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The Second Battle of the Iifa Tree is an event in Final Fantasy IX. It occurs on March 5, 1800, shortly after Terra's fall, when the Lindblum fleet and Alexandrian royal airship, the Red Rose, intercept the numerous Silver Dragons swarming out of the strange orb of light above the Iifa Tree to clear a path for Zidane Tribal's party who intend to storm Memoria on board the Invincible.

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Shortly after Kuja uses his newly acquired Trance powers, he learns from Garland's spirit that he would die soon; Zidane, the "Angel of Death" created after Kuja, was meant to replace him. Upon learning that his amassed power would soon go to waste, the enraged Trance Kuja destroys Terra. Zidane and his party gather the Genomes in the Terran town of Bran Bal, commandeer Kuja's airship, the Invincible, and narrowly escape back to Gaia.

The Iifa Tree has gone berserk and forced its roots to burst out of the ground on all four continents of Gaia, casting a worldwide layer of Mist. Mist-created monsters invade various parts of the planet and a portal to Memoria appears above the tree. Kuja intends to go through it to destroy the Crystal, the origin of all existence, bent on not letting the world exist without him.

After leaving the Genomes in the care of the black mages in the Black Mage Village, Zidane and crew agree not to inform anyone and to invade Memoria to stop Kuja by themselves.


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The Invincible attacked by silver dragons.

As the Invincible approaches Memoria it is attacked by swarms of Silver Dragons to prevent it from entering. Lindblum's fleet under the command of Regent Cid IX comes to the Invincible's aid in a nick of time with the Hilda Garde III as the flagship, carrying the Tantalus Theater Troupe who cheer for Zidane. One swarm is distracted and follows the Invincible bur is stopped by the Red Rose under General Beatrix's command, acting as a shield with Silver Dragons smashing into it.

With all the dragons dealt with, the Invincible breaks through into Memoria where the Nova Dragon lay in waiting.


Once in Memoria, Zidane and company fight through the revived Shrine Guardians and Deathguise, while witnessing Gaia's past and origin. They engage Kuja in one last battle in the Crystal World.

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  • The battle mirrors the Battle of the Giant of Babil in Final Fantasy IV, which also saw the unanticipated intervention of two nations (which had previously fought each other, just like Lindblum and Alexandria) to aid the protagonists.
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