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Japanese name スネフ
Career Aged Illusionist
Age 53
Gender Male
Origin Unknown
World Home World
Height 5'6"
Weight 139 lbs
Build Ordinary
Laterality Right-handed
Weapon Shot/Cards
Innate Element Yellow
"Yes. I know my liffe is ffull off mistakes. But I didn't know back then what I know now, so I have no regrets!"
— Sneff

Sneff (スネフ , Sneff?) is a character in Chrono Cross. He is the old and rough-hewn magician of the S.S. Zelbess.


Having long practiced the art of entertainment magic, Sneff began his career by traveling far and wide throughout the world. On one of his travels, he met a mysterious old troll (probably Sprigg) who gave him a berry. After he ate it, he found the ability to change people into cats and back. Sneff also enrolled as a member of the Magic Guild, and though he graduated or left the guild before Guile became a member, he nonetheless stayed abreast of its performance. Sneff unfortunately developed a penchant for gambling and games of chance. While working at the S.S. Zelbess, he played against Fargo, who had rigged the roulette machine to guarantee a win for the house whenever desired. Sneff fell into servitude due to his mounting debts with Fargo, and grudgingly carried out his show night after night. He planned to one day pay off his debts with the revenue earned from the Sneff Family Show; however, he was still prone to gambling against Fargo at times to try his luck. During his tenure on the S.S. Zelbess, he also adopted Solt and Peppor as apprentices; they had washed up after the Dead Sea incident and remembered nothing of their previous affiliation with the Acacia Dragoons.

In 1020 A.D., he met Serge during one of his shows, accidentally transforming them into cats and straining his back. This precluded the ability to change them back; Serge used the feline form to his advantage to expose Fargo's cheating. Sneff then changed them back to normal, and, with the advent of the newfound knowledge of the casino, proceeded to win enough money to pay off his debt to the captain. As a free man, he then joined Serge's party, but promised to stay back and train his apprentices whenever he was not on the road. Around this time, he also met Guile, who he described as the rising star of the Magic Guild.

How to Recruit

Speak to him after defeating the Sage of Marbule on the S.S. Zelbess.


  • Learns Double Tech
  • HPShuffle can help a lot


  • HPShuffle can backfire pretty badly
  • Small Element Grid

Tech Skills


Sneff is likely a cheek way of saying snuff, pulverized tobacco leaves that can be ingested orally or nasally. Because Sneff has poor oral hygiene, it may be the former.