The name Beoulve befits brave men who raise their swords in justice's name.
- —Zalbaag Beoulve
Lord Zalbaag Beoulve, also known as Zalbag Beoulve, is an Ark Knight and the leader of the Order of the Northern Sky in Final Fantasy Tactics. A stern believer in the Church of Glabados's teachings, Zalbaag is a fearsome warrior with little equal. Unlike their elder brother Dycedarg Beoulve, Zalbaag is a good brother to Ramza, but Zalbaag does not trust him at first because of his betrayal after Tietra's death. His birthday is June 30.
The Knight DevoutEdit
It was partly in thanks to Zalbaag's fighting that Ivalice was successful during the Fifty Years' War. King Denamda IV declared him the savior of Ivalice, and Zalbaag was granted the title of Knight Devout. At the death bed of his father, Barbaneth Beoulve, Zalbaag is appointed the new lord commander of the Order of the Northern Sky, whilst his elder brother, Dycedarg, was appointed strategist for Duke Larg.
Zalbaag went on many missions, usually on his elder brother's behalf. Zalbaag was also in charge of the Order unit that stormed Ziekden Fortress, and he orders the death of Tietra Heiral. All these actions he performed with no real remorse or sympathy.
When Ramza returns to the Royal City of Lesalia, after a year on his own, Zalbaag initially shoots down all of his half-brother's suggestions about Dycedarg's trickery and deception. However, he begins to believe his half-brother when Dycedarg kills Duke Larg, and the dying noble accuses Dycedarg of killing his own father as well.
Overhearing a conference between Dycedarg and the Knight Templar Loffrey Wodring, Zalbaag hears mention of Dycedarg using Mossfungus poison on Barbaneth. He takes an herbalist to his father's grave to confirm this, and upon learning that Mossfungus was indeed the cause of death, he rushes back to Eagrose Castle, and confronts Dycedarg just as Ramza arrives.
Dycedarg calls his guards, but Zalbaag manages to fight back and defeat Dycedarg. Zalbaag's victory is short-lived; as the elder Beoulve falls to the ground, he unintentionally triggers the Capricorn Zodiac Stone and merges with Adrammelech. Adrammelech kills Zalbaag with a single attack, though Ramza is able to defeat him. After the battle, Ramza comments that a name is meaningless, and that one's choices in life are of the utmost importance. Realizing the Beoulve line is scattered, he resolves to save Alma.
Later, Zalbaag is called back from the dead by Folmarv Tengille, apparently as a vampire. Folmarv forces him to fight against Ramza. Zalbaag, realizing he has no will of his own anymore, calls for Ramza to kill him. Ramza reluctantly complies, banishing his brother's undead form from Ivalice. Zalbaag's last words are in apology to his brother for causing him grief. Ramza bellows out his brother's name, crushed by the loss.
Zalbaag appears as a guest character during the battle at Eagrose Castle, and starts as a level 42 Ark Knight with 67 Bravery and 72 Faith, and comes equipped with the Runeblade, a full set of Crystal equipment, and a Germinas Boots.
Zalbaag also appears as a boss slightly later during the battle at Mullonde Cathedral. He is a level 47 Ark Knight with 33 Bravery and 72 Faith, and comes equipped with the same equipment as before. He now comes with the Vampire ability, as well as the Adrenaline Rush, Defense Boost, and Lifefont abilities.
When fought in the fourteen Rendezvous battle: the fifth battle of the Brave Story, he is level 99 and starts with 75 Bravery and 68 Faith. He comes equipped with the Save the Queen, Protect Ring, and his other equipment is randomized. He has access to the Blade of Ruin and Martial Arts commands, as well as the abilities Bonecrusher, Attack Boost, and Move +1. The player fights his zombie version at level 99 with 33 Bravery and 77 Faith in the seventh battle of Brave Story. He is equipped with the same equipment and abilities as in the main story.
Zalbaag appears as a Legend.
Zalbaag appears on a Triple Triad card.
- Zalbaag is nicknamed "Monkey Bag" (猿袋) in the sound test mode due to the Japanese romanization of his name where Zaru sounds and is written like "Saru", which means monkey.
- Zalbaag's Ark Knight job has an entirely different reaction abilities and support abilities compare to all "basic" job's found within the game. He can never learn Equip Axes, Beastmaster, Defend, and JP Boost because those were replaced with Counter, Concentration, Safeguard, and Swiftness.