I am Siegfried, the greatest swordsman in all the world!
Siegfried is a non-player character in Final Fantasy VI. He is a famous swordsman, and it is hinted that he is Ultros's rival. Though he does not play an important role in the story, he still appears frequently, though if these sightings are of the real swordsman or an impostor is ambiguous.
Profile[edit | edit source]
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Siegfried wears a blue armor with a sword on his back. He wears a blue cap, a long blue cape that he uses to wrap one side of his body in, and a bandage over one eye. His one visible eye is green. He wears brown boots and gloves.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Siegfried is an arrogant man, calling himself as "the greatest swordsman in the world". Ultros seems to believe this, as he wants to impress Siegfried. However, when Siegfried fights the Returners aboard the Phantom Train he is weak and easily defeated. A sore loser, he claims the treasure anyway. Though touting himself a famous swordsman, he seems more like a treasure hunter, vanishing after enriching his coffers.
When met at the Dragon's Neck Coliseum, Siegfried reveals that someone out there is impersonating him, telling the Returners not to be fooled by the impostor. It is hinted that the Siegfried in the coliseum is the real Siegfried, and that the treasure-hunting "Siegfried" the party ran into earlier is the impostor.
Story[edit | edit source]
Siegfried appears on the Phantom Train where he disrupts Sabin, Shadow, and Cyan, who are working their way towards the locomotive. Siegfried picks a fight with them when they try to open a treasure chest, but is weak and easily defeated. He escapes with the treasure anyway.
Though he does not appear in person, Ultros attempts to steal the statues representing the Warring Triad from the Esper Caves in the hopes of earning Siegfried's respect. This is the only time the two are hinted to know each other, but this is not explained in detail.
Siegfried later appears in South Figaro Cave in the World of Ruin, where he follows Gerad and his thieves into Figaro Castle. Celes and Sabin spy him stealing treasure on the way, but he vanishes once the two enter the castle.
Siegfried is finally found in the Dragon's Neck Coliseum where he remains. He reveals that someone is trying to disguise themselves as him, and urges the Returners not to be fooled by the impostor. Betting a Megalixir allows the Returners to fight him on the arena, and he is much stronger than on the Phantom Train.
It is not entirely clear which encounters with Siegfried, if any, are with the real famous swordsman. The vast difference in strength between the Siegfried found at the coliseum and the one found on the Phantom Train could mean that the Siegfried in the coliseum is the real one, and the one the party encountered on the train is the impostor. Additionally, in the bestiary, the Siegfried encountered at the coliseum is classified as a humanoid, while the Siegfried encountered at the Phantom Train isn't classified as such. In the SNES version, during the instances where he is helpful he appears as "Siegfried," and when he hinders the Returners he is called "Ziegfried." This implies that these are two separate characters, and explains Siegfried's comment about being impersonated; this distinction is absent in the Advance and later releases, however. It is possible that the impostor was meant to be Gogo before the sidequest to recruit him was changed in development.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Siegfried is fought twice. The first instance is aboard the Phantom Train, and he will randomly attack eight times dealing low damage. With 100 HP, he is of no challenge for the player. If the player bets a Megalixir at the Dragon's Neck Coliseum in the World of Ruin, Siegfried will randomly choose between Attack, Hyperdrive, or Metal Cutter, and is a much more formidable opponent.
Siegfried has a Rage for his coliseum appearance within the game coding, but since Siegfried never appears on the Veldt, Gau can never learn it. His Rage can only be obtain with a cheat device. Using the Siegfried Rage, Gau would cast Flare, become weak to Fire, Ice, Lightning, Wind, Earth, Water, Poison, and Holy, be granted Protect status and be immune to Petrify, Death, and Doom statuses.
Other appearances[edit | edit source]
A garb that allows the wearer to unleash consecutive attacks. It increases Strength.
The Siegfried garb is loosely based on Siegfried. It was obtained by posting the Battle Score to the Outerworld services in the demo version of the game. Similarly to Siegfried, the garb excels in its offensive prowess. Its locked ability is Relentless Assault Lv. 2, it gives no extra ATB but Lightning always starts battles in this garb with the ATB bar fully filled. It also provides Strength +10%.
In the Omega: Sigmascape V1.0 raid, Siegfried has a small chance of appearing in place of a ghost. After breaking the Phantom Train's chimney and getting transported to a train cart, the player has to defeat Siegfried to get out of the train cart and continue the raid. Siegfried has no other purpose other than being an Easter egg, and due to having less health, he is slightly easier to defeat.
Siegfried also appears as a central character in the Blue Mage quest line between level 50 and 60. This Siegfried is the stage persona of Zirnberk, the leader of the Stone Torches and son of the chair of the Amajina & Sons Mining Concern, which he adopts when fighting in the Masked Carnivale.
Siegfried from Final Fantasy VI appears as an enemy.
With a name like Siegfried, it's only natural that he would be a master swordsman.
Siegfried appears as a boss.
Other media[edit | edit source]
A Ghost Card in Dissidia Final Fantasy is named Siegfried. The Siegfried ghost is a level 100 Kefka. A Cyan Gem and a Tintinnabulum can be won through Battlegen with the ghost, the latter a reference to the item the player can win from Siegfried in the Coliseum in Final Fantasy VI. The quote on the card "It seems that an impostor has been masquerading as me recently..." is what Siegfried says to the party in the Coliseum.
In Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, the Ghost Card "Famed Moogle" uses Siegfried's icon. The description references Siegfried: "You know not my name? Everyone knows only the octopus..."
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Siegfried (known as "Sigurd" in Norse mythology) is the dragon-slaying hero of the German epic poem, Song of Nibelungs. This is one of several names of epic heroes used in Final Fantasy, others being Gilgamesh and Beowulf.