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"Roses of May" (ローズ・オブ・メイ, Rōzu obu Mei?), also known as "Rose of May" or "Something to Protect", is General Beatrix's theme from Final Fantasy IX.

"Roses of May" is written in D minor, and throughout the piece, the first four notes of the ascending scale (D, E, F, G) are repeated.

Game appearances[]

Final Fantasy IX[]

Being General Beatrix's motif, "Roses of May" can be heard during appearances of her, more specifically when she questions Brahne at the Red Rose after the events at Cleyra, and when Zidane and Baku speak to Beatrix when searching for Garnet at Alexandria.

An arrangement of "Roses of May" named "Something to Protect" (守るべきもの, Mamorubeki mono?) plays continuously during Steiner and Beatrix's battles against Mistodons during the Battle of Alexandria.

Final Fantasy XV[]

"Roses of May" and "Something to Protect" appear in the music player on the Memories of FFIX (Disc 1) - OST album purchased from Coernix Station - Cauthess for 100 gil.

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy[]

The original version of "Roses of May" is, along with "Festival of the Hunt" and "Swords of Fury", part of the Final Fantasy IX Music Pack DLC distributed through the PlayStation Network.

It may be automatically selected for Arcade and Quick Battles featuring Zidane Tribal or Kuja, or taking place at the Crystal World or the M.S. Prima Vista.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT[]

A new arrangement, called "Something to Protect", was a reward from winning "Battle of the Gods – Act 4" (Jan. 2017). The original track from Final Fantasy IX also appears.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy[]

An original remix of "Roses of May" plays in the Collection section of the Museum, while the original arrangement of "Something to Protect" is playable as a Dark Note and unlockable Battle Music Sequence. Both are included on Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Compilation Album.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call[]

This piano tune plays when General Beatrix saves Dagger in FFIX, expressing the grief of the true knight who realizes her error too late.

"Roses of May" DLC description

"Something to Protect" is a Battle Music Sequence in the base game, while "Roses of May" is a Field Music Sequence available as downloadable content. It also appears on the Best of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call album.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy All-Star Carnival[]

"Roses of May" is a playable Field Music Sequence. It is available by default.

Beginner Basic Expert Ultimate Transcendent
N/A 3 6 9 N/A

"Something to Protect" appears as a playable Battle Music Sequence. It can be purchased in the song store for 5 sound medals. It was also the worldwide victory reward for the "Terra vs. Lightning" Lux Crystal Battle that took place between February 1, 2017 and February 14, 2017.

Beginner Basic Expert Ultimate Transcendent
N/A 3 6 9 N/A

Arrangement album appearances[]

Piano Collections: Final Fantasy IX[]

A piano arrangement of "Roses of May" by Shirō Hamaguchi is included on the album as its tenth track.

Guitar Solo Final Fantasy Official Best Collection[]

The album features a classic guitar arrangement of "Rose of May" by Yuji Sekiguchi as its twentieth track.

Final Fantasy IX Chips[]

An 8-bit arrangement of "Roses of May" by Xinon is included in this album as its fifth track.

Cafe SQ[]

"Cafe SQ: FINAL FANTASY IX "Rose of May" / Serph" is a song on this arrangement album with music arranged to the theme of music that plays in cafes.

Piano Opera Final Fantasy VII/VIII/IX[]

"Roses of May" is the tenth song in this piano arrangement album.

Live performances[]

Distant Worlds III: more music from Final Fantasy[]

A concert recording of "Roses of May" appears on this album.

Final Fantasy IX Vinyl[]

"Roses of May" is the final track on the B side of the first disc of Final Fantasy IX Vinyl, a selection of tracks from Final Fantasy IX in the format of vinyl records on two picture discs.

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