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A cheerful youth who skillfully uses a variety of weapons in battle. Confident in his skills, he fearlessly enters any fierce battle.
—Description

Vaan is one of the new characters introduced in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy. Vaan is a young man who lived on the streets of Rabanastre and dreamed of being a sky pirate. He wields a variety of weapons and his EX Burst is based on his Quickenings from Final Fantasy XII.

In the Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy story mode, his main rival is Kefka.

ProfileEdit

AppearanceEdit

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

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Vaan's appearance is identical to his original Akihiko Yoshida design from Final Fantasy XII, although he is slightly less tanned. He is a young man with blond hair and blue-gray eyes. He wears a loose-cropped open shirt fastened by a pendant over his chest, which belonged to his late elder brother, Reks. He wears dark pants tucked into knee-high steel boots and held up by a red sash.

Vaan's first alternate outfit, "Gunmetal Vest," is based on Yoshitaka Amano's artworkFFXII Amano. His outfit is black and gray and features a different shoulder design, which adds snake-like shoulder pads. In this outfit Vaan gains a tattoo on his left shoulder and a new gauntlet design and his accessories are green. His brother's pendant has a different design and is attached to a necklace, rather than acting as a clasp for his vest.

Vaan's second alternate outfit, "Conflicted Hero," is his designFFTA2Vaan from Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift, which features a shirt under his vest, gauntlets that are no longer fingerless and cover his wrists, slightly different knee armor, and an ornament on his waist.

As a bonus fourth outfit available for download, "Pirate's Garb," Vaan wears an outfit of sea pirate, designed by Akihiko Yoshida, the character designer for Final Fantasy XII. Vaan wears a blue and white coat that flares at the waist, knee-high blue boots, and a black hat with a Jolly Roger on it.

The color of Vaan's manikin, the Idle Sky Pirate, is gold.

Dissidia Final Fantasy (2015)Edit

In the arcade reboot, his default attire is titled "Fledgling Sky Pirate" (かけだしの空賊*Kakedashi no Kūzoku) and features two colour variations. his first recolor, "Fledgling Sky Pirate B," gives him a purple sash and a gray-metal armor, while "Fledgling Sky Pirate C" gives him a turquoise sash with a more tan armor.

His first alternate costume is his "Conflicted Hero" attire from Dissidia 012.

His default weapon is the Mythril Sword, and his alternate weapon is the Zwill Blade.

PersonalityEdit

Vaan is a kind-hearted, selfless, cheerful and strong-willed young man whose optimism gets to his teammates' heads. After saving Terra from Kefka, she asks him to kill her, but Vaan refuses and accepts Terra as a friend rather than an enemy. Like the other new heroes, he wants to end the cycle of war and return to his own world.

StoryEdit

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow. (Skip section)

Treachery of the GodsEdit

Vaan and Terra

Vaan saving Terra from Kefka.

After receiving his dormant crystal from Cosmos, Vaan travels with Lightning, Laguna, and Tifa, but they get separated when they are attacked by Kuja, Kefka, and the manikins. While on his own, Vaan encounters and fights a brainwashed Terra before she runs off.

On the Sky Fortress Bahamut Vaan notices Terra being confronted by Kefka over her unwillingness to fight. Though he attempts to walk away, feeling that interfering would worsen the situation, he takes offense to Kefka torturing Terra with his magic and fights him. After fighting Kefka, Vaan grabs Terra and leaves with her. Terra asks him to kill her, but Vaan refuses and explains that even though they are on opposing sides, he wanted to save her and gives her the strength to reach her resolve of not fighting. Convincing her to go into hiding, Vaan promises Terra to find her before fighting Chaos so she can meet Cosmos and become one of her warriors.

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Vaan with Laguna and Tifa.

After finding Laguna they find Yuna and an unconscious Tidus, after the Emperor has kidnapped Jecht. They cheer her up, and return to Cosmos and talk to Lightning and the Warrior of Light. After learning of Warrior and Kain's plans, Vaan, Laguna and Yuna decide to stay awake and join Lightning in her suicide mission to stop the manikins.

Vaan travels with Lightning, Laguna and Yuna to the portal, reuniting with Kain and Tifa along the way. When the six of them reach Orphan's Cradle, Vaan talks with Yuna and Tifa, telling them he looks forward to see what the manikins' world looks like. At the Empyreal Paradox, the three of them, along with Laguna and Lightning, fight Garland, the Emperor, the Cloud of Darkness, Kefka and Ultimecia, with Vaan fighting Kefka. Afterwards, along with Kain, they fight the manikins and close the portal, succumbing to the manikins. Shinryu takes Cosmos and the other warriors to the next cycle of conflict, while Vaan, along with the other five new heroes, fades away in front of the Warrior of Light.

Official QuestsEdit

In "Vaan's Quest 012: A Voice to Call Back", Vaan encounters Tidus. When they realize the other's allegiance Tidus reluctantly challenges Vaan, but asks him about his memories. After the battle Tidus asks if Vaan knows someone called "Jecht", and while Vaan confirms such a man is fighting for Cosmos, Tidus departs before Vaan can explain further. Vaan, not getting Tidus's name, describes him to Yuna as a boy his age asking about Jecht. Yuna asks if the boy was cheerful, but Vaan replies he seemed sad, confusing Yuna about who it could be.

Vaan plays a brief but important role in "Cecil's Quest 012: A Re-encounter With a Close Friend" when the two attempt to liberate a gateway. Vaan comments it would be easier to travel if they had an airship, the mention of the craft sparking Cecil's memories of his home and his friendship with Kain.

During an unspecified cycle, in "Vaan's Quest ???: The Strayed Sky Pirate", Vaan finds an odd gateway and enters it. Unable to find the exit, he is confronted by Gabranth who tells him he is in a hell dimension cut off from the war, and it is where discarded warriors are banished until the gods call them back to fight again. Gabranth offers to show Vaan the exit if he can defeat him in battle, and Vaan accepts. They fight three times, and Gabranth keeps his word and shows Vaan the way out. Vaan asks if Gabranth will be returning with him, but the judge declines, saying others often stumble into the dimension and he chooses to remain behind to guide them out as he did with Vaan.

Spoilers end here.

GameplayEdit

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

Vaan's fighting style is Adroit Attacker because he fights by using a plethora of weapons, such as the greatsword, spear, bow and arrow, katana, axe, sword, shield, gun, and staff, as if he has a License Board. When Vaan uses a Bravery attack, he'll perform a Switch Attack first, then use that weapon until he switches it. The Switch attack is slower, but more powerful than the normal attack, meaning that the opponent can dodge it. Vaan is fairly fast, just a bit slower than Tidus or Lightning. Furthermore, his Switch attacks can be difficult to master.

In the arcade reboot, Vaan is classed as a Unique-type character. His Quickenings are now his main HP attacks, as opposed to the concurrences of Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, and his Bravery attacks are now solely executed with the Mythril Sword and Black Magicks. Along with his Quickenings, Vaan now knows 3 new HP attacks, totaling his number of HP attacks by 6, instead of the 4 learned by everyone else (save Cecil if his HP attack variants are counted as separate). This is because, as a Unique-type character, Vaan's moveset is more centered around his HP attacks than the other characters', and does not follow a gimmick following the other three types. His HP attacks are Red Spiral, White Whorl, Pyroclasm, Cruel Azure, Calamity Drive and Ground Zero, and they can be followed up by the Luminescense (after 2 successful HP Attacks) or the Black Hole Concurrence (after 5 successful HP Attacks) boosting total damage dealt.

AttacksEdit

Bravery AttacksEdit
Move Type CP (Mastered) AP Priority Effect Damage type Obtained Image
Greatsword
(ground)
Ground 30 (20) 90 Melee Low
Melee MidCharged
Wall Rush Physical Initial Vaan Greatsword Normal
Vaan Greatsword Switch
Quickly charge forward and slash twice to knock the opponent away.
(Switch Attack) Leap toward the opponent, then slash to send them flying away. In EX Mode, Switch Attack charges faster.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave D012 ComChart - AirBrave Wall Rush (→)
D012 ComChart - Switch D012 ComChart - HoldReleaseButton D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Wall Rush (→)
D012 ComChart - Switch D012 ComChart - HoldReleaseButton D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Wall Rush (→)
D012 ComChart - Switch D012 ComChart - HoldReleaseButton D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Wall Rush (→)
Spear
(ground)
Ground 30 (20) 90 Melee Low
Melee MidSwitch Attack
Wall Rush
AbsorbSwitch Attack
Physical Initial Vaan Spear Normal
Vaan Spear Switch
Spin spear twice to knock opponent into the air, then slam them down with a powerful thrust.
(Switch Attack) Spin spear several times to draw in the opponent, then stab them. In EX Mode, spin spear twice before stabbing the opponent.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave ——— D012 ComChart - AirBrave Wall Rush (↓)
D012 ComChart - Switch D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Command Branch One-to-Two Wall Rush (→)
D012 ComChart - EX D012 ComChart - Force D012 ComChart - AirBrave Wall Rush (→)
Crossbow
(ground)
Ground 30 (20) 90 Ranged Low Chase Physical Level 2 Vaan Crossbow Normal
Vaan Crossbow Switch
Shoot a volley of crossbow bolts at the opponent.
(Switch Attack) Hold Circle to shoot a barrage of crossbow bolts. Turns to track the opponent. In EX Mode, Switch Attack has greater range.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Chase
D012 ComChart - Switch D012 ComChart - HoldButton D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Chase
Katana
(ground)
Ground 30 (20) 90 Melee Low
Melee MidSwitch Attack
Chase Physical Level 11 Vaan Katana Normal
Vaan Katana Switch
Two quick slashes that send the opponent flying.
(Switch Attack) A quick aerial charge that strikes the opponent multiple times and sends them flying. Number of slashes can be increased by delaying button press. In EX Mode, button press can be delayed longer, thus dealing more hits.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave D012 ComChart - AirBrave Chase
D012 ComChart - Switch D012 ComChart - GroundBrave D012 ComChart - AirBrave Chase
Axe & Shield
(ground)
Ground 30 (20) 90 Melee Low
Melee HighSwitch Attack
Wall Rush Physical Level 16 Vaan AxeShield Normal Vaan AxeShield Switch
Perform two quick slashes, then cleave downwards to knock the opponent back.
(Switch Attack) Roll forward and attack with a single, powerful blow. In EX Mode, Switch attack can be used twice in a row.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave —— D012 ComChart - Force D012 ComChart - GroundBrave D012 ComChart - Force D012 ComChart - AirBrave Wall Rush (↓)
D012 ComChart - Switch D012 ComChart - GroundBrave D012 ComChart - EX D012 ComChart - Force D012 ComChart - AirBrave Wall Rush (↓)
Sword & Shield
(ground)
Ground 30 (20) 90 Melee Low
Block MidSwitch Attack
Block HighEX Mode Switch Attack
Chase
Block
Physical Level 22 Vaan SwordShield Normal Vaan SwordShield Switch
Strike the opponent three times with sword to knock them back.
(Switch Attack) Block attack with shield, then slash once to send the opponent flying away. In EX Mode, Switch Attack can block more attacks.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave D012 ComChart - Force D012 ComChart - GroundBrave D012 ComChart - Force D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Chase
D012 ComChart - Switch D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Chase
Rifle
(ground)
Ground 30 (20) 90 Ranged Low Wall Rush
DodgeSwitch Attack
Physical Level 27 Vaan Rifle Normal Vaan Rifle Switch
Shoot a volley of bullets towards the opponent.
(Switch Attack) Leap away to dodge attacks and fire bullets downwards. In EX Mode, Switch Attack can shoot a second blast of bullets.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Wall Rush (→)
D012 ComChart - Switch D012 ComChart - GroundBrave D012 ComChart - EX D012 ComChart - Force D012 ComChart - AirBrave Wall Rush (→)
Staff
(ground)
Ground 30 (20) 90 Melee Low Chase Physical
MagicalSwitch Attack
Level 31 Vaan Staff Normal Vaan Staff Switch
Swing staff twice before swinging up to knock the opponent into the air.
(Switch Attack) Staff spins around Vaan, hitting the opponent multiple times to send them flying. In EX Mode, Switch Attack can be performed twice in a row..
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Chase
D012 ComChart - Switch D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Command Branch One-to-Two Chase
D012 ComChart - EX D012 ComChart - Force D012 ComChart - AirBrave Chase
Greatsword
(midair)
Aerial 30 (20) 90 Melee Low
Melee MidCharged
Wall Rush Physical Initial Vaan Greatsword Normal
Vaan Greatsword Switch
Quickly charge forward and slash twice to knock the opponent away.
(Switch Attack) Leap toward the opponent, then slash to send them flying away. In EX Mode, Switch Attack charges faster.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave D012 ComChart - AirBrave Wall Rush (→)
D012 ComChart - Switch D012 ComChart - HoldReleaseButton D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Wall Rush (→)
D012 ComChart - Switch D012 ComChart - HoldReleaseButton D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Wall Rush (→)
D012 ComChart - Switch D012 ComChart - HoldReleaseButton D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Wall Rush (→)
Spear
(midair)
Aerial 30 (20) 90 Melee Low
Melee MidSwitch Attack
Wall Rush
AbsorbSwitch Attack
Physical Initial Vaan Spear Normal
Vaan Spear Switch
Spin spear twice to knock opponent into the air, then slam them down with a powerful thrust.
(Switch Attack) Spin spear several times to draw in the opponent, then stab them. In EX Mode, spin spear twice before stabbing the opponent.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave ——— D012 ComChart - AirBrave Wall Rush (↓)
D012 ComChart - Switch D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Command Branch One-to-Two Wall Rush (→)
D012 ComChart - EX D012 ComChart - Force D012 ComChart - AirBrave Wall Rush (→)
Crossbow
(midair)
Aerial 30 (20) 90 Ranged Low Chase Physical Level 4 Vaan Crossbow Normal
Vaan Crossbow Switch
Shoot a volley of crossbow bolts at the opponent.
(Switch Attack) Hold Circle to shoot a barrage of crossbow bolts. Turns to track the opponent. In EX Mode, Switch Attack has greater range.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Chase
D012 ComChart - Switch D012 ComChart - HoldButton D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Chase
Katana
(midair)
Aerial 30 (20) 90 Melee Low
Melee MidSwitch Attack
Chase Physical Level 13 Vaan Katana Normal
Vaan Katana Switch
Two quick slashes that send the opponent flying.
(Switch Attack) A quick aerial charge that strikes the opponent multiple times and sends them flying. Number of slashes can be increased by delaying button press. In EX Mode, button press can be delayed longer, thus dealing more hits.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave D012 ComChart - AirBrave Chase
D012 ComChart - Switch D012 ComChart - GroundBrave D012 ComChart - AirBrave Chase
Axe & Shield
(midair)
Aerial 30 (20) 90 Melee Low
Melee HighSwitch Attack
Wall Rush Physical Level 17 Vaan AxeShield Normal Vaan AxeShield Switch
Perform two quick slashes, then cleave downwards to knock the opponent back.
(Switch Attack) Roll forward and attack with a single, powerful blow. In EX Mode, Switch Attack can be used twice in a row.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave —— D012 ComChart - Force D012 ComChart - GroundBrave D012 ComChart - Force D012 ComChart - AirBrave Wall Rush (↓)
D012 ComChart - Switch D012 ComChart - GroundBrave D012 ComChart - EX D012 ComChart - Force D012 ComChart - AirBrave Wall Rush (↓)
Sword & Shield
(midair)
Aerial 30 (20) 90 Melee Low
Block MidSwitch Attack
Block HighEX Mode Switch Attack
Chase
Block
Physical Level 24 Vaan SwordShield Normal Vaan SwordShield Switch
Strike the opponent three times with sword to knock them back.
(Switch Attack) Block attack with shield, then slash once to send opponent flying away. In EX Mode, Switch Attack can block more attacks.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave D012 ComChart - Force D012 ComChart - GroundBrave D012 ComChart - Force D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Chase
D012 ComChart - Switch D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Chase
Rifle
(midair)
Aerial 30 (20) 90 Ranged Low Wall Rush
DodgeSwitch Attack
Physical Level 29 Vaan Rifle Normal Vaan Rifle Switch
Shoot a volley of bullets towards the opponent.
(Switch Attack) Leap away to dodge attacks and fire bullets downwards. In EX Mode, Switch Attack can shoot a second blast of bullets.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Wall Rush (→)
D012 ComChart - Switch D012 ComChart - GroundBrave D012 ComChart - EX D012 ComChart - Force D012 ComChart - AirBrave Wall Rush (→)
Staff
(midair)
Aerial 30 (20) 90 Melee Low Chase Physical
MagicalSwitch Attack
Level 33 Vaan Staff Normal Vaan Staff Switch
Swing staff twice before swinging up to knock the opponent into the air.
(Switch Attack) Staff spins around Vaan, hitting the opponent multiple times to send them flying. In EX Mode, Switch Attack can be performed twice in a row.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Chase
D012 ComChart - Switch D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Command Branch One-to-Two Chase
D012 ComChart - EX D012 ComChart - Force D012 ComChart - AirBrave Chase
HP AttacksEdit
Move Type CP (Mastered) AP Priority Effect Damage type Obtained Image
Cataclysm Ground 30 (20) 140 Melee High
Ranged High
None Magical Initial Vaan Cataclysm
Punch through a crest of earth and send a row of stalagmites that travel forward. Mid-ranged, turns to track the opponent during start-up.
D012 ComChart - GroundHP
Torrent Ground 30 (20) 140 Ranged High Wall Rush Magical Level 8 Vaan Torrent
Uppercut through a crest of water and send orbs of water that crash down on the opponent. The orbs and crest can stun the opponent during start-up.
D012 ComChart - GroundHP Wall Rush (↓)
Inferno Aerial 30 (20) 140 Melee High Wall Rush Magical Initial Vaan Inferno
Create a crest of fire, then adjust it to track the opponent and charge forward, ending with a burning shoulder tackle.
D012 ComChart - AirHP Wall Rush (→)
Windburst Aerial 30 (20) 140 Melee High
Ranged High
Absorb Physical Level 36 Vaan Windburst
Create a crest of wind and summon a tornado that spins in place for a period of time. This has a decent absorption effect. The crest can stun the opponent during start-up.
D012 ComChart - AirHP

EX ModeEdit

Vaan-EXMode
Quickening

Vaan's EX Mode is Obtained all Licenses, symbolizing his mastery of the License Board by exchanging each of his weapons for a more powerful version of the same type of weapon. In his EX Mode, Vaan gains the abilities "Free Switch" and "Zodiak." Free Switch allows Vaan to put away his weapons without attacking by pressing Right shoulder button and Square, while Zodiak increases his stats and augments his attacks to have additional effects when using a Switch Attack, such as dealing more hits, performing the attack twice, and other enhancements.

Vaan's EX Burst is Quickening, based on his Quickenings from Final Fantasy XII. It is similar to Gabranth's and the aim is the same: the player has to shuffle several moves and then select one. His Quickenings go in this order: Red Spiral, where several swirls of energy appear and the opponent is decimated by a beam of light; White Whorl, where Vaan creates a tornado that spins into the opponent; and Pyroclasm, where Vaan creates two fireballs and throws them at the enemy, causing an explosion. Success has Vaan finish the EX Burst with Luminescence, where he traps his opponent between two crests and consumes them in a blast of holy light, dealing HP damage. If the player doesn't enter the next Quickening, Vaan skips to Luminescence and less Bravery damage is done.

EquipmentEdit

Vaan can equip all normal weapons except instruments, along with Parrying Weapons, Shields, Bangles, Hats, Helms, Headbands, Clothing, Light Armor, and Chestplates.

Exclusive weaponsEdit
Name Level Stats Effects Obtained
Reks's Blade 30 ATK +40 EX Core Absorption +15% Trade: 61000 gil, Vega, Scarletite x1, Sky Pirate's Desire x5
Sword of Kings 90 ATK +63 EX Core Absorption +20% Trade: 158000 gil, Reks' Blade, Electrum x1, Sky Pirate's Dream x5
Zodiac Blade 100 ATK +68 EX Core Absorption +30% Riposte effect Trade: 182800 gil, Sword of Kings, Galbana Lillies x1, Sky Pirate's Hopes x5

Dissidia Final Fantasy (2015)Edit

Type: Unique

AbilitiesEdit

Move Damage Input Type Power Frame Data Image
Sword Combo Bravery DFF2015 II Icon Ground DFF2015 Sword Combo
Thunder Bravery DFF2015 Down + II Icon Ground DFF2015 Thunder
Sword Rush Bravery DFF2015 II Icon Aerial DFF2015 Sword Rush
Fire Bravery DFF2015 Down + II Icon Aerial DFF2015 Vaan Fire
Dervish Bravery DFF2015 II Icon Rush DFF2015 Dervish
Red Spiral HP DFF2015 IV Icon ↓ + DFF2015 IV Icon - DFF2015 Red Spiral
White Whorl HP DFF2015 IV Icon ↓ + DFF2015 IV Icon - DFF2015 White Whorl
Pyroclasm HP DFF2015 IV Icon ↓ + DFF2015 IV Icon - DFF2015 Pyroclasm
Cruel Azul HP DFF2015 IV Icon ↓ + DFF2015 IV Icon - DFF2015 Cruel Azul
Calamity Drive HP DFF2015 IV Icon ↓ + DFF2015 IV Icon - DFF2015 Calamity Drive
Ground Zero HP DFF2015 IV Icon ↓ + DFF2015 IV Icon - DFF2015 Ground Zero
Luminescence Concurrence - - DFF2015 Luminescence
Black Hole Concurrence - - DFF2015 Black Hole
Dreadnought EX Skill DFF2015 I Icon - DFF2015 Dreadnought

GalleryEdit

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Dissidia Final Fantasy (2015)

AllusionsEdit

  • Vaan's weapons are weapons available in Final Fantasy XII, and his normal and EX Mode weapons are among the weakest and strongest equipment in their respective equipment types:
    • Short Swords: The Mythril SwordMythrilSword-ffxii and the DurandalDurandal-ffxii.
    • Axes: The HandaxeHandaxe-ffxii and the Golden AxeGoldenAxe-ffxii.
    • Great Swords: The ClaymoreClaymore-ffxii and the TournesolTournesol-ffxii.
    • Katanas: The OsafuneOsafune-ffxii and the MasamuneMasamune-ffxii.
    • Spears: The JavelinJavelin-ffxii and the Zodiac SpearZodiacSpear-ffxii.
    • Staves: The Oak StaffOakStaff-ffxii and the Staff of the MagiStaffoftheMagi-ffxii.
    • Crossbows: The BowgunBowgun-ffxii and the GastrophetesGastrophetes-ffxii.
    • Guns: The AltairAltair-ffxii and the FomalhautFomalhaut-ffxii.
    • Shields: The Leather ShieldLeatherShield-ffxii and the Zodiac EscutcheonZodiacEscutcheon-ffxii.
  • Vaan's first exclusive weapon, "Reks's Blade", is named after his elder brother Reks and refers to the beginning playable segment of Final Fantasy XII. Vaan's second exclusive weapon, "Sword of Kings", is a sword forged by the Occuria that can cut through nethicite. Vaan's best exclusive weapon, "Zodiac Blade", is an allusion of the Espers in Final Fantasy XII, as each summon is linked to a constellation.
  • In EX Mode, Vaan can use a follow up attack when using his weapons. This is an allusion to how the more powerful weapons in Final Fantasy XII have better chances to do more hits in one attack.
  • The two opening attacks to Vaan's EX Burst are two of the three basic moves he performs in Final Fantasy XII, while fighting unarmed. Also, his opening EX Burst line, "No holding back", is said by Penelo when using her Quickening Evanescence.
  • In the scene where he is talking to the Onion Knight at the Phantom Train, Vaan is sitting the same way he sits in his official render. He retakes this pose while talking with Yuna and Tifa in Orphan's Cradle.
  • In the opening FMV, the scene of Vaan holding Terra and getting her out of harm's way is similar to one in Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings where Vaan holds Penelo's hand while escaping from the collapsing Glabados Ruins.
  • When fighting himself, Vaan says "Hey, I'm the leading man!" like Balthier who referred to himself as the leading man before giving Vaan the title in the events of Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings. The title was alluded to in Vaan's description in Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift.
  • Vaan's HP attacks are the four weakest Concurrences in Final Fantasy XII and are learned in accordance with their level of power: Inferno, Cataclysm, Torrent, and Windburst.
  • When fighting Ultimecia, Shantotto, or Prishe, Vaan asks how old they are. This refers to when he asked Fran how old she is in Final Fantasy XII. In Chapter 8 of the story mode, Vaan asks how old the player thinks Cosmos is, another reference to his asking Fran's age.
  • Vaan has a secret voice data in which he yells "I'm Basch!", which, once purchased in the PP Catalog, he may also shout when initiating his EX Burst. This alludes to when Vaan went around Bhujerba, claiming he was Basch.
  • When playing through an optional dungeon in Chapter 3, Vaan says to Laguna, "You act like an older brother at times. I get the feeling I had that before...", referring to his brother Reks.
    • Additionally, the animosity in Vaan's opening battle quote to Gabranth is possibly an allusion to the prologue of Final Fantasy XII, where Gabranth killed Vaan's brother Reks while impersonating Basch.
  • When fighting Gilgamesh, Vaan will say, "Sorry, but... have we met before?". Gilgamesh in Final Fantasy XII can be fought as an Elite Mark. Gabranth's opening battle quote to him also alludes to this.
  • Vaan mentions to Terra and Laguna multiple times about his love of airships and his dream of someday owning one, and how airships would be a much faster way to get around. In Final Fantasy XII Vaan's dream is to become a sky pirate.
  • Vaan's special trade item, the Galbana Lillies, used to trade for the Zodiac Blade, were the favorite flowers of Reks, Vaan's elder brother, as told in Final Fantasy XII.
  • Vaan's relationship with Onion Knight may be a reference to his relationship with the orphans of Rabanastre, as they look up to him as a big brother-type role model.
  • Vaan's relationship with Terra depicts him as a surrogate Locke Cole, who has a habit of rescuing women. Vaan and Locke are both idealist treasure hunters.

TriviaEdit

  • Vaan was originally considered to fill the Final Fantasy XII spot in the first Dissidia Final Fantasy, but was rejected in favor of Gabranth.
  • Before Vaan was officially revealed, his English voice actor had confirmed he had returned for a new Final Fantasy game, but had not given more information on what game it was.
  • Vaan's Japanese voice actor was changed due to problems from the agency of his original voice actor, Kouhei Takeda. His role was taken over by Kensho Ono, known for his work with dubbing the Harry Potter film series in Japan. This makes Vaan, along with Gilgamesh and Firion, the only characters not to have their original Japanese voice actors reprise their roles.
  • Vaan is tied with Laguna and Prishe for the fewest HP attacks (counting ground and midair variants), having only four total.
  • Vaan's pre-battle quote before fighting Yuna is "No fair having Eidolons help out!", despite summoned monsters being called aeons in Final Fantasy X and Espers or Scions in Final Fantasy XII. The only games in which summoned creatures are named Eidolons are Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy XIII, and the DS, iOS, and PSP remake of Final Fantasy IV.
  • During development of Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, battle director Takeo Kujiraoka consulted Hiroyuki Ito, the designer of the License Board in Final Fantasy XII and director of the International Zodiac Job System remake of the game, for his thoughts on Vaan's fighting style. Due to Itō working in a different department and being occupied with another project, they were unable to speak directly so Kujiraoka sent him an email with a demo file of Vaan asking for Itō's opinion. Itō replied he thought Vaan was a great character and that Kujiraoka had chosen his favorite victory pose of Vaan's to use in the game. Itō received a "Special Thanks" credit for the game due to his feedback.
  • Vaan and Gabranth are the only characters of the same game to have different naming schemes for their manikins.

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