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Hard to believe an Esper's been found intact there, 1000 years after the War of the Magi...
—Wedge

Biggs (known as Vicks in the SNES translation) and Wedge, are temporary playable characters in Final Fantasy VI. They are soldiers of the Gestahlian Empire, and accompany Terra Branford on her mission to Narshe to retrieve the frozen esper, Valigarmanda.

Ted Woolsey, the game's original translator, translated them as Vicks and Wedge. In subsequent re-releases and in English text in Japanese materials he is referred to as "Biggs", however his Japanese name would not correspond to the pronunciation for "Biggs". See the etymology section for more information.

ProfileEdit

AppearanceEdit

Neither Biggs nor Wedge are distinguishable from any other brown-armored imperial soldiers. They share a menu sprite which shows a small amount of blond hair peeking out from under their helmets. In the CG cutscene intro for the PlayStation release, one is shorter and stockier than the other, but there is no indication given as to which is Biggs or Wedge. Wedge is likely the shorter/stockier one, as his namesake has always been in the games where the duo differ in height and/or weight.

PersonalityEdit

Both are professional soldiers focused on their mission. Wedge is skeptical regarding the presence of the esper in Narshe, but carry out their mission regardless. They express hints of fear or disdain for Terra: being concerned if she's sufficiently controlled by the Slave Crown and deciding to have her take point in the attack on Narshe to avoid the risk.

StoryEdit

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Biggs, Wedge and Terra in Narshe mountains (iOS).

The three are sent to Narshe to investigate a frozen esper the miners have dug up in the mountain. Though skeptical, they presume Terra's presence means their superiors are taking the rumors seriously. The three march on the town, putting Terra on point, and fight through Narshe's guards to reach the Narshe Mines. The three battle a monster called Ymir the guards have trained to guard the mine, and destroy it.

In a new mine shaft the three find the frozen esper Valigarmanda, but as they approach it, it reacts to Terra's presence. Biggs and Wedge vanish in flashes of light and are probably killed.

Spoilers end here.

GameplayEdit

FF6 iOS Biggs and Wedge Sprites

Biggs and Wedge's job wasn't listed within the Super Nintendo version of the North American game. It was removed. There's no entry within Final Fantasy III Nintendo Player's Guide, so their jobs are unknown. The English Gameboy Advance version retained the job titles and Biggs and Wedge are Soldiers.

They are temporary characters, and they both have no special unique commands. Because they are always seen riding Magitek Armor, they have access to the Magitek command in place of the Attack command. They begin the game at Level 1 and are both equipped with a Mythril Blade, Buckler, Leather Hat, and Leather Armor, but their equipment cannot be changed.

Unlike the other guests in the game, all the imperial soldier's sprites and animation are used on the field such has their magic casting sprite are used in the pub found in Albrook.

StatsEdit

Biggs Wedge
Name Initial Stats
Strength 41
Speed 36
Stamina 45
Magic 28
Attack 27
Defense 79
Evasion 12%
Magic Defense 50
Magic Evasion 0%
Escape Success 4
HP Gain 70
MP Gain 0
Level Averaging -3
Name Initial Stats
Strength 40
Speed 35
Stamina 46
Magic 29
Attack 24
Defense 77
Evasion 15%
Magic Defense 50
Magic Evasion 0%
Escape Success 4
HP Gain 68
MP Gain 0
Level Averaging -3
Level HP MP EXP +
2 81 4 32
3 93 8 96
4 107 13 208
5 124 18 400
6 144 24 672
7 166 30 1056
8 190 37 1552
9 216 45 2184
11 271 62 3936
12 301 71 5080
13 336 81 6432
14 375 91 7992
15 419 101 9784
16 469 111 11840
17 523 121 14152
18 580 132 16736
19 641 143 19616
21 773 165 26360
22 842 176 30232
23 914 188 34456
24 990 200 39056
25 1069 212 44072
26 1151 224 49464
27 1237 236 55288
28 1327 249 61568
29 1422 262 68304
31 1621 288 83184
32 1722 301 91384
33 1824 315 100088
34 1926 329 109344
35 2029 343 119136
36 2133 357 129504
37 2239 371 140464
38 2346 386 152008
39 2454 401 164184
41 2675 431 190416
42 2788 446 204520
43 2902 462 219320
44 3018 478 234808
45 3135 494 251000
46 3254 510 267936
47 3374 526 285600
48 3496 543 304040
49 3621 560 323248
51 3879 593 364064
52 4010 608 385696
53 4143 622 408160
54 4277 635 431488
55 4413 647 455680
56 4550 658 480776
57 4689 668 506760
58 4831 677 533680
59 4975 685 561528
61 5267 698 620096
62 5415 703 650840
63 5565 708 682600
64 5717 714 715368
65 5870 720 749160
66 6025 727 784016
67 6181 734 819920
68 6339 741 856920
69 6499 749 895016
71 6821 765 974536
72 6976 773 1016000
73 7127 781 1058640
74 7272 788 1102456
75 7412 795 1147456
76 7548 802 1193648
77 7680 808 1241080
78 7806 814 1289744
79 7926 820 1339672
81 8156 831 1443368
82 8266 836 1497160
83 8374 841 1552264
84 8479 846 1608712
85 8581 851 1666512
86 8681 856 1725688
87 8779 861 1786240
88 8874 867 1848184
89 8966 873 1911552
91 9144 885 2042608
92 9231 891 2110320
93 9316 898 2179504
94 9399 906 2250192
95 9481 915 2322392
96 9561 925 2396128
97 9644 936 2471400
98 9730 948 2548224
99 9818 961 2637112
Level HP MP EXP +
2 79 4 32
3 91 8 96
4 105 13 208
5 122 18 400
6 142 24 672
7 164 30 1056
8 188 37 1552
9 214 45 2184
11 269 62 3936
12 299 71 5080
13 334 81 6432
14 373 91 7992
15 417 101 9784
16 467 111 11840
17 521 121 14152
18 578 132 16736
19 639 143 19616
21 771 165 26360
22 840 176 30232
23 912 188 34456
24 988 200 39056
25 1067 212 44072
26 1149 224 49464
27 1235 236 55288
28 1325 249 61568
29 1420 262 68304
31 1619 288 83184
32 1720 301 91384
33 1822 315 100088
34 1924 329 109344
35 2027 343 119136
36 2131 357 129504
37 2237 371 140464
38 2344 386 152008
39 2452 401 164184
41 2673 431 190416
42 2786 446 204520
43 2900 462 219320
44 3016 478 234808
45 3133 494 251000
46 3252 510 267936
47 3372 526 285600
48 3494 543 304040
49 3619 560 323248
51 3877 593 364064
52 4008 608 385696
53 4141 622 408160
54 4275 635 431488
55 4411 647 455680
56 4548 658 480776
57 4687 668 506760
58 4829 677 533680
59 4973 685 561528
61 5265 698 620096
62 5413 703 650840
63 5563 708 682600
64 5715 714 715368
65 5868 720 749160
66 6023 727 784016
67 6179 734 819920
68 6337 741 856920
69 6497 749 895016
71 6819 765 974536
72 6974 773 1016000
73 7125 781 1058640
74 7270 788 1102456
75 7410 795 1147456
76 7546 802 1193648
77 7678 808 1241080
78 7804 814 1289744
79 7924 820 1339672
81 8154 831 1443368
82 8264 836 1497160
83 8372 841 1552264
84 8477 846 1608712
85 8579 851 1666512
86 8679 856 1725688
87 8777 861 1786240
88 8872 867 1848184
89 8964 873 1911552
91 9142 885 2042608
92 9229 891 2110320
93 9314 898 2179504
94 9397 906 2250192
95 9479 915 2322392
96 9559 925 2396128
97 9642 936 2471400
98 9728 948 2548224
99 9816 961 2637112

Other appearancesEdit

Dissidia Final FantasyEdit

Dissidia Biggs and Wedge make a small cameo as tutors from the in-game manuals. Biggs jokes about his name being mistranslated as Vicks, but assures the player that it is Biggs.

Final Fantasy Brave ExviusEdit

FFBE

BiggsEdit

No. 031: "A soldier of the Gestahlian Empire who appears in a tale of humans and espers, told in a distant world. Under orders from the Emperor, a despot bent on world domination, he ventures to the mining town of Narshe with his comrade Wedge to retrieve a frozen esper. Accompanying them is Terra, a young girl who, despite her prodigious magical powers, is enslaved to the Empire by the binding crown on her head. By her magicks and the formidable Magitek armor, they dispatch the defenses of Narshe and come face-to-face with the esper they seek."
No. 032: "A soldier of the Gestahlian Empire whose story is told in a tale of espers and humans. Together with his comrade Wedge and a mysterious girl named Terra possessed of prodigious magical powers, he embarks on a mission to the mining town of Narshe in search of a frozen esper. The band withstands resistance from the Narshe town guard, and Ymir, a monster dwelling in the mines, to finally arrive at the resting place of the esper Valigarmanda. In an instant, however, they are bathed in unholy light and whisked away, never to be seen again."
—Entries for different versions of Biggs.

Biggs appears as a vision obtainable through summoning. A 2-3★ standard summon, his job is listed as Imperial. His Trust Master Reward is the Blizzard Beam special ability and his awakening materials are as follows: Esper Shard x10, Allure Powder x3, Esper Cryst x1 and Quality Parts x1.

Abilities
Ability Rarity Level
Thunder Beam 2★ 8
Fire Beam 2★ 22
Metal Kick 3★ 18
Bio Blaster 3★ 28
Magitek Missile 3★ 28
Stats

Biggs's stats at his highest levels are as follows, with no passive abilities taken into account*Actual stats may be higher:

Rarity Level HP MP ATK DEF MAG SPR Drop Check*Maximum LB crystals drop per hit
2★ 30 867 44 38 37 31 31 2
3★ 40 1,168 59 51 50 42 42 3
Limit Burst
Rarity Name Effect
2★ Mega Firebeam Base: Fire magic damage (1.8x) to one enemy
Max: Fire magic damage (2x) to one enemy
3★ Giga Firebeam Base: Fire magic damage (2x) to one enemy
Max: Fire magic damage (2.45x) to one enemy

WedgeEdit

No. 029: "A soldier of the Gestahlian Empire who appears in a tale of humans and espers, told in a distant world. Together with his comrade Biggs, he is tasked with capturing a frozen esper discovered in the independent mining town of Narshe. They are opposed by the town guard but quickly dispatch all resistance with their powerful Magitek armor and the extraordinary abilities of their companion, a mysterious girl named Terra. Deep within the mine, they discover the mystical creature they seek."
No. 030: "A soldier of the Gestahlian Empire who appears in a tale of humans and espers, told in a distant world. Together with his comrade Biggs and the mysterious girl Terra, he is sent on a mission to retrieve a frozen esper from the remote mining town of Narshe. Wielding magic and Magitek, they make swift work of their opposition and arrive at the resting place of the esper Valigarmanda, only to be bathed in unholy light and whisked away, never to be seen again."
—Entries for different versions of Wedge.

Wedge appears as a vision obtainable through summoning. A 2-3★ standard summon, his job is listed as Imperial. His Trust Master Reward is the Fire Beam special ability and his awakening materials are as follows: Esper Shard x10, Allure Powder x3, Esper Cryst x1 and Quality Parts x1.

Abilities
Ability Rarity Level
Blizzard Beam 2★ 8
Thunder Beam 2★ 22
Metal Kick 3★ 18
Healing Force 3★ 28
Magitek Laser 3★ 28
Stats

Wedge's stats at his highest levels are as follows, with no passive abilities taken into account*Actual stats may be higher:

Rarity Level HP MP ATK DEF MAG SPR Drop Check*Maximum LB crystals drop per hit
2★ 30 862 42 37 38 31 32 2
3★ 40 1,162 56 50 51 41 43 3
Limit Burst
Rarity Name Effect
2★ Mega Blizzbeam Base: Ice magic damage (1.8x) to one enemy
Max: Ice magic damage (2x) to one enemy
3★ Giga Blizzbeam Base: Ice magic damage (2x) to one enemy
Max: Ice magic damage (2.45x) to one enemy

Non-Final Fantasy guest appearancesEdit

Chrono TriggerEdit

CT Biggs & Wedge

The two soldiers called Biggs and Wedge appear in Chrono Trigger, as employees in Norstein Bekkler's Tent of Horrors. A V-Jump issue in Japan humorously state that after Valigarmanda made them disappear in Final Fantasy VI, they ended up in the Chrono Trigger dimension and were found by Norstein, who gave them their new jobs.[1]

Like in Final Fantasy VI, Biggs was called Vicks in the SNES and PlayStation versions, but this was corrected in the Nintendo DS version.

GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

Biggs and Wedge are a recurring running gag in the Final Fantasy series. They almost always appear as a duo, and are named after Star Wars characters, Biggs Darklighter and Wedge Antilles, Luke Skywalker's Red Squadron wingmen in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.

Biggs was originally translated as Vicks. Biggs is known as ビックス (Bikkusu?) in Japanese, while future appearances of Biggs in other games use the correct transliteration for "Biggs", ビッグス (Biggusu?). V sounds are not native to Japanese, so often times B sounds are used as substitutes. Therefore ビックス (Bikkusu?) would be a valid transliteration of Vicks but not Biggs. A more literal translation of his name would be "Bikks" which carries the Star Wars reference and honors the phonetic difference in the Japanese.

TriviaEdit

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Early screenshot of the Japanese version.

  • Valigarmanda dispatches Wedge first, then Biggs. This reflects Star Wars in that Wedge was forced to withdraw from the battle after his fighter was damaged, and afterwards Biggs's fighter was destroyed.
  • Early screenshots of the game's Japanese version call Biggs, レオ (Reo?), and Wedge, バナン (Banan?), respectively, the Japanese names of Leo and Banon. It is possible the names were conceived before they were given to the actual Leo and Banon, or they were used as placeholder names for the soldiers in the screenshots.
  • On April 11, 2013, Producer's Letter Live for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, producer Naoki Yoshida (Yoshi-P) showed a video to spotlight the Magitech Armor in the game. The video was, at his instructions, heavily inspired by, and designed to evoke, the opening scene of Final Fantasy VI, and featured characters recognizable as Terra Branford, Biggs, and Wedge.[2]


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