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A gambling vagabond who finds freedom from society's narrow views of morality aboard his airship, the Blackjack...
—Game description

Setzer Gabbiani is a playable character in Final Fantasy VI. He is a Gambler who lives on the wild side and owns the world's only airship: the Blackjack. In the SNES version he is neutral at the beginning of the war, reluctant to openly oppose the Gestahlian Empire after having made profits from their work. In the GBA translation, which is more faithful to the original, he says the Empire has been bad for his business.



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Setzer is a man in his late twenties. He has long silver hair, and wears several layers of clothing under a black trench coat with a gold lining, though the in-game sprite shows the lining as brown. He is roughly average height, and thin. Setzer's face is scarred, though this is not visible in his game sprites until the mobile version. Setzer with his scars is the first character of the series to bear visible physical disfigurements. The extent of his scars vary: in Yoshitaka Amano artwork and an FMV in Final Fantasy Anthology where his skin is very pale, they are white and noticeable; in chibi artwork and Kingdom Hearts II where his skin is similar to his in-game color, they blend in with his skin.


Setzer cannot resist a gamble; he thrives on risks—such as his planned abduction of Maria—and never passes up an opportunity to prove his skill. Most of his scars come from gambling sessions gone wrong, although some also come from airship accidents.[2]

There are aspects of Setzer's character that fit the "ladies' man" archetype, such as his willingness to gamble his airship for Celes Chere's hand in marriage, which were exaggerated in his Kingdom Hearts appearance. Setzer acts like a happy and likeable person up front, but is still hurt by a great loss and distracts himself with gambling.


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Setzer waiting for Darill.

Setzer was a gambler by nature and pilot by trade. When younger, he was involved with a girl named Darill who owned the airship Falcon. She was aware of her risk-taking nature as she casually mentioned to Setzer the Falcon was his if she ever was unable to fly. Setzer, mortified by the idea, said no such thing would ever happen, and that he would only take the Falcon after having won it fairly. After a day of flying Darill went out on her own and pushed the Falcon to its limits. The ship crashed in a distant valley, and when Setzer found the remains he entombed them beneath the sea.


Setzer kidnaps "Maria".

Shell-shocked by the loss, Setzer impressed his desires upon a wealthy opera star named Maria. The pinnacle of his infatuation comes when he threatens to kidnap her amid of a performance. He plans to disrupt the show of Opera "Maria and Draco" but Locke Cole and his party are desperate for an airship, and so together with the Impresario foil Setzer's plan by having Celes Chere star in the night's show instead of Maria. Setzer abducts Celes, Locke follows him back to the Blackjack, and the party seeks to negotiate for the airship.

Setzer is disappointed upon finding Celes is not Maria, but soon finds Celes to be more attractive. Celes borrows Edgar's double-headed coin to broker a deal: if it landed on heads, Setzer would help the Returners reach the Southern Continent to rescue Maduin and the other espers; if it was tails, Celes would agree to be Setzer's "woman" (the Japanese term refers to a woman that receives gifts from her man in exchange for physical favors). Amused, Setzer agrees, but realizes he has been duped. Setzer's inherent good nature, coupled by being impressed by the trick, makes him pliant to the idea and he helps the Returners.

While the others infiltrate the Magitek Research Facility Setzer stays on the airship. When the others do not return, he goes to Vector to check on them and meets them as they are fleeing the city and rings them onto the Blackjack to escape. The ship is damaged in the attack and later, Setzer accompanies them to Zozo to save Terra Branford.

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Setzer joins the party and teaches them how to control the Blackjack.

Following the trip to Zozo Setzer accompanies the party to Narshe where the elder joins with the Returners. Terra agrees to ask the freed espers to limit their devastation to Vector, after which a coalition of Returners and Narshe guards would storm from the north. The plan is a success, and Emperor Gestahl appears to have surrendered. He asks Terra to convince the espers to negotiate peace and she and Locke head to Crescent Island to convey the Emperor's message. Setzer and the others doubt the Emperor and stay in Vector to judge his motives.

Setzer and Cid Del Norte Marquez, the Empire's researcher on magic and espers, rebuild the airship while Edgar uses his charms to learn the Emperor's true plans from a maidservant, who says the Emperor plans to capture the espers. The party flies to Thamasa to warn Terra and Locke, but they are too late. Kefka has acquired more magicite and used it to revive the Warring Triad and turn the Esper World into the Floating Continent.

The party apprehends Kefka and Gestahl on the floating island but Kefka kills the Emperor and moves the Warring Triad out of alignment. The party escapes on the Blackjack, but the imbalance caused by the disturbing of the Warring Triad's alignment shifts the very face of the earth and the airship is torn apart, separating everyone.

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Setzer returns to the party.

One year after the end of the world, with no wings to fly and nowhere to go, Setzer is wasting his life away in a bar in Kohlingen. Celes, Edgar, and Sabin happen upon him and ask him to rejoin their fight against Kefka. Setzer is initially unwilling, having lost a sense of purpose for his life, but Celes's words convince him. Setzer takes them to Darill's Tomb to unearth the Falcon where he shares Darill's story with the party, and as the Falcon rises to the skies Setzer finally buries his grief.

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Setzer in the ending.

After Kefka has been felled and the party is fleeing the crumbling Kefka's Tower, Setzer saves two of his fellow Returners by telling them which of two doors is unsafe and about to explode. He initially tosses a coin which indicates one door, but tells them to take the other one instead. The door indicated by the coin explodes shortly thereafter. Setzer lingers for a moment, reminiscing about how Darill once told him that "whenever you think you're right, you're wrong", an instinct that made him decide to not trust the coin toss. If Locke was not re-recruited into the party, Setzer saves Celes from the collapsing floor portion, telling her that he can't let her die because Celes promised to perform as Maria again. Celes exclaims the item she dropped, Locke's bandanna, is a good-luck-charm that helped her find her resolve.

When Terra's esper power fades with magic disappearing from the world and she falls from the sky, Setzer pilots the Falcon to catch her proclaiming the Falcon is the fastest ship in the world.

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FF6 iOS Setzer Sprites

As a Gambler, Setzer has average Strength, Stamina, Magic Defense and Speed, but low Magic and high Defense. He wields Gambler's Items—including cards, darts, and dice—he can use several daggers. He can equip most heavy armor, helmets and shields.

Setzer's special ability is Slot, which opens up a window with three spinning slot wheels. The player stops the wheels one by one, and depending on the result, Setzer uses a special attack. If Setzer equips the Heiji's Jitte relic, Slots becomes Gil Toss, which allows Setzer to damage all enemies at the cost of gil. Setzer's Desperation Attack is Red Card that deals magical damage to one enemy.

There is a glitch in Final Fantasy VI in which when Setzer uses the Fixed Dice and Master's Scroll, his damage won't be halved, and thus can do up to four hits of 9,999 damage. This glitch is not in the PS port, but is in the original version, the GBA remake and the mobile remakes.


Name Initial Stats
Strength 36
Speed 32
Stamina 32
Magic 29
Attack 18
Defense 48
Evasion 9%
Magic Defense 26
Magic Evasion 1%
Escape Success 4
HP Gain 46
MP Gain 9
Level Averaging +0
Level HP MP EXP +
2 57 13 32
3 69 17 96
4 83 22 208
5 100 27 400
6 120 33 672
7 142 39 1056
8 166 46 1552
9 192 54 2184
11 247 71 3936
12 277 80 5080
13 312 90 6432
14 351 100 7992
15 395 110 9784
16 445 120 11840
17 499 130 14152
18 556 141 16736
19 617 152 19616
21 749 174 26360
22 818 185 30232
23 890 197 34456
24 966 209 39056
25 1045 221 44072
26 1127 233 49464
27 1213 245 55288
28 1303 258 61568
29 1398 271 68304
31 1597 297 83184
32 1698 310 91384
33 1800 324 100088
34 1902 338 109344
35 2005 352 119136
36 2109 366 129504
37 2215 380 140464
38 2322 395 152008
39 2430 410 164184
41 2651 440 190416
42 2764 455 204520
43 2878 471 219320
44 2994 487 234808
45 3111 503 251000
46 3230 519 267936
47 3350 535 285600
48 3472 552 304040
49 3597 569 323248
51 3855 602 364064
52 3986 617 385696
53 4119 631 408160
54 4253 644 431488
55 4389 656 455680
56 4526 667 480776
57 4665 677 506760
58 4807 686 533680
59 4951 694 561528
61 5243 707 620096
62 5391 712 650840
63 5541 717 682600
64 5693 723 715368
65 5846 729 749160
66 6001 736 784016
67 6157 743 819920
68 6315 750 856920
69 6475 758 895016
71 6797 774 974536
72 6952 782 1016000
73 7103 790 1058640
74 7248 797 1102456
75 7388 804 1147456
76 7524 811 1193648
77 7656 817 1241080
78 7782 823 1289744
79 7902 829 1339672
81 8132 840 1443368
82 8242 845 1497160
83 8350 850 1552264
84 8455 855 1608712
85 8557 860 1666512
86 8657 865 1725688
87 8755 870 1786240
88 8850 876 1848184
89 8942 882 1911552
91 9120 894 2042608
92 9207 900 2110320
93 9292 907 2179504
94 9375 915 2250192
95 9457 924 2322392
96 9537 934 2396128
97 9620 945 2471400
98 9706 957 2548224
99 9794 970 2637112



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Creation and developmentEdit

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After it was decided Final Fantasy VI would feature an ensemble cast with no clear main protagonist, everyone in the development team was encouraged to provide ideas for characters and their episodes. Setzer's character and story were colored by influence from Tetsuya Nomura.[3]

According to the "Chocobo's FF Laboratory" feature published in V Jump in 1993, the character of Faris Scherwiz from Final Fantasy V was originally a female gambler named Eva Scherwil. The developers encountered difficulties in making her fit in the game's world and atmosphere, and changed her into a pirate. In a later issue of V Jump, the developers noted Setzer evolved from this early Eva concept.

Nomura had had jobs in mind for Final Fantasy V, such as a ninja with a dog, and a gambler who fought with dice and cards, among others. These ideas were not used for Final Fantasy V, but when work started on Final Fantasy VI, they were used for Shadow and Setzer.[4]

A rarely-noticed fact about Setzer is that in the Japanese version he joins the party with a Bandana equipped although he cannot equip them (if removed he cannot reequip it). This is not a bug, but was meant to be an inside joke showing Setzer's vanity does not allow him to wear the same things as Locke. In the GBA version Setzer does not come with a Bandana, as the porting team possibly thought it was a glitch.[2]

Setzer is likely based on the concept of bakuto, itinerant gamblers in Japan from the 18th century to the mid-20th century who were one of the forerunners of the modern Japanese crime gangs known as yakuza. Bakuto plied their trade in feudal Japan, playing traditional games such as hanafuda and dice and were mostly social outcasts who lived outside the laws and norms of society.

Musical themesEdit

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Setzer's theme is built off C major, a grand fanfare that plays as the background music for the cabins underneath both airships. His leitmotif is reprised in A major in "Epitaph", which plays during his reminiscence of Darill, and in C major again in the ending theme, "Balance is Restored". In addition to his character reprisal in the "Ending Theme", Setzer's theme is reprised during the first half of the ending credits.

Other appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy XIII-2Edit

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Setzer's Dice in the casino prize exchange menu.

In the casino Serendipity the player can exchange their winnings for a fragment called "Setzer's Dice". Its description says Setzer's "consummate skill once drove Serendipity to the brink of ruin". His surname, "Gabbiani", is used in a Brain Blast! question at Academia 4XX AF, stating he had "won the most number of coins at the slot machines in a single day" in Serendipity.

Final Fantasy XIVEdit

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Setzer's costume.

Setzer's costume is a reward at the Manderville Gold Saucer. It is available for both male and female characters, and in total, costs 200,000 MGP. A chocobo barding that mimics Setzer's long coat is also available for 40,000 MGP.

Final Fantasy TacticsEdit

The name Setzer crops out in the "Storm of 777" errand. The errand is as follows:

The Blackjack, the casino ship is at the port. The slot machine at the left end of the ship is said to be loose. You should try it out!

The outcome is as follows:

The Casino ship Blackjack is at the port Limberry castle. The slot machine on the left hand side gave us 777, the jackpot. Nothing happened so we asked Setzer about this. He said he deliberately lowered the pay-off rate. "Gambling's not fun unless there's some risk."

Final Fantasy Type-0Edit

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The message from "Captain Setzer".

Setzer appears as an unseen character. There is an airship named after him, the Setzer. It is the only airship in the game that the player can manually control on the world map.

When Class Zero cadets activate the airship for the first time, a message from "Captain Setzer" appears on the airship control panel, read "With hope in my heart and my chin held high, I await the day my ship shall once more rule the sky. —Captain Setzer".

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of TimeEdit

A set of equipment called "Gambler's Gear" and "Gambler's Hat" can be bought in Town, and makes the character look like Setzer. It is equippable by all Tribes.

Dissidia Final FantasyEdit

Setzer makes a small appearance as one of the tutors of the in-game manuals.

Pictlogica Final FantasyEdit

Setzer appears as a playable character.

Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit

Setzer appears as an ally and a summonable Legend. He is depicted in his Final Fantasy VI outfit. His EX ability is Dive Bomb.

Final Fantasy All the BravestEdit

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This gambling rogue soars the skies, facing danger to visit the tombs of friends.

Setzer is an exclusive character available from the Premium Character Shop as a random downloadable content. He uses the Dive Bomb ability during battle.

Final Fantasy Record KeeperEdit

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Proud owner of the airship Blackjack. After the death of his friend and long-time rival Darill he abandoned his dream of possessing the fastest airship in the world. Instead, he built a casino aboard the Blackjack, where he wiles away the hours gambling.
—Official description.

Setzer is a playable character who could be recruited during the Challenge Event Back to the Skies as the First Time Reward for completing the event's stage Blackjack - Pursuit in Part 1.


Setzer is a Gambler whose combat role is Physical Support.

Setzer's stats are consistent with those of a typical Ranger or similar back-row unit. That is to say, his HP are lower compared with other attack units while still having decent Attack; and his Defense is average while most other scores remain low. Given this, his best use is against ranged targets while equipped with projectile weapons such as boomerangs and gambling pieces.

Level HP Attack Defense Magic Resistance Mind Accuracy Evasion Speed
1 184 10 7 8 8 9 20 20 88
10 716 25 17 20 20 22 20 20 94
20 1,307 42 29 35 35 37 21 21 101
30 1,899 59 41 49 49 52 21 21 107
40 2,490 76 53 64 64 67 22 22 112
50 3,082 93 65 78 78 83 22 22 117
RankMax: 5 3 3 1 2 2 2 3 3 3

Setzer can use Physical/Combat abilities up to rarity rank 3, Physical/Support abilities up to rarity rank 5, and Physical/Celerity abilities up to rarity rank 3.

His default Soul Break is Dice which at the expense of one Soul Gauge segment deals one of six amounts of fixed damage to one target. The gambling gear Darts (VI) allows Setzer to use Dive Bomb which at the expense of one Soul Gauge segment deals four consecutive fire attacks to all enemies and sometimes Blind them.


Setzer can equip the following weapon types: daggers, swords, thrown, and gambling gear. The gambling gear Darts (VI) allows Setzer to use Dive Bomb.

He can equip the following armor types: shields, hats, helmets, light armor, robes, and bracers.

He can equip accessories.

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Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

Setzer appears with wind-elemental cards.

Final Fantasy Brave ExviusEdit

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Triple Triad (Portal App)Edit

Setzer appears on Triple Triad cards.

Non-Final Fantasy guest appearancesEdit

Kingdom HeartsEdit

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My life is a chip in your pile. Time to ante up.
—Setzer in Kingdom Hearts II, slightly misquoted from his original appearance.

Setzer appears in Kingdom Hearts II, and is the only pre-Final Fantasy VII character to appear in the Kingdom Hearts series, meaning he is also the first to get a modernized three-dimensional redesigning. He is the champion of the Struggle competition in Roxas's Simulated Twilight Town. He asks Roxas to throw the match for him, leading to two different outcomes: if Roxas wins, Setzer surrenders his title as Struggle champion; if Roxas loses, Setzer gives him a medal as "thanks". Setzer can later be fought in another, optional Struggle match. Setzer's personality is exaggerated depicting him as a flashy and arrogant ladies' man who often taunts the player.



Setzer's key chain.

Square released pencil toppers and key chains in 1994 with the cast of Final Fantasy VI. Among them was merchandise featuring Setzer. These products were available in vending machines. Setzer's key chain features his in-game sprite design.



Setzer may allude to the German word setzen, meaning "to bet on something". Alternately, it may be a corruption of "César", a name whose variants are found throughout certain European countries, including Spain, Italy, and Portugal.

Gabbiani is the Italian word for "seagulls", but also is similar to the Italian verb gabbare, meaning "to trick, to cheat".


  • The discrepancy between his original personality and his portrayal in the Kingdom Hearts series is alluded to in Dissidia Final Fantasy. In Shadow and Setzer's conversation in the Duel Colosseum, Shadow says, "Don't even think of bribing your opponents to lose." Setzer indignantly replies, "What's that about? I would never stoop to that!" although Setzer may be saying this sarcastically.
  • It is possible to tackle Kefka's Tower before retrieving all the characters in the World of Ruin, but Setzer is one of three playable characters who are always available before it becomes accessible; the other two are Edgar and Celes. It is possible to complete Kefka's Tower and finish the game with only these three characters, but since the game forces a split into three separate parties for the three paths, each of the three must finish one of the paths by themselves.
  • According to Yasuhisa Izumisawa, Lightning's masculine garbs from Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII are based on Setzer.[5]


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