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Vector is a city in Final Fantasy VI. It is the capital of the Gestahlian Empire and the location of the Imperial Palace and the Magitek Research Facility. The Returners come to the city after Setzer Gabbiani joins their ranks and provides them with an airship, to save the espers held in the Magitek Research Facility.


Party approaches Vector on their airship.

The Returners come to Vector seeking to infiltrate the Magitek Research Facility and save the espers imprisoned within, one of whom is Terra Branford's father. Once arriving in the city, the Returners finds it heavily under guard from imperial soldiers, with the entrance of the research facility being guarded as well. Near the facility entrance the group finds an elderly Returner member who has heard of their plans and offers to distract the guards so the party can sneak in.

The party battles the cranes above the city.

Within the facility the Returners are discovered by Kefka and a fight erupts that causes a backlash in the system. After the Returners flee with the aid of Cid, they reunite with Setzer waiting in the city. With little time to explain the situation, the party uses the Blackjack in an attempt to escape from the city. However, Kefka rushes to the Imperial Palace and activates two cranes to attack the airship, but the party destroys them and escapes.

In the aftermath, Vector is guarded by a Guardian that will attack the part if they try to enter.

The party speak with Banon and Arvis after the esper attack.

After Terra opens the Sealed Gate to the esper world, many espers emerge and fly to Vector. When they learn of what became of their friends in the Magitek Research Facility, the enraged espers decimate Vector, killing many people and leaving much of the city a smoking, destroy ruined. The Empire offers no resistance as a coalition of Narshe guards and Returner forces led by Banon and Arvis occupy the city.

When the party returns to Vector to investigate the attack, Gestahl invites them to a banquet at the Imperial Palace, during which he asks for their aid in finding the espers before they attack somewhere else. Terra and Locke agree to go and the rest of the party stays behind to investigate Emperor Gestahl's true motives. The party discovers Gestahl was intending to betray them and flee Vector before he can spring a trap on them.

Emperor Gestahl meets the Returners.

After Kefka attacks Thamasa, he and Gestahl enter the Sealed Gate and raise the Floating Continent. At this time, Vector and the Imperial Palace are abandoned, not a single person remaining within its walls.

Vector is destroyed in the cataclysm and Kefka's Tower is formed in its place. Vector and its environs were incorporated into the tower's construction, with a few rooms from the Imperial Palace and the Magitek Factory surviving into the tower relatively intact, and many other rooms bearing Imperial banners and statues.


The weapon shop and inn inside Vector

Vector is the most heavily industrialized city in Final Fantasy VI. The entire city is much larger than is shown in-game, with the background of the Imperial Palace and FMVs in the Playstation port of the game showing a sprawling cityscape. The town is seemingly surrounded by a bottomless pit or else built on a very high elevation. Steel support structures and supply crates are throughout the city, implying it may still be under construction in some parts.

The lower part of the city is where the shops operate, and the upper part is patrolled heavily by the Imperial soldiers. The balcony beyond here, guarded by patrolling Magitek Armor-clad troopers, leads to the Imperial Palace. On the eastern edge of the lower part of the city, a series of mine cart tracks lead to the Magitek Research Facility.


The party battling automata within the city.


In the city

these enemies are encountered when caught by an Imperial Trooper

Escape from the Magitek Research Facility



Weapon Price
Sakura 3,200 gil
Bastard Sword 3,000 gil
Kiku-ichimonji 1,200 gil
Venom Claws 2,500 gil


Armor Price
Twist Headband 1,600 gil
Priest's Miter 3,000 gil
Ninja Gear 1,100 gil
Mythril Vest 1,200 gil
White Dress 2,200 gil


Kefka's backstory[]

If the player enters Vector's pub, there is a man who recognizes the party as Returners and tells them about the Magitek Research Facility. He further elaborates with details on Kefka, explaining he was the first experimental Magitek knight who lost his sanity because the process was not perfected at that time. This is the only biographic data the player can find about Kefka.

Entering the Magitek Research facility[]

The elderly woman's home (top), and the elderly Returner aiding the party (bottom).

If the player comes in contact with any of the patrolling soldiers, they enter a battle and are ejected from the city. It is advised not to stay at the inn in Vector, for it is owned by a thief who may steal 1,000 gil from the party during the night (50% chance). In a house outside the inn is an old woman—if the player refuses to pledge allegiance to the Empire, she will provide free healing in place of the inn once the player defeats two Guards. The entrance to the Imperial Palace lies in the northern part of the city, but if the player attempts to enter they are confronted by the Empire's invincible weapon, the Guardian.

The Magitek Research Facility is guarded by three Imperials. An old man by some crates not far away will claim to be a Returner sympathizer and offer his help in getting inside. Once the player agrees, the old man will walk up to the guards and feign he is about to vomit. Approach the crates and the party will automatically climb up on the steel girders and jump down behind the guards. Approaching them initiates a battle and the party is placed at the entrance to town, if the player wishes to change their mind. Otherwise follow the tracks north to the entrance to the facility.

On the way out of the facility the party now comes back this way, and enemies can be encountered. When they reach the end of the tracks they meet up with Setzer and leave town.


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Musical themes[]

"The Gestahl Empire" from Final Fantasy VI

"The Gestahl Empire" theme is Vector's background theme.

Other appearances[]

Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade[]

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

Vector is the setting for a regular dungeon and is also featured in the Challenge Events Legendary Plunder, Touched by Magic, and Assassin in Black.


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Celes has teleported Kefka and herself away, but the power of her spell started a chain-reaction in the Magitek Factory. The party flees back into Vector with Kefka's minions in pursuit.

Vector (Classic)
  • Lv. 19
Completion Reward
  • Gil x1,500
Mastery Reward
  • Lesser Ice Orb x5
  • Stamina Shard x2
First Time Reward
  • Chaser
  • Destroyer
  • Goetia
  • Onion Knight
  • Crane (Boss)
Target Score
  • Exploit Crane (Lower)'s weakness to water attacks.
  • Exploit Crane (Upper)'s weakness to lightning attacks.
Vector (Elite)
  • Lv. 32
Completion Reward
  • Gil x10,000
Mastery Reward
  • Greater White Orb x3
First Time Reward
  • Mythril x1
  • Chaser
  • Destroyer
  • Goetia
  • Onion Knight
  • Crane (Boss)
Target Score
  • Exploit Crane (Lower)'s weakness to water attacks.
  • Exploit Crane (Upper)'s weakness to lightning attacks.

Behind the scenes[]

According to Final Fantasy VI Settei Shiryō-hen, the Imperial Palace at Vector finished construction 38 years prior to the start of the game, and the Magitek Research Facility built 18 years prior to the start of the game, around the same time the Empire invaded the Esper world. The guidebook also names Vector as the birthplace of General Leo. However, the guidebook is of dubious canonicity.

For one reason or another, the player can use the Teleport spell within the pub.



In molecular cloning, a vector is a DNA molecule used as a vehicle to artificially carry foreign genetic material into another cell, where it can be replicated and/or expressed. A vector containing foreign DNA is termed recombinant DNA.