|Game|| •Tales of Symphonia|
•Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World
|Age|| •17 (ToS)|
|Height|| •5'8" / 173 cm (ToS)|
•5'10" / 178 cm (DotNW)
|Weight|| •128 lbs / 58 kg (ToS)|
•139 lbs / 63 kg (DotNW)
|Japanese Voice Actor||Katsuyuki Konishi|
|English Voice Actor|| •Scott Menville (ToS)|
•Brian Beacock (DotNW)
|Character Designer||Kousuke Fujishima|
Lloyd Irving (ロイド・アーヴィング Roido Aavingu?) is the main character of Tales of Symphonia, the fifth major release in the Tales series. Once a simple country boy, Lloyd is thrust into the outside world following a raid on his village. The Chosen of Regeneration is one of his closest friends, and after being exiled from Iselia, Lloyd joins her on the Journey of Regeneration. Although the young warrior himself plays no part in the prophecy, he is still a strong optimist and a fair leader.
Tales of Symphonia
At the beginning of the story, Lloyd is asleep during class, but he is abruptly wakened by Raine Sage, his professor. In the middle of class, a bright light shines through the window, indicating that the Oracle has appeared. Raine goes to check the Chapel and instructs the rest of the class to stay at their seats. Lloyd leaves, along with his best friends, Colette Brunel and Genis Sage, curious to see what happens when Colette receives the oracle. Upon their arrival, they encounter a group of Desians attacking the temple. The party defeats the Desians with the aid of a mysterious mercenary and continues into the temple. Inside, after the Oracle of Cruxis is successfully conveyed, Colette receives her Cruxis Crystal, and the group then returns to the village. Knowing that Lloyd's home lies on the other side of the dangerous Iselia Forest, Genis asks if he can accompany Lloyd halfway. Lloyd agrees, and the two set out together.
As they pass the Iselia Human Ranch, Genis tells Lloyd that this is his destination. Lloyd protests and tries to stop Genis, but Genis mentions that the Desians already violated their non-aggression treaty with the village after they attacked the temple. Lloyd reluctantly agrees, and the two visit the facility. There, Genis quickly finds Marble and proceeds to tell her about the Oracle that was conveyed earlier that day. As they speak, however, the Desian guards notice that Marble has wandered off. Realizing that the boys might be spotted, Marble tells them to flee. Unwilling to allow Marble be punished, Genis and Lloyd climb to the top of a nearby cliff, where they watch the guards whip her. Genis attacks them with his magic, with Lloyd serving as a distraction. As the guards pursue them, Genis trips, and Lloyd is forced to kill them to save his friend. After defeating the Desians, Genis run back to Iselia, while Lloyd goes to Dirk's House. When Lloyd asks Dirk to make him a Key Crest, he angrily refuses, stating that Lloyd should not have went to the ranch. Lloyd then runs outside, where he meets the rest of the group, and has a private conversation with Colette to express his intentions of accompanying her on her journey. Afterward, Lloyd spends the night at Dirk's house.
When Lloyd wakes the next morning, Genis informs him that he missed Colette. The two hurry back to the village only to find it in flames. The two soon find that the Desians are attacking to exact revenge for Genis and Lloyd's actions the day before at the ranch. The two friends are forced to fight and kill a hideous monster, only to learn that the monster is actually Marble. The Desians then exit, and the mayor of the devastated village decides to exile Lloyd for provoking the attack. Blaming himself for aggravating the situation, Genis decides to accompany Lloyd, and the two journey forth together. Genis also begins wearing Marble's Exsphere, embedded on his right hand. As well as being worn in memory of her, he uses it to augment his magical abilities so that he can fight on par with the rest of the group. As Genis and Lloyd continue on their journey, they find the desert town, Triet. With wanted posters of Lloyd around the town, the Desians eventually find and capture Lloyd, but allow Genis to escape.
Lloyd is imprisoned in the Sylvarant Base, where he escapes using the Sorcerer's Ring. In the base, he encounters Yuan Ka-Fai, who starts charging a spell to kill him, but steps down when he sees Lloyd's Exsphere. Recognizing him, he observes that he can "see the resemblance". Shortly afterward, Botta arrives and Yuan leaves just before Colette, Kratos, and Raine arrive. After defeating Botta, the group then makes their way to the Triet Ruins, where the Fire Seal lies. As the reach their destination, they battle the guardian of the Fire Seal and release the seal. Afterward, Remiel appears and gives Colette her wings, along with the Angel Skill Angel Feathers. The group returns to Triet to rest, and that night, Lloyd makes a Key Crest for Raine so she can equip an Exsphere like the rest of them.
The next day, the group travels to the Ossa Trail, where they encounter a mysterious assassin, who attempts to attack the group. As she charges them, Colette falls and accidentally hits a switch, causing Sheena to plummet through a trap door. When the group makes it further down the trail, they encounter her again and engage in battle. After her defeat, the assassin flees, vowing to return. As the group comes to the end of the Ossa Trail, they agree to look for a boat they can travel with to Palmacosta in order to get to the next seal, which Remiel told them was across the sea. When they reach Izoold, they are told that Aifread, a somewhat famous captain, left a long time ago. They then meet a woman name Lyla who appears to be painfully waiting for Aifread's return. When Lloyd and Genis inform Lyla of Aifread's whereabouts, she runs over to a man named Max and demands that he find Aifread and give him her letter. Max initially refuses, but Lyla eventually convinces him to do it, with the assistance of the group. When the group arrives at Palmacosta, Colette accidentally bumps into some other travelers, breaking a Palma Potion the travelers had been carrying.
Before Lloyd and the apparent leader of the other group begin fighting, one of the travelers states that if the group buys them a new Palma Potion, they will forgive them. Colette agrees, taking the blame for breaking the bottle. In order to buy a new Palma Potion, the group visits a shop called "Marble's", in which a young woman refuses to sell supplies to a couple of Desians, telling them that the price they want to pay is too low. The Desians threaten to hurt her, but she says that as long as Governor-General Dorr is with them, they will not give in to people like Desians. Although one Desian prepares to take action, the other soldier claims they have met their quota for the time being. The two Desians leave, and almost immediately afterward, the woman, named Chocolat, bids goodbye to her mother and leaves.
After purchasing a replacement Palma Potion, they group gives it to the travelers, who then proceed to leave the city, talking about selling a book to a man at Hakonesia Peak. When the group goes to the center of the city, they see a boy who talks to Dorr, the Governor-General in Palmacosta. The party learns that the boy's father was taken to the nearby Human Ranch. Dorr, together with his young daughter Kilia, assures him that he will get his father back. Afterward, Dorr and Kilia go back to his office. The party goes to the church to ask the priest if he knows anything about the next seal they must go to in their Journey of Regeneration. He says that the Governor-General has something called the Book of Regeneration, which was written by Spiritua, the last successful Chosen of Sylvarant, when she was on her own journey. With that, they will be able to find the locations for all the seals.
On their way out, they see Chocolat and stop to talk. She apologizes for the scene they saw, and she explains that Palmacosta has a treaty with Palmacosta Human Ranch that forbids them from killing more than a certain number of people. Because they have come to that specific number this year, they are unable to kill her without inciting retaliation from the city's population. She ends the conversation with saying that the Chosen of Regeneration will save them from the Desians. They go to ask the Governor-General if he has the Book of Regeneration. When they are asked why they need it, Genis Sage says that Colette is the Chosen One. This claim convinces Dorr and his assistant Neil to call forth guards, accusing them for being imposters of the Chosen. However, Colette trips, revealing her angel wings. Discharging the guards, Dorr apologizes for his behavior and explains that a group four people came just before and claimed that they were the Chosen's group, telling them that one of the females claimed to be the Chosen. They had believed them and gave the book away. With no more clues left, they leave the city and go to Hakonesia Peak in hope of meeting the imposters with the Book of Regeneration.
When the party arrives at Hakonesia peak, they ask a man named Koton for the Book of Regeneration. Though Koton refuses, he tells the females in the group that if they can get him the Spiritua statue from a nearby House of Salvation, he will let them read it. After the party leaves, they discover from a group of people that the Desians are heading to Palmacosta, lead by their leader named Magnius. Because of this, Lloyd Irving and the others decide to go to the city to learn more about what is happening. When the party returns to Palmacosta, they go to the center of the city only to see that Cacao is going to be executed for Chocolat's opposition against the Desians. As Magnius is entering the scene, he breaks the neck of a citizen because he did not address him as "Lord Magnius", killing him. As he is about to execute Cacao, however, a little boy throws two rocks at Magnius, angering him enough to leap off the platform to punish him. However, Lloyd stops him with a Demon Fang.
Raine tries to prevent him from making the situation worse, but Lloyd angrily asks how they can go on a quest to regenerate the world if they cannot even save the people standing right in front of them. One of the higher-ranked Desians recognizes him as one of the wanted criminals: Number 0074, Lloyd Irving. Magnius, seeing his chance, commands a Desian mage to attack, but Genis easily deflects the spell. He then angrily orders Cacao's execution, but before she can suffocate, Colette uses her ring to cut the rope, rescuing her. As Magnius is distracted by the ring, Kratos runs forth and slashes Magnius, telling him to respect the wishes of the Chosen. Upon hearing that Colette is the Chosen of Regeneration, the citizens cheer. Raine understands that she will not get Lloyd and Colette to change their minds, and decides to fight alongside them. As Magnius is too hurt to do anything, he warps away, ordering two several Desians to fight the group. After the Desians are defeated, Lloyd and the others meet up at Cacao's house, where Cacao and Chocolat thank the group for defeating the Desians.
Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World
Lloyd returns in the sequel as a playable character. After he reunited the two worlds with his friends, he began to search for the remaining Exspheres: his goal was to prevent them from creating further victims. Lloyd has been showered with both praise and hatred from the people of the world, some of whom rejoice his actions and some of whom condemn them. The Church of Martel has proclaimed that Lloyd was responsible for the Blood Purge of Palmacosta half a year prior to the beginning of the sequel. Unlike the other Symphonia characters, Lloyd does not carry his original strongest weapon from the first game instead he gets a new set of dual swords called "Gagnrad".
World in Discord
Lloyd is first met at the Tower of Mana's underground cave, after Emil Castagnier helps Richter Abend. While Richter was chasing Marta Lualdi to Lumen's altar, they met up with Lloyd, who defeated Richter. When Emil arrives at the altar, he sees Lloyd fighting Marta. As Lloyd senses Emil's presence, Emil asks Lloyd why he killed his parents and the people in Palmacosta. Lloyd does not answer, and instead mumbles Palmacosta's name. Afterward, Emil challenges him in battle, along with Marta and two monsters. After the battle, the new heroes are knocked out, and Lloyd retrieves Lumen's core.
Footfalls of Tomorrow
At Iselia, Raine Sage tells Emil and Marta what Lloyd did after the world was restored. It appears that when he came back to Iselia, he heard that a boy named Paul became fatherless after the Desians attacked the village when he and Genis Sage broke the treaty. When he heard this, he began going to Paul's house often when visiting Iselia in order to cheer him up. However, his mood never improved, so one day, Lloyd proposed to Paul's mother, Lilia. He thought that by doing that, he could become a new father figure for Paul. When Lilia found out, she threw a tomato at Lloyd, and short time afterward, they all threw tomatoes at each other, finally bringing up a smile to both Paul and Lilia's faces. After that, Paul became Lloyd's number one fan, and now wants to be just as strong and cool as him.
It is not until the events in the Triet Ruins that Lloyd shows up again. Depending on time used to come to the altar of Ignis, Lloyd may or may not take the core from the party. When there, Genis asks Lloyd if the rumors that he attacked Palmacosta are true. Lloyd does not say anything, but threatens them that if they will not give him the Centurion's core, he will not hesitate to take it by force. Before a fight occurs, however, they hear a monster's roar. Lloyd realizes that it will attack soon, so he turns around to leave. Emil then changes into "Ratatosk Mode", and attacks him. The latter just takes up one of his sword to stop the attack, and after saying that Emil still has much to learn, he hits the boy's head and runs off.
Light and Darkness
When Emil, Marta, Tenebrae, and Regal Bryant arrive in Flanoir, they are shocked to see that it has been attacked. One man says that Lloyd did it before he dies, something Regal can not believe. While they go around to help the injured people, Lloyd runs out of a house. Regal tries to confront Lloyd about the attack, but again Lloyd ignores one of his closest companions. Emil once again turns into "Ratatosk Mode", but Lloyd blocks his attack again before he leaves. After that, Regal changes from his fine clothes into his old prisoner clothes again to show Lloyd that he will go through the shame once again for his dear friend.
Truth Behind the Mask
The truth about Lloyd is revealed in the Vanguard's headquarters, where Emil, Marta, Tenebrae, and Zelos Wilder find two Lloyds fighting each other. When they see the group, the fake Lloyd tells them about his trust in them, and how justice will help them. It is revealed that the one who caused the Blood Purge in Palmacosta and attacked Flanoir was in fact Decus, who uses Solum's core's abilities to shapeshift into Lloyd and give him the blame for all the chaos. Upon leaving the headquarters after saving Seles Wilder, Lloyd turns and commands Emil to give him the Centurions' cores they have collected so far. However, after hearing his old friends, Lloyd leaves on his Rheaird.
Lloyd appears at the Temple of Lightning seeking the Centurion's core there. After seeing the party, he runs to the top of the tower. Based if the player was hit by lightning more than fifteen times Lloyd could up with the core. If not the player gets the core and Lloyd will not appear. If the player is too late and Lloyd gets the core Ratatosk will try to attack Lloyd, but Lloyd will tell him not to and this will cause Emil to get hit by the lightning in the temple, then causes Lloyd to leave while the party faces the boss battle.
It is not until the invasion in Altamira that Lloyd reappears to save Regal from the Vanguard. After the battle against Brute, Alice helps Decus to escape, but Lloyd follows them, though is confronted by Richter. The latter manages to weaken Lloyd and knock out some others in the party by using the power from the demonic realm. However, when Richter tries to kill Marta and Emil, Lloyd fights him again, and since Richter can not use the demon power for long, he is almost defeated by Lloyd before he manages to escape with Alice. After this, Lloyd is met at the Lezareno Company headquarters and apologizes for his weird behavior, and tells Emil to go to the World Tree to talk to the tree's guardian. At the World Tree, Lloyd and Yuan Ka-Fai tell the group that all along, Lloyd has been searching for the Centurions' cores by the order of Martel, the spirit of the new World Tree. They explain that they had to stop the Centurions' cores and Ratatosk from awakening, until Lloyd decided to try to trust Ratatosk instead. After a long talk about Emil being Ratatosk and who he really is, Lloyd finally joins the team.
Before going to the Otherworldly Gate, one side quest mainly focuses on Lloyd clearing his name. First the party must return to Iselia and listen to Lloyd tell his story of what he did during the past two years. Upon listening, Emil must pick any of the seven party members from the Symphonia, and that member will be the soulmate Lloyd chose in the original story. Afterward, the party goes to Flanoir and triggers a scene where a man who witnessed a Lloyd-looking Decus kill his sister hits Lloyd for revenge. After the scene, Lloyd says that it is his fault for not telling anybody his side of the story, and goes to the balcony to think. When the party goes to the balcony, the person Emil picked will come and talk to Lloyd. If the choice was a female, he will declare his love for that person, but if it was a male, he will show his gratitude for being that person's friend.
Appearance and Personality
Because he lives in an area that has a peace treaty with the Desians, Lloyd never actually understands how people are suffering at the hands of the organization. This causes him to be rather naive and short-tempered. He tends to make very rash decisions, regardless of what consequences his actions may have, claiming he is doing it for Colette. However, when it all ends wrong, he realizes his mistakes and attempts to repent for them. Under the guide of Kratos, he eventually matures through the journey, having witnessed people truly suffer. When he understands that people have to be sacrificed everywhere for the sake of others, Lloyd decides to stop "clinging to the Chosen", as Kratos describes it, and fight with his own strength and new ideals. What he wants is a world without sacrifices.
Lloyd uses skill and logic to make up for what he lacks in knowledge, which is often a joke throughout the series as he fails to answer various educational questions. He is generally idealistic, and tries to do what he believes is best for the worlds of Sylvarant and Tethe'alla. As the story progresses, Kratos compares Lloyd to Mithos, saying the only difference between them is that Lloyd is capable of acknowledging his own mistakes. Another character named Tiga also compares Lloyd to Mithos by saying he is idealistic and very dearly wants to save both worlds, but Lloyd denies that he is like Mithos and claims he does not want to save the worlds through Mithos's methods, but in his own way without sacrifices and with the help of his friends.
Lloyd focuses on dealing melee physical damage, with concentrations in speed and combo building. Attacks such as Sonic Thrust and Sword Rain reflect his faster movements during battle, while sacrificing his damage output and durability, especially when compared to Presea Combatir. Like most swordsmen, his only ranged capabilities involve Demon Fang and related artes. In Dawn of the New World, Lloyd can use Blazing Tempest and Rising Phoenix as separate artes instead of altered artes.
Tales of Hearts
Lloyd makes a cameo appearance in Tales of Hearts as a support arte that characters can perform, where he appears and attacks an enemy, similar to a Summon Spirit when summoned. In order to get him as a support arte, the player needs to race a boy in Sharurou City of Lakesand, then complete his Spir Maze.
Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 3
Lloyd appears Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 3 as a playable character along with the other Symphonia characters. When meeting the heroes, Julio Sven and Caro Orange, for the first time, he and Colette are being controlled by Thanatos, forcing them to fight them.
Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology
Lloyd appears in Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology as a playable character, a member of the Swordsman class with the "Apprentice Swordsman" title. When the Protagonist accepts a mission to look for Lloyd in Hallowed Bastion, he and Mormo find Lloyd, who accuses them for being spies from Ganser and fights them. After the battle, Kratos appears, revealing that it was a test both for the Descenders and for Lloyd. As the heroes succeed the test, they become official members of Ad Libitum, but Lloyd is furious that Kratos was testing him without telling. He will also report to Kratos that he heard a couple of guards speak about a place called Orphic Maze, and they return to discuss it further. Lloyd is the only character that has the two-swords ability, and his weapon in this game is the Material Blade, which was a set of weapons given to him by Kratos and Dirk in the original game. The interesting topic is that it does not seem like anybody in the game knows the relationship between Lloyd and Kratos, except Kratos himself. Most of the time, he is seen talking to Reid from Tales of Eternia since they have things in common, as both their fighting styles are self-made. He is also often talking or arguing with Kratos, and frequently talks about him with the player and Mormo.
Tales of Fandom Vol.2
Lloyd appears in the second volume of Tales of Fandom with the other Symphonia characters. He and the rest of the cast find items that make them remember certain things. He tries to talk to Kratos as if they are family, but fails. However, he is curious to hear Kratos's story, and also defends him when Zelos insults him. When they meet the other characters from Tales of Phantasia and Tales of the Abyss, he struggles to find out what family name he is going to use when naming his fighting style, since his father's surname is Aurion, while the surname he uses is Irving. When he is separated with Cress Albane from Tales of Phantasia and Luke fon Fabre from Tales of the Abyss, he first sees them as enemies, but when they become friends, they come with some kind of joke which Lloyd does not understand. Later on, they together defeat Efreet, the Summon Spirit of Fire.
Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2
Lloyd appears as a playable character in Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2. He is no longer the only person with the dual-swordsman style, however, as he has been joined by Spada Belforma from Tales of Innocence, as well as an added job class for the player called the Twinsword. He joins Ad Libitum along with fellow Symphonia characters Raine, Zelos, and Colette. Later in the game, Lloyd, Kratos, Genis, and Cress are sent out by Raine to find more information on Janis Kern. After returning to the ship, Lloyd plays no important role in the story. After Goede is finally defeated, Lloyd is seen with the other Symphonia cast on the Van Eltia looking at the mana spreading across the world. The dual swords Lloyd uses throughout the game are the "Material Blades".
Tales of VS.
Lloyd makes an appearance in the Escort Title Tales of VS., as a playable character. In his story mode he is paired up with Colette. Lloyd is from the Kingdom of Heidr who entered to the Yggdrasil Battle to make his master proud of him. Lloyd in this game is the disciple of Cress and is the default selection when the story mode is selected. His ultimate weapon in this game is the Material Blade.
Lloyd appears in the Nintendo Wii game Soulcalibur Legends as a guest character. His role in the story is significant, as he obtains information on the location of certain pieces of a map that reveals the location of Cervantes's ship. He claims to have traveled to this world because he is searching for Exspheres and that Soul Edge may be this world's Exsphere. His battle skills include many artes from his original incarnation, such as Grave Blade, Lightning Thrust, and Falcon's Crest.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
A costume based on Lloyd is available in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U for the game's Mii Swordfighter, one of three customizable avatars players can edit for their own personal enjoyment. Due to the Swordfighter being limited to only using one sword, as opposed to two, the Lloyd costume features him only using one of his two swords. However, his other sword is shown remaining sheathed in its scabbard on the costume model. Nintendo also released an official QR code for those who wish to have the exact Mii used in the costume's advertising.
- The name Lloyd is of Welsh origin, meaning "one with gray hair".
- Lloyd's "Technical" arte branch is the arte set he uses in all Escort Titles.
- In Tales of the Abyss, Lloyd's costume can be seen in Nam Cobanda Isle with the description "Main character costume for A Tales of Two Worlds", in reference to the two worlds of Tales of Symphonia and paralleled with the novel A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
- Lloyd makes a cameo appearance as a costume for Karol Capel in the PlayStation 3 port of Tales of Vesperia by equipping the "Akai Nittouryuu" title from beating the "200-Man Melee" as Karol. By equipping the title, Karol's arte Roaring Revolution can be altered into Blazing Tempest.
- In the PlayStation 3 port of Tales of Symphonia, Lloyd can acquire a costume based on Guy Cecil's appearance from Tales of the Abyss.
- A plushie resembling Lloyd's outfit appears in Tales of Zestiria. A save file from the PlayStation 3 port of Tales of Symphonia is required on the system to obtain it.