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Ultimate Weapons

Guide by  Shotgunnova
Contributor
Edited by  Death Penalty
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Here're the methods to get these fancy-schmancy murdering tools, and earliest possible times for doing so. As such, there are a few small spoilers!

Zidane

Ultima Weapon
Attack
Elemental
Adds Status
Stat Bonus
Abilities
100
None
None
None
Location
Cost
Equippers
Found: Chocobo Dive (Shimmering Island)
Not Sold
Zidane
 

Earliest: Disc 4

After the Shimmering Island has been shattered through the return from Terra, get your Ocean chocobo (see our Chocobo Hot & Cold Guide) and walk out to the middle of where the isle used to stand. In the very middle, use δDead Peppers until you dig this up (along with some other stuff).

Vivi

Mace Of Zeus
Attack
Elemental
Adds Status
Stat Bonus
Abilities
35
None
None
None
Location
Cost
Equippers
Found: Memoria
Not Sold
Vivi
 

Earliest: Disc 4

In Memoria, after defeating Kraken, you'll come across a room called "Gaia's Birth" with a ladder going upwards. Climb it up to the first platform and check the corners. One will have a card phantom and the other will have the ultimate weapon.

Dagger

Dagger actually has two, technically, since can equip two weapon types.

Whale Whisker
Attack
Elemental
Adds Status
Stat Bonus
Abilities
36
None
None
None
Location
Cost
Equippers
Found: Chocograph (Ocean, Disc 3)
Not Sold
Dagger
 

Earliest: Disc 3

Dig it up in the 'Ocean' chocograph (see our Chocobo Hot & Cold Guide). There is a long north/south-stretching island west of the Forgotten Continent, and it has a few chocobo tracks on it. Search off the western coast and you'll find it eventually, earning this weapon with some other stuff.

Tiger Racket
Attack
Elemental
Adds Status
Stat Bonus
Abilities
45
Wind
None
None
Location
Cost
Equippers
Found: Chocobo Dive (Quan's Dwelling)
Not Sold
DaggerEiko
 

Earliest: Disc 3

Get an Ocean Chocobo and go to Quan's Dwelling (see our Chocobo Hot & Cold Guide). Have Zidane go out onto the landing fishing spot and inspect the foam below. He should appear on the world map with choco, now. Use a δDead Pepper and he will jump down to the foam, and you'll get some treasure, with one being the δTiger Racket.

Eiko

Like Dagger, Eiko can use two weapon types, and so has two ultimates: the second, however, is the same as Dagger's second (the δTiger Racket), so we won't be redundant.

Angel's Flute
Attack
Elemental
Adds Status
Stat Bonus
Abilities
33
None
None
None
Location
Cost
Equippers
Found: Memoria
Not Sold
Eiko
 

Earliest: Disc 4

In Memoria, after defeating Maliris, the party will come to a room that resembles Alexandria and shows a scene from its past. Once it's finished, search by the stairway - one of the field icons is a hidden save point, the other is this weapon.

Steiner

Excalibur II
Attack
Elemental
Adds Status
Stat Bonus
Abilities
108
Holy
None
None
Location
Cost
Equippers
Found: Memoria (if Qualified)
Not Sold
Steiner
 

Earliest: Disc 4

This is the hardest ultimate weapon to achieve, because you have to reach the Lich boss fight in Memoria by the game's twelve-hour (12) mark and defeat it in order to do so. See the section on "Retreiving Excalibur II" in our Sidequests Guide for more details. Because this won't be feasible for casual playthroughs, here's the penultimate weapon for Steiner:

Ragnarok
Attack
Elemental
Adds Status
Stat Bonus
Abilities
87
None
None
None
Location
Cost
Equippers
Found: Chocograph (Outer Island, Disc 3)
Not Sold
Steiner
 

Earliest: Disc 3

Play through the Chocobo Hot & Cold sidequest until you've earned a gold chocobo and the Outer Island chocograph. Off the east coast of the Outer Continent are two islands that have no beaches, only forests. The southernmost will have this weapon in it.

One might even consider Steiner as having a third ultimate weapon, δExcalibur, due to the fact that it's another (much more accessible) means of getting the Climhazzard ability. Check out its entry on our Minigame Guide to make it yours.

Freya

Dragon's Hair
Attack
Elemental
Adds Status
Stat Bonus
Abilities
77
None
None
None
Location
Cost
Equippers
Found: Crack in the Mountain, Northwest of Oeilvert
Not Sold
Freya
 

Earliest: Disc 3

The earliest point is when you're forced to go to Oeilvert; later on the disc, once you have an airship, you can come back and do it as well. Either way, you'll need a Mountain Chocobo and some δDead Peppers (see our Chocobo Hot & Cold Guide). West of Oeilvert is a forest (shown by a black patch on the world map - the only one to the west) that is encased in a two-layer cliff. Get on the first layer and find the shady-looking black line going through the second level. Dig there and this weap will be yours.

Quina

Gastro Fork
Attack
Elemental
Adds Status
Stat Bonus
Abilities
77
None
None
None
Location
Cost
Equippers
Found: Collect 99 Frogs from Qu's Marsh and then defeat Quale.
Not Sold
Quina
 

Earliest: Disc 1 (technically)

This weapon is obtained through the frog catching minigame, so it really doesn't belong to any point in time on any one disc. Once ninety-nine (99) frogs have been caught, Quale will challenge the party to battle. Defeat him and this weapon will be earned; see the preceding link for all your frog-catching and Quale-killing needs!

Amarant

Rune Claws
Attack
Elemental
Adds Status
Stat Bonus
Abilities
83
None
None
None
Location
Cost
Equippers
Found: Memoria
Not Sold
Amarant
 

Earliest: Disc 4

In Memoria, after defeating Maliris, there will be a screen where a large staircase is going up into an eyeball. Search left of the stairbottom in an off-screen portion to find the claws. This can be done before fighting Tiamat, by the way.

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