Laguna Loire is the third representative of Final Fantasy VIII in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy. Laguna is the father of Squall and was once a soldier of the Galbadian Army alongside Kiros Seagill and Ward Zabac, whose back stories were explained through flashbacks and playable dream sequences. The brotherly soldier quit the army, became a journalist, starred in a movie, and eventually became the new president of Esthar where he crossed paths with his son while assisting him in his battle against the sorceress Ultimecia.
Laguna's outfit in Dissidia 012 is identical to his original Final Fantasy VIII appearance. He wears a blue jacket with rolled sleeves over a white T-shirt with brown cargo-pants. He wears black boots, fingerless gloves and a large black belt. He has long black hair, combed over to the right side. His eyes are green and he wears dog-tags and a silver earring for all three costumes.
Laguna's first alternate costume, "Galbadian Soldier," is his Galbadian soldier uniform. He wears a dark blue bodysuit with armor covering his chest and hips.
His second alternate costume, "President," is his appearance as of Squall's time in Final Fantasy VIII when he is the president of Esthar. He wears a light blue button-up shirt with brown pants and sandals.
His DLC outfit, "Sorceress's Knight," is his appearance as Zefer, at a movie filming, donning a suit of armor with a purple skirt over the thighs.
Laguna is a Tactical Gunner, using a variety of firearms to fight from long-range, including his trademark machine gun, rocket launchers, and grenades. His HP attacks use a laser canon that is a miniature version of the Ragnarok airship. Laguna can alter the effects of his attacks depending on the player tapping or holding O when attacking. For example, tapping the button when throwing a grenade adjusts its range, while holding it when using his rocket launcher and sniper rifle lets Laguna aim freely using the analog stick, before firing to hit the opponent from a different angle. A downside is that many of Laguna's Bravery attacks have noticeable lag when used and are easy to dodge or block.
Fire a rapid-fire blast of bullets at opponent. Can hold O for duration. Can walk while attacking
Fire a bullet that bounces off walls and ceilings. Can hold O and use analog stick to aim before firing. Can initiate a chase if bullet has ricocheted at least once.
Throw a grenade in an arc that explodes on contact.
Quick two-hit combo using Machine Gun's hilt, Fast but low range. Can Initiate a chase sequence.
Throw a bomb that creates a spherical force field that reflects attacks and can knock back oppponents for low damage.
Fire missiles that travel forward before adjusting trajectory to track opponent. Can hold O to fire up to six missiles
Fire a quick blast of gunfire with a short range. Can hold O to charge for a powerful shot that can break guards.
Fire a bomb that sticks to opponent and floors and ceilings before exploding. Can hold O to charge for range.
Fire a single rocket that tracks opponent.
Summons a beam of energy to strike opponent directly above them. Can be blocked by obstacles and terrain.
Fire a long range beam of energy at opponent.
Create a short range beam of energy and slice it like a sword
Fire a blast of energy that splits into several smaller blasts that spread out and track opponent.
EX Mode - "Look, the faeries are here"
Recovers HP over time during EX Mode.
Doubles Critical Hit Rate while in EX Mode.
A Faerie's Miracle
Laguna’s lag from his Brave attacks is cancelled out, allowing him to attack again afterward, letting him assault opponents much faster.
He blasts his opponent with a rocket launcher, then throws a grenade at them and leaps into the air swinging on a rope while attacking with his machine gun. The player must rapidly tap R as a target flashes over the opponent, landing hits as a damage meter fills up. Filling the meter will have Laguna end the EX Burst with Ultimate Ragnarok Cannon, where he calls all his weapons together to concentrate energy and fire a large laser blast, the earlier grenade exploding to deal HP damage.