The Battle of Alexandria (February 6, 1800) takes place in Alexandria soon after Garnet is crowned queen in Final Fantasy IX when Kuja returns with the intent of showcasing his newly acquired power to summon Bahamut.
Kuja summons Bahamut, which blasts the town with fireballs, destroying many buildings and setting their remains on fire. The Knights of Pluto are called before the new queen to deal with the situation, and she must select the right tasks for each knight.*Done correctly, this yields the player a reward. Hordes of Mistodons infest the town as Steiner and Beatrix work together to slay them.
Garnet stays in Alexandria Castle and hears a mysterious voice calling out to her. A previously inaccessible portion of the castle opens up when she investigates and Garnet climbs to the top of the structure, her pendant beginning to glow. Eiko, flying above Alexandria on Hilda Garde, hears the voice and knows what it means. She jumps off the ship to reunite with Garnet atop Alexandria Castle and explains to the bewildered queen the phenomenon that they can sense is the Summoner's Call—Alexander, the legendary eidolon, is calling for the pair.
Eiko and Garnet combine their magic by bringing the four crystal shards together and summon Alexander who spreads its gigantic angel wings to shield the castle and deflect Bahamut's energy blast. Alexander unleashes holy beams of energy that destroy Bahamut while Kuja watches on in fascination of its power.
Kuja attempts to enslave Alexander using the Invincible, but interference from Garland halts his plan. Garland uses the Invincible to destroy Alexander, along with the castle and most of Alexandria. As Alexander's wings wither and the castle begins to crumble, Zidane jumps down and grabs Garnet, with Eiko taking hold of the rope as well.
Zidane rescues Garnet and Eiko from the ensuing chaos and together, along with rest of the party, they escape on a ship stolen from the port, courtesy of Tantalus. They return to Lindblum where Zidane recovers from his injuries, and Garnet, due to the trauma of having her kingdom destroyed, loses her voice.
The attack on Alexandria shows Kuja's true colors to Garland, and from then on the two are enemies. Alexandria sustains heavy damage and the party can return to the city later and find its citizens busy in repair work, although much of the castle is no longer accessible. By the time Tantalus returns to the city to perform I Want To Be Your Canary Alexandria has recovered with the castle and town rebuilt to their former glory.
- During the event the moon behind the Alexandria Castle looks like a gigantic Holy spell.