Masterpiece among the scions created by the gods, and the mastermind of the plot to rise against them. Prior to her betrayal, she was tasked with guiding souls to heaven and aiding in their reincarnation. Called the High Seraph for her angelic wings of glimmering gold, yet it was on wings of deepest black that the tainted angel Ultima rose against the gods. Since her fall, her heart is without light, and impossible to know.
Ultima, the High Seraph (聖天使アルテマ, Seitenshi Arutema?, lit. Ultima, the Holy Angel) is a recurring summon and entity in Ivalice. She is associated with the Holy element, her color sign is golden yellow, and she represents the zodiac sign of Virgo, the Virgin. While she debuted in Final Fantasy Tactics, her most prominent design is based on her look in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. Her signature attack is Eschaton.
Ultima is an optional Esper located at the top of the Great Crystal in Giruvegan. The player can access the optional area of the Great Crystal after they have the Treaty-Blade. Ultima's battle is unique in that she cycles through different handicaps. Defeating Ultima rewards her icon in the Sky Pirate's Den in the Clan Primer, earning the player the title of "Fell Angel". She is then added to the party's License Board(s).
High Seraph, bringer of life and death.
Ultima is the Rank III magical Holy Yarhi. To summon her on the Ring of Pacts, Shiva or Ramuh must be unlocked first. Her position on the Ring is the farthest spot from Zalera, the Death Seraph. Ultima is fought in Mission 57: Otherworldly Beauty, which takes place at the Underfane of Huin Qul. Defeating her gains Penelo her Quickening, Dance of Rapture.
- Revitalize - restores HP and removes debuffs from one character.
- Eschaton (Perfect Ultima) - deals Holy damage to a group of enemies in a straight line extending from Ultima.
Ultima is the final boss of the Orbonne Monastery 24-player raid. She resembles a fusion of her Final Fantasy XII appearance and her second form from Final Fantasy Tactics. Ultima created the auracite that feature heavily in the "Return to Ivalice" storyline.
Ultima is an extradimensional being that was summoned to Hydaelyn ages ago by Saint Ajora, the first of the legendary Zodiac Braves. She was sealed away by the mothercrystal, but centuries later awoke and so had to be sealed again by Ramza Beoulve and his comrades, who gave up their lives in exchange. It is theorized by the cast that the Ultima spell was based on her abilities.
According to the description given with her real-world collectible statue, mankind's fear of Ultima caused people to worship her, "feeding the extradimensional traveler's empty soul until it brimmed with a force completely alien to Her—a sense of self", making her a "living primal." Ultima's Triple Triad card states that she was once the "embodiment of pure ruination" and that she was fed by the terrified reverence of mankind, such that "by a process not unlike the prayer-fueled creation of a primal" she became self aware.
Ultima appears as a Scion. She can be called by anyone equipping the High Seraph's Plume when the Smash Gauge is orange.
When summoned, Ultima uses Ultima, which fully heals all allies and inflicts Holy damage to all enemies.
Ultima appeared as a boss. She was depicted in both her High Seraph and Arch Seraph forms.
She can be purchased at the special Moogle Shop at Cornelia for 150 KP. This summonstone is unlocked at the shop as a limited offer after earning 1,800 KP total. She is noted as being half-humanoid and half-machine, meaning that the cannon which Ultima appears to be sitting on is the actual lower half of her body.
Ultima appears as the final boss of Chapter 10 - Abandoned Petalum, after being summoned by Vayne.
Ultima appears in her humanoid Final Fantasy Tactics form as an enemy in Battle Music Sequences.
Ultima in her humanoid form appears as a boss.
Ultima is an obtainable card.
Ultima appears as a light-element ability card and as an enemy boss summoned by Meia. She also appears as an Ability Card, though this is Earth element, unlike normally being Light-element. This ability card gives the Mage ability Fatal Stonega, an area of effect Earth attack that lowers resistance to critical hits. The Ultima Sicarius ability card is available for all classes, dealing Light damage to a single target.
Ultima appears in her official Final Fantasy XII render and her Theatrhythm Final Fantasy artwork. Her cards are Shine-elemental reflecting her holy nature.
Ultima means "the last" in Latin and many Latin-based languages. In the Spanish versions of many Final Fantasy games, it is written as "Artema," a close transliteration of the Japanese katakana.
Ultima is referred to as the Kanya Ascendant, which is the Sanskrit name of its zodiac sign as used in Jyotish astrology. The name of Ultima's trademark attack, Eschaton, refers to the end of the world. It is from this term that the word "Eschatology" is taken, a branch of theology that refers to the study of end times.