Even More Lightning Costumes From Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

By Eugene . October 29, 2013 . 1:29pm

Lightning has a stunning array of costumes in her upcoming game, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, and Square Enix have put up a bunch online for us to ogle at. Some, you may have seen in our previous posts. (Like here, here, here… and did I mention this one?) Others might be new. Just take note that these are direct translations from their Japanese titles and are subject to change in the English version.



1) Ambivalence

2) Nocturne

3) Angel Noir

4) Heart Stealer

5) The Lonely Figure in a Cloud of Sand

6) Dragon Knight



7) Dark Muse

8) Gorgeous Admiral (Yes, she really is)

9) Misty Wizard (I take that back, she’s more gorgeous here)

10) Crescent Moon

11) Tenka Fubu (this one is based on Oda Nobunaga)


Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is currently in development for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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  • LDM

    I had a brain frat moment, but for second there, I thought costume 6 was based on Mitsunari from Sengoku Basara, because of the color. I have to check back and realized it was Cain’s from FFIV.

  • Snow Covered Kenneth

    #8 is Faris from FFV! AWESOME. Might be the MOST fitting of all the costumes for Light thus far!

    • NRool

      It’s not exactly the same, but it is close!
      I love that one the most so far.

      • Snow Covered Kenneth

        Right. But close enough indeed! Kinda like the Kain one and the one from FFII are close!

        …I can’t help but be excited for the rest! We’ve only seen MAYBE 25-30 of the 80 plus costumes!

        Fan service! FAN SERVICE ME!!!!

        • NRool

          Well, apparently it’s going to be 80ish, but only around half are unique, the others are similar but varied in ways to make them stand out from the original, if that makes any sense.

          Also, I prefer the less revealing ones personally, I prefer fanservice akin to the Cloud Strife Costume personally, rather than SKIN SKIN SKIN

          • Snow Covered Kenneth

            Well, seeing as I’m a gaymer, the skin thing is NOT what I consider fan service! lol

            I consider fan service to be nods to older games, nostalgia, the little details that make you go…”woah! awesome!” you know?

          • NRool

            Exactly! I couldn’t agree more!
            Easter Eggs and Sly Nods and Cameos, heck, even the less obvious ones like Locke’s and Faris’ outfits in this are great examples of good fanservice

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    Wow so many of that shows so much skin

    • revenent hell

      I was going to say the Dragon Knight one was my favorite until I realized they made the leg gear in to chaps with a crotch flap.

      • Kumiko Akimoto

        I wasn’t being serious, since everyone seems to think that lightning only has “inappropriate” clothing this time around even though must of her stuff looks like boring men’s wear

        • revenent hell

          I thought the same thing about the menswear. So many of her costumes are just unfeminine in comparison to the ones that show she doesn’t actually come with a dingaling. I don’t mind the skin showing but I really do dislike it when games throw in the chaps/crotch flap show a lil inner thigh skin theme. I just find it ugly. Im just weird ignore me

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            No i can i get that though it looks like there’s a plate under the flap so i get not liking cause it they could have just not added it and it would have still given the same effect.

    • RichyGaming

      Especially 11

  • “Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is currently in development for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.”

    It actually went gold a number of weeks ago, and Toriyama is apparently gearing up for FFXVI after having established the FF committee.

  • Brion Valkerion

    Wish they worked on her head/face for the different costumes. It literally looks like they simply cut it off at the neck and pasted it on.

    • KoRLumen

      Some new hairstyles and/or makeup would be interesting to see, indeed, among other things.

    • revenent hell

      Don’t you know Barbie doesn’t have emotions, therefore no facial expressions…… Unless of course its an cut scene and even then there’s only a 50/50 chance of an expression showing

      • fairysun

        Lightning is the Keanu Reeves of female heroine of video game.

        • I believe this is more appropriate.

        • Aoshi00

          Lol, look at the drunk mug.. My sis met him recently in an apple store and asked him a question.. The constant look reminds me of Derek Zoolander’s magnum ;) So many costumes, se should sell a discounted season pass.. Otherwise I would stick with soldier or summoner..

    • Kumiko Akimoto

      She’s an ice queen she that’s her normal expression

  • the_rain

    The lack of head gear bother me.

    • OathkeeperSoraXIII

      You have adornments that you can put on her head

      • the_rain

        But will it show in the in-game graphics?

        • OathkeeperSoraXIII

          Should do, I’m pretty sure the majority of cutscenes are in real time. So how you customize her in game will also appear in the cutscenes/battles. There’s one screenshot that was released a while back with a Moogle on top of Light’s head lol. Of course for the few pre-rendered cutscenes she’ll most likely be in her default costume

  • Not a fan of the FF13 series or Lightning for that matter, but she looks good in The Lonely Figure in a Cloud of Sand, Gorgeous Admiral, Crescent Moon, and Tenka Fubu.

  • Shady Shariest

    “Lighting Reruns : Project Runway”

  • Loli Summoner

    Soooo umm wheres the bikini outfit lol…I smell a 4$ DLC lol smart move SE,smart move XD Oh and does anybody else think lightning doesn’t look good in revealing outfits and dresses,shes better suited for cool armor outfits like that dragon knight armor and the ambivalence outfit.

  • JustThisOne

    So… Is it just me, or does she look ridiculously thin for the Wizard one? I suppose the armour in the other ones add some thickness to her, so if you take it off it just looks like that. But man, she’s thin! x__x

    • saxophone15

      I don’t think it’s that surprising considering Serah is also really thin.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    This game should have been called “Lightning Dress Up: Final Fantasy XIII”.

  • Crescent Moon and Misty Wizard are my favorites here =)

  • Minos

    So this is what happens when you let a FF game designer drunk and with access to one of those dress-up flash games…

    • 07thCrow

      I’m thinking the whole FF team got drunk…

  • ShadowDivz

    Oh my god number 10…
    So much class….So much elegance…

    • Slayven19

      I agree, I hope you can change the color of it.

      • ShadowDivz

        I believe they showed that you can.

        What would you put? Im thinking fiery red.

  • Bondan Aliano

    None of these are exactly new -__-

  • Slayven19

    Pretty sure the majority of these aren’t new. I just want a release date already so I can view them all myself.

  • Sardorim

    Kinda wish we could dress up Fang, Vanille, and Hope too.

  • epy

    I’m getting strong X-2 vibes from this game. That could be either awesome or devastating.

    • Nameless App 1989

      Unless they have any late 90’s to present teenybopper junk pass off as “music,” I think we’ll be fine. I wonder if Shootie HG will return… It would be sweet if they included DJ Shinya or Lotus Juice…


    Love me some costumes!

  • Rogerrmark

    DAT Faris costume

    DAT Locke costume

    Do want!

    If I’m not mistaken,she has an Edgar costume as well.

  • fyi1191

    Is her “Ultimate Armor” revealed yet? You know, that kind of ultimate.

  • Daniel Williams

    all Im asking for is here XIII-2 armor. Give me thatand Ill be happy

    • Anime10121

      Its already there :) Been announced for quite a while now (along with her original XIII costume).

  • new_tradition

    I gotta admit, I’m really pleased with a lot of the costumes being throwbacks to the series in general ^^

  • 07thCrow

    Final Fantasy + Dress-up Barbie = THIS

    • they tried that with FFX-2 and saw how badly that did… seriously they’re making a second attempt? Oh well, it’s their money, let them fritter it away all willy-nilly. I’ll save it for something else or wait for the game to drop down to a respectable used price later like 13-2 did WAY faster than part 1 did. (inb4 yes this was at a gamestop, go figure XD)

      Bought 13 for… 13 dollars and am STILL waiting for 13-2 to drop down to 11 dollars (lol get it? 13-2 = 11 lawl XD)

      If im kind enough, i might buy 13-3 for 16 dollars used… I’ll ADD this time instead of subtract :P

      • Chiupon

        X-2 sold 5.3 million units and has an 85/100 on Metacritic. I’m gonna skip asking “are you stupid?” and assume you are.

        • D’aww already resorting to name calling are we? Come on man, use them words and not them insults, i know you can do it.

          But seriously tho: Tomb Raider sold over 4 mil units and although that’s not technically a ‘failure’ they themselves didn’t consider it a ‘success’ either. Im sure in SE’s eyes 5.3 isn’t a success for their main flagship series. You can google that for yourself later because I ain’t doing the legwork for you, you seem like a smart guy, I’m sure you can find it :P.

          See what I did there? I didn’t insult you like you blatantly did, but if you’re expecting something along those lines, then here you are: Grow up son, show a little restraint.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          Let’s do this without the added insults. Thanks.

  • yellowmage

    I doubt it’s “currently” in development at this point. Post-production, maybe,

  • Johnny Fang

    #9 looks…

  • Vash bane

    O_O 7 and 8

  • MogCakes


    • leingod

      Suit yourself then. I’ll go for the skimpy ones.

      • MogCakes

        Psst. Me too.

        • leingod


  • Virevolte

    I’m interested in the skills coming with the Heart Stealer costume.

  • カルロ ランバルディ

    Some Locke and Kain influences going on here (heart stealer and dragon knight respectively).

  • artemisthemp

    6 and 9 is nice :)

  • leingod

    Gorgeous Admiral has an Alucard thing going there.

  • Spider-Man

    Still waiting for Tifa’s outfit.

  • Somber

    Kinda funny that most stupid guys are pointing it as dress-up. Grow up, guys.

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