"Battle at the Big Bridge" (ビッグブリッジの死闘, Biggu Burijji no Shitō?, lit. Battle to the Death on the Big Bridge), also known as "Clash on the Big Bridge" or "Battle with Gilgamesh" is a recurring theme originally from Final Fantasy V. It was composed by Nobuo Uematsu in 1992.
"Battle at the Big Bridge" is a popular theme due to being the leitmotif of the recurring character Gilgamesh, an installment-traveling mascot of the series, and has been remade into different versions for several of his cameo appearances. As such, it is a theme with many arrangements and remixes, only surpassed in number by prominent motifs of the series itself, such as the "Prelude", the "Opening Theme", the "Chocobo Theme" or the "Victory Fanfare".
- 1 Game appearances
- 1.1 Final Fantasy
- 1.2 Final Fantasy V
- 1.3 Final Fantasy XII
- 1.4 Final Fantasy XIII-2
- 1.5 Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
- 1.6 Final Fantasy XIV
- 1.7 Final Fantasy XV
- 1.8 Final Fantasy Type-0
- 1.9 Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)
- 1.10 Theatrhythm Final Fantasy
- 1.11 Final Fantasy Record Keeper
- 1.12 World of Final Fantasy
- 1.13 Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales
- 2 Arrangement album appearances
- 3 Live performances
- 4 Compilation album appearances
- 5 Non-Final Fantasy appearances
- 6 References
Game appearances[edit | edit source]
"Battle at the Big Bridge" plays as the background theme for the eponymous location and during the battles taking place there. This makes "Battle at the Big Bridge" one of the few themes to play seamlessly in early installments of the series, other than the recurring "Hurry!" themes. The theme further returns for every encounter with Gilgamesh.
It is the third track of the second disc of the Final Fantasy V: Original Sound Version. Its arrange by TOSE for Final Fantasy V Advance is the third track of the Final Fantasy Finest Box collection's third disc.
The theme was released as the thirteenth track of original soundtrack's third disc.
"Clash on the Big Bridge - Oriental MIX -" is a rearranged version by the trio Yui. It plays during the downloadable content Coliseum battle Clash on the Big Bridge featuring Gilgamesh. It is performed on Japanese native instruments combined with traditional Japanese music with a rock and roll beat.
The track is included in the Final Fantasy XIII-2: Original Soundtrack PLUS as its fifteenth track.
The man in Yusnaan who sells the player the ticket to the show in the Augur's Quarter can be heard playing this song.
"Battle on the Big Bridge Reborn" plays during the battle against Gilgamesh. It has similar beat to the original theme from Final Fantasy V with hard rock drums added. It was composed by Masayoshi Soken.
"Battle on the Big Bridge (EPISODE GLADIOLUS Version)" was arranged by Keiichi Okabe for the Episode Gladiolus DLC. The game's team encouraged Okabe to incorporate his own style into the composition, resulting in the addition of vocals and elements from his previous work with the NieR series.
The original Final Fantasy V version is included in the music player. It is on the Memories of FFV album bought for 100 gil from Aldare's shop in Galdin Quay. Final Fantasy XII version is the seventh track of the Memories of FFXII album bought from Verinas Mart - Ravatogh for 100 gil. "Battle at the Big Bridge -arrange- (from FINAL FANTASY V)" appears as part of the Memories of DISSIDIA FF album bought from Old Lestallum for 500 gil. "Battle on the Big Bridge (EPISODE GLADIOLUS Version)" is also in the music player, added via a patch.
Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)[edit | edit source]
"Battle at the Big Bridge -arrange- from FINAL FANTASY V" can be selected automatically for battles including Bartz Klauser or Exdeath, or Gilgamesh, or any battle with the Interdimensional Rift as the arena.
The Dissidia arrangement, SNES version, and the "Battle at the Bridge Ver. 2" Final Fantasy Record Keeper remix appear, combining the multiple aspects of all three versions from Record Keeper, including the remixed portion of "Lenna's Theme". The Dissidia-arranged track and the original SNES version are available for 3,600 gil from the shop, and the Record Keeper version was available for 1,500 gil for limited time.
For the Nintendo 3DS version, "Battle at the Big Bridge" was selected as the theme for the Final Fantasy V series play's respective Battle Music Sequence. The game's director, Ichiro Hazama, has noted that "Battle at the Big Bridge" was one of the two main songs the team was told to include when the development on the game was started. The other song was "One-Winged Angel".
For the iOS version "Battle at the Big Bridge" is included in the Final Fantasy V Battle Music Basic Bundle along with the "Battle 1".
The theme is included in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Compilation Album.
"Battle at the Big Bridge" is a Battle Music Sequence.
"Battle at the Big Bridge" is a playable Battle Music Sequence. It is available by default.
The Final Fantasy Record Keeper arrangement of "Battle at the Big Bridge" is also playable as a Battle Music Sequence. It is available by default.
The "Raffaello Battle" arrangement of "Battle at the Big Bridge" from Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon also appears as a playable Battle Music Sequence. To unlock it, the player must first unlock Chocobo as a playable character. It can then be purchased from the song store for 10 sound medals.
There exist 3 versions of this theme slightly re-arranged: slightly classic version, a choir-based version and a guitar-focused version. Unique to this game, is that all three of these versions past 1 minute and 25 seconds incorporate an arrangement of both "Lenna's Theme" and the beginning portion of the original battle theme afterwards before looping again.
There are three arrangements of "Battle at the Big Bridge". The first one, titled "Prismelody: Clash on the Big Bridge -F-" plays on the overworld of the Big Bridge. The second one, titled " Prismelody: Clash on the Big Bridge -C-" plays during battles with Gilgamesh and when Bartz uses his Champion summon ability. The last one, titled "Prismelody: Clash on the Big Bridge -E-" plays during cutscenes involving Gilgamesh.
An arrangement of "Battle at the Big Bridge" by Yuzo Takahashi, plays during the minigame of Legend of the Crystals, the final storybook. It is the twenty-seventh track of the original soundtrack, the first disc of Chocobo to Mahou no Ehon Series Original Soundtrack.
Another arrangement of "Battle at the Big Bridge" by Yuzo Takahashi appears. It is included in the second disc of the original soundtrack as the twelfth track.
"Raffaello Battle" is an arrangement by Yuzo Takahashi and serves as the final battle theme. It was released as the twenty-seventh track of the original soundtrack.
Arrangement album appearances[edit | edit source]
The track was included in the Final Fantasy V Piano Collections album as "Battle with Gilgamesh". The track was rearranged on piano by Shirou Satou and performed by Toshiyuki Mori.
"Clash on the Big Bridge" received a hard-rock arrangement by The Black Mages, and was included in their first, eponymous album as the second track.
"Clash on the Big Bridge" is the eleventh track on the album, which consists entirely of solo classical guitar arrangements of tracks from the Final Fantasy main series, performed and arranged by Yuji Sekiguchi.
Another piano arrangement of "Battle at the Big Bridge", by Hiroyuki Nakayama, is included in this album. It is the tenth track.
The track appears in the 8-bit arrangement album as its second track.
A Japanese folk arrangement of "Battle at the Big Bridge" by Sekizima Takeo is included on this tribute album to Final Fantasy music as the second track of its second disc.
Live performances[edit | edit source]
"THE BLACK MAGES" LIVE[edit | edit source]
The Black Mages' arranged "Clash on the Big Bridge" from their debut album was performed live at this 2003 concert that took place at Shibuya-AX and Kanagawa University. It was the ninth song of the line-up.
LIVE "Above The Sky"[edit | edit source]
The Black Mages' "Clash on the Big Bridge" was again performed at their 2005 concerts at Club Citta in Kawasaki City, Japan and Namba Hatch in Osaka City, Japan. It was the tenth song of the concert.
"Clash on the Big Bridge (Battle at the Big Bridge)" is included on this orchestral concert tour. It is the sixteenth and final song of the live recording of the concert by the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Arnie Roth held in Tokyo, in November 2010.
Compilation album appearances[edit | edit source]
"Clash on the Big Bridge" is included on the fifth disc of this collector's edition set.
Non-Final Fantasy appearances[edit | edit source]
An arrangement of "Battle at the Big Bridge" plays as the background theme for the "Battle Colosseum" minigame.