I have no wish to change the world.
- —Ramza Beoulve
Ramza Beoulve, also known as Ramza Lugria, is the main protagonist in Final Fantasy Tactics. He is a member of the respected House Beoulve. Ramza's father, Barbaneth Beoulve, is a Knight Gallant of the Fifty Years' War. Ramza has one sister, Alma, whom he loves dearly and is close to. Ramza also has two half-brothers, General Zalbaag of the Order of the Northern Sky, and Dycedarg, who serves directly under Duke Larg.
Ramza has long blond hair tied in a low ponytail and brown eyes. As a Order of the Northern Sky squire he wears a set of armor over a blue long-sleeved tunic, meant to signify his nobility as a Beoulve, and has a white cape although this is not shown on his in-game sprite. After becoming a mercenary he cuts his hair and wears a dark purple, heavy armor plating on his torso, elbows and shoulders with two spikes on each shoulder protector, over a black leather turtle-neck that covers the wrists of his brown leather gloves over white gauntlets. He wears white, plated, long boots with two spikes on each knee protector over brown leather trousers. In the CGI cel-shaded scenes, he is depicted based on his official art.
In the last chapter Ramza's shoulders, elbows, forearms, hands, legs, and feet are plated with a cyan armor. The shoulder protectors have an oval hole on the inside of a thick, black fabric. His elbow protectors are worn outside of the black garment, along with his arm protectors, and hand protectors worn over leather gloves. The black fabric has an appliqué of a white bull's head on the chest. The legs are supported by a brown leather strapped girdle with a gold buckle, over the black fabric, holding leather groin and thigh suspenders, worn over white leather pants. The thigh protectors are made of two layers that move together with the thigh, that move together with the knee protectors, which are supported by fitted straps. The lower leg and feet protectors are worn over brown boots. This outfit is not seen in the end of the War of the Lions remake where he retains his mercenary outfit from chapters 2 and 3.
Initially Ramza's motivation to fight and protect others is mainly to uphold his family name. His character profile states that "he turned out worst of the four siblings and is aware of it", and wishes to prove himself worthy of the house name.
After deciding to leave House Beoulve, Ramza becomes a mercenary working under Goffard Gaffgarion's rule, becoming a selfless hero wishing to protect people from injustice, even claiming "he had no wish of changing the world for just a select few while others suffer". Ramza learns a name means nothing if injustice is used to uphold it, a belief he maintains even when the Church of Glabados brands him a heretic. In the second battle against Barich in Necrohol of Mullonde, Ramza proclaims a man without pride can never be free, becoming a hero who fights more for others than for himself.
The point of Ramza's character is to show the true reasons behind virtue; people who do "good" by manipulation of others are not really virtuous, and the true "good", expressed through justice, is shown by Ramza; false "good", expressed through manipulation with good intentions, is expressed by his childhood friend Delita Heiral. True heroic actions are rarely recognized, but are necessary regardless of the lack of rewards.
Fighting the Corpse BrigadeEdit
Ramza desires to be a hero and uphold the name of his family, the House Beoulve. He is enrolled at the Academy in the Magick City of Gariland, along with his best friend, Delita Heiral, a commoner who enrolled into the Academy at Barbaneth's request. Delita and his sister Tietra's family was killed by the plague, and Barbaneth had taken care of them despite their status as commoners, and Ramza and Delita had been best friends ever since.
While still a squire, Ramza is caught up in a struggle with the Corpse Brigade, a group of former knights who were abandoned at the conclusion of the Fifty Years' War who now right to usurp the nobility. Ramza saves Argath Thadalfus, a servant of Marquis Elmdore, from a Brigade attack.
At Argath's request, Ramza defies his brother's orders to rescue Elmdore from the Brigade. Ramza, Delita and Argath go to Merchant City of Dorter to search for information, and discover the Marquis is in the Sand Rat Sietch of Zeklaus Desert. The three apprentices go to the desert to rescue the Marquis, and while Dycedarg is furious at Ramza for disobeying his orders, Duke Larg commends him.
Ramza is assigned to attack a band of Corpse Brigade members led by Milleuda Folles in one of the Corpse Brigade's hideouts. During the battle, Ramza comes to realize the reasons behind their actions. This, as well as the response of the Knights of the Order of the Northern Sky, leads both Ramza and Delita to doubt the morality of their country's actions. Ramza defies Argath by sparing Milleuda's life creating a rift between them.
Tragedy at Ziekden FortressEdit
Ramza and Delita return to Eagrose Castle only to learn Delita's sister, Tietra, has been kidnapped by the Corpse Brigade under assumption she is a noble. A frontal assault on the Brigade positions is planned, but Delita wants to sneak around behind to rescue Tietra. Argath's contempt for the lower classes leads to a quarrel between him and Delita, which Ramza breaks up by kicking Argath out of his squad. Ramza and Delita launch an attempt to rescue Tietra, but kill Milleuda and invoke the rage of her brother, Wiegraf Folles, the leader of the Corpse Brigade. Wiegraf wants to avenge his sister, but is defeated by Ramza and Delita and escapes.
At the Battle of Ziekden Fortress Delita's sister is killed by the very people who were supposed to rescue her. Ramza realizes the treatment of commoners by the Northern Sky and the Beoulves is unacceptable, and joins Delita in his retaliatory attack on Argath, who was leading the Northern Sky force's attack on Ziekden Fortress and who killed Tietra. The fort detonates and Ramza flees, deserting the Order and his family, thinking Delita died in the explosion along with Tietra.
The Kidnapping of OveliaEdit
Ramza changes his appearance and adopts his mother's last name, Lugria, (Ruglia, in original American release) to avoid association with the Beoulves, and joins a group of mercenaries led by the Fell Knight Goffard Gaffgarion. The group is hired by Agrias Oaks to guard Princess Ovelia Atkascha who is kidnapped by Delita, sent by the Knights Templar to keep her away from both Larg and Druksmald Goltanna who both pursue the throne of Ivalice via relations to the royal family's children.
Ramza, Agrias, and Gaffgarion catch Delita at Zeirchele Falls where Gaffgarion betrays Ramza and Agrias, as he had been hired by Dycedarg to get rid of Ovelia. Gaffgarion offers Ramza to join him in his mission, but he refuses and fights Gaffgarion for the sake of the princess. Ramza and the Holy Knights rescue Ovelia and Delita leaves her in Ramza's care for the time being.
The Lucavi PlotEdit
By the suggestion of Agrias, Ramza visits Cardinal Alphonse Delacroix in Lionel. The church being an impartial party to the conflict over the heir to the throne, Agrias believes the princess would be safe with the cardinal. On the way, they rescue Mustadio Bunansa, a man being hunted by a group of mercenaries of the Baert Trading Company who want the auracite he holds. Mustadio joins Ramza's party without telling him or Ovelia about the auracite. They reach Lionel Castle, and Delacroix tells them more about the auracite, also known as the Holy Stones, and the Zodiac Braves. According to legend, the Zodiac Braves once saved Ivalice, each wielding a powerful artefact with magickal powers.
Leaving Ovelia and Agrias at Lionel, Ramza accompanies Mustadio to his home in Clockwork City of Goug where they discover Baert Trading Company is working for the Cardinal to obtain the auracites. Realizing Agrias and Ovelia are in danger, they make their way back toward Lionel by an alternate route. They rescue Agrias after she escapes, but they are tricked into thinking Ovelia is to be executed, only to find it a trap set by Gaffgarion. Ramza learns the truth about the Holy Stones: they are connected to the Lucavi demons, one of which, Cúchulainn, possesses Delacroix.
Ramza defeats Cúchulainn and ventures to the Royal City of Lesalia to warn his elder brother Zalbaag to stop the war. On the way to Lesalia, Ramza rescues Orran Durai, the stepson of the legendary war hero Cidolfus Orlandeau. At Lesalia, Ramza is confronted by Zalmour Lucianada, a Heresy Examiner for the Church of Glabados, and branded a heretic for his murder of the cardinal, as him having been possessed by a demon is covered up by the church. With the help of his sister Alma, Ramza thwarts Zalmour's attempt to detain him.
Ramza and Alma return to the Orbonne Monastery, as Alma remembers the Virgo Stone is there, but the Knights Templar reach the stone first and capture Alma. Wiegraf, now a Knight Templar, becomes possessed by the Lucavi demon Belias. Desperate not to let Alma suffer the same fate as Tietra, Ramza sets out for Riovanes Castle after learning she is being held there. En route, he helps Rapha Galthena, a Skyseer in the service of Grand Duke Gerrith Barrington of Riovanes, escape from his service.
Ramza launches his attack on Riovanes Castle, and although he destroys Belias and drives away a now possessed Marquis Elmdore, Alma ends up in the hands of Folmarv Tengille, the leader of the Knights Templar and the host of Hashmal, the second-in-command of the Lucavi demons.
Ramza changes his appearance again and attempts to warn Cidolfus Orlandeau of what the Lucavi are up to, and gains a new enemy, Folmarv's daughter, Meliadoul Tengille, who is unaware of the Lucavi plot. He helps Delita rid of Zalmour and reaches the Fort Besselat right after Mossfungus poison has been dispersed among the Order of the Northern Sky and opens the Besselat sluice, preventing a large-scale battle. Ramza recruits Orlandeau to his cause, and sets out for Limberry Castle, the stronghold of Marquis Elmdore, in the belief Alma is there.
Ramza only finds a battle with Zalera, the Lucavi that possesses Elmdore. Meliadoul defects to his cause, helping him to defeat Zalera, and she reveals Dycedarg has also received a Holy Stone from the templars. Ramza races home to discover Zalbaag and Dycedarg fighting, as Zalbaag has learned Dycedarg killed their father to become the head of the house. Zalbaag defeats Dycedarg, but when Dycedarg transforms into Adrammelech, he overwhelms Zalbaag and attacks Ramza, but is defeated.
The Battle with UltimaEdit
A man who's lost his pride can never be free.
- —Ramza to Barich.
Ramza journeys to the St. Mullonde Temple where he runs into Folmarv who escapes by forcing Ramza to fight an undead Zalbaag. Ramza learns from the dying High Confessor Marcel Funebris that Folmarv is taking Alma to the Orbonne Monastery where a portal to the Necrohol of Mullonde is located, where he plans to resurrect Ultima, the leader of the Lucavi, using Alma's body as a vessel. Ramza battles his way past Folmarv's minions, intercepting him at the Airship Graveyard just before he can perform the ceremony.
Folmarv transforms into Hashmal, but Ramza defeats him. Hashmal sacrifices himself to revive Ultima, but Alma resists it, and reappears in her original body. It is revealed Ramza is a descendant of the man who defeated the High Seraph in the past and sealed the Lucavi. Ramza defeats the High Seraph, and the airship explodes. Ramza absconds Ivalice with his sister, but to the public, they are given (bodiless) funerals, although the church refuses to hold a ceremony for Ramza as he was branded a heretic.
Orran shows his appreciation for Ramza's memory by passing down the written history of the War of the Lions to various descendants that would later be called the Durai Papers. The official records fail to even mention Ramza's name; his identity and the truth behind the War of the Lions are only discovered hundreds of years later when Arazlam Durai discovers Orran's writings, which the church had tried to conceal from the people.
Ramza's basic job class is a Squire. Ramza is effective as a Monk due to his high Brave level. Unlike other Squires, Ramza can equip most of the weapons, and armor used by Knights enabling him to have the HP of a Knight, but the mobility and class abilities of a Squire, and Mettle instead of Fundaments. Ramza's Squire job class cannot use equipment and weapons of a Knight in Chapter 1; the player must wait until the Chapter 2 to have that option. Additionally, as a Squire Ramza cannot equip axes, unlike the other generic Squires.
Ramza has unique moves under the Mettle command, such as Chant, Shout, Steel, and Ultima. Ultima must be learned by Ramza being attacked by the spell, which is similar to how a Blue Mage would learn an ability, and to make things more complicated, he cannot learn Ultima before the start of Chapter 4 because his special Squire job class gains new abilities as he progresses.
Three different sprites are used for Ramza throughout the game; when his sprite changes, he has gained access to new Squire abilities. Acquiring Ultima is usually accomplished during the two battles preceding Zalera, in which Ramza must face two Ultima Demons disguised as humans: Celia and Lettie. It can also be learned from the Ultima Demon present while fighting Zalbaag.
Stats and EquipmentEdit
Ramza begins the game with an even Bravery and Faith value of 70, and comes equipped with the Broadsword, Leather Cap, Clothing, and Battle Boots. Since Ramza is the lead protagonist and a permanent, essential party member, he won't leave the party if his Faith exceeds 90. Hence, the player can raise his Faith to 100 and make him an exceptionally effective spell caster.
When fought in the eleventh Rendezvous battle: All-Star Melee, he is two levels higher than the highest level deployed unit. He starts with 70 Bravery and Faith, and is a Knight. He comes equipped with the Ragnarok, Venetian Shield, Crystal Helm, Crystal Mail, and Guardian Bracelet. He has access to the Arts of War and Item command, as well as the abilities First Strike, Safeguard, and Move +3.
Ramza is voiced by Phil LaMarr in the English version, who also voiced Reddas, another character from the Ivalice Alliance. In the upcoming Dissidia Final Fantasy for arcades he will be voiced by Shinnosuke Tachibana.
Ramza appears as a recruitable character and his designated job is Squire.
- Main article: /Dissidia
Ramza was announced during the Dissidia Closed Conference 2015 to appear in the upcoming arcade game, as Dissidia's first ever representative from a non-numbered Final Fantasy title, and will be voiced by Shinnosuke Tachibana. His outfit is based on his Chapter 1 appearance.
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A squire in training and the youngest son of the great House Beoulve. Before leaving his home to become a mercenary, he was keenly aware of the difference in birth between himself and his illustrious half-brothers. He believes that justice shall not be found in fighting for his own sake but for the sake of others, and he hates those who would sacrifice another's life for any reason.
- —Online description
Ramza appears in the iOS version as a purchasable character.
|Regen (Lv2)||Level 50|
|HP Up (Lv2)||Level 10|
|Cheer (Lv2)||Level 15|
|Lance (Lv2)||Level 25|
|Sacrifice (Lv2)||Level 40|
|Hero's Rime (Lv2)||Level 45|
|Brace (Lv2)||Level 55|
|Dash (Lv3)||Level 60|
|Weapon Break (Lv2)||Level 65|
|Dark (Lv3)||Level 70|
|Escape (Lv3)||Level 75|
|Cheer (Lv3)||Level 80|
|Boost (Lv3)||Level 85|
Ramza returns as a playable character and the main representative of Final Fantasy Tactics. He can be available from the start by transferring save data from the second demo. However, if the player did not select him among their party of four, or download the demo, he can later be unlocked by collecting Yellow Crystal Shards.
He is a Balance oriented character. His Limit Break, Shout, adds +50 to Strength, Magic, and Agility.
|Weapon Break (Lv2)||6||Initial|
|Chakra (Lv2)||9||Level 5|
|Haste (Lv2)||11||Level 10|
|Cheer (Lv2)||10||Level 25|
|Armor Break (Lv2)||7||Level 35|
|Cheer (Lv3)||12||Level 50|
|Brawler (Lv2)||13||Level 55|
|Dash (Lv2)||12||Level 70|
|Protect (Lv2)||15||Level 85|
|Steal (Lv2)||20||Level 90|
Ramza appears as a playable character.
The youngest son of House Beoulve, the distinguished military family. Joins his friend Delita in driving out the outlaw Corpse Brigade, but winds up forsaking his noble name and making his living as a mercenary.
- —Character Description
Ramza is a summonable Legend depicted in his default Final Fantasy Tactics outfit. His abilities are Induration, Stone Throw, Shout, and Ultima. He was first introduced in the event, "Final Fantasy Tactics The Lost Truth - Parts 1 & 2", in which he was made into a playable main character on a special stage called a Tactics Stage. In the Tactics Stage, Ramza could damage his opponents with Attack, Hallowed Bolt, Spin Fist and Ultima.
He was first introduced as an event ally in the event, "Final Fantasy Tactics The Truth is Forever - Extra Event". Leveling him up in this event granted the player rewards depending on how far he has been leveled. Leveling him up to 99 in this event granted players the SR weapon Chocobo Boomerang and the background, Lionel Castle Interior. In battle, Ramza is armed with his rapier and uses the ability, Ultima.
Ramza appears appears as card and is part of the Thunder-elemental set.
Ramza appears on Triple Triad cards.
Non-Final Fantasy guest appearancesEdit
Lord of VermilionEdit
In Lord of Vermilion III and Lord of Vermilion Arena, Ramza appears as a recruitable character.
Ramza Beoulve appears as a boss. He wields the Onion Gloves, which is usually an armor piece, as a weapon.
Ramza is a unit recruited during the Ramza Recruitment Event. He is a Four star Super Rare Fighter unit and his unique ability is Steel, which at max level Cures 4 random allies of the Vulnerable status ailment as well as bequeaths them 3 health and 2 attack.
- Ramza's character has many things in common with Basch fon Ronsenburg from Final Fantasy XII, as both are branded traitors throughout all of Ivalice, yet they still do what they think is right.
- Additionally, Marche Radiuju, the main protagonist from Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, has a strong physical resemblance to Ramza.
- Ramza only draws his sword once in a cutscene when Wiegraf Folles begins his change to his demonic form outside of Orbonne Monastery. Otherwise Ramza tries to use negotiation, even on people bent on attacking him.
- Although it is possible to rename Ramza in Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions, due to the game's use of prerendered cutscenes, other characters will still mention him by the name "Ramza".
- The three colors represented on the art of Ramza in his initial outfit are the same set of colors that make up Luso's outfit in Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift.
- Although the game's ending may have seemed ambiguous, Yasumi Matsuno has confirmed Ramza is alive and went on to have another adventure in a different country. However, he also added that it's up to the player's interpretation a short time after.
- Although Ramza's armor changes in Chapter 4, he's still seen with his Chapter 2 armor in the FMV events in Chapter 4 (such as in Balthier's recruiting).
- Ramza's artwork for his Chapter 1 appearance shows him holding a rapier. This weapon type is not within the game.