STAFF PICKS: Top 10 Swords in Video Games

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7. Fierce Deity Sword from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask

Fierce Deity SwordAvailable to you once you recover the Fierce Deity Mask, the Fierce Deity Sword is one of the most powerful swords in all of Zelda. The double-handed, helix-edged sword has tremendous power and range, as well as having the ability to shoot powerful sword beams that burn the enemy on contact. Unfortunately, there are some downfalls to using this sword, such as being unable to use items or a shield. The biggest one is that – outside of game glitches – you can’t use the sword outside of boss battles. Still, the awesomeness of this sword cannot be trifled with and wholeheartedly deserves a spot on this list.

6. Beam Katana from the No More Heroes series

Top 10 Swords

Again, technically more of a series of swords than a singular sword, but who really cares? This is not only one of the greatest swords in video games but possibly the greatest knock-off of the famed lightsaber from Star Wars. Some versions may have a bad battery but is easily re-charged by shaking the katana in a manner of (CENSORSHIP). Some may be more lame than others, such as those that take so freaking long to swing just once, but there are a couple of iterations that were just awesome. The best, without a doubt, were the Tsubaki Mk-III in NMH and Rose Nasty in Desperate Struggle.

5. Ultima Weapon from the Final Fantasy series

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Also known as the Atma Weapon in the SNES and PlayStation translations for Final Fantasy VI, the Ultima Weapon is a weapon that strengthens as its wielder gets stronger. Although it can take different forms with different weapon types – such as a handgun in Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII – it is typically a sword. Versions of the sword in the earlier games – whether it was the original version (FFVI) or a remake (I, III, and V) – were available for all sword wielders while later iterations were generally confined to the main character. The Ultima Weapon has also crossed-over into the Kingdom Hearts series, available in all games but Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.

The most recognizable versions of the sword come from Final Fantasy VI – the original appearance, the light blue sword would extend as the wielder’s HP raised – and Final Fantasy VII – wielded by Cloud Strife, the sword would change color from dark blue and purple when weak to bright blue and white when at Max HP. Both the VI and VII versions will appear in Final Fantasy All the Bravest.


There is no fourth place. After several rounds of voting, no sword was able to secure third place on its own. Therefore, two swords have staked a claim to the spot. Click here to find out which ones they were.

About Jeff Neuenschwander

Jeff has been a supporter of the website and campaign since the beginning. Joining in for E3 2012, he worked his way up the ranks quickly, making it to the Editing Manager post at the beginning of 2013. Jeff has a wide variety of tastes when it comes to gaming and pretty much likes anything that is quirky, although his favorite genres are Action, Platforming, and RPG. Outside of gaming, Jeff is a musician, being trained as a trombonist for Jazz and Classical music, and holds a degree in Sound Recording.


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