The Warrior of Light was a playable character in Dissidia Final Fantasy and Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy. A skilled and honorable swordsman, he duels using both sword and shield to strike enemies. He was the leader of the characters fighting for Cosmos, and was a stoic and determined individual who served the will of the goddess faithfully. In opposition to him, his nemesis, Garland, is Chaos's right-hand man. Dissidia's character files note that not even he knows his true name or origins, and Dissidia 012 elaborates on both extensively, revealing his connection to Cosmos and Cid of the Lufaine and establishing him as an original character not summoned from another world like the others.
The Warrior of Light could be considered the main protagonist of the game's storyline, seeing as how he leads the other warriors.
The Warrior of Light's base outfit is adapted from Yoshitaka Amano's artwork of the Knight class from the original Final Fantasy. He wears a suit of pale blue armor with gold and khaki details, a horned helmet, and a long khaki cape. He has aqua-marine eyes and long silver hair. The Warrior's appearance as a Knight in his EX Mode is directly based on the Knight artwork, giving his armor various red and yellow highlights, coloring his cape gold, and shifting the horns of his helmet down to point forward.
The Warrior's first alternate outfit, "Amethyst Armor," is a red and sepia recolor, so as to invoke a weathered feeling, and his EX Mode is recolored red with silver and white highlights like the alternate artwork of the Warrior of Light.
The Warrior's second alternate outfit, "Classic Red," is based on Final Fantasy's Warrior sprites. The Warrior wears simpler crimson armor with no cape or skirt, shorter gauntlets that show his biceps, and a shorter collar. He also wears no helmet, showing dark red hair. His EX Mode is taken from the Knight class upgrade, granting him a more muscular build and slicking his hair upwards.
As a downloadable fourth outfit, the Warrior appears as he does in Dissidia 012's opening and flashbacks in the Reports. The Warrior retains his base outfit but removes his helmet to reveal spiked white hair, and his sword has a slightly different shape. His EX Mode is identical to his base outfit's EX Mode but without the helmet.
His manikin counterpart is named the False Hero and is colored blue.
Warrior of Light is described as a Paragon. He is a well-rounded character specializing in close to mid-range attacks, and a handful of minor support magical attacks. He also has several Bravery to HP links, and his HP attacks hit at a variety of ranges. As a downside, the Warrior has few ranged Bravery attacks, and his melee strikes are not overly powerful compared to other melee characters. Though his EX Mode bonuses increase his damage output greatly, he is still outclassed by other characters in their own EX Modes.
|Sword Thrust||Ground||Throw shield forward, then charge forward to attack opponent with sword. Can Wall Rush and deal more damage on impact.|
|Red Fang||Ground||Conjures a fireball to home in on opponent.|
|Blue Fang||Ground||Conjures six shards of ice to strike opponent from behind.|
|White Fang||Ground||Conjures a stream of lightning bolts towards opponent.|
|Ascension||Ground||A four-hit combo attack that ends with an upward stab that knocks the opponent in to the air and may initiate a chase. Can Wall Rush when attacking.|
|Dayflash||Ground/ Aerial||Three-hit combo that ends with a stab that knocks opponent away. Can Wall Rush for additional damage|
|Crossover||Aerial||Throws shield downwards at opponent to hit multiple times, then stabs and knocks them into the air. May initiate a chase. Can Wall Rush when attacking.|
|Rising Buckler||Aerial||Throws shield upwards at opponent to hit multiple times, then stabs and knock thems down. May initiate a chase. Can Wall Rush when attacking.|
|Shield Strike||Aerial||Throw shield downward at opponent to hit multiple times, then slashes them. May initiate a chase. Can Wall Rush when attacking.|
|Shining Wave||Ground||Swing sword to send a wave of light energy along the ground, can strike opponents in the air as well.|
|Ultimate Shield||Ground||Flings shield out to drag opponent closer, then hit them several times and knock them away. Can fling up into the air as well. Can Wall Rush for additional damage.|
|Shield of Light||Ground/ Aerial||Guard and hold out shield to unleash a short burst of light energy, can block attacks if timed right. Can Wall Rush for additional damage.|
|Radiant Sword||Aerial||Summon six glowing swords that fire forward and curve towards opponent. Can Wall Rush for additional damage.|
Brave to HP Attacks
|Rune Saber||Ground/ Aerial||(Chained from Ascension(ground) and Crossover(aerial)) Strike opponent with a field of light energy, and then create a pillar of light that stabs upwards. Can Wall Rush for additional damage|
|Bitter End||Aerial||(Chained from Shield Strike and Rising Buckler) Strike opponents with a flurry of sword attacks, then knock them away. Can Wall Rush for additional damage.|
EX Mode - Class Change!
|Regen||EX Ability||Recovers HP over time during EX Mode.|
|Critical Boost||EX Ability||Doubles Critical Hit Rate while in EX Mode.|
|Mirror Attack||EX Ability||Grants Block Low priority when attacking, automatically reflecting lesser projectile attacks.|
|Protect||EX Ability||Reduces damage from attacks (+10 Defense)|
|Light's Blessing||EX Special||Summons swords of light to strike opponents whenever Warrior of Light lands a Brave attack, dealing additional hits/damage.|
|Oversoul||EX Burst||Warrior of Light attacks the opponent with powerful magic sword blows. The player must input a series of D-pad commands as Warrior of Light dashes past opponents to strike them multiple times. If the player inputs all the commands correctly, he executes a final strike that "detonates" the magical energy surrounding the opponent.|
Warrior of Light can equip Swords, Daggers, Greatswords, Katanas, Axes, Hammers, Maces, Shields, Gauntlets, Large Shields, Helms, Light Helms, Light Armor, Heavy Armor, and Chestplates.
|Flame Sword||30||ATK +40||Defense +5%||Trade: 61000 gil, Rapier, Scarletite x1, Hero's Desire x5|
|Braveheart||90||ATK +63||Defense +7%||Trade: 158,000 gil, Flame Sword, Electrum x1, Hero's Dream x5|
|Barbarian's Sword||100||ATK +68||Defense +10%|
Slight Counterattack Effect
|Trade: 182,800 gil, Braveheart, Guiding Light x1, Hero's Hopes x5|
|Guiding Light||The nameless warrior shall transcend time & space, bringing light to the world.|