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Prompto Argentum
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Kana プロンプト・アージェンタム?
Romaji Puronputo Ājentamu
Weapon Firearms
Age Unknown
Japanese Voice Actor Tetsuya Kakihara
English Voice Actor {{{engva}}}
Final Fantasy XV Character
The puckish playboy Prompto befriended Noctis in his school days. He wears a chip on his shoulder as an outsider to the royal circle, but remains eager to do all he can for the cause. A friend who has been a bad influence to Noctis since his school days. While he can get carried away easily, there's another side of him which is driven to help friends in need.
—Official description[1]

Prompto Argentum is a character of Noctis's gang in Final Fantasy XV. He's a foreign fugitive who is also a childhood friend of Noctis. He wields firearms despite their ban in Noctis's kingdom of Lucis. Although not directly playable, he is in Noctis's party and the player can issue orders at him.

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AppearanceEdit

Prompto is a young man of average height and a slender build. He has blue eyes, light freckles and short, unruly blond hair. He wears two bands on his right arm, black gloves, a black shirt with a white pattern, and a sleeveless black vest with a dark red flannel shirt attached underneath. He wears dark pants with a faint leopard print, which is also present on his gloves. He wears black boots with red soles that are lined with white fur. Prompto's black open vest has various tags. The one below the collar reads: "It's a beautiful day now watch some bastard fuck it up." The middle one on the side resembles the Harley-Davidson Motor Company logo. The back of Prompto's waistcoat reads "DEADORALIVE." Like all party members, Prompto has skull motifs to his outfit. The buttons on his jacket have skulls, he has a belt buckle in the shape of a skull, and another skull on the tag on his trousers.

PersonalityEdit

Prompto maintains a playful attitude towards Noctis despite being a wanted felon. In the 1st Production Premier trailer, he acknowledges Noctis's strength, but warns Noctis's body has yet to adjust to his newfound powers. He is the group's youngest member.

He is described as a skirt-chasing mood maker with a chip on his shoulder from a different social status compared to his other friends, and thus feels inferior but wishes to be useful.[2]

StoryEdit

Prompto accompanies Noctis on their road trip across the land toward Altissia to meet a woman named Luna. They pass through the Duscae region where Prompto accidentally crashes the party's car, the Regalia. They have the mechanic Cindy repair it at the local Coernix Station, but need to make some quick money to pay for it. They discover there is a bounty of 25,000 gil on a rampaging behemoth, and Prompto helps the others fell it by shooting at a tank of petrol to stun it. If Noctis summons Ramuh to fell the behemoth Prompto marvels at its power, saying he now knows why the legends speak of Archaeans so highly.

During their time at Duscae Prompto asks Noctis to go pick up mushrooms as he's heard they are a local delicacy. While picking up mushrooms at the lake's edge the two are accosted by a catoblepas, and Prompto gets his foot stuck in the mud. Noctis and Prompto make a hair-thin escape but Prompto loses the mushrooms during it. Later on the gang can marvel at a meteor shower and when Prompto wants to document it the camera topples over before the picture can be taken.

Cindy repairs the Regalia and deflects Prompto's attempts at flirting when they go collect it. While the party drives on Prompto marvels at its astral shard, asking if it is on fire, and the giant Adamantoise they spot from the side of the road.

GameplayEdit

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Prompto steps in to help Noctis in battle.

Prompto uses a variety of firearms, including handguns and shotguns. He is presumably able to manifest guns and use them as shields. He can co-opt moves with Noctis, such as by pushing him away from the harm's way, and shoot enemies from either a range or from close-up. One of his Physical Abilities is Bulletbind, which he can use to freeze his enemies.

He has the least HP of the party. In the Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae demo he has a skill that inflicts Stop on enemies, and can set up and join in on Cross Chain attacks.

Creation and DevelopmentEdit

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Prompto aiming in old Versus XIII footage.

Prompto's design went through an overhaul during development. His hair was straightened, spiked up, and changed golden blond from its curly dirty blond inceptions, and his facial features were modified as well to give him a more rugged, masculine look.

It was originally envisioned all party members would be playable with Prompto able to manually aim firearms that could be used to target enemy weak points. However, the battle system was later changed to make only Noctis directly playable.

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EtymologyEdit

[view  · edit  · purge]Prompto is a Latin word, from which the English word "prompt" was derived. Prompto may mean "for the ready [man]", or "for the quick [man]".

[view  · edit  · purge]Argentum is the Latin word for "silver".

Thus, Prompto's name may have been an incorrect attempt to translate "quicksilver" into Latin. [view  · edit  · purge]Quicksilver is an alternative name for the element mercury. A heavy, silvery d-block element, mercury is the only metallic element that is liquid at standard conditions for temperature and pressure.

TriviaEdit

  • During the party's time in the cave in Duscae in Episode Duscae demo, Prompto says "Snakes, why did it have to be snakes?" This refers to Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, where the titular character utters the same quote when he ends up in a tomb full of snakes.

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