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"Ultima"
Music

"Ultima" (究極幻想, Kyūkyoku Gensō?, lit. Ultimate Illusion) is the battle theme of the Ultima Weapon in Final Fantasy XIV. Remixes are used when the player fights the other Weapons.

Game appearances[]

Final Fantasy XIV[]

"Ultima" plays in the second phase of the battle between the Warrior of Light and the Ultima Weapon in the Praetorium, after Lahabrea takes control of the Heart of Sabik to unleash Ultima in an attempt to kill the Warrior. "Ultima" is also used as the only battle theme in the Minstrel's Ballad: Ultima's Bane. The Eorzean Symphony remix of "Ultima" was used in the final phase of the Weapon's Refrain, in which the Warrior of Light fights the Ultimate form of the Ultima Weapon.

"Ultima (The Primals Version)"
Music

The remix of "Ultima" by The Primals is used in the first phase of the battles against the Ruby Weapon in Cinder Drift, Emerald Weapon in Castrum Marinum, and Sapphire Weapon in a solo instance. Another remix, In the Arms of War, is the battle theme of the Diamond Weapon atop the Cloud Deck.

Koji Fox as Lahabrea in The Primals' music video.

For their album Scions & Sinners: FINAL FANTASY XIV Arrangement Album, The Primals made a music video for "Ultima". The music video stars Michael-Christopher Koji Fox as Lahabrea and as the lead singer, sitting on a ruined throne which resembles the Ultima Weapon, and also features Masayoshi Soken on electric guitar.

Lyrics[]

The lyrics of "Ultima" are nonsensical Latin chanting.[1] However, the Eorzean Symphony remix of "Ultima" has English lyrics.[2] These lyrics were modified for The Primals' remix as well as In the Arms of War, and praise Ultima and the Heart of Sabik.

Eorzean Symphony version[]

Heart of darkness beatheth, Ultima
Iron enigma treateth, Ultima
Shielding light retreateth, Ultima
Hydaelyn defeated. Ah, Ultima
Witness
Witness
Witness
Witness
Witness
Beat, the Heart of Sabik, the Heart of Sabik, the Heart of Sabik
Beat, the Heart of Sabik, the Heart of Sabik, the Heart of Sabik
Witness
Witness
Witness
Ah, rise, Ultima!
Witness Ultima
Darkness come, rend the shield of light
Destruction
Salvation
Ultima!
Witness
Ah, witness
Ah, witness
Ah, witness
Ah
Heart of darkness beatheth, Ultima
Shielding light retreateth, Ultima
Beat, the Heart of Sabik, the Heart of Sabik, the Heart of Sabik
Beat, the Heart of Sabik, the Heart of Sabik, the Heart of Sabik
Witness Ultima
Witness Ultima
Witness!

The Primals version[]

Beat, the Heart of Sabik, the Heart of Sabik, the Heart of Sabik
Beat, the Heart of Sabik, the Heart of Sabik, the Heart of Sabik
Witness
Witness
Witness
Ah, rise, Ultima!
Witness Ultima!
Darkness come, rend the shield of light
Destruction
Salvation
Ultima!
Heart of darkness beateth, Ultima
Shielding light retreateth, Ultima
Beat, the Heart of Sabik, the Heart of Sabik, the Heart of Sabik
Beat, the Heart of Sabik, the Heart of Sabik, the Heart of Sabik
Witness Ultima
Witness Ultima
Witness Ultima
Darkness come, rend the shield of light
Destruction
Salvation
Ultima
Ultima!

Behind the scenes[]

"Ultima" was composed by Masayoshi Soken and arranged by Nobuko Toda and Yoshitaka Suzuki. The Eorzean Symphony version was arranged by Sachiko Miyano and had lyrics by Koji Fox.

The Primals' remix of "Ultima" is popularly known among fans as "Big Fat Tacos", because the first lyric, "Beat, the Heart of Sabik, the Heart of Sabik, the Heart of Sabik", is often misheard as "Big fat tacos, big fat tacos, big fat tacos, so big". Fans made deliberately incorrect lyrics videos for "Ultima" in which the first lyric is claimed to be "Big fat tacos", and Husky by the Geek titled his remix of "Ultima", "Weapon Theme (Big Fat Tacos / Ultima) on Guitar".[3][4] Square Enix has embraced the "big fat tacos" mondegreen as part of their marketing of The Sorrow of Werlyt; on International Taco Day (October 4) of 2020, they tweeted "Big fat tacos, Big fat tacos, Big fat tacos, so big", and later referred to Emerald Weapon as "Big fat tacos... but it's green".[5][6]

Etymology[]

Ultima means "the last" in Latin and many Latin-based languages. In the Spanish versions of many Final Fantasy games, the spell Ultima's name is written as "Artema", a close transliteration of the Japanese katakana.

The Japanese name of "Ultima" is "Ultimate Illusion". "Ultimate illusion" is a synonym for "final fantasy".

References[]

  1. Thread: Letter from the Producer LIVE Part XIX Q&A Update Thread (dead) (Accessed: December 28, 2014) at Final Fantasy XIV Official Forum
  2. Masayoshi Soken (December 20, 2017). Eorzean Symphony: FINAL FANTASY XIV Orchestral Album. Square Enix.
  3. Husky by the Geek (April 14, 2021). Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers - Weapon Theme (Big Fat Tacos / Ultima) on Guitar. YouTube. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
  4. theSrex (February 20, 2020). Big Fat Tacos - Ruby Weapon's theme misheard lyrics. YouTube. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
  5. Square Enix (October 4, 2020). FINAL FANTASY XIV Official Twitter. Twitter. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
  6. Square Enix (November 27, 2020). FINAL FANTASY XIV Official Twitter. Twitter. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
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