The Top 5 Legendary Weapons in RPG History

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Kat and Nadia pick the best legendary weapons from Final Fantasy, World of WarCraft, and more.

Article by Kat Bailey, .

Axe of the Blood God is our weekly RPG podcast hosted by Kat Bailey and Nadia Oxford. You can find the previous episodes here.

Legendary weapons are a big deal in RPGs. Many of the best RPGs have weapons that define them. Nadia and I pick our favorites! [download link here]

In putting this list together, we mainly focused on weapons that defined individual RPGs—the legendary weapons that are synonymous with their individual games. We looked at how impacted their story, what was interesting about acquiring them, and what made them just cool in general. And we also talked a bit about how they fit in the broader context of the genre. Plus, we read some of your picks as well!

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Kat and Nadia delve into Final Fantasy, World of WarCraft, and more to find the best legendary weapons in RPG history. From weapons that helped define their series, to weapons that were impossible to get, to weapons that were simply cool, we survey the RPG landscape for our favorites.

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  • Avatar for BrianClark #1 BrianClark 5 months ago

    I was playing EarthBound on my 3DS a couple years ago on my lunch break and decided to try for the Sword of Kings. Took me 5 minutes!

    It still kind of amazes me.
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  • Avatar for falz3333 #2 falz3333 5 months ago
    I see you guys are still listing Soundcloud. There haven't been any podcasts uploaded there in while... What's up with that?
    edit: cool, looks like its fixed. Why no Soundcloud support, though? That's my platform of choice (if you couldn't tell)Edited April 2018 by falz3333
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  • Avatar for Nuclear-Vomit #3 Nuclear-Vomit 5 months ago
    My legendary weapon vote goes to the "Axe of the Blood God." How did Kat obtain this weapon? Did she sell her soul? The axe is all powerful but it comes at a cost.... unfair labor practices. I feel sorry for Nadia's unpaid overtime. Keep your head up!
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  • Avatar for SIGGYZtar #4 SIGGYZtar 5 months ago
    @Nuclear-Vomit Distilled from the essence of Active Time Babble.
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  • Avatar for Drachmalius #5 Drachmalius 5 months ago
    One word: Zweihander.

    Glad to see my buddy represented here
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  • Avatar for Coorhagon #6 Coorhagon 5 months ago
    You mentioned the Fatman but didn't mention its legendary version, the Experimental M.I.R.V. This is a unique Fatman that fires 8 mini nukes at once!
    Also, another legendary weapon that immediately came to mind is the Umbra sword from Oblivion.
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  • Avatar for Talraen #7 Talraen 5 months ago
    A few notes about the Masamune in Final Fantasy. First, it's not the evil sword, Nadia was thinking of the Murasame. The two swords are rivals, and the Masamune is the peaceful, good one. Incidentally, both Murasame and Masamune were actual smiths, and I had the great pleasure of seeing katana forged by each of them a few years ago when Japan moved one of its exhibits to New York. You can totally see where the legends come from. Masamune's katana was basically perfect looking, almost serene, while Murasame's did have a hint of evil to it. I definitely recommend checking them out if you ever get a chance.

    As for the games, the Masamune is in every Final Fantasy up through 7, and it's the most powerful sword in the game in both 1 and 2 (and usable by anyone to boot). It's demoted to best of its kind in FF3, is Edge's best weapon (and usually paired with the Murasame) in FF4, and is the legendary katana in FF5. It appears in FF6 but was originally called the "Aura" and wasn't particularly amazing, as there were two better katana available. Sephiroth's Masamune was the first one that had a unique look (i.e., being super long), and the sword has appeared sporadically in the games since he wielded it.
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  • Avatar for Talraen #8 Talraen 5 months ago
    There is one amazing legendary weapon that wasn't mentioned on the podcast: the Black Sword from Ultima VII. You forge it in the Forge of Virtue expansion, and bind a Daemon within it. The sword is very powerful, you can talk to it, and it has a few special powers. Best of all, you can command it to kill Lord British, who's otherwise invincible (certain plaques notwithstanding). It also plays a pretty large role in Ultima VII Part 2. But mostly, being the Avatar of Virtue and wielding a black sword with a Daemon in it is just inherently kind of awesome.
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  • Avatar for riderkicker #9 riderkicker 5 months ago
    All the other viewers gave great choices because it's been so long since I've actually finished RPGs in quick succession that I forget which Legendary Weapons I really like, and if I try to recall one I confuse it with something from Kamen Rider.

    So... I would say the Bamboo Broom that I got from one of Persona 4 Golden's many complicated quests. I wasted over $150, lost a mop, and all I got was a very strong broom that I promptly used to smack shadows in the head. Considering the fact that the MC's sword never matters in this series, I took it with me all the way to the last battle.

    Edit: After a good night's sleep, some memories were rattled out and I remember I enjoyed using the Twin Lance in Final Fantasy V. I spent a bit of time on the SNES and GBA version when I was in high school and college. It was something that can be bought in the Phantom Village or dropped by various bosses throughout the game. Considering I grinded so much that my party became overpowered by the end of the game, this "boomerang" made me drool when I tested it out, at first hitting the opponent twice. Then I read in a guide that I can use the Hunter's "Rapid Fire" Ability to quadruple the fun, meaning I can hit eight times. Shinryu, Omega, they all fell rather quickly, and of course Exdeath barely got out a few hits. The only downside of this was that I couldn't tell anyone, because nobody played this game.

    I have not used the Masamune code that came with FFXV, and I don't think I ever will.Edited 2 times. Last edited April 2018 by riderkicker
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  • Avatar for moochan #10 moochan 5 months ago
    Don't know if this counts or not but I personally love the Ultima Spell in Final Fantasy 2 (yes the Famicom 2). It's a very story heavy spell like Masamune as being the greatest spell in the game and needed to defeat the great evil of the world. And when you finally get it turns out it's completely bugged so it doesn't really do any damage. So this great spell you spent hours getting turned out to be completely worthless. And it wasn't really meant to be worthless it was just bad coding (like a lot of NES/Famicom games) so I just found that to be really damn funny and "Legendary"
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  • Avatar for NiceGuyNeon #11 NiceGuyNeon 5 months ago
    I'm jumping in to agree with Kat: Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 are on the short list of greatest games ever made. When you look at what they set out to do and what they accomplish within the traditional action game design they are a cut above anything else ever made. Even above Ninja Gaiden: Black, and that game is REALLY something.
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  • Avatar for The-Challenger #12 The-Challenger 5 months ago
    @Talraen Well, at least your description is shorter than the wiki entry.

    The Chaos Breaker from Shinning Force I. A handy little sword that has the power to smite a demon dragon god, or something. I don't think it became a recurring item in the series.
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  • Avatar for Maxbeedo #13 Maxbeedo 5 months ago
    In defense of the Dark Sword, it's usefulness has more to do with big weapons and poise getting nerfed hard compared to previous Souls games. Most Greatswords/Greataxes/GreatHammers/etc. had their attack ratings reduced by 5-25% between DS2 and 3, making them much closer in raw damage to the quicker, lighter weapons. Since the poise stat infamously did nothing, why use big slow weapons that cost more stamina and weighed more when the Dark Sword has (arguably) higher DPS and stunlocks most enemies anyway? Don't feel bad for using it when the developers changed so much to push people in that direction.

    The Rainbow Sword was probably my favorite. As mentioned, that critical hit "schwing!" (and Crono leaping at the enemy instead of just walking) is probably still the most satisfying critical hit in any game, although the Masamune would easily win if you could have it shoot lasers into space and slice mountains open in battle and not just in cutscenes.
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  • Avatar for Macuelos #14 Macuelos 5 months ago
    I mentioned the Chainsaw from the Final Fantasy Legend when replying to the tweet asking for the best weapons in RPG history, and that's still a great weapon and a bit of a joke, but now I'm leaning more toward Golden Sun's Sol Blade. While the second-strongest sword based on pure Atk stat, its Megiddo Unleash effect guarantees a x3 multiplier. This is a much better Unleash than the Darksword's added damage effect (Acheron's Grief, only +76 Venus damage), making it the most powerful sword in the game. Unfortunately it can only be equipped by Venus-elemental (male) adepts (sorry, Himi), meaning it's just Isaac, Felix, and Matthew.

    It's less powerful in Dark Dawn than in The Lost Age due to the third game's changes in Unleash effect, only making Megiddo the most powerful of the 4 Unleash effects the Sol Blade has in that game. Still a very good sword, and actually plot-relevant now...!
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  • Avatar for SynNite7785- #15 SynNite7785- 5 months ago
    I want to mention the BB gun from the original fall out. Most people just threw it away. They didn't realize that it could one shot every enemy in the game. Even bosses!!! The only downside to the weapon is you only had 20 bb' s. Still a pretty fun and satisfying weapon to wield
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  • Avatar for SatelliteOfLove #16 SatelliteOfLove 5 months ago
    It's interesting how we've been so far out from guild-based progression in MMOs that the idea of the Thunderfury as the guild's weapon is so odd and strange.
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  • Avatar for mattcom26 #17 mattcom26 5 months ago
    All this talk of legendary weapons and the eponymous "AXE" of the Blood God goes unmentioned? For shame... the Blood God is greatly disappointed!
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  • Avatar for januaryembers19 #18 januaryembers19 5 months ago
    I’m glad that Souls got a shout out, but seriously? The Zweihander? It’s legendary in a meta sense in that it’s famous (or infamous) in the community, but within the game, it’s just a giant boring sword. The Greatsword of Artorias would have been an excellent choice, as would have the Moonlight Greatsword, as both feel so much more special than the Zwei.
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  • Avatar for nilcam #19 nilcam 5 months ago
    I strongly disagree that Zelda is not an RPG; it seems clear to me that it's an action RPG. Collecting heart pieces is the equivalent of experience points and leveling. You get armor and equipment upgrades through the course of the adventure. There's dungeon crawling.

    I would definitely list the Master Sword as an iconic legendary weapon.
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