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Viera, age unknown
A master of weapons.

A viera warrior, Fran is as much at ease with a sword as she is her bare hands. Her proficiency with a blade is matched only by her skill with a wrench, as she also handles the maintenance of Balthier's airship, the Strahl. The lifespan of the viera is far greater than that of humes, and many secrets lie hidden in her long history. Yet the divide of race does nothing to diminish the bond of trust between her and Balthier.
—Game manual.

Fran is a playable character in Final Fantasy XII and Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings. She is a viera and is Balthier's partner aboard his airship, the Strahl. Fran is the only non-hume character in the main cast. Her title is "Master of Weapons", as the viera are known for their extraordinary craftsmanship, grace, and intellect.



Fran is a viera and thus has their dark skin complexion, thick, white hair and long claw-like fingernails. Fran's eyelashes are black despite her white hair, ears and eyebrows. Her long, leporine ears are covered in white fur with speckles of brown fur at the tips. She has red eyes, a trait not uncommon to her race. She keeps her waist-long hair in a ponytail and leave the shorter pieces to frame her face. Because of the way viera's feet are structured, Fran must walk wearing stilettos. Fran is the tallest playable character in Final Fantasy XII, and her viera ears make her seem even taller.

Like the wood warder viera in her homeland, Fran dresses in a revealing piece of armor that resembles lacy lingerie in the style of a teddy and stockings. Part of the material of her bodysuit and leg-wear is metal adorned with filigree. The front of her armor is open with a sheer piece of fabric covering her stomach. She has a "rabbit tail" style decorative piece at the small of her back, but it is not as noticeable as other viera's as her hair obscures it most of the time. Fran wears black elbow-length sleeves with red trimming fastened across her collar bone with a silver clip, slightly lower than the black band she wears around her neck. Her forearms are covered in armor similar in design to her bodice and leg-wear. She wears a headgear adorned in a way similar to her bodice. The headgear has openings for her long ears, and her hair tends to show around the sides. Fran wears open two-heeled stilettos with a claw-like design at the toes.


Fran RW CG
I have discarded Wood and village. I won my freedom. Yet my past has been cut away forever. No longer can my ears hear the Green Word. This solitude, you want, Mjrn?
—Fran to Mjrn

As a viera, she is sensitive to Mist and can sense it in a way similar to smell. Having left her homeland, Fran has lost many of the viera's natural talents, such as the ability to "speak" with the wood in Golmore Jungle, which has lead to the viera in her home of Eruyt Village to no longer consider Fran a true viera and view her as an outcast.

Fran has the most mysterious life out of all the characters in Final Fantasy XII. She is reserved more among people of other races and as Fran rarely displays emotion, surprising her comrades when she loses her temper in Mist Frenzy. Fran speaks in a calm tone with a distinct accent, but rarely speaks to people she doesn't know; when she first meets Vaan she lets her sky pirate partner Balthier do the talking. When offended, she will act expressionlessly cold, such as when Vaan inappropriately asks her about her age.

Fran's goals and dreams in life are largely shrouded in mystery, but it is known she left her homeland to live a life of freedom. Although Fran likes to keep her distance, she is loyal to her friends and family. She cares deeply for her sisters in her homeland despite claiming to be their sister no longer, having abandoned the viera way of life. It is implied that Fran feels lonely and sorrowful for having left her family behind, as she warns her sister of following in her path, explaining it only leads to a life of solitude.

Fran displays happiness by way of a subtle smile in a few occasions in Final Fantasy XII. Fran smiles upon learning that Jote still cares for her, and appears amused when Balthier acts exasperated at Reddas's assumption that Vaan is Balthier's apprentice. While Fran and Balthier keep their relationship professional, at times a romantic interest is hinted at. In Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, Fran states Balthier's methods of wooing her were different from Tomaj's of flowers and gifts.


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Final Fantasy XIIEdit

Fran with sisters (artwork)

Jote, Mjrn, and Fran.

Fran left Eruyt Village over 50 years ago to see Ivalice. She has two sisters: Jote and Mjrn. It is hinted they are blood sisters, as Fran tells Mjrn only one sister remains to her before leaving the woods. It appears Jote is the eldest of the three, while Mjrn is the youngest, based on their behavior and positions in Eruyt Village. Considering Fran's age, Fran could have met Balthier during any time in his life. It is never hinted how long they have known each other, or if Fran even knows about Balthier's past.

When Vaan steals the Goddess's Magicite from the Royal Palace of Rabanastre Balthier and Fran, who seek the same treasure, confront him. When the Archadian Imperial Fleet attacks the palace to quell the Resistance that has emerged to disrupt the palace fete, Fran rides Balthier and Vaan away on a hoverbike to escape the chaos and crashes in the Garamsythe Waterway due to the Goddess's Magicite draining the bike's engines.

Fran balthier prison

Fran finds a way out of Nalbina Dungeons.

Fran, Balthier and Vaan make their way through the waterway and meet up with the Resistance come to storm the palace to get to the new Consul Vayne Solidor. The woman they end up working with, calling herself "Amalia", turns out to be none other than Ashelia B'nargin Dalmasca, the princess of Kingdom of Dalmasca who was reported dead. The group is captured and Balthier, Fran and Vaan are thrown into the Nalbina Dungeons. Fran, being a viera, senses a way out, and in the deepest reaches of the dungeons the group finds Basch fon Ronsenburg and team up with him.

After escaping the dungeon the group make their way to Bhujerba to save Vaan's friend Penelo from a bounty hunter, and reunite with Ashe. After "kidnapping" Ashe out of her own request, the group make their way to Tomb of Raithwall to obtain the Dawn Shard. a piece of nethicite that can prove Ashe's lineage and possibly help her claim the throne. They are betrayed by a Resistance member Vossler who turns them in on the Empire.

Like all viera, Fran is sensitive to Mist and when the party is held by Judge Ghis, the Mist seething from the Dawn Shard overwhelms Fran with a burning sensation, driving her into a frenzy and she attacks their captors with her bare hands. This never happens again, but whenever the party enters an area thick in Mist they ensure Fran is okay.

Junglebarrier in golmore

The Jungle denies Fran's entry with magickal barriers.

The party escapes the Empire and accompanies Ashe on her quest to Jahara and to Mt Bur-Omisace. To get to Mt Bur-Omisace the group must pass the Golmore Jungle, but magickal barriers prevent their entry. Fran knows the barriers have been set up by the viera and reveals a path to Eruyt Village despite knowing she is not welcome there, having abandoned the viera way of life as protectors of the forest. Once in the village they discover Fran's sister, Mjrn, has gone missing. They find her from the depths of Henne Mines, being possessed by Venat and thus being driven insane.

The party defeat the Mist monsters and Venat releases Mjrn, whom the group return to Eruyt Village. Fran's other sister, Jote, gives the party an item to let them through the magick barriers. Before departing Fran asks Jote to listen to the woods' voice for her as she no longer can, having spent too long a time away from the woods. Jote tells Fran the wood longs for her, envious of the hume that has stolen one of its own. Fran smiles and says, "A pleasant lie, that".

The group eventually make their way to the Pharos where Ashe attempts to destroy the Sun-Cryst, the origin of nethicite. The Mist escaping from the Cryst affects Fran and she collapses. After Dr. Cid is defeated and dies, his body fading into the Mist, Fran repeats his final words to Balthier, urging him to escape, although he refuses to leave her behind.


Fran carried by Balthier after she is injured in the Sky Fortress Bahamut.

As the Battle above Rabanastre is about to break between the Resistance forces and the Imperial Fleet the group infiltrate the Empire's main battleship, Sky Fortress Bahamut, to stop Vayne who is now the emperor of Archadia. After defeating Vayne, Bahamut's power goes out, and is about to fall on Rabanastre. Balthier and Fran stay behind to fix Bahamut's glossier rings and save Rabanastre, though Fran is injured by falling debris. Bahamut crash-lands outside the city and the pair is thought to have perished.

A year later, Vaan and Penelo receive a letter from Balthier revealing he and Fran are alive and well, and asking the two to join them on Cache of Glabados at Bervenia Palace.

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant WingsEdit

Fran RW
Mysterious and quiet, as viera are to be, Fran shares a bond of unshakable trust with her fellow sky pirate and partner, Balthier.
Revenant Wings' instruction booklet

Fran and Balthier meet up with Vaan and his party at Cache of Glabados, but after Vaan's airship is wrecked and the two take Vaan and Penelo back to Rabanastre, Fran and Balthier depart alone. When looking to protect the Auraliths Vaan meets Fran again, alone, and saves her from Ba'Gamnan.

Fran takes Vaan and his friends to see Balthier who is attempting to destroy the third Auralith. Vaan protests and the party end up fighting him and Fran. But afterward it turns out Balthier was only trying to free the aegyl by destroying the Auraliths that suck away their anima, and Fran and Balthier join Vaan's party. From then on, Fran helps the party to find the Judge of Wings and destroy Feolthanos.

Spoilers end here.


Fran Shatterheart

Fran performing her level 3 Quickening, Shatterheart.

Fran starts as a long-ranged fighter in Final Fantasy XII, although the player may equip her with any weapon they wish as long as they acquire the appropriate licenses. In Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings Fran stays as a ranged unit.

Final Fantasy XIIEdit

Fran's beginning licenses are close to several Quickenings. Even though Fran's default weapon is a bow and she has bow licenses already learned, Fran and Balthier have the longest bow action time.

In the original Final Fantasy XII, Fran has low stats compared to the other party members and is the only party member to not have a particular stat in which she excels. Fran's Magick is particularly low, second-lowest to Balthier. Her Vitality is also low, being the second-lowest after Basch, and her Strength is the second-lowest after Penelo. However, her MP is higher than Basch's and Balthier's, even though it is the lowest of the three female party members. However, in Final Fantasy XII International Zodiac Job System, her stats have been considerably tweaked along with the highest Vitality out of all the party members at level 99.

Initial Data
Name Initial Stats
Level Vaan's level +1
LP Vaan's LP -120
Magicks/Technicks Cure, Fire
Gil 200
Gambits 1. Foe: party leader's target ⇛ Attack
2. Foe: nearest visible ⇛ Attack
Name Initial Stats
Level Vaan's level +1
LP Vaan's LP -51
Magicks/Technicks Cure, Fire
Items Phoenix Down x1
Gil 300
Gambits 1. Foe: party leader's target ⇛ Attack
2. Foe: nearest visible ⇛ Attack
Initial Equipment
Category Name Effect
Weapon Shortbow Bow, Attack Power +17, CT 36, Critical% 5
Off-Hand Onion Arrows Attack Power +1
Helm Headgear Magick Resist +5, Max HP +20
Armor Chromed Leathers Defense +5, Max HP +20
Category Name Effect
Weapon Shortbow Bow, Attack Power +17, CT 36, Critical% 5
Off-Hand Onion Arrows Attack Power +1
Helm Headgear Magick Resist +5, Max HP +20
Armor Chromed Leathers Defense +5, Max HP +20
Initial Licenses
Name Permits use of
White Magick 1 Cure, Blindna
Black Magick 1 Fire, Thunder, Blizzard
Steal Steal
Bows 1 Shortbow, Silver Bow
Bows 2 Aevis Killer, Killer Bow, Longbow
Shields 1 Escutcheon, Leather Shield
Light Armor 1 Leather Cap, Leather Clothing
Leather Armor 2 Headgear, Headguard, Chromed Leathers, Leather Breastplate
Heavy Armor 1 Leather Helm, Bronze Helm, Leather Armor, Bronze Armor
Name Permits use of
Command Attack, Items
White Magick 1 Cure, Blindna
Black Magick 1 Fire, Thunder
Steal Steal
Bows 1 Shortbow
Light Armor 2 Headgear, Headguard, Chromed Leathers, Leather Breastplate
Level HP MP Strength Magick Power Vitality Speed
2 85-89 25-27 23 18 20 23
10 256-288 38-49 27 22 23 24
20 594-685 60-88 32 26 26 25
30 1,029-1,199 83-127 37 30 30 27
40 1,440-1,684 110-177 42 34 33 28
50 2,097-2,464 134-218 47 39 36 30
60 2,677-3,151 156-257 52 43 40 31
70 3,005-3,538 172-284 57 47 43 32
80 3,385-3,985 189-312 62 51 46 34
90 3,902-4,598 200-328 67 55 50 35
99 4,486-5,879 205-333 76 64 53 36
Level HP MP Strength Magick Power Vitality Speed
2 84-89 44-50 23 20 26 23
10 254-286 77-104 27 24 29 24
20 590-680 131-199 32 29 33 25
30 1,022-1,190 187-297 37 34 37 27
40 1,430-1,672 255-420 42 39 40 28
50 2,082-2,446 314-523 47 44 44 30
60 2,657-3,129 368-618 52 49 48 31
70 2,983-3,512 409-686 57 54 51 32
80 3,360-3,956 450-754 62 59 55 34
90 3,874-4,564 477-795 67 64 59 35
99 4,453-5,252 489-807 76 68 62 36

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant WingsEdit

Fran's skills vary, including different status inflicting ones to some White Magick related spells like Dispelga. Her Quickening, Gaze of the Void, removes all buffs on enemies. It can be obtained by defeating Exodus.

Name Level Description Image
Blinding Arrow Inflict Blind on one foe. RW Blinding Arrow
Sleep Arrow Inflict Sleep on one foe. RW Sleep Arrow
Silencing Arrow 35 Inflict Silence on one foe. RW Silencing Arrow
Confusion Arrow 37 Inflict Confuse on one foe. RW Confusion Arrow
Dispelga 41 Remove buffs from all foes in range. RW Dispelga
Barrage 45 Deal ranged damage to one foe with successive shots. RW Barrage
Ward of the Wood 50 Restore HP and remove debuffs from all allies in range. RW Ward of the Wood
Gaze of the Void Remove buffs from all foes. RW Gaze of the Void

As a BossEdit

Fran is fought as a boss in Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings.

Creation and developmentEdit


Nicole Fantl as Fran
"I have discarded Wood and village. I won my freedom. Yet my past has been cut away forever. No longer can my ears hear the Green Word.
This solitude, you want Mjrn?
FranVoice 1
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In the English release of Final Fantasy XII Fran is voiced by Nicole Fantl. In the Japanese release she is voiced by Rika Fukami, who also provided the voice of Sailor Venus in the Sailor Moon series.

Fran speaks with an accent native to the viera. While the medieval tone comes from the original game, the localizers could decide on the specific accents the characters would use and voice models were used to guide the writing: Fran's was the Icelandic singer Bjork.[1] The English casting of Fran initially raised some eyebrows within Square Enix, because the voice was so different from the Japanese in a more markedly obvious way than the stylizations on the other accents. After the translators explained their reasonings to "sell the new take on the viera," the change was accepted.[2]

Other appearancesEdit

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

Fran appears as a cameo character tutoring the player.

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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain CallEdit

Theatrhythm CC Fran
This beautiful viera is as knowledgeable as she is unflappable. After breaking the laws of her forest-dwelling people, she accepted banishment to set out upon her own path. She is tied to Balthier by a very deep bond.
—Fran's CollectaCard

Fran appears as an unlockable character, and is unlocked by collecting Gold Crystal Shards.

She is a Balanced oriented character.


Level CP HP Strength Magic Agility Luck Stamina Spirit
1 8 264 18 17 14 4 15 11
50 38 4552 141 139 114 28 116 90
99 50 7002 213 209 171 42 175 136


Reactive Abilities
Ability CP Level Learned
Invisible (Lv1) 6 Initial
Chakra (Lv2) 9 Level 10
Focus (Lv2) 9 Level 20
Blizzara 14 Level 30
Counter (Lv2) 10 Level 40
Aerora 14 Level 50
Chakra (Lv3) 13 Level 80
Invisible (Lv2) 9 Level 85
Berserk (Lv3) 10 Level 90
Proactive Abilities
Ability CP Level Learned
Sacrifice (Lv1) 5 Initial
Dark (Lv1) 2 Level 5
Stamina Up (Lv2) 8 Level 15
Strength Up (Lv2) 10 Level 25
Magic Up (Lv2) 8 Level 35
Spirit Up (Lv2) 8 Level 45
Agility Up (Lv2) 8 Level 55
Sacrifice (Lv2) 10 Level 60
Luck Up (Lv2) 10 Level 65
Dark (Lv2) 4 Level 75
Armor Break (Lv2) 7 Level 75
Mighty Guard 40 Level 95

Pictlogica Final FantasyEdit

Fran appears in Pictlogica Final Fantasy as a playable character.

Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit

Fran is an ally and a summonable Legend in Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade. She is depicted in her Final Fantasy XII default outfit.

Final Fantasy ArtniksEdit

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Final Fantasy Record KeeperEdit

One of the viera, a mysterious race that dwells among the trees. Fran turned her back on the Wood and her people to see the wider world. Now she travels Ivalice with her sky pirate partner Balthier, with whom she shares a deep and powerful bond.
—Official description.

Fran is a playable character who can be recruited as the First Time Reward for completing the Core Dungeon Nalbina Dungeons.

Level HP Attack Defense Magic Resistance Mind Accuracy Evasion Speed
1 198 10 8 8 6 8 20 20 92
10 998 25 23 17 15 18 20 20 99
20 1,723 43 38 29 25 30 20 20 105
30 2,393 60 51 41 36 43 21 21 112
40 3,029 78 64 55 46 57 21 21 117
50 3,642 95 76 69 57 72 22 22 123

Fran can use Black Magic spells up to rarity rank 3, Physical/Support abilities up to rarity rank 4, and Physical/Celerity abilities up to rarity rank 5.

Her default Soul Break is Feral Strike which at the expense of one Soul Gauge segment deals physical damage to one target equal to 150% damage potency of a conventional attack. The bow Loxley Bow (XII) allows Fran to use Whip Kick which at the expense of one Soul Gauge segment deals physical damage to one target equal to 380% damage potency of a conventional attack and reduces his Defense and Resistance by 50% for 10 seconds.


Fran can equip the following weapon types: daggers, spears, rods, staffs, and bows. The bow Loxley Bow (XII) allows Fran to use Whip Kick.

She can equip the following armor types: hats, light armor, robes, and bracers.

She can equip accessories.

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Final Fantasy Brave ExviusEdit

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Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

Fran appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game with the official artwork of her riding a hoverbike and with her Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings and Theatrhythm Final Fantasy artworks. Her cards are wind-elemental, reflecting her use of bow and arrow in battle, and perhaps also the viera's ability to listen to the Golmore Jungle by interpreting the words in gusts of wind, although Fran is said to have lost the ability to converse with the wood.

Triple Triad (Portal App)Edit

253a Fran

Fran appears on a Triple Triad card.

Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit

Itadaki StreetEdit

Fran appears as a playable character in Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Portable.

Other mediaEdit


FFXII Virtual World Fran

An avatar dressed as Fran from the Square-Enix Members Virtual World.

Users in Square Enix Members Virtual World community can make their character appear as Fran. Fran's hair costs 130 crystals and her clothes cost 480 crystals.


Fran and Balthier appear on a sculpture depicting the pair on the hoverbike they used during their infiltration of Rabanastre Palace in Final Fantasy XII.

A new Play Arts figure on Fran is to come out in January 2016. It includes a poseable figure, an extra set of hands and a bow and an arrow.



"Fran" is a shortened form of the name "Frances" or "Francine", which is a feminine version of the name Francis. Francis is a Latin name and means "free". This signifies her freedom as a sky pirate and freedom from the Wood.



Viera talking to Fran.

  • Fran's sprite is added to the Sky Pirate's Den of Final Fantasy XII after the party has cast magick over 200 times granting the player the title of "Spellsinger".
  • If Fran is a party leader on the field viera NPCs will talk to her and are often surprised to see another viera out there.
  • Fran is the tallest playable female character in the series.
  • Fran's Level 3 Quickening, Shatterheart, is similar to Shiva's signature attack, Diamond Dust.
  • Fran is alluded to in Balthier's Final Fantasy All the Bravest description, which comments that Balthier is "often seen with what appears to be a giant bunny".


  1. EDGE #278 Tale of Tales Meet Alexander O Smith the translator who's brought some of Japan's biggest RPGs to the West p. 94
  2. A Voice for Ivalice: The Localization and Voice Acting of Final Fantasy XII (Accessed: May 25, 2016) at US Gamer

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