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This battle music plays during the fight against Barthandelus in FFXIII. The rage of the orchestra and the solemnity of the chorus befit his pomp and nihilism.

"Fighting Fate" (宿命への抗い, Shukumei e no Aragai?) is a boss theme from Final Fantasy XIII and is associated with Barthandelus. It was composed by Masashi Hamauzu and arranged and orchestrated by Yoshihisa Hirano. The lyrics were written by Motomu Toriyama and translated into Latin by Taro Yamashita and Dr. Volker Ahlemeyer. It was conducted by Wojciech Rodek and performed by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir.


The official lyrics were released on Final Fantasy XIII: Original Soundtrack. The lyrics are a recurring element in a few other songs.

The official lyrics do not include the italicized lyrics, which are from a previous stanza.

De Die Irae, l'Cie Pultis.
Tuum fatum sequeris. Tuum sanctuarium affligeas.
De Die Irae, l'Cie Pultis.
Tuum fatum sequeris. Tuum sanctuarium affligeas.
Per somnum aeternum, numen divinum dictus est.
Viator elamentabilis.
Unofficial English translation
Come Day of Wrath, O Pulse l'Cie.
Embrace thy fate. Thine home to burn.
Come Day of Wrath, O Pulse l'Cie.
Embrace thy fate. Thine home to burn.
That fallen souls might bear our plea, to hasten the Divine's return.
O piteous Wanderer.

Game appearances[]

Final Fantasy XIII[]

"Fighting Fate" is the battle theme for the battles of all three incarnations of Barthandelus. It explicitly references the intent of Galenth Dysley to use the l'Cie as his tools to bring about Ragnarok, an incarnation of wrath, so as to destroy Cocoon. It is the 17th track of the third disc of the Original Soundtrack.

Notably, Barthandelus recites its lyrics while under the guise of Serah at Oerba, and adds "Make of this day a brave epoch. Deliver the Divine, Ragnarok". In Latin, it is "Creo dies tempo fortis. Vindico divinum, Ragnarok".

A version without the chorus plays as the main characters are chased by Yaag Rosch while escaping the Palamecia. It was included on the Original Soundtrack PLUS album.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII[]

"Fighting Fate" is incorporated in the the final boss theme, "Almighty Bhunivelze", and also plays in levels 30-33 of the Ultimate Lair.

Final Fantasy XV[]

"Fighting Fate" is the eighth track of the Memories of FFXIII, which is available by default in the music player.

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy[]

"Fighting Fate" is part of the Final Fantasy XIII Music Pack DLC distributed through the PlayStation Network. It is automatically selected for Arcade and Quick Battles featuring Lightning or Orphan's Cradle.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT[]

A new arrangement of "Fighting Fate" appears as a battle theme, arranged by Takeharu Ishimoto and Ayano.

It is the 3rd track of disc 2 on Dissidia Final Fantasy -Arcade- Original Soundtrack Vol. 2, and the 50th track on Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Original Soundtrack.

Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia[]

The Dissidia Final Fantasy NT version of "Fighting Fate" plays during the battle against Kaiser Behemoth in Arc 2 Chapter 1.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy[]

"Fighting Fate" is a bonus Battle Music Sequence available as downloadable content.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call[]

"Fighting Fate" is a Battle Music Sequence.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy All-Star Carnival[]

"Fighting Fate" is a playable Battle Music Sequence. It can be bought in the song store for 5 sound medals.

Beginner Basic Expert Ultimate Transcendent
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Compilation album appearances[]

W/F: Music from Final Fantasy XIII -Gentle Reveries-[]

"Fighting Fate" is one of the tracks in this "best of" gramophone record album. It is the fourth track of Side A.

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