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Cecil confronts Rubicante at the top of the Tower of Babil.

A tower of this magnitude could not have been built by human hands.
Rosa

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 by collecting the Crystals from both worlds and bringing them to the tower.

Summoning the Giant dooms the 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).

Cecil, Kain, Rydia, Rosa, and Yang sneak into the lower half of the tower to retrieve the Crystals stolen by Golbez. They find Dr. Lugae and Rubicante preparing for war with the Overworld kingdom of Eblan. Rubicante escapes, but Cecil and his friends fight Dr. Lugae and his robotic son Barnabas.

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

Siege of Babil

The Tower in the DS cutscene.

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 turned into monsters by Lugae. Edge helps them return to their senses, and they are killed. Rubicante appears, and Edge lose control. Cecil and his friends defeat Rubicante and find the room with the Crystals but 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 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. Rydia disappears and three Android Soldiers attack Cecil and the twins, merging into the Deus Ex Machina. Edge saves 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.

Edge and the Eblan Four head to the pulsating Tower of Babil. Upon reaching the inners of the tower, Edge and the ninjas encounter the Mysterious Girl who summons Ifrit after them. The ninjas escape onto the airship Rydia and Luca are using.

LocationsEdit

Lower HalfEdit

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Edge teleports.

B1

The tower's entrance is accessible only through Ninjutsu. Edge, the last addition of the party in Final Fantasy IV, warps them to start the climb, getting through the invisible barrier.

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The nonfunctional warper.

B6

In this floor, Dr. Lugae is sees Rubicante off, who is using the warper. The party 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 it is not working.

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The party arrives in the control room.

B9

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 fails and is assumed dead until he is found in the Sylph Cave.

Upper HalfEdit

B5
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The King and Queen of Eblan confront Edge.

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Rubicante challenges the party.

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 the player must fight them as 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 and compliments them, saying that Golbez will 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.

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 fall to a subterranean level of the tower. This is a large Crystal Room where all the Crystals stolen by Golbez are kept contains eight chambers for them, 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 3D release of Final Fantasy IV, this room is 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.

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The exit leading to the airship.

B8

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.

ItemsEdit

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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

The After YearsEdit

Upper SectionEdit

Lower PassageEdit

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 inside the Tower of Babil is its eponymous theme.

Other AppearancesEdit

Final Fantasy TacticsEdit

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The Tower of Babel.

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.

The Tower of Babil appears in the FMS for the "Main Theme of FINAL FANTASY IV". The inside of the tower appears as the BMS for Battle With the Four Fiends.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain CallEdit

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The Tower of Babil

The Tower of Babil returns in both Music Sequences.

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 among the Earth.

TriviaEdit

  • 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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