The Magitek Research Facility is an unrevisitable location in Final Fantasy VI located in the imperial capital of Vector. It is where experiments on espers are carried out, and is where the empire's Magitek weapons are produced. The facility was developed sixteen years ago.

Completing the location in the mobile/Steam port earns the Terra's Truth achievement.

Story[edit | edit source]

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The Returners find a way to enter the facility.

The Returners infiltrate the facility with the help of a Returner member stationed in Vector, and make their way through the facility to try and find the captive espers used to power the Gestahlian Empire's Magitek weapons. They spy Kefka torturing two espers before throwing them into a garbage chute, laughing at the power he has gained from them, as well as hinting at his plans to restore the Warring Triad using the espers' magic.

Kefka implies Celes is an imperial spy.

After acquiring the help of the two as magicite, the Returners climb up to the main lab where six espers are held captive. The Returners shut down the machine, but the espers are already too weak from the experiments, and turn themselves to magicite. Cid arrives and speaks to Celes and Locke, inquiring about rumors that Celes is an imperial spy. Kefka appears and insists the rumors are true, and has two imperial soldiers attack the group. To prove her loyalty, Celes teleports the imperials, herself and Kefka away.

The Returners escaping from the facility.

The fighting damages machinery in the room that begins to explode, and Cid and the other Returners flee to a mine cart. The Returners ride it to safety, meeting up with Setzer and fleeing to the Blackjack. Kefka tries to activate a pair of cranes to stop them, but the Returners destroy them and escape.

The events trigger a shift in the Third Gestahlian Campaign—the empire's supply of magic is cut off, but they acquire the knowledge of magicite as a superior source of magical energy than the forced extractions from live espers. With this information, and due to the devastation caused by the Returner raid, the Magitek Research Facility is dismantled soon after, but pieces of it make up the debris used to form Kefka's Tower in the World of Ruin.

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Layout[edit | edit source]

The Magitek Research Facility is divided into multiple areas. The first two screens are the Magitek Factory, where suits of Magitek Armor are produced. The area is full of conveyor belts, cranes, duct piping, and lift platforms that make navigation confusing, and some methods of moving between areas like riding cranes and lift platforms are one-way only. There are numerous passages that cross under walkways and through walls and may not be immediately apparent. Within the factory is a garbage chute where Kefka dumps the espers Shiva and Ifrit, and the chute is full of bones presumably from other espers or creatures that have been used for experimentation. A crane in the garbage chute allows the party to be taken back to the factory floor.

Out of the garbage chute, a long staircase leads up to the Research Labs, where the majority of espers being held in the facility are located. After the area is damaging by fighting between the party and Kefka, Cid leads the party down a lift to a mine cart loading dock where they board a mine cart and escape, the cart riding out on the rails near the entrance to the facility in Vector.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Encounters[edit | edit source]

Magitek Factory
Garbage Chute
Stairwell and hallway
Mine Cart

Treasures[edit | edit source]

A chest on the western side of the first room contains a Flametongue, it can be reached by jumping on the conveyor belt and riding it down or riding the crane over a pit, but the crane is the only way out of this area. A chest by the nearby duct pipes contains an Ether. After riding the conveyor belt down, three chests are readily accessible and contain an X-Potion, Thunder Blade, and Remedy. A fourth chest is visible on a walkway above the conveyor belt, after riding the conveyor into the next room a stairwell to the left leads up to a doorway to this chest, which contains a Golden Shield. On the way up these stairs, there is a chest at the bottom with Dragoon Boots.

From the conveyor belt into the second room, a flight of stairs to the right leads to a large area with crates, an opening between them leads into a duct pipe and a side room with an Icebrand and Zephyr Cloak. Continue down the duct pipe to be taken back to the entrance of the room by the conveyor belt. Below this area are two walkways leading down, take the right walkway and descend the stairs, there is a Golden Helm in a small area beyond the door. Further right there is Golden Armor in a small area at the bottom of the screen in a chest that cannot be seen, and on the walkway further right is a Tent.

After reaching the research labs, in the hallway of glass tubes, directly below the left-most tube, walking to the left there is a hidden chest containing a Stoneblade.

In the garbage chute, the player can take the Ifrit and Shiva magicites after defeating them in battle. After defeating Number 024 and reaching the main esper storage room, the player will automatically receive six more magicite shards - Bismarck, Carbuncle, Maduin, Phantom, Catoblepas, Unicorn.

The Magitek Research Facility cannot be revisited, so be sure to acquire any treasures on the first visit.

Quests[edit | edit source]

Free the espers[edit | edit source]

The player's objective on visiting the Magitek Research Facility is to free the captive espers and escape. Despite its complex layout, a linear path through the facility is simple. If the player wishes to acquire all the treasures in the area, the above paragraphs detail their locations and how to reach them.

To proceed through the facility, climb through the ducts in the first room and ride the conveyor belt down, then ride the next conveyor into a new room. Ride the conveyor belt to the right to an area with crates, and when walking down a cutscene with Kefka will initiate. Ride the conveyor into the garbage chute and inspect Ifrit to initiate a battle with Ifrit and Shiva. After the battle the door behind Shiva's magicite leads to a linear path up stairs and down a hall, to the boss Number 024.

When Number 024 is defeated, enter the room beyond it and pull the switch to initiate a cutscene, where Celes will leave the party (all her equipment will be un-equipped) and the party receives six new magicite shards. Follow Cid to the lift and disembark in a small room with a save point. Speak to Cid and the party will board the mine cart out of the facility. After several battles the party will fight Number 128, after which they arrive outside the facility in Vector. Flee south until the party meets with Setzer, and after a cutscene the party will face the Cranes with Setzer joining the party in the battle. With their defeat, the party's adventure through Vector and the Magitek Research Facility are complete.

Musical themes[edit | edit source]

"Magitek Research Facility" from Final Fantasy VI
Music

"Magitek Research Facility", also known as "Devil's Lab" in Kefka's Domain, is the background theme of the Magitek Research Facility.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Area 1

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Area 2

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Area 3

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Other appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy XIV[edit | edit source]

The Magitek Research Facility is referenced by several dungeons in Final Fantasy XIV. The Praetorium features an area called Magitek Research, with the Proto-Ultima Arm Unit enemies encountered within resembling the Crane bosses fought at the end of the VI dungeon. The Aetherochemical Research Facility is similarly named and located in Azys Lla, a floating continent full of other references to Final Fantasy VI. Baelsar's Wall features several magitek enemies and bosses, as well as a conveyor belt section that resembles the Magitek Research Facility. Finally, Castrum Abania contains the most references, with each of its bosses (Magna Roader, Number XXIV, and Inferno) being based off enemies and bosses encountered in the Magitek Research Facility (Magna Roader, Number 024, and Number 128).

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

The Magitek Research Facility appears as the Battle Music Sequence (BMS) for "Battle to the Death".

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call[edit | edit source]

Magitek Research Facility

The Magitek Research Facility returns as the BMS for "Battle to the Death."

Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper[edit | edit source]

The Magitek Research Facility appears as a regular dungeon, as well as a location in the Survival Event Magitek Facility Infiltration and the Challenge Events Legendary Plunder, Touched by Magic, and Back to the Skies.

Magitek Factory[edit | edit source]

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The party has infiltrated the Imperial capital of Vector in hopes of waking Terra. Aided by their fellow Returners, they enter the Magitek Factory where the espers are being held.

Magitek Factory (Classic)
Difficulty
  • Lv. 18
Completion Reward
  • Gil x1,500
Mastery Reward
  • Lesser Fire Orb x5
  • Stamina Shard x2
First Time Reward
Enemies
  • Goetia
  • Hunting Hound
  • Imperial Soldier
  • Iron Fist
  • Onion Knight
  • Ifrit (Boss)
  • Shiva (Boss)
Target Score
  • Exploit Ifrit's weakness to ice attacks.
  • Exploit Shiva's weakness to fire attacks.
Magitek Factory (Elite)
Difficulty
  • Lv. 30
Completion Reward
  • Gil x10,000
Mastery Reward
First Time Reward
  • Mythril x1
  • Stamina Shard x1
Enemies
  • Goetia
  • Hunting Hound
  • Imperial Soldier
  • Iron Fist
  • Onion Knight
  • Ifrit (Boss)
  • Shiva (Boss)
Target Score
  • Exploit Ifrit's weakness to ice attacks.
  • Exploit Shiva's weakness to fire attacks.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

One of the greatest challenges in making Final Fantasy VI was the rail scene where the Returners ride their way out of the Magitek Research Facility. Square used the Super Famicom screen support mode known as Mode 7 and painstakingly illustrated the graphics one dot at a time to create a mock 3D effect. Although producing these graphics was a huge undertaking, the results were far rougher than the developers had hoped. In the end, this section didn't leave a lasting impression as had been intended.[1]

The mine cart room at the end of the facility has a random encounter set assigned to it, the same encounters as the save point room where all enemies are various formations of Flan. However, encounters are disabled in this area.

As the Magitek Research Facility cannot be revisited, Ifrit is the only magicite that can be permanently lost, if the player continues through the facility without picking it up (they have no choice but to take Shiva, as she blocks the door out of the garbage chute). All other magicite can still obtained in the World of Ruin at any point.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Inside the Magitek Research Facility in the mine cart area, the random encounters are disabled. The encounter's are set to formation #356 (Flan x6) and #357 (Flan x4) with this battle background (Vector's battle background.).


Gallery[edit | edit source]

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Etymology[edit | edit source]

"Magitek" is a portmanteau of "magic" and "technology."

References[edit | edit source]

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