"Let the Battles Begin!" (闘う者達, Tatakau Monotachi?, lit. Those Who Fight), also known as "Those Who Fight" or "Fighting", is the battle theme of Final Fantasy VII. It plays in common random encounters, except for times where background music, such as "Hurry!", overlap it. This is the first battle theme in the series to not have the ascending arpeggios in its intro.
"Let the Battles Begin!" is heard on random encounters, except for times where background musics such as "Hurry!" overlap it. Chocobo battles have their own battle music. "Let the Battles Begin!" is the tenth track of the Final Fantasy VII: Original Soundtrack first disc.
The theme also plays in the 1996 and 1997 demo versions, albeit the earlier demo has a slightly different version.
"Let the Battles Begin!" appears twice: first the Piano Collections: Final Fantasy VII arrangement plays during the battle between Tifa Lockhart and Loz at the Sector 5 slums church. Its second appearance is an original hard-rock arrangement, which plays during the final battles with the three Remnants of Sephiroth.
The themes, are, respectively, the seventh track of the first disc, and the second track of the second disc of the movie's original soundtrack.
"Timely Ambush (from FFVII "Let the Battles Begin!")" is an arrangement of "Let the Battles Begin!" by Takeharu Ishimoto, and is used for some battles at Midgar. It is the seventeenth track of the first disc of the Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- Original Soundtrack.
An orchestral version of "Let the Battles Begin!" is included on the ending theme, "Living Legacy", by Kazuhiko Toyama.
"Let the Battles Begin!" is the main battle theme, although there are several battle themes. In addition, the melody is present in several other tracks (e.g. in "Ignition Flame", "Midgar Expressway"). There are six versions of the theme on the Final Fantasy VII Remake Original Soundtrack.
- "Let the Battles Begin! - Ex SOLDIER" plays in the first room in the Mako Reactor 1.
- "Let the Battles Begin! - Break Through" plays during the escape in streets of the Sector 8. The theme has different phases.
- "Let the Battles Begin! - A Merc's Job" is the battle theme of the Sector 7 Slums.
- "Let the Battles Begin! - The Hideout" plays when rescuing children in Sector 5 Slums.
"Let the Battles Begin!" is also a music disc for jukeboxes bought from a vending machine at the Train Graveyard for 50 gil. "Let the Battles Begin! REMAKE" is obtained by getting a perfect score in the dance tutorial at the Honeybee Inn.
The menu description for the Buster Sword is "A large broadsword that has inherited the hopes of those who fight".
"Let the Battles Begin!" is included as a bonus battle background music, acquirable through the PP Catalog for 240 PP.
A new techno arrangement is a default theme, and the original PlayStation version is available from the shop for 3,600 gil.
"Let the Battles Begin" s a Battle Music Sequence. "Those Who Fight (Piano Version)" is a Battle Music Sequence for Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, and "Timely Ambush" appears as a Field Music Sequence for Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-. It also appears on the Best of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call album.
"Let the Battles Begin" appears as a playable Battle Music Sequence. It is available to the player by default.
A new arrangement called "Prismelody: Those Who Fight" plays when using Tifa's Champion Medal.
Arrangement album appearances
An arrangement of "Let the Battles Begin!" by Shirō Hamaguchi and performed by Seiji Honda is included in this piano arrangement album as its fifth track.
The song is part of the 8-bit arrangement album. It is the mashed-up with the track "Fanfare".
"Let the Battles Begin!" is the seventh song of the final track of this album, "Battle Medley 2012 (Final Fantasy I – XIV)", arranged by Hiroyuki Nakayama.
Live orchestra performances
"Let the Battles Begin!" is included on this concert, performed by the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Arnie Roth held in Tokyo, in November 2010. It is the third track of the second disc of its live recording album.
A live recording of "Those Who Fight" from at the London premiere of the concert of the same name on February 15, 2014, conducted by Arnie Roth, is included on this album.
Symphonic Fantasies: Music From Square Enix
A live symphonic arrangement of "Those Who Fight" appears in the fourth movement, "Fantasy IV: Final Fantasy," along with several other battle themes from the series.
Symphonic Odysseys: Tribute To Nobuo Uematsu
"Those Who Fight" appears twice in the final track, "Final Fantasy VII Battle Suite." The suite begins with the solo piano version of the song, which is then joined by an orchestra and full choir, with new lyrics in Latin, and elements of "J-E-N-O-V-A" incorporated into the arrangement. Several other pieces from Final Fantasy VII appear in the medley, which ends by returning to "Those Who Fight."
The final encore, "Fight! Fight! Fight!" is a medley featuring several battles theme from the series. "Those Who Fight" appears throughout the medley as a transition between battle themes.
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"Those Who Fight" appears in a medley of Final Fantasy VII battle themes on track six, alongside "J-E-N-O-V-A" and "Those Who Fight Further."
Compilation album appearances
"Those Who Fight" is included in this Final Fantasy VII best-of album, of which it is the tenth track.
This theme was included in this compilation of Square Enix battle themes from games released between 1996 and 1998. It is the seventh track of the album.
"Let the Battles Begin!" is included on the third disc of this collector's edition set.
"Let the Battles Begin!" is included on the first disc of this collectors' set.
Both the original and Remake versions are included.
Appearances outside Final Fantasy media
Ehrgeiz features an arrangement of the track still titled "Those Who Fight" which plays on Cloud's stage.
An arrangement of "Let the Battles Begin!" was included in this crossover between Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest.
"Let the Battles Begin!" and "Fight On!" are one of the two songs that can be played when fighting on the Midgar stage.
The name "Those Who Fight" may originate from the three orders of medieval society as opined by philosophers: Those Who Pray, Those Who Fight and Those Who Labor.