Rinoa Heartilly is the central love interest and female protagonist of Final Fantasy VIII. She is the leader of the resistance movement dubbed the Timber Owls and joins Squall and his group upon joining forces to execute the President of Galbadia. Rinoa fights using a unique weapon called a Blaster Edge, along with the utilization of her pet, Angelo, and her Sorceress Powers.
Rinoa's default appearance is identical to her appearance in Final Fantasy VIII. She dons her blue duster sweater and black halter top with matching boots and skirt. In addition to her normal appearance, Angelo accompanies her around the battlefield at all times. During EX Mode Rinoa enters 'Sorceress Mode', sprouting her iconic angel wings.
Her first alternate outfit is based on her ballroom gown from the SeeD Graduation Dance. Rinoa changes into a champagne-colored halter dress and a pair of white stilettos. Angelo also appears a slightly lighter shade of brown, resembling a Shetland Sheepdog.
Her second alternate outfit is her Space Suit, garbing her in a futuristic silver space suit, complete with her necklace floating freely in her helmet. Angelo becomes a darker shade of brown, almost black, to resemble a Border Collie.
Her Manikin version, Transient Princess, is purple.
While in battle, Rinoa is a Sorceress in Berserk combining the combat capabilities of her Blaster Edge, her faithful companion, Angelo and her Sorcery to form a three-part chain attack. Rinoa links an initial Brave Attack to an additional Brave Attack, both leading to a final HP Attack. While this maximizes damage output and oftentimes locks enemies in place as she continues her assault, Rinoa is unable to use HP Attacks without first initiating a combo.
Angelo begins rushing forward, gaining speed the longer he runs, until he slams into the opponent. The damage dealt is dependent on the distance ran, causing a greater amount of damage for a greater distance.
Rinoa launches a single pinwheel from her Blaster Edge that homes in on a single enemy, causing slight Brave damage.
Rinoa raises her right arm into the air, causing her Blaster Edge to spin, as a bolt of lightning suddenly strikes the enemy, causing minimal Brave damage in addition to temporarily stunning them.
Brave to Brave Attacks
(Chained from Angelo Rush) Angelo attaches himself to the firing mechanism on Rinoa's arm, launching himself towards the opponent and creating an explosion upon contact with the enemy or the surrounding environment. Can be charged for an increased area of impact.
(Chained from Blaster Edge) Rinoa fires a set of three fiery pinwheels that home in on the enemy and collide simultaneously, creating a minor explosion for moderate Brave damage.
(Chained from Thunder) Rinoa clasps her hands together in front of her chest, as if in prayer, creating an icy prison to form around the enemy. The ice then shatters, dealing moderate Brave damage but no knockback.
Brave to HP Attacks
(Chained from Angelo Rush) Rinoa whistles to Angelo and both nod simultaneously. They then proceed to unleash a devastating combo on the opponent as Angelo slams the enemy towards Rinoa who unleashes a flurry of acrobatic kicks. The attack ends with Rinoa leaping on Angelo's back and slamming into the enemy.
(Chained from Blaster Edge) Rinoa aims at the enemy as her pinwheel begins revolving rapidly, eventually transforming into a comet-like object that she fires at the opponent.
(Chained from Thunder) Rinoa unclasps her hands, revealing a fireball that grows in size before she launches it directly at the enemy.
EX Mode - Sorceress Awakened
Recovers HP over time during EX Mode.
Doubles Critical Hit Rate while in EX Mode
Glides through the Air by holding X
Rinoa's attack speed increases, allowing her to chain her combos quickly
Rinoa prepares a Meteor spell, summoning a swarm of comets to rain down on the enemy. A Renzokuken sequence occurs where the R button must be pressed 12 consecutive times, once for each meteor summoned. If all 12 meteors hit the enemy, Rinoa finishes with a powerful Apocalypse spell. If not, Rinoa merely performs Angelo Cannon.