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.
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.
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.
Cid presents himself as bad-tempered and unfriendly, but this is a ruse. He is truly a kind, caring individual.
Cid was a close friend with Regis Lucis Caelum before he was made king. Cid was a companion on Regis's pilgrimages to inherit the throne. They 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.
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.
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. Th 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 glitchy with him not giving the quests for upgradeable weapons.
|Quest||Weapon||# of quests||Material||Reward|
|A Better Engine Blade||Engine Blade; Noctis's initial weapon||0||Rusted Bit|
How to find: Common item
|Engine Blade II, 500 EXP|
|A Better Engine Blade II||Engine Blade II; obtained after upgrading the Engine Blade||1||Glass Gemstone|
How to find: Common item. There is one in Lestallum on a table to the left after going up the stairs after parking
|Engine Blade III, 800 EXP|
|A Better Engine Blade III||Engine Blade III; obtained after upgrading the Engine Blade II||3||Sturdy Helixhorn|
How to find: Break Duplicorn's horn (75%). The player can lock onto it and then warp-strike from a distance.
|Ultima Blade, 1000 EXP|
|Cid Sophiar Master Mechanic||Drain Lance; final battle of Chapter 1||0||Metal Scrap|
How to find: Common item
|Drain Lance II, 500 EXP|
|A Better Drain Lance II||Drain Lance II; obtained after upgrading the Drain Lance||1||Coeurl Whiskers|
How to find: Dropped by Coeurl (50%), Elder Coeurl (100%)
|Drain Lance III, 800 EXP|
|A Better Auto Crossbow||Auto Crossbow; find from Kecatrich Trench||2||Cactuar Needle|
How to find: Find south of Vesperpool, dropped by Slactuar (100%)
|Auto Crossbow Plus, 2000 EXP|
|A Better Bioblaster||Bioblaster; find outside Keycatrich Trench||2||Dynamo|
How to find: Find at Callatein's Plunge outside Greyshire Glacial Grotto, dropped by MA Veles (50%), MA Veles-Bis (60%), MA Hoplomachus (95%)
|Bioblaster Plus, 2000 EXP|
|A Better Circular Saw||Circular Saw; obtain from the final battle of Chapter 2||2||Sky Gemstone|
How to find: Reward for "A Feline Feast" quest. Find a cat behind the lighthouse at Caem and give it cat food. Need to complete the "Kitty Catering" quest in Galdin Quay first by giving the cat a cooked fish. Premium cat food is sold at the nearby roadside merchant for 20,000 gil. The player can also go back to Galdin Quay to cook a fish for the cat.
|Circular Saw Plus, 2000 EXP|
|A Better Gravity Well||Gravity Well; find in Aracheole Stronghold||2||Hydraulic Cylinder|
How to find: Find north of Fort Vaullerey, dropped by MA-X Patria (97%)
|Gravity Well Plus, 2000 EXP|
|A Better Noiseblaster||Noiseblaster; find in Fort Vaullerey||2||Magnetron|
How to find: Find in Gralea, dropped by MA Hoplomachus (5%)
|Noiseblaster Plus, 2000 EXP|
|A Better Drillbreaker||Drillbreaker; find in Formouth Garrison||2||Magitek Core|
How to find: Find in Gralea, dropped by MA-X Dux (100%), MA-X Patria (3%)
|Drillbreaker Plus, 2000 EXP|
|A Better Force Stealer||Force Stealer; Cape Caem trading Caem Carrots for weapons||1||Monster Claw|
How to find: Bandersnatch (100%)
|Force Stealer II, 800 EXP|
|A Better Pair of Plunderers||Plunderers; Cape Caem trading Caem Carrots for weapons||1||Barbed Scythe|
How to find: Dropped by Killer Wasp
|Plunderers II, 800 EXP|
|A Better Valiant||Valiant; Cape Caem trading Caem Carrots for weapons||1||Earth Gemstone|
How to find: Common item
|Valiant II, 800 EXP|
|A Better Absorb Shield||Absorb Shield; Cape Caem trading Caem Carrots for weapons||1||Spiked Armor|
How to find: Break appendage from Skarnbullete (75%)
|Absorb Shield II, 800 EXP|
Creation and developmentEdit
Cid was designed by Roberto Ferrari.
He is voiced by Nobuyuki Katsube in Japanese.
سيد (sîdi or sayyid), which means "lord" or "master."Cid is derived from the dialectal Arabic word
"Sophiar" is derived from sophia, which means "wisdom" in Greek.