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Vaan is the main playable character in Final Fantasy XII, and is the one who appears as the field character when in towns and other settled areas. This means that for the Diamond Armlet to take effect when opening treasures in these areas, it must be equipped to Vaan.

He is a jack-of-all-trades type of character and has the best overall stats. At level 99 he has the highest Strength tied with Basch, the third highest Magick Power, the highest Vitality, and the second highest Speed. His HP and MP are high as well.

Vaan's current level and LP determine the level and LP of Penelo, Balthier and Fran when they join the party. Vaan, Basch, and Balthier have the best combo speed with the high-combo weapons, and thus are good candidates for job combinations that exploit this in the Zodiac versions.

However, any stat differences can be made up with gear and the differences in animation speed are negligible. Vaan can be built in any way without drawbacks. The only differences between player characters are base stats, starting licenses, attacking animations, Quickening animations, and victory poses; after winning a boss battle, the currently alive members of the active party perform a victory pose depending on what weapon they are equipped with. Vaan's Quickenings are Red Spiral, White Whorl, and Pyroclasm. Due to the nature of the in-game menu, Vaan's Quickening button is always Triangle.

Two versions of Final Fantasy XII exist: the original PlayStation 2 version, and the updated Zodiac version that features a job system and has reworked mechanics.

Final Fantasy XII original[]

Initial data[]

Name Initial Stats
Level 1
LP 0
Magicks/Technicks Steal
Items Potion x5
Gil 150
Gambits 1. Foe: party leader's target ⇛ Attack
2.

Initial equipment[]

Category Name Effect
Weapon Mythril Sword Sword, Attack Power +13, Evade +5, CT 35, Multiple Hits 5
Off-Hand
Helm Leather Cap Magick Resist +4, Max HP +10
Armor Leather Clothing Defense +4, Max HP +10
Accessory

Stats[]

Level HP MP Strength Magick Power Vitality Speed
1 82-84 25-27 23 20 24 24
10 282-316 40-51 28 24 27 25
20 645-742 62-89 33 28 31 26
30 1,111-1,293 84-127 39 33 35 28
40 1,552-1,814 111-176 44 37 39 29
50 2,257-2,650 134-217 50 42 42 31
60 2,878-3,387 156-255 55 46 46 32
70 3,230-3,802 172-282 61 51 50 33
80 3,637-4,281 188-309 66 55 54 35
90 4,192-4,938 199-325 72 60 57 36
99 4,818-6,203 204-330 77 64 61 37

Zodiac versions[]

Initial data[]

Name Initial Stats
Level 1
LP 0
Magicks/Technicks Steal
Items Potion x5
Gil 150
Gambits 1. Foe: party leader's target ⇛ Attack
2.

Initial licenses[]

Name Permits use of
Command Attack, Items
Steal Steal
Daggers 1 Dagger
Light Armor 1 Leather Cap, Leather Clothing

Initial equipment[]

Category Name Effect
Weapon Dagger Dagger, Attack +14, Evade +5, CT 21, Multiple Hits 12
Off-Hand
Helm Leather Cap Magick Resist +4, Max HP +10
Armor Leather Clothing Defense +4, Max HP +10
Accessory

Stats[]

Level HP MP Strength Magick Power Vitality Speed
1 82-83 30-33 23 22 24 24
10 280-314 67-93 28 27 27 25
20 640-737 120-187 34 32 31 26
30 1,103-1,284 175-284 39 37 35 28
40 1,542-1,802 242-404 45 42 39 29
50 2,241-2,632 300-506 51 48 42 31
60 2,859-3,364 353-600 56 53 46 32
70 3,209-3,776 393-667 62 58 50 33
80 3,613-4,252 434-734 68 63 54 35
90 4,164-4,905 460-774 73 69 57 36
99 4,786-5,643 473-786 78 73 61 37

Quests[]

Vaan is the controlled character in settled areas.

Vaan is the main playable character, available since the start, and the only one to be controlled in settlements. Thus, to use a Diamond Armlet on treasures that are located in safe areas, it must be equipped onto Vaan, and Vaan is the one who appears to be doing all the sidequests and activities like charging the sunstone in Giza Plains, joining Clan Centurio, spreading rumors of Basch fon Ronsenburg's return in Bhujerba, selling Bhujerban Madju to passers-by, collecting chops in Archades, and fishing in the Nebra river, among others.

In Nalbina Dungeons, Vaan initially starts without equipment and must fight one set battle unarmed as aided by Balthier, but they soon recover their belongings.

The player is free to develop Vaan to any role, and he has excellent stats across the board. Vaan starts with Steal already in his possession, and so even in the Zodiac versions keeps it no matter the License Board(s) given to him. Because Vaan already starts with Steal, in the original PlayStation 2 version where Steal was in the Technicks shop in Rabanastre, it could never be bought.

The player starts the game with only Vaan and he is mostly alone until Balthier and Fran join him. Vaan's level determines the levels of others who join after him, meaning if the player can grind Vaan, the others join the party later already powered up. The Rare Game Dustia can be spawned as soon as the player can leave Rabanastre, and Phoenix Downs can be bought from the merchant right outside Nalbina Fortress, past the Dalmasca Estersand once the Sunstone has been charged in the Giza Plains. Its loot sells for a lot of gil, allowing the player to buy more Phoenix Downs. Killing Dustia over and over, Vaan will gain all of the EXP (not having to share it with any other characters), speeding up the process.

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