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"The Decisive Battle" (決戦, Kessen?) is the boss battle theme for Final Fantasy VI. It was composed by Nobuo Uematsu.

Game appearances[]

Final Fantasy[]

An arrangement of The Decisive Battle" appears in the 20th Anniversary Edition version when battling Typhon, Orthros, Phantom Train, and Death Gaze at the Whisperwind Cove.

Final Fantasy VI[]

"The Decisive Battle" is the predominant battle theme for boss battles, being replaced by "Battle to the Death" for a selection of strong bosses.

It is the twenty-fourth track of the first disc of the Original Sound Version, and of the Kefka's Domain album. The TOSE arrangement for the Finest Fantasy for Advance version was released as the twenty-fourth track of the Final Fantasy Finest Box collection's fourth disc.

Final Fantasy XIV[]

The original version of "The Decisive Battle" is the battle theme for Ultros and Typhoon. A new arrangement by Masayoshi Soken titled "A Battle Decisively" was used for the boss theme for Sigmascape V1.0 raid introduced in the 4.2 patch.

"A Battle Decisively" is the 77th track in Stormblood: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack.

Final Fantasy XV[]

The original Final Fantasy VI version and the Dissidia Final Fantasy arrangement are included on the music player. The Memories of FFVI album is bought for 100 gil from JM Market in Taelpar Rest Area. The Memories of DISSIDIA FF album is sold in Old Lestallum for 500 gil.

A new techno arrangement appears as the boss theme for Deathgaze in Final Fantasy XV: Comrades added for the release of the standalone version.

Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)[]

"The Decisive Battle -arrange- from FINAL FANTASY VI" is an arrangement of "The Decisive Battle" by Takeharu Ishimoto. It is one of the two default Final Fantasy VI battle themes. It is the twenty-seventh track of the Dissidia Final Fantasy Original Soundtrack first disc.

"The Decisive Battle" can be automatically selected for battles

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy[]

"The Decisive Battle" is a battle theme that can be automatically selected for battles taking place at the Phantom Train or Kefka's Tower, or when fighting Terra or Kefka.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT[]

The Dissidia Final Fantasy arrangement and the original SNES version can be bought from the shop for 3,600 gil.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy[]

"The Decisive Battle" appears as a Battle Music Sequence for the Final Fantasy VI Series play. It is also in the first downloadable demo. The theme is included in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Compilation Album.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call[]

"The Decisive Battle" is a Battle Music Sequence for Final Fantasy VI. "The Decisive Battle - arrangement - from FINAL FANTASY VI" also appears as a BMS for Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy All-Star Carnival[]

"The Decisive Battle" is a playable Battle Music Sequence that is available by default.

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The Final Fantasy Record Keeper arrangement of "The Decisive Battle" is also playable as a Battle Music Sequence. It can be purchased from the song store for 5 sound medals. It was also the worldwide victory reward for the "Tyro vs. Dr. Mog" Lux Crystal Battle that took place between April 12, 2017 and April 25, 2017.

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

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World of Final Fantasy[]

"Prismelody: The Decisive Battle" plays when Terra uses her Champion summon ability.

Arrangement album appearances[]

The Black Mages[]

A rearranged version was recorded for the Black Mages' first, eponymous album, using seven-string guitars and played in their signature progressive rock format.

Guitar Solo Final Fantasy Official Best Collection[]

"Decisive Battle" is included on the album, which consists entirely of solo classical guitar arrangements of tracks from the Final Fantasy main series, performed by Yuji Sekiguchi.

Final Fantasy Orchestra Album[]

The Final Fantasy VI "The Decisive Battle" was included in the final track of this album, "Battle Medley 2012 (Final Fantasy I – XIV)," arranged by Hiroyuki Nakayama, as its sixth song.

Live performances[]


The Black Mages's arranged "The Decisive Battle" from their debut album was performed live at this 2003 concert that took place at Shibuya-AX and Kanagawa University, of which it was the eight song of the line-up.

A New World: intimate music from Final Fantasy[]

A live recording of "The Decisive Battle" 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.

Appearances outside Final Fantasy media[]

Total Pwnage[]

"Decisive Battle" was arranged and performed by video game metal band Powerglove, and this was included as the fourth track of their debut extended play Total Pwnage.

Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Portable[]

An organ arrangement of "The Decisive Battle" is included in this crossover between Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest for the PlayStation Portable. It has some electric guitar-chords on the background, but is mainly an organ piece.

Lord of Vermilion Re:2 FAN KIT[]

An arrangement of this song is included on the Final Fantasy VI medley by Tsuyoshi Sekito.


A decisive battle is another name for decisive victory. A decisive victory is a military victory in battle that definitively resolves the objective being fought over, ending one stage of the conflict and beginning another stage. Until a decisive victory is achieved, conflict over the competing objectives will continue.