Lightning Returns: two new costumes revealed
posted on 08.09.13 at 02:25 AM EDT by (@salromano)
The Vajra Bodhisattva and Fushikaden.

Two new costumes and accompanying equipment Lightning can wear in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII have been revealed.

Vajra Bodhisattva (HMV and Lawson special favor)

  • Vajra Bodhisattva (Costume) – The armor of a wise ruler who honored the heavens and loved his nation, and stuck to the ways of benevolence in a world of wars.
  • Treasury Palace (Weapon) – Forged as a prayer to the Gods, it was once the cross-shaped lance of a ferocious monk unparalleled in spearmanship.
  • Warrior’s Return (Shield) – A robust shield covered with a rivet of steel, it is said that it could deflect even a knight’s assault.

Fushikaden (Original Soundtrack first-run bonus)

  • Fushikaden (Costume) – Fighting as though in a graceful dance, the flowers of a turbulent time fly as you battle in a noble woman’s armor.
  • Direct Heart Shadow (Weapon) – Standing to face the invaders, protect the nation to the end with the sword of a noble woman.
  • Charming Folding Screen (Shield) – Like an ancient song composed of a dream-like spectacle, this is a brilliant shield.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is due out for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on November 21 in Japan, February 11 in North America, and February 14 in Europe.

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  • Karysonson

    Bubububbub-But BOOBS and REVEALING OUTFIT

    • Warboss Aohd

      let me stop ya dere, she seem like da type ta wear revealin’ outfitz? She iz a soldier, she wearz wot iz practical.

      At Least, dat iz wot her character said ta me initially…………i don’t know.

      • kenshee

        I really don’t think you should look at these costumes as anything relevant to the story or her character…

        It’s a gameplay thing, very much a gimmick and a bit of fanservice.

        If she starts acting differently in cutscenes, I completely agree, but I doubt she actually changed all that much, it’s just some ingame-fun, not plot related.
        Her little fanservice poses at the ends of battle are sort of pushing it though, but so long as that’s as far as they go with it, I don’t see it affecting my opinion on her character.

        Now with that said…

        SE: tell us basically any news you want, anything will be more interesting than to see even ‘more’ outfits really >.>
        We get it, you’ve gotten into the swing of things at making costumes, I hope this means future final fantasies might include visible armour changes and the like, but mostly in a more serious sense though. (one or two joke outfits is always welcome for some random fun after the final boss though)

  • Zloy Ultimate

    I think this is for Japan only content

  • new_tradition

    I like the Vajra one, but interesting to see her wielding a non-sword weapon. I remember the Yuna alt had her rod, but otherwise everything had a sword variation.

    I wonder if we can see more weapons. Bow and arrow, hammer, whip, etc?

    • KnifeAndFork

      the Vagina one?

  • Mark

    “this is a brilliant shield” – Great description! lol

    • TetsuyaHikari

      I know, right? It would have been even more amusing if it had said something like:

      “A decent shield, but not something I would use!”

  • maruhadapurpurine

    The real reason they are making this game is not to finish her saga or whatever, it to finally accomplish the dream they had since the first FFXIII…play doll with Lightning, their eternal spouse.

    • Sae-Won Yoon

      I’m beginning to think SE has this weird obsession with Lightning,

      if that’s true then that certainly explains a bit.

      • maruhadapurpurine

        just now you are noticing that? after the first one it was pretty obvious, but seriously, this Lightining thing gotta stop. Lets see if they do as they said and this is the last we hear of her.

    • TetsuyaHikari


  • TimesTicking

    Just making sure… Those outfits are just going to be unlockables right? Not those DLC bullsh*t like part 2?

    • Anime10121

      The article tells you what kind of DLC it is. One is a preorder bonus at Lawson and HMV, while the other is a bonus for buying the OST.

      Never quite understood the anger at the DLC costumes in XIII-2 anyway, first 95% of costume DLC is payed in games, second FF has never had extra costumes to begin with, and third they added nothing and were purely cosmetic.

      I can almost understand being mad about the colosseum battles, but the costumes? I don’t get it. Perhaps you could enlighten me as to why people raged so much about them.

  • tubers

    FF Barbie

    • Willgaea

      Hey tales of has been adding in costumes for a long time. It’s basically the same thing.

  • Eclipse

    I’m really liking that Fushikaden outfit – elegant yet deadly.

    I’ve already planned to get the OST, so the bonus is a nice addition.

  • Ian Manning

    Have her dress like AWESOME-O and you’ve got yourself a customer!

  • Pyrofrost

    *token comment talking trash about SE, Final Fantasy XIII, and Lightning*

    Am I cool yet xD

  • TetsuyaHikari

    I’m quite fond of both of these outfits, honestly. I prefer it when a female is wearing armour as opposed to, well… Scantly clad outfits that hardly provide any defense. So, these are definitely a nice touch. I’m definitely liking the spear and shield more for the Vajra Bodhisattva though~

    Edit: Ah! I just noticed I can’t get the Vajra Bodhisattva outfit though since it’s apparently a HMV and Lawson special?! Dammit. They better release it as DLC later or something ;w;

    Edit2: I hadn’t decided on picking up the OST yet, but if XIII has anything going for it which people can agree on it, it’s good music. I’ll probably pick it up since CDJapan still has the first press bonus available. The costume will be a great extra with it :3

    • KnifeAndFork

      Why are we stuck playing only as Lightning….

      • TetsuyaHikari

        Because it’s ‘Lightning Returns’, not ‘Snow, Noel, Serah, Fang, Hope, and Vanille Returns’, lol.

        • Budgiecat

          But who asked for JUST Lightning?


          Besides, they return too

          • TetsuyaHikari

            Just because they do doesn’t make them playable. Derp. Anyway, plenty of people ask for Lightning.

            Have you been living under a rock? She’s probably the most popular Final Fantasy character to date, lol.

  • carrebeannut

    where is my glorious cleavage.

    • TetsuyaHikari

      Where is my glorious armpit?

    • Sae-Won Yoon

      where is my glorious ass?

  • Zancrow

    Who needs party members if you’ve got costumes?

  • Sǯdi Sǻymeh

    day one … best fapping game ever ^_^

  • Zackasaur

    I like these ones!

  • samsoja

    Fushikaden is one badass outfit :D

  • PhoenixAutomatic~♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪~

    I like Vajra Bodhisattva much better than Fushikaden.

  • KnifeAndFork

    They’re just throwing everything in there no regards to the world asthetic or design

  • PrinceHeir

    nice costumes!!

    • Kurisu Makise

      Agreed, actually it’s the costumes which convinced me to take a proper look at this game to begin with, fanservice does wonders x-x;

  • PhoenixAutomatic~♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪~