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Locke Cole is a playable character in Dissidia Final Fantasy NT and its arcade version. He represents Final Fantasy VI. He is an Assassin type, who uses daggers as weapons, and his EX Skill is Steal, which becomes Mug when attacking a foe not targeting him. Locke is a new character who did not appear in the previous PlayStation Portable Dissidia Final Fantasy games.
Locke's default player title is Nameless Adventurer. His manikin counterpart, the Transient Pathfinder, is red.
Locke's default appearance, the "Intrepid Treasure Hunter", is based on his Yoshitaka Amano artwork. He wears black pants and an open jacket with blue patterns over a white t-shirt. He wears a blue and yellow headband, white boots with blue laces, and a brown belt with a patterned blue sash and a red sheathe for his dagger. This outfit has two alternate colorations. One has white pants, black boots, yellow laces, a beige belt, a red sash, and a white bandana with red accents. Another has dark gray pants, black boots, gray laces, a beige belt, a yellow sash, and a dark gray bandana with white rim.
Locke's alternate costume, the "Devoted Returner", is based on his SD artwork. He wears blue pants and an open short-sleeved shirt, with pale blue sleeves rolled up to the shoulder. He wears a white vest, light-brown gloves and boots, a blue bandana, and a pale-green sash around his waist. Locke's hair is silver. This costume has two alternate colorations. The first has black pants and a black shirt, beige sleeves, white gloves and boots, and a light blue sash and bandana. The second has a dark blue shirt with white sleeves and dark blue pants, a blue-purple sash and bandana, dark brown gloves and boots, and light brown/blond hair.
Locke wields daggers and also uses the Rising Sun in his moveset.
Unlike Y'shtola Rhul and Noctis Lucis Caelum, who are confirmed to have never participated in the old conflict, it is unknown if Locke was summoned to World B and then later dismissed sometime between the first and the eleventh cycles.
Shortly after Shinryu's defeat, the moogles give Locke a crystal to host his memories for Materia to use in the upcoming infinitely long war. With a crystal doppelgänger of himself to serve on Materia's behalf, Locke returns to his home world.
- Type: Assassin - Locke's attack power increases when he assails foes not targeting him.
Locke makes use of fast and short-ranged combos with his daggers and throwing rings. He is reliant on fighting opponents that are not targeting him, as this causes his attacks to deal more damage and powers up his unique EX Skill. When using his unique EX Skill on an opponent not targeting him, Locke will steal a random piece of equipment that allows him to use a one-time special attack by using the EX Skill button again. This makes Locke highly dependent on team play, to catch opponents by surprise and maximize his damage output; in head-on fights where his opponent is targeting him back, Locke's potential is lessened. Another disadvantage is that in exchange for the versatility of his EX Skill, Locke has a smaller-than-normal pool of Bravery attacks normally, making him a bit more predictable.
|Mark the Spot||Bravery||Ground|
|Quickly slice your foe with your daggers.|
|Throw your moonring blade at a foe.|
|Slash & Soar||Bravery||Dash|
|Knock your foe up into the air, then send them hurtling to the ground.|
|Quickly slice your foe with your daggers.|
|Catch & Release||Bravery||Aerial|
|Pull your enemy in with your moonring blade, then kick them away.|
|Charge forward, piercing your adversary multiple times.|
|Pounce on your foe from close range and strike them with incredible speed.|
|Jump up and fall straight down with your blades out, or press ↓ + to dive down, then slash straight up.|
|Enlist the aid of Phoenix to cause an explosion at your opponent's position.|
|Cavort toward foes from midrange with a deft series of slashes and kicks.|
|Get in close to your foe and take either a potion or an ether from them. When your foe is not targeting you, take a master's scroll, a soul of Thamasa, or a pair of thief gloves.|
|Potion||EX Skill||With a Potion|
|Recover a small amount of HP.|
|Ether||EX Skill||With an Ether|
|Recover a small amount of bravery.|
|Master's Scroll||EX Skill||With a Master's Scroll|
|Deftly unleash a series of slashes and kicks.|
|Soul of Thamasa||EX Skill||With a Soul of Thamasa|
|Cast fire, ice, and lightning magic in succession.|
|Thief Gloves||EX Skill||With Thief Gloves|
|Have all your attacks do extra damage for a period of time and increase the rate at which your unique EX skill gauge fills.|
Creation and development
Locke was considered as the playable candidate of Final Fantasy VI during development of the original Dissidia Final Fantasy, but Tetsuya Nomura stated that the heroes' side lacked female representatives, and Locke rejected in favor of Terra Branford, due to her prominence in the main game and her stronger connection to Kefka Palazzo.
Locke was revealed as the second DLC character of the Season Pass on May 15, 2018. He was released on May 17, 2018 in the arcade version, and was released later in June 2018 on consoles.
Locke is voiced by Yūki Ono in the Japanese version, who previously voiced him as the "Amnesiac Man" in Dissidia Final Fantasy: Secretum -Himitsu-. In the English version, he is voiced by Jonathan von Mering.
His custom quotes refer to various events he was involved in from his home game:
- "How dare you call me a thief! I prefer the term "treasure hunter"!" refers to the recurring gag of Locke getting angry at people calling him a thief.
- "I'll keep you safe! I promise!" refers to a line he says to a still amnesiac Terra in Narshe.
- "I'm not cut out for this sort of thing..." refers to a line he says to Ultros in Crescent Mountain.
- "Have you...always been that pretty?" refers to a line he says to Celes while she is preparing herself for the Opera.
- "M-magic!?" refers to a line he says when he sees Terra using magic for the first time at Figaro Castle.
- "Oooh... Ohhhhhh..." refers to when he gets seasick on the boat headed to Thamasa.
- "From here on out...everything'll be okay." refers to a line he says to Celes after finally getting closure from Rachel.
- "You're sure that stuff will work?"refers to a question he asks an old man in Kohlingen about a concotion to preserve Rachel's body.
- "I won't let go...I promise!" refers to a line he says to Celes as they escape the crumbling Kefka's Tower.
- Before his announcement, Locke had previously appeared in the live recitation of Dissidia Final Fantasy: Secretum -Himitsu- as the "Amnesiac Man".