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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.
A garb imbued with the soul of the thief. It allows for quick and agile attacks, and hastens the recovery of ATB.
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 / by default and Evade Lv. 2 assigned to / 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 Heartstealer 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 9th 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".
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 interferes with Kefka's attempt at recruiting Terra back to Chaos.
Locke doesn't make a direct appearance, but is alluded to when Vaan (another thief-inspired character) rescues Terra from Kefka.
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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.
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.
|Dash (Lv1)||8||Level 10|
|Steal (Lv1)||16||Level 15|
|Sight (Lv1)||16||Level 20|
|Libra (Lv2)||15||Level 30|
|Spare Change||10||Level 35|
|Steal (Lv2)||20||Level 40|
|Counter (Lv2)||10||Level 50|
|Dash (Lv2)||12||Level 55|
|Sight (Lv2)||24||Level 60|
|Steal (Lv3)||24||Level 75|
|Counter (Lv3)||16||Level 80|
|Sight (Lv3)||34||Level 85|
|Dash (Lv3)||16||Level 90|
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 in proportion to his Magic and Agility.
|Steal (Lv1)||16||Level 25|
|Dash (Lv2)||12||Level 30|
|Mirage Dive||18||Level 40|
|Libra (Lv2)||15||Level 55|
|Steal (Lv2)||20||Level 70|
|Dash (Lv3)||16||Level 75|
|Steal (Lv3)||24||Level 95|
|Luck Up (Lv1)||5||Initial|
|Forest Nocturne (Lv2)||10||Level 5|
|Earth Blues (Lv2)||10||Level 15|
|Treasure Hunter (Lv1)||12||Level 20|
|Luck Up (Lv2)||10||Level 35|
|Forest Nocturne (Lv3)||16||Level 45|
|Sight (Lv2)||24||Level 50|
|Earth Blues (Lv3)||16||Level 60|
|Treasure Hunter (Lv2)||16||Level 65|
|Luck Up (Lv3)||15||Level 80|
|Sight (Lv3)||34||Level 85|
|Treasure Hunter (Lv3)||20||Level 90|
- Ability Cards
- Legend Cards
Most consider this globe-trotting treasure hunter to be no more than a common thief.
Locke is an exclusive character available from the Premium Character Shop as a random downloadable content. He uses the Mirage Dive ability during battle.
A young member of the Returners. Saving Terra started him down the path to overthrow the Empire, and ultimately Kefka himself.
Locke is a playable character who could initially be recruited during the Challenge Event Legendary Plunder as the First Time Reward for completing the event's Phoenix Cave stage on the Classic difficulty track. His Hero Record was rereleased in the Challenge Event Assassin in Black.
Locke is an Adventurer, whose combat role is Physical Speed.
- Record Spheres
|Job||S.Lv 1||S.Lv 2||S.Lv 3||S.Lv 4||S.Lv 5|
|Warrior||+1 ATK||+70 HP||+1 DEF||+1 ATK||+2 ATK|
|Knight||+1 DEF||+1 ATK||+100 HP||+1 DEF||+2 DEF|
|Thief||+1 RES||+1 DEF||+1 ATK||+55 HP||+3% Thief Ability Damage|
|Gladiator*Requires mastery of Warrior's Record Sphere.||+3 ATK||+3 DEF||+200 HP||+6 ATK||Minor Blind Resistance|
|Paladin*Requires mastery of Warrior and Knight's Record Spheres.||+3 DEF||+3 ATK||+5 DEF||+250 HP||Minor Slow Resistance|
|Ninja*Requires mastery of Thief's Record Sphere.||+3 ATK||+3 RES||+160 HP||+6 ATK||+6% Thief Ability Damage|
His default Soul Break is Sneak Attack which at the expense of one Soul Gauge segment deals physical damage to one target from the back row with 150% damage potency of a conventional attack. The thrown Rising Sun (VI) allows Locke to use Mirage Dive which at the expense of one Soul Gauge segment deals physical damage to all enemies with 320% damage potency of a conventional attack and inflicts Slow for 20 seconds.
Locke can equip accessories.
Locke appears as a vision obtainable through summoning. His job is Adventurer. His trust mastery reward is Rising Sun. He possesses the special abilities Steal, Pilfer, Camouflage, Escape, Sneak Attack, Mystify, Mug, Mirage Dive and Treasure Hunter. His limit bursts are Armed Robbery, Treasure Hunter and Treasure Master.
- No. 194: "A young man who appears in tales from another world, where he played a role in the great conflict between humankind and espers. A treasure hunter in search of ancient riches, he hates being called a thief. He is also a member of the Returners, a resistance group fighting against the empire. In the mining town Narshe, he meets Terra, a young woman able to use magic but possessing no memory of who she is, and he resolves to protect the vulnerable girl. He leads her to Figaro, where King Edgar is looking for ways to strike back against the Gestahlian Empire."
- No. 195: "A young man who appears in tales from another world, where he played a role in the great conflict between humankind and espers. He is both a treasure hunter, in search of ancient riches, and a member of the Returners, a resistance group fighting against the empire. Once he is allied with Terra, Edgar, and Sabin, Locke works to do real damage to the empire. He travels to South Figaro for this purpose, and there meets Celes, an imperial general being persecuted as a traitor. He sees in her a shadow of his long lost love, motivating him to help her escape the town."
- No. 196: "A treasure-hunting young man who appears in tales from another world, where he played a role in the great conflict between humankind and espers. He fought the Gestahlian Empire as a member of the resistance ground known as the Returners. Unable to escape the guilt of failing to save his lover in the past, he searched for the legendary esper Phoenix, said to be able to revive the dead. This deep remorse is the real reason he cannot leave the side of any woman he meets who is in trouble. But meeting Celes begins to inspire a change in Locke's broken heart."
- —Entries for different versions of Locke.
Locke appears on Triple Triad cards in the version playable via Final Fantasy Portal App.