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SeeD is the name of a mercenary force started by Cid and Edea Kramer in Final Fantasy VIII. SeeD was started shortly after Edea received a dying Ultimecia's powers. To the outside world SeeD is a mercenary force for hire, conducting missions around the world as battle support and undercover operatives. Their services are requested by governments and civilians, their tasks range from providing military support to protecting civilians. Its true purpose however is to monitor and contain Sorceress activity if they ever posed a threat to the world.

Balamb Garden, the first Garden ever created, is responsible for training SeeDs. It's interesting to note that only Balamb and Galbadia train SeeD cadets, Trabia only hosts the written exam, in order for a Trabian to become a fully fledged SeeD it is necessary to transfer to Balamb in order to complete the training and because all SeeD are stationed at Balamb. They specialize in high-level para-magic and the use of Guardian Forces. SeeD battle operations are noted for their skillful use of para-magic. They are in high demand by groups requiring a small force of undercover specialists, commissions made through such dispatches are an important part of the Gardens' income.


To Become a SeeD

SeeD candidates must be between 15 years to 19 years old. At 20, they can no longer apply. They have to pass a written exam, a field exam, and they have to be accepted by the Headmaster.

Field Exam

This exam can involve many things as it is usually in the form of a live mission assigned to the Garden. While there are active SeeD members at hand during the exams to ensure the mission success SeeD candidates are expected to condone themselves positively and strive to complete their group assigned missions to pass the exam.

The exam is graded via observations made during the mission. Each candidate is judged upon:

  • Conduct: How the candidate behaves within the mission and within their team. In the game, this score is determined by how fast the player can escape the Dollet Tower.
  • Judgment: The decisions he/she makes and the effect of them upon the mission. In the game, this score is determined by how much time is left at the end of the Fire Cavern when Squall defeats Ifrit. The less time left, the higher the score.
  • Attack: How aggressive and skillful the candidate is during the mission. In the game, this score is determined by how many enemies are killed during the field exam.
  • Spirit: How brave and/or determined the candidate is during the mission. In the game this score is determined by how often the player flees from battle.
  • Attitude: Judges the candidate's moral and professional behavior during the mission. In the game various individual actions determine this score, such as how many people they speak to.

The grading also includes any additional actions and/or events that the examiners deem noteworthy.

The highest SeeD rank obtained depends on the difficulty of the mission where the exam was held but usually the highest rank obtained is Rank 8 although some exceptions have been made.

Sometimes (usually due to difficulty of the mission) a prerequisite is required before a student can participate in the exam. Either the obtainment of a Guardian Force or the completion a low-level mission is the required prerequisite. In such circumstances the student must be accompanied by a SeeD member for support and safety reasons.

Garden Instructors are SeeD members who have been promoted to (or assigned) teaching positions at Garden. It is not known if any non-SeeD instructors exist at Garden, although it seems unlikely that there would be. Since Instructors are SeeD as well, they are capable of accompaning their students on the prerequisite missions, such as Quistis supporting Squall at the Fire Cavern.

SeeD Uniform and Mannerisms

SeeD Uniform, Male and Female.

Although casual attire is usually worn specifically due to the covert nature of SeeD missions, SeeD does have a formal uniform that is issued to its members upon graduation. Worn during ceremony or due to the SeeD's own choice the uniform is renowned enough that the SeeD is identified nearly everywhere in the world.

Both uniforms are reminiscent of Japanese school uniforms. The male uniform; modeled after the Japanese Gakuran, has a standing collar buttoning down from top-to-bottom. The collar is part of a black tunic with gold trim and maroon cuffs. Pants are straight leg and tucked into black knee-high boots. A black Sam Browne belt is worn with the tunic and a blue and silver designed shield is worn over the shoulders. The shield tappers to a double point at the back. The female uniform; modeled after the Japanese seeraafuku, consists of a black blouse with dark blue shoulders that echo the design of the sailor-style collar. Attached to the collar are two gold trimmed material "wings" that hang over the chest; a maroon tie is also worn with a metal clasp possessing the SeeD logo. The ensemble is completed with a straight skirt cutting off just above the knees. Although the original design appears to include black knee-high socks and black shoes, in the game female SeeDs wear black knee-high boots instead for their full SeeD uniform, with the shoes and socks reserved for the SeeD trainee uniform.

Although chiefly appearing in Final Fantasy VIII the male variant of the uniform also makes an appearance as a secondary costume for Squall Leonhart in the fighting game Dissidia Final Fantasy.

SeeD Ranking


All students in the Gardens who are training to be SeeD and have yet to graduate are considered SeeD Cadets.

Rank 1 - 30

SeeD field operatives have a numeral ranking system from 1 to 30 (1 being the lowest rank and 30 being the highest). They can increase their ranking by successfully completing written tests that cover a variety of subjects they may encounter. These tests are multiple choice and must be answered 100% correctly to successfully rise a SeeD rank. Ranking is decreased by misconduct in the field or if the operative is seen lagging behind.

Rank A

Above the 1 - 30 ranks lie the A-class SeeD (or Class A Elite SeeD). This is the highest ranking for a SeeD field operative. It can be reached via special consideration or through the written tests.

  • Commander: A recently created military rank awarded to Squall Leonhart allowing him full command over both the Garden that he is within and all SeeD members within it. This rank is deemed to the official leader of SeeD.

Rank and Pay

A SeeD's income is dictated by his/her rank.

Rank 1: 500G

Rank 2: 1,000G
Rank 3: 1,500G
Rank 4: 2,000G
Rank 5: 3,000G
Rank 6: 4,000G
Rank 7: 5,000G
Rank 8: 6,000G
Rank 9: 7,000G
Rank 10: 8,000G
Rank 11: 9,000G
Rank 12: 10,000G
Rank 13: 11,000G
Rank 14: 12,000G
Rank 15: 12,500G

Rank 16: 13,000G
Rank 17: 13,500G

Rank 18: 14,000G
Rank 19: 14,500G
Rank 20: 15,000G
Rank 21: 15,500G
Rank 22: 16,000G
Rank 23: 16,500G
Rank 24: 17,000G
Rank 25: 17,500G
Rank 26: 18,000G
Rank 27: 18,500G
Rank 28: 19,000G
Rank 29: 19,500G
Rank 30: 20,000G

Rank A: 30,000G

SeeD Institutions

Balamb Garden

Balamb Garden
Main article: Balamb Garden

Balamb Garden is located east of the town of Balamb. Students (usually orphans) attend this Garden in hopes of becoming SeeDs. It is one of the three Gardens in the world, and it is where SeeDs are trained and stationed.

Trabia Garden

Main article: Trabia Garden

While not responsible for training SeeDs, Trabia and Balamb Garden carry out an exchange program to train SeeDs, by allowing would-be SeeDs from Trabia to take the SeeD Written Test here.

Galbadia Garden

Galbadia Garden
Main article: Galbadia Garden

Does not train SeeDs. However, contact is maintained between the two Headmasters of Galbadia and Balamb Gardens whenever there is a joint operation between the two.

SeeD Vehicles

SeeD Assault Boat

These hydrofoils are used primarily as troop carriers for conflicts near accessible waterways. The Assault Boat can seat a compliment six soldiers plus two pilots and standing room for at least one more. Entrance is via a starboard hatch, an opening on the bow, and a top hatch that provides access to an artillery gun, the only obvious offensive weaponry.

SeeD Personal Carrier Vehicle

A vehicle similar to the Galbadian road vehicle design. Used as student transportation for the Gardens (Balamb, Trabia, and Galbadia) it can seat six passengers and at least one driver.


Musical Themes

Played during the various battle meetings between the SeeD the musical extract SeeD is considered to be the theme of the elite mercenary group.

This article uses material from the "SeeD" article on the Final Fantasy wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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