Zack Weapon Tier List

Best weapons for Zack Fair, and how to use them.

It's time to revisit Zack's weapons for October 2023. We'll sort his weapons according to their usefulness in clearing content, efficiency in certain builds, and potential use as a sub-weapon.

TierWeapons
S TierCutlass
Arc Sword
Falchion
A TierType-99 Longsword
Enhance Sword (Z)
Defender
Crystal Sword (Z)
Zweihander
Ifrit's Sword
Beach Parasol
B Tier

S Tier

Cutlass

Cutlass inflicts a single-target pdef debuff and works well with most of Zack's weapons as a secondary weapon. It's particularly effective with other physical damage dealers like Cloud, increasing pdef and ability potency. While it could have used better abilities, it's still a useful choice. However, it's not ideal as a sub-weapon.

Arc Sword

This sword inflicts a single-target mdef debuff, increases magic attack (matk), and provides water resistance. It's great for a mage-oriented Zack build, although he's not typically a mage. You can make use of it if you have magic damage dealers on your team, like Sephiroth. It can be paired with Ifrit Sword, Beach Parasol, or Crystal Sword (Z) if you're determined to make it work and also serves as a sub-weapon for mages due to the matk increase.

Falchion

Falchion inflicts AOE physical wind damage and is one of the few wind weapons in the game. It boasts good physical attack base stats, increases physical attack and wind potency, and features two offensive abilities. It's an excellent choice for investment and can also serve as a sub-weapon for physical attackers and wind damage dealers.

A Tier

Type-99 Longsword

The Type-99 Longsword deals single-target physical damage, increases attack (atk), and critical hit (crit) rate. While it's not the best weapon for Zack, it's still usable if you don't have a better option. Its special skill deals extra damage to "o sigils," making it valuable against bosses with o sigils. Additionally, it features three slots for physical attack boost support materia.

Enhance Sword (Z)

This weapon offers a single-target heal and includes remarkable abilities that boost heal potency and ability potency. The third support slot increases lightning damage by 30%. While it can be used as a sub-weapon on a healer, it may not be the best choice for Zack. A preference for area-of-effect (AOE) healing might lead you in a different direction.

Defender

The Defender buffs a single target's physical defense (pdef) up to high potency at higher star levels. It also enhances heal and ice potency and boasts a fairly high physical attack base stat. The third support materia slot increases buff/debuff time by 20%. It can be a good choice for a healer/buffer/debuffer Zack build, particularly when paired with his Enhance Sword (Z). Investing in this weapon is worthwhile, especially if it's overboosted. It's also a great sub-weapon for ice-based builds at higher star levels.

Crystal Sword (Z)

This sword deals AOE fire magic damage but has relatively low base stats for attack and magic attack. It increases attack and fire potency and has a third support materia slot that boosts o sigil damage. Like the Defender, it's more valuable at higher star levels due to the fire potency bonus but may not be the best short-term investment.

Zweihander

Zweihander offers Zack's highest physical attack base and deals single-target physical damage. It boosts attack and fire resistance. While it could have been improved with another offensive ability, it serves well as both a primary weapon for Zack and a sub-weapon to increase attack. Consider investing in it if you don't have a better option.

Ifrit's Sword

This free, farmable weapon deals single-target fire damage and is definitely worth investing in if you can overboost it to maximum stars. It provides ice resistance and an HP boost, making it a great sub-weapon against bosses that use ice attacks, like Shiva.

Beach Parasol

A free weapon from the Tonberry event, Beach Parasol can be overboosted to 10. It offers two defensive abilities in HP and mdef. It's certainly worth investing in for Zack himself if you want a mage build or for other units as a sub-weapon. It can help increase their CP thanks to the raw stats it provides. It also deals single-target magic damage.

B Tier

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