Final Fantasy 16: Best Gear Choice

Here is all you need to know about the Best Gear in Final Fantasy 16 and how to get it.

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Best Gear - Final Fantasy 16

Final Fantasy 16 allows players to customize their character. Players can get weapons and accessories that best fit their playstyle. However, acquiring these weapons and other items can be a little challenging. Therefore, in this guide, I will help you understand and develop some of the best gear in Final Fantasy 16.

Key Takeaways

These are our picks for the best gear you can get for Clive in Final Fantasy 16 to tilt the battlefield in your favor:

  1. Best Weapons:
    • Ultima Weapon: Ultimate sword, acquired after beating the game.
    • Gotterdammerung: Powerful sword, obtained in “Blacksmith’s Blues IV.”
    • Ragnarok: Potent sword, received after completing all Blacksmith’s Blues quests.
  2. Best Armor Sets:
    • Ouroboros – Belt: Top belt, requires completion of “Blacksmith’s Blues 3.”
    • Circle of Heaven – Belt: Strong belt, purchased during “Street of Madness.”
    • Drakeslayer’s Belt: Mid-game belt, recipe from the first Blacksmith’s Blues quest.
    • The Sons of Ouroboros – Vambrace: Strongest vambrace, recipe from “Blacksmith’s Blues 3.”
    • The Founder’s Grasp – Vambrace: Late-game vambrace, obtained in the “Where There Is A Will” quest.
    • Regal Armsguards – Vambrace: Mid-game vambrace, crafted in the Shadow Coast area.
  3. Best Accessories:
    • Berserker Ring: Boosts attack proficiency after dodges, reward at 85 Renown.
    • Cleric’s Medallion: Enhances healing potion effectiveness by 40%, obtained after defeating Chirada.
    • Adamantite Gauntlets: Adds 500 HP or sold for 50000 Gil, found at the Edge of Infinity.

Author’s Trust

Having decent weapons and armor enhances the experience and makes the fight so much more fun. Therefore, I have listed all of the best items I was able to collect during my run of Final Fantasy 16. 

– Shahzar Khalique

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Clive – Final Fantasy 16: Image by Gamesual

Players can find items and accessories spread throughout the world of Final Fantasy 16. I was also able to get some exceptional items after defeating certain bosses and completing certain quests. Moreover, some things can also be found in random hidden locations on the map. The gear in Final Fantasy 16 can be broken down into three categories.

  • The first of these categories involves your weapons, which can significantly affect your combat and make a difference in a fight. 
  • The second category is your armor set. This is Clive’s ultimate line of Defense and includes Belts and Vembraces.
  • The third and final category includes other accessories. This consists of the rings and medallions responsible for sure character buffs.

The combat is primarily closed-range in Final Fantasy 16. Clive is a well-trained swordsman, making Swords his weapon of choice. Therefore, I got my hands on a few different swords during the campaign.

Here I list the top 3 best swords or weapons players can have.

Item No.Weapon NameWeapon DamageHow To Acquire
1Ultima Weapon700Beat the game
2Gotterdamerung375Play the side quest Blacksmith's Blues IV
3Ragnarok325Complete all Blacksmith's Blues Side quest

Comparison Table.

Ultima Weapon

Best Highest Damage Sword.

Why did I Choose Ultima Weapon?

The Ultima Weapon, as the name suggests, is the Ultimate and definitely, the best sword players can get in Final Fantasy 16. The weapons boast some of the best damage stats of any weapon in the game.

The Ultima Weapon is capable of producing 700 points of attack damage. Moreover, the Sword is capable of producing 700 points of Stagger Damage.

This is more than any sword players can acquire in the game. This God-tier weapon can instantly go through waves of powerful enemies. However, players should know that acquiring this God-killing weapon is no easy feat. Therefore, players should beat the game and finish their campaign to purchase this weapon.

Then players need to play the New Game Plus or Final Fantasy Mode to use this Sword. This is one of the most brutal weapons to acquire in the game, as it requires you to beat it once. However, the impressive stats make it a worthy weapon of your time.

Following are the items players need to craft this Sword:

Item No.Item Name Item Quantity
1Utterance of Creation1
2Everdark Reforged1
3Gotterdamerung Reforged1

Crafting Table. 

  • Ultimate power
  • Highest damage.

  • Requires beating the game
  • Challenging to obtain.


Best Mid-Campaign Sword.
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Gotterdammerung – Final Fantasy 16: Image by Gamesual

Why did I Choose Gotterdammrung?

The Gotterdammrung is another great weapon for players. This power sword is the second-best in the game, with an impressive 375 points of Attack and 375 points of stagger damage. However, I should warn you that there is a huge gap in Damage after the Ultima Sword.

Although it is a bit simpler to acquire the Gotterdammerung making the difference in Damage understandable, as a result, the Sword can be obtained in the initial run of your campaign. However, the Sword is available to the players in the latter part of their campaign.

To acquire the recipe to craft this weapon, players first play the side quest Blacksmith’s Blues 4 during their campaign. After completing the quest, players can finally prepare the Gotterdammerung. 

The following items are required to craft this Sword:

Item No.Item NameItem Quantity
2Primitive Battlehorn1

Crafting Table. 

  • Powerful
  • Accessible in the main campaign.

  • Mid-campaign availability.


Best Non-Craftable Sword.

The Ragnarok is the third most potent weapon for players. This mighty Sword is just below the Gotterdammerung and is an essential ingredient for this crafting. However, players who do not want to go through this hassle of crafting Gotterdammerung can also use this weapon.

Why did I Choose Ragnarok?

The Ragnarok is not far behind the second-strongest Sword in the game, as the weapon has an impressive 325 points of Attack and 325 points of Stagger Damage. Moreover, acquiring this weapon also helps players unlock the recipe for Gotterdammerung.

Therefore, to acquire the Ragnarok, players must first complete all four of the Blacksmith’s Blues side quests. Once done with the quest, players can finally get the Ragnarok. Moreover, players do not need to craft this Sword as this is the only weapon in the game that you are rewarded in its final complete form.

  • Potent weapon
  • Unlocks crafting for Gotterdammerung.

  • Lesser damage than Gotterdammerung

Best Armor Sets

The melee combat makes it very important for players to focus on their armor sets. These items were an essential line of Defense during my playthrough, as every parry missed will directly hit the player. Moreover, Armour is broken down into two things that players can put on.

These items include the Belts and the Vembraces players acquire in the game. Players must focus on This complete Armor set in their inventory.

Armor NameArmor TypeHPDefense
Circle of HeavenBelt2485
Drakeslayer's BeltBelt2374
The Sons of OuroborosVambrace3297
The Founder's GraspVambrace5094
Regal ArmsguardsVambrace2584

Best Armor Comparison Table. 

Ouroboros – Belt

Best Overall Belt.
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Ouroboros Belt – Final Fantasy 16: Image by Gamesual

Why did I Choose the Ouroboros Belt?

The Ouroboros is hands down one of the best belts players can obtain. This impressive piece of armor boasts remarkable stats of 32 HP and 95 Defense Points. The Belt is a capable Defense boost for your character and increases the player’s total Health. The impressive Defense rating makes this one of the best belt gear items.

However, from my experience, acquiring this Belt may not be that easy. The Ouroboros is potent and can be received later in your campaign. This Belt requires players to play and complete the Blacksmith’s Blues 3 side quest. After finishing, players can get their hands on the crafting recipe.

However, it is also important to remember that most items required in the recipe come after defeating powerful Hunts. Therefore, this is your top choice if you need a powerful armor piece before you face the end-game bosses.

The following items are required to craft the Ouroboros belt:

Item No.Item NameItem Quantity
2Comet Feather1
3Stone Tongue 1

  • High HP and defense.

  •  Challenging crafting requirements.

Circle of Heaven – Belt

Best Belt to Buy.

Why did I Choose Circle of Heaven?

The Circle of Heaven is the second most potent Belt players can acquire. This Belt has impressive stats, with 24 HP for the player and 85 Defense Points. Moreover, the Belt is not as difficult to acquire as the number one belt on this list, as I was able to simply buy this weapon.

Players can acquire this Belt during the Street of Madness questline. During this questline, head out and meet Goetz; he will have this Belt available for you to buy. Moreover, you can buy this Belt for 4500 Gil while the resell is only 2250 Gil. This is a significant investment during the end-game, as the bosses only get more challenging by the end.

  • Strong belt is available for purchase.

  • Costly during end-game
  • Not as potent as Ouroboros.

Drakeslayer’s Belt

Best Mid-Game Belt.
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Drakeslayer’s Belt – Final Fantasy 16: Image by Gamesual

Why did I Choose Drakeslayer’s Belt? 

This impressive Belt is the best option during the mid-game character progression. Moreover, this Belt is better than the Rune Belt regarding HP stats. This Belt has an impressive 23 HP points and 74 Defense Points, which makes it worthwhile to have in your inventory.

Players need to acquire the Crafting Recipe for this Belt. The recipe for the Drakeslayer’s Belt can be obtained after completing the Blacksmith’s Blues’ first side quest. However, players need to meet certain Hunts to get all the necessary items for the crafting.

The following items are required to craft the Drakeslayer’s Belt:

Item No.Item NameItem Quantity
1Dragon Talon1
2Briar Clam Shell20
4Electrum 1

  • Solid mid-game option.

  • Crafting requirements involve completing specific quests.

The Sons of Ouroboros – Vambrace

Best Overall Vambrace.
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The Sons of Ouroboros – Final Fantasy 16: Image by Gamesual

Why did I Choose Sons of Ouroboros?

As Ouroboros was our most vital Belt, the Sons of Ouroboros is the strongest Vambrace on this list. This Vambrace paired with Ouroboros is the best Armor set in Final Fantasy 16. Therefore, this Vambrace can provide 32 HP points and an impressive 97 Defense points. This late-game item will give you a significant advantage against powerful foes.

Players are required to complete the Blacksmith’s Blues third sidequest to get their hands on the recipe. However, the difficult part comes after, as players must complete different Hunts to collect the needed items. It is worth it to find the items, as the extra Defense will make all the difference by the end.

The following items are required to craft the Sons of Ouroboros:

Item No.Item NameItem Quantity
2Morbol Flower1
3Stained Loincloth1

  • Best vambrace
  • Exceptional defense.

  • Crafting involves completing challenging side quests.

The Founder’s Grasp – Vambrace

Best High HP Vambrace.
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Founder’s Grasp – Final Fantasy 16: Image by Gamesual

Why did I Choose Founder’s Grasp?

This Vambrace has some of the best stats for any Vambrace on this list. Therefore, the Founder’s Grasp has an impressive Defense rating of 94 points. However, what this weapon lacks in Defense, it makes up for in HP.

This Vambrace has the best HP rating of any Vambrace on the list, providing players with 50 HP points. That is a significant jump compared to the Sons of Ouroboros, which only has 32 HP points. These impressive stats make it one of the best gear items in Final Fantasy 16. However, this is a late-game Vambrace and requires players to grind to acquire this Vambrace.

Therefore, to acquire this Vambrace, players must complete the Where There Is A Will side quest. Upon completion, players will be rewarded with a Founder’s Grasp Vambrace. However, ensure you are prepared before starting this side quest, as this quest will test your skills.

  • Highest HP vambrace.

  • Late-game acquisition

Regal Armsguards – Vambrace

Best Mid-Game Vambrace.

Why did I Choose Regal Armsguards?

The Regal Armsguards Vambrace has an impressive 84 points of Defense, making it an excellent armor for mid-game. However, the Armor only has 25 HP, which makes it almost half of the Founder’s Grasp. Therefore, keeping this Vambrace until you can finally upgrade to a stronger one during the end game is recommended.

It is much easier to acquire this Belt, as you need to craft it using a recipe. Players must first travel to the Shadow Coast area to get their hands on this Vambrace. Finding a specific chest to reward you with the Regal Armsguards would be best. However, you do need to play the campaign until you unlock the Kingdom of Waloed section.

This may not seem like much, but this is a tremendous mid-game Vambrace for your character.

  •  Mid-game armor option.

  •  Tough Crafting Requirements

Best Accessories 

Following are the top 3 best Accessories in the game:

Item No.Accessory NameAccessory's Effect
1Berserker RingAttacks become more provicient after every successful precision dodge.
2Cleric's Medallion Healing potions will be 40% more effective
3Adamantite GauntletsMax Health is increase by 500 points.

Accessories Comparison Table. 

Berserker Ring

Best Dodge and Evasion Ring.
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Berserker Ring – Final Fantasy 16: Image by Gamesual

Why did I Choose Berserker Ring?

Final Fantasy 16’s combat encourages players to perform precision dodges or parries. These last-second dodges often allow players to land a counterattack and stagger enemies. This Ring takes the precision dodging mechanic to the next level allowing players to use this dodge more frequently.

The Berserker Ring increases the attack proficiency every time the player performs a successful precision dodge. Therefore, players can hit faster and harder if they perform a precision dodge first. The precision dodge is not difficult to trigger and is helpful during more challenging battles.

To acquire this Ring, players must visit the Patron’s Whisper vendor. Once you reach 85 total Renowns, players will be rewarded with the Berserker Ring at this vendor. 

  • Boosts attack proficiency after dodges.

  • Requires reaching 85 Renown
  • Specialized use.

Cleric’s Medallion

Best Healing Medallion.
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Cleric’s Medallion – Final Fantasy 16: Image by Gamesual

The Cleric’s Medallion is a powerful must-have accessory in Final Fantasy 16. Players constantly have to depend on healing potions to heal themselves during their playthroughs. However, at the beginning of the campaign, these potions are not very potent, and you can only carry a few at a time.

Why did I Choose Cleric’s Medallion?

This Medallion will partially solve this problem by increasing the potency of the healing potions. The Cleric’s Medallion will make the healing potions 40% more effective. This means you can heal more while using the same amount of resources. Therefore, this is an essential accessory that players should acquire as soon as possible.

Players must complete the Louder Than Words main quest to acquire the Cleric’s Medallion. Here players would need to defeat Chirada to get their hands on the Medallion.

  • Increases healing potion effectiveness.

  •  Obtained after defeating a formidable opponent.

Adamantite Gauntlets

Best Defensive Gauntlets.

Why did I Choose Adamantite Guantlets?

The Adamantite Gauntlets are a compelling artifact players can acquire. This Accessory can be worn like gloves, increasing your total HP by 500 points. This is an incredible buff to the HP of Clive and will make a significant difference during combat. As players need to take on some overpowered enemies, getting all the help you need is best.

If you do not want an extra 500 HP, players can also sell this item for a hefty price of 50000 Gil. This makes it one of the most expensive items in the game and allows you to make significant money. However, if you decide to keep it, you will be granted 500 HP, which hasn’t hurt anyone.

Therefore, players need to follow the trail to the Edge of Infinity to acquire this weapon. Here players can find a floating chest off a ledge containing one of the best gear in Final Fantasy 16.

  • Adds 500 HP or can be sold for a high price.

  • Found at the Edge of Infinity

My Recommendation

I would consider Ultima the best sword and Ouroboros the best armor in Final Fantasy 16.

For a formidable journey through Final Fantasy 16, I recommend prioritizing the Ultima Weapon for unparalleled damage and the Ouroboros – Belt for robust defense. These choices provide a solid foundation for Clive’s arsenal.

Additionally, consider the Berserker Ring to enhance your combat finesse. While obtaining these items may pose challenges, the power they confer is well worth the effort, ensuring a smoother conquest through the captivating realms of Final Fantasy 16.

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