You’d be hard-pressed to find a gamer who hasn’t had to don the blade at least once in their journey across the worlds of the games they play. Picking this list is probably the hardest thing to do, because there is such a vast and wide selection to choose from. Rather than go for the swords with the best stats, we went with ones that were both dripping in cool and had a kind of iconic status. Of course, this list is subjective as fuck, so if you’ve got a sword that you wish was on the list, hit me with a comment of what the sword is, and a pic of it, if you are of a mind to. That said, here we go.
10. Gilded Sword
Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Arguably the most overlooked entry in the Legend of Zelda franchise, Majora’s Mask was one of the most interesting games in the franchise. Where you have an interesting game, naturally, you have to have interesting weapons. This weapon is formed from the Razor Sword, mixed with Gold Dust and several other ingredients. It has a glassy coating with a golden weapon underneath. It is indestructible and can cut through just about anything. That is awesome! It was a hard choice between this weapon and the Fierce Diety’s sword, but this one took it narrowly.
9. Squall’s Gunblade
Final Fantasy VIII
The weapon that started one of the coolest trends in blades, the gunblade. More specifically, Squall’s gunblade. While you could never actually use the weapon as a gun, there is so much cool to this weapon that it only makes sense just how iconic the weapon is. Ask any RPG fan and they will know what this weapon is. When you could hit the reaction button just right and make the gun effect work, this weapon is so awesome. Plus, it makes Squall (Leon) look like such a boss! Am I right?
8. Soul Calibur
Soul Calibur (Series)
It was a tough choice between the weapon of ultimate good and the weapon of ultimate evil – Soul Edge. In the end, Soul Calibur won because of the fact that it is a weapon of ultimate good. Forever at war with it’s counterpart, Soul Calibur makes the wielder stonger for wielding it, giving them back health and energy. It is a living blade that is divine, made to stop the evil that Soul Edge brings into the world. It changes shape to fit the fighting style of the wielder, so they can continue the endless war between the two blades. A war of souls and swords, eternally retold.
Warcraft III/World of Warcraft
The dark path of the Liche King gets darker still with this icy weapon. It was a long and dark road when he pulled it from its pedestal, with a warning inscribed that told him of the terrible price he had to pay for wielding a weapon of this power. However, he had not come all that way to be stopped now, so he pulled Frostmourne from the pedestal and his reign of terror began. A reign that only the max-leveled and most determined of warriors could bring to an end.
6. Blade of Olympus
God of War II/III
Another hard choice between these and the blades that Kratos wields on his arms. However, this weapon has some pretty awesome history. It was originally used to send the Titans to Tarturous, it was used by Zeus to trick Kratos into giving up his powers and then to kill him. When Kratos gets it, he uses it to kill Athena, the Titans Gaia and Cronos, then the man who forged it – Zeus. Not only does this weapon have history and some badass power behind it, but it allows you to slay Titans and the king of the gods. What more do you need?
Final Fantasy X
Another weapon that has a lot of history, this beautiful sword was a gift from Wakka to his brother, Chappu. However, Chappu shunned it in favor of a machina weapon. Part of Wakka always believed that that was what got him killed during a Crusader operation. He gives it to Tidus as a way to seal their friendship. The weapon has a flowing water image on it, along with having what looks like bubbles and waves above the hilt. It’s a tragic and beautiful weapon that symbolizes the tragic nature of the world in which the game takes place.
Final Fantasy X
The katana is one of the most iconic weapons in all of gaming. Picking which one we wanted to run with was hard. In the end, we had to go with the weapon of the Aeon Yojimbo. When you pay him a vast sum, he will summon this weapon from the ether. It has lights flowing through the sheath and hilt, showing it’s magical nature. The blade is so sharp that it will instantly slice any enemy that isn’t a boss in half. Although, if it weren’t for the rules of the game, we have to wonder if the blade wouldn’t slice a boss in half too.
How could this blade not be on the list?! A weapon of immense power that has been known to be used to both save and destroy world, the Keyblade is a weapon with quite a history. When we first see it, it was meant to belong to Riku, but instead ended up in the hands of Sora because of the darkness that was consuming Riku’s heart. The neatest thing about this weapon is that what weapon it is depends on what keychain is attached to the weapon. The Keyblade is arguably the most versatile weapon of all those featured because of how it can change into any of its many forms based on a keychain. That’s pretty impressive.
2. Buster Sword
Final Fantasy VII
Another tough choice between the weapon of Cloud Strife and the blade of Sephiroth. In the end, Cloud’s took it due to its iconic nature. Originally belong to Zack Fair, it was originally used by Cloud to run Sephiroth through when he was at the Nibelheim Mako reactor. Following the death of Zack from Shinra operatives, the weapon passes on to Cloud, who uses it in his war against Shinra and later the returned Sephiroth. This is one of the most iconic weapons in gaming, and the way Cloud effortlessly wields it shows just how powerful he is.
And the greatest sword in gaming is…
1. The Master Sword
Legend of Zelda (Series)
Yeah, anybody who knows gaming swords probably saw this one coming. Talk about history! This weapon has it in spades! Forged by the Goddess’, it is the only weapon capable of bringing Ganondorf to his knees. It has been a central part of almost every single Legend of Zelda game. It was used to finally kill Ganon in Ocarina of Time. It is driven into the skull of Ganondorf to finally kill him in Wind Waker. It is what you duel and defeat both Zant and Ganondorf with in Twilight Princess. This weapon has a long history of helping a very specific group of warriors, all chosen by the Goddess’ and all bearing the same name – Link.
Until next time, a quote,
“The Master Sword is a sacred blade which evil ones may never touch.” -Rauru, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time