I've always wanted to see the marvelous architecture of Treno. I can hardly wait!
Dark City Treno, also known as Treno; the City of Nobles, or simply Treno, is an economically polarized city in the Kingdom of Alexandria on the Mist Continent on Gaia in Final Fantasy IX. Treno has no middle class; instead, its inhabitants are either extremely wealthy or extremely poor. The nobles live down on the waterfront, while the poor live up in the slums around the city. Treno is known as the Dark City due to the perpetual state of darkness.
Garnet, along with Steiner and Marcus, go to Treno to search for Supersoft, an item known to cure all forms of petrification, to cure Blank in the Evil Forest. While searching for it in the Synthesis Shop, they meet Doctor Tot, Garnet's childhood tutor, who has the Supersoft and agrees to give it to Garnet. After visiting Doctor Tot's residence to pick up the Supersoft, he shows Garnet how to get back to Alexandria via the Gargan Roo, an underground passage.
Later on Zidane visits Treno via Gargan Roo to participate in the Tetra Master card tournament. Vivi, Eiko, Freya, and Amarant come along, all for different reasons, such as sightseeing, or simply having nothing better to do.
Freya talks to Amarant about his past. He wanders around Treno freely despite being a wanted man and tells Freya he is wanted because he was framed by Zidane when he worked as a security guard in Treno. Eiko discovers Quina, whom the group has not seen since Madain Sari. Shortly afterwards, Quina jumps into a canal while looking for food, and is assumed to have committed suicide by an old man witnessing the jump. Quina does not rejoin the group until later on in Lindblum.
Once Zidane has finished the Tetra Master tournament, either by winning three games or losing, he and the others fly to Alexandria on the Hilda Garde II with Regent Cid after hearing of Kuja's attack on the city.
The city is fortified by walls on all sides. Canals run through the city, but during the player's time in Treno, travel is mostly confined to walking. On their way to find Supersoft with Marcus, Garnet and Steiner will travel on a boat.
- Town Entrance
If the player throws 10 gil into the fountain by the entrance 13 consecutive times, they will "feel happier..." but also acquire the Gemini Stellazzio coin. The thug in this area will change which cards he is using in a game of Tetra Master if the player throws enough money into the fountain.
The town is divided in two halves: the rich part where the nobles live and the slums. The slums have a pub and a small market where the player can find the Taurus Stellazzio coin and buy items.
The pub has an inn. The waitress will tell the player's Treasure Hunter Rank when spoken to. The corner has a wanted poster of Amarant. The pub has an entrance to the underground waterway in the basement, which Tantalus uses to sneak into Dr. Tot's house.
- Card Stadium
Treno is home to the Card Stadium used for Tetra Master tournaments. The tournament opens after the party has returned from the Outer Continent, when the player must partake as part of the story. Afterwards, the player can come freely to play cards, and in endgame plenty of new players become available for challenge, from whom many rare cards can be won.
- Doctor Tot's Residence
Doctor Tot's residence is in a tower and one of the locations linked by the Gargan Roo.
- Treno Auction House
In the auction house, the party members can get their hands on rare items not available elsewhere. Some can be sold for a premium to the citizens of Treno. New items become available throughout the course of the story. Kuja is spotted here by Garnet when she visits Treno with Steiner; it can be presumed he has some stake in the ownership of the auction house, as he is seen there when it is closed to the public and gives the auctioneer commands.
- Queen Stella's Residence
Queen Stella's residence is located by the Synthesis Shop. She will reward the party if they bring her the Stellazzio coins they've found for her collection.
Active Time EventsEdit
After the first game in the Tetra Master tournament, the player can watch an ATE of Vivi reminiscing of his old home. Going back up the stairs to the right opens the next ATE, Good Old Days, in which Amarant talks with Freya about his past. Freya should say she's interested, because if she says "I won't force it out of you," the Lessons of Life ATE will not be available later. After the second round of the tournament, the player can watch the ATE that was opened up by choosing for Freya to be interested. There are other ATEs that will become available as the player walks from area to area, depending on the ATEs they have already viewed: Lessons of Life, in which Amarant talks about his first meeting with Zidane; Hallucination of Quina thinking there is food in the canal; and Premonition, in which Eiko has a bad feeling about Mog.
Meetings with Alleyway JackEdit
Gilgamesh, or Alleyway Jack/Four-Armed Man, appears during Active Time Events both times the storyline calls for the party to visit Treno. During Garnet and Steiner's stay, the player can view an Active Time Event called "Treno Tradition", in which Garnet is mugged by a pickpocket called Four-Armed Man. During this event an exclamation mark will appear, and if the player presses when the ! appears, Garnet loses 500 gil. The sum is 1000 gil if the player misses. After witnessing the event, Steiner can go to the same location (right outside the Synthesis Shop) where he meets the Four-Armed Man who hands over a Power Belt.
When Zidane, Vivi, Eiko, Freya and Amarant visit the city, the Four-Armed Man reappears during ATEs: In "Memories by the Water", he meets Amarant and flees, due to Amarant's reputation as a bandit. After seeing him talk to Eiko, the Four-Armed Man believes he could hold her hostage to get money from Amarant; however, in "City People", Eiko and Quina reunite, and believing Quina to be Eiko's bodyguard hired by Amarant, the Four-Armed Man flees yet again, dropping a Chimera Armlet.
Queen Stella collects the rare Stellazzio coins that can be found all around the world. She rewards the party with items whenever they bring her new coins.
When the party first meets Mogrich outside the Knight's House (weapon shop) in Treno, he has a letter:
From Stiltzkin to Mogrich
There's trouble in this rainy city.
They'll only find sandstorms.
I'm gonna follow them and see...
If the player played the Hippaul racing minigame in Alexandria, Mogrich will have a letter in Treno's Knight's House:
From Kupo to Mogrich
There's an amazing new champion sprinter
The sprinter's name is [Hippaul/Vivi]*.
He's amazing! Remember his name! Kupo!
* If the player beat lv. 60 in the Hippaul mini-game, Vivi will be the name. If not, it's Hippaul.
In the auction house, the player can bid on rare items not available anywhere else. The key items can be sold to Treno citizens for profit.
When Treno is visited as Zidane, he can partake in the tournament in the card stadium. The man at the entrance will give directions for playing Tetra Master. Zidane must register at the booth on the left and when ready, enter the stadium. There are three rounds, the first being against Attic Man Wake. The player can save their game before attempting the tournament and reset and try again if they lose.
In the second round the opponent is Cardona Bishop. However, if the player viewed the ATE with Vivi after the first round in the tournament, they could choose whether Vivi should "pass by home," or stay in Treno. Choosing the latter will give Zidane a different opponent in the card tournament's second round, who holds the rare Namingway card (but will miss out on scenes in Quan's Dwelling; the player can still get another Namingway card later).
There are things the player can only do during the card tournament (see below).
Treno has a unique weapon shop: it is also a small battle arena where monsters are kept. When the player talks to the saleswoman, they can choose to fight the monster with a member of the current party. If the monster is defeated, the party receives an item; if they are defeated, they are returned to the weapon shop, and the defeated ally is left with 1 HP. Each monster can be killed once. There are a total of four monsters that change at various times and if the player fails to defeat a monster before the next one appears, the old one can't be fought again.
|Griffin||Visiting Treno as Garnet||Tonberry card|
|Catoblepas||Visiting Treno as Zidane||15,000 gil|
|Amdusias||After obtaining Hilda Garde III||Running Shoes|
During the card tournamentEdit
When the party visits Treno for the card tournament, the player can view what the other characters are doing via Active Time Events. Vivi can visit Quan's Dwelling, his home. The player can follow him there to find out more about Vivi's past. Leaving Treno during the card tournament and taking the road to Dali is the only way to get the Mayor's Key to open the locked door in the village and obtain the Burman Coffee for Morrid.
After the first round in the tournament, the player can leave and go up to the auction house and speak so Freya who will rejoin Zidane. At this point, the player can leave Treno and go to Quan's Dwelling to get Vivi from the overlook at the back of the house, if the player had opted to visit home with him. Now heading the other direction, the player can return to Dali.
|As Zidane and later|
Stellazzio rewards from Queen StellaEdit
- 1000 Gil
- Phoenix Pinion
- 2000 Gil
- Blood Sword
- 5000 Gil
- 10000 Gil
- Black Belt
- 20000 Gil
- Rosetta Ring
- 30000 Gil
- Robe of Lords
- Disc 2
|Butterfly Sword||300||Dagger, Mage Masher|
|The Ogre||700||Mage Masher, Mage Masher|
|Cotton Robe||1000||Wrist, Steepled Hat|
|Desert Boots||300||Leather Hat, Leather Shirt|
|Yellow Scarf||400||Feather Hat, Steepled Hat|
|Glass Buckle||500||Glass Armlet, Leather Wrist|
|Germinas Boots||900||Desert Boots, Fork|
|Cachusha||1000||Magus Hat, Rubber Helm|
|Coral Ring||1200||Lightning Staff, Rod|
|Gold Choker||1300||Linen Cuirass, Soft|
- Disc 3/4
Weapons & Armor ShopEdit
- Disc 2
- Disc 3/4
|"Sleepless City Treno"|
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The music that plays in Treno is called "Sleepless City Treno". The theme is included on the Piano Collections: Final Fantasy IX album.
"Sleepless City Treno" is a slow tempo ragtime piano piece. It continues playing in the Treno Auction House, reminiscent of the "Spinach Rag" from Final Fantasy VI, which plays in the Jidoor Auction House during an auction.
Treno means "train" in Italian; however, Treno is called Toleno in the Italian version. The allusion to the word "train" is likely not intended.
- The family names of the mansion owners: Knight (weapon shop), Bishop (synthesis shop), Queen (Queen Stella), and King (auction house), are the names of the pieces in the game of chess.
- The emblems of the four families resemble the four suits in a traditional deck of playing cards: the Knight emblem represents the Club; Queen emblem represents the Heart; Bishop emblem represents the Diamond and the King emblem represents the Spade.
- Treno is reminiscent of Jidoor from Final Fantasy VI; both belong to aristocracy and are cities where the poor are treated with disdain. Whereas Jidoor evicted its poor to live in Zozo, Treno has a slum at its easternmost edge. Both have an auction house where ragtime music plays.