|Original Game||Final Fantasy XII|
|EX Mode||Obtained all Licenses!|
|Japanese Voice Actor||Kensho Ono|
|English Voice Actor||Bobby Edner|
|Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy Character|
- “A cheerful youth who skillfully uses a variety of weapons in battle. Confident in his skills, he fearlessly enters any fierce battle.”
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 uses a variety of weapons and his EX Burst is based on his Quickenings from Final Fantasy XII.
In Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy story mode, his opposing villain is Kefka Palazzo.
Vaan's appearance is identical to his original Akihiko Yoshida design from Final Fantasy XII, although he is slightly less tanned. He has blond hair and blue-gray eyes. He wears a loose cropped open vest held together by a pendant over his chest, which once belonged to his deceased elder brother, Reks. He wears dark pants, tucked into his knee-high steel boots, held up by a red sash.
Vaan's first alternate outfit is named "Gunmetal Vest", and is based on Amano's artwork. His outfit is black and gray and features a different shoulder design, which adds snake-like shoulder pads. In this outfit he gains a tattoo on his left shoulder. He gains a new gauntlet design as well, and his accessories are colored green. His brother's pendant is attached to a necklace, rather than acting as a clasp for his vest.
Vaan's second alternate outfit, "Conflicted Hero," is his design from Final Fantasy Tactics A2, which features a shirt under his vest, gauntlets that are no longer fingerless and cover the entirety of his wrists, slightly different knee armor, and an ornament on his waist.
As a bonus fourth outfit available for download, "Pirate's Garb", Vaan takes on the garb of a more traditional 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.
Vaan encounters the Onion Knight, and because Onion Knight is just a kid, he tries to treat him like a younger brother, much to Onion Knight's annoyance.
After receiving his dormant crystal from Cosmos, Vaan travels with Lightning, Laguna, and Tifa, but they get separated when they are attacked by Kuja and 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 finds Terra being confronted by Kefka over her unwillingness to fight. Though he attempts to walk away, feeling that interfering prematurely would worsen the situation, he takes offense to Kefka torturing Terra and intervenes. After fighting Kefka, Vaan grabs Terra and flees with her. Terra asks him to kill her, but Vaan refuses and explains that though they are on opposing sides he saved her out of choice 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.
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 against 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, eventually succumbing to the manikins. As Shinryu takes Cosmos and the other warriors to the next cycle of war, Vaan sheds his light with the others and fades away in front of the Warrior of Light.
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 crafts 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.
- See also: Vaan/Dissidia/Quotes
Vaan's fighting style is Adroit Attacker. He wields a variety of weapons, including swords, greatswords, shields, katana, guns, crossbows, axes, staves, and spears. When Vaan attacks he automatically switches weapons, and that weapon remains equipped until he changes it again. When Vaan changes weapons prior to attacking, this triggers a "Switch Attack", where the attack is slower, but has special properties and higher strength. This requires the player to properly time his attacks to ensure the most damage done. Vaan's HP attacks leave him barehanded, and are based on the Concurrences of Final Fantasy XII. A downside to Vaan's battle style is that "Switch Attacks" are slower than regular attacks, creating an inadvertent lag and giving enemies time to dodge and counterattack him. As an upside, his ground movement is fairly fast, but is not as fast as other characters such as Tidus and the Onion Knight; also, his "Switch Attacks" deal fairly high damage if they hit.
|Move||Type||CP (Mastered)||AP||Priority||Effect||Damage type||Obtained||Image|
|Cataclysm||Ground||30 (20)||140||Melee High|
|Create a crest of earth and send a row of stalagmites forward. Medium range, turns to track opponent during start-up.
|Torrent||Ground||30 (20)||140||Ranged High||Wall Rush||Magical||Level 8|
|Create a crest of water and send orbs of water into the air that crash down on the opponent. The orbs and crest can stun the opponent during start-up.
|Inferno||Aerial||30 (20)||140||Melee High||Wall Rush||Magical||Initial|
|Create a crest of fire, adjusts facing and charge through it at the opponent.
|Windburst||Aerial||30 (20)||140||Melee High|
|Create a crest of wind and conjure a whirlwind that spins in place for a period of time. The crest can stun the opponent during start-up. Can be reflected by Melee High attacks, but is difficult to notice.
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 and , 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. His EX Burst functions identically to Gabranth's: the player must shuffle and input commands within a time limit and input them in the proper order. Linking all of his Quickenings, Red Spiral, White Whorl, and Pyroclasm, has Vaan end the EX Burst with Luminescence, where he traps the opponent between two energy crests and consumes them in a blast of holy light.
|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|
- 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 Sword and the Durandal.
- Axes: The Handaxe and the Golden Axe.
- Great Swords: The Claymore and the Tournesol.
- Katanas: The Osafune and the Masamune.
- Spears: The Javelin and the Zodiac Spear.
- Staves: The Oak Staff and the Staff of the Magi.
- Crossbows: The Bowgun and the Gastrophetes.
- Guns: The Altair and the Fomalhaut.
- Shields: The Leather Shield and the Zodiac Escutcheon.
- Vaan's first exclusive weapon, "Reks's Blade", is named after his elder brother Reks. 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!" referencing 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 then Windburst.
- When fighting Ultimecia, Shantotto, or Prishe, Vaan asks how old they are. This is a reference 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.
- When fighting Gilgamesh, Vaan will say, "Sorry, but... have we met before?". This references the Gilgamesh in Final Fantasy XII where he can be fought as an Elite Mark. Gabranth's opening battle quote to him also alludes to this.
- 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.
- 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. This is a reference to Final Fantasy XII where 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.
- 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 to be from the same game but have different naming schemes for their manikins.