Ivalice Classes - The Zodiac Connection
Updated: Dec 6, 2020
The connections between two of Yasumi Matsuno's creations, Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy 12 have been analysed for a long time, from various geographic locations to the existence of Moogles. Thought direct connections are very slim, every new tiny discovery only further served to motivate the scholars of Ivalice to dig deeper into hidden meanings and lore. The idea for my own contribution started when I began imagining the individual characters of FF12 as belonging to the already established classes. Such was the impact of FFT on me that I could somehow find more meaning in the game if Vaan was supposed to be a Monk all along and that Balthier was the heir to Mustadio. Since that time, Balthier has somehow been transported back (or forwards) in time in the War of the Lions and the Zodiac Age remaster has brought back the fabled classes of old. Who's crazy now? So let's compare each character with a class they most resemble. Was it all wishful thinking or is there truly pattern here?
If any wannabe Ivalice scholars have suggestions of their own or believe these to be best suited to another class, speak out!
MONK / VAAN
*Yep, vest and bulging muscles...
KNIGHT / ASHE
MACHINIST / BALTHIER
DANCER / PANELO
*Not a likeness at first glance but Panelo can bust a move or two, just check out her Quickenings.
ARCHER / FRAN
*She's clearly missing the bunny ears but you get the idea...
KNIGHT / BASCH
*Basch is already a knight but they do share a colour pattern and shorts...
DRAGOON / VAYNE
The bat wing designed armour gives Vayne that dragoon vibe, pity about not having a helmet though...
ORATOR / ONDORE
A wise class for a wise man. The orator becomes the narrator of FF12! The two even share a walking stick, although I wouldn't be surprised if it was just for show...