"The Land Breathes" (大地の鼓動, Daichi no Kodō?, lit. Beat of the Land) is the main normal battle theme from Final Fantasy XIV. The game currently features five versions of the theme, each version plays in five territories of Eorzea. All five versions were composed by Masayoshi Soken.
Since the beginning of version 2.0 (A Realm Reborn), five different battle themes were designed by Masayoshi Soken for the five main regions of Eorzea. The versions for the three city-states of the Eorzean Alliance vary only slightly. "The Land Breathes", the version which plays in the areas of La Noscea, features a focus on the horn. "The Land Bends" (森の鼓動, Mori no Kodō?, lit. Beat of the Forest), which plays in the Black Shroud, instead includes a flute accompaniment. Meanwhile, "The Land Burns" (荒野の鼓動, Areno no Kodō?, lit. Beat of the Desert), from the region of Thanalan, includes a harp.
The two other versions of the song are very different in instruments used, and are more distinct from the other three arrangements. "The Land Breaks" (雪山の鼓動, Setsuzan no Kodō?, lit. Beat of the Snow Mountain) plays in the region of Coerthas, and relies strongly on an organ to give it a more melancholic feel. "The Land Bleeds" (水晶の鼓動, Suishō no Kodō?, lit. Beat of the Crystal) plays in the region of Mor Dhona is a more orchestral piece with a harmony added to create a more solemn-sounding version.
"The Land Breathes" appears as a Battle Music Sequence representing Final Fantasy XIV. The background of the song is the generic "battle" background used in many battle themes.
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