10 FF16 Best Weapons [Definitive Hands-On Guide]

Discover the best weapons in Final Fantasy 16 with my expert guide, boosting Clive's ATK and Stagger damage so that he can dispatch enemies as fast as possible in the game.

Weapons with high Attack (ATK) and Stagger damage aren’t just pieces of equipment in Final Fantasy 16. They’re instrumental in shaping Clive’s journey and assisting your hero. This invaluable guide underscores the importance of these best weapons in FF16, providing a deep understanding of why you should bring the best gear against enemies & how easily you can wield higher ATK and Stagger damage weapons. The game provides 28 different weapons to choose from.

Key Takeaways
  • High attack and stagger damage weapons significantly improve Clive’s efficiency in combat, and that is why having the best weapons is of utmost importance.
  • The game introduces a wide range of enemies with varied strengths and weaknesses, and the right weapons with high attack and stagger damage allow Clive to face off against diverse enemies effectively.
  • Acquiring weapons with high attack and stagger damage ensures Clive has a balance of power in battles.
  • As Clive acquires better weapons, he is able to overcome increasingly difficult challenges, leading to an enhanced game progression.

Final Fantasy 16 Best Swords

Here is an overview for all the best swords I found during my playthrough in the game:

Serial NoWeapon NameAttack DamageStagger DamageHow to Get This WeaponBest For
1Braveheart130130Pre-order weapon, redeemed in-game from Redeemable Items sectionThe Best Starter Weapon In Pre-ordered Game
2Stormcry135135Crafted after defeating Garuda and obtaining a Wind ShardN/A
3Gaia Blade160160Obtainable in main mission "The Hunter and the Hunted", can also be purchased or craftedThe Best Early-Game Weapon In FF16
4Flametongue180180Crafted after completing the main story mission "The Meaning of Life" and acquiring the Fire ShardN/A
5Levinbolt195195Crafted after defeating Republican War Panther boss and obtaining the Lightning ShardN/A
6Grindstone225225Crafted after defeating Hugo Kapka and obtaining the Earth ShardThe Best Weapon For Mid-Game
7Diamond Sword245245Crafted at Cid's Hideaway using Whitewyrm Bone, Imperial Link, and Bloody HideThe Best Late-Game Weapon In FF16
8Gotterdammerung375375Crafted after completing the Blacksmith Blues IV side quest and acquiring necessary materialsThe Strongest Weapon In NG
9Ultima Weapon700700Crafted in New Game Plus mode after completing the main story and gathering specific materialsThe Strongest Weapon In FF16

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9. Braveheart

The Best Starter Weapon In Pre-ordered Game.
Braveheart sword {image Credit: eXputer]
SERIAL NO WEAPON NAME ATTACK DAMAGE STAGGER DAMAGE
1 Braveheart 130 130
  • Why I Chose This: If you have pre-ordered the game, you will get access to a starter weapon that is much better than what the game gives you.

Braveheart sword is the best early-game weapon, without a doubt. That is because this is a pre-order weapon that comes with all the bells and whistles to get you sorted in the few early hours. Once you get weapons like Stormcry, Flametongue, and Levinbolt, using Braveheart will feel underwhelming. 

If you have already pre-ordered any Final Fantasy 16 edition, you need to pause the game, go to “System”, and then the “Redeemable Items” section to find Braveheart listed there. Just ensure you redeem and use this sword from the beginning of the game, and do not use Clive’s default sword. Otherwise, Braveheart is not much of use anyway once you’ve progressed far enough and already have obtained better weapons in Final Fantasy 16.

  • Has better stats than other early-game weapons. 
  • Can only be acquired if the game was pre-ordered.

8. Stormcry

Stormcry {image Credit: eXputer]
SERIAL NO WEAPON NAME ATTACK DAMAGE STAGGER DAMAGE
2 Stormcry 135 135
  • Why I Chose This: Stromcry can be acquired after defeating the first main boss and outclasses every weapon in that stage of the game.

Stormcry is one of the best weapons that you can craft after having defeated Garuda. This is done during the main story mission called “Awakening”. Once you have done the heavy lifting part, you will also need to obtain a Wind Shard; otherwise, you cannot craft the Stormcry sword.

Stormcry could potentially replace all the swords that you may have in your arsenal at this point in the game. However, if you have grinded a lot, like me, and managed to acquire Flametongue or Gaia Blade, then using Stormcry will be a little underwhelming.

In order to craft Stormcry, you need to visit Cid’s Hideaway & bring the Wind Shard to Blackthorne, which is one of the required crafting materials for this sword.

  • Has good dmg and stagger potential.
  • It can be acquired early on and has better stats than other weapons.
  • The weapon is replaceable after a little progression.
  • This weapon cannot be reinforced.

7. Gaia Blade

The Best Early-Game Weapon In FF16.

Gaia Blade [Image Credits: eXputer]
SERIAL NO WEAPON NAME ATTACK DAMAGE STAGGER DAMAGE
3 Gaia Blade 160 160
  • Why I Chose This: Gaia Blade is relatively easy to acquire and has decent dmg and stagger for early-game.

The weapon first becomes available during the main story mission titled “The Hunter and the Hunted,” in which Clive gets to rescue Gav from imperial troops. After completing that successfully and accomplishing this mission, you will have a couple of options should you want to get Gaia Blade.

  1. Purchase from Charon’s Toll: Buy the Gaia Blade at Charon’s Toll for 1,500 Gil. This shop offers a variety of weapons and armor, including the Gaia Blade.
  2. Craft at The Black Hammer: Craft your own Gaia Blade +1 at The Black Hammer using one Imperial Link, 90 Wyrrite, and one Minotaur Mane. Gather these materials from various sources in the game world.
  3. Complete “The Wages of Guilt” Main Quest: This intriguing main quest also rewards you with the Gaia Blade, making it a worthwhile endeavor.

Upgrade Path For Gaia Blade

Upgrading your Gaia Blade enhances its combat effectiveness and augments its special attributes. I recommend you to follow these steps to perform the Gaia Blade upgrades:

  1. Gaia Blade to Gaia Blade +1:
    • Materials Required: Gaia Blade, Imperial Link, 15 Wyrrite, 5 Valley Madder.
    • Locations: Gather materials across Valisthea.
  2. Gaia Blade +1 to Gaia Blade +2:
    • Materials Required: Gaia Blade +1, Meteorite, Minotaur Mane.
    • Meteorite: Rarer material; keep an eye out during travels.
  • Has high damage and can be reinforced for further boost.
  • Upgrading weapons can be a bit tedious.

6. Flametongue

Flametongue weapon [Image Credits: eXputer]
SERIAL NO WEAPON NAME ATTACK DAMAGE STAGGER DAMAGE
4 Flametongue 180 180
  • Why I Chose This: Once obtained, Flametonge becomes the optimal weapon, as it provides a higher DMG difference than other weapons so far in the game.

To acquire the Flametongue sword in Final Fantasy 16:

  1. Main Story Mission: Obtain Flametongue as part of the main story mission titled “The Meaning of Life.”
  2. Crafting Requirements:
    • Fire Shard: Defeat the Infernal Shadow at the end of the “Buried Memories” main story mission to obtain the Fire Shard.
    • Stormcry: Obtain the Stormcry weapon.
  3. Visit Cid’s Hideaway: With the Fire Shard, Stormcry, and one Meteorite material, go to Cid’s Hideaway to craft the Flametongue weapon.

Flametongue boasts higher raw damage and stagger damage.

  • Provides high DMG.
  • It requires a Stormcry sword along with some boss materials to craft.

5. Levinbolt

Levinbolt sword [Image Credits: eXputer]
SERIAL NO WEAPON NAME ATTACK DAMAGE STAGGER DAMAGE
5 Levinbolt 195 195
  • Why I Chose This: If you have obtained the Flametongue Sword, then crafting Levinbolt comes with no loss as it provides increased Attack and Stagger dmg.

After playing Final Fantasy for nearly 12 hours, I can confirm that Levinbolt, while seemingly an upgrade to Flametongue, offers only a slight improvement rather than a significant one.

To obtain Levinbolt, you’ll need the Lightning Shard, a rare shard acquired by defeating the Republican War Panther boss. Ensure you have this shard along with at least 2 Meteorite elements and the crafted Flametongue sword. Without the Flametongue, you won’t be able to craft Levinbolt.

To craft Levinbolt, visit Blackthorne at Cid’s Hideaway, where you can create the weapon quickly once you have all the necessary materials.

  • High Attack and Stagger dmg, slightly superior to previous weapons.
  • The crafting material is pretty rare.
  • Additionally needs Flametongue Sword to craft.

4. Grindstone

The Best Weapon For Mid-Game.

SERIAL NO WEAPON NAME ATTACK DAMAGE STAGGER DAMAGE
6 Grindstone 225 225
  • Why I Chose This: Grindstone is another great weapon in FF16 with high attack and stagger DMG. It has a great difference in stats than the weapons in the game.

Similar to the Stormcry sword that requires defeating an Eikon to get a shard, the Grindstone sword requires you to beat Hugo Kapka and obtain the Earth Shard from him. The first three weapons I mentioned in this list will feel underwhelming after you’ve got Grindstone for Clive. 

Besides acquiring the Earth Shard for the Grindstone sword, you will also need three Meteorite elements and the Levinbolt sword to craft Grindstone at Cid’s Hideaway. This is a level 4 Rarity sword, and hence, you could easily tell it’s by far the best sword at this point. 

  • Provides exceptionally high Attack and Stagger dmg of 225 each.
  • You need to defeat Eikon to obtain crafting material.

3. Diamond Sword

The Best Late-Game Weapon In FF16.

SERIAL NO WEAPON NAME ATTACK DAMAGE STAGGER DAMAGE
7 Diamond Sword 245 245
  • Why I Chose This: Diamond Sword falls in the category of one of the best weapons for mid-game, as it provides high dmg to deal with stronger foes.

If you’re coming from Grindstone to Diamond Sword, you will feel a significant upgrade in terms of Attack Damage & Clive’s Stagger Damage. It is by far the best weapon during the late game. 

Like most weapons in this list, you will also need materials to craft and use Diamond Sword. Blackthorne will need one Whitewyrm Bone, one Imperial Link, and 90 Bloody Hide items or materials to craft this sword. Acquiring the second and the third mentioned materials may be a little easy, but you will need to defeat White Dragon in order to obtain the Whitewyrm Bone.

You basically get three of Whitewyrm Bone materials and 20 Bloody Hide materials anyway after defeating the White Dragon, but you just need one of these to craft Diamond Sword. 

  • Provides a high increase in dmg and stagger, good for mid-game.
  • Need to defeat a boss to obtain crafting materials.

2. Gotterdammerung

The Strongest Weapon In NG.
best weapon in FF16 – Gotterdammerung [Image Credits: eXputer]
SERIAL NO WEAPON NAME ATTACK DAMAGE STAGGER DAMAGE
8 Gotterdammerung 375 375
  • Why I Chose This: Gotterdammerung once obtained, carries you throughout your first playthrough, making NG an easy task.

I must say, the Gotterdammerung is undoubtedly one of the best weapons in the game, boasting the highest attack and stagger damage. To acquire it, complete the Blacksmith Blues IV side quest, which rewards you with the Gotterdammerung Design Draft curiosity, unlocking the ability to craft this exceptional weapon.

With the Gotterdammerung Design Draft in hand, visit The Black Hammer at Cid’s Hideaway to craft the weapon using these materials:

The Blacksmith’s Blues questline consists of missions that unlock the necessary materials for crafting both the Gotterdammerung and Ultima Weapons for Clive. Each quest in this chain can be triggered by speaking to the quest giver NPC at The Hideaway.

Obtaining the Ragnarok sword is a vital step in crafting the Gotterdammerung, and it’s acquired by completing all quests in the Blacksmith’s Blues side questline, which becomes available during Main Story Quest 35 onwards.

  • It is extremely powerful for first playthrough.
  • The second-strongest weapon in FF16.
  • Crafting recipe is obtained only after completing a side quest.
  • Not that useful in NG+ after obtaining Ultima Weapon.

1. Ultima Weapon

The Strongest Weapon In FF16.
Ultima Weapon in FF16
SERIAL NO WEAPON NAME ATTACK DAMAGE STAGGER DAMAGE
9 Ultima Weapon 700 700
  • Why I Chose This: Ultima weapon is THE strongest weapon in FF16 with the high DMG and stagger. It can easily melt almost everything.

Crafting the Ultima Weapon, the best weapon NG+, requires that you complete the game’s main story for at least once, and then you enter in the New Game Plus mode. This weapon would only be available in this mode.

To craft the Ultima Weapon in FF16, you will need to do the following steps:

  1. Complete the main story to unlock New Game Plus.
  2. Gather crafting materials in NG+ as you progress through increased difficulty levels.
  3. Obtain Ragnarok by completing the Blacksmith’s Blues questline again.
  4. Visit Blackthorne’s blacksmith in the Hideaway and craft the Ultima Weapon using the gathered materials.
  • Can easily melt bosses and mini-bosses with high DMG and stagger.
  • The strongest weapon in the game.
  • Requires a lot of farming, pretty tedious to obtain.
  • Can only be acquired in NG+.

Why Is Ultima Exclusive To New Game Plus?

The Ultima Weapon can only be obtained in New Game Plus (NG+) mode or Final Fantasy Mode for several reasons, and good too, since I believe this is too powerful for enemies in the regular/standard run. In any case, I believe here are the top 4 reasons why Ultima is kept as NG+ best weapon in Final Fantasy 16:

  1. Increased Difficulty: NG+ mode significantly raises the game’s difficulty level, with tougher enemies and a higher level cap. The Ultima Weapon matches this heightened challenge with its overwhelming power.
  2. Reward for Completion: Crafting the Ultima Weapon serves as a reward for players who have completed the main story and seek a more challenging experience in NG+.
  3. Game Balance: Keeping the Ultima Weapon exclusive to NG+ helps maintain game balance. Its power surpasses that of other weapons, and introducing it in the standard game could disrupt balance.
  4. Unchangeable Difficulty Setting: NG+ players cannot revert to lower difficulty settings, making the Ultima Weapon crucial for survival in the increased difficulty of this mode.

Alternative Weapons

Here are some other weapons in FF16 that you can also try out if the ones mentioned above do not work out for you.

  • Enhancer.
  • Ancient Sword.
  • Platinum Sword.

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My Thoughts On The Best Weapon In FF16

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The choice of Ultima being the best weapon in Final Fantasy 16 is obvious. Not only is this weapon incredibly iconic within the franchise, but it’s also the ultimate reward for the players who complete this extremely long adventure twice. Ultima offers the best stats and is the weapon you should go for when taking arms against the final boss, Ultima himself.

In the heart-stopping saga of the game, the power your weapons contain basically molds Clive’s journey as & makes the experience smooth. High ATK and Stagger damage weapons not only define Clive’s combat strategy but also dictate the tactical depth that sets this game apart from its predecessors. These powerful tools of war, swords, are catalysts that transform Clive’s journey from an ordinary struggle for survival into an epic tale of heroism. 

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