Start listening more closely, 'cause it's getting embarrassing... ...is what Ward would say. Can't you see it in his eyes?Kiros Seagill
Ward Zabac is a temporary playable character in Final Fantasy VIII. He is a large man who uses a large spear-like weapon called a harpoon, which he throws at his enemies. Ward fights alongside his friends Laguna and Kiros in the Galbadian army.
Standing at seven feet, Ward is a tall and intimidating-looking person. When in the army he wears the standard Galbadian soldier's uniform. His casual attire consists of a blue bandana, white tank-top, green overalls and army boots. He sports a scar going across the left side of his face from an undisclosed injury, and has light facial stubble.
Underneath Ward's rough, intimidating exterior lies a wise, observant mind. Ward is a caring person who would help a friend whenever they need it, although this usually results in him being dragged along on one of Laguna's poorly thought-out schemes.
Ward served in the Galbadian army with his friends Laguna and Kiros. They got lost in the forests of Timber and escaped to Deling City where Ward and Kiros coaxed Laguna to get acquainted with Julia Heartilly. When Julia approached their table Ward and Kiros made a swift exit, but soon fetched Laguna from Julia's hotel room because they had been sent on a mission in Centra.
In his last mission with the Galbadian Army, Ward got lost with Laguna and Kiros and the trio ended up in the Centra Excavation Site where the Esthar army was excavating the Crystal Pillar. During their escape he was wounded and lost his voice. After leaving the army, Ward worked as a janitor in the D-District Prison, which Zell later dreams about.
Eleven months later, when Ellone was kidnapped by Estharian Soldiers, Ward accompanied Laguna and Kiros to Esthar to rescue her. They got in to trouble along the way, participating in a movie to earn money where they encountered a Ruby Dragon. During their adventures Laguna was separated from Kiros and Ward, but the three later reunited and continued on their journey. They rescued Ellone and defeated Esthar's tyrant, Sorceress Adel. Laguna became the president of Esthar, and Kiros and Ward became his advisers.
When Squall enters the Sorceress Memorial to rescue Rinoa Ward is there, but Squall does not appear to recognize the silent large man wearing Estharian clothes. Ward lets Squall enter the building without a word. Later, Ward is at the Presidential Palace when the SeeDs meet with Laguna. He comes aboard the the Ragnarok with Laguna and Kiros on their mission to invade the Lunatic Pandora, where Ward and Kiros remark on Squall's parents.
Ward is playable during dream sequences. He wields a harpoon, which he throws at enemies before running after it to pick it up. His Limit Break is Massive Anchor, which allows him to throw the anchor in the air and jump after it, then ride it back down to the ground as it creates a shockwave which damages all enemies.
Ward has appeared in the following media throughout the Final Fantasy series:
- PocketStation as a memory card file manager.
- Pictlogica Final Fantasy as a playable character.
- Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade as a playable character.
- Final Fantasy Record Keeper as a playable character.
- Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as a series of cards.
- Triple Triad as a card.
Behind the scenes
In the French localization, rather than not being able to speak due to an injury, Ward voluntarily refuses to speak "until the game is finished" after Laguna tells him that "thinking negatively draws bad luck", breaking the fourth wall.
- Final Fantasy VIII Ultimania, p. 27