Final Fantasy 16: Everything We Know About Clive

Clive will be Final Fantasy 16’s protagonist as he protects his younger brother and goes through a revenge-driven journey against the dark Eikon Ifrit.

Who Is Clive?

Clive is the firstborn son of the Archduke of Rosaria. In the game, awakening as a Dominant is an honor and a burden as you hold a powerful beast within you. Clive was expected to carry it, but fate gave his family another hand as it was passed down to his younger brother Joshua instead.

The official Final Fantasy 16 website says that Clive chose the path of a soldier and mastering the blade. So far, he has succeeded with flying colors as he won the ducal tournament at the age of 15 and was dubbed the First Shield of Rosaria. His main goal is to protect the Pheonix (Joshua) and is bestowed with part of his flame to fight villains like The Blight that threaten the existence of the kingdom and its citizens.

Everything seems bright for Clive, but tragedy strikes his kingdom and he’s now seeking Ifrit, a dark Eikon that has ruined his life and career. You’d assume that his younger brother Joshua loses his life in the early stages of the game, but he is prominently featured in the artwork and is listed as a main character on the Final Fantasy 16 website.

Clive is also one of the youngest Final Fantasy protagonists in history, only aging past Final Fantasy 3’s Onion Knight, who appears to be between 12 to 14 years old.

Battle Training

Clive is ready to strike down his foes in this action RPG. We see his formal training in the debut trailer for Final Fantasy 16. He can bust out a quick volley of strikes towards his opponents and can juggle opposing creatures of the Blight in the air. He can also engulf enemies with flames with a plume of fire or embued slashes of his sword. Clive is agile and dodges attacks in an instant.

He also has a mysterious claw-like move later in the trailer and can uppercut enemies with a magical fist. We know the combat will be “action-oriented” in Final Fantasy 16 so we’re looking forward to whatever combos Clive can dish out to his enemies.

He Ages

Throughout the events of the game, the trailer hints towards Clive aging through a time skip. It seems like he is on his vengeful path for a long time. He says towards Ifrit, “I’ll kill you if it’s the last thing I do.” Let’s hope this angry state of mind won’t make Clive a dull one-dimensional character to play as.

We’ll be hearing more about Clive’s journey later this year. It’s been a while since we’ve heard any news on the game, but the silence, according to Square Enix, is intentional. While we wait, take a look at everything we know about Final Fantasy in 2021 so far.

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The British “Canadian” Chris Penwell has been a video game journalist since 2013 and now has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from MacEwan University. He loves to play JRPGs and games with a narrative. You can check out his podcasts Active Quest every Tuesday and Go Beyond: A My Hero Academia Podcast on Wednesdays.

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