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A childhood friend of Noctis who grew up receiving gifted education befitting a staff officer. He understands Noctis well and is his confidant.
- —Official description
Ignis Stupeo Scientia is a companion of Noctis and a party member in Final Fantasy XV. Although not directly playable, he can co-opt moves with Noctis and be issued orders. Ignis's nickname is "Iggy".
He is Noctis's close childhood friend alongside Gladiolus and Prompto, acting as a strategist for the royal family. He is the group's driver and chef, taking the wheel of the party's car unless the player wants to drive manually as Noctis.
Ignis wears a purple and black patterned dress shirt with his black suit and black shiny red-soled shoes with sequenced crystals at the tip. He wears shimmery silver driving gloves. He wears glasses and has short, light brown hair swept up at the front of his hairline and green eyes. Like all party members, he has some skull-motifs to his outfit, although more subdued than his comrades'. He has a skull on his belt buckle.
Ignis has a composed, serious, and cool personality, something to contrast Gladiolus and Prompto. Ignis has been friends with Noctis since early childhood. He received a special education for gifted children to work as a staff officer for Noctis and acts as the understanding consultant for him. He is from a different region than the others, and thus has a different accent.
In the 1st Production Department Premier trailer, he advises Noctis to flee the city to avoid unnecessary casualties because he is not strong enough to defeat the attackers. Noctis later asks Ignis if he has come up with a plan to exact tenfold vengeance on their enemies, to which Ignis responds that he is going to find a way to return it a hundredfold.
Ignis accompanies Noctis and his friends on a road trip to Altissia where they are to meet a woman named Luna, Noctis's fiancée. En route they receive news that the royal capital Lucis has been invaded by the Empire of Niflheim. Ignis drives the car through the Duscae region when they spot a giant Adamantoise as well as an astral shard.
While stopping in Duscae to make the gil to repair the car that was wrecked by Prompto, Ignis asks Noctis to go stargazing as they have a view of the night sky without the city's light pollution. When they corner Deadeye, a fierce behemoth that the locals have put a bounty on, Ignis concocts a plan to surprise it in its lair by having Noctis distract it with his warping techniques and have Prompto detonate a fuel tank on the beast.
Ignis wields a pair of knives that he can switch comfortably from a standard grip and a reverse grip for variable attacks. He can also toss one into the air and kick it at the foe he is fighting. In the Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae demo Ignis is the only one able to use magic with his Cure spell. He uses it automatically on allies that are on low health. He can use Venom Strike on enemies, which poisons them.
Creation and developmentEdit
Ignis, like the other party members, has gone through a design overhaul. The original footage of him had him wearing a white dress shirt under a jacket, jeans and a dogtag pendant. This outfit was changed to a purple and black animal print dress shirt worn with a suit. He's also donned a pair of uniquely styled blue gloves. In a early gameplay trailer of the game when it was known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII he was playable and used a katana to attack and fired magic.
Director Hajime Tabata has explained that black has historically been treated as a special color in Lucis. Thus the attire of the royal family, and those in occupations closely tied to it, wear black.
Ignis's Japanese voice actor is Mamoru Miyano, who also voices Riku from the Kingdom Hearts series. In the English localization he speaks with an English accent in comparison to the other party members, who speak with American accents. This is because Ignis is from a different region of the world. In the English localization he mainly refers to Noctis as "Highness", whereas he calls him "Noct" in the Japanese version. This has been criticized by some as too drastic a change of his characterization between the versions, but director Hajime Tabata has answered on the official forums to assure he is aware of the concerns and strives to ensure that Ignis's character is portrayed as intended in the localized versions.
Ignis's name is composed of three Latin words.Ignis means "fire" in Latin. Stupeo means "I stun or I amaze" in Latin. Scientia is the Latin word for “knowledge”. The three words form the full meaning of Ignis's name: "I stun with the fiery knowledge."
- Ignis is director Hajime Tabata's favorite party member.
- During gameplay, Noctis refers to him as Count, possibly indicating his Lucian title and class.
- Early development of Final Fantasy XV saw Ignis use a katana as his main weapon, while daggers were used as sub/ability weapons. Due to this, and many design traits, he was affectionately called "Glasses Touchdown" due to similarities to No More Heroes series protagonist Travis Touchdown.
- ↑ http://www.novacrystallis.com/2013/06/final-fantasy-xv-main-characters-and-japanese-voice-cast-revealed/
- ↑ - New Final Fantasy XV Details From Comic Fiesta 2014 — Gamerampage.net
- ↑ http://squareportal.net/2013/06/20/new-final-fantasy-xv-details-and-interview/
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 - All the details from today's London Active Time Report — Novacrystallis.com
- ↑ Why Noctis and his companions are dressed in black? (Accessed: February 09, 2016) at Official Final Fantasy XV Forums
- ↑ The English translation, Hajime Tabata's response (Accessed: February 09, 2016) at Final Fantasy XV Official Forums