There are 13 Royal Arms Locations in Final Fantasy XV. Finding all 13 unlocks the “Faithful Heir” trophy / achievement.
Each Royal Arm has unique attack patterns and stat boosts. They can be used in combat by Noctis. They are more powerful than normal weapons but using them depletes your own health. Even if you don’t want to use these weapons you should equip them for the stat boosts they provide. Furthermore, the Royal Arms bypass all enemy resistances and always deal full damage (no enemies are resistant to them).
The first 7 Royal Arms are automatic / unmissable story unlocks. You get them automatically during main quests. The remaining 6 Royal Arms are from dungeons and Royal Tombs which you must find on your own. None of them are missable! There is free roam after finishing the story and you can go back everywhere. The dungeons are fairly difficult, one of them being for level 55+. If you want you can do them before leaving for chapter 9 but it will be very difficult. I highly recommend you finish the story first to get stronger. Remember you can switch to easy difficulty in the game options at any time (in easy mode you cannot die).
#1 – Sword of the Wise – 0:05
#2 – Axe of the Conqueror – 0:58
#3 – Swords of the Wanderer – 2:08
#4 – Blade of the Mystic – 3:26
#5 – Katana of the Warrior – 4:13
#6 – Trident of the Oracle – 5:29
#7 – Sword of the Father – 6:21
#8 – Bow of the Clever – 7:20
#9 – Sword of the Tall – 9:39
#10 – Shield of the Just – 12:09
#11 – Scepter of the Pious – 13:27
#12 – Mace of the Fierce – 14:32
#13 – Star of the Rogue – 16:13