Rinoa Heartilly

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Rinoa Heartilly
Job Resistance Leader
Age 17
Weapon Blaster Edge
Height 5'3"

Rinoa Heartilly is one of the main playable characters in Final Fantasy VIII. Rinoa is a spirited young woman, honest and blunt with her feelings. Despite being the daughter of high-ranking military General, Fury Caraway, she leads an anti-government resistance in Timber.

Despite not being extensively trained, Rinoa is skilled on the battlefield, fighting with a projectile weapon, the blast edge. When in dangerous situations, Rinoa is aided by Angelo, her dog, who can assist her in battle.

Rinoa has two Limit Breaks. The first one utilizes her dog, Angelo who will come to aid Rinoa in battle, performing random acts that have been taught to him through the process of setting a skill and learning it through walking around on the field map. Rinoa's second Limit Break Angel Wing is related to her latent Sorceress ability that allows her to cast magic from her stocked inventory.


[edit] Character Design & Personality

Nomura's fundamental specification was that she be believable and in terms of appearance, "cute". He developed a list of traits and habits to embody this to bring the character down to earth. Designers have commented that Rinoa was modeled as European-inspired.

Despite her occasionally stubborn personality, Rinoa has a natural way with people, leading to strong bonds with those around her - even Squall gradually becomes endeared to the carefree young woman. Her personality is open and characterized by her loyalty and compassion for others, leading her to initially clash with Squall Leonhart, who to her perception is selfish and cold-hearted. Behind her confident mask, Rinoa hides a deep insecurity that she does not belong anywhere in the world, fearing always that people will move on with out her.

[edit] Final Fantasy VIII

An in-game shot of Rinoa with Squall.

Rinoa first appears at the SeeD Inauguration ball where she has come to request the assistance of SeeD in the liberation of Timber thanks to her partner Seifer Almasy. At the ball, Rinoa meets and dances with Squall Leonhart who is quick to learn the steps of the dance. When Squall meets Rinoa again, she is the leader of a small activist group called the Forest Owls who are against the occupation of the Galbadian military in the city of Timber. Together with SeeD, Rinoa fronts an assult on a train that is suspected to be carrying President Vinzer Deling which is foiled by a body double that is impersonating the President for his own protection. Thrown into dangerous situations on numerous occassions, Rinoa always manages to get out of them with the help of Squall Leonhart.

[edit] Other Appearances

[edit] Theatrhythm Final Fantasy

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Rinoa represents Final Fantasy VIII as a purchasable character in the iOS version of the game.

[edit] Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

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Rinoa returns in the sequel to represent Final Fantasy VIII.

[edit] Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade

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Rinoa appears as a Legendary character.

[edit] Final Fantasy All the Bravest

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Rinoa appears as one of the random purchasable Premium characters in the shop.

[edit] Final Fantasy Record Keeper

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Rebelling against her father, a powerful figure in the Galbadian military, Rinoa joined the Timber resistance group known as the Forest Owls. She met Squall at the SeeD graduation party and fell in love. - official description

Rinoa is a playable character representing Final Fantasy VIII. She can be acquired by completing the Parade Float challenge event dungeon.

[edit] Abilities

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Rinoa uses Angelo Cannon as her default Soul Break. By equipping the Valkyrie (VIII), she can also use the Angel Wing Bolt Soul Break.

Rinoa can use any Black Magic spell up to Rank 5. She can use White Magic spell and Support abilities up to Rank 3. Rinoa can also use Celerity abilities up to Rank 2.

[edit] Equipment

Rinoa can equip the following weapons:

Rinoa can equip the following armor:

[edit] Stats

Level HP Atk Def Mag Res Mind Acc Eva Spd
1 180 8 7 12 9 8 20 20 92
50 3015 76 58 120 83 78 22 22 118

[edit] Kingdom Hearts II

Though Rinoa does not physically appear in the series, during the ending credits, Leon (Squall) is reading a letter that contains a butterfly inside it: a reference to her. It is unknown if she will ever make an appearance.

[edit] Quotes

"You're-going-to-like-me! You're-going-to-like-me! Did it work?"
"Squall, you're the one who gives me the most comfort. Comfort and happiness... And annoyance and disappointment, too!"

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