Vaan is one of the new characters introduced in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy. Vaan is a young man who lived on the streets of Rabanastre and dreamed of being a Sky Pirate. But during a heist, he met two pirates and was thrown into a war between his home country and the Archadian Empire. He is capable of using a variety of weapons and his EX Burst is based on his Quickenings from Final Fantasy XII.
Vaan's appearance is identical to his original Akihiko Yoshida design from Final Fantasy XII, although he is slightly less tanned. He has blond hair and his eyes are blue-grey. He wears a loose cropped open vest held together by a pendant over his chest, which once belonged to his deceased elder brother, Reks. He also wears dark pants, tucked into his knee-high steel boots, held up by a red sash.
Vaan's first alternate outfit is named "Gunmetal Vest", and is based on Amano's artwork. His outfit is black and gray and features a different shoulder design, which adds snake-like shoulder pads. In this outfit he gains a tattoo on his left shoulder. He gains a new gauntlet design as well, and his accessories are colored green. His brother's pendant is now attached to a necklace, rather than acting as a clasp for his vest.
Vaan's second alternate outfit, "Conflicted Hero," is his design from Final Fantasy Tactics A2, which features a shirt under his vest, gauntlets that are no longer fingerless and cover the entirety of his wrists, slightly different knee armor, and an ornament on his waist.
As a bonus fourth outfit available for download, "Pirate's Garb", Vaan takes on the garb of a more traditional sea pirate, designed by Akihiko Yoshida, the character designer for Final Fantasy XII. Vaan wears a blue and white coat that flares at the waist, knee-high blue boots, and a black hat with a Jolly Roger on it.
The color of Vaan's manikin, the Idle Sky Pirate, is Gold.
Vaan's fighting style is Adroit Attacker. He wields a variety of weapons, including swords, greatswords, shields, katanas, guns, crossbows, axes, staves, and spears. When Vaan attacks he automatically switches weapons, and that weapon remains equipped until he changes it again. When Vaan changes weapons prior to attacking, this triggers a "Switch Attack," where the attack is slower, but has special properties and higher strength. This requires the player to properly time his attacks to ensure the most damage done. Vaan's HP attacks leave him barehanded, and are based on the Concurrences. A downside to Vaan's battle style is that "Switch Attacks" are slower than regular attacks, creating an inadvertent lag and giving enemies time to dodge and counterattack him. As an upside, his ground movement is fairly fast, but is not as fast as other characters such as Tidus and the Onion Knight; also, his "Switch Attacks" deal fairly high damage if they hit.
Changes/Improves performance of Brave attacks if a different Brave attack is used before.
Vaan quickly charges and strikes the opponent following up with a swift cleaving attack. May initiate a chase
(Switch Attack) - Vaan quickly closes in to the opponent and slashes three times to send the enemy flying. The distance moved by the initial slash can be increased by holding down the O button. Can Wall Rush for extra damage
Swings the spear twice then slams the opponent to the ground with a downward thrust.
(Switch Attack) Vaan swings repeatedly over his head to hit multiple times before finishing off with a backward thrust. Staggers guard. Can Wall Rush for extra damage
Shoots 4 consecutive arrows at opponent. May initiate a chase.
(Switch Attack) Shoots a series of arrows at opponent. May initiate a chase
Two quick slashes that send the opponent flying. May initiate a chase.
(Switch Attack) A quick charge that strikes the opponent multiple times and sends them flying. Number of slashes can be increased by delaying button press. Final slash of the first press does most damage of any hits in the combo. May initiate a chase
Axe & Shield
Two quick consecutive slashes with the axe dealing low damage followed by a stronger downward chop. Can Wall Rush for extra damage.
(Switch Attack) A forward rolling attack that sends the opponent flying into the ground. Can Wall Rush for extra damage
Sword & Shield
Vaan strikes his opponent twice with his sword, and then sends them flying.
(Switch Attack) Vaan can block an incoming attack, and then delivers a quick slash with his sword. May initiate a chase.
Shoots a rally of bullets towards the opponent. May initiate a chase.
(Switch Attack) Vaan dodges away from the opponent before shooting a single burst of bullets May initiate a chase.
Vaan swings staff twice before throwing the opponent upward. May initiate a chase.
(Switch Attack) Staff spins around Vaan, hitting opponent multiple times, sending them flying. Generates extra EX Force. May initiate a chase
Vaan summons a water crest that causes large spheres of water to crash down upon the opponent. Can Wall Rush for extra damage
Punches through an earth crest, causes stalagmites to erupt beneath the opponent.
Vaan charges through a fire crest that envelops him in flames, decimating the opponent with a fiery shoulder tackle. Can Wall Rush for extra damage
Vaan summons an air crest which conjures a whirling tornado that remains stationary for a set period of time. Has a slight absorbing effect.
EX Mode - Obtained all Licenses!
Recovers HP over time during EX Mode.
Doubles Critical Hit Rate while in EX Mode.
Increases attack range and adds additonal effects to 'Switch Attacks' such as more hits or higher defences
Can revert to unarmed status with R +[Square] without first using an HP attack to guarantee a 'Switch Attack'.
The player must shuffle and input commands within a time limit and input them in the proper order. Linking all of his Quickenings, Red Spiral, White Whorl and Pyroclasm, has Vaan end the EX Burst with Luminescence, where he traps the opponent between two energy crests and consumes them in a blast of holy light.
Vaan can equip all normal weapons except Instruments, Books, Whips, and Scythes. Vaan can also equip Parrying Weapons, Shields, Bangles, Rings, Hats, Helms, Headbands, Light Helms, Clothing, Light Armor, and Chestplates.