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Cecil confronts Rubicante at the top of the Tower of Babil.
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The Tower of Babil on the surface.
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A tower of this magnitude could not have been built by human hands.
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The Tower of Babil (バブイルの塔, Babuiru no Tō?), also known as the Tower of Bab-il or the Tower of Babel, is a location in Final Fantasy IV. It is a large tower that stretches from the Earth's Underworld to the Overworld. It is used by Golbez to summon the Giant of Babil from the Moon to the Earth, which is done by collecting the eight Crystals from both worlds and bringing them to the tower.

If the Giant is summoned, it means certain doom for the entire world. Dr. Lugae and Rubicante, the Archfiend of Fire, have made the tower their headquarters. They operate a "Super Cannon," which they use to fight the dwarves of the Underworld. The tower's origin remains unknown, although due to its architecture, technology and connection to the Red Moon, it is likely of Lunarian creation.

StoryEdit

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Final Fantasy IVEdit

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Kain in the Tower of Babil (DS/iOS).
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Cecil, Kain, Rydia, Rosa, and Yang attempt to sneak into the lower half of the tower and steal back the Crystals stolen by Golbez. When they do so, they find Dr. Lugae and Rubicante preparing for war with the Overworld kingdom of Eblan. Rubicante escapes, but Cecil and his friends must fight Dr. Lugae and his robotic son Barnabas.

After defeating them, they obtain the key to stopping the Super Cannon. They are able to stop it, but Yang locks himself in the room and presumably dies in the explosion. During the escape from the tower, Golbez tries to make the bridge leading to the tower collapse from afar, but Cecil's party is saved by Cid in the newly reinforced Enterprise.

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The Tower in the DS cutscene.
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After another series of events, Cecil and his party meet Edge and arrive at the upper half of the Tower of Babil where they meet the King and Queen of Eblan, who were turned into monsters by Lugae. Edge helps them return to their senses, and they are killed as a result. Rubicante appears, and says things that make Edge lose control of his emotions. Cecil and his friends are able to defeat Rubicante and find the room with the Crystals. However, they fall into a pitfall, leading back underground where they find an abandoned Red Wings airship. Edge christens the airship the Falcon and the party uses it to escape the tower.

Once Golbez acquires all the Crystals, the Tower of Babil becomes shielded and no longer accessible. Cecil, Rydia, Rosa, and Edge, along with the Lunarian Fusoya, arrive to deactivate the shield, but they are too late. The Giant of Babil emerges, and must be destroyed. Afterward the Tower cannot be entered at all.

Final Fantasy IV -Interlude-Edit

After rescuing Rydia from the Sealed Cave, Cecil, Palom and Porom head to the Tower of Babil's underground area. The tower glows mysteriously and Rydia speaks only of traveling to it. Meanwhile Edge explores the upper area on the surface, having seen the same glow. As Cecil and his comrades climb the tower, they battle elemental monsters that bestow Rydia her elemental Eidolons Ramuh, Shiva, Ifrit and Titan. Eventually Rydia disappears and three Android Soldiers attack Cecil and the twins, merging into the Deus Ex Machina. Edge arrives to save them and they continue up the tower. At the top they find Rydia, but Edge recognizes her as a fake.

Now known as Rydia?, the imposter summons her elemental Eidolons to attack the group, followed by Bahamut. The real Rydia arrives and returns Bahamut to his senses, forcing the imposter to fight the group herself with Black Magic. Defeated, the imposter fades and reports to an unseen entity that the "Eidolon system" is complete.

Final Fantasy IV: The After YearsEdit

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The Tower of Babil in The After Years.
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Edge and the Eblan Four head to the Tower of Babil when they notice it pulsating. Upon reaching the inners of the tower, Edge and the ninjas encounter the Mysterious Girl, who summons Ifrit after them. The ninjas escape narrowly onto the airship that Rydia and Luca are using.

LocationsEdit

Lower HalfEdit

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The nonfunctional warper.
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In this floor, Dr. Lugae is shown seeing Rubicante off, who is using the warper. The party then encounters Dr. Lugae and Barnabas, whom they must fight. When they win, they will obtain Lugae's Key. Afterwards, the teleporter may be examined, and if prompted, will inform the player that it is not working.

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The party arrives in the control room.
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After obtaining Lugae's Key back in B6, the party must use it to open the locked door, which is the second exit in the map. It is the cannon control room. The party will encounter three Goblin Captains controlling the cannons, and when the party defeats them, they destroy the cannons' controls. Yang stays behind to save the dwarves, but he fails and is assumed to be dead until he is found in the Sylph Cave.

Upper HalfEdit

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The King and Queen of Eblan confront Edge.
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Rubicante challenges the party.
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It is the floor where the King and Queen of Eblan, Edge's lost parents, appear. They tell Edge to come with them "to hell", and then the player must fight them - Lugae has turned them into chimeras. It is a scripted battle and the second phase is unwinnable, as the royal couple decimate their inhuman selves while they are still lucid.

As Edge mourns his parents' death, Rubicante appears before them. Edge falsely accuses him of experimenting with his parents, and the party must face him. After Rubicante is defeated, he will congratulate the party valiantly and even compliments them, saying that Golbez will indeed see them as worthy opponents. Edge's Seneschal, along with two ninjas, arrive, searching for Rubicante, but Edge tells them that the job is finished. Seneschal thanks the party and asks them to take care of Edge.

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The earth's eight crystals, minus one dark crystal.
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Crystal Room

It is the room next to B5, and holds all of earth's seven crystals. As Cecil and the party approach to take them, they are caught in a trap and they fall to a subterranean level of the tower.

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The exit leading to the airship.
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It is an unrevisitable portion of the floor. Once the player has taken the west exit, the entire Tower will be unrevisitable. The exit will lead to a room with a Red Wings airship. The party will use it to escape, and regroup back in the Dwarven Castle.

TreasureEdit

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The Tower of Babil in the Underworld in the DS version.
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The base of the Tower of Babil in the Underworld in the SNES version.

Final Fantasy IVEdit

Lower SectionEdit

Upper SectionEdit

Passage to the FalconEdit

InterludeEdit

  • Ether
  • X-Potion
  • Giant's Gloves
  • Phoenix Down
  • Antarctic Wind
  • Potion
  • Arctic Wind
  • Hi-Potion x2
  • Dry Ether
  • Ice Arrows x20
  • Green Beret
  • Kiku-ichimonji
  • Killer Bow
  • Aegis Shield
  • Ribbon

The After YearsEdit

Upper SectionEdit

  • Hi-Potion x3
  • Great Bow
  • Battle Axe
  • Ether
  • Cross Shuriken
  • Potion
  • Ether
  • Kogarasu
  • Tent
  • Chain Whip

Lower PassageEdit

  • Ether
  • Phoenix Down
  • Elixir

Enemy FormationsEdit

Final Fantasy IVEdit

Lower SectionEdit

Upper SectionEdit

Passage to the FalconEdit

Final Fantasy IV -Interlude-Edit

Upper SectionEdit

Lower SectionEdit

Final Fantasy IV: The After YearsEdit

Upper SectionEdit

B1FEdit
B2FEdit
B3FEdit
B4FEdit
B5FEdit

Lower PassageEdit

MusicEdit

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"Tower of Babil" from the Nintendo DS version of Final Fantasy IV
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The background music that plays inside the Tower of Babil is its eponymous theme.

Other AppearancesEdit

Final Fantasy TacticsEdit

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The Tower of Babel.
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The Tower of Babel is mentioned as one of the wonders in Final Fantasy Tactics. It bears the following description:

A legendary tower that extends to the heavens from deep below the earth. Also called the Tower of the Colossi, this mighty spire withstood the Cataclysm, and is a priceless remnant of ancient civilization.


Theatrhythm Final FantasyEdit

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The Tower of Babil in the background of a FMS stage.
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The Tower of Babil as the background of a BMS stage.

The Tower of Babil makes a cameo appearance in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, appearing in the background of Final Fantasy IV's FMS events. The Tower interior is used as the battleground for Battle With the Four Fiends.

GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

The Tower of Babil is named for the Tower of Babel from a story from the book of Genesis in the Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament/Torah, as well as other various ancient documents. The story tells of how early humanity was living in one city (violating the commandment to spread out and fill the Earth) and begun construction on a great tower that would extend to the heavens so they could see God. However, God destroyed the tower and confused their language forcing people to spread out amongst the Earth.

TriviaEdit

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Babil Crystal Room.
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  • The large Crystal Room where all the crystals stolen by Golbez are kept contains eight chambers for the Crystals, the top-most one of which is empty. While this makes sense, as Golbez lacks the final Crystal, the player never sees the empty chamber or the rest of the room beyond the entrance, as Cecil triggers a hidden Pitfall and drops into the lower section of the tower upon entering. There is also a doorway at the back of the room leading to a short dead-end hallway, but the player normally can never reach or even see it.
    • In the DS release of Final Fantasy IV, this room is much smaller and has only one chamber where all seven Crystals are kept together. As the chamber lies at the back of the room where the door ought to be, and the map for the floor is completed without showing it, the hallway in the back of the floor is likely removed in this version.
  • In the European Nintendo DS remake, Rubicante refers to the Crystals as being on the top floor of the tower, but when the party enters it through the Eblan Cave, they go down underground levels instead of going up. As such, when the pitfall opens under their feet, they only fall two floors at most.
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