Mr. Holzoff is a non-player character in Final Fantasy VII who lives in a cabin at the base of Gaea's Cliff. Cloud wakes up in the cabin if he passes out while traversing the Great Glacier. Mr. Holzoff's wife, living in the Icicle Inn town, explains that he went mountain-climbing thirty years prior[note 1] and did not return.
Thirty years before, Mr. Holzoff was out climbing with his friend, Yamski, hoping to see what was on the other side of Gaea's Cliff. Neither were prepared for the biting cold wind on the cliff that lowered their body temperature. Unable to bear it, his friend Yamski cut his own rope and Mr. Holzoff didn't even notice until it was much too late. He now gives shelter to fellow climbers who want to take on Gaea's Cliff.
- In the PC/mobile/PS4 version of Final Fantasy VII, Holzoff says he climbed the mountain twenty years ago if the player answers that they are unfamiliar with his story, while in the PlayStation version it is thirty. The original Japanese script also says thirty, so it is presumed to be an error in the PC translation, as answering that the party is already familiar with Holzoff's story yields text entries that refer to a thirty-year time gap