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Final Fantasy

Up to date as of February 01, 2010

From Final Fantasy Wiki

Dual Wield, also known as Two-Swords or Double Sword, is a recurring ability in the Final Fantasy series. It is usually associated with the Ninja class. Like its name suggests, it allows characters to equip a weapon in each hand and thus attack two-times, using each of them once.

An example of Edge from Final Fantasy IV dual wielding.

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Final Fantasy II

All characters, including temporary-playable characters are capable of Dual Wield, as they can substitute Shields for weapons, and vice versa. This allows you to significantly boost your damage output since shields reduce your attack power.

Final Fantasy III

All characters are capable of accessing this ability, regardless of their job class.

Final Fantasy IV

Yang Fang Leiden and Edge can both equip weapons in each hand. However, unlike most other games, the weapons count as the same attack, and Yang and Edge cannot use them to attack twice.

Edge dual wielding.

Final Fantasy V

Dual Wield is the level five ability for the Ninja class. This was the first time in the series in which Dual Wield was an actual ability.

Final Fantasy VI

The Genji Glove Relic allows a character to equip a weapon in each hand. Due to a bug in the game, damage is reduced by 25% whenever a character equips a Genji Glove but only one weapon. The damage algorithm was supposed to give this reduction when two weapons are equipped.

Final Fantasy XI

Ninjas gain Dual Wield at level 10. It allows the Ninja to wield a one handed weapon in each hand. Ninjas can use a select few Great Katanas as well, but it is almost never done since they are so much more effective with two weapons. As Ninjas advance in level, they gain greater and greater dual wield ability that will shave off progressively greater amounts off of the delay of their weapons.

An Elvaan Ninja dual wielding.

For Ninjas, this means they can basically use single-handed Katanas, some western style swords, and daggers. A lot of players choose to use Ninja as a subjob. This is especially true of Thieves, Dancers, Blue Mages, Rangers, and Warriors.

Final Fantasy Tactics

The Ninja has Dual Wield or Two Swords as a support ability. A character can be very powerful if Two Swords is equiped as a Support Ability in the Knight Job Class, as Ninjas cannot equip the more powerful swords that Knights can, without another support ability.

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

Ninjas are able to learn the ability Double Sword from the Nosada. It is effective, as it not only allows you to equip two weapons, but by doing that, you'll be able to learn two abilities at the time, or learn one ability at twice the speed. This applies to all jobs, as long as Double Sword is the set support ability and that the weapon equipped has a skill that can be learned. If the weapon is a one handed weapon, double sword is nulled, which means no dual wielding of bows, greatswords, or greatbows.

There is no need to classify other weapons (spears, maces,broadswords, rapiers. etc) as being available for Dual Wielding because only humans in this game can dual wield, and there are certain weapons only available for other races to equip.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift

Ninjas can learn the Dual Wield ability from the Ragetsu-denbu. The effect is the same as the previous game. While Humes can equip books, and in the case of the Agent class, guns, neither can be dual wielded, the second due to the Agent being unable to change jobs. This is one of the few abilities that requires 990 AP to master, along with the Ultima abilities and the Red Mage's Doublecast.

Dissidia Final Fantasy

Onion Knight gains the Dual Wield ability upon switching to the Ninja job class during his EX Mode.


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Halo

Up to date as of February 08, 2010
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Dual Wielding is a special combat technique in which a gunman wields two weapons at once, one in each hand. This feature was first introduced into the Halo video game series in Halo 2 and is continued in Halo 3.

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Dual wielding allows a player to use two weapons at any one time. The saying is that "two heads are better than one," and dual wielding is no different. Players often develop a liking or disliking to certain dual wielding combinations. If the dual wielded weapons are different, the game will simply combine the reticules. Halo 2 is the only game where enemies are seen dual wielding, and all those enemies are Elites. The Elites are most often seen dual wielding a pair of Plasma Rifles or Plasma Pistols. Elites have been seen dual wielding combinations of a Needler and a Plasma Rifle as well. Most Ranger Elites dual wield Plasma Rifles. In Halo 3 the Brutes never dual wield, but ally Elites are occasionally seen dual wielding. No Marines are ever seen dual wielding because their HUDs don't support this function. The exception of Miranda Keyes was only during cutscenes at the end of the levels Quarantine Zone and the beginning of The Covenant. All dual wieldable weapons have no scope function.


A weapon can't be dual wielded just because it can be operated by only one hand. Elites can be given Rocket Launchers or Fuel Rod Cannons which they will wield with only one hand. Neither weapon can be dual wielded by an Elite in the campaign or multi-player without mods. Similarly, the Needler (which was dual-wieldable in Halo 2) is no longer dual-wieldable in Halo 3 for gameplay purposes for it being too easy to kill a target


Before the release of Halo 3, the Halo: Graphic Novel had Elites dual wielding Swords. There were elements of the community who believed this could be balanced, with others believing that it would be impossible without making it a "noob" weapon than it is already considered, and others believing it wouldn't matter since the sword is usually a one-hit kill weapon anyhow. Ultimately, it is not known if it was ever actually considered as a feature in the actual game; nonetheless, in the finished game, the Energy Sword was treated as a two-handed weapon.

Advantages/Disadvantages

Dual Wielding two Needlers.

Advantages

  1. Enhanced Firepower: When a player is dual-wielding, the two weapons in conjunction are more powerful than a single weapon of the same type. This allows for enhanced firepower, with double the ammo capacity and firing rate.
  1. Greater Versatility: Two weapons wielded in conjunction can perform multiple roles at the same time. For example, a player could wield an M6G Magnum in one hand, allowing him/her to shoot accurately over longer range, and a Mauler in the other for close range firepower.
  1. More Effective Combos: Likewise, dual-wielding a plasma weapon and a ballistic weapon can confer a unique advantage: Plasma weapons are stronger against shields, and ballistic weapons are stronger against armor as well as other unshielded targets. For example, a player may choose to dual-wield a Plasma Rifle and an SMG at the same time. The Plasma Rifle can take down the shields of an opponent and the SMG can shred through the opponent's armor, allowing for a very fast and efficient kill. At longer ranges, a charged Plasma Pistol shot followed by a quick Magnum headshot will also kill an opponent.
  1. Doubled Ammo Reserve: When you dual-wield certain weapons of the same type, such as two SMGs or two Needlers, the player character can carry double the amount of reserve ammunition for the weapons. This is a trick also exploited when Triple wielding.
  1. Constant Firepower: While dual-wielding, it is possible to reload or cool-off one weapon and fire the second one at the same time. This allows for a constant barrage; it generally takes longer to empty a magazine than to reload one. The only disadvantage is when reloading your automatic or long-range weapon, you may be stuck with your alternate weapon in a life threatening situation. Constant fire is helpful when you are in a place with enemies out in the open, or in point blank range where a rapid firing will result in a deadly strike.

Disadvantages

A SPARTAN-II dual-wielding two Brute Spikers.
  1. Inability to Melee Attack, Throw Grenades, or Use Equipment: When a player is dual-wielding, the player must drop the left weapon in order to free a hand to throw grenades, and deploy equipment. This action of dropping a weapon takes time and is disadvantageous. However, if you Melee while dual-wielding, the left weapon will automatically drop by itself and the Melee will come out straight away.
  1. Reload/Overheat Window: When a player must reload their weapons, or if the weapons overheat, the player is vulnerable because they can't melee attack or throw grenades without dropping their weapon. Reloading a weapon also takes longer time when dual-wielding than while single-wielding the same weapon; however, for Covenant weapons, the "cool down" time remains the same, as does the Needler's reload time.
  1. Accuracy Decrease: Most weapons are slightly more accurate when single-wielded than when dual-wielded, such as the Plasma Rifle and the SMG.
  1. Consumes Double the Amount of Ammo: While the player can carry double the amount of ammunition, the weapons also reload from the same pool, thus using up double the amount of ammunition per reload.

Changes in Halo 3

Dual Wielding and firing Type-25 Carbines in the Halo 3 Beta.

The primary difference between Halo 2 and Halo 3's dual wield is that the player can now fully control the reloading process. In Halo 2, the player was forced and strained to reload the two weapons simultaneously at the same directed time. In Halo 3, players could reload the left weapon first while keeping the right weapon ready, vice versa, or both at once, independent of each other. By doing this, multi-player gameplay is balanced.


Another difference between Halo 2 and Halo 3 dual wield is the alteration in the amount of damage dealt per weapon. In Halo 2, there is no change in the amount of shots needed to kill if you are single or dual wielding. In Halo 3, with the exception of the Plasma Pistol, when you dual wield each weapon becomes individually weaker by varying degrees. This becomes especially noticeable when overshields are in use.

List of Dual Wieldable Weapons

Dual Wieldable weapons must be able to be used single-handed, and therefore are mostly those of closer range and less accuracy. Most long-range weapons, such as the BR55 Battle Rifle, are two-handed. "Power" weapons such as the Spartan Laser and Sniper Rifle are also two-handed weapons. Power weapons are generally those that are non-standard.

Gretchen, one of the few non-Spartans seen duel wielding.

Halo 2

Halo 3

Trivia

  • Enemies in campaign stop dual wielding after Halo 2.
  • Miranda Keyes is seen dual-wielding a Shotgun and a Magnum in the third to last cinematic on The Covenant in Halo 3. This is not possible during any of the games and is rather useless, as after the first shot, the shotgun would need to be cocked again, and this cannot happen unless the other weapon is dropped.  Though, due to the games boundaries, it could be possible to still hold the Magnum Pistol in one and still pump the Shotgun with both hands.

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This article uses material from the "Dual Wielding" article on the Halo wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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