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Wakka
Japanese Name ワッカ
Romaji Wakka
Voice actor(s) Kazuya Nakai
Voice actor(s) John DiMaggio
Age 23 (Final Fantasy X)
25 (Final Fantasy X-2)
Height 1.88m (6' 2")
Eye color Brown
Hair color Red-orange
Laterality Right handed
Home Besaid
Race Human
Weapon(s) Blitzball
Overdrive Slots
Final Fantasy X Character
"After this tournament... I'm retiring. Win or lose, I'll be leaving Blitzball for good. But since we're here, we might as well win!"
—Wakka


Wakka is a playable character, and one of Yuna's Guardians in Final Fantasy X.

His name means "water" in the Ainu language, a critically-endangered indigenous language from Hokkaidō and the Sea of Okhotsk region. In the English localization, it is pronounced [ˈwɑː.kə].

Contents

Story

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Final Fantasy X

A skilled Guardian, Fighter and Blitzball player. Wakka is 23 years old (in Final Fantasy X) and grew up on Besaid Island along with Yuna, Lulu and his brother Chappu. He is of what would be considered Hawaiian descent in our world and is characterized by a long reddish-orange coif and a Besaid Island accent. As such, he uses such speech-mannerisms as saying "brudda" for "brother" and finishing sentences with "ya?", which could be his way of saying "right" or "okay". He hates the Al Bhed (but, oddly, he will not notice that Rikku is one of them before it is revealed by the others) simply because they don't follow Yevon, and depends very much on Yevon's religion and guidance for his decisions, making him appear fairly socially conservative; as a result, he has been intentionally kept in the dark about Yuna's half-Al Bhed heritage. Even though he is old-fashioned, used to living on an island, he has a big heart and tries to cheer the party up, though it does not always work.

Wakka became like an adopted brother to Yuna, together with Lulu, and they grew up on Besaid. He lost his parents to Sin, and tried to be like a parent to his brother Chappu. Chappu and Lulu were in love, but Chappu was killed by Sin. It is because of Chappu's death, as well as the fact that he chose to fight with an Al Bhed Machina weapon, that Wakka's hatred for the Al Bhed was shifted from religious prejudice to a more personal grudge. When Yuna decides to become a Summoner, Wakka becomes one of her Guardians, in order to avenge Chappu, together with Lulu and Kimahri.

He meets Tidus when Tidus first appears on Besaid, and due to Tidus looking a lot like Chappu, Wakka quickly bonds with him, and they quickly form a close brotherly friendship. He shows the confused Tidus the ropes of Spira. During his travels, he gets more and more resentful of the Al Bhed, and generally needs Lulu to cool him down. He was equally resentful of the Al Bhed when towards their journey to Macalania Temple, he finds out that Yuna's newest guardian, Rikku, is an Al Bhed, and begins to mistreat her, much to Tidus's anger and frustration. However, he begins to soften his attitude towards the Al Bhed when he discovers that their kidnapping of Summoners was meant to save them from their inevitable deaths, going so far as to lash out in rage at the Guado during their attack on the Al Bhed city and attempt to comfort Rikku when she mourns the senseless destruction that the Guado are causing. When he finds out that Yuna is part Al Bhed, he gets confused and slowly realizes that his hatred of the Al Bhed is unjustified. He is horrified and disbelieving when they find out the truth about Yevon and Seymour's betrayal and begins doubting if the teachings are true. Just before the final battle, he makes peace with Rikku and the other Al Bhed. Like the rest of the party, he is also saddened at Tidus' fate, having made a close brotherly bond with him.

After Sin is defeated and Yevon is disbanded, he settles down on Besaid with Lulu.

Final Fantasy X-2

" I'm gonna be a father soon, you know. Gotta pull it together, ya? "
—Wakka

Wakka is now Lulu's husband, and since she is about to have a baby, Wakka is more worried than ever. Since his parents died at an early age, he knows nothing of parenting. He seeks the aid of Yuna and the Gullwings to help him settle matters about his past by finding a sphere of his parents that he heard from Chappu when they were children. When the baby is born, he receives a sphere of Chappu's last message from Beclem, telling him that their parents' sphere was a lie that he made up to make him angry and told him to merely be his brother instead of a surrogate parent. This message allows Wakka to finally get it together and become a reliable father. That same night, he names his son Vidina, the Al Bhed word for "future", perhaps as the final sign of closure to the death of his brother and his changed opinion of the Al Bhed. He, along with everyone in Besaid, welcomed Tidus home after he was given another chance at life.

Wakka in Battle

Ever the sportsman, Wakka uses sports gear as his weapons and armor in battle. He uses various blitzballs as his weapons, and, as such, is the only character who can reliably hit aerial monsters with basic attacks for much of the game. Since the Blitzball is a ranged weapon, Wakka is also one of two characters in the game, save for Aeons, who can hit out-of-range enemies (the other being Lulu). Also a tactician, he can inflict status ailments, sometimes simultaneously with his weapon. For defense, Wakka relies on the Armguard he wears on his left forearm. Wakka's Overdrive is Slots.

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Yuna's blitzball-toting guardian. His training has honed the accuracy and power of his shots, which can take down both fast-flying fiends and enemies afar. He's a competent and versatile fighter, but he has yet to win an argument with Lulu.

Wakka's Sphere Grid

Wakka's Sphere Grid area runs near Lulu's and Auron's, and his Sphere Color is yellow. The unique abilities that are in Wakka's default position on the sphere grid include skills that inflict the status effects Blind, Silence, and Sleep. He also gains draining skills and one of the few zombification attacks.

Ability Description
Aim Improves the Accuracy of the party
Dark Attack Deals damage, and carries a chance to inflict Darkness for 3 rounds
Silence Attack Deals damage, and carries a chance to inflict Silence for 3 rounds
Sleep Attack Deals damage, and carries a chance to inflict Sleep for 3 rounds
Dark Buster Deals damage, and automatically inflicts Darkness on any non-immune creature for 1 round
Silence Buster Deals damage, and automatically inflicts Silence on any non-immune creature for 1 round
Sleep Buster Deals damage, and automatically inflicts Sleep on any non-immune creature for 1 round
Drain Absorbs HP from the target
Osmose Absorbs MP from the target
Triple Foul Deals damage, and automatically inflicts Sleep, Darkness, and Silence on any non-immune creature for 3 rounds

Wakka's Blitzballs

See: Wakka's Blitzballs

Wakka's Armguards

See: Wakka's Armguards

Battle Quotes

"Say your prayers!"
—Entering battle
"Here we go!"
—Entering battle
"No problem!"
—Entering battle
"The only way to go is forward."
—Entering battle
"Out of my way!"
—Entering battle
"Back on the field!"
—Entering battle
"Bring it on!"
—Entering battle
"You called?"
—Entering battle
"Wakka's back on the field!"
—Entering battle
"Sit back and watch!"
—Entering battle
"My turn!"
—Entering battle
"Piece of cake!"
—Entering battle
"This one is mine!"
—Entering battle
"Everyone: Go! Go! Go!"
—Using Aim
"Be quiet!"
—Using Silence Attack
"Good night!"
—Using Dark Attack
"It's over!"
—Killing blow
"Boo-yah!"
—Killing blow
"Whoo-hoo!"
—After killing a fiend
"Ah, piece and quiet."
—Using Silence Buster
"Sweet dreams!"
—Using Sleep Attack
"And stay down!"
—Using Delay Attack
"Its gonna hurt!"
—Using Triple Foul
"Go, Blitzball! Go!"
—Overdrive
"Now I'm mad."
—Using Attack Reels
"Yo, eat this, ya?"
—Using Auroch Reels
"Okay, who did that?"
—Revived
"I'm not done yet, c'mon!"
—Revived
"...I'm back."
—Revived
"I'm good, ya?"
—Battle won
"I'm on a roll!"
—Battle won

Wakka as a Blitzball player

From left to right: Tidus, Botta, Wakka, Jassu, and Letty

In addition to being one of Summoner Yuna's guardians and childhood friends, Wakka is also a professional blitzball player and captain of the Besaid Aurochs, a team that — as of the beginning of Final Fantasy X — went 10 years without winning a single game. Wakka's goal as captain is to have the team do their best, without it mattering whether they win or lose. It isn't until Tidus arrives that the Aurochs begin to focus on achieving victory.

Wakka retires from Blitzball after the tournament in Luca so he can focus on being a guardian. Despite this, he can be recruited back onto the Aurochs later in the game. Wakka may have officially come out of retirement after the events of Final Fantasy X, as is somewhat implied by Yuna wondering aloud if "Wakka and the gang" were at the opening of Blitzball season in Final Fantasy X-2. He is on the hidden Besaid Aurochs team, but Beclem is as well, so the hidden team may not be the official lineup.

Wakka also has a unique Blitzball technique called Aurochs' Spirit which adds the sum of the SH of all the original Aurochs currently on the team to Wakka's own SH.

Blitzball Stats

With his high EN and SH, Wakka is best in a forward position. He has the first level 'Venom Shot' from the beginning.

Location
Airship - Bridge
Key Techniques
Wither Shot
Drain Tackle
Tackle Slip

Stats

LV 1 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 60 70 80 90 99
HP 150 210 383 589 825 1095 1396 1729 2094 2491 2920 3874 4956 6166 7504 8817
SP 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60
EN 11 12 15 18 21 24 27 30 33 36 40 47 54 62 70 78
AT 3 3 4 5 5 6 7 7 8 9 10 11 12 14 15 16
PA 3 4 6 7 9 11 12 14 16 17 19 22 26 29 32 35
BL 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 5 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 11
SH 13 14 17 21 24 28 32 35 39 42 46 53 60 67 74 80
CA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 13 15 17 19 20

Sphere Break

Wakka Coin
Coin No. 62 Coin Value 9
Trait Rare Item
Location Win from the Bevelle Core Sphere player in the Luca Stadium.

Musical Themes

  • Wakka's theme is simply called Wakka's Theme. However, he is the only main character whose theme is not featured in the game's original soundtrack. It is one of several extra songs that can only be found online or earned in Luca's Sphere Theater.

Non-Final Fantasy Appearances

Kingdom Hearts series

For more information, see Kingdom Hearts Wiki:Wakka

Wakka plays a minor role in the Kingdom Hearts series. Together with Sora, Riku, Kairi, Tidus and Selphie, he spends his days playing on the Destiny Islands. He is very skilled with a ball, and together with Tidus, he is inventing an "underwater ball sport". When Sora, Riku and Kairi leave the island Wakka, Tidus and Selphie are left behind.

Wakka reprises his role in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories albiet as a memory fragment. He is only briefly mentioned in Kingdom Hearts II by Selphie, commenting to Kairi that "Tidus and Wakka are both wrapped up in their ball game,".

Trivia

  • Wakka makes a small cameo in Dissidia Final Fantasy as a tutor from the in-game manuals. Along with Rikku he explains how to use the shop.
  • Despite being called "tubby" by Rikku in Final Fantasy X-2, there seems to be no signs of his increased weight due to Square Enix not creating a new character model for him.

This article uses material from the "Wakka" article on the Final Fantasy wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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