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"Ultima" (究極幻想, Kyūkyoku Gensō?, lit. Ultimate Illusion) is the boss 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 Porta Decumana The Porta Decumana (The Praetorium (original) pre-patch 6.1), 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 Minstrel's Ballad: Ultima's Bane.

It is the 110th track on Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Original Soundtrack.

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward[]

"Ultima" plays as the boss theme against Proto Ultima in Dun Scaith Dun Scaith.

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood[]

The Eorzean Symphony orchestral arrangement of "Ultima" was used in the final phase of The Weapon's Refrain (Ultimate) The Weapon's Refrain (Ultimate), in which the Warrior of Light fights the Ultimate form of the Ultima Weapon.

"Ultima (Orchestral Version)" is the 94th track on Stormblood: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack.

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers[]

"Ultima" plays as the boss theme against Arch Ultima in the solo duty Vows of Virtue, Deeds of Cruelty in which the player controls Estinien Varlineau.

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

"Ultima (Scions & Sinners)" is the 24th track and "In the Arms of War" is the 82nd track on Death Unto Dawn: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack.

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker[]

"Ultima" is featured in "The Final Day", the medley for the first phase of the battle with the Endsinger in The Final Day The Final Day.

"Ultima" returns as the boss theme against the Ultima Weapon in Ultima's Bane (Unreal) Ultima's Bane (Unreal).

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT[]

"Ultima (Arrangement)" is an arrangement by Tsuyoshi Sekito which appears in the game.

It is the 4th track of disc 2 on Dissidia Final Fantasy -Arcade- Original Soundtrack Vol. 2, and the 61st track on Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Original Soundtrack.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

"Ultima FFRK Ver. arrange from FFXIV" is an arrangement by Shotaro Shima which appears in the game. It was performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mih Khetto Chorus.

It is the 15th track of disc 1 on Final Fantasy Record Keeper Original Soundtrack Vol.3.

Lyrics[]

The lyrics of "Ultima" are nonsensical Latin chanting.[1] However, the Eorzean Symphony remix of "Ultima" has English lyrics, released on the Eorzean Symphony: Final Fantasy XIV Orchestral Album.[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. The lyrics of the Scions & Sinners arrangement were released on the Scions & Sinners: Final Fantasy XIV ~Arrangement Album~.

Eorzean Symphony version[]

English
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!
Japanese translation
闇なる心臓が鼓動する、アルテマ
鉄なる神秘が到来する、アルテマ
盾なる光は、消え去りて、アルテマ
破れしハイデリン、嗚呼、アルテマ
刮目せよ
刮目せよ
刮目せよ
刮目せよ
刮目せよ
鼓動せよ、黒聖石サビク、サビク、サビク
鼓動せよ、黒聖石サビク、サビク、サビク
刮目せよ
刮目せよ
刮目せよ
嗚呼、目覚めよ、アルテマ!
刮目せよ、アルテマ
闇よ来たれ、光の加護を打ち払え
破壊
救済
アルテマ!
刮目せよ
嗚呼、刮目せよ
嗚呼、刮目せよ
嗚呼、刮目せよ
嗚呼
闇なる心臓が鼓動する、アルテマ
盾なる光は、消え去りて、アルテマ
鼓動せよ、黒聖石サビク、サビク、サビク
鼓動せよ、黒聖石サビク、サビク、サビク
刮目せよ、アルテマ
刮目せよ、アルテマ
刮目せよ!

Scions & Sinners 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
Witness
Ah, rise, Ultima!
Witness Ultima
Darkness come, rend the shield of light
Destruction
Salvation
Ultima!
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 Ultima
Darkness come, rend the shield of light
Destruction
Salvation
Ultima!
Ultima!
鼓動せよ、黒聖石サビク、サビク、サビク
鼓動せよ、黒聖石サビク、サビク、サビク
刮目せよ
刮目せよ
刮目せよ
刮目せよ
嗚呼、目覚めよ、アルテマ!
刮目せよ、アルテマ
闇よ来たれ、光の加護を打ち払え
破壊
救済
アルテマ!
闇なる心臓が鼓動する、アルテマ
盾なる光は、消え去りて、アルテマ
鼓動せよ、黒聖石サビク、サビク、サビク
鼓動せよ、黒聖石サビク、サビク、サビク
刮目せよ、アルテマ
刮目せよ、アルテマ
刮目せよ、アルテマ
闇よ来たれ、光の加護を打ち払え
破壊
救済
アルテマ!
アルテマ!

Live performances[]

Eorzean Symphony: Final Fantasy XIV Orchestral Album[]

An orchestral arrangement of "Ultima" was conducted by Hirofumi Kurita, and performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mih Khetto Chorus.

It is also in the Eorzean Symphony: Final Fantasy XIV Orchestral Album (Concert version).

Eorzean Symphony: Final Fantasy XIV Orchestral Album Vol.2[]

An orchestral arrangement was again conducted by Hirofumi Kurita, and performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Nikikai Chorus Group.

It is also in the Eorzean Symphony: Final Fantasy XIV Orchestral Album Vol.2 (Concert version).

Arrangement album appearances[]

Final Fantasy XIV Orchestral Arrangement Album[]

An orchestral arrangement was released with Sachiko Miyano as the arranger and recording director. It was conducted by Hirofumi Kurita and performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Primals: Out of the Shadows[]

An arrangement of "Ultima" appears in the Primals' third album.

Scions & Sinners: Final Fantasy XIV ~Arrangement Album~[]

Koji Fox as Lahabrea in the Primals' music video.

A band arrangement of "Ultima" was released in the album, performed by the Primals, with vocals provided by Michael-Christopher Koji Fox.

For their album Scions & Sinners: Final Fantasy XIV ~Arrangement Album~, the Primals made a music video for "Ultima". The music video stars 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.

Behind the scenes[]

"Ultima" was composed by Masayoshi Soken and arranged by Nobuko Toda and Yoshitaka Suzuki (as "Film Score"). 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 (究極幻想, Kyūkyoku Gensō?). "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. Soken, Masayoshi (2017). Eorzean Symphony: FINAL FANTASY XIV Orchestral Album. Square Enix.
  3. by the Geek, Husky (2021, April 14). "Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers - Weapon Theme (Big Fat Tacos / Ultima) on Guitar". From 'YouTube'. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
  4. (2020, February 20). "Big Fat Tacos - Ruby Weapon's theme misheard lyrics". From 'YouTube'. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
  5. Square Enix (2020, October 4). FINAL FANTASY XIV Official Twitter. Twitter. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.
  6. Square Enix (2020, November 27). FINAL FANTASY XIV Official Twitter. Twitter. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021.

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