The 15 Best Weapons in Final Fantasy XV and Their Locations

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Final Fantasy XV has an overwhelming choice of all sorts of weapons -- both melee and ranged. There is also a special class of Armiger weapons that can be equipped only by the main protagonist of the game -- Noctis.

But they are not the only viable options, as there are some really cool swords, daggers, pistols and machines that can be eventually upgraded to much better versions. In this top 15 selection we have chosen a few picks from each class to make sure that every type of weapon gets an equal spotlight.

Note: You must complete the game first, then use Umbra to travel back in time to get most of the weapons.

Also, you will find short instructions on how to find and upgrade these awesome weapons. The list includes:

  • 2 swords
  • 2 greatswords
  • 2 daggers
  • 2 pistols
  • 1 lance
  • 3 machines
  • 3 Royal Arms

So without further ado, here are the best weapons in FFXV and the locations where you can find them!

Editors Note: A few points of confusion were fixed 12/14/16.

Soul Saber

Type: Sword
Character: Noctis

If you’re not too fond of greatswords, then here is a better alternative -- Soul Saber. You can get it as a reward for doing one of Randolph’s quests, Cursed Legend. You can find Randolph at the Farmer’s Market in Lestallum.

The Cursed Legend mission involves killing a beast named Phalaris. It is a level 85 enemy, so prepare yourself for a devastating battle. Greatswords and fire spells work great against him.

Ultima Blade

Type: Sword
Character: Noctis

In order to obtain an ultimate sword in Final Fantasy XV, the Ultima Blade, you need to accomplish several quests and one specific hunt. Here is the complete guide on how to get this exceptional weapon.

The three quests require Noctis to upgrade his Engine Blade sword, and then you need to hunt Duplicorns and Spiracorns in order to get the Sturdy Helixhorn.


Type: Greatsword
Characters: Gladiolus, Noctis

The most powerful weapon in the game is an easy find… well, almost. You need to get to the Balouve Mines and find the locked vault door. This is one of the many such doors that can be found in the dungeons of Final Fantasy XV.

In order to unlock the door you must obtain the key from an old lady residing at the Meldacio Hunter Headquarters. As soon as you have the key, you will be able to pass through the doors and pick up the Apocalypse greatsword.

Iron Duke

Type: Greatsword
Characters: Gladiolus, Noctis

This is a great alternative to Apocalypse and Dominator greatswords. You can get Iron Duke as a reward for beating Bennu -- a huge bird boss.

In order to activate this fight you need to start a side quest called Legend is Born. Talk to Randolph in Lestallum to snatch the mission and the sword.

Zwill Crossblades

Type: Daggers
Characters: Ignis, Noctis

You can get the best daggers in Final Fantasy XV by accomplishing the very last side quest given by Randolph in Lestallum -- Wondrous Weapon.

However, it is not an easy task, as you will be facing an extremely dangerous enemy called Naglfar. He uses strong dark elemental attacks and has a huge health pool, so you need to be at least level 80 to be able to beat him.

Better Plunderers

Type: Daggers
Characters: Ignis, Noctis

There are two pairs of Plunderer daggers in the game. The first one is easy to get by trading 4 Caem Carrots with Tony in Cape Caem. Then, you can upgrade them to much better Plunderers by doing a quest for Cid.

It appears that you need to bring him a Barbed Scythe that can be obtained only from the Soldier Wasps at the Malmalam Thicket. As soon as you have the item, bring it back to Cid and upgrade your daggers.

Death Penalty

Type: Firearm
Characters: Prompto, Noctis

This ultimate magnum gun can be located at the Balouve Mines secret area -- the same place where you’ve found Apocalypse greatsword. But in order to get Death Penalty you will have to kill the boss of the dungeon, Pyromancer.

The coolest thing about this firearm is that it has a tiny chance of insta-killing an enemy. But even without this ability, Death Penalty deals incredible amounts of damage on its own.

Hyper Magnum

Type: Firearm
Characters: Prompto, Noctis

This unbelievably powerful pistol appears after you kill the Lakhmu Flan boss in the Keycatrich Trench. Lakhmu is a very strong daemon that has almost no weaknesses and is resistant to insta-kills.

You need to be very careful here, as the boss constantly casts lots of fire, lightning and ice spells. When you’re done with him, Hyper Magnum will become available for picking up.


Type: Polearm
Characters: Ignis, Noctis

Flayer is a powerful lance weapon that can be obtained after clearing every floor of the Steyliff Grove location. You also must have a key previously received from Ezma to be able to unlock the vault door.

The final boss -- Mictlantecihuatl -- is weak to daggers and ice spells. Also, if you have any other polearms in your stash, then they would be just as effective against this beast.

Better Auto Crossbow

Type: Machinery
Characters: Prompto, Noctis

You may have already found the original Auto Crossbow in the Keycatrich Trench, but that iteration isn’t terribly strong. However, you can upgrade it by bringing Cid a Cactuar Needle.

This is a very rare item that can be farmed only by killing Cactuar that spawns in the morning at the Northwest of Hammerhead. Once you bring Cid the Cactuar Needle, you will be rewarded with a Better Auto Crossbow that is not only powerful, but also grants you a huge damage resistance bonus.

Better Gravity Well

Type: Machinery
Characters: Prompto, Noctis

The default version of the Gravity Well can be located inside the office at the Aracheole Stronghold hangar. You can bring it to Cid at the Hammerhead garage and he will be able to upgrade it to a Better Gravity Well.

All you need is to find the Hydraulic Cylinder, which spawns at the location shown North of Fort Vaullerey (see the video below). Better Gravity Well is an excellent weapon if you want to boost your magic abilities.

Better Circular Saw

Type: Machinery
Characters: Prompto, Noctis

The original Circular Saw drops after you kill Loqi at the Prairie Outpost. Later you can upgrade it by using a Sky Gemstone -- a peculiar item that can be snatched by accomplishing a Feline Feast quest at Cape Caem, the Patioss dungeon, or at the beginning of chapter 12.

Noctis needs to feed Monica, the Cat, and as a reward he will get the necessary item for that Circular Saw upgrade. You will surely enjoy this weapon, which significantly boosts your vitality.

At the beginning of chapter 12, once you get off the train at Tenebrae, you will eventually have to speak to Maria. You can find a Sky Gemstone next to her.

You can also find 2 Sky Gemstones in the Patioss dungeon, but this requires you to upgrade the Regalia to fly. You can also only enter at night.

Greatsword of the Tall

Type: Royal Arm
Character: Noctis

You will find this huge sword after defeating Jabberwock -- a level 58 dragon located at the Costlemark Tower.

However, the journey to the Greatsword of the Tall must begin with the Vyv’s quest, Of Gods and Kings. You will be given an assignment to make photos of the Tomb of the Tall located in Fallgrove.

There you will find a note that will lead you to the sword’s actual location.

Axe of the Conqueror

Type: Royal Arm
Character: Noctis

This massive halberd can be obtained after killing the Arachne boss and entering the Royal Tomb of the Conqueror. The tomb itself is located at the Keycatrich Trench.

Arachne is quite easy to kill with any greatsword and fire spells. Axe of the Conqueror gives Noctis additional strength when it is equipped, and it is rightfully considered one of the most powerful Royal Arms in Final Fantasy XV.

Trident of the Oracle

Type: Royal Arm
Character: Noctis

At the end of Chapter 12 you will be fighting a daemon boss called Deathclaw. This fight is the part of the Breath of the Glacian quest, which grants you an amazingly beautiful Trident of the Oracle.

You will get it from Gantiana after killing Deathclaw -- who is mostly vulnerable to fire spells. Also, beware of his massive aerial attacks, but other than that it shouldn’t be too hard.

What other great weapons from Final Fantasy XV have we missed? Let us know in the comments below.

Published Dec. 8th 2016


Sergey has been a freelancer in the video games industry for more than five years, writing for various publications around the world. His favorite games are MtG, Dark Souls, Diablo, and Divinity: Original Sin. Sergey doesn't own consoles because a PC is all he needs.


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