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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

Prompto Argentum is a companion of Noctis and a party member in Final Fantasy XV. Although not directly controllable, he is in Noctis's party and the player will be able to co-opt moves with him and issue him commands.

He is a childhood friend of Noctis and wields firearms. Prompto takes photos with his smartphone, and for a certain reason, wants to save pictures of him and his friends while on the road trip.[5] The player can upload these pictures to social media. It has been said the system was not just "thrown in", but will connect to the party's actions and the story.[6] Though Final Fantasy XV won't have a specific high-quality photo mode, players can view the pictures Prompto takes during the journey in a gallery.[7]

Profile Edit

Appearance Edit

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.

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Young Prompto from Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV.

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.

As a child, Prompto was overweight and wore glasses and a two-tone tan T-shirt with a matching wristband.

Personality Edit

Prompto maintains a playful attitude towards Noctis. 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.[8]

Though not a combat-hardened warrior, Prompto has a knack for cheering people up and keeping things light-hearted. This actually stems from having had a sad and lonely childhood, and his outward mannerisms conceal a deep thinker. The developers put a lot of thought into his animations because of this duality, making him always moving and being more reactive than the other group members, exaggerating and overreacting. Prompto is good with machines, and tuned into technology and the latest trends including video games and anime.[9]

Story Edit

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Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV Edit

Prompto and Puppy

Prompto finds an injured puppy.

During their journey to Caem, the party encounters an injured puppy whom Prompto manages to avoid hitting with the Regalia. When he treats it with first aid, he momentarily flashes back to his childhood.

Prompto was a lone overweight boy who (seemingly) lived alone and had no friends, whose only joy was to take photos and eat nothing but junk food. One day he encountered and treated a puppy with an injured leg, naming it "Tiny". Eventually, the puppy returned to its home with Lunafreya Nox Fleuret, where she noticed the name on the handkerchief Prompto had tied around the puppy's injured leg, and had her attendant Gentiana investigate.

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Prompto meets Noctis as teenagers.

Prompto received a letter from Lunafreya expressing her thanks for taking care of her puppy, Pryna. Knowing that he attended the same school as Noctis, she requested that he becomes his friend since Noctis did not mingle much with his classmates. The next day, Prompto decided to approach Noctis but stumbled. Noctis pulled him up, pointing out that he's "heavy", and left as the bell rang. The event motivated Prompto to lose weight before approaching Noctis again. Prompto started jogging and dieting, taking photos of himself to track his progress until he had shed the excess weight. With newfound confidence, he approached Noctis in high school pretending they had never met before. Noctis, who recognized him, greeted him casually with a bump on his back.

Back in the present, Prompto lets the puppy go with its mother and the party resumes their journey. He asks Noctis if he can meet Lunafreya, and Noctis affirms.

Final Fantasy XV Edit

Prompto accompanies Noctis on their road trip across the land toward Altissia to meet with Noctis's fiancée, Luna. They pass through the Duscae region where Prompto crashes the party's car, 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 Astrals 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. 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.

The party continues forward to ride a ferry to Altissia, but find it not running. The party soon learns that the capital has been attacked and turn back, only to find the city blockaded. With little recourse, they leave to find a different way to meet with Luna, in hopes she escaped the city.

Spoilers end here.

Gameplay Edit

Party member Edit

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Prompto in battle.

Prompto equips Firearms as his Primary Arm, including handguns and shotguns. Prompto's Secondary Arm is Machinery, which allows him to equip Tools like Auto Crossbow and Bioblaster.[10] He can co-opt moves with Noctis, such as pushing him out of harm's way and shooting enemies from either range or close-up. One of his physical abilities is Bulletbind, which he can use to freeze his enemies. Prompto has also displayed three other skills called Piercer, Starshell, and Recoil.

He has the lowest 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. In the Niflheim base infiltration trailer, the player invokes Prompto to throw a flare at a group of magitek soldiers, lighting up the area and momentarily stunning the soldiers.

VR Edit


Promotional image of Prompto wearing the PS VR headset.

As revealed at E3 2016, Prompto will be directly playable in first person by using PlayStation VR. The available control schemes and whether this allows for 2-player co-op were not stated. However, the trailer emphasized the ability to target enemy weak points similar to his abilities in early development.

Creation and development Edit


Prompto from Versus on the left; final design on the right.

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Prompto aiming in old Versus XIII footage.

Prompto's design went through an overhaul during development since he was first unveiled for Final Fantasy Versus XIII, which ended up being reworked into Final Fantasy XV. 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.

His face was again redesigned from the version unveiled at E3 2013 when the game was re-announced as Final Fantasy XV. Prompto's hair and facial features were altered after receiving negative feedback so that users around the world would better receive the game.[2] Yusuke Naora is one of three art directors on Final Fantasy XV, and one of his early tasks on the project was to update the look of the characters from their incarnation in Final Fantasy Versus XIII.[11]

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.

Director Hajime Tabata has explained that black has historically been treated as a special color in the kingdom of Lucis. Thus the attire of the royal family, and those in occupations closely tied to it, wear black.[12] The art staff wanted to make it easy to distinguish the characters even though they all wear black. The team wanted to make them come alive both in technical and artistic ways, and ways to make the characters relateable were discussed endlessly. At the beginning of the development, a special unit was formed to create the cast's personal traits. The team also paid attention to feedback from players, especially in Prompto, whom many found annoying for the contrast he'd behave compared to the others. The team decided to emphasize certain parts of Prompto's character to make him more likeable.[13]


Animating Prompto.

A Final Fantasy XV animator, Toyama, shared some details on how Prompto was animated via official social media. Using motion capture, the animators film their own movements either in special mo-cap suits or in what the characters actually wear in the game. The recorded data is polished by adjusting the poses and movements, adding finger animations, etc. before the animations can be implemented. The animators check how the character movements flow in-game together with the clothes, which are controlled via cloth simulator. Aside from animations, a variety of things need also to be checked, such as SFX and VFX.[14]

Voice Edit

Prompto is voiced by Tetsuya Kakihara in Japanese. In Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV anime, his younger self is voiced by Aki Kaneda. In English he is voiced by Robbie Daymond.[3]

Merchandise Edit


Play Arts.

Prompto will be available as a Play Arts -Kai- figure.

Gallery Edit

Final Fantasy Versus XIII
Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV

Etymology Edit

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]".

Argentum means "silver" in Latin.

Thus, Prompto's name may have been an incorrect attempt to translate "quicksilver" into Latin. 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.

Trivia Edit

  • 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.
  • Prompto is Akio Ofuji's favorite character.[15]

References Edit

  1. Final Fantasy XV On Noctis’ Age, Brotherhood Episode 2, And Other Questions From Fans (Accessed: October 23, 2016) at Siliconera
  2. 2.0 2.1 Final Fantasy XV Japanese community questions answered (Accessed: October 23, 2016) at Gematsu
  3. 3.0 3.1
  5. All the Final Fantasy XV details from Famitsu (Accessed: October 23, 2016) at Nova Crystallis
  6. Final Fantasy XV Director Talks About Chocobos, Lunafreya, And Many Other Features (Accessed: October 23, 2016) at Siliconera
  7. Final Fantasy XV will let you view 3D enemy models, CG images and Prompto’s photos in various gallery modes (Accessed: October 23, 2016) at Nova Crystallis
  9. A Deeper Look At Final Fantasy XV's Characters (Accessed: October 23, 2016) at Game Informer
  10. FINAL FANTASY XV Master Version Gameplay (NA) (37:42) (Accessed: October 23, 2016PromptoMasterMenu) by Final Fantasy XV at YouTube
  11. An Inside Look At Modernizing The Art Of Final Fantasy (Accessed: October 23, 2016) at Game Informer
  12. Why Noctis and his companions are dressed in black? (Accessed: October 23, 2016) at Official Final Fantasy XV Forums
  13. Uncovered: 4Gamer interview translation (interview with Tabata-san and Nozue-san) (Accessed: October 23, 2016) at A Bit Of Laughter
  14. Final Fantasy XV Official Instagram (Accessed: October 23, 2016) at Official Final Fantasy XV Instagram

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