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Vector is the Imperial capital of the Gestahlian Empire in Final Fantasy VI, 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.

If the player enters Vector's pub, there is a man who recognizes the party as Returners and tells them about the Magitek soldier project. If the party accepts in hearing more gossip, he will tell Kefka 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.

Once the Magitek Research Facility has been destroyed, the entrance to the city is protected by the Guardian, and the player cannot enter.

Story Edit

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FFVI IOS Vector Skyline

Party approaches Vector on their airship.

It is not specified if Vector existed as a city before the rise of the Empire, or if it was built at the same time as the Imperial structures surrounding it. The city is polluted and Imperial soldiers patrol the streets. 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. The facility is guarded, but a Returner sympathizer helps them.

FFVI PC Empire Returners Peace

Emperor Gestahl meets the Returners.

The espers turn into magicite before the Returners can help them, but in taking away Terra's father's magicite they rouse Terra, who had morphed into an esper, and bring her back to her senses. After Terra opens the Sealed Gate espers emerge and decimate Vector killing many people. Many Narshe guards and Returner members, including Banon and Arvis, can be found in the streets, and merchants still operate. After Kefka acquires more magicite from Thamasa and he and Gestahl raise the Floating Continent, Vector and the Imperial Palace are abandoned.

Vector is destroyed in the end of the world, and in its place rises Kefka's Tower. Though much of the tower is built of dirt and debris, many areas in Kefka's Tower bear Imperial banners or esper capsules, showing that Vector, the Imperial Palace and the Magitek Factory were integrated into the tower.

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Quests Edit

Entering the Magitek Research facility Edit

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 also guarded, but a Returner sympathizer outside the entrance will help the party sneak in.

Shops Edit

Weapons Edit

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

Armor Edit

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

Enemies Edit

Musical themes Edit

"The Gestahl Empire" from Final Fantasy VI
FFVI - The Empire 'Gestahl'

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

Other appearances Edit

Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade Edit

FFAB Imperial Capital Vector FFVI Special
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Final Fantasy Record Keeper Edit

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.

Vector Edit


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.

Gallery Edit

Etymology Edit

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.

Trivia Edit

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