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A noble warrior of a foreign land. A faithful retainer to his lord and master, he fears not even death...
—Game description

Cyan Garamonde is a playable character in Final Fantasy VI. He is a Samurai and one of the finest and most noble soldiers of the kingdom of Doma. He is husband to Elayne, and father to Owain. His Japanese name is Cayenne.



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Cyan is a middle-aged warrior with a long dark hair in a ponytail, and a short mustache. He wears blue armor in his pre-smartphone version in-game sprites, and brown armor in his Yoshitaka Amano artworks and in the smartphone port sprites. He has a matching cape and carries a katana. Cyan is the second-oldest permanently playable character of the main cast, after Strago.


Cyan has a distinguishable pseudo-Early Modern English manner of speech, using archaic expressions such as "thou", "dost", "thy", and referring to males with the title "Sir". In the original Japanese he speaks in a characteristic "samurai" manner, using the pronoun sessha and ending sentences with de gozaru. This prompts Gau to nickname Sabin "Gozaru" in the Japanese release, or "Mr. Thou" in the English games. De gozaru is a rough or uncultured way of saying de gozaimasu and is used by a samurai or ronin or yakuza in film or television to denote masculinity and ruthlessness. Cyan writes the same way he speaks, and when reading a letter from him in the World of Ruin, the party instantly recognizes his style.

Being a survivor of Doma's poisoning, Cyan is plagued with survivor's guilt, blaming himself for Doma's fall and believing to have lost his honor. He is adverse to displays of affection. Due to Doma's simple lifestyle, Cyan is technophobic and struggles operating machines, but overcomes his fear and when he rejoins the party in the World of Ruin, the party can find several basic books about machines suggesting he has been trying to learn about them. If the player speaks to Cyan while onboard the Falcon, he will be staring at the engine, commenting it is "an interesting apparatus".


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

Cyan plans for Doma's offense.

I am Cyan, retainer to the king of Doma. I am your worst nightmare...
—Cyan, to the Captain

The Gestahlian Empire attacks Doma and in a strategy meeting Cyan suggests killing off the commander, and carries out the plan alone. Kefka Palazzo, who is in charge of the Siege of Doma while General Leo Cristophe is away, has other plans: he dumps poison into the river that leads through Doma, killing almost everyone inside, including the King of Doma, and Cyan's wife and son, Elayne and Owain.


Cyan having a hard time piloting a magitek armor.

The only survivors are Cyan and a single Doman scout. Gripped by sorrow which turns into rage, Cyan rushes into the Imperial Camp to get revenge, with the help of Sabin and Shadow. Grateful for their help, Cyan agrees to accompany them to Narshe. The threesome escape the base in Magitek Armor, which Cyan is reluctant to use.

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Elayne and Owain meet Cyan for the last time.

In a forest the trio board the Phantom Train, and learn from the conductor that to get off they must make their way to the locomotive and shut it off. They stop the train, but witness Elayne's and Owain's spirits, along with the spirits of the victims of Doma Castle, board the train, and Cyan grieves the loss of his family. Cyan, Sabin and Shadow head to Baren Falls where Shadow leaves the party. Sabin and Cyan jump down the falls and float down the river towards the Veldt, where they are rescued by a wild child named Gau.

Gau refuses to talk to them unless they feed him, so they visit the nearby hamlet of Mobliz and buy Dried Meat and give it to Gau. Gau shows them his "shiny thing," a scuba-diving helmet, which can take them through the Serpent Trench to Nikeah. Despite Gau making fun of Cyan's archaic way of speaking, Cyan and Gau grow close. From Nikeah they take a ferry to South Figaro where they can reach Narshe to join the Returners.

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Cyan and the Dancer of Nikeah.

Cyan, Sabin, and Gau arrive when Kefka is planning a raid on Narshe to get the recently discovered frozen esper. The three help Banon, Terra Branford, Locke Cole, Edgar Roni Figaro, and Celes Chere defend Narshe in the Battle for the Frozen Esper but afterward Terra reacts with Valigarmanda and is turned into an esper herself, flying away. A search party is sent to look for her and they locate her atop the tallest tower in Zozo, where she is being cared for by Ramuh. Ramuh tells them they need to go to Vector and free the imprisoned espers, one of them being Terra's father, Maduin. The group recovers the espers, and saves Terra.

FFVI Android Cyan Joins

Cyan joins.

The Elder of Narshe decides to join with the Returners. An agreement is made that Terra would contact the espers to attack Vector, after which a coalition of Returners and Narshe guards would storm from the north. The plan is a success, and Emperor Gestahl appears to have surrendered. At a banquet he asks Terra to convince the espers to negotiate peace and she and Locke go to Crescent Island to parley the Emperor's message.

Cyan and the others are skeptical of the Emperor and stay in Vector to ensure he wasn't lying, Cyan personally guarding Kefka's cell. Edgar seduces one of the Emperor's maids into revealing the his true plan: he wants to lure out the espers to capture them. They fly to Thamasa to warn Terra and Locke, but Kefka has already acquired more magicite and used it to revive the Warring Triad and turn the Esper World into the Floating Continent. When he disturbs the Triad's delicate balance the face of the world shifts, the party's airship is ripped apart, and the party is separated.

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Cyan after being found by the party.

One year after the end of the world, Cyan finds an anxious Lola in Maranda, worrying her (dead) boyfriend is not writing her. Cyan makes his home atop Mt. Zozo and sends letters and hand-made silk flowers to Lola in the stead of her boyfriend. He begins studying machines. When the rest of the party finds him at Mt. Zozo he rejoins.

When Cyan returns to Doma and takes a rest there, he is haunted by the Three Dream Stooges: Laragorn, Curlax, and Moebius. The rest of the party go inside his mind and help him clear his thoughts. They defeat Wrexsoul, a manifestation of Cyan's fear and anger.

After Kefka has been felled and Kefka's Tower is crumbling, Cyan saves Edgar by using a machine.

Spoilers end here.


FF6 iOS Cyan Sprites

Cyan's stats are skewed in the physical department. He has high strength and defense, but low speed and the lowest magic in the party. His weapons are limited to katana and the Zantetsuken, and he equips heavy armor and helmets, and all shields. His ability is Bushido, which lets Cyan open a secondary ATB bar to charge up and execute special attacks. Cyan's Desperation Attack is Tsubame Gaeshi that deals magical damage to one enemy.

Cyan learns new Bushido attacks as he levels up, but after completing his Dreamscape he automatically learns all the Bushido attacks. The "Psycho Cyan bug" involves, among other things, his Bushido. Cyan begins equipped with an Ashura, Buckler, Leather Cap and Leather Armor.

AI scriptEdit

Cyan is controlled by the AI where he is given an AI script just like the enemies. For three battles in the Imperial Camp, his AI script is as follow:

Attack Turns:

1st Turn: Fang (33%) or Attack (33%) or Attack (33%)

If attacked by anything: Attack (33%) or Nothing (66%)


Name Initial Stats
Strength 40
Speed 28
Stamina 33
Magic 25
Attack 25
Defense 48
Evasion 6%
Magic Defense 20
Magic Evasion 1%
Escape Success 3
HP Gain 53
MP Gain 5
Level Averaging +2
Level HP MP EXP +
2 64 9 32
3 76 13 96
4 90 18 208
5 107 23 400
6 127 29 672
7 149 35 1056
8 173 42 1552
9 199 50 2184
11 254 67 3936
12 284 76 5080
13 319 86 6432
14 358 96 7992
15 402 106 9784
16 452 116 11840
17 506 126 14152
18 563 137 16736
19 624 148 19616
21 756 170 26360
22 825 181 30232
23 897 193 34456
24 973 205 39056
25 1052 217 44072
26 1134 229 49464
27 1220 241 55288
28 1310 254 61568
29 1405 267 68304
31 1604 293 83184
32 1705 306 91384
33 1807 320 100088
34 1909 334 109344
35 2012 348 119136
36 2116 362 129504
37 2222 376 140464
38 2329 391 152008
39 2437 406 164184
41 2658 436 190416
42 2771 451 204520
43 2885 467 219320
44 3001 483 234808
45 3118 499 251000
46 3237 515 267936
47 3357 531 285600
48 3479 548 304040
49 3604 565 323248
51 3862 598 364064
52 3993 613 385696
53 4126 627 408160
54 4260 640 431488
55 4396 652 455680
56 4533 663 480776
57 4672 673 506760
58 4814 682 533680
59 4958 690 561528
61 5250 703 620096
62 5398 708 650840
63 5548 713 682600
64 5700 719 715368
65 5853 725 749160
66 6008 732 784016
67 6164 739 819920
68 6322 746 856920
69 6482 754 895016
71 6804 770 974536
72 6959 778 1016000
73 7110 786 1058640
74 7255 793 1102456
75 7395 800 1147456
76 7531 807 1193648
77 7663 813 1241080
78 7789 819 1289744
79 7909 825 1339672
81 8139 836 1443368
82 8249 841 1497160
83 8357 846 1552264
84 8462 851 1608712
85 8564 856 1666512
86 8664 861 1725688
87 8762 866 1786240
88 8857 872 1848184
89 8949 878 1911552
91 9127 890 2042608
92 9214 896 2110320
93 9299 903 2179504
94 9382 911 2250192
95 9464 920 2322392
96 9544 930 2396128
97 9627 941 2471400
98 9713 953 2548224
99 9801 966 2637112



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Creation and developmentEdit

Chibi Cyan II

Cyan's back story and character development were written by Hiroyuki Ito.[2] His character stayed consistent during development, but parts of his story were supposed to interact with Angela, an extra character who was cut from the game. She was a "big sister" archetype and had a take-charge, sultry attitude. She would flirt with Cyan, who, considering his personality, would overreact. It is unknown if she was an NPC or playable character, but she was probably planned to be playable as she had a whip for a weapon.[3]

Cyan's Bushido skill names are simple, but originally, they were to have more dramatic names, such as Chou Baku Hiryuu Zan ("Super Explosive Flying Dragon Slice").[3]

Musical themesEdit

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Cyan's theme is reminiscent of the samurai of old, and is the background music for Doma Castle.

Cyan's leitmotif is the first character theme reprised in the "Ending Theme". Indirectly, his theme is reprised in the ending theme of Dissidia Final Fantasy. It comprises of the ending themes of the first ten Final Fantasy games, and because Cyan's leitmotif is played first in the "Ending Theme", his segment is picked to represent Final Fantasy VI.

Other appearancesEdit

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

Cyan makes a small cameo during the data install sequence. If the player repeatedly presses Left shoulder button during the install, Cyan will spin across the snowfield struggling to control a suit of Magitek Armor.

Pictlogica Final FantasyEdit

Cyan appears as a playable character.

Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit

Cyan appears as a Legend.

Final Fantasy Record KeeperEdit

A samurai sworn to defend Doma, an eastern land whose royal castle was decimated by Kefka's treachery. Cyan joined the Returners to avenge the death of his liege and his beloved wife and child.
—Character Profile
FFRK Cyan Sprite

Cyan appears as a recruitable character. He joins the party after clearing the Phantom Train for the first time. He was also the Tier 2 recruit in the Touched by Magic Challenge Event. He can also be recruited by accepting and completing the Bonus Quest "Complete Imperial Camp Classic (VI)".


Cyan is a Samurai. His combat role is Physical Attack.

Cyan, like Cloud recruited before him, is an excellent addition to the party, especially for early players whose physical capabilities and speed may be lacking by the time he is recruited. Unfortunately for him as well as several other units requiring specific weapons, he can easily fall victim to the game's randomness at drawing new equipment and may not get the katana he needs to perform at his best. Still, he combines physical power and speed in ways none other than a Dragoon can match or exceed. Auron, Cyan's spiritual successor, is more powerful, but much slower.

Level HP Attack Defense Magic Resistance Mind Accuracy Evasion Speed
1 214 12 9 8 8 8 20 20 92
10 832 29 27 17 17 20 20 20 97
20 1,521 49 44 28 28 35 20 20 103
30 2,208 69 60 40 40 49 21 21 108
50 3,082 101 89 65 65 65 22 22 120
Rank*First break only. Min 1, max 5 4 4 3 1 1 2 3 3 3

Cyan can use all Combat abilities and all Samurai abilities.

His default Soul Break is Bushido Fang, a physical attack against a single target.

Additional information

Cyan was the first character to receive a second copy of his Memory Crystal I. These copies are appropriately located on the Phantom Train under Elite difficulty, and on Mt. Zozo's Summit in the World of Ruin during Touched by Magic. These locations reference his places of deepest pain in the original game.

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Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

Cyan makes an appearance with four Fire-elemental cards.

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Triple Triad (Portal App)Edit

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Cyan appears on a Triple Triad card.



Cyan's Japanese name, Cayenne, designates a type of chili pepper. Cyan is taken from the Greek kyanos, meaning "dark blue" or "lapis lazuli". Garamonde could be a form of the Old English surname Garamond, or "patron", or a reference to the typeface named after French typesetter Claude Garamond.


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Cyan holding a Dango.

  • An official piece of artwork for Final Fantasy VI depicts Cyan holding what looks to be a traditional Japanese dango.
  • Cyan's Desperation Attack, Tsubame Gaeshi, was a famous technique mastered by Sasaki Kojirō, a famed Japanese swordsman in the Sengoku period of feudal Japan. Kojirō was best known to have been slain by Miyamoto Musashi during a duel at the island of Funajima.
  • Cyan was Hironobu Sakaguchi's favorite character in Final Fantasy VI.[4]
  • In Final Fantasy XIV, a chocobo's feather colors are changed by feeding it different fruit, where each fruit will change the color bias based on an RGB and CMY scale. Feeding the chocobo Doman Plums will increase the Cyan value.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Final Fantasy VI Settei Shiryō-hen, p.26
  2. Official UK PlayStation Magazine. Final Fantasy IX: Our 10 page Preview of the upcoming RPG masterpiece. Including an interview with Producer Hironobu Sakaguchi and Director Hiroyuki Itou. (in English), 41–51, Future Publishing.Invalid citation format.
  3. 3.0 3.1 V-Jump issue (in Japanese)
  4. V Jump September 1994 issue

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