The Flying Fortress, also known as Sky Castle or Floating Castle, is a location from the original Final Fantasy only accessible through the Mirage Tower. In the NES and MSX versions, in a significant plot twist, it was revealed on entry to be a purely-technological satellite station in high stellar orbit above the planet, allowing the stars to be seen in the background; the releases starting with the WonderSwan Color version changed it into a more traditional castle in the clouds, albeit still made with, and possessed of, technology significantly more advanced than anything on the surface. This structure is where the Wind Crystal rests and where the Fiend of Wind, Tiamat, awaits the Warriors of Light.

An even greater threat exists on the bridge leading to Tiamat's lair: the powerful machine of death known as the Warmech.

Story[edit | edit source]

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The Flying Fortress was home to the advanced Lufenian race. Their expertise in technology is seen in the grand structure of the fortress and its ability to levitate. Four hundred years before the advent of the Warriors of Light, the Lufenians were driven out of their home by Tiamat and were forced make a home on the surface, Lufenia.

After obtaining the Chime from Lufenia and the Warp Cube from the Waterfall Cavern, the Warriors of Light venture to the Mirage Tower to reach the Flying Fortress where they defeat Tiamat and restore the Wind Crystal.

Items[edit | edit source]

Flying Fortress artwork by Yoshitaka Amano.

Item Location
Razer First Floor
180 gil First Floor
5,000 gil First Floor
Protect Ring First Floor
6,720 gil First Floor
Healing Helm First Floor
7,900 gil First Floor
4,150 gil First Floor
9,900 gil First Floor
Potion First Floor
Diamond Gloves Second Floor
Diamond Shield Second Floor
Ribbon Second Floor
White Robe Second Floor
Black Robe Second Floor
Adamantite Second Floor
Cottage Second Floor
Mythril Helm Second Floor
8,135 gil Third Floor
Protect Cloak Third Floor
9,500 gil Third Floor
Clothes Third Floor
Gold Needle Third Floor
5,450 gil Third Floor
Potion Third Floor
9,000 gil Third Floor
Protect Ring Third Floor
Sasuke's Blade Third Floor
3,400 gil Third Floor
4,150 gil Third Floor
Gold Needle Third Floor

Enemies[edit | edit source]

Battle Background.

Battle Background (Tiamat).

Musical themes[edit | edit source]

The Flying Fortress's background music is named after itself, only reappearing in certain floors of the Whisperwind Cove.

Other appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy Tactics[edit | edit source]

Floating Castle.

The Floating Castle is mentioned as one of the wonders in Final Fantasy Tactics. It bears the following description:

The winged ones possessed technology allowing them to transmute cloudstone into crystals, like the ones that keep this castle aloft. Unfortunately, both the winged ones and their wondrous knowledge were lost in the Cataclysm.

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

The Dreams of a Flying Castle Gateway is located in the middle of the Mirage Sandsea (Dissidia 012's given name to the Yahnikurm Desert area), and is a direct reference to the Flying Fortress.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[edit | edit source]

Armed with the knowledge they obtained in Lufenia, the Warriors of Light make their way to the Mirage Tower. There, they use the Warp Cube to enter the Flying Fortress.


The Flying Fortress is a Realm Dungeon, unlocked by completing Sunken Shrine. Completing it unlocks Nibelheim.

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius[edit | edit source]

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Gallery[edit | edit source]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In Dissidia Final Fantasy the fortress is referred to by name, as both Wing of the Hawk and the Town on the Hawk's Wing.
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