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"To Sail Forbidden Seas" is a boss theme in Final Fantasy XVI. It was composed by Masayoshi Soken and arranged by Soken and Yoshitaka Suzuki, with lyrics written by John Taylor.

There are three other battle themes from the game that use the same melody as "To Sail Forbidden Seas": the main battle theme "Sixteen Bells", and the boss themes "On the Shoulders of Giants" and "No Risk, No Reward".

According to Soken, the theme was structured to be rousing in the first half, classical in the middle, and dramatical in the second half.[1] He has also said that it is one of his favorite pieces of music, having composed a lot of music for the game.[2]


The official lyrics were released via Square Enix Music's Twitter account.[3] The lyrics were released again later on the Final Fantasy XVI Original Soundtrack.

Eurus, Caecias, Thrascias, Zephyrus,
Meses, Notos, Lips, Apheliotes
Tempest neverending
O Tartarus!
Drowning, underneath the waves!
Cloud and squall and gale and hurricane.
Drown in darkness, ne'er to breathe again.
Douse the sails, batten down!
See the waves, feel the wind rising!
Strike the spars, go below!
Fork-flamed fire, thunder-cloven
Mountains climb, voids for vales
Hither, yon, tossed over and under
Cling to the key till the tides turn!
Running onward, all together now!
Sweep the stormclouds from your blackened brow!
Fall to, yarely! Heigh, hearts, cheerily!
Dance, white water, and sing, skies!
Burst your wind with us!

Game appearances[]

Final Fantasy XIV[]

"To Sail Forbidden Seas" plays as the boss theme against the Infernal Shadow in The Path Infernal quest battle during the The Path Infernal collaboration event.

It is track 82 on the Growing Light: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack.

Final Fantasy XVI[]

"To Sail Forbidden Seas" is the theme that plays during boss battles against Dominants and the first battles against each Eikon.

It plays in the following order: the battle against Benedikta, the first battle against Garuda, the first battle against the Infernal Eikon, the battle against Hugo, the first battle against Titan, the first battle against Bahamut up until Ifrit is hit by Gigaflare and is temporarily removed from battle, the first unwinnable battle against Barnabas, and the first half of the second battle against Barnabas/Odin.

It also plays in stage 3 of the trials.

In the "Echoes of the Fallen" downloadable content, "To Sail Forbidden Seas" plays as the boss theme during the first phase of the battle against Omega.

"To Sail Forbidden Seas" is track 27 on disc 4 of the Final Fantasy XVI Original Soundtrack.

"Once More" is an arrangement by Masayoshi Soken that includes the "Prelude". It plays during the cutscene when Clive and Joshua Rosfield assume the form of Ifrit Risen, Ifrit and the Phoenix united as one, for the second time before attacking Ultima. It is track 4 on disc 7 of the original soundtrack.

Theatrhythm Final Bar Line[]

"To Sail Forbidden Seas" appears as a Battle Music Stage in the Final Fantasy XVI DLC pack, released on November 1st, 2023.[4] It features a difficulty level of 2, 5, 9, and 12 for its Basic, Expert, Ultimate, and Supreme Scores, respectively.

The stage's visuals and its album art are modeled after the arena in which Clive Rosfield battles Benedikta Harman atop Caer Norvent.

Other appearances[]


FINAL FANTASY XVI - Requiem Live Action Trailer

"To Sail Forbidden Seas" was orchestrated by Yoshitaka Suzuki for the Final Fantasy XVI live action trailer "Requiem".[5][6]

It was nominated for and won the 2023 Hollywood Music in Media Award for Song/Score – Commercial Advertisement.[7][8][9]

Live performances[]

The Game Awards 10-Year Concert[]

FINAL FANTASY XVI | ‘To Sail Forbidden Seas’ Performed Live

"To Sail Forbidden Seas" was performed live at the concert at the Hollywood Bowl on June 25, 2023 to celebrate 10 years of The Game Awards.[10][11] It was conducted by Lorne Balfe and performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.[12]

Etymology and interpretation[]

Eurus, Caecias, Thrascias, Zephyrus, Meses, Notos, Lips, and Apeliotes (or Apheliotes) refer to the classical compass winds for the points of geographic direction and orientation, in association with the winds as conceived of by the ancient Greeks. The names are part of a 10-to-12 wind system which was first introduced by the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle in his Meteorology treatise. The eight classical winds above are roughly equivalent to the modern compass directions below:

  • Eurus (εὖρος, eûros) — Southeast (SE)
  • Caecias (καικίας, kaikíās) — Northeast (NE)
  • Thrascias (θρασκίας, thrāiskías) — North-northwest (NNW)
  • Zephyrus (ζέφυρος, zéphuros) — West (W)
  • Meses (μέσης, mésis) — North-northeast (NNE)
  • Notos (νότος, nótos) — South (S)
  • Lips (λίψ, líps) — Southwest (SW)
  • Apeliotes (ἀπηλιώτης, apēliṓtēs) — East (E)

Eurus, Zephyrus, and Notus are three of the four principal wind gods, the Anemoi (Ἄνεμοι, Ánemoi, lit. "Winds"), in ancient Greek religion and myth. They were each ascribed a cardinal direction from which their respective winds came. The rest of the winds are the lesser and minor wind gods.

Eurus (Εὖρος, Eûros, lit. "east wind") is the Greek god and personification of the east wind, although sometimes he is also said to be southeast specifically. He is one of the Anemoi. Zephyrus (Ζέφυρος, Zéphuros, lit. "westerly wind"), also spelled in English as Zephyr, is the Greek god and personification of the west wind and one of the Anemoi. Notus (Νότος, Nótos, lit. "south") is the Greek god of the south wind and one of the Anemoi.

In Greek mythology, Oceanus (Ὠκεανός, Ōkeanós) was the Titan son of Uranus and Gaia. He was the father of the river gods and Oceanids, and believed by the ancient Greeks and Romans to be the divine personification of the ocean, depicted as an enormous river encircling the world. He has on occasion been depicted as having the lower body of a serpent.

In Greek mythology, Tartarus (Τάρταρος, Tártaros) is both a deity and a place even lower than Hades reserved for those judged to be in need of punishment. In some ancient texts it is credited as the first "thing" in existence from which all other things came into being. It is also the place where Zeus imprisoned the Titans.

FFXVI World Map

Map of Valisthea.

The lyrics of "To Sail Forbidden Seas" can be interpreted as Clive's journey from the battle at Nysa Defile onward. Considering the center of Valisthea as the point of origin (which could include the Hideaway and/or the Crystalline Dominion), the directions mentioned would be: Eurus, south-east: the Nysa Defile; Caecias, north-east: Greatwood, Lostwing and Caer Norvent; Thrascias, north-north-west: Eastpool and Phoenix Gate, Zephyrus, west: Mount Drustanus at the Iron Kingdom; Meses, north-north-east: Oriflamme; Notos, south: Dalimill; Lips, south-west: Drake's Fang; Apheliotes, east: the Crystalline Dominion, and/or the continent of Ash. However, Clive goes to Oriflamme before visiting Iron Kingdom, so the lyrics' directions do not perfectly retrace his journey. The subsequent lyrics tell of going across the sea, like how Clive does on the Enterprise and encounters Barnabas Tharmr on the ocean floor: Oceanus! Tempest neverending, O Tartarus! Drowning, underneath the waves!