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Ruby Weapon looks just as boss in Final Fantasy 14 as it did in Final Fantasy 7

Memories of Whirlsand.

Square Enix has shown off the Ruby Weapon boss fight in Final Fantasy 14 - and appropriately enough it looks rock hard.

Ruby Weapon was one of two "superbosses" that appeared in Final Fantasy 7, an incredibly powerful endgame monster created by the planet to defend itself when under threat.

Ruby Weapon lived in the sand around the Gold Saucer, and you could only reach it via Highwind or chobobo. I remember it being a bastard to fight as it could simply eject one of your party members just for fun. It had loads of health and its attacks did loads of damage, too. Oh, and those tentacles! I had to kill it, though (thank you, Knights of the Round!). Final Fantasy 7 wouldn't 100 per cent complete itself, would it?

Anyway, Ruby Weapon is readying its assault on MMO Final Fantasy 14, and in preparation Square Enix showed off a glimpse at its trial, dubbed Cinder Drift, in a recent livestream. Here's the official blurb:

"Clad in crimson and armed to the teeth, the Ruby Weapon represents the latest advances in Garlean military technology. But what dark depths has the Empire plumbed to obtain such power?"

Below is a video of the Ruby Weapon Final Fantasy 14 gameplay from the livestream, courtesy of Twinfinite.

Ruby Weapon hits Final Fantasy 14 on 18th February 2020 as part of patch 5.2. Below is the official patch trailer. There's a lot going on!

Seeing Ruby Weapon in Final Fantasy 14 brought back a flood of memories of playing Final Fantasy 7 on PSone, and it now occurs to me that Ruby Weapon is on a production plan somewhere at Square Enix for the Final Fantasy 7 remake. But given Ruby Weapon didn't pop up until pretty late in the original, who knows when we'll finally fight it in the remake?

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