- “I've always wanted to see the marvelous architecture of Treno. I can hardly wait!”
Dark City Treno (眠らない街トレノ, Nemuranai Machi Toreno?, lit. Sleepless City Treno), also known as Treno; the City of Nobles, or simply Treno, is an economically polarized city in the eastern part of the Mist Continent on Gaia in Final Fantasy IX. Treno has no middle class; instead, all of 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, in attempt to cure Blank in the Evil Forest. While searching for it in the Synthesis Shop, they meet Doctor Tot, Garnet's childhood tutor. Doctor Tot reveals he 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 Gargan Roo.
Later on Zidane goes to 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. Eiko discovers Quina, whom the group has not seen since Madain Sari. Shortly afterwards, Quina jumps into deep water 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 leave Treno and 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 around the city pathways. 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, not only will they "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 of town 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 here 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 in Disc 3 when the player must partake as part of the storyline. Afterwards, the player can come whenever to play cards, and in Disc 4, 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 tall tower and one of the locations linked by Gargan Roo.
- Treno Auction House
- Main article: Treno Auction House
In the auction house, the party members can get their hands on many 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 in Disc 2; 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 giving 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.
Meetings with GilgameshEdit
Gilgamesh appears during Active Time Events both times the storyline calls for the party to visit Treno. In Disc 2, 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 ! mark 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.
In Disc 3, Gilgamesh appears again 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, Gilgamesh 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, Gilgamesh flees yet again, dropping a Chimera Armlet.
- Main article: Stellazzio
Queen Stella collects the rare Stellazzio coins that can be found all around the world. She rewards the party with items.
- Main article: Treno Auction House
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.
- See also: Tetra Master (Minigame)
In Disc 3, Zidane can partake in the tournament in the card stadium.
Treno has a unique weapon shop: it is also a small battle arena where monsters are kept, and 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 only be killed once. There are a total of four monsters that change at various times throughout the game, and if the player fails to defeat a monster before the next one appears, the old one can't be fought again.
|Griffin||Disc 2||Tonberry Card|
|Catoblepas||Storyline visit to Treno in Disc 3||15,000 gil|
|Amdusias||After obtaining the Hilda Garde III||Running Shoes|
During the Card TournamentEdit
When the party visits Treno on Disc 3 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 previous home, which is the home of his adoptive grandfather. 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.
- Mythril Dagger
- Power Belt
- 2225 Gil
- 1 Gil
- Yeti card
- Tonberry card
- Namingway card
- 15000 Gil (Disc 3)
- Running Shoes (Disc 3)
- Doga's Artifact
- Une's Mirror
- Dark Matter
- Madain's Ring
- Feather Boots
- Griffin's Heart
- Rat Tail
- Chimera Armlet
- Rebirth Ring
- Circlet (Disc 4)
- Magical Fingertip
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
|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|
The music that plays in Treno is called "Sleepless City Treno". The song 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.