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Noel Kreiss
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Portrait Noel - Battle Portrait
Kana ノエル・クライス
Rōmaji Noeru Kuraisu
Age 18 (Final Fantasy XIII-2)
518 (Lightning Returns)
Weapon Flame Fossil (dual swords/lance) (Final Fantasy XIII-2)
Shadow Hunter*"Noel Kreiss" battle reward., Endless Paradox*"Noel Kreiss+" battle reward. (dual swords/lance) (Lightning Returns)
Height 6' 1" (185 cm)
Laterality Ambidextrous
Home A Dying World
Exclusive Skill Meteor Javelin
Japanese Voice actor(s) Daisuke Kishio
English Voice actor(s) Jason Marsden[1]
Final Fantasy XIII-2 Character
A young man who appears in Serah's village after the meteorite strike. He is straightforward and direct, but is unwilling to talk much about his mysterious past. He carries two swords into battle, an elaborate great sword and a smaller stabbing sword, and he likes to use them up close and personal.
—Booklet Description

Noel Kreiss is a playable character and the deuteragonist of Final Fantasy XIII-2, and a supporting character in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

In Final Fantasy XIII-2, Noel is the last remaining human from 700 AF and has traveled into the past hoping to change his fate. After meeting Lightning in Valhalla, he accompanies her sister Serah Farron on her quest to reunite Lightning and change the future.

In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Noel is called the "Shadow Hunter", and acts as an adversary for Lightning as she fights to save the souls of humanity before the end of the world.

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AppearanceEdit

You want her? Then you're gonna have to go through me!
—Noel, saving Serah when they meet
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Noel Kreiss.

Noel is an 18-year-old man with shoulder-length brown hair and blue eyes. He wears a black V-neck top with tribal patterns and a pair of angel wings on the back, along with a simple pendant. He wears a leather bracer on his left arm, a ring on his right hand, and wraps his right arm with cord. He wears large blue sirwal-style trousers with decorated hems, and low-cut sandal-like leather boots. A green pouch and hunter's knife are attached to his belt in the back, which itself is adorned with small lavender ties made of cloth. Under the angel wings on the back of Noel's top and on his dagger, there are lines of Etro script. The script on his top translates to: Seeker of Miracles at History's End -- Walker of the Realm Unseen, and the text on the dagger reads: Travel the desolate wasteland in search of hope's past.

The sword Noel wields with his right hand has two blades stylized like red flames, while the sword he wields with his left hand is a simple yellow-brown blade similar to a gladius. His two-bladed sword can hold his smaller sword within the hollow metal part of the hilt. The swords combine and form a spear that also functions as a javelin. As well as the motif on his top, the silver blade in the center of Noel's red sword also has angel wings.

Noel has five alternate outfits as part of the game's downloadable content: his "Battle Attire" costume was released on January 10th in Japan, February 7th in America and included with Nordic Edition of the game or as part of the pre-order bonus DLC pack—"Fight in Style"—for Europe and Australia; "Spacetime Guardian" was released in February 2012; "N7 Armor" was released in March 2012 and "Assassin's Creed" was released in April 2012. His "Black Mage" outfit was released in May 2012.

In Lightning Returns, Noel's clothing remains the same in basic design, but his trousers, bracers and overall color scheme has darkened and has more subdued colors, possibly to reflect his change in attitude. The design of his sword, now called "Shadow Hunter", has changed: it retains the same stylization of flames and consists of two blades that can combine into a lance, but the color scheme is black with gray patterns across the blades and hilts. If the player waits until after Day 7 to fight Noel, he wears his Battle Attire outfit from Final Fantasy XIII-2.

PersonalityEdit

In Final Fantasy XIII-2 Noel is a cocky, cheerful, confident but soft-spoken person. He is a self-sufficient hunter and a fighter. Due to the effects of a time paradox, Noel suffers from amnesia. Coming from a future where humanity is almost extinct, he has some trouble with his speech, so he tends to speak in a straightforward manner. He is excited to explore new places and meet new people, and is defined by his determination to protect others, evident by how he is protective towards Serah despite hardly knowing her. He is able to assert himself to others, and remain calm and collected when facing people with provoked anger, such as the members of NORA. Noel stands by his beliefs and morals and as a remnant from his upbringing, values life and is reluctant to hurt or kill others unless necessary. This initially makes him dislike Snow Villiers for his brash personality, and having his head in the clouds believing in self-sacrifice.

LRFFXIII Noel CG Render

In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Noel's attitude towards the value of life has changed. Following what he calls the ultimate sin of making the world fall into its dying state, he no longer feels anyone's death adds to his already-burdened conscience, though his attitude of killing only when necessary remains in his work as a vigilante. Noel is more serious, determined, and aggressive than he was 500 years before, though he partially returns to his old self after Lightning helps him let go of his guilt.

StoryEdit

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

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Fragments AfterEdit

Caius and Noel in the Dying World

Noel learns what he must do to become Yeul's new Guardian.

There's no way, Caius. I want to fight you, not kill you.
—Noel to Caius

Noel was the second to last child to be born in the Farseer tribe that lived a nomadic existence on the ruined Gran Pulse 200 years after Cocoon came crashing down after its crystal pillar shattered. The event left the world in ruins and warfare broke out that killed the majority of mankind. After Noel's parents died, he was raised by his grandmother.

When Noel was three, the seeress Paddra Nsu-Yeul was born and Caius Ballad arrived in the village. Noel's grandmother explained Caius is the seeress's Guardian and that Yeul lives away from people so they would not use her power of foresight for evil, although Caius permitted Yeul to stay in the village and live a normal life.

Three years later, while Noel and a friend were playing with a three-year old Yeul, they were attacked by a Strigoi and saved by Caius. Despite initially hating him, Noel became Caius's student to become the new Guardian for Yeul. Eventually, only three people remained in the Dying World: Noel himself, Yeul, and Caius. After single-handedly killing a Behemoth, Noel is acknowledged by Caius to be strong enough become Yeul's Guardian.

Learning it means he would have to kill Caius to succeed him as per ancient Farseer tradition, Noel refuses to go through with it. Noel wants to take Yeul on a journey to find other people so she will not be lonely anymore, but Caius says it is a futile dream. Once learning that if the Heart of Chaos inside of Caius stops beating, the goddess Etro will die, unleashing the chaos of Valhalla and destroying the past, Noel is forced to fight him and is defeated.

Caius leaves for Valhalla to go through with his resolve to free Yeul from her fate. The following day, Yeul reveals to Noel she had a vision of him arguing with Caius and the goddess's gate. She reveals that every time a seeress sees the future her lifespan shortens until it kills her. Noel vows value the time he has left with Yeul.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Fragments BeforeEdit

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Noel comforts Yeul as she dies.

I can't turn back now, not anymore. In my world, you no longer exist. A world without you is no world at all.
—Noel to Yeul

At the end of her life, Noel finds Yeul praying at the Farseers' Relic. She promises a tearful Noel they will meet again before disintegrating into light. Noel embarks on a journey to find Valhalla, become a warrior worthy to be recognized by Etro, and gain the power of chaos needed to change his fate. When close to death his body becomes cold and unresponsive, and seeing Noel's unwavering resolve, Etro opens her gate to him.

Final Fantasy XIII-2Edit

You're the worst of them all. I hate your kind! You think you're everyone's protector—everyone's hero—but who do you save, really? Do you even realize how useless you are!? Do you realize what you do to the people you're supposed to protect!?
—Noel to Snow
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Noel meets Lightning in Valhalla.

Noel falls out of Etro's Gate over Valhalla and is saved by Lightning flying on Bahamut. Recognizing Noel from a vision she had, Lightning tells him to guide her sister Serah to Valhalla and work together with her to change the future. She gives him a moogle named Mog to keep Serah safe and covers Noel's escape, but he loses most of his memories. Arriving with the Time Gate's meteorite form in New Bodhum in 3 AF, Noel comes to Serah's aid when she is attacked by monsters. Serah tells him she saw Noel with Lightning and Mog in a dream. He tells her he is from 700 years in the future and offers to take her to Lightning. The meteorite is a Time Gate and Noel tells Serah Lightning is waiting on the other side.

The next day, Noel and Serah enter the Time Gate after finding an artefact to activate it, and fly through the Historia Crux. They emerge at Bresha Ruins in 5 AF, and are attacked by an invisible giant, Atlas, who retreats further into the ruins. Noel and Serah are taken into custody, but are freed by Academy scientist Alyssa Zaidelle, who wants to learn about the gates and paradoxes, but as long as Atlas is around causing trouble the ruins will be closed off. Noel and Serah resolve the paradox affecting the area by destroying Atlas and the Bresha Ruins are restored to their former glory. After finding an artefact and activating another gate, Serah has a vision and lies to Noel saying it's nothing, although he doesn't believe her.

Noel, Mog, and Serah re-enter the Historia Crux and travel to the Yaschas Massif in 10 AF. The area is darkened by a paradoxical solar eclipse and they meet the Academy leader, a 24-year-old Hope Estheim, who has full knowledge of Noel due to the events at Bresha Ruins five years ago. Hope and Alyssa, who is now Hope's assistant, talk about the Farseers who used to live in the Paddra ruins and a seeress Yeul who had foretold the nation's destruction. Noel uses one of Hope's tools, an ancient device called the Oracle Drive, to induce a vision of Lightning and the events of the Day of Ragnarok ten years ago. The device displays grainy images of Lightning's battle with Caius in Valhalla. Noel and Serah use the artefact given to them by Hope to resolve the paradox affecting the area, and in turn the Oracle Drive.

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Noel and Serah encounter Caius and Yeul in Oerba.

At Oerba in 200 AF, Noel, Serah and Mog activate the Oracle Drive on the old schoolhouse, producing images of Serah's reunion with Lightning after Cocoon's crystallization. When Noel and Serah are confronted by Caius and Yeul, Noel calls out her name but she tells him she is not his Yeul. Caius explains Yeul does not exist as a single person, and that he has come to punish Serah and Noel for tampering with time. Before Caius can kill Noel, Yeul steps in, saying time has already been changed, and she and Caius leave.

Returning to the Yaschas Massif in 1X AF, Serah and Noel enter an alternate reality where the eclipse never occurred and see the now clear images of Lightning in Valhalla, and the Oracle Drive projects images of Caius and Cocoon falling. Noel says in his time the world fell into ruin after Cocoon's fall, but Serah assures they can prevent it. The next Time Gate they enter takes them to the Void Beyond, the realm between Time Gates. As Serah begins to doubt them ever finding her sister, Noel reassures they are one step closer to Lightning with each gate they pass through. After activating the gate in the Bresha Ruins' underground tunnels, Noel gets concerned for Serah and asks if she is having more visions, but she lies to him again.

At the Sunleth Waterscape in 300 AF they witness Miniflan appear out of nowhere in a phenomenon caused by a paradox. Serah has a vision and runs off frantic. Noel follows her and they find Serah's fiancé Snow being attacked by a Royal Ripeness. Noel tells Snow he will handle things but Snow shoves him aside and the three defeat the monster together. The Miniflan reform the monster and the party retreats at Noel's insistence. Noel criticizes Snow, telling him people who do not know when to retreat don't live long, but ultimately decides to put their differences aside and work with him. After finding an artefact to open the gate to the next location, Noel tells Snow to wait for him and Serah to return.

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Noel berates Snow.

In the Coliseum Noel, Serah and Mog encounter the Arbiter of Time, who demands them to leave and gives them a fragment in return. Noel says Snow is the type of person who likes to charge into danger thinking self-sacrifice will save everyone, but only gets innocent people killed. After Noel and Serah defeat the Faeryl in Archylte Steppe in ??? AF and resolve the anomaly causing Royal Ripeness to continue growing, they return to the Sunleth Waterscape and find Snow not waiting for them as he promised, but on the ropes in front of the flan that has reduced in size.

After defeating the giant flan for good, Noel accuses Snow of being self-centered and never thinking about how he hurts the people he is supposed to protect. Snow tells Noel he must have protected loved ones back in his own time, but Noel says he couldn't protect them all which is why he is now alone. Snow entrusts Serah's safety to Noel and vanishes. Noel speculates it is because Snow does not belong in this time and the paradox had been dealt with. Back in the Void Beyond, Serah asks Noel about Yeul and if she is also traveling through time. Noel believes the Farseer tribes had a girl with the same appearance and power and the name Yeul was passed down through the generations. When Serah asks how his era will change if they solve the paradoxes, Noel believes it will be a future where he does not exist, but is fine with it since it would be better if his time had never happened.

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Noel with Serah and a fallen Yeul in his arms.

The trio arrives at the city of Academia in 400 AF where people are mysteriously transformed into Cie'th. Caius appears and calls them contradictions in the timeline. He says Serah and Noel were killed after learning the forbidden history sealed within a tower two hundred years ago and have now appeared before him alive and well, a paradox in itself. They find Yeul being attacked by Cie'th and Noel holds the dying Yeul in his arms who tells them Caius wasn't in the city.

They use the artefact given by Yeul to travel 200 years in the past to the Augusta Tower, where Noel and Serah learn Hope had created a Proto fal'Cie to keep Cocoon airborne without its pillar. Noel confesses he sensed something off about Caius in Academia, and thinks he wasn't the real Caius. Noel, Serah and Mog meet an artificial duplicate of Alyssa who tells them of an incident that occurred in the tower 187 years ago at 13 AF: Hope and the real Alyssa were killed as they were in the way of the Proto fal'Cie's A.I., and now that they know the tower's forbidden history, they can never leave.

On the tower's top level they encounter the Yeul they met in Oerba who gives them an artefact and implores them to protect time. She reveals Caius is immortal and retains memory of all timeline events. She says Lightning disappeared because the future had been changed, and if Serah and Noel solve the paradoxes, the past will return to how Serah remembers it. Yeul tells them the Caius from Academia was a copy made by the Proto fal'Cie Adam, the source of the paradox, and the real Caius is in the tower, then implores they show her a new future. Noel, Mog and Serah battle Adam, who keeps returning whenever defeated until Serah erases it from existence by scolding Hope out-loud for creating it. Serah has another vision and blacks out but Noel brings her back.

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Noel is saved from his dream by Serah.

The trio returns to Academia in 4XX AF to find an alternate reality where the city is peaceful and the Proto fal'Cie is gone. They meet up with Hope and Alyssa, who explain Hope scrapped the Proto fal'Cie project after seeing Serah yelling at him through the Oracle Drive, and he and Alyssa went into the future in a time capsule he invented. They plan to build a man-made Cocoon made airborne through the use of five Graviton Cores. After finding the cores, Noel and Serah get an artefact from Alyssa. Noel, Serah and Mog enter the Historia Crux but Noel becomes separated from Serah and Mog as a result of Alyssa betraying them, having given them a booby-trapped artefact from Caius.

He emerges in the Void Beyond and engages Caius, but is defeated and disappears into a dream world based on his homeworld, reliving the highlights of his past without acknowledging Serah watching and following him. When Noel is being pulled off the ground toward a light in the sky, Serah grabs hold of his arm and calls out to him and he remembers her. She tells him he was living in a dream and light is restored to the Dying World. Noel tells Serah he has regained some of his memories and that she is at risk of dying since she has the Eyes of Etro like Yeul, but Serah chooses to continue since it's what Lightning wants. Activating the Oracle Drive at the Farseers' Relic, Noel gets closure with Yeul and vows to settle things with Caius once learning he is the one causing the paradoxes.

They emerge in what appears to be New Bodhum in 700 AF. The village is a wasteland, and on the beach Lightning appears from a portal saying they are in a future she could not save. Lightning says Caius plans to destroy Etro while she sleeps in Valhalla and unleash chaos into the world through an unseen doorway that opens for the souls of the departed to create a timeless world. Lightning says that in 500 AF, Caius will attempt to bring down the old Cocoon and Hope's new one in one fell swoop. Mog reveals the final Time Gate and Lightning returns to Valhalla. Noel, Mog, Serah travel to Academia in 500 AF, the time of the prophecy of Cocoon's fall, and hear Yeul's voice telling them not to fight Caius and risk killing Etro. After fighting Caius a wormhole opens in the sky, and Caius in his Chaos Bahamut form flies into it.

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Noel faces Caius.

Noel, Mog, and Serah jump into the wormhole and come out in Valhalla. Odin saves them from their fall before they face off against Caius on the beach. Noel tries to convince him Yeul wanted to be reborn so she could be with him, but Caius does not listen and Noel cuts him down. Caius transforms into Jet Bahamut and Noel tries to cover Serah from its blast. As they fall into the bottomless abyss beneath Valhalla's waves of chaos, they are saved by Lightning.

After Noel and Serah destroy Jet Bahamut, Noel tells Caius he does not intend to kill him. Caius claims to have killed Lightning but Noel knows he is lying. Noel disarms Caius when he threatens Serah and prepares to kill him, but stops himself at the last second. Caius forces Noel's blade through his chest, telling him to bear the burden of the eternal paradox. Noel laments how Caius had been consumed by sorrow and despair due to watching so many Yeuls die over the centuries, and how he sought to die in Valhalla. Noel places Caius's sword as a grave marker, hoping his former mentor finds peace.

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Noel, Mog, and Hope mourn for Serah.

Noel, Serah and Mog return to Gran Pulse in 500 AF to find Hope's new Cocoon, Bhunivelze, afloat. After the gate to Valhalla closes, Serah thanks Noel but has another vision and dies in his arms. As Noel, Mog, and Hope mourn for Serah, the world turns dark and Mog weakens as he reveals Etro is no more. Noel remembers Caius's words about the Heart of Chaos, realizing he played into Caius's scheme and killed the goddess as Gran Pulse and Bhunivelze are infected by chaos.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIIIEdit

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Noel, the Shadow Hunter.

Five hundred years ago, I committed the ultimate sin. One more death on my conscience won't do anything to me.
—Noel, when confronting Lightning

In time, Gran Pulse and Valhalla merged and formed a chain of islands in a Sea of Chaos that became known as Nova Chrysalia. In Final Fantasy XIII: Reminiscence it is revealed Noel, Hope, Snow and Sazh started with a quest to help the world. Aiding Snow in hunting monsters, Noel felt helping people would allow him to atone for his mistakes, but Snow never blaming him for Serah's death became too much for Noel to bear, and after Hope disappeared Noel lost contact with Snow. When the Order of Salvation arose as the new authority in the world, Noel was suspicious of them and sneaked into the Luxerion Cathedral to warn them, gaining the title of Shadow Hunter. Learning Snow had accepted the title of "Patron" from the Order angered Noel and he refused to consider Snow's side of the story. When the rumors of the savior began to spread Lumina appeared along with an Oracle Drive containing a fake prophecy of him killing Lightning and being reunited with Yeul in a new world. Noel had became consumed by guilt, feeling responsible for the world's current state and Serah's death, and become a vigilante in Luxerion and developed a reputation as a deadly swordsman and an enemy of the Order, gaining a following in the Children of Etro.

When Lightning awakens from her crystal stasis, Noel witnesses her arrival in Luxerion and stalks her as she investigates the murders of pink-haired women in the city being committed by the fanatic followers of the Children of Etro. When Lightning finds an Oracle Drive, Noel ambushes and briefly clashes with her while Lumina watches with amusement. Noel explains the prophecy says she needs to die by his hand, but runs off as it is not yet time for him to kill her.

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Noel clashes with Lightning.

When Lightning saves the newest victim of the Children of Etro, Noel aids her in dispatching the cultists and tells them he has no affiliation with "fanatics with blood on their hands." Once the cultists are defeated, Noel and Lightning turn their blades on one another, but before they can do battle Noel hears the Order's sentries approaching and flees, inviting Lightning to pursue him to the Den of Shadows.

Lightning finds him by another Oracle Drive, viewing the prophecy and reaffirming his belief that he must kill her. Lightning comes to understand Noel is obsessed with the prophecy for the hope of meeting Yeul again. Provoked by Lightning, and believing that one final death on his conscience means nothing, Noel attacks her. When Noel gets his chance to strike at Lightning, he destroys the Oracle Drive instead, knowing that killing Lightning is not be what Yeul would want. Yeul's spirit appears from the damaged Oracle Drive to tell him they'll be reunited soon, giving Noel closure as Lightning saves his soul. Noel asks if Bhunivelze's new world will be a paradise, but Lightning says it will be a world where people will simply live and work together. Noel decides to stop living in the shadows, and departs. Later, Lightning can see him around Luxerion, still helping out the citizens.

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Noel reunited with Yeul.

On the evening of Nova Chrysalia's final day Noel arrives at the Luxerion Cathedral and saves Lightning from a Chimera, curious as to why she is fighting the Order. Noel concludes there could be only one reason she would turn against Bhunivelze: to save Serah. Noel fights alongside her and stays behind to hold off Bhunivelze's devouts and monsters while Lightning rushes to save Vanille, but Noel and the others are captured by Bhunivelze with their souls sealed in his body. Lightning frees Noel and the other souls and they work together to defeat Bhunivelze.

As the Apocalypse begins, Noel finds Yeul and her past lives who have agreed to remain in the forming unseen realm to fill the late Etro's position in maintaining the stability of the new world. Noel protests to their choice, and Caius asks if he would rather take Etro's place than let Yeul be bound to another fate. When Noel is willing to take the burden, Caius tosses him away from Nova Chrysalia's destruction beyond the singularity's gravity alongside Yeul's final incarnation from his time, ultimately fulfilling the promise she had made to him as they depart for the new world together.

Final Fantasy XIII: Reminiscence -tracer of memories-Edit

In the new world, the reborn Noel and Yeul move to the subtropics where they live in a two-story wooden house near a busy marketplace, as after an age of loneliness they each find the sight of people comforting. When visited by Aoede, a reporter who investigates stories of people having memories of another world, Noel relates his life story from the old world's alternate timeline in 700 AF, to being the Shadow Hunter in Luxerion. Noel admits his time of dwelling in regret over Serah's death in Nova Chrysalia gave him an understanding in Caius's motivation to destroy the world. After the interview the three have lunch at the market and Noel gently watches over Yeul as she dances in reverie of all the sights. Before Aoede leaves Noel directs her to Fang and Vanille.

GameplayEdit

Final Fantasy XIII-2Edit

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Noel in battle as a Commando.

See also: Noel Kreiss/Crystarium

Noel begins with the Commando, Ravager, and Sentinel roles. He majors as Commando and Synergist, and is a good Medic. Noel makes a good Sentinel for his high health stat. He is not as proficient as a Saboteur and he learns only a few spells for that role. Noel's Full ATB Skill is Meteor Javelin, a Commando ability that hits the enemy multiple times, but clears the chain gauge. The ability is thus best used when the enemy is about to recover from stagger.

WeaponsEdit

Main article: List of Final Fantasy XIII-2 Weapons#Noel's Dual Swords
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Noel fights with two swords, which he can combine into a spear to jab enemies, and throw it like a javelin. In Noel's memories, it is revealed he chose to fight with two swords because he couldn't best Caius with a single blade. Some of Noel's swords, Exploda, Rune Tooth, Sargatanas, and The Tower, are references to Zidane Tribal's Thief Swords from Final Fantasy IX.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIIIEdit

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Noel fights Lightning.

See also: Noel Kreiss (Boss) and Noel Kreiss+

Noel is fought as a boss by Lightning during the main quest in Luxerion.

If the player waits until Day 8 or later to fight Noel, he will wear different attire, donning the Battle Attire DLC costume from Final Fantasy XIII-2 instead and uses a new weapon, which he drops, the Endless Paradox. In this case, he will be called "Noel Kreiss+" and have increased stats.

QuotesEdit

Main article: Noel Kreiss/Quotes

Creation and DevelopmentEdit

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Noel's concept art.

As with the other characters in Final Fantasy XIII-2, Noel's face was designed by Tetsuya Nomura, while his body and clothes were designed by Yusuke Naora. Noel was first revealed in screenshots and a teaser video from the 2011 E3 trailer of Final Fantasy XIII-2. Noel was designed as a newcomer character who knows little about Cocoon and Gran Pulse, because the developers wanted to have Noel in a similar position to a newcomer player to Final Fantasy XIII. Naora designed Noel with his profession as a hunter in mind. He gave Noel lightweight clothes and a pouch to store a hunter's knife.

Developers draw several differences between Noel and Snow. The game's director, Motomu Toriyama, describes Noel as "having a different type of chivalry from Snow", while the game's producer, Yoshinori Kitase, describes Noel as "attractive and stylish", as opposed to Snow being "the tough guy type".[2] Comparing him to Lightning, Toriyama calls Noel "a brave young man burdened by a heavy destiny—a different type of a protagonist to Lightning".[3] Yusuke Naora has said he based the colors of Noel's Flame Fossil sword, red and yellow, on those of the original nameless protagonist from Final Fantasy III in Yoshitaka Amano's artwork.[4]

As said by Kitase, Noel was created as a male protagonist with a similar age to Serah as a counterpoint after she was named the main female lead. Noel's appeal as a character comes from him coming from a vastly different environment from Lightning and Serah's, therefore making him "detached from their reality and ignorant of life in Cocoon", and "a protagonist well beyond his years."[5]

When designing Serah's and Noel's weapons for Final Fantasy XIII-2, the developers wanted weapons that could be used for both close-range and long-range combat. That's why Serah has a weapon that can switch between bow and sword forms, and Noel has twin blades that can combine into a javelin.[6]

Musical ThemesEdit

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"Noel's Theme ~Last Journey~"
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Noel's Theme (Disc 4)
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Main article: Noel's Theme

"Noel's Theme", composed by Naoshi Mizuta, is a prominent track in Final Fantasy XIII-2, serving as a base for the main battle theme "The Last Hunter". It has a lyrical version, titled "Noel's Theme ~Last Journey~" among several arrangements, which is remixed as the darker "Noel's Theme ~The Shadow Hunter~" in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

Other AppearancesEdit

Final Fantasy Tactics SEdit

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Noel appears as a recruitable character in Final Fantasy Tactics S. He is of the Visitor race and has Shadow Hunter as his main job. His attack is Volatile Spark and his ability is Meteor Javelin.



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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain CallEdit

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Noel appears as an unlockable character, and is unlocked by collecting Purple Crystal Shards.

He is an Offense and Defense oriented character.

StatsEdit

Level CP HP Strength Magic Agility Luck Stamina Spirit
1 7 249 17 8 15 10 15 8
50 38 4373 141 63 123 81 122 64
99 50 6601 208 93 182 120 180 95

AbilitiesEdit

Reactive Abilities
Ability CP Level Learned
Weapon Break (Lv1) 3 Initial
Armor Break (Lv1) 2 Initial
Focus (Lv1) 4 Level 15
Armor Break (Lv2) 7 Level 30
Weapon Break (Lv2) 6 Level 35
Focus (Lv2) 6 Level 50
Added Cut 15 Level 60
Armor Break (Lv3) 12 Level 65
Weapon Break (Lv3) 10 Level 70
Focus (Lv3) 15 Level 85
Proactive Abilities
Ability CP Level Learned
HP Up (Lv1) 4 Level 5
Earth Blues (Lv1) 5 Level 10
Treasure Hunter (Lv1) 12 Level 20
Hero's Rime (Lv1) 18 Level 25
HP Up (Lv2) 8 Level 40
Earth Blues (Lv2) 10 Level 45
Treasure Hunter (Lv3) 16 Level 55
HP Up (Lv3) 14 Level 75
Earth Blues (Lv3) 16 Level 80
Mighty Guard 40 Level 90
Treasure Hunter (Lv3) 20 Level 95


Pictlogica Final FantasyEdit

Noel appears in Pictlogica Final Fantasy as a playable character. His initial weapon is the Hunting Sword.


Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit

Noel appears as a summonable Legend in Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade. He is depicted in his default Final Fantasy XIII-2 outfit. He is first introduced in the event, Final Fantasy XIII-2 Incursion from Valhalla, in which his abilities and weapons are made usable to successfully combat Atlas and Chaos Bahamut. In the Japanese version the player can access him by purchasing the correct issue of Mobage.

Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

Noel appears in the Japan-exclusive Final Fantasy trading card game published by Square Enix. Most of his cards are Lightning-elemental, sans the one of his official render that is of Fire element.

GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

Noël is French for "Christmas", but originates, like other Latin-derived language forms for the word, from the Latin natalis, which means "birth". In German, Kreis means "circle"; the second "s" may be added purely for pronunciation.

TriviaEdit

  • Noel shares certain characteristics with Oerba Yun Fang, who was originally designed as a male character, in that he has a straight-forward cocky personality, has trouble remembering parts of his past, wears tribal clothing with a similar color palette, has a red double-bladed weapon that can also be used as a spear, and his full ATB skill is performed using a spear.
  • Noel appears on the 500th cover of Dengeki PlayStation magazine with Lightning, Serah, Noctis, Machina Kunagiri, and Rem Tokimiya.
  • In a Live Trigger in New Bodhum 3 AF, Noel proclaims his favorite food is Adamantoise even though they are not present in his home world.
  • Noel, along with Caius, does not use the same format for his name like a number of other Pulsians, such as Oerba Yun Fang, Oerba Dia Vanille and Paddra Nsu-Yeul. They use the format of first having their village, then clan and personal name, but Noel uses the personal name, then family name, like people from Cocoon.
  • The official site of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII misspells Noel's last name as "Kreissel" for US and UK English, and French versions of the site.
  • World music Vol.01_LRFFXIII_ルクセリオ video contains a Luxerion's logo with Noel's silhouette.
  • Noel is the only permanently playable character in the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy who was never a l'Cie before or during gameplay.
  • After the battle against Noel in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, the people of Luxerion will occasionally mention him fighting monsters, calling him the Blue Blaze.
  • In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, after completing the Main Quest 1-5, Noel can be found in the following locations across Luxerion under certain conditions:
    • Crossing the ticket barrier in North Station will result in Noel walking from North Station towards the city. This situation is available between 21:00 and 0:00.
    • Crossing the ticket barrier in South Station will result in Noel walking from South Station towards the Warehouse District. This situation is available between 16:00 and 19:00.
    • Walking by the stairs in Pilgrim's Passage will result in Noel appearing close to the Clock Tower. This situation is available between 3:00 and 6:00.
  • Noel's weapon if fought on Day 8 or later in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is called Endless Paradox. This refers to the ending of Final Fantasy XIII-2 where Caius tells Noel to bear the "eternal paradox".

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