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The second son of the Archduke of Rosaria and Clive's younger brother by five years. Joshua awoke as the Dominant of the Phoenix soon after his birth. Despite his noble upbringing, Joshua treats all his father's subjects with warmth and affection—none more so than Clive, whom he deeply admires. Joshua often laments that it was he, the frail and bookish younger son, who was granted command of the firebird's flames, and not his stronger, braver brother. While Clive will gladly throw himself into any danger, Joshua quails at the sight of a carrot on his dinner plate. But carrots become the least of his concern when he, too, is swept up into the tragic events that change Clive's life forever.

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Joshua Rosfield is a main character from Final Fantasy XVI. He is the Archduke of Rosaria's secondborn son and Clive Rosfield's younger brother.

Despite being the younger child, Joshua inherited the power of the Eikon of Fire, Phoenix, and serves as its Dominant, with the ability to assume the Eikon's form. As Clive has sworn to protect him as his Shield, Joshua bestowed the Blessing of the Phoenix upon Clive, enabling him to wield part of the firebird's power. Joshua's reluctant burden of the Phoenix becomes the least of his worries when he becomes involved in tragic events that set Clive on a path for vengeance. At the beginning of the story, Joshua is ten years old.[1]



Joshua is a Biblical given name derived from the Hebrew Yehoshua (יהושע), meaning "God is salvation". The name was a common alternative form of the name יֵשׁוּעַ – yēšūă, which corresponds to the Greek spelling Iesous, from which, through the Latin Iesus, comes the English spelling Jesus.

Joshua is a figure in the Torah, being one of the spies for Israel (Num 13–14) and identified in several passages as Moses' assistant. He was one of the twelve spies sent by Moses to explore the land of Canaan and after Moses' death Joshua led the Israelite tribes in the conquest of Canaan and allocated the land to the tribes. Another book in the Old Testament, the Book of Joshua, is a chronicle of Joshua's exploits as written from an author who stresses the importance of Mosaic law in Jewish life.


  1. Naoki Yoshida (n.d.) . Introducing the world and characters of Final Fantasy XVI. Accessed October 29, 2020. Archived from the original on October 29, 2020.