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I'll be going too, of course. Every good sky pirate needs a partner, right?

Penelo is a playable character in Final Fantasy XII and Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings. She is Vaan's childhood friend and dreams of being a dancer, and has learned martial arts from her elder brothers. Following an encounter with a sky pirate and the misunderstanding it causes, Penelo becomes involved in a world-scale conflict that could determine the fate of Ivalice. She also makes a cameo playable appearance in Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift.





Penelo is an athletic young girl, with blue eyes and blonde hair tied in pigtails with a short fringe and two long side bangs. She wears a gold-and-cornflower blue slim outfit with short white lacy sleeves and bronze wing-like armlets. She wears bronze bangles and gold-and-cornflower blue knee-high boots.

Penelo RW CG

In Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, Penelo's hair is longer, styling it in two plaits, and she wears a short gray top that bares her midriff, baggy dark red pants with gold patterns and purple criss-crossing along the sides, and gold shoes that curve at the toe.


Try to grow up, please.
—Penelo to Vaan

As Vaan's close friend, Penelo acts as the "careful side" of his reckless persona and often tries to appeal to his common sense, but without a desirable effect. She is one of the many orphans in Rabanastre and was taken under the wing of Migelo, a local shopkeeper, and helped him since then. Due to the war taking the lives of her parents, she lives in fear of the Archadian Empire, but Penelo overcomes her fear because of her unlikely friendship with Larsa Solidor, a member of the family that rules the Empire.[1] Penelo, together with Vaan, acts as a humanizing element representing the common folk caught in the crossfire of international conflict. Looking to Vaan and Penelo keeps Ashe grounded and able to resist the temptations of the Occuria, and looking to Penelo helps make Larsa sympathetic to the Dalmascan plight.

The official Brady Games strategy guide refers to Vaan and Penelo, "like brother and sister". In Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, Penelo's relationship with Vaan becomes ever closer, suggesting a romantic connection.


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Final Fantasy XIIEdit

I'll keep that in mind. Can't count on Vaan to keep track of these things. That's for sure.
—Penelo to Fran

Penelo grew up in the Royal City of Rabanastre with her family. Five years ago a plague hit, but Penelo's family survived. Vaan's parents were not as lucky, and Penelo's family cared of both the orphaned Vaan and his elder brother, Reks. Three years later, Archadian Empire invaded the Kingdom of Dalmasca and Penelo's parents and Reks were killed in the conflict. Penelo was taken in by her parents' friend, the bangaa Migelo, who let her and Vaan work at his sundry shop, doing various odd-jobs.

Penelo and vaan

Penelo catches Vaan stealing from the imperial soldiers.

Penelo is frustrated with Vaan's obsession with becoming a sky pirate, and tries to dissuade him from getting into trouble. On the day Vayne Solidor from the Archadian ruling house and heir to the throne comes to Rabanastre as its new consul, Penelo lectures Vaan about stealing from Archadian soldiers. The pair later witnesses Vayne holding a speech in front of the crowds.

Penelo meets up with Vaan at the Giza Plains nomad camp when Vaan is trying to obtain a sunstone to sneak into the Royal Palace of Rabanastre. She helps Vaan in his errand and later admits she enjoyed their time together. They part ways when they return to Rabanastre and Penelo urges Vaan to stay out of trouble.

When she hears intruders have been caught trespassing the palace grounds she rushes to the site, knowing it had been Vaan's plan. She sees Vaan, together with the sky pirates he had met in the palace, being led away in chains. She tries to run to Vaan, but Balthier, one of the sky pirates, assures her Vaan will be safe and gives Penelo his handkerchief.

Penelo captured

Penelo is held hostage by Ba'Gamnan.

Penelo's encounter with Balthier is spotted by the headhunter gang led by Ba'Gamnan, who mistakenly assumes Penelo knows Balthier. The gang kidnaps her, leaving a note for Balthier to meet with them at the Lhusu Mines in Bhujerba if he wants to save her.

Penelo is freed by her captors when Balthier shows up, him and Vaan having escaped from the Nalbina Dungeons with Basch fon Ronsenburg's aid. Penelo wanders through the Lhusu Mines but is caught by Archadian soldiers, angry at having discovered her inside the mine, the place where Archadia is involved in a secret magicite mining operation.

Penelo is brought to Judge Ghis, but Larsa Solidor, Vayne's younger brother, comes to her aid, and leads her away to Marquis Ondore's mansion. The two befriend, but Penelo is initially reluctant to trust Larsa due to him being Vayne's brother and her fear of the Empire. Larsa explains how the men of his family are taught to put the needs of others first, and having earned her trust, lends her a piece of manufacted nethicite, a top secret item from the Draklor Laboratory. Penelo, not realizing its value, keeps it as a good luck charm.

Penelo rejoins

Penelo and Vaan are reunited.

Penelo joins Larsa onboard the Dreadnought Leviathan, the flagship of the eighth Archadian Imperial Fleet commanded by Judge Ghis. She reunites with Vaan, whose party had been sent in by the Marquis to save Ashe, the Princess of Dalmasca who was being kept in captivity by Ghis. The piece of nethicite Larsa had given her protects the party from Judge Ghis's magick. Penelo escapes with the band of sky pirates and asks that Vaan let her follow through their journey to defeat the Empire and restore Dalmasca.

Along their quest, Penelo and Vaan exchange knowledge about Ivalice with the rest of the party. They meet Larsa again who begs Princess Ashe to make a truce with the Empire to prevent an all-out war with the Marquis's Resistance and the Rozarrian Empire gaining power by the day. Larsa accompanies the party on their journey for a while, and in Henne Mines they run into more of the Empire's secret experiments with manufacted nethicite. Upon seeing Mjrn possessed by the manufacted nethicite, Larsa asks Penelo to return the piece he had given him, apologizing for not realizing the danger. Larsa leaves the party when it comes clear truce with the Empire is impossible as Vayne has become the new Emperor.

FFXII Penelo Ending

Penelo in the ending.

After they defeat Vayne and bring peace to the world, the party parts ways with Penelo and Vaan returning to their old lives in Rabanastre, although Penelo keeps in touch with Larsa, who is now the Emperor. One year later, Penelo has achieved her dream of becoming a dancer and joins her friend Vaan, now a sky pirate with his own airship, as his partner.

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant WingsEdit

Penelo RW
Vaan's childhood friend, always there to lend a helping hand--or a proper scolding. Penelo is ever the faithful navigator, even when Vaan strays off course in new (and alarming) ways.
—Instruction booklet

Penelo and Vaan travel Ivalice looking for treasure. They meet up with Fran and Balthier in the Glabados Ruins and find two shards of auracite, one of which is given to Vaan and Penelo as their introduction to sky pirating. The ruins collapse and they escape on Balthier's Strahl while Vaan and Penelo lose their airship.

RW Penelo Dance FMV

Penelo in a FMV.

With no means to continue sky pirating, Vaan and Penelo return to a quiet life in Rabanastre. Penelo is relieved because she no longer has to worry about Vaan putting himself in danger; however, she is afraid Vaan would never be content in a life without adventure. With the arrival of the derelict outside Rabanastre, her fears prove true as Vaan sneaks into the ship and steals it.

Although she is reluctant to go, Penelo agrees to travel with Vaan to the sky continent of Lemurés. She mans the cafe at the Galbana's Sky Saloon, and sends Vaan and the others on missions to collect food items.

While in Lemurés, the party comes across a wounded soldier named Velis in an island otherwise only occupied by Yarhi. After she treats his wounds, Penelo and Velis become close, much to Vaan's dismay. Velis reveals he is dead, an illusion, and once he tells Penelo the truth, the Judge of Wings arrives and turns him into his true form as the Yarhi Odin. The party is forced to fight Velis, but Penelo holds back, unwilling to hurt her friend.

They discover the Judge of Wings was being manipulated by Feolthanos who sleeps in the Keep of Forgotten Time waiting for a time he can invade Ivalice. The party infiltrates his abode and fells him, and the sky continent falls apart and the Galbana departs to places unknown. Again without an airship, Penelo and Vaan return to Rabanastre.

In the secret ending Penelo and Vaan sneak out of Rabanastre at night, only to be caught by their friends Filo and Kytes. Vaan picks up Penelo and makes a mad dash for it while Filo and Kytes pursue with several Yarhi, not wanting to be left behind from a new adventure.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the RiftEdit

FFTA2 Penelo
Vaan's steadfast partner, Penelo sometimes gently—but more often severely—keeps him from staying too far off course. Already a famed sky pirate, she is also fast gaining renown as a skillful dancer.

After fighting alongside Vaan in the Moorabella Aerodrome, Luso meets Penelo when she shows up to scold Vaan for going to the wrong Aerodrome hangar. When she forces Vaan to apologize to Luso for nearly stealing his mark, Vaan leaves, mumbling about how one of his other leads being a waste of time. Penelo turns to Luso and tells him this is Vaan's way of apologizing, by giving him a head start on a good treasure lead.

Spoilers end here.


Final Fantasy XIIEdit

Penelo Evanesence

Penelo performing her level 2 Quickening, Evanescence.

Out of the playable characters of Final Fantasy XII, Penelo has potentially the highest MP, and at level 99 has the highest Magick Power, tied with Ashe. Penelo has the lowest HP growth and Strength, but her Vitality is high and Speed is average.

When Penelo joins the party for the first time, her level and LP are calculated with the first formula, and the second formulas are used when she joins permanently.

Initial data
Name Initial Stats
Level 1. Same as Vaan
2. Average of the two highest values
LP 1. Vaan's LP -20
2. Average of the two highest values +20*
minus LP previously spent on licenses
Items Potion x2, Phoenix Down x1
Gil 100
Gambits 1. Ally: HP < 50% ⇛ Cure
2. Foe: targeting self ⇛ Attack
Name Initial Stats
Level 1. Same as Vaan
2. Average of the two highest values
LP 1. Vaan's LP -41
2. Average of the two highest values -41
Items Potion x3, Phoenix Down x1
Gil 150
Gambits 1. Foe: party leader's target ⇛ Attack
Initial equipment
Category Name Effect
Weapon Dagger Attack Power +14, Evade +5, Ct 25, Multiple Hits 7
Helm Leather Cap Magick Resist +4, Max HP +10
Armor Leather Clothing Defense +4, Max HP +10
Category Name Effect
Weapon Dagger Attack Power +14, Evade +5, Ct 25, Multiple Hits 7
Helm Cotton Cap Magick Resist +4, Max MP +5, Magick Power +2
Armor Cotton Shirt Defense +4 Max MP +3, Magick Power +1
Initial licenses
Name Permits use of
White Magick 1 Cure, Blindna
Daggers 1 Daggers, Mage Masher
Light Armor 1 Leather Cap, Leather Clothing
Name Permits use of
Command Attack, Items
White Magick 1 Cure, Blindna
First Aid First Aid
Daggers 1 Dagger
Mystic Armor 1 Cotton Cap, Magick Curch, Cotton Shirt, Light Woven Shirt
Level HP MP Strength Magick Power Vitality Speed
1 65-66 36-37 20 18 23 24
10 244-275 51-62 25 23 26 25
20 570-658 73-100 30 28 30 26
30 989-1,153 95-140 35 33 34 27
40 1,385-1,621 123-189 40 38 38 29
50 2,018-2,372 146-231 45 43 41 30
60 2,577-3,035 168-270 50 48 45 31
70 2,894-3,407 185-297 55 54 49 32
80 3,259-3,838 201-325 60 59 53 34
90 3,758-4,428 212-341 65 64 56 35
99 4,321-5,096 217-346 70 69 60 36
Level HP MP Strength Magick Power Vitality Speed
1 64-66 38-41 20 21 23 24
10 242-273 79-109 25 26 26 25
20 566-653 139-215 30 32 30 26
30 982-1,144 202-325 35 37 34 27
40 1,375-1,609 278-462 40 43 38 29
50 2,003-2,354 343-577 45 49 41 30
60 2,558-3,012 404-684 50 54 45 31
70 2,872-3,381 449-760 55 60 49 32
80 3,235-3,809 495-836 60 66 53 34
90 3,730-4,395 525-881 65 71 56 35
99 4,288-5,058 539-895 70 76 60 36

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant WingsEdit

Penelo has a set job, which is a hybrid of White Mage and Dancer, and she wields staves as her weapon and uses White Magick. She cannot do physical harm to enemies, as her normal action is to cure nearby allies.

Since she can send healing magick from afar, she is classified as a ranged unit, though she can cast Holy. Penelo's Quickening, Dance of Rapture, fully restores the HP for all allies and removes all debuffs. It is obtained by defeating Ultima.


Name Level Description Image
Curaga 3 Restore HP to all allies in range. RW Curaga
Mystic Dance 7 Give Faith to all allies in range. RW Mystic Dance
Esunaga 12 Remove debuffs from all allies in range. RW Esunaga
War Dance 18 Give Bravery to all allies in range. RW War Dance
Raise 25 Revive one KO'd ally. RW Raise
Hypnotic Dance 33 Inflict Disable on surrounding foes. RW Hypnotic Dance
Holy 42 Deal damage to one foe. RW Holy
Dance of Rapture Fully restore all allies' HP and remove debuffs. RW Dance of Rapture

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the RiftEdit

Penelo's unique job is Dancer, though she now has the degenerating dances of the Final Fantasy Tactics Dancer. She can access viera jobs. To recruit Penelo, the player must be at the last quest before fighting Illua and go to Fluorgis and an event bubble will pop up.

In Fluorgis, Al-Cid Margrace will give a letter for a sky pirate whom the player "knows". Penelo will appear and join the player's clan. The law system views Penelo as a viera, so any laws that affect viera also affect her.

Creation and developmentEdit

Penelo In Forest

Penelo dancing in a trailer for Final Fantasy XII.

An early Final Fantasy XII trailer included the scene depicted in Penelo's official promo art
Penelo dancing
, of her dancing in a forest, but this scene was never seen in the final product. A similar scene was later seen in Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings.

The scene where Penelo is tied up in Ba'Gamnan's Lhusu Mines hideout was cut from the original Japanese version of the game to get a lower rating. Producer Akitoshi Kawazu has explained the decision to do this thusly: "[...] at the time right before the Japanese release there were various incidents in the real world which...basically there were some similarities there that would have made it a difficult thing to release at the lower age rating that we wanted."[2]

This is a rare case of a Final Fantasy game being censored for Japan, but not for overseas versions. The "incidents in the real world" Kawazu refers to, but does not specify, may refer to Tsutomu Miyazaki, a Japanese serial killer who abducted and murdered four young girls in Saitama and Tokyo Prefectures from August 1988 to June 1989. His death sentence was upheld by the Japanese supreme court in January 2006, two months before Final Fantasy XII came out.


Catherine Taber as Penelo
PeneloVoice 1
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Penelo is voiced by Catherine Taber in the English release of Final Fantasy XII. She shares her English voice actor with Andoria Kaya Tranka Fam Forturio from Final Fantasy Type-0 HD.

In the Japanese release, she is voiced by Yuna Mikuni.

Penelo and Vaan speak in a more casual style than Ashe, Basch and Balthier who speak in formalized English. In Japanese, Balthier, Ashe and Basch use an older, more formal form of Japanese than Penelo and Vaan.

Musical themesEdit

"Penelo's Theme"
FFXII Penelo's Theme
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Penelo's theme in Final Fantasy XII is simply titled "Penelo's Theme" (パンネロのテーマ, Pannero no tēma?). It is a light, cheerful piece that prominently features woodwind instruments. It is played near the beginning of the game, when Penelo scolds Vaan for stealing, and when she joins him in the Nomad Village.

A piano arrangement of the theme is included on the Piano Collections: Final Fantasy XII album.

Other appearancesEdit

Dissidia Final FantasyEdit

Penelo makes a cameo as a tutor from the in-game manuals, the Character Info, in which she expresses her personal opinions on each character. She does not seem to like all the heroes, namely the Warrior of Light (too tough on himself and others), Firion (intimidating), Cloud Strife (not interesting), Squall Leonhart (should talk to a wall), and Zidane Tribal (too flirtatious).

She does appear to like some Warriors of Chaos, like Garland (suspecting he may secretly be a big softie), Cloud of Darkness (calling her snake-tendrils cute and wishing she had them), Golbez (seeing him as a sweet older brother), and Jecht (commenting him to have the body of a bronzed god). She also expresses her discontent that Gabranth, and not Vaan, is representing Final Fantasy XII in the game.

She refers to Vaan and Kytes by comparing them to Bartz and Onion Knight, respectively, and admits on idolizing Terra of Final Fantasy VI due to being the lone female on the current Warriors of Cosmos, and for her mature personality.

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

Penelo returns in the same role she had in the previous game, as a tutor for the Character Info of old, new, and secret characters introduced in the game. Penelo is more positive in the descriptions of the characters including more complimentary comments regarding heroes she did not like in the first game, namely the Warrior of Light (confident), Firion (straightforward and manly), Cloud Strife ("he's so cool"), Squall Leonhart (masculine), and Zidane Tribal (looks pretty refreshing in his new Knight of Pluto outfit). This could be due to Vaan's inclusion.

Several of the Warriors of Chaos she did not like in the first game, Penelo also has nice things to comment on, specifically Kefka (the more you look at him, the fonder he becomes), and the Emperor, who in Dissidia she said she does not "even want to see that guy's face!", to now saying although he's still the "same old mean guy", she likes his new outfit.

In the daily Mognet mail, Penelo is indirectly mentioned in a mail sent by Sablé. The mail is a survey about her disappearance as a helper girl from an item shop in the Royal City of Rabanastre.

This is Big, Kupo
Hey, {player's name}! Listen, kupo! A helper girl from the item shop in the royal city of Rabanastre has gone missing, kupo! I'm so worried, kupo! I just don't know what to do...

The following mail explains the girl is Penelo, if the player chose the "Give me some details" reply.

We're Moving, Kupo
I heard that the item shop girl was kidnapped by a band of bangaa, kupo. They were apparently mouthing off names like "Bal" and "Thier", whatever that spells out, kupo. Oooh, I just hope she's alright, kupo!

The following mail is replied on the next day. The mail explains about Penelo's work ethics and apparently comparing her to Vaan.

Watching You, Kupo
You understand, right? Right, kupo? The item shop girl at Rabanastre is a hard worker with a sunny disposition. That brat friend of hers should learn from her, kupo. I hope she comes back safely, kupo...

Pictlogica Final FantasyEdit

Penelo appears as a playable character. Her initial weapon is the Blind Dagger.

Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit

Penelo appears as a Legend.

Final Fantasy ArtniksEdit

Final Fantasy Record KeeperEdit

FFRK Penelo
A cheerful young girl who dreams of becoming a dancer. Penelo and Vaan have been friends since childhood, and she does her best to keep him out of trouble as they journey through Ivalice.
—Official description.

Penelo is a playable character who could be recruited during the Challenge Event Tempered Resolve as the First Time Reward for completing the event's Light Cruiser Shiva stage on the Classic difficulty. She was also available in Consorting with Sky Pirates.


Penelo is a Dancer and her combat role is Healing Magic.

Just as Reno filled a gap in the Final Fantasy VII delegation with his dominance of Black Magic, so does Penelo complete her delegation with mastery of White Magic. In a domain where attackers have so far dominated, her presence delivers a much-needed healer and buffer to replace Ashe, who can now focus on her core Black Magic skills. Penelo was not known as a Dancer in her original game, but the addition of the skillset gives her the ability to shift the balance of a battle in any way the player sees fit.

Level HP Attack Defense Magic Resistance Mind Accuracy Evasion Speed
1 178 8 6 8 9 12 20 20 92
10 692 19 12 20 27 37 20 20 96
20 1,265 32 21 35 44 60 20 21 101
30 1,837 45 30 49 60 82 21 21 106
60 3,553 84 60 92 103 141 22 22 124
Max: 5
2 2 1 2 3 5 3 3 3

Penelo can use White Magic spells up to rarity rank 5 and Dancer abilities up to rarity rank 5.

Her default Soul Break is Healing Step which at the expense of one Soul Gauge segment temporarily raises the user's Mind and restores a small amount of their HP.


Penelo can equip the following weapon types: daggers, spears, rods, staffs, and bows.

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

She can equip accessories.

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Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

Penelo appears in the Japan-exclusive Final Fantasy trading card game published by Square Enix. Her cards are either earth or wind-elemental. One of her cards depicts a scene of her dancing in a forest that was cut from Final Fantasy XII.

Triple TriadEdit

252a Penelo

Penelo appears on a Triple Triad card in the version playable via Final Fantasy Portal App.

Non-Final Fantasy guest appearancesEdit

Itadaki StreetEdit

Penelo is a character in Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Portable.

Other mediaEdit


FFXII Virtual World Penelo

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

Users in Square Enix Members Virtual World community can make their character appear as Penelo. Penelo's hair costs 100 crystals and her clothes cost 480 crystals.



"Penelo" is a shortened version of the name "Penelope". Penelope was Odysseus's wife who remained faithful to him while he was journeying home after the Trojan War.


  • Penelo's sprite is unlocked in the Sky Pirate's Den of Final Fantasy XII after the party has earned over 100,000 gil, granting the player the title of Plunderer.
  • According to Vaan, Kytes, and Filo, Penelo is a terrible cook.


  1. (2006) Studio BentStuff Final Fantasy XII Scenario Ultimania (in Japanese). Square Enix.Invalid citation format.

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