It’s Like A Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Fashion Show

By Spencer . September 13, 2013 . 1:42pm

This Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII video titled Lightning Collection 2013 in Luxerion shows many different kinds of garb Lightning can wear. Changing into a different costume alters Lightning’s stats and the abilities she can use in battle. It’s kind of light Final Fantasy X-2’s dress change system, but with only one character in battle.


The first outfit is Equilibrium, Lightning’s standard look in Lightning Returns. Garb can be further customized by changing colors for different pieces of the outfit. Keep your eyes peeled for the Cloud costume, the Miqo’te outfit from Final Fantasy XIV, and Lightning’s old costumes from the other two Final Fantasy XIII games.

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  • Herok♞

    I wonder if they are going to do a lightning fashion to return the favor for this:

    • Shady Shariest

      Oh my god is she pale or what… O_o

      • zaidandzhadow

        But of course she’s pale

        • Shady Shariest

          Huh, guess i never noticed it before… (Haven’t played the games ETC…)

          • zaidandzhadow

            Ohh, that explains it.

          • Shady Shariest

            Yeah… Out of curiosity, is there a legit canon reason for the paleness because she looks… Sick :/

          • zaidandzhadow

            Not really also her sister is like pale too.

          • Shady Shariest


  • Storm

    We finally get a good look at some of the adornments you can equip.

    Red Mage!:

    And something that looks similar to a Type-0 schoolgirl outfit and she’s wearing normal glasses:

    Some of those outfits look ugly but I think they customised bad colors and adornments on them.

    • AndreasStalin

      Hell yeah! Schoolgirl Lightning ftw.

      • ShadowDivz

        Damn straight! *high fives*

    • ShadowDivz

      So im not the only one who thought she looked like a schoolgirl.

    • Damarius Wingfield

      Smooth Criminal!

  • komiko12

    And there’s more to come.

  • Smooosh

    Dunno why, but I love costumes in RPGs (for example in the tales series), so I think it’s pretty cool that they are really implementing them into the gameplay.

    • Dagobert

      Yeah it’s cool, except it sucks when the game becomes into a fashion show simulator.

      • awaiken

        no more than it being a murder simulator

        • zaidandzhadow

          what a dumb joke

      • DyLaN

        you haters sure loves using whtever reason they see fit to complain abt a series they don’t like when its not a problem in other series =_=

    • I have to agree with you , This is the 1st in whole series im buying because of that …

  • Leon_Tekashi

    Costumes in RPGs are always fun to use. Good or bad game, it’s just fun to me. Nothing’s wrong with that. =)

  • Freya2012

    Cloud’s costume with the buster sword is all I need :)

    • zaidandzhadow

      prepare for preoder

  • wow.

  • Jay

    Lightning sure can work the pantsuits. :O

  • Death Saved

    Heres hoping that this means later FF games will have equipment change the characters appearance similarly to WRPG’s with a Japanese touch that is.

    • AndyLC

      Huh? FFVI, your equipment greatly influences your character, even granting abilities like Jump

      FFVII, equipment is the only way to cast magic

      FFIX, equipment is the only way to learn new abilities

      • Death Saved

        My bad i was referring to the change in appearance.

  • Alexander Aubert

    and here i hope i can get her original costume in FF XIII

    • Storm

      It’s right there in the video, along with her XIII-2 costume. You need save data from those games to get them.

  • Looking forward to the outfit of my choosing ^_^

  • Pdugna

    I loved X-2 with the Dresspheres so cant wait for this to come out and try it.

  • HerosLight

    Dat music..

    And dat Locke Cole costume. Locke Cole is my favorite FF character ;-;

    I want to see a 3D model of him made by Square now D:

  • Martian Wong

    I know I will upset others, I dont like Lightning in her normal costume and I wont like her in any other costume.

    • Slayven19

      So why didn’t you just say you don’t like lighting and let that be the end of it?

      • Martian Wong

        I just say it in a more detailed way? Something wrong?

        • Slayven19

          Not really just, TMI.

        • zaidandzhadow

          You sir have my respect, truly

        • Armane

          The way you worded it, it makes it sound like you would like her out of her costumes, in other words, naked.

          • Martian Wong

            hmm..Naked Lightning….not my cup of tea. Women that are too powerful is scary.

  • TrannyMagic

    seems more like a cosplayer of the year calendar shoot.

  • Aunna Terrell

    She can marry herself! She has both a wedding dress and a tuxedo!

    • ShadowDivz


  • ShadowDivz

    God can you imagine it?
    Bad ass lightning,
    Sexy voice of Ali Hillis(lightning’s voice actress),
    An awesome costume

    ( •_•)
    And to top it all off
    ( •_•)>⌐■-■
    Bitchin’ shades

  • AkiraScare

    the best games are the ones that let you customize the character… cant wait to dress lightning (^_^)

  • Damarius Wingfield

    Better than a DAMN Magical Girl outfit! Thumbs up anyone!

    • DyLaN

      I would totally make Lightning wear one.

      • zaidandzhadow

        well, i hope you never reach Square Enix desiggn director position

        • DyLaN

          You saying like its a bad thing. I had fun gigling through entire SH3 with MG Heather.

          • zaidandzhadow

            i’m not saying it like it’s a bad thing, i’m saying it is indeed a bad thing

          • DyLaN

            Let just agree that we disagree with each other then.

  • Damarius Wingfield

    Better than a DAMN Magical Girl outfit! Thumbs up anyone!

  • Despite having nice costumes shown there, they should add some facial expressions DLC or something..

    • AndyLC

      Then she wouldn’t be Lightning!

    • Oliver Teigaga


  • Letiumtide

    Is it just me or does her head look too big?

  • Chiupon

    i like how there’s a variety of feminine and masculine outfits. She’s got her hooker miniskirts still, but she’s got a lot of costumes that cover her up — i think emphasis was put on player preference. If you don’t want to see your characterization of Lightning as scantily clad, you don’t have to dress her that way;

    and if you don’t mind it, there are several skanky outfits :D

    • Slayven19

      I agree. There are a lot of them that are very good at that feminine and masculine and some that just look weird. That’s ok though I knew there would be some questionable one’s but the good one’s make up for those.

  • sunK1D

    So many lame costumes. Barely 2 or 3 made the cut in my books.

  • Anon-non

    All the cosplay choices.

  • Tom

    She has her original outfit? Nice. I also spotted a red mage. Cool. Now I know why I will run out of time in the game, I’ll be staring too much of her clothes. Some of them are really sexy.

  • gRiMmYdArK13

    Can’t wait to try them all!

  • shuyai

    maybe is it just this video but the graphic seem really poor compare to FFXIII it almost looks like some old pc game.

    • Oliver Teigaga

      I’d say the graphics are a bit better on the models+effects, but the crystal engine was never that good at rendering cities.

    • Letiumtide

      It’s like a direct to video DVD of a Disney sequel.

  • Rashid Al Rabah

    Too much Resonance of Fate going on here.

    • Daniel blue

      There’s no such thing as “too much Resonance of Fate”! ;-)

  • KingGunblader

    The three costumes I will be using; XIII, XIII-2, and Black Mage. Maybe Cloud if I bother to pre-order… Ah, who am I kidding, I’ll definitely pre-order.

  • Rishtopher

    I wish they had noted which costumes were DLC in the video. I don’t want to get my hopes up for the ones that I liked.

  • Göran Isacson

    With this music it really DOES sound like a fashion show. Like holy heck, I was almost expecting a runway to appear out of nowhere and snooty judges making calls on which outfits the best.

  • mojack411

    Holy crap I didn’t realize how many different garbs there would be! Wonder how different each one actually is ability wise.

  • Vash bane

    oh my that was awesome now I cant wait to play this I hope its like VP(psp version) where you beat it and unlock I think abyss mode(iono I forgot what its called) or something. that way can enjoy our unlocked garbs better >:3

    did I forget to mention….oh never mind a lot of posters already said it XD
    but im going to say it anyway I love those costumes ^_^
    (half the reason why I want this game lol)

  • Notquitesure?

    Are inate natural stats, or do costumes completely dictate stats?

  • Notquitesure?

    Are inate natural stats, or do costumes completely dictate stats?

  • Yan Zhao

    Thats more costumes than I expected. Not that its a bad thing.

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