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Judgemaster Cid Randell

Judgemaster Cid is Mewt Randell's father from Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, and in the fantasy world of Ivalice, he is the Judgemaster, leader of the Judges that enforce Ivalice's laws. While he can perform all of the duties of a normal judge, he also has the power to issue Advanced Laws, which can result in a Red Card for a character that takes any action forbidden by the Advanced Law.



He is a tall, somewhat thin-set man with a goatee and unkempt brown hair tied back in a rattail. Before Ivalice is transformed, he wears a leather fur-lined jacket and green pants, and stands in a stooped posture. While in Ivalice, he carries himself much more upright and wears traditional Judge armor without the helmet.

Cid's large rounded sword at the artwork had appeared in the Bishop's ability "Judge", while Marche also has the same large rounded sword in his artwork. This may imply that Cid's artwork sword is indeed the Judge Sword. Regardless, the player cannot obtain it for personal use. The large rounded sword is also seen in the hands of Luso Clemens, the hero of Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift. The sword looks largely identical to the weapon held by Rue, the protagonist in Threads of Fate, another Square title.


In the real world, Cid has fallen on hard times following the death of his wife, becoming lackadaisical and prone to drinking. After arriving in Ivalice, his demeanor has completely changed to an upright, determined, and morally sound Judgemaster who maintains peace and order while still making time to be with his son, Mewt.


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Artwork of Cid with his wife, Remedi and son, Mewt.

Scene from the Japanese version.

In real life, the death of his wife, Remedi, caused Cid to fall into a drunk stupor. His depression was downplayed in the English release where Mewt and his friends catch him cringing before his superiors at work. Cid was remade into the Judgemaster because Mewt did not want him to be a slob.

Initially, Cid is hostile toward Marche Radiuju's attempts to revert the world to normal, but upon seeing a vision of the real world following the defeat of Exodus, Cid realizes that his actions are not in Mewt's best interests and resigns from the palace. Cid then helps Marche deal with Llednar Twem, a dark version of Mewt created by Queen Remedi, finally defeating him by wielding one of Ezel Berbier's Anti-Laws against him to enable Marche to harm him.

Although Cid is powerful, he has several limits. Despite his ability to use Advanced Laws, he is unable to prevent Ezel Berbier from nullifying those laws with an Anti-Law. Cid cannot enter a battle as a combatant and enforce the law at the same time or stop others from changing the laws with Law Cards, or in the case of the Li-Grim, by using its Lawshift ability.

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Completing all 300 missions unlocks the first of the Corrupt Judges bonus missions at the pub, "Cleanup Time". Before the engagement in Cadoan Judgemaster Cid arrives and takes the player's side in battle. After the mission, Cid requests to join Clan Nutsy. If dismissed, he can be re-recruited by the mission "Cid's Mission".

Cid is a Judgemaster and equips heavy armor and shields, and his weapon of choice is a Knightsword. The Judgemaster's ability set, Advanced Law, surpasses the power of normal Judges. One weakness of Cid is that he does not have any Secondary Action, Reaction, Support, or Combo abilities, and he cannot learn any from any items. Also, he cannot be afflicted with Haste.


The player is given the opportunity to recruit Cid following the mission "Cleanup Time". He is initially equipped with a Lohengrin, Diamond Armor, Diamond Helm, Opal Shield, and Bracers while already having mastered all of his Judgemaster abilities. Because his job class's growth is identical to a Paladin's, his stats are more in-line with Attack and Defense with low Speed.

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Cid appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as a Lightning-elemental Backup card and an Ice-elemental Forward card.


Cid is a recurring name in the Final Fantasy series. Cid is derived from the dialectal Arabic word سيد (sîdi or sayyid), which means "lord" or "master".

Randell is a different spelling of "Randall". Randall is a Medieval surname, which contains two Germanic elements meaning "shield" and "wolf".