Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Costumes Include Black Mage, Red Mage And Bunny Girl

By Sato . September 25, 2013 . 5:05pm

They say girls can never have enough clothes, and although Lightning is known for being Square Enix’s world-saving badass, she’s no exception. Game Watch shares a look at some of the many costumes and styles of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII that were shown at this year’s Tokyo Game Show.


In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, we’ll be seeing plenty of traditional Final Fantasy job classes in the form of “styles” that provide unique abilities and appearances. The Dragoon style will have its trademark “Jump” attack, but it will be part of a combo with another offensive ability called “Beat Down”. The Black Mage style will have a magic barraging ability called “Rapid Fire”


Here’s a look at some of the styles, mixed and matched, along with various customized looks with accessories:


Black Mage and Red Mage


Heart Stealer and Gorgeous Admiral

Blazing Mars and Nocturne

Let’s just hope that The Ark will have enough space to fit all of Lightning’s many wardrobes.


Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is slated for release in February 2014 in the U.S. and Europe for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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    I love multiple costume options in games but that bunny outfit…………… Yeah…….no.

    • I would’ve preferred a Viera suit, personally. Anyways, all she needs now is a costume of every Moogle sub-species, and then she will be ready for Halloween!

    • MikeTxn

      If only they had used a Viera costume instead.

    • konsama

      lol tbh, compared to that bunny outfit, that blue swimsuit…

    • konsama

      lol tbh, compared to that bunny outfit, that blue swimsuit…

    • LightningFarron19

      Be glad that this is just optional and not her official outfit. I mean, it could be worse, it could be like Starfire New 52 outfit where Starfire was FORCED to wear this:

      • Misty Dawson

        Forced to be hot? oh dear me, such a crime.

      • supervamp

        I hope they do something like that

      • Mecha_the_Hedgehog

        The only people who complain about new 52 Starfire are those who never read her character in the past. Shes a highly sexulized character she comes from a sexually open alien society. Thats always been the core of her character. Yes the cartoon show had a much more innocent version but even then her costume was pretty sexy for a western made cartoon show. New 52 Starfire has been pretty good people really went and drawn conclusions with the first issue and didn’t bother with anything past the first issue. Granted it could have been handled better but Starfire has come away better then most the new 52 reboot characters. Look at how bad Best Boy, Raven and Nightwing have been ruined. Now if you put a picture of Harley Quinn of the New 52 I would be in full agreement that is a terrible costume. an oversexed Roller derby slutty ICP fan does not say Harley Quinn.

        As for Lightning are they trying to turn her into Erza Scarlet from Fairy Tail by giving her a sexy cosplay power or something? Eh what the hell any change is welcome in XIII hopefully the gameplay has changed. I wasn’t much of a fan of XIII. Then again I’m not much of a FF fan either.

        • Sardorim

          First impressions are everything.

          New 52 Stafire left a bad first impression when her debut is her wearing next to nothing, standing/leaning in sexually suggestive poses, and her telling Roy that he either had sex with her(despite just meeting her) or she would just have sex with a random stranger.

          Yeah… Bad move on DC’s part.

      • Sardorim

        DC was pretty out there when they approved that.

        Or just very horny.

    • supervamp

      Yes please bitch I’m stylin

    • Crazy_O

      Who cares, you don’t have to wear that… The more outfits the better. There will be some you won’t like, can’t please everyone.

  • Freya2012

    That red dress and those mage suits :)

  • Jordan Coleman

    I mean I guess since this a Japanese game there has to be a Bunny Outfit, but does there have to be one? Aren’t there enough fanservicy outfits in this game already?

    Either way the game is looking good.

  • If Lightning looked a bit more ‘ordinary’ I could imagine more of these outfits suiting her. They got a cool design some of the time though, and swapping them around should be fun nonetheless

  • Storm

    The bunny ears are just an adornment because it shows that same outfit with them off. The Tales of games have them, too.

    • PhoenixDownX99

      I think so too. Judging by the screens we’ll be able to mix and match costumes and accessories/adornments. You can see a “traditional” Red Mage outfit in one screen and in another screen Lightning is wearing another outfit but has the Red Mage hat.

  • AuraGuyChris

    Now it feels like Lightning was a cutout character from FFX-2 with all those outfits of hers. Aren’t they over sexualizing a Cloud-like girl?

    • Dark Zerato

      This is Japanese we’re talking about. There is something called fan service and SE is no exception.

    • komiko12

      Yes, they are.
      They are using Lightning as much as they can now since she would have to retire as the face of Square Enix when Noctis and his game comes out (in the far future).

      • DCBlackbird

        I don’t think Noctis would quite have the force to be the face of SE…. that spot is really reserved for Kingdom Hearts, Nomura’s other work… or the moogle. Just…. an opinion…. with no weight on anything..

    • Yvonne Tsang

      Ugh, the nice thing about X-2 was that the girls all had different outfits to match her personality for every Dressphere. Like, Paine dresses butch, Rikku loves showing her skin, and Yuna’s something in between. Some of these outfits work for Lightning, I guess, but most really seem out of place for her character.

  • Detrimont

    We all foresaw this day

  • Tincho Kudos

    Now let’s us wait for the inevitable maid costume

  • Sapitntapit

    The final boss is gonna be a runway event, calling it now.

    • DCBlackbird

      The final boss is Tyra Banks infamous “YOU DON’T KNOW ME!”

  • GuyAlpha

    The only news I ever see about this game are about Lightning’s costumes. Is that bad?

    • komiko12

      The battle systems have been discussed as well as settings and the characters. And much has been revealed about the story.

      • Sardorim

        From what I’ve learned from my time with Dynasty Warriors series is that talking about gameplay is nice but it doesn’t retain hype or leave people guessing. Hence why after getting that out of the way talk returns to character additions and for Lightning Returns talk is all about Costumes and the such which the Japanese Fanbase loves because of their huge love of crossover costumes.

        If Lightning got Idolmasters costumes, for example, the Japanese fanbase would explode and many sales guaranteed.

    • komiko12

      The battle systems have been discussed as well as settings and the characters. And much has been revealed about the story.

    • Storm

      There’s been a lot of non-costume news. You should check them out because it might surprise you how good the game is looking:

    • MrTyrant

      They did cover the story and battle system, yet it seems like the top news are always about the costumes. Not anyone’s fault but the developers, they could announce all the dresses in one new and anticipate some dlc after release.

      • Sardorim

        Well the Japanese fanbase is more into this than the western fanbase. Such as with Dynasty Warriors games where he Japanese fanbase want character news(And buy DLC costumes far more than the Western Fanbase) more than anything, as they’re fine with the gameplay as is for the most part, and they desire character interaction more than story improvements.

        An example being that the Japanese love Zhou Cang even though he didn’t do anything of note. The reason they want him is because, like LIao Hua, he was Guan Yu’s buddy. That and Zhou Cang’s death at Fan Castle and Zhou Cang being a part of the Holy Trio – Guan Yu, Guan Ping, and Zhou Cang.

        As Fan Castle is already crowded and we have plenty of Guan Yu worship as is he would offer very little in terms of story development while he would offer interactions and a bromance with the beloved Guan Yu.

  • GuyAlpha

    The only news I ever see about this game are about Lightning’s costumes. Is that bad?

  • r0gamer940

    the amount of hours I will be dressing Lightning up will be ridiculous

    • Misty Dawson

      Thank you! Someone understands.

  • Teepo 64

    All these costumes revealed for this game and none confirmed as payed DLC. Good outfits so far.

    • To be fair, most of the costumes (like the Samurai ones, for example) are palette swaps. The only difference is that each costume gives different moves, skills, passives and stats.

  • H.A.MK

    Not to hate on the game, but really SE? Why has the FF series that I love soo much devolved into a fashion show for one character? I love the idea of giving options to the player to customize but this is just horrible. This game is just a huge pack of DLC’s wrapped with a story that should have ended some time ago (my humble opinion). Please SE, either remake FF7 like a lot of fans wish or continue with the development of FF15 and KH3.

  • KingGunblader

    I really love the Nocturne garb but that bunny, and the red leotard with devil wings… yuck.

  • DCBlackbird

    Okay now I really have seen it all…

    • You’re lying to yourself. There is yet more to come!

      • DCBlackbird

        I know all of this will come full circle when we get the Aya Brea costume….

  • DrakeClawfang

    A bikini and a bunny outfit…

    If the catgirl wounded Lightning’s once-dignified character, this just killed it

    • Wait for the Pony suit!

    • Misty Dawson

      It’s just a body suit. bunny ears are completely optional.. JUST LIKE THE OTHER OUTFITS. Oh my!

    • supervamp

      Yes because it’ll change the overall story and her personality beyond the win quotes.

      • DrakeClawfang

        No, but it does show where the focus is going in the development team. Almost every time there’s a news post about the game, it isn’t about the story or the gameplay. It’s about some new outfit of Lightning’s, all of which look like ridiculous cosplay costumes.

        • NewestType

          Siliconera does not post all news articles. Im assuming you have not tried other sites for news because there have been recent updates which have character info as well as story/gameplay.

        • supervamp

          That’s because you haven’t been looking.
          That and she has way more covered outfit then she does fan service. So if your only seeing fan service you are the one only looking at it.

  • Black Mage: Awesome!

    Red Mage: Sweet!

    Bunny Girl: NO!

    • Misty Dawson

      Not a bunny girl. just a body suit.

  • Rusworch

    I remember when Lightning wore clothes.
    Those were the days.

    • Slayven19

      She has cloud outfit and her normal outfit in game so she still wears clothes.

      • Rusworch

        It’s too bad that I don’t like Cloud’s outfit though.

  • Raze

    We still need some costume like maid, nurse, swimsuit, sailor, etc and voila…

    Lightning Returns : Cosplay Party

  • And I will be getting every one of these lol

  • new_tradition

    The bunny ears alone don’t bug me (someone else mentioned their presence in Tales of Xillia, and Jude and Alvin make such wonderful bunny boiz ♥), but the outfit reaaaaaaally isn’t doing it for me.

    Though if they give me a Squall outfit, I’ll suffer through the rest. So gimme a damn Squall outfit, SE. I mean it D:<

    I am liking the FF throwbacks. The dragoon one really does look like Kain's style.The Black Mage is pretty faithful to the FFIX look. Love the Red Mage one too ^^

  • Samsara09

    This is just like other games where you can customize the caracters’s clothes…because they have a wide fanbase,they put all sorts of chothes in,regardless if they fit or not.Wonder what skills the bunny suit has.Hope they are useful,since that will determine if I will use or not…just as with all the other suits.

  • Damarius Wingfield

    *Dirty thoughts emerge…..crooked smile forms in silhouette with glowing round eyes*!

  • Nitraion

    Lightning:return of the cosplayer Final fantasy XIII

  • Bondan Aliano

    (`ー´)That black mage costume reminds me of black waltz & vivi

  • Unemployment Master

    Already had no interest in this game and with this endlessly unnecessary stream of costumes, just makes me shrug every single week a feed with FF comes up.

  • maruhadapurpurine

    The irony? Lightning herself would be disgusted to be dressed like that.

    • Misty Dawson

      I doubt it. She could be feminine on the inside. No one knows.

  • Misty Dawson

    gljsglkjklgjdsglksjsd WHO CARES?! These costumes are awesome and I’m readying myself for this game, though prepared for it to tank as well. People just need to stop griping and wait for it to come out before making decisions solely based on seeing before playing/using. And all this stuff is optional. Don’t like it, don’t use it, don’t complain.

  • Johnnyxt

    alright, now its just sad how far they’re trying to sell this game and lightning.

  • Crimson Tiger

    I mean on the real, Im loving all the outfits. A girl can kick butt and be sexy. Doesn’t bug me one bit. I can’t wait for that bunny suit AND that swimsuit!!! ^____^

  • Costume overload

  • Grape Monet

    Does Lightning Returns have more costumes than even X-2 at this point?

    • Anime10121

      It does. She has more than YR&P combined. I WISH X-2 had as many Dress Spheres Light has Schema.

  • Learii

    what that blue costume on the left under Blazing Mars and Nocturne?

  • Ty Arnold

    I don’t believe that they are actually releasing an RPG at this point. It’s clearly a dress-up simulator.

  • NightzeroAX

    Red Mage and Blazing Mars. Yes lawd.

  • Warboss Aohd

    …….’leaves in disgust’

  • りんごタルト@エスカのアトリエ

    I was supposed to say something but I was dumbstruck by this atrocity.

  • alangato

    How low can this game go?

    jk lol

  • Azurelegance

    Hm…. I wonder why this game will be released around Valentine’s Day in the UK & US? :-o

  • Arrei

    I dunno, it just… feels like a lot of Lightning’s less serious costumes just don’t fit her at all. The picture’s right there in front of me and I still can’t picture Lightning in a bunny suit.

  • RovCal

    am i the only one who finds this costume fashion in this game nothing short of mockery to the franchise? is this what ff’s have come down to? like this is a big joke man.

    • Brandon Morais

      i dunno who downvoted you, but they need to play older FFs.

  • Niermyico

    I can see it now.

    Silver Trophy – Collect all of Lightning’s Garbs. (Total 150*sarcasm*)
    Gold Trophy – Max out all of Lightning’s Garbs’ potential.

  • Alexander Aubert

    well i love the costume, and the good thing is so far all the costume that has announced is either pre-order bonus or in game

  • Me and my gurl are goin’ to tear it up! All y’all bitches be trippin’ cos my gurl can kick ass and still look fly doin’ it. :D

  • Göran Isacson

    I see that Heart Stealer and Gorgeous Admiral are PROBABLY references to Locke and Faris (and what a fitting name it is), but is the Dragoon armor a reference to Kain or just… general darkly colored armor?

  • fairysun

    The Nocturne costume looks hot on her.

  • Rake

    Lightning looks goofy with those bunny ears on.. Don’t be surprised if she gets some cat ears~

  • P4ine

    Okay, this comment isn’t meant to mock anything, but how many costumes does she have by now…?

  • fluummmmpatapon

    I can;t wait for Erza Scarlet the Game!

  • Notquitesure?

    Can’t wait to be a red mage and dragoon.

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