The Wild Rose Rebellion, also referred to as the Rebel Army, is a resistance organization fighting against the Empire of Palamecia in Final Fantasy II. Its name comes from the symbol of the Kingdom of Fynn, the Wild Rose.
Formed out of the remnants of the Kingdom of Fynn after it was conquered by Palamecia, the Wild Rose Rebellion was forced to move to Altair following the Empire's capture of the city and castle. Princess Hilda of Fynn leads the resistance movement, along with her right-hand and Royal Mage of Fynn, the White Wizard Minwu. Firion and his friends ask to join the resistance, but Hilda is initially reluctant. She grants their request after she learns they have lost their homes and parents and they become official members after they return Scott's ring to Hilda. Recognizing their strength, Hilda sends them on a series of missions.
The group uses its name as a key term which can unlock important information and serve to identify those who are members of the group. The Wild Rose is the crest of Fynn.
Upon the King of Fynn's death, the young Prince Gordon of Kashuan takes command of the army as per the king's request, helping out Princess Hilda. Once Fynn is reclaimed, the resistance moves back to its hometown, receiving a great morale from the aftermath. The rebellion was disbanded and gave birth to the union of the kingdoms of Fynn and Kashuan, ruled by Hilda and Gordon.
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The "Rebel Army Theme" is the motif of the Wild Rose Rebellion and it is a counterpart to the "Imperial Army Theme", the motif of the antagonistic Palamecian Empire.
The theme is an iconic theme from Final Fantasy II, despite only playing at the Altair headquarters of the Wild Rose Rebellion. Despite its short appearance, it has been posteriorly rearranged outside its original appearance so as to be representative of the game.
The legacy of the Wild Rose Rebellion lives on in Dissidia Final Fantasy through a literal wild rose carried by Firion and the dream it inspires in him, to fight to end war and create a peaceful and free world where the flowers can bloom openly.
During the conflict between Cosmos and Chaos, Sephiroth steals Firion's rose after defeating him in battle, but it is later recovered by Cloud, who shows it to Terra, and is finally returned to Firion when Cloud and Tidus help him confront The Emperor. Cloud tells Firion that through its journey among their group, his hope for a free and peaceful world is now shared by all of them.
Futhermore, Firion's ultimate weapon is named "Wild Rose" and provides 69 ATK; -1 DEF; grants a weaker version of the Counterattack ability, and converts extra HP to Bravery when Firion regenerates HP at full health. The Wild Rose also appears as a trade accessory required to trade for the Bone Mail.
In the prequel it is revealed the wild rose was originally found by Laguna, Squall and Firion during a patrol, and when Laguna mentions its name, Firion feels his memory is sparked and takes the flower to carry around with him.
Firion loses the rose, which is later found by Lightning. Upon meeting each other, Lightning shows and returns him the rose, commenting on how she, too, feels a connection to the flower, and Firion promises to return it to her once he regains his memory so it can help her as it has him.
As with most equipment from the original game, Firion's ultimate weapon, the Wild Rose, returns with some changes, now providing 70 ATK instead of 69; and decreasing HP by 328. The Wild Rose trade accessory also returns, and has the same use as in the original game. Another exclusive weapon for Firion is named Rebellion Army, and it provides 44 ATK; -2 DEF; -337 HP; and the HP to Bravery effect. It is a level 30 weapon. The Rebel Army Flag appears as another trade accessory, required to trade for the level 100 armor pieces Dueling Mask; Rainbow Robe and Brave Suit.
- The Wild Rose is the name of Scott's strongest weapon in the 20th Anniversary and Dawn of Souls releases, found in the Unknown Palace. It has 100 power in the 20th Anniversary release, 115 in Dawn of Souls, grants +99 Strength and Intelligence, and casts Berserk XVI when used as an item.
- The organization is referenced in Final Fantasy VI when Locke must give a boy a password to open a hidden passage in South Figaro during occupation by the Gestahlian Empire. One of the password options is "Rosebud".
- The organization is referenced in Final Fantasy XIII-2's quiz game Brain Blast with the question: What is the famous line spoken by the famous actor who made it big on the show 'Wild Rose'? The answer is 'You're from the rebel army!'