Catgirl Outfit? Yep, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Has One

By Ishaan . June 13, 2013 . 12:45pm

As you’ve probably heard by now, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII allows you to outfit Lightning with different costumes, each one with its own special abilities and stats. One of these is a catgirl outfit.


Well, in a sense. The costume above is from Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Producer Yoshinori Kitase took the race-specific-gear of that game’s cat-like Miqo’te race, and had it tossed into Lightning Returns without even asking the permission of FFXIV producer Naoki Yoshida.


Luckily, Yoshida didn’t mind and is now trying to find something from Lightning Returns that can be included in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.


  • ResidentMetroid

    Looks better than her default outfit that’s for sure!

    • FFmax


      • Yes.

        Objecively yes.

    • No. The base outfit is great in every aspect.

    • zaidandzhadow

      whithot the stupid cat ears it sure would be

  • landlock


  • kisunoyami

    Fucking A.

    If this isn’t just as out of character as the other clothes she has, then I don’t know what is.

    …..Now I’m just waiting for a bikini costume to show up so I can flip all of my tables.

    • J_Joestar

      Catgirl outfits are everywhere now, even Nintendo put Peach in one for the new Mario game.

      • Misty Dawson

        Cat SUIT. as in baggy and covers everything.

        • J_Joestar


      • NRool

        That’s … subjective, it’s more like a fursuit 6_9

      • puchinri

        The funny part in that case though, it’s not just Peach. I don’t Square/the designers is going to give any of their male protags a neko option though, right?

        • neogeno

          Its pretty sad if this is what they have to resort to in order to get fans to like her. (though I ain’t complaining)

        • This! So much this!
          Put Hope and Noel in neko suit and I’ll call it even. Not really sure how Snow would look. Not sure if I want to know.

          • puchinri

            Haha, I’m kind of imagining a sexy, masculine neko look for him, but a part of me feels it would work and another part is giving that half a flat out no.

          • Haha! I would go for that. That might actually be interesting. I don’t know if I could see him pulling of the cute factor.

          • puchinri

            I really want to see it now myself. >u<
            Yeah, I can't see him working cute very well either.

          • xD Agreed.

        • supervamp

          Wow an alternative outfit that doesn’t even impact the game and people are going batshit over it.

          • puchinri

            I guess I can see why some people are a bit bothered, but at the same time, it’s fandoms. Some fans don’t care, some fans take stuff in stride and some fans get upset over anything and every little thing.

        • Crazy_O

          If the female fans would appreciate it, but it’s more likely that they add some mild homosexuality to some male characters. I think this is way higher on the list especially for female japanese fans than any cat outfits.

          For example that blonde guy in FF15… I could smell from a mile a way that they took him straight out of an otome game.

          • puchinri

            I guess it depends. It’s hard to say.

            Either way, I think the chances of seeing some lady-aimed fanservice as obvious as this in FFXIV (or even in this title) is unlikely.

            Unless. . . they decide to give Lightning a bifauxnen costume and make her a takarazuka-like character in the outfit. I can definitely see that winning over some people and being something they’d take on.

  • SoulEmbrace2010

    Neko Lightning!

  • suppaguy

    Me gusta. That outfit accentuates her boo-*COUGH COUGH*-beauty, is what I meant to say.

  • Tom

    I’d take two Play Arts Kai figure of this, thank you.

  • JustThisOne

    Cat powers! She’ll be uhm.. I dunno. She’ll land on her feet every time.

    • What if the Nyan cat theme played when she wore it into battle… LOL!

      • JustThisOne

        Nah, if that were the case, she’d be wearing a pop tart.

        • Lol!! There would be no way to take any of the serious scenes seriously xD

  • DrakeClawfang

    Remember the original Final Fantasy XIII, where Lightning was hot without being sexualized and played for fanservice? I miss that.

    • I miss it too.

    • Nightmesh

      Thinking the same thing. I can’t stand that one of her outfits show her G string off. The Lightning I thought I knew would never go the Rikku X-2 route.

      • She always felt more on the Paine side. Paine and Lulu.

    • Suriel Cruz

      They’re trying to make her girly and playful, when we all know that she’s not. -sigh- How easy is to kill a character, here is an example.

      • Chiupon

        Wrong. Lightning’s character and personality obviously aren’t impacted by the way she dresses, just like real life. In the end, it’s going to be the player who decides what Lightning wears. If you don’t want YOUR Lightning to dress that way, don’t put that outfit on her. The end.

        • Guest

          Let your Lighting be as girly as you possibly can have her… let her KILL, SPEAK & EVEN FIGHT in a BADASS STYLE… THAT suits her. -sigh-

          I’ll prefer mine as she is BADASS & THE BEST FEMALE PROTAGONIST OF FF series and not some sort of GIRLY CRYING GIRL WHO’S BOYFRIEND LEAVE HER. If I have to use some girly clothes, I’ll do it, but just if is necessary.

      • $1484028

        seems to me they’re being pretty clear this is meant to be a “gag” XIII/XIV crossover outfit.

        this isn’t meant to reflect her character at all.

        just meant to be a silly 4th wall breaking outfit.

    • Hey, her FF13-1 l’cie mark was on her chest (not shown, granted) and her skirt was like 5 inches in length. I doubt military women would wear skirts too. x)
      Aaaanyways, sexualized or not, I love this better than the hot mess of red, navy blue, and white that’s on her standard Gundam outfit

    • Pyrofrost

      With so many costumes to choose from, if a “sexualized” one or the “cat-girl” one is so offensive to you, just use a different one. *shrugs*

    • Symbol de Au

      Hah! She was you just didn’t notice.

    • supervamp

      Yes because her having a sexy alternative costume totally gets rid of all her character development and makes the game a fanservice mess.That you for being so progressive towards this issue

    • Crazy_O

      Having one catgirl costume in the bazillion costumes she’ll probably have in the game destroys her whole character!

  • Sold.

  • $24431191

    I still need to play 13-2.

  • Neppygear

    Lightning Returns confirmed for cosplay sim. FFX-2 trembles in fear of its throne being usurped.

  • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

    She looks pretty hot for a 500 year-old woman

    • Cougar? Jaguar?? I wouldn’t know what to call that….

      • NRool


    • MrTyrant

      I do like mature woman myself and she looks pretty young too! The surgeries in that world can do amazing things lol

    • Testsubject909


    • 果林

      wonder what’s her secret

      • Kevadu

        Crystals or something, probably.

        • natchu96

          l’Cie get eternal life after completing their focus they said . . . yeah, it’s eternal, but being frozen as a block of crystal can hardly be called life . . .

          Then on the off chance they unfreeze you the fal’Cie probably want something from you again.

          • Kai2591

            wow. such joyful existence.

  • Shinji Kazuya

    Now that is a cute and cool outfit! Me likes a lot :3

  • psycho_bandaid

    Yoshinori Kitase: “I do what I want!”

    Actually it’s a good idea, so I see why his boss didn’t care.

    • Ehren Rivers

      Hahaha, Yoshida isn’t his boss. :P Yoshi-P, as he is called, is the Direct/Producer for FFXIV: A Realm Reborn, whereas Kitase is the Producer for the games in the Fabula Nova Crystallis (Type-0, XIII, XV). As far as I know since it’s all Square Enix/Final Fantasy the team doesn’t actually have to ask permission to use reference costumes from within the series.

      According to the JP Live Letter, as I recall, they did it as a surprise for Yoshi-P. Something to do with how amazingly he’s done at bringing XIV back to life, I believe. Also, Yoshi-P said in response that not only was it a great idea, but he wanted to somehow feature Lightning in XIV:ARR and they should talk more after E3.

      Soooo yes. :P

  • omeganeko

    I think I just broke my pre-order button

  • Surgeon of Death

    Gotta love dat pussy…………….cat.

  • Tincho D


  • AuraGuyChris

    If Mario can, so can Lightning!

  • Welp, I know what I’ll be wearing most of the game lol

    • MrSirFeatherFang

      don’t you mean Lightning? :D

    • I’m sorry but all I could think was seeing Sasha on a catgirl outfit.

      • Awesome lol =P

      • Ferrick

        sasha in a potatogirl outfit…

    • ShadowDivz

      Ahh, you beat me to it!

  • FFmax

    Wow….just wow.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    All pinked haired girls has a cat outfit

    • Serah?

      • ShawnOtakuSomething


        • Anime10121


    • Noctis Caelum

      Is that you Inuyasha?? xD

  • Suriel Cruz

    I know Lightning is a women, but her personality doesn’t suit this pose and outfit at all. She is not girly, she is rather sexy and mature. Anyways can’t wait to play it and see the Final Fantasy XIII saga Finale.

    • ShadowDivz

      That’s why it’s arrousing/awesome.

  • Brimfyre

    Day one purchase for me now.

    Sexualizing, smexualizing, I don’t care.

    • ShadowDivz


  • Misty Dawson


    Seriously? If you don’t like it, don’t use it.

    I like tough girls being girly. It’s a nice quirk.

  • Prinnydoom

    Good to see lightning being a little less………manly. Thats the way she always came off to me.

  • Sognatore

    why? T_T

    • ShadowDivz

      Why not?

  • Grape Monet

    This better not be DLC.

  • Suriel Cruz

    I like when things we already got, are develop for the better, that’s all.

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Ishaan is the PC label only here because this article is FFXIV related or did I not know Lightning Returns is coming to the PC?

    • Mimi

      I wish; I’m sure it would look beautiful on PC but its from the Japs so no.

  • Robert Hendrie

    Well it’s time I finally play 13/-2 so I can play this game with a catgirl

  • Gilgamesh2025

    :3 Rrrrrrrrrrr! :9

  • Shady Shariest

    Going out with a bang!

  • WyattEpp

    I can just imagine her trying it on for the combat buffs, but scoffing at the appearance and how annoying it is to move around in. “Ah, stupid detached sleeves!”

  • MrTyrant

    Okay, that cat girl custome suit her just great.

  • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

    Almost makes me want to play it…almost.

  • Damarius Wingfield

    Nice move Yoshinori-san! Such precision!

  • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly
    • Testsubject909

      Wow, that looks pretty cute.

    • Farid Belkacemi

      Damn, now I wanna play FF XIV… Dat chara design ! :)

      • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

        I’m excited for it’s release, the last PC Beta opens tomorrow and everyone that suffered through FFXIV 1.0 get in for free. I admit I suffered through it, excited to see all the changes tomorrow!

        • Jason Li

          Now there is four hours to ago

    • alixraen

      Looks better on her than it does on Lightning.

      • Kai2591

        I know right

    • Vash bane

      this is WAY better

  • I’ll never understand this cat-animal-fur-fetish that apparentely a lot of people have in common.

  • ShadowDivz

    Me: You look so cute lightning
    Lightning: Shu-shut up! I’m not wearing this for you! baka!
    Lightning: D-do you really like it?

    • MrTyrant

      Now I want that game.

  • Learii

    where Lighting in Yuna X-2 outfit?

    • Jason Li

      Lightning will need a bit more chest support, not that Yuna had a lot to begin with :)

      • Learii

        lol more chest?

        • Jason Li

          Just a little bit doesn’t hurt, but from her main costume its more than enough.

  • Mimi

    well it looks as if it takes the edge of her annoyingly aloof air so thats good :-)

  • fireguardiancoty


  • I’ll fap to it, but I don’t like having it in the game.

    • alixraen

      That’s probably the most accurate description of this situation.

  • Chiupon

    I just imagine lightning being really mad the entire time while wearing the outfit
    so tsun

  • vileBrenman

    Wow looks like they’re pulling the 3rd birthday on lightning. she’s becoming sexualized just like Aya Brea was

    • puchinri

      A bit, huh? I think my issue (not really an issue, but meh-feeling?) with it is that the outfit just doesn’t suit her? Like, if he was going to go with something fanservice-y, at least pick something that fits?
      (I guess that’s the problem with most sexualized fanservice though now, huh?)

      The outfit is pretty cute though. That’s a plus. They picked something nice~.

  • Does it sounds perverted if now that I know about this, I’ll get the game on day 1?

  • MrTyrant

    We need the maid costume too.

    • Neppygear

      It’s only natural. If you’re not going all the way, why even start?

  • Herok♞

    I’ll take 20.

  • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

    I don’t know why I didn’t say this the 1st time I looked at this article but…
    They revealed this during the “Square-Enix Presents” live stream. They also (at a separate time) showed Lightning in FFX Yuna’s costume.
    They seemed pretty excited about showing both pictures but idk if either is actually in the game or if they were just having fun. Hopefully both make it though.

  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    I like it!

  • Göran Isacson

    GRIMDARK SUPERSERIOUS NO FUN BATTLE FOR THE FUTURE… but hey have this cat-ear miniskirt outfit too that will stick out like a sore thumb in like every superserious cutscene the game has to offer.

    In fact- miniskirts and cat-ears for everyone! Even Snow and Noel! ESPECIALLY SNOW AND NOEL. That would make me okay with this.

  • well done SE *sarcasm*

  • Nyandroid

    Well, I know which costume I’ll be using now! XD

  • Barrit

    I usually don’t care for stuff like that.. but wow, it looks awesome on Lightning!

  • Go2hell66

    Whew saw the headline and
    Thought SE was starting their ffxiii2 dlc bs again

  • DCBlackbird

    Idk who this is targeted towards…..

  • Linhua

    … for the quickest second in the history of my 2kb brain processor… I actually thought she was cosplaying Noire’s Neptunia V costume…. but just red.

    … sexy as hell though. I love Kitty Girls.

    • MrTyrant

      I love that kitty from your avatar. Best Shining Heart’s waifu.

      • Linhua

        … couldn’t agree more.

  • Ni
  • alixraen

    Lightning’s character was already messed up, but it doesn’t really matter; with the DLC costumes that Serah got in XIII-2, Lightning getting fanservicey costumes was all but confirmed. She’s really nothing but SE’s postergirl anymore, which is such a shame because while I personally never cared for her, SE could have taken the high road, but nope. Expect a swimsuit for her in the near future.

  • Skode

    Naoki Yoshida is a sound bloke, you just know for sure he would have been more flattered than annoyed at the sneaky cross over.

  • Oni123

    I bet Masayoshi Soken loves this =)

  • FelixJRPG

    FF XIII : way too serious
    FF XIII-2 : joke endings
    LR FF XIII : joke outfits ~_~

    Well, i don’t really mind, but this kind of costume just don’t fit her imo…

  • Anesia Hunter

    the outfit just doesn’t fit lightning.

  • I don’t usually fancy catgirls but this is very good. Hope it doesn’t cost too much…

  • Tiramii

    This is actually really sexy. I’d have her wear it in game.

  • XiaomuArisu

    Cant imagine Lightning saying “Nya” or making cat puns.
    But it would be funnyXD

  • I’m pretty sure this is going to bolster sales of this game.

  • Sergio Briceño

    With this and SM3DW cats are everywhere.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Lets get some actually well modeled panties underneath and not just a black void or shorts underneath. Sorry, allow me to openly be perverted this one time.

  • Kai2591

    Still too cool to crack a smile.

  • Freud_Hater

    Guess who’s appealing to the lowest common denominator?

    I kid, I kid, she does look hot XD

  • Ben Sylvia

    And here.

  • protofox

    i already wasnt fond of u lightning..and im sorry to say m’lady, Yuna, rikku, and paine did this 10 years ago in X2 and sexier i might add..wait..x2 is 10 years old this year..dear old now.

  • Kitestwinblades

    AND it comes with an ability? What could it be?
    *Punches* (✖w✖) I freakin’ KNEW it!

  • Vash bane

    lol both games giving and taking(wait…)

  • Soroth23

    Oh god, Can someone say Garment Grid version 2?

  • artemisthemp

    I hope this Outfit will be available early in the game :)

  • Kchorrex

    Grrrnya :3 I wasn’t even slightly interested in this game but now it’s DAY ONE XD. Damn you Squeenix you know your fanbase and its fetishes.

  • Warboss Aohd

    ‘headesks repeatedly’

  • Cool, so a small reference to another game that wasn’t really on purpose? That’s pretty rad.

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