- "It's our home. It belongs to us all."
The (Royal City of Rabanastre, 王都ラバナスタ?, lit. "Ōto Rabanasuta") is a city in Ivalice, the world of Final Fantasy XII. It is Vaan's hometown, the hume orphan and the game's main character. Rabanastre is Dalmasca's capital, so Princess Ashe would also normally make residence here. Rabanastre becomes the most frequently visited city by the player, and could be considered a "homebase".
- Sage Knowledge 39
"Capital of Old Dalmasca, and before that, many other kingdoms stretching back into the storied history of the Galtean Peninsula. Rule by the Dalmascan royal family lasted for several hundred years before the city's fall to the Archadian Empire two years past. Now an Imperial territory. The story of the city's people is the story of three cultures, those of Valendia, Ordalia, and Kerwon, who bore trade goods along the many well-frequented routes leading to her welcoming gates. The town proper of Rabanastre is divided into four sections by the cardinal directions of the compass. The east and west are merchant districts, the streets lined with shops and stalls of every description. In the north, the streets widen into a large piazza facing the palace, and to the South can be found three gates leading beyond the city walls to the Dalmasca desert and Giza Plains. The aerodrome can be found in the western outskirts of town, surrounded by numerous privately operated airship docks. In the northwestern part of town stands a splendid cathedral built in the Galtean style, the bell of which, when rung, sounds through every hearth and home in the city."
- Sage Knowledge 40
"Lowtown lies, as its name would suggest, beneath the city streets of Rabanastre. Great pillars standing throughout Lowtown support the soaring edifices above. Prior to the war with Archadia, many merchants used Lowtown as a place to store foodstuffs and wares for sale. With the defeat and occupation by Archadia, many of the former residents of upper Rabanastre were relocated here, leading to its gradual transforming into a residential area. No natural light shines on Lowtown, save where there are passages to the streets above, making it perpetually gloomy. Many orphans from the war have adopted Lowtown as their new home."
- Sage Knowledge 41
"A short walk north from the center of Rabanastre will lead you to the gates of the royal palace. Before the war with Archadia, this magnificent structure was home to the Dalmascan royal family, and barracks to the order of knights that served them. It is currently employed as a living quarters and apartments by the recently appointed consul from Archadia. The palace itself was built several centuries ago and has since been home to many Dalmascan monarchs, King Raminas being the most recent. Numerous additions have been made to the palace over the course of its long history (the Royal City of Rabanastre having several times fallen under the control of foreign powers through invasion), but the overall bearing of its architecture is true to the original Galtean design. Within the palace are secret chambers containing documents and treasures belonging to the royal family. Few who live beyond the palace walls know how they may be found."
Places of Interest
The City of Rabanastre has three gates which lead into the city. Eastgate to Estersand, West Gate (where the Aerodrome is also located) to Westersand, and Southgate to the Giza Plains. The gates are usually open, but during the new Consul's parade they were closed off. One can easily move between the gates via "Moogling."
The Southern Plaza is in the cross-junction between the gates and is a popular hang-out spot. People like to come and sit around the fountain watching travelers pass through the gates. Cartographers Moogle can be found in the Southern Plaza and during side quests many people of interest can be found around the fountain.
In the East End of Rabanastre, along the main street, are plenty of shops. Magick, weapons, armaments, and even Migelo has a shop around here called Migelo's Sundries.
Clan Centurio Hall
Clan Centurio is a clan of hunters founded by Montblanc. Only members are allowed inside. Within the Hall the clan members train their skills and find out about new rare hunts from Montblanc himself, who can always be found within the Hall. As the party progresses clan ranks and further the storyline, clan members will change their mindset about Vaan, from a newcomer to a veteran.
The Muthru Bazaar
The Muthru Bazaar is the liveliest part of town with numerous vendors. The Clan Centurio shop can be found here, open only for members. At the very end of the Bazaar is a door, which is where at parts of the game is shown as a resistance hideout.
Below Rabanastre lies an entire shadow city, the Lowtown. After the Empire took over the city many people were forced to move below the street-level and now Lowtown is as booming with activity as the upper town. Old Dalan has his house in Lowtown, and Vaan's friend Kytes can also often be found about. Some rare equipment can be bought at Lowtown's South Sprawl after the events at Giruvegan.
Lowtown is the only area in Rabanastre where the player may find treasures. Unlike treasures in most other locations, Lowtown treasures are stored in urns covered in blue cloth. The treasure outside Old Dalan's house is actually a forbidden chest that, once claimed, prevents the player from obtaining the Zodiac Spear, the game's most powerful weapon, in Necrohol of Nabudis.
- Vaan, a local thief, and protagonist to Final Fantasy XII.
- Penelo, Vaan's childhood friend.
- Migelo, a local vendor, owns an item shop Migelo's Sundries.
- Montblanc, Moogle who leads Clan Centurio.
- Old Dalan, wise old man living in the Lowtown, friend of Vaan's.
- Kytes, Vaan's friend. Also works for Migelo.
- Filo, Kytes's friend.
- Tomaj, owner of the local tavern, the Sandsea.
- Ktjn, viera by the Muthru Bazaar (sidequest).
- Krjn, Ktjn's sister, member of Clan Centurio.
- Weather Eye, seeq at Southgate who knows when the weather at Giza Plains will change.
Moogling City Teleports
- Main article: Moogling
In the city, there are five moogles that will warp the party to certain locations within city borders. It's free and a way to get around easily. It becomes available after Vaan escapes from the Barheim Passage.
The five moogling locations are:
- Muthru Bazaar
- The Sandsea (Just outside it)
Final Fantasy XII
- See also: Battle above Rabanastre.
The story opens two years after Dalmasca has been invaded by the Archadian Empire. A new Consul, Vayne Carudas Solidor, has been appointed to rule over Dalmasca, and the Royal City of Rabanastre prepares for a grand fete to commemorate the event. On the night of the fete the Resistance storms the Royal Palace, but the Imperial fleet, expecting the attack, stifles the skirmish quickly. The days of the new Consul are short-lived, however, and Vayne is soon summoned back to Archades.
As the war between the Resistance forces led by Marquis Ondore and the forces of Archadian Empire, led by Vayne, breaks out, Rabanastre becomes the battleground. Princess Ashe manages to defeat Vayne, but the Imperial flagship Sky Fortress Bahamut loses its power and is in danger of falling on the city of Rabanastre, obliterating it. Ashe's comrade, the sky pirate Balthier, manages to fix the Bahamut's glossair rings just in time, and Bahamut crash-lands outside of the city, becoming a notable landmark in the area.
Vayne defeated, Larsa Solidor becomes the new emperor of Archadia, and settles peace with Princess Ashe, giving Dalmasca back its independence, and Ashe becomes the queen. Queen Ashe continues to rule Dalmasca from the Royal Palace in Rabanastre.
Rabanastre is the location immediately visited after the loss of Vaan's new airship at the Glabados Ruins. A mysterious derelict arrives at the city outskirts soon after, leading into the trip to Lemurés. After two main storyline missions, Rabanastre can never be visited by the party again.
Mission 03: Eve of Adventure
- "Treasure is all well and good for sky pirates, but it means little enough without an airship. And so Vaan and Penelo resume life as usual...until the unusual happens."
- —In-game description
Vaan, Filo, and Kytes make a midnight run for the derelict. While passing through the square, they encounter several strange monsters, the Yarhi. This mission serves as an explanation of the Melee-Ranged-Flying unit type relationship.
Mission 04: The Coveted Derelict
- "A derelict airship lands outside the gates of Rabanastre - a temptation no self-respecting sky pirate can resist. After a brief skirmish at the city's edge, Vaan plots a way past the watch."
- —In-game description
At the Rabanastre Southgate, the trio catches sight of the derelict and must cross a small section of plains to reach it. This mission serves as a lesson in using abilities and Gambits.
- White Hare X2
Ktjn is a viera found sitting on the steps leading to Muthru Bazaar after the events in the Barheim Passage. She asks the party questions and depending on the given answers she will decide what to do with her life and depending on her choice, will reward the party with items.
The quest becomes available after talking with the Garif Elder in Jahara. Wandering Viera can be spotted in Rabanastre's Southgate who'll mention she's looking for a lover. Vaan must follow her and talk to the Lovestruck Man by the fountain, then go to Yamoora's Gambits and talk to the viera again.
Afterward she can be found in the Sandsea's upper level. She asks for Vaan's help and it is possible to pair the viera with either the Lovestruck Man or with Lord Vain in the Yamoora's Gambits to get a Loxley Bow. However, if the player chooses the Lovestruck Man they will also get two Hi-Potions, making it the better option.
- Main article: Chaos (Final Fantasy XII)
After the events in Mt. Bur-Omisace the player can visit Old Dalan to find a Nu Mou who is looking for a medallion. The player can then help him by finding the different medallion fragments from around the city.
Note: The items available for purchase change throughout the game. These items may not all be available at the same time.
You may wish to consult the List of Final Fantasy XII Weapons article for more information on individual weapons.
You may wish to consult the List of Final Fantasy XII Armor article for more information on individual armor pieces.
You may wish to consult the Magick article for more information on individual spells.
You may wish to consult the Technick article for more information on individual Technicks.
You may wish to consult the List of Final Fantasy XII Items for more information on individual items.
The items sold at the Clan Centurio's Clan Provisioner depend on the Clan Rank the party has reached. The minimum required Rank displayed in parenthesis.
Lowtown, North Sprawl
Lowtown, South Sprawl
|"The Royal City of Rabanastre" from Final Fantasy XII|
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Unlike other locations, the city of Rabanastre has two different musical themes. Firstly, on the main upper city, the song ("The Royal City of Rabanastre", 王都のロイヤルシティ?, lit. "Ou Miyako No Roiyaru Shitexi") (also known as "City Ward Upper Level") plays. On the other hand, inside the city's Lowtown plays ("Rabanastre Downtown.", 王都のダウンタウン?, lit. "Ou Miyako No Daun Taun")
- One of the servers of Final Fantasy XIV is named Rabanastre.