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Outspoken old friend of Regis who owns and operates the Hammerhead garage. Although he's getting on in years, Cid remains the master mechanic he was when he traveled alongside Regis thirty years before, and beneath the surly surface beats a warm and gentle heart.
—Official description

Cid Sophiar is a non-player character in Final Fantasy XV. He is the owner and operator of the Hammerhead garage, as well as Cindy Aurum's grandfather. Cid is a recurring character in the Final Fantasy series, usually appearing as an older man with engineering aptitude. The Final Fantasy XV incarnation of Cid can help the player by upgrading their weapons.

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AppearanceEdit

Cid is an elderly man with silver hair and hazel eyes. He wears a jacket made from red leather, a blue shirt, black gloves, jeans, and a red baseball cap that bears the Hammerhead logo.

PersonalityEdit

Cid presents himself as bad-tempered and unfriendly, but this is a ruse. He is truly a kind, caring individual.

StoryEdit

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow. (Skip section)

Cid was a close friend with Regis Lucis Caelum before he was made king. In M.E. 725, Regis fought alongside Cid, Clarus Amicitia, Cor Leonis and Weskham Armaugh on their trip to Accordo. Due to the defeat of the Lucis-Accordo allied forces, the Niflheim army had invaded the three regions of Leide, Duscae, and Cleigne, where they began establishing bases followed by a period of peace. Lucis challenged the empire, but were pushed back. Regis, as the Lucian prince, had traveled to Accordo with a select few to seek the restoration of an allied force, but was forced to withdraw to the Crown City due to the Lucian army's defeat. The range of the Wall was pulled back to Insomnia's ramparts to maintain the strength to resist the empire's invasion efforts.[1]

Cid and Regis fell out sometime before Regis's coronation, and Cid was not invited to attend. Although they never saw each other again as Insomnia became isolated from the rest of Eos behind a magic Wall to be upheld by Regis, they did reconcile afterward and reestablished contact. They corresponded in written letters and never again met face-to-face.

Cid established the Hammerhead service station and garage to the Leide region, Lucian outlands. He got a man named Takka to turn over a new leaf from marauding outlaw into outstanding chef, and had a daughter. His son-in-law and daughter died in an unexplained accident, and left behind a daughter, Cindy. Since then, he raised her in the mechanic trade.

The war with the Niflheim Empire drags on. After Regis's son and the heir apparent to the throne, Noctis Lucis Caelum, turns twenty, Lucis begins peace negotiations with Niflheim as upholding the Wall is draining Regis's life-force and he has become frail. Knowing the negotiations to be a ruse, Regis plans to send Noctis away from Insomnia. As depicted in Final Fantasy XV Prologue Parting Ways, the day before Noctis's departure, Regis had called Cid, who had demanded to see Regis face-to-face. Regis had declined, knowing it would be the last time they would talk. Afterward, he had talked with Clarus Amicitia, his bodyguard and close friend, on how he had been unable to tell Cid and Noctis the truth and wondered how his legacy will be remembered.

Hammerhead

Cid speaks to Noctis and his friends at Hammerhead.

Noctis departs Insomnia with his retinue of friends. Regis's car they are using breaks down and they push it to Hammerhead. Noctis meets Cid who recognizes Noctis as Regis's son. He doesn't act respectful toward him, implying he doesn't think Noctis is ready for the position of king. After the Regalia is fixed, Noctis continues on his journey.

After Niflheim attacks Insomnia and Regis is killed, Noctis returns to Hammerhead. Cid assures Noctis that Regis orchestrated the turn of events to save Noctis's life, but Noctis remains upset about how selfish he feels Regis's actions were. Noctis begins his quest to collect the Royal Arms of his forebears and forge covenants with the astral gods of Eos to gain the power to restore his kingdom. As he needs passage to Altissia, Cid and Cindy go to Cape Caem to make preparations for Noctis's trip. Though the ferry from Galdin Quay doesn't run under the current conditions, King Regis has a ship in a secret harbor at Caem.

Noctis goes out to collect mythril to fix King Regis's ship. As they are ready to depart, Cid reminds Noctis that his friends—Gladiolus Amicitia, Ignis Scientia and Prompto Argentum—are more than mere bodyguards, and asks Noctis to always depend on them. Noctis's journey mirrors that of the one Regis did in his youth with Cid and their other friends, and Cid recognizes the parallel. Cid steers the ship to Altissia and shows his old travel documents to the border control to have them let through. He stays behind with Regis's ship as Noctis continues onward. Cid survives the town's annihilation by Niflheim forces and Leviathan, and returns to Hammerhead.

After Noctis awakes from his ten-year slumber after receiving enlightenment from Bahamut, he returns a decimated Galdin Quay with Regis's ship. He meets the boy Talcott who has grown into an adult, who drives Noctis back to Cid's garage. After Noctis disappeared the sun didn't rise again, and the world has been overtaken by daemons. Hammerhead has been set up as a daemon-hunter stronghold. Almost all in Eos has taken refuge in the city of Lestallum, whose light provided by the power plant can keep the daemons out of the city. Cid, who is about 87 at this time, didn't want to leave his garage behind, and so had turned it into a Hunter's stronghold and checkpoint which he co-manages with Cindy. Though still alive and well, he is not as active as he once was. Ignis, in Noctis's absence, acted as his caretaker.

Spoilers end here.

GameplayEdit

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Cid hands out an upgraded Engine Blade.

Cid acts as a mechanic who upgrades the player's weapons designated by a "+" symbol. This includes the Engine Blade, Drain Lance, and various machine weapons, so long as he is provided with the corresponding material. Upgradable weapons cannot be sold, so the player cannot miss the upgrades by accident.

Once he upgrades the player's Engine Blade III to the Ultima Weapon, he will give Noctis his Old Hammer, which King Regis carved with "Property of Mr.Hammerproof Thickskull." This was the weapon Cid used during his adventure with the king, but it is not usable in battle and instead is a key item.

After giving Cid the weapon and the material he needs for an upgrade, the player needs to wait for the upgrade to be completed. The first two upgrades for Engine Blade and Drain Lance are immediate, but for the following quests the player will need to pass time and wait for Cid's call. What can cause confusion is that the quest log asks the player to pass time while Cid upgrades the weapon as soon the quest is unlocked, and not when the player actually hands the weapon over to Cid to be upgraded. Cid will only upgrade one weapon at a time; he won't accept a new weapon until giving back the weapon he is currently upgrading.

The time passes by doing quests, hunts always being a good option as they can be undertaken at any time and can be repeated. The next time the player rests after the requirements have been met, Cid will call Noctis when he wakes up the following morning to come pick the upgraded weapon up. The amount of time it takes for Cid to upgrade a weapon is different for each one. Cid will not call the player to let Noctis know the upgrade is ready when they have Iris as guest party member, and when Gladiolus is not in the party. Thus, the player may need to wait until the end of the power plant segment in Chapter 8 to get Cid to call. If he doesn't already have a weapon at this time, the player can still give him one to upgrade, but he will not return it until after the first mission of Chapter 8 is complete. Cid will also not call "to the future" if the player is using Umbra to go back in time to the open world portion.

Many players have found the Cid quest-line to glitch, causing him not to give the quests for upgradeable weapons.

NameLocationUnlockReward
Cid Sophiar, Master MechanicHammerhead (Cape Caem during Chapter 07 and 08)Reach Chapter 02500 EXP, Drain Lance II
A Better Engine BladeHammerhead (Cape Caem during Chapter 07 and 08)Obtain Engine Blade and complete "Cid Sophiar, Master Mechanic"500 EXP, Engine Blade II
A Better Engine Blade IIHammerhead (Cape Caem during Chapter 07 and 08)Obtain Engine Blade II and complete "Cid Sophiar, Master Mechanic"800 EXP, Engine Blade III (after completing one quest or hunt)
A Better Engine Blade IIIHammerhead (Cape Caem during Chapter 07 and 08)Obtain Engine Blade III and complete "Cid Sophiar, Master Mechanic"1,000 EXP, Ultima Blade (after completing three quests or hunts)
A Better Drain Lance IIHammerhead (Cape Caem during Chapter 07 and 08)Complete "Cid Sophiar, Master Mechanic"800 EXP, Drain Blade III (after completing one quest or hunt)
A Better Auto CrossbowHammerhead (Cape Caem during Chapter 07 and 08)Obtain Auto Crossbow and complete "Cid Sophiar, Master Mechanic"2,000 EXP, Auto Crossbow Plus (after completing two quests or hunts)
A Better BioblasterHammerhead (Cape Caem during Chapter 07 and 08)Obtain Bioblaster and complete "Cid Sophiar, Master Mechanic"2,000 EXP, Bioblaster Plus (after completing two quests or hunts)
A Better Circular SawHammerhead (Cape Caem during Chapter 07 and 08)Obtain Circular Saw and complete "Cid Sophiar, Master Mechanic"2,000 EXP, Circular Saw Plus (after completing two quests or hunts)
A Better Gravity WellHammerhead (Cape Caem during Chapter 07 and 08)Obtain Gravity Well and complete "Cid Sophiar, Master Mechanic"2,000 EXP, Gravity Well Plus (after completing two quests or hunts)
A Better NoiseblasterHammerhead (Cape Caem during Chapter 07 and 08)Obtain Noiseblaster and complete "Cid Sophiar, Master Mechanic"2,000 EXP, Noiseblaster Plus (after completing two quests or hunts)
A Better DrillbreakerHammerhead (Cape Caem during Chapter 07 and 08)Obtain Drillbreaker and complete "Cid Sophiar, Master Mechanic"2,000 EXP, Drillbreaker Plus (after completing two quests or hunts)
A Better Force StealerHammerhead (Cape Caem during Chapter 07 and 08)Obtain Force Stealer and complete "Cid Sophiar, Master Mechanic"800 EXP, Force Stealer II (after completing one quest or hunt)
A Better Pair of PlunderersHammerhead (Cape Caem during Chapter 07 and 08)Obtain Plunderers and complete "Cid Sophiar, Master Mechanic"800 EXP, Plunderers II (after completing one quest or hunt)
A Better ValiantHammerhead (Cape Caem during Chapter 07 and 08)Obtain Valiant and complete "Cid Sophiar, Master Mechanic"800 EXP, Valiant II (after completing one quest or hunt)
A Better Absorb ShieldHammerhead (Cape Caem during Chapter 07 and 08)Obtain Absorb Shield and complete "Cid Sophiar, Master Mechanic"800 EXP, Absorb Shield II (after completing one quest or hunt)

Creation and developmentEdit

Cid was designed by Roberto Ferrari.

VoiceEdit

He is voiced by Nobuyuki Katsube in Japanese.

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EtymologyEdit

Cid is derived from the dialectal Arabic word سيد (sîdi or sayyid), which means "lord" or "master."

"Sophiar" is derived from sophia, which means "wisdom" in Greek.

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