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Japanese name アルフ
Career Masked Magician
Age 26
Gender Male
Origin Zenan Mainland
World Another World
Height 6'2"
Weight 154 lbs
Build Tall & Slender
Laterality Right-handed
Weapon Rod
Innate Element Black
"Is this what I have been searching for all this time... No... Stop it! I am no such thing. What good is it... to possess such dark power...?"
— Guile

Guile (アルフ , Alf?) is a dashing, handsome, and enigmatic magician from the Zenan Mainland in Chrono Cross.

Story[edit | edit source]

A member of the mysterious Magic Guild, he came to El Nido in search of mystery and curiosity; a friend of the Fortune Teller in Termina, he soon learned of Viper Manor and its status as an impregnable fortress. Eager to disprove this myth, he entered a contest with the Fortune Teller; if he found a "Revive" Element, she would give him a Brass Rod. Otherwise, he would have to reveal his face to her. While preparing for his attempt, he met Serge and Kid, who also planned to infiltrate the manor. Judging their usefulness, he decided to accompany them, and from that point on served as a member of the party (though he briefly left while Serge regained his body from Lynx).

While on the quest, Guile displayed exceedingly refined and cultured behavior and speech, and also developed an Element Grid capable of using many advanced techniques. A visit with Sneff revealed that he was the "rising star" of the Magic Guild, but Guile scoffed at his invitation to perform stage-magic, noting that his only real interest was discovering the truth behind the enigmas of the world. To this end, he accompanied Serge until the final battle with the Time Devourer. He then faded into history; little else is known of him, as Guile is an enduring mystery of his own accord.

During the planning stages of Chrono Cross, Guile was intended to be Magus in disguise, accompanying Serge to learn the true fate of his sister Schala. This would have paralleled his role in Radical Dreamers as the mysterious magician Gil. However, as more and more characters were added to the game, the developers felt that it would have been too difficult to represent Magus' story well amongst the sea of other characters. Guile's backstory was removed, and he gained his own identity as a mystifying traveler. Guile is regardless the same as Magil in appearance and behavior -- fiercely handsome, interesting, intelligent, good-natured, eloquent, and prone to having a bit of fun. Guile especially excels at the last point in his frequent toasts to enigma and his lighthearted bet with the Fortune Teller.

In Chrono Trigger (DS), one ending opens up the possibility that Magus is Guile. In this ending, a version of Magus from further in his own timeline is discovered fighting the Dream Devourer, but he cannot harm it and free his sister, Schala. With her last conscious act, Schala tears open a portal through time and helps Magus escape. When he arrives on the other side, he has no memory of who he is or what he is doing, only that he has to find something very important to him. Like much in the story of Chrono Cross itself, this is left ambiguous to the player.

How to recruit[edit | edit source]

When arriving in Termina Another World for the first time, watch a scene with the statue polisher. Afterwords, find Korcha at the bridge east of there before finding him a 2nd time down by the shrines. He agrees to take you to the destination Viper Manor Bluffs but needs a guide. Guile's at the Termina Bar and will join up without too much of a hassle. Nikki and Pierre CANNOT join if Guile does, however.

Strengths[edit | edit source]

  • Inverted Tech Grid allows for many high level Elements near the end of the game
  • Learns Double Tech
  • High Magic Power
  • Strongest Black Innate character available when Serge is in the party
  • Is able to attack every enemy at once using his strongest attack

Weaknesses[edit | edit source]

  • Inverted Tech Grid allows for very few Elements at the beginning of the game

Tech Skills[edit | edit source]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Guile, in English, means to deceitfully trick. Additionally, Guile appears to be a reference to Gil from Radical Dreamers.

His Japanese name, アルフ Arufu Alf/Alph, may be a reference to Janus' cat Alfador (known as アルファド Arufado Alfad/Alphard in Japanese).

Gallery[edit | edit source]