I laid a live orchestra over a programmed orchestral piece that was almost completed. I've used quite a bit of this "lay-over" technique for this project, but because this style is rarely done, it wasn't easy for us to reach the recording stage. Some of the percussion was programmed, but for majority of the instruments I had an arranger who would orchestrate them or adjust the scoring. By mixing the expressive live sound and the large scale programmed orchestral sound, I could match the grand world of FF. When I was making demos, people often said that the programmed elements were good enough because I made them in great detail. In hindsight, I think the combination of live and programmed sounds worked quite well.

Masashi Hamauzu on the Final Fantasy XIII Limited Collection Edition

Saber's Edge (ブレイズエッジ, Bureizu Ejji?, lit. Blaze Edge) is the main boss battle theme of Final Fantasy XIII. It was composed by Masashi Hamauzu.

Game appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy XIII[edit | edit source]

"Saber's Edge" is the main boss battle theme. It is the fourth track of the original soundtrack's first disc.

A prototype version of "Saber's Edge" was included in the Final Fantasy XIII: Original Soundtrack PLUS album as "M3 No. 4 Boss A – Alpha Version", the fourth track of the album.

Final Fantasy XIII-2[edit | edit source]

"Saber's Edge" plays in the battle against the Long Gui in the Archylte Steppe ??? AF.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII[edit | edit source]

"Saber's Edge" acts as one of the battle themes for the Dead Dunes. It is also incorporated into the final boss theme, "Almighty Bhunivelze".

The 16-bit arrangement of the track appears in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Retro-spective trailer.

Final Fantasy XIV[edit | edit source]

"Saber's Edge" is the battle theme used for the fight against the Aspect of Chaos on the final Full Active Time Event of the event Lightning Strikes.

Final Fantasy XV[edit | edit source]

"Saber's Edge" is the third track of the Memories of FFXIII, which is available by default in the music player. The Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy arrangement is available on the Memories of Dissidia 012 FF album purchasable from Old Lestallum for 500 gil.

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

"Saber's Edge -arrange- from FINAL FANTASY XIII"
Music

"Saber's Edge -arrange- from FINAL FANTASY XIII" is an arrangement by Mitsuto Suzuki. It is the thirteenth track of the original soundtrack second disc. This arrangement is similar to the original version, receiving only a minor addition of synthetic drums.

It is one of the default themes for battles against Lightning, or any battle with Orphan's Cradle as the arena.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT[edit | edit source]

The arranged track from Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy and the original PlayStation 3 version can be bought from the shop for 3,600 gil.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

"Saber's Edge" was selected as the Battle Music Sequence for the Final Fantasy XIII Series play. The theme is included in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Compilation Album.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call[edit | edit source]

"Saber's Edge" is a Battle Music Sequence for Final Fantasy XIII.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy All-Star Carnival[edit | edit source]

"Saber's Edge" is a BMS song that is available by default.

Difficulty
Beginner Basic Expert Ultimate Transcendent
N/A 2 5 9 N/A

Live orchestra performances[edit | edit source]

Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy Returning Home[edit | edit source]

An orchestral arrangement of "Saber's Edge" conducted by Arnie Roth and performed by the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra is present on the third Distant Worlds album. It was originally performed in Tokyo in November 2010. It was the twentieth song of the concert's line-up and it was released as the ninth track of the second disc of the concert's recording.

Compilation album appearances[edit | edit source]

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

"Saber's Edge" was included in this "best of" type vinyl album. It is the second track of the Side A.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The sabre or saber is a sword that usually has a curved, single-edged blade and a rather large hand guard, covering the knuckles of the hand as well as the thumb and forefinger.

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