Lightning Returns samurai costume videos
posted on 09.02.13 at 02:52 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Shining Prince, Fuurinkazan, Flower of Battle, and more.

Square Enix has released a set of short videos showing Lightning’s samurai series of costumes in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

In Japan, the costumes are available as pre-order bonuses through different retailers. The Sohei Savior costume, however, is a pre-order bonus for the game’s soundtrack. In Europe, some of these costumes are available through pre-ordering the game, as well.

Watch the videos below.

Samurai Series Intro

Shining Prince


Flower of Battle


Sohei Savior

Dark Samurai


  • Syltique

    More importantly, this also seems to showcase brand new music!

    The second song sounds like it’s from Suzuki, the Yusnaan battle theme. A spin-off of this song.

    The first song could be anyone, but my guess is Mizuta.

  • Zackasaur

    Dark Samurai is badass.

  • Nhiroz

    I take it these are purely cosmetic, and serve absolutely no other purpose, apart from changing her skin?

    • Syltique

      Outfits are linked to abilities in this game, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see different abilities on these. Nothing is confirmed though.

    • Kobracon

      Its deeply linked with the paradigm system of XIII. Think Dress Spheres. Also it changes victory poses (of which I read she has alot of variations)

    • ShinGundam

      Outfits= more Specialized class/role/paradigm. For example, one of Outfits is like a tank class having a better block ability which absorbed more damage while another one can be a light and agile costume well suited to evasion.

      Basically, Dressphere 2.0.

    • Nhiroz

      Thanks for the reply :-). And the 2 down votes….

      • Zero

        I’m really not sure about the outfits. I think the responses below mine from @ShinGundam:disqus @Kobracon:disqus @Syltique:disqus are pretty solid. Sorry about the down votes. I gave you an up vote. =)

  • Kobracon

    Dam that combat is looking smoooth

  • iLoveLightning

    Game is looking better and better ^_^

  • Zero

    All of these samurai outfits seem to be for fast movement and quick attacks. I like the outfits, but I sorta hope you can unlock a decent amount of them in the game. I typically buy a few outfits. The price can add up pretty quickly though.

    • TetsuyaHikari

      What I’m hoping even more than that is if the color editing also applies to DLC costumes. That would be really nice.

      • Zero

        Agreed. That would be pretty cool.


    Why would she seathe with no seath? It’s disturbing! And btw she puts the weapon on her back anyway so… Also, those names have nothing to see with the Japanese ones.

    But great-looking outfit altogether.

    • TetsuyaHikari

      Yes, thank you! I was thinking this the whole time while watching it. I’m like, “Wtf? Stop it, Lightning! You don’t have a scabbard!”, lol. It doesn’t bother me so much that she wants to sheath it… It bothers me that it makes the SOUND of being sheathed, when nothing is there ;w;

      Other than that, I like the outfits.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    Fuurinkazan the same name as Bang ShiShiGami’s Astral Heat.

  • Ragna

    So. Many. Cos. Tumes. I fee like I’m drowning.

  • PrinceHeir

    they definitely need to release this as package DLC bunle in the near future!!

    pre ordering through different multiple retailers is stupid.

  • PrinceHeir

    also love the music!!!

    glad Square Enix has gone back to the mystic fantasy world instead of the rock themes from FFXIII-2 :P

  • PhoenixAutomatic~♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪~

    Shogun, Dark Samurai and Utsusemi are my favorites! They look really cool!

  • SOLOmio

    every time i see this game it feels less like final some how!!
    but gotta like the new stuff as well.