Lightning was one of the characters introduced in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy. She was the heroine and sole character representing Final Fantasy XIII.

She once saved her world from a nefarious fal'Cie plot to destroy it. In some ways, she can be considered the protagonist of the 012 storyline, seeing as how most of the action revolves around her, and she even narrates much of the story.

In the game's story mode, her opposing villain was Garland.


  • Normal
  • Alt 1
  • Alt 2
  • DLC
  • EX Mode
  • Alt 1 EX Mode
  • Alt 2 EX Mode
  • DLC EX Mode
Lightning's appearance is identical to her appearance in Final Fantasy XIII. She has light pink hair and pale aqua eyes, and wears a primarily white military uniform, adorned with several belts and buckles with a red cape. Her weapon of choice is the Blazefire Saber gunblade, which can shift between gun and sword forms.

Lightning's first alternate outfit, named "Midnight Cloak", is based off of concept artwork by Yoshitaka Amano. Lightning's cape is dark brown, her hair is white, and her uniform has an overall darker color scheme.

Lightning's second alternate outfit, named "Guardian Corps Uniform", is the uniform of female Guardian Corps soldiers in Final Fantasy XIII. She wears a khaki coat held closed by a black belt and several buckles with blue and gray sleeves, brown leggings, different boots, and a black officer's cap.

Lightning's bonus downloadable outfit is based on Aya Brea, the protagonist of The 3rd Birthday, another Square Enix title. The outfit consists of torn blue jeans, different boots, and a sleeveless black shirt that exposes her midriff. The outfit is only available by purchasing said game.

Lightning's manikin version, Fleeting Flash, is pink.


Lightning is described as a Paradigm Commando, using her Paradigm Shift abilities from Final Fantasy XIII to shift between Commando, Ravager and Medic roles during battle. Each role has its own moveset, allowing Lightning to change her fighting style. As a Commando, Lightning uses primarily melee attacks, as a Ravager she casts magic, and as a Medic she uses Cure spells to recover her Brave without attacking. Lightning's attacks are close to mid-ranged, but using her to her full potential requires mastery of all her roles and their unique abilities. The player also has the option to omit some of Lightning's Paradigm roles by not equipping any moves for them - for example, if no attacks are equipped for the Medic Paradigm, Lightning will skip it when switching Paradigms in battle and go from Ravager to Commando. An upside is that her ground movement is fairly fast. As a downside, she is not as powerful as other melee fighters and many of all her magic attacks are only mid-ranged. Furthermore, her HP Attacks are slow, giving time for enemies to dodge and counterattack.

Inherent Abilities

Name Type Description
Paradigm Shift Ability Changes her paradigm role between Commando, Ravager and Medic roles during battle by pressing R while holding L

Brave Attacks - Commando

Name Type Description
Launch Ground Three quick slashes that throws the enemy through the air
Ruinga Ground A projectile that creates a large explosion. Tosses the enemy straight up into the air
Blitz Ground Attack consisting of a 720° slash ending with a blast from the gunblade that blows the enemy away, and Can Wall Rush when attacking
Smite Aerial Two aerial slashes ending in with a powerful downward smash, and can Wall Rush
Blaze Rush Aerial A buffet of fire from the gunblade with a circumstantial finishing move. If Lightning is close to the target, they are slashed away. If far from the target, Lightning performs a rushing manoeuvre that knocks the opponent into walls leading to a Wall Rush
Ruin Aerial Launches three small projectiles that damage on impact and knock opponent back

Brave Attacks - Ravager

Name Type Description
Thundaga Ground Conjure several lightning bolts over opponent's head. Persists after being cast, even if Lightning sustains damage. Can initiate a chase
Aerora Ground Throw a projectile at the opponent that drives them upwards and hits multiple times
Fire Ground Projectile that fires slowly, then speeds off towards the target. Multiple Fires can be out at once
Army of One Ground/ Aerial Flurry of slashes, kicks, and gunshots that launches the enemy away. May initiate a chase
Thunder Aerial Drop small strips of lightning onto the opponent in quick succession. May initiate a chase
Blizzara Aerial Fires a series of Ice Crystals that home in on the opponent
Watera Aerial Fires a large bubble that slowly follow the opponent. Staggers if guarded, able to be reflected

Brave Attacks - Medic

Name Type Description
Cure Ground/ Aerial Heals Bravery without attacking or harming the enemy. Can be cast in quick succession, but doesn't restore a lot.
Cura Ground/ Aerial Heals Bravery without attacking or harming the enemy. Requires strict timing on casting, but restores more than Cure.

HP Attacks

Name Type Description
Lightning Strike Ground Create a line of lightning bolts horizontally in front of Lightning
Razor Gale Ground Create a swirl of cutting wind that flies towards the target. Has great range and tracking
Crushing Blow Aerial Drop to the opponent's level and charge forward, ramming into them with Odin's swords.
Thunderfall Aerial Bolts of lightning lift the enemy before smashing them back down. Can Wall Rush for additional damage.

Brave to HP Attacks - (Commando only)

Name Type Description
Flourish of Steel Ground (Chained from Launch) Heavy hitting combo of twirling slashes from Odin's swords.

EX Mode - Equip Omega Weapon

Name Type Description
Regen EX Ability Recovers HP over time during EX Mode.
Critical Boost EX Ability Doubles Critical Rate while in EX Mode
Omega Weapon EX Ability Lightning automatically inflicts Break when she attacks if opponent’s Brave <30%
Grav-con Unit EX Ability All Wall Rush damage she takes is annulled and deals double when attacking opponent
Gestalt Drive EX Burst The Gestalt Mode dial will appear and Lightning must input the button and analogue combination to unleash Storm Blade, Lightning Strike, Razor Gale, and Thunderfall on the enemy before the time runs out. If the player misses an input, Lightning will skip directly to the final blow, Zantetsuken.


Lightning can equip Swords, Daggers, Greatswords, Katanas, Guns, Parrying Weapons, Shields, Bangles, Gauntlets, Bracers, Rings, Hats, Helms, Headbands, Light Helms, Ribbons, Clothing, Light Armor, Chestplates, and Female Exclusive Equipment.

Exclusive WeaponsEdit

Name Level Stats Effects Obtained
Blazefire Saber 1 ATK +11 None

Trade: 1300 gil, Broadsword, Rusted Metal x1, Flash's Desire x5

Axis Blade 1 ATK +7 None Trade: 500 gil, Broadsword, Midgar Flower x1, Flash's Desire x3
Flamberge 30 ATK +40 Defense+5% Trade: 61000 gil, Blazefire Saber, Scarletite x1, Flash's Desire x5
Enkindler 30 ATK +41 DEF -1 Defense+5% Trade: 61000 gil, Axis Blade, Scarletite x1, Flash's Desire x5
Omega Weapon 90 ATK +63 Defense+7% Trade: 158000 gil, Flamberge, Electrum x1, Flash's Dream x5
Barrage Blade 90 ATK +64 DEF -1 Defense+7% Trade: 158000 gil, Enkindler, Electrum x1, Flash's Dream x5
Zantetsuken 100 ATK +68 Defense+10%
Riposte Effect
Trade: 182800 gil, Omega Weapon, Survival Knife x1, Flash's Hopes x5
Odin Blade 100 ATK +68 Free Air Dash Boost
Back to the Wall Effect
Trade: 182800 gil, Barrage Blade, Survival Knife x1, Flash's Hopes x5

Trade AccessoryEdit

Name Description
Survival Knife There is nothing to detest, everything is precious.
  • Survival Knife had a different description in Dissidia Duodecim.