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Locke Cole
Locke III
Sprites Locke Cole menu FFVI Locke Cole Menu iOS
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Japanese name Lock Cole
Kana ロック・コール
Romaji Rokku Kōru
Job Adventurer
Skill Steal/Mug
Desperation Attack Mirage Dive
Age 25
Birthday November 24
Height 5' 10" (178 cm)
Weight 148 lbs. (67 kg)
Blood Type O-
Birthplace Kohlingen
Treasure Phoenix Magicite
Loves Adventure/ Napping in fields
Hates Goodbyes/Mushrooms
Hobby Treasure Hunting/Collecting maps
Ultimate Weapon Zwill Crossblade
Final Fantasy VI Character
A treasure hunter and trail-worn traveler, searching the world over for relics of the past...
—Game description

Locke Cole, also known as Lock, is a playable character from Final Fantasy VI. He is a thief, but prefers to be called a "Treasure Hunter".

Appearance and PersonalityEdit

I'll never let go. I promise.
—Locke to Celes

Locke is of average height with a wiry build. He wears a blue vest and trousers with a white shirt, although concept art has his outer clothes as black. He has light brown hair and wears a bandanna. In-game, it is blue and rolled into a headband; in the Yoshitaka Amano artwork it covers his hair and is more colorful and patterned. His outfit is belted with a short sash. He wears brown gloves in-game and in some concept art.

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Locke is introduced as a contact, spy, and saboteur for the Returners, the resistance group to the Gestahlian Empire. He is driven to protect women he meets, instantly promising to help Terra and Celes despite them being former Imperial soldiers. His want to protect women is due to unresolved guilt over a past incident which he struggles with. The incident was a key reason he joined the Returners, and although he blames himself, he is angry at the Empire for their involvement.

Despite his tragic past, Locke is often less than serious. He jokes around with and about the other party members, particularly teasing Edgar for his flirtatiousness. He is proud of his skills and insistent on being called a "treasure hunter" or "adventurer" rather than a thief. Locke is kindhearted and tries to prevent others from experiencing the sorrow he has.

StoryEdit

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In his youth, Locke used to travel with his father, who was a treasure hunter. His father died and people in Kohlingen treated Locke like a common thief. Rachel was the only one not to consider him as such, and they fell in love, but her father detested him. To prove himself to Rachel's father Locke explored a dangerous cave with her.[1]

A bridge crumbled under Locke, and Rachel, out of love and devotion, rushed to save him. She fell and was almost killed. Locke rescued her and took her home and nursed Rachel back to health, but she developed a case of amnesia. Blaming Locke for her condition, Rachel's father threw him out and Rachel agreed, as she had lost her memory of their relationship. The village turned against Locke, who left Kohlingen. Locke felt guilty for Rachel's loss of memory, and tried to redeem himself by protecting every woman he came across. One day, Kohlingen was destroyed in an Imperial attack, and Rachel died, but not before recovering her memory and declaring her love for Locke, who joined the Returners to help the resistance against the Empire.

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Locke meets with Arvis.

Arvis calls Locke to Narshe to ask for assistance in helping Terra Branford. Locke is reluctant due to her affiliation with the Empire, but agrees and finds Terra in the Narshe Mines ambushed by Narshe guardsmen and rescues her with the help of Ten Moogles. Terra cannot remember her past, but Locke promises to protect her and takes her to Figaro Castle as Narshe is no longer safe.

In Figaro, King Edgar Roni Figaro offers her shelter. Imperial general Kefka Palazzo, hot on Terra's tail, inquires of her whereabouts. Edgar lies, and Kefka sets the castle aflame. Locke, Edgar and Terra escape, and the castle burrows underground. The trio meet up with Banon, the leader of the Returners, at the Returner Hideout, who has Terra join their cause.

The city of South Figaro is put under Imperial siege and Locke goes to investigate. He learns the Empire is planning another raid on Narshe and sets out to warn the Elder. He sneaks into the basement of the largest house in town where an Imperial general, Celes Chere, is being interrogated. Locke rescues her, and vows to protect her and the two escape the town together.

Locke and Celes head to Narshe to warn the Elder. Cyan Garamonde and Celes get into a brief quarrel, but Locke breaks it up. Everyone gathers to defend Narshe against Kefka and his troops, but afterward Terra reacts with the frozen esper and turns into an esper herself and flies away. A search party is assembled and she is found in atop the tallest tower in Zozo being cared for by Ramuh. Ramuh asks the party to go to Vector, the Imperial capital, and rescue the other imprisoned espers, one of which — Maduin — is Terra's father. Celes agrees to lead the team, and Locke accompanies her.

To get to Vector the party needs an airship. In the town of Jidoor Celes learns a man named Setzer Gabbiani owns the only private airship in the world: the Blackjack, and is in love with Maria, the star of Maria and Draco opera, and wills to kidnap her. Locke suggests dressing up Celes as Maria to get Setzer's attention. The plan works, and Setzer agrees, as the result of a coin toss, to take the party to Vector.

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Kefka implies Celes is a spy.

After arriving in Vector the party heads to the Magitek Research Facility where they free the espers but it turns them into magicite. Kefka discovers the magicite and orders Celes to come with him. Locke questions Celes's loyalty, but she casts a spell to teleport herself, Kefka, and the troops away to save the Returners. The Empire's main Magitek engineer, Cid, helps Locke and his friends escape via a mine cart. They meet up with Setzer who takes them back to Zozo to see Terra, who recovers upon receiving her father's magicite.

The party heads to Narshe for a strategy meeting with the Elder, Arvis, and Banon. The plan is for Terra to contact the espers and have them attack Vector from the east, while a coalition of Returners and Narshe guards strikes from the north. Terra leads a party through the Cave to the Sealed Gate to reach the Esper World where they are ambushed by Kefka, and have to escape. The espers destroy the airship and in Vector Gestahl seems to have surrendered. He asks Terra to negotiate peace with the espers, and she agrees. Locke accompanies her to Crescent Island.

In the port of Albrook Terra and Locke met up with General Leo Cristophe — the leader of the expedition — the mercenary Shadow, and Celes. Locke does not know what to say to Celes and the night before departure he attempts to apologize but she runs away. On the boat to Crescent Island Locke gets seasick and embarrasses himself in front of Shadow. Shortly before landing, Celes tries to say something to him, but Locke walks away.

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Locke joins the party after the Apocalypse.

Locke, Terra and Shadow enter the town of Thamasa where they meet up with Strago Magus, the elder of the town, who asks Terra and Locke help him rescue his granddaughter, Relm Arrowny, from a burning house. Afterward Strago agrees to help Terra and Locke look for the espers and they head for the Espers' Gathering Place with Relm in tow. Terra and Locke speak to the espers' leader, Yura, and take him to Thamasa for negotiations with Leo. At Thamasa, Locke and Celes reconcile.

Kefka interrupts the negotiations and wounds everyone but Leo, who tries to fight Kefka and is killed. Kefka reveals everything was a ploy to gather magicite, and kills Yura and the other espers. He heads for the Sealed Gate to collect more magicite and the Warring Triad are revived and the Esper World becomes the Floating Continent. Terra, Locke, Strago, Relm, and Celes meet up with the others and attack the Floating Continent, but as Kefka moves the Warring Triad out of alignment he destroys the world and the party is separated.

In the World of Ruin Locke finds an injured seagull and bandages it with his bandanna. Celes finds the bandanna on the seagull and the discovery rejuvenates her hope of finding her estranged friends ans she sets out to gather everyone up to face Kefka. The estranged Locke hears a legend of the legendary esper Phoenix said to revive the dead. He wants to use it on Rachel and heads for the Phoenix Cave where the rest of the party locate him and invite him to Kohlingen. Locke uses the esper to revive Rachel who tells Locke to stop feeling guilty. She dies again, restoring Phoenix to life. Locke, exculpated, joins Celes and the others to fight Kefka. After Kefka has been killed the party flees the crumbling Kefka's Tower and Celes drops Locke's bandanna that she had been holding onto. She returns to retrieve it and Locke saves her, saying, "I won't let go, I promise".

BattleEdit

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Locke's ability is Steal, which allows him to attempt to steal an item from an enemy. Equipping Locke with the Brigand's Glove turns Steal into Mug, which allows Locke to attack an enemy while attempting to steal. Equipping Locke with a Genji Glove or the Master's Scroll allows him to attempt to steal multiple times in a turn. The Sneak Ring boosts the success rate of steal.

Locke's Desperation Attack is Mirage Dive that deals magical damage to one enemy.

Having Locke in the party allows the party to unlock the locked doors in Narshe in the World of Ruin.

StatsEdit

Being a Thief, Locke has well rounded physical stats, high speed and evasion, good strength and decent defense, but low magic stats.

Name Initial Stats
Strength 37
Speed 40
Stamina 31
Magic 28
Attack 14
Defense 46
Evasion 15%
Magic Defense 23
Magic Evasion 2%
Escape Success 5
HP Gain 48
MP Gain 7
Level Averaging +2

EquipmentEdit

Locke's equipment draw includes most daggers and swords, several Boomerangs, all shields except the Golden Shield, lightweight vests and hats, and most heavy armor.

Locke begins with a Dagger, Leather Hat and Leather Armor.

WeaponsEdit

See also: List of Final Fantasy VI Weapons
Daggers Swords Boomerangs

ArmorEdit

See also: List of Final Fantasy VI Armor
Shields Helmets Body Armor
  • Buckler
  • Heavy Shield
  • Mythril Shield
  • Diamond Shield
  • Crystal Shield
  • Flame Shield
  • Ice Shield
  • Thunder Shield
  • Aegis Shield
  • Force Shield
  • Genji Shield
  • Cursed Shield
  • Paladin Shield
  • Leather Cap
  • Plumed Hat
  • Bandana
  • Iron Helmet
  • Twist Headband
  • Green Barret
  • Priest's Miter
  • Mythril Helmet
  • Diamond Helmet
  • Crystal Helmet
  • Circlet
  • Black Cowl
  • Thornlet
  • Red Cap
  • Genji Helmet
  • Leather Armor
  • Kenpo Gi
  • Iron Armor
  • Mythril Vest
  • Ninja Gear
  • Mythril Mail
  • Gaia Gear
  • Diamond Vest
  • Diamond Armor
  • Mirage Vest
  • Crystal Mail
  • Force Armor
  • Genji Armor

Creation and DevelopmentEdit

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Locke's design was originally that of a slightly older, dark and mysterious partner of the male protagonist that became Terra Branford. He was supposed to be a rival of sorts to the other characters and was the one with the Runic command. As development proceeded his personality was tweaked and eventually became the more 'regular' character Locke is in the final game.[1] After it was decided Final Fantasy VI would feature an ensemble cast with no clear main protagonist, everyone in the development team were encouraged to provide ideas for characters and their episodes. Locke's character and story were colored by influence from Hironobu Sakaguchi.[2]

Musical ThemesEdit

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Locke's theme is a heroic introduction played during his and the moogles' mission to protect Terra. His leitmotif is reprised in "Forever Rachel" and the "Ending Theme", and in the latter his theme plays in counterpoint with Celes's theme.

Other AppearancesEdit

Final Fantasy VI: The Interactive CG GameEdit

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Locke's model in the CG game.

Locke is a playable character in a demonstration produced by Square using characters and settings from Final Fantasy VI. The demo was Square's first foray into real time 3D graphics, and many assumed it was a precursor to a new Final Fantasy title for the Nintendo 64, but Square had not yet committed to Nintendo's console, and much of the technology demonstrated in the demo was later put to use in the rendering of full motion video sequences for Final Fantasy VII and subsequent games for the PlayStation. Locke uses a whip in the demo.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIIIEdit

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A garb imbued with the soul of the thief. It allows for quick and agile attacks, and hastens the recovery of ATB.
—Description.

Toshiyuki Itahana, the costume designer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, said that the Heartstealer garb is based on Locke's Yoshitaka Amano artwork. It adds 20 ATB points and starts a battle with gauge filled at 50%. The Heartstealer comes with with two locked abilities: Leaping Rush Lv. 2 assigned to Playstation-Button-T/Xbox Button Y by default and Evade Lv. 2 assigned to Playstation Button S/Xbox Button X by default. Its passive ability is Soul of the Thief which increases ATB speed by 35 and stagger capability by 5%. in the demo the Heartealer is given to the player after Lightning deems the area around the ice pillar safe and in the full version the garb appears in the cube treasure box in the Ark at the start of ninth day.

When Lightning shifts into a schema with the Heartstealer set as its garb, she will say various quotes relating to the origin of the garb, e.g. "What's your most valuable treasure?", "You're so eager to plunder?", and "I'm no thief".

Final Fantasy Tactics SEdit

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Locke appears as a recruitable character in Final Fantasy Tactics S. He is of the Visitor race and has Adventurer as his main job. His ability is Mirage Dive.


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Dissidia Final FantasyEdit

Locke was considered as a candidate but was left out in favor of Terra, who was considered the most prominent character of Final Fantasy VI and had a closer link to Kefka. Locke appears as a tutor from the in-game manuals and is indirectly alluded to in Destiny Odyssey VI by Kefka, where he rebukes Onion Knight as being an "imitation hero" shortly after Onion Knight interfers with Kefka's attempt at recruiting Terra back to Chaos.

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

Locke doesn't make a direct appearance, but is alluded to when Vaan (another thief-inspired character) rescues Terra from Kefka.

Theatrhythm Final FantasyEdit

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Theatrhythm Locke
In search of valuable prizes from the past, this treasure hunter traverses the world. His bitter regret over failing to protect his former love has left him unable to ignore any woman in danger and thus it is when he saves Terra in the mining town Narshe. He risks his life for her and throws himself irrevocably into the struggle to overthrow the empire.
—Online description

Locke is an unlockable character obtained from Indigo Crystal Shards. His appearance is based of his Yoshitaka Amano art.

He is a Treasure and Speed oriented character.

StatsEdit

Level HP CP Strength Magic Agility Luck
1 207 10 13 13 19 15
10 825 15 31 30 43 33
20 1,512 21 50 48 69 54
30 2,199 27 69 67 96 75
40 2,887 33 88 86 122 95
50 3,574 39 107 104 149 116
99 5,497 50 161 157 225 175

iOS StatsEdit

Level HP Strength Magic Agility Luck
1 207 B B S SS

AbilitiesEdit

Reactive Abilities
Ability CP Level Learned
Counter (Lv 1) 5 Initial
Vigilance 4 Level 5
Dash (Lv 1) 8 Level 10
Steal (Lv 1) 16 Level 15
Sight (Lv 1) 16 Level 20
Libra (Lv 2) 15 Level 30
Spare Change 10 Level 35
Steal (Lv 2) 20 Level 40
Counter (Lv 2) 10 Level 50
Dash (Lv 2) 12 Level 55
Sight (Lv 2) 24 Level 60
Steal (Lv 3) 24 Level 75
Counter (Lv 3) 16 Level 80
Sight (Lv 3) 34 Level 85
Dash (Lv 3) 16 Level 90
Proactive Abilities
Ability CP Level Learned
Hastemarch (Lv 1) 7 Initial
Treasure Hunter (Lv 1) 12 Level 25
Hastemarch (Lv 2) 10 Level 45
Treasure Hunter (Lv 2) 16 Level 65
Hastemarch (Lv 3) 15 Level 70
Treasure Hunter (Lv 3) 20 Level 95


Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain CallEdit

Locke returns as an unlockable character, and is now unlocked by collecting Orange Crystal Shards.

He is a Treasure and Speed oriented character. Locke gains his signature Limit Break, Mirage Dive, and deals damage based on his Magic and Agility.

StatsEdit

Level CP HP Strength Magic Agility Luck Vitality Spirit
1 10 185 11 12 16 20 11 10
50 42 3257 92 94 127 164 90 79
99 50 4916 136 139 188 242 134 118

AbilitiesEdit

Reactive Abilities
Ability CP Level Learned
Dash (Lv 1) 8 Initial
Scare 6 Level 10
Steal (Lv 1) 16 Level 25
Dash (Lv 2) 12 Level 30
Mirage Dive 18 Level 40
Libra (Lv 2) 15 Level 55
Steal (Lv 2) 20 Level 70
Dash (Lv 3) 16 Level 75
Steal (Lv 3) 24 Level 95
Proactive Abilities
Ability CP Level Learned
Luck Up(Lv 1) 5 Initial
Forest Nocturne (Lv 2) 10 Level 5
Earth Blues (Lv 2) 10 Level 15
Treasure Hunter (Lv 1) 12 Level 20
Luck Up (Lv 2) 10 Level 35
Forest Nocturne (Lv 3) 16 Level 45
Sight (Lv 2) 24 Level 50
Earth Blues (Lv 3) 16 Level 60
Treasure Hunter (Lv 2) 16 Level 65
Luck Up (Lv 3) 15 Level 80
Sight (Lv 3) 34 Level 85
Treasure Hunter (Lv 3) 20 Level 90


Pictlogica Final FantasyEdit

Locke appears in Pictlogica Final Fantasy as a playable character. His initial weapon is the Baselard.


Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit

Locke is an ally and a summonable Legend depicted in his default Final Fantasy VI outfit. His ability is Mirage Dive. His EX abilities are Mirage Dive and Ifrit.


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Final Fantasy Record KeeperEdit

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Locke appears in Final Fantasy Record Keeper.

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Final Fantasy All the BravestEdit

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Most consider this globe-trotting treasure hunter to be no more than a common thief.
—Description

Locke is an exclusive character available from the Premium Character Shop as a random downloadable content. He uses the Mirage Dive ability during battle.

Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

Locke makes an appearance in the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game.


Non-Final Fantasy Appearances Edit

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Locke and company in Secret of Evermore.

Secret of Evermore Edit

In Secret of Evermore, Locke appears among the crowd of spectators that includes other Final Fantasy VI characters at the gladiator battle of Antiqua. He appears alongside Terra, Mog, Relm, Strago, and Umaro.

In Other MediaEdit

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Locke in a proto-Final Fantasy VII.

Locke (FFIX NPC)

A man called Locke speaks to Zidane in Final Fantasy IX.‎

A concept image early in the development of Final Fantasy VII features an isometric view and Final Fantasy VI sprites, including Locke.

Namesakes of his have appeared in Secret of Evermore and in Final Fantasy IX as an NPC. Locke Cole is himself a namesake of a playable character in Final Fantasy Mystic Quest (see Tristam).

Author Scott Lynch makes a homage to Locke with the titular thief and con artist of his book The Lies of Locke Lamora.[3]

In The Order of the Stick, Elan dresses up as Locke when he tries to board the Blackjack with Thog dressed up as Mog. The wig and bandanna were discarded when he was discovered to be a fake, although he retains all other parts of Locke's clothing style.

The Magi-Nation Duel character Locke is a direct reference to Locke Cole's portrayal in Final Fantasy VI.

In Rudra no Hihō, two thieves by the name of Cid and Dune are view by the main characters as thieves and the party treats them as such. In these encounters, both thieves will repeatedly tell them that they are Treasure Hunters much in the same fashion to when it occured to Locke.

In a Famitsu character popularity poll, Locke was the only character from Final Fantasy VI listed.

GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

Locke is a surname of Old English and Old German origin and contains the elements "woods", "pond", and "fortified place", indicating that the person lived near such a landmark. It was used as an occupational name for a locksmith, appropriate given Locke's status as a thief.

Cole is an English name that comes from the Old English col, which can mean "charcoal" or "coal-black".

TriviaEdit

  • Locke is one of the two favorite Final Fantasy characters of Hiroyuki Ito, the other being Zidane Tribal.
  • Locke's Desperation Attack, Mirage Dive (or "Mirager" in the SNES version), is a Band ability in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years used by Edge and Kain.
  • Locke breaks the fourth wall when engaging Ultros for the third time in the Esper Caves. After Relm appears, he goes near the dialog box and says to himself while looking to the player, "A pint-sized virtuoso and an egotistical octopus, do I wanna know what's next?"

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