Career Obstinate Blacksmith
Age 51
Gender Male
Origin Zenan Mainland
World Home World
Height 5'8"
Weight 181 lbs
Build Solid
Laterality Right-handed
Weapon Axe, Hammer, Master Hammer
Innate Element Red
"Aye... These auld bones have seen countless faces of the flame in mah lifetime... But with this un, ah cannae say ah've ever seen more pure and genuine hatred..."
— Zappa

Zappa (ザッパ Zappa?) is the rough and tough father of Karsh and the chief blacksmith for the Acacia Dragoons in Chrono Cross.


Born on the Zenan Mainland, he somehow made his way to El Nido and came into the service of the Dragoons. He probably was a Deva with Radius and Garai; the three tore up the battlefield together. Zappa also cultivated an interest in smithing at this time; he soon met Zippa, his wife, and the three looked far and wide for the Rainbow Shell. They did not succeed in finding it, and after retiring from the Dragoons, Zappa opened his own Smithy in Termina and raised his son Karsh there. He fashioned all kinds of weapons for use with the Acacia Dragoons; his son eventually became a Deva in the same tradition of his father. However, tragedy struck after Lynx led an expedition to the Dead Sea. Karsh was frozen and phased out of time, and never returned; this adversely affected Zappa, whose work was disrupted by bouts of sorrow and loss of motivation. Regardless, Zappa pressed on in his craft until 1020 A.D., when he finally shut down the smithy and dismissed his apprentice. He noted that he would seek the Rainbow Shell once more. He met Serge before his journey began, and decided to accompany the boy; along the way, he found his deceased son among the dead in the Dead Sea. He came to grips with his son's death, and also found the Rainbow Shell, which he learned to forge by working with his dimensional counterpart and using the Master Hammer. He planned to open a new smithy after the journey's end.

How to RecruitEdit

Talk to Zappa in his smithy in Home World Termina. Zappa will have a short conversation with Radius if he's in your active party, but it's not required for him to join.


  • High Strength
  • High HP


  • Extremely Low Magic Power
  • Low Magic Defense
  • Slow Stamina Recovery
  • Small Element Grid

Tech SkillsEdit


Zappa is likely named after the American Musician, Frank Zappa, who composed an album called "Hammersmith Odeon". The former describing Zappa's profession, and the latter detailing the Proper Noun of a Greek Smithy. Since the Greeks are famous for the Olympics and, yet again, the motif of the smithing appears, it is no wonder that his techs resemble Olympic events.