase-counter is an uppercut slash.
Warp-striking with the Blade of the Mystic has Noctis shoot three Armiger projections before delivering the strike, a strong direct downwards slash. Each projection does the same damage as the blade would in a melee hit adjusted for warp-strike distance bonus. Only the strike itself will drain HP. Due to the focused nature of the physical strike, it is good for breaking normally hard-to-reach appendages. The blade is well balanced and a decent addition to any arsenal.
Noctis displays a preference for this weapon after obtaining it, as he uses it the most whenever he executes an attack that requires a royal arm. Its multi-hit warp-strike is mirrored by the Mutant Rakshasa Blade, added as reward for completing Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn; the Mutant Rakshasa Blade has more all-around stat boosts and does not drain HP on use, but uses normal greatsword combos and deals slightly weaker net damage. The warp-strike itself deals neutral damage, regardless of the target's greatsword affinity.
The Mystic statue of the Old Wall in Insomnia wields a giant version of the longsword in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. In Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn – Prologue, Somnus conjures a blade that may be intended to be the Blade of the Mystic, although it lacks the wing ornamentation and is shorter.
|Blade of the Mystic|
(Sword of the Yaksha King)
|Royal Arms||396||6||Max HP: +150|
Dark Resistance: 20%
A greatsword with the ability to briefly increase the wielder's Strength through a unique self-buff after swinging. The warp-strike fires three ranged energy beams before warping
|Reward: Main quest: The Archaean; Hiso Alien item delivery in Close Encounter of the Terra Kind|
A king rose to protect the world with the Oracle. This was his sword. When swung, it enhances the wielders prowess.
Star of the Rogue[edit | edit source]
The Star of the Rogue is an optional royal arm found at the end of Myrlwood in northwest Cleigne. It is a shuriken that can deal multiple hits in rapid succession, either on different targets or on the various body parts of a single large enemy, and can split up into many duplicates. The weapon reflects the stealth ninja-like martial arts of the Rogue, the Lucian queen Crepera Lucis Caelum who spurned the public eye and took to the shadows to enact her rule.
When Noctis throws the star it permeates enemies and flies in erratic arcs. Unlike the Bow of the Clever, the Star uses Noctis's Strength stat to calculate damage, but it still also deals more damage the closer the enemy is. Directional input during the attack has Noctis jump in the direction to begin an aerial combo where he throws the star while airborne. Its phase-counter is a melee attack.
Warp-striking has Noctis warp to the enemy and, after a small delay, grind it with the shuriken. It hits multiple times and inflicts a lot of damage to both Noctis and the enemy. It is good for breaking off appendages. The warp-strike may also fail to connect entirely.
The Star of the Rogue is a good ranged weapon for Strength-based builds.
The Star was available in Platinum Demo – Final Fantasy XV as a secret weapon, capable of airstepping, which also appeared in point-warp animations, which is not the case in the final game. One of the statues of the Old Wall in Insomnia wields a giant version of the star in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV.
|Star of the Rogue|
(Throwing Sword of the Crouching Dragon King)
|Royal Arms||177||2||Fire Resistance: 20%|
Ice Resistance: 20%
Lightning Resistance: 20%
A shuriken capable of dealing multiple piercing ranged hits in rapid succession either on different targets or on the various body parts of a single target
|Find: The Myrlwood|
A queen spurned the public eye and took to the shadows. This was her shuriken. From near and far, it traces deadly arcs to the left and right.
Sword of the Tall[edit | edit source]
The Sword of the Tall is the toughest royal arm to obtain, and many players leave it for Chapter 15. The sword is not at the Tomb of the Tall in south-eastern Duscae, but in the optional Costlemark Tower dungeon northeast of the tomb that is open during the night. The boss at the bottom drops the sword. It is a chainsaw-like greatsword made for the king known as the Tall, whose most defining trait was his colossal physique.
The Sword of the Tall is a greatsword that deals multiple hits with each blow. Its basic combo is to perform slow grinding slashes that hit multiple times, like a chainsaw. Its aerial combo is a single grinding slash, and its phase-counter is a stab. Warp-striking with it has Noctis warp to the enemy and spin the sword horizontally three times, hitting enemies around him as well. Its multi-hit nature makes it good at breaking off enemy appendages.
Though it has the highest attack stat of any royal arm, it comes with steep spirit and elemental defense penalties, and deals much less damage than its attack stat would imply due to its poor Attack Damage Modifier, a hidden multiplier unique for every attack. The sword also deals less damage than regular greatswords, due to normal greatswords having some of the highest ADMs, thus making it one of the least preferable weapons in the game. Sword of the Tall was immensely powerful in Version 1.0, but also ended up killing the player fast due to the royal arms' HP-consumption.
|Sword of the Tall|
(Largesword of the Dynast King)
|Royal Arms||518||2||Max HP: +200|
Fire Resistance: -40%
Ice Resistance: -40%
Lightning Resistance: -40%
Dark Resistance: -40%
A greatsword with a chainsaw effect, dealing multiple hits with each blow. The warp-strike is 3 horizontal swings
|Find: Costlemark Tower|
A king was built like a mountain, towering over all others. This was his greatsword. The resonating blade rips and tears through foes.
Shield of the Just[edit | edit source]
The Shield of the Just is found in the Tomb of the Just, west of the Disc of Cauthess and south from Lestallum in Thommel's Glade. It is an optional royal arm, but the player does not need to traverse a dungeon to acquire it. It is an enormous shield that once belonged to the queen known as the Just, celebrated for her efforts and serenity to establish everlasting peace in her rule.
The Shield of the Just handles almost exactly like a regular shield. Its warp-strike has a large area of effect, allowing the player to clear crowds of enemies and making it useful for warp-strike AP farming, at the cost of draining Noctis's HP more severely. Its basic combo is to bash the enemy with the shield, and it can be used in aerial combos. Noctis performs a different shield bash as a phase-counter. It has a higher than normal capacity to force enemies into the vulnerable state.
Unlike regular shields, holding the phase button enters an immobile defensive stance where Noctis rapidly consumes MP while rapidly recovering HP, similar to taking cover. The Shield of the Just can also brace against normally unblockable attacks, mitigating their damage by roughly 80%. Given its versatility, the Shield of the Just can be used with many different weapons, especially other royal arms.
Mace of the Fierce[edit | edit source]
The Mace of the Fierce is an optional royal arm found at the Rock of Ravatogh volcano. It is a mace that can easily break off enemy appendages. It once belonged to the king known as the Fierce, famous for his love of his people and infamous for his brutality against his opponents.
Its basic combo is the slowest of all weapons. Its aerial attack is a single bash and its phase-counter is an uppercut bash. When Noctis warp-strikes with it he follows the strike with a single bash, winding up to slam the mace down on the opponent. It has a long range and can hit targets that move away in spite of the slow start-up. Though the warp-strike is slow, Noctis is always invincible during warp-striking, and thus isn't left wide open for enemy retaliation. Its parry has an enormous area of effect, useful for fighting groups of enemies while simultaneously breaking them, as parrying also doesn't consume Noctis's health.
Though it is great for defeating giant monsters and daemons, it is advised to switch out the mace in the face of imperial forces due to its -50% Ballistics Resistance penalty. Otherwise, phasing with the weapon equipped will still deflect lighter bullets.
One of the statues of the Old Wall in Insomnia wields a giant version of the mace to destroy buildings in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV.
|Mace of the Fierce|
(Battering Vehicle of the Demon/Fierce King)
|Royal Arms||334||2||Max HP: +300|
Shot Resistance: -50%
A mace with the ability to deal grievous breakage to body parts/appendages
|Find: The Rock of Ravatogh|
A king was gentle before his people but an ogre on the battlefield. This was his mace. It deals crippling blows to mighty foes.
Scepter of the Pious[edit | edit source]
The player will get a quest to visit Malmalam Thicket during the main quest in Chapter 6, but it is not necessary to follow it. The player can also visit the royal tomb at any other time to retrieve it, but if they go when prompted Iris Amicitia will accompany the party as a guest. The scepter is found at the end of the thicket in the Tomb of the Pious. The weapon is said to have belonged to the king known as the Pious, who ruled by practically applying divine principles, and worked closely with the Oracle of his era.
Uniquely, the Scepter of the Pious's moveset takes on the forms of five other royal arms to perform a variety of attacks. Like the Bow of the Clever, it uses Noctis's Magic stat in its damage calculations. It allows for a varied moveset with only one equipment slot, although the scepter itself should not be viewed as a mere multiweapon, as it doesn't fully utilize the benefits of the weapons it mimics.
The Scepter of Pious starts with the same combo starter Trident of the Oracle uses. The main part of the combo is from Sword of the Wise, while the combo finisher, phase counter, and aerial attack is from Axe of the Conqueror. Using forward directional input changes the main body of the combo to that of Sword of the Tall. Using side directional input changes the main body of the combo to that of Blade of the Mystic. Using reverse directional input during a combo changes its main body to that of the Trident of the Oracle. Releasing the stick and then tilting it in various directions begins an aerial combo to that direction with Noctis jumping. The player can interrupt most of the combos by performing the input for other combos.
Warp-striking with the scepter has Noctis launch it into the air, then slam down for high damage similar to how Aranea Highwind fights. This move is the Trident of the Oracle's warp-strike, with the follow-up from the Axe of the Conqueror's warp-strike. The Axe's attack here drains noticeably less HP than the regular Axe's warp-strike.
In Armiger the scepter takes on the form of other royal arms for its combo attacks. Each directional input summons a different royal arm: forwards summons the Sword of the Tall, reverse summons the Trident of the Oracle (including its trait of leaving behind holograms), and sideways summons the Blade of the Mystic. No input summons the Sword of the Father. Aerial attacks and finishers are replaced with the Axe of the Conqueror's moveset.
Due to its reliance on the magic stat, and its innate high magic and dark resistance stat boosts, the scepter is best for a magic-centered or weapon-heavy fighting style. It is good for fending off daemons, and when used with the Ardyn's Ensemble attire, which gives a +50% boost to the magic stat. Equipping the Scepter with the Mutant Rakshasa Blade will likewise max out darkness resistance.
|Scepter of the Pious|
(Staff of the Holy King)
|Royal Arms||237||3||Magic: +150|
Dark Resistance: 50%
A scepter that takes on the forms of several other royal arms to perform a variety of attacks. Its damage is based on the magic stat.
|Find: Malmalam Thicket|
A king ruled the realm according to divine law and worked hand in hand with the Oracle. This was his staff. It smites foes with a blade of light.
Trident of the Oracle[edit | edit source]
The Trident of the Oracle is the traditional weapon of the Oracles' bloodline. The story of it becoming a royal arm is told in the monoliths of the Steyliff Grove Menace Dungeon. It is a prominent royal arm in the story, second only to the Sword of the Father, King Regis's sword. It is wielded by Lunafreya when she communes with Astrals, and although she is not of the Lucis Caelum bloodline, she can still use the trident to empower Noctis for his battle against Leviathan. Noctis does not obtain the trident from a royal tomb, rather, it is obtained as part of the story at the end of Chapter 12.
When the player attacks with the trident, it will leave a hologram that stays for a few seconds and will repeatedly damage enemies that touch it. The Scepter of the Pious also gets this trait when it assumes the form of the trident. The holograms stack and thus do high damage to stationary targets.
The Trident of the Oracle's basic combo is to stab the enemy. With forward directional input it skips to the powerful combo finisher, and this move can be used repeatedly to stunlock opponents. Any other directional input has Noctis jump in that direction and begin an aerial combo that consists of two stabs. The second aerial combo is a descending plunging attack that has a high break modifier. Its phase-counter is a jumping stab.
Warp-striking with the trident has Noctis warp above the enemy and plunge down similar to the fighting style of Aranea Highwind. The lengthy warp strike is good for dodging attacks.
One of the statues of the Old Wall in Insomnia wields a giant version of the trident in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV.
|Trident of the Oracle|
|Royal Arms||388||5||Max MP: +60|
A polearm that produces afterimages after attacks that deal damage to nearby foes
|Reward: Main quest: Breath of the Glacian|
A strong and noble woman was loved by the world. She granded succor to the stars and brought man and god together. This was the trident of her line. It makes allies of the wielder's holograms.
Katana of the Warrior[edit | edit source]
The Katana of the Warrior is obtained at the end of Chapter 10, in the abandoned quarry of Fodina Caestino. This sword once belonged to a king known as the Warrior, and is believed to have been crafted in lands far from Lucis.
The Katana of the Warrior attacks quickly and relentlessly both on the ground and in the air. Its phase-counter is to hit with the hilt. Warp-striking with it has Noctis perform a long wind-up that culminates in a strong slash all the while being immune to damage. By holding or mashing the warp button, the player can rapidly execute followup warp-strikes that are performed instantly, dealing massive burst damage. Since they are individual warp-strikes, the player remains immune throughout the combo, but this will drain Noctis's HP and MP in mere seconds. The player can use the katana's unique warp-strike for burst damage when overwhelmed to destroy the enemies while being immune. The katana also has a fast "free-warping" animation (warping without a "destination").
Though the katana proves useful against monsters and imperial forces, it is a double edged sword against daemons due to its -50% Darkness Resistance penalty.
Sword of the Father[edit | edit source]
The Sword of the Father is obtained in Chapter 13, and for a portion of the chapter it is Noctis's only melee weapon. It is King Regis's sword and becomes one of Noctis's iconic weapons. It is the most notable royal arm alongside the Trident of the Oracle, as it is used in story scenes.
The Sword of the Father's attacks drain less HP than other Royal Arms. Attacking with it performs basic sword slashes, one of them leaving a hologram that damages enemies that come into contact with it like with the Trident of the Oracle. The last attack is a slow, but powerful, strike that also gives +200 Strength for 5 seconds. The finisher can be used to put enemies in a vulnerable state and then attack them with the boosted Strength. It is possible to skip to the finisher (works with any weapon) by starting a combo, stopping, and during the flourish where Noctis returns the weapon press attack again. With the Sword of the Father, the player won't skip into the finisher, but into the thrust right before it.
Its aerial combo is same as with normal swords, and moving closer to an enemy to attack in a "mini warp" doesn't cost MP when attacking with it. Its phase-counter is a stab. Warp-striking with it leaves behind a damaging hologram and consumes less health than the other royal arms.
|Sword of the Father|
(Sword of the Father King)
|Royal Arms||141||6||Strength: +100|
A sword that increases its wielder's Strength after Finishers. Drains less HP compared to other royal arms
|Reward: Main quest: Zegnautus Keep|
A king was father to the Chosen One, and nurtured the light that would shine upon all creations. This was his mighty sword. It makes the great greater.
Musical themes[edit | edit source]
Other appearances[edit | edit source]
Omen[edit | edit source]
Some of the royal arms appear in the short film for Final Fantasy XV depicting Noctis following Lunafreya's dog Pryna through various dreamscapes. Noctis wields the Sword of the Tall against imperial troops, the Blade of the Mystic against a behemoth, and takes the Trident of the Oracle from Lunafreya during their battle and appears to have killed her with it while being possessed.
Royal arms do not appear in the demo, but Noctis can collect four Phantom Swords to use in Armiger that take their place. The Phantom Swords are unique to the demo and are not collected from royal tombs, rather, they are found from the environment. Whenever Noctis collects a new Phantom Sword, he gains new abilities to his Armiger.
One of Ardyn's abilities is Sword of the Wise, the first royal arm the player earns in Final Fantasy XV.
Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances[edit | edit source]
The Alchemist Code[edit | edit source]
Noctis is an obtainable character during the Final Fantasy XV collaboration event, wielding seven royal arms in Armiger.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
In Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Noctis was depicted with an arsenal of unnamed visually themed weaponry wielded through his Armiger powers. They had different designs and weapon types, including a great axe, a lance, a cane-like staff, a pike spear, a boomerang/bow-like weapon, an assault rifle, a rocket launcher/bazooka, a thief sword-like weapon, a large falchion, and a great sword with a finned head. Noctis's Engine Blade was also included. Their designs followed a mechanical and technologically intricate theme like the Engine Blade and Insomnian weaponry, and the contrasting dark to light precious metal finishes as in the final game, but only swords bared engines and they did not have a sacred royalty motif to them.
Noctis was not the only one with weapons he could conjure from thin air: a hooded man in white and Stella Nox Fleuret also wielded them. The hooded man became Ravus Nox Fleuret in the final game who does not have the power of Armiger, though he handles and even momentarily wields a royal arm as part of the story. Stella Nox Fleuret was replaced by Lunafreya Nox Fleuret, who at one point wields a royal arm, albeit not in Armiger: the Trident of the Oracle.
Noctis's phantom swords deflecting ballistic fire was seen in the Final Fantasy Versus XIII reveal trailer, where Noctis descends the stairs of the Citadel towards soldiers firing at him. This effect is still part of the gameplay in Final Fantasy XV, where the royal arms can be used to deflect ballistic damage. As a nod to its original title, Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Final Fantasy XV makes references to the number 13. There are thus thirteen royal arms and thirteen Lucian kings to wield them in the Knights of the Round.
Merchandise[edit | edit source]
Lunafreya's Play Arts Kai figure comes with the Trident of the Oracle. Noctis's Play Arts Kai figure comes with his Sword of the Father, albeit the figure in Ultimate Collector's Edition has another weapon in its stead.