Wise I may not be, but well-informed I am.
—Old Dalan

Dalan, or Old Dalan as people in Rabanastre like to call him, is one of the characters in Final Fantasy XII. He lives in Rabanastre's Lowtown, and gives advice to his long-time friend Vaan.



Dalan's appearance is drawn heavily on one of an aged, wizened East Indian male, with a slim build, styled silvery white hair, and a mustache with a long goatee for a beard. He uses various pieces of cloth to cover his body. He is shown adorned in East Indian beadwork, and is also seen keeping a leporine creature as a pet.


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Dalan gives Vaan a Crescent Stone.

Old Dalan only makes a major contribution at the beginning of the game. It is he who tells Vaan how to break into the Royal Palace of Rabanastre, by giving him the Crescent Stone. Afterwards, when Vaan returns from Nalbina Dungeons, he gives Vaan a sword of the Old Order, to deliver to Captain Vossler. He has no voiced dialogue beyond this point, but if the party returns to him, he may offer hints as to the party's next objective, in essence acting as a guide to the player should they lose their place in the story.


Dalan appears as a sprite in the Sky Pirate's Den; completing every map awards the player the title of Cartographer.

Visiting Old Dalan near the end of the game will continue the three medallions sidequest if the player has spoken to the nu mou at the Nabreus Deadlands.

Dalan has new advice for Vaan when talked to during different points in the game. There being exactly twelve different things Old Dalan can say, may be an allusion to the number twelve, something of a recurring theme in Final Fantasy XII.

  1. After coming back to Rabanastre from Rogue Tomato hunt.
  2. After getting the sunstone.
  3. After Sword of the Order is given to Vossler.
  4. After Balthier and Fran join Vaan in Rabanastre's Sandsea and promise to take him to [Bhujerba]].
  5. After escaping Dreadnought Leviathan.
  6. After acquiring the Dawn Shard.
  7. After Larsa joins in Jahara.
  8. After getting to Mt Bur-Omisace.
  9. After fighting Judge Bergan in Mt Bur-Omisace.
  10. After Draklor Laboratory.
  11. After acquiring the Treaty-Blade.
  12. After Pharos.
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Musical themesEdit

"Quiet Determination" from Final Fantasy XII
Quiet determination
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The music that plays when talking to Dalan is called "Quiet Determination" (静かなる決意, Shizukanaru Ketsui?).



  • Old Dalan is the cause of the naming dispute for Vaan. During the first time Vaan visits him, Dalan calls him by the nickname Vaan Ratsbane, because early on in the game Vaan clears his training ground of rats. Some erroneously believed Ratsbane to be Vaan's actual last name, which is not the case.